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Dr Nicole

Palliative Care Veterinarian

Nicole Johnston Photo

When Dr Nicole found us here at Sunset Vets, we knew instantly that we had found one of our own. It takes a very special kind of person to do this work and even from our first meeting with Dr Nicole, it was clear that she just embodies kindness and compassion. As one of our most experienced clinical vets, Dr Nicole is also a huge asset to all the patients and families she supports throughout their palliative care journey.

Graduating originally from the University of Queensland in 2003, Dr Nicole has spent most of her career as a much-loved team member in the one Veterinary Hospital, caring for pets from puppyhood right the way up to their senior years. She has completed further education in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Feline Medicine and connects strongly with the ideals of comfort care as a focus for all pets in their final days.

Nicole lives in Brisbane with her husband, 2 children and a multitude of incredibly well loved pets.

Special interests: After 17 years in the Veterinary Care industry, my special interest now lies in nurturing the human-animal bond and ensuring that each interaction with clients and patients, is a kind and positive one.

It always starts with one. Who was your special pet?Just after getting married, I brought home from work, an abandoned kitten that we called Oliver (Oli).  Prior to this, my husband Brent had suffered from allergies to cats, and said that we could only get a cat if it was hairless.  Oli grew into a large, white, long-haired Persian cross that I loved more than anything.  Since then, we have never been without cats (and had a couple of dogs too), and Brent is just fine!

What else are you passionate about? I am mostly passionate about people. I love my family and my friends. I love kindness, and sunshine, and in my free time I love to draw and paint.

What do you love about palliative medicine? I think it is important to recognise how difficult it is to say goodbye to our beloved pets. Palliative medicine allows clients to have the space and time to more easily deal with the end of life of their special pet.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Distance Ed in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Feline Medicine.hink it is a privilege to be able to make the
final stages of an animal’s life as comfortable and pain free as possible.