Hope Island Veterinary Surgery

67 Crescent Ave
Hope Island, Q 4212



Dr. Helen Greenhalgh BVSc

Fortunate to grow up on acreage in Samford, Dr. Greenhalgh spent her spare time riding horses and helping out at the local vet clinic. Living in an inner city small animal practice for her final two years of study at UQ, Dr Greenhalgh graduated into mixed animal practice at Kingaroy, Guyra and Bowen before moving into small animal practice on the Gold Coast. Dr Greenhalgh opened Hope Island Veterinary Surgery in 1998 to provide compassionate yet sophisticated, progressive medical care for pets and unsurpassed personal service for their owners. Her aim is to treat every pet as if it were her own, providing the optimum in preventative health care programs, regular health testing and intervention strategies for early disease states and to provide aggressive testing and diagnostics for ill patients. Her interests include general medicine and surgery, dentistry and preventative health care. She currently shares her home with Nelson and Ruby.


Dr. Leslie Vega BSc BVMS

Leslie is originally from a small town in Southern California. She graduated from the University of California Davis in 2008, with a Degree in Animal Science, then moved to Australia in 2009 where she completed her veterinary degree at Murdoch University in Perth.

A highlight of her veterinary studies include completing a 3 month internship at the University of Antioquia in Colombia and the Gorgas Institute in Panama where she researched chagas disease and Leishmaniasis in humans, dogs and wildlife including sloths.

She also had the opportunity to study at the UC davis as part of the Companion Exotic Animal medicine and surgery service working with so interesting species including chinchillas, guinea pigs, birds and reptiles.

Leslie fell in love with Australia and decided to stay and move to the Gold Coast in 2014 with her partner who is also a vet. Her interests also include avian and exotic, pet medicine, animal behaviour and dentistry. She also enjoys volunteering at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on a weekly basis.

When she is not studying or working she enjoys hiking, running, cycling and yoga and spending time with her partner and her fur baby Eadie.

Dr John Ryan BVSc