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Hi, I'm Dr. Mac Kneipp


Over 30 Years of Veterinary Experience

Veterinarian & Practice Owner (BVSc (Hons) MVS(Small Animal Medicine) MANZCVS (Pharmacology)


Mac has been a full-time practicing mixed animal vet for 30 years. He has a particular interest in equine medicine and surgery, feedlot cattle medicine, ophthalmology and veterinary pharmacology, but he hasn’t specialized and is just as happy to see a guinea pig, dog or camel. Mac is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Vet Scientists in the Veterinary Pharmacology Chapter. He has recently completed a Masters of Vet Science in Small Animal Medicine through Murdoch University.

A love for animals

This love of animals came from growing up on mixed sheep and cattle property near Bonshaw, northern NSW. Mac’s veterinary studies led him to do a gap year on a piggery and dairy in Germany; he can speak German to this day! He completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Science at UQ in 1985 with first class honours, as well as co-authoring a published paper with Professor Trevor Heath on lymphatics that year.

After graduation Mac worked for 5 years as a mixed animal veterinarian – 18 months with John Brown BVSc at Tenterfield followed by locum work. This took him around Australia, to the UK and to Ethiopia during an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease. In 1990 he opened Border Veterinary Surgery in its current location in Goondiwindi. Mac and Cathy (married 1992 in Brisbane) have been updating and renovating the clinic ever since.

Currently Mac is undertaking a Phd researching pink eye in cattle, running treatment trials with many of our local graziers.

In his spare time Mac enjoys reading, learning and all things to do with animals. He has raised many orphan animals, is a keen bird watcher, and likes horse riding including harness horse, motorbiking, playing tennis and living in the country with Cathy and raising 3 children.

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Meet Our Team

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Dr Cathy Kneipp

Veterinarian & Practice Owner (BVSc (Hons))

Meet Cathy, a highly experienced veterinarian with 31 years at Border Vet Surgery. Currently pursuing a PhD in brucellosis in hunting dogs, she is passionate about advancing veterinary medicine. Cathy has a special interest in small animal medicine and surgery, providing meticulous care to her furry patients. With her expertise, ongoing learning, and genuine love for animals, she ensures personalised care in a warm and welcoming environment. Cath is a member of the eisteddfod committee and immerses herself in the expanding Goondiwindi art scene. Her fur children consists of Gimli the Dachshund, Luka and Felix the burmese and she has recently started counting Pixar the pony in the mix. 

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Dr Emily Radford (Thompson)

Veterinarian (Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons I))

Emily joined us from Western Namoi Veterinary Services in January 2019. She originally hails from Buderim on the Sunshine Coast and completed her studies at UQ in 2014 attaining first class honours. Emily is an accomplished and caring vet and excels in all aspects of veterinary care from surgery, and medicine through to large animal work including equine dentistry. She has completed specialised courses in equine dentistry and reproduction, ultrasonography, emergency and critical care. Settling well into rural lifestyle, Em has a Border Collie dog of her own named Molly and a stockhorse named Dusty.

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Dr Mai-Xin Koh

Veterinarian (Bachelor of Veterinary Science)

Xin is a 2019 James Cook University graduate who has opted for an inland change after previously working on the sunny coast. Xin has a keen interest in large animal work. Focusing on cattle and small ruminants, she provides exceptional care, from routine check-ups to addressing specific health concerns.

She is actively perusing accreditation in both pregnancy testing and bull testing and we wish her the best in obtaining both of these in the near future. 

You may see her around town with her handsome dog 'Beans' so please make her feel welcome. 

Dr Claire Steains

Veterinarian (Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons))

Claire is a 2023 graduate from The University of Queensland who has loved her busy start as a mixed veterinarian. She enjoys all things emergency and surgery related, especially in dogs. She also enjoys working up all equine cases in the field, whether that be medical or surgical. Claire has completed further training in the equine realm involving colic management, opthalmology, and lameness. Claire plans to obtain further skills in small animal surgery, especially orthopaedics. Outside of being a vet, she loves to play netball and spend time with her dogs. Claire and her partner have a golden retriever and kelpie, Maxy and Marley.

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Dr Katie Benson

Veterinarian (Bachelor of Veterinary Science)

Katie has worked at Border Veterinary Surgery since graduation in 2006. She now works part time whilst raising 3 children and working on the farm. She loves her days in at the vet clinic and enjoys all aspects of mixed practice. She is excellent with cattle and horses but still loves the opportunity to work up complicated small animal cases.

Dr Mikaela Rowe

Veterinarian (Bachelor in Veterinary Science )

Mikaela started working part time at Border Veterinary Surgery in 2019. We love luring her back into the clinic but she is kept very busy by her 3 daughter and own family business. She has previous mixed practice experience and we love seeing her in action.

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Laura Pall 

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Laura has been with Border Vets for 13 years, gaining her Vet Nurse qualification through NSW TAFE. She particularly loves little fluffy dogs, and has just acquired a new ratbag named Darren/Gammen/Dazzle. This is one of the many fourlegged crew amongst Laura’s family.  Laura is our all -round amazing nurse, from helping with the sick animals, to answering the phones, to the office work, to fixing the computers, we can’t live without her!

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Leigh Glasser

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Leigh has been with the practice for over 30 years. She was awarded the 2014 Provet Equine Nurse of the Year. She is the proud owner of Turtle, the most handsome dachshund in the world, Lucky the fat cat and Blue the goat. Leigh's main interests are dachshunds, horses, cattle breeding and the challenge of small animal medical cases. She is a very knowledgeable, dedicated and attentive nurse that makes sure all the patients in her care are very well looked after.

Natalie Devine

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Natalie joined the Border Vets team at the start of 2023. After completing her Cert IV in Vet Nursing 2021 she has been nursing ever since. She has experience in General Practice, Emergency and specialist surgery hospitals and is excited to add large animal experience to the mix. Natalie is settling well into rural life after moving up from a busy Sydney and is enjoying having a veggie patch as well as the company of her two kelpies Max and Leo. Natalie is enthusiastic about all aspects of nursing from puppy behaviour and training, to emergency anaesthesia and is so excited to support your pets through their next visit.  

Danielle Braden

Trainee Vet Nurse

Danielle recently joined Border Vet as a student Vet Nurse in October 2023 and settled into Goondiwindi with her energetic little mate, Ralph. Danielle is originally from Inglewood where her love for animals grew with a little help from her family’s cattle business and a few furry friends. 

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Natalie Hilton

School Based Trainee Vet Nurse

Nat joined the team at the start of 2023 and started a school based traineeship in 2024 for her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She is the happy owner of horse Oreo, and two dogs, Ralph and Jas. Nat is also part of the local pony club and spends most of her weekends competing. She has a love for all animals, big and small and is most excited to learn about anaesthesia.

Samantha Faulkner

Trainee Veterinary Nurse (Cert II in Animal Studies)

Sammy has been a member of our team since her school years when she started a school based traineeship in animal studies. She is currently undertaking her Cert IV in vet nursing through NSW TAFE. Sam is a local Goondiwindi girl, she has a beautiful big dog called Bunji, and enjoys working with our larger breeds in the clinic, particularly our hunting dogs! Her dogs are commonly called upon to be blood donors for our patients in need. She is currently working on reception. Sam is an enthusiastic member of the team and is quickly picking up on new skills here in the clinic.

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Client Relations (Bachelor of lounging (Hons class I))

Leo our little legend for fifteen years that passed away in 2023. He will forever hold a place in our heart- may he rest in peace. 

Sybil Darling

Client Relations (Cert IV in changing perceptions)

Sybil is our resident Murray Darling carpet python. She is approximately 3 metres long and is particularly stunning with her intricate grey, brown and white patterns. Sybil is a lovely girl who adds a unique aspect to our clinic, like we say, we love all animals. She invokes plenty of fear and admiration amongst our clients, garnering many different reactions to those she meets. She can be seen enjoying her favourite dinner, a large rat every few weeks. In between meals she enjoys plenty of time sleeping and exploring around the clinic with who are game to handle her! Sybil is working hard on changing the perception that snakes are scary and evil.

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