Dr David Ahern
David graduated from the University of Queensland with first class honours and was awarded the national Don Kerr Award. After graduation he worked in Victoria within the Dairy sector for 18 months. He subsequently transferred much of his attention to the horse industry around Shepparton, and after gaining valuable experience returned to Beaudesert in Queensland, where he was born and raised.David was employed for several years within a prominent equine stud practice. He later moved to Roma to work in the state’s west for a period before returning to Beaudesert to start his own practice. This practice grew remarkably quickly, servicing individual clients as well as some of the state’s most successful stud and training enterprises. The practice took on the current company title in 2008 and built a more comprehensive surgical and breeding facility.

David has worked in all fields of equine medicine, reproduction and surgery. He has a special interest in embryo transfer and vitrification, soft tissue surgery (esp colic) and podiatry and still takes pleasure in servicing a few good cattle clients. David is married to Heather and they have three children: Jared, Chloe and Liam. When time permits, David competes in polo, cutting and campdrafting.







Dr Sam Stanley
Another University of Queensland graduate, Sam joined the Scenic Rim Vet team in 2009 from a mixed practice in Charleville, western Queensland. He has previously spent some time working and travelling in the UK with his wife (and fellow veterinarian) Kate and their three children: Jack, Ellie and Ben. When he is not working, you can usually find Sam playing touch or soccer, or relaxing outdoors fishing or camping with friends. Sam enjoys all aspects of horse work, and has a special interest in equine dentistry. He still enjoys a fair amount of cattle work, and doesn’t mind the occasional small animal surgical challenge. Sam Joined the partnership in 2013.




Dr Courtney Stevens
Courtney was raised in Beaudesert on his parent’s Paint and Quarter horse stud. Courtney graduated from the University of Queensland and began his career at Warwick Veterinary Clinic in 2010. He enjoys all aspects of rural veterinary life and has a keen interest in equine artificial reproduction. Courtney Joined the partnership in 2014.




Administration & Nursing Staff

Heather Ahern
After 10 years of teaching high school students Physical Education, Heather retired from teaching to have children. After tireless efforts since the inception of the business behind the scenes, Heather has had a more active role in the business since 2007. Her main area of responsibility is the organisation of the accounting side of the business and leading the other lay staff. Heather enjoys the challenge of keeping the clinic running smoothly and attempting to keep up with David and his equally energetic children.




Ethen Holmwood
Ethen has recently joined the team here at Scenic Rim Vets with his dashing good looks and horsemanship skills we’re bound to keep the female clients happy. Having worked on thoroughbred farms for the past few years doing anything from foaling down to yearling preps, he really has a wide range of farm knowledge. Working at studs like “Coolmore” and “Element Hills” he’s been around some of the best bred thoroughbreds’s in Australia.




Anna Kettlewell
Anna has been working with the Scenic Rim Vet family since July 2003 when David first established the practice. She facilitates the everyday running of the office and is the go to lady for admin problem solving and account inquiries. Anna has many years experience in office administration, working many of them in the mining and exploration industry. After following her geologist husband around Australia, her growing family finally settled in the Beaudesert Shire. Always owning horses led her towards work in a vet practice. She spends her free time at home with her children (Melissa, Callum and Lilly) and the menagerie of horses, dogs, cats and other little creatures.




Ruth Gough
Ruth has been working with Scenic Rim vets since David Ahern started the practice in the Beaudesert area in 2003. Jack of all trades, Ruth will have a go at almost anything from the nursing duties to fencing, slashing and even riding horses if necessary. Ruth’s nursing career started in 1995 at the Manly Road Veterinary Hospital where she gained the great experience nursing both large and small animals. The excessive travel time from home lead Ruth to search for a job closer to home and she ended up working with Scenic Rim Vets. Ruth has always had a love of animals and has a menagerie at home, being guilty of taking in the odd orphan kitten, puppy or calf. In her spare time Ruth enjoys riding horses with her family and doing weekend mustering and cattle work.




Aileen Ahern
Aileen was born into one of Beaudesert’s pioneering families and was raised in the Rathdowney district. After teaching for 30 years, she retired in 2007 and began helping out in the Scenic Rim Vet office during the following year. She now works on a part time basis with her chief responsibility being the record processing of receipts and payments. Aileen helps out where ever she is needed in the office. While her first love is her family and grandchildren, Aileen enjoys her part-time duties, including the camaraderie of the office, chating with clients and the interesting work that is undertaken at the clinic.




Sharon Kent
Sharon is originally from the UK, where she worked with a variety of horses including hunters, eventers and military horses. Sharon moved to Australia in 2006 to peruse a better lifestyle. She initially worked as a polo groom prior to joining SRVS in 2011. Sharon particularly enjoys the surgical side of nursing. In her spare time she likes to ride her horse and spoil her dog.




Tara D’Hondt
Tara has been breeding and showing ponies all her life at the family stud “Elvonara Park”. She has spent time in harness racing stables and yearling prep for Widden Stud. Tara loves being part of the team atmosphere at SRVS where she can indulge her love and commitment to horses and ponies.