Dr Jessica Pickett

Dr Jess and another happy patient, Lily

Meet our Veterinarian: Dr Jessica Pickett BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine).

Dr Jessica is a fully qualified veterinarian with additional knowledge and experience in both animal behaviour and small animal internal medicine. She is known for her caring personality, thorough investigation of guardian’s concerns, advanced knowledge in veterinary medicine, and an unwavering passion for helping animals and their families.

Extensive knowledge to help your pet

She graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland with Honours in 2009 and was awarded Membership into the ANZCVS (Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists) by examination in the field of Small Animal Medicine in 2016. Dr Jessica has over 19 years of experience in the veterinary industry.

Dr Jess knows how to make her patients feel at ease

She is also a certified Fear Free Professional. She has undergone additional training and passed examinations to affirm her commitment to preventing and alleviating fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and helping the people who care for them.

Feel genuinely heard and cared for

She approaches all her clients and patients with compassion, respect, and understanding. Her clients often comment on how they feel truly “heard”, and how at ease they and their pets are in Dr Jessica’s company.

Feel Truly Heard.

She uses force-free, scientifically backed techniques to unearth the medical or behavioural illness underlying her patient’s behaviours and provide customised treatment plans.

“Dr Jess came to help our family with behavioural issues that we were having with our Ridgeback. Her non judgmental and compassionate approach was much appreciated. Jess is thorough, provides wonderful advice and treatment, responds to questions promptly and genuinely cares for her animal and human clients. I can’t thank Dr Jess enough for her help.”

Donna with “Blaze”

How does Dr Jessica’s extensive knowledge and experience help you and your pet?

1. Real-world experience: flexibility and adaptability in helping your unique needs

Dr Jessica has gathered considerable knowledge treating a range of veterinary patients. She began her career as a mixed practice veterinarian- treating everything from cows to alpacas to pet snakes, to dogs and cats. She also provided veterinary care to local wildlife rescues, earning recognition by WIRES for her assistance preserving the endangered coastal emu populations. Such a varied and challenging range of patients helped Dr Jessica to understand her patients and formulate truly flexible treatment plans.

For the next 11 years, Dr Jessica provided expert care to companion animals- dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, even pet goats in Southeast Queensland. She has worked in general practice and specialist emergency veterinary hospitals, which has built her extensive, unique and dependable foundation of clinical skills and medical knowledge: an integral skill for assessing hidden diseases that commonly underly behavioural conditions.

2. Exceptional knowledge: your pet is in the best hands

This outstanding level of veterinary medical knowledge saw Dr Jessica awarded Membership into the ANZCVS (Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists) by examination in the field of Small Animal Medicine in 2016. She has continued her active participation in the clinical and scientific field of internal medicine, including mentorship of fellow veterinarians.

This extensive knowledge of internal medicine intensified Dr Jessica’s already keen interest in Animal Behaviour. She has a passion for truly understanding her patients, and a knack for gently unearthing medical conditions that are contributing to abnormal behaviours.

“Dr Jessica has greatly improved the quality of life of our two year old Miniature Dachshund, Marmalade, since finding she has hip dysplasia and arthritis during a thorough examination. Dr Jess found that this was contributing to her anxiety and aggression!

Dr Jess helped us manage her pain with the appropriate medications and lifestyle changes for her arthritis and hip dysplasia, along with a behaviour plan and anxiety medication, and now she is a completely different dog! We never would have been able to have people over our house, let alone parties, and now we can – all thanks to Dr Jess and her expert care.

We can truly say she cares deeply about each and every patient that she encounters and will strive her hardest to give them the best care possible.”

Cameron with “Marmalade”

As a huge advocate for pain-free veterinary care, she is completing further education in Pain Management and a prestigious Animal Behaviour Distance Education course under guidance of board-certified veterinary behaviour specialists. Dr Jessica plans to sit her examinations for additional memberships- into the ANZCVS Small Animal Behaviour Chapter.

3. An animal lover from the start

Despite Dr Jessica’s knowledge of veterinary science, she mostly prides herself on genuinely caring about her patient’s needs and is so grateful that she is living her 3-year-old self’s dream of being a veterinarian helping animals and their families. She admires the unique relationships between pets and their families and feels honoured that she can help ease stress, pain and anxiety in her patients (and often their families too!).

Dr Jess decided very early that she wanted to help animals. From as soon as she could crawl, Jess could be found surrounded by all manner of creatures- be them baby lizards, frogs, chickens, guinea pigs, goats, dogs, horses, alpacas: you name it- she loved them.