Thrive 2021

1st – 3rd September

Working as an after-hours veterinary professional is demanding and stressful.

Discover how you can “Thrive” not just survive

About the Event

After-hours veterinary care is…

Exciting + Challenging + Impactful however

Critically ill patients + nights and weekends + high expectations + limited support means it is

Demanding + High pressure + Stressful

Discover how you can “Thrive” not just survive in this unique environment

Join our virtual online conference for veterinary professionals who want to Thrive in after-hours veterinary practice

Step 1: Awareness

Step 2: Focus Points

Step 3: Strategies

Step 4: Implementation

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Meet Our Speakers

All of the speakers are either pioneers of their field, experts in their chosen discipline or have extensive experience working within the after-hours veterinary environment. They are all people who have done the work, lived and breathed the ups and downs of emergency, and have figured out the strategies for success.

Dr Jodie Wilson

Veterinarian |

AES Carrara

BVScB, MAppPosPsych


Dr Jodie Wilson (she/her) is a second-generation veterinarian from Queensland, Australia. She is a past President and media spokesperson of the Australian Veterinary Association QLD Division. Five years ago, she found her veterinary home in emergency and critical care, joining the team at Animal Emergency Service Carrara.

Jodie is a warrior, and her remarkable resilience, unique perspectives, and ability to innovate have shaped her award-winning veterinary career. As a diagnosed autistic and ADHD individual with a late life acquired physical disability, she knows what overcoming challenge to succeed really looks like.

Jodie is also an experienced life coach, specialising in managing change. She has a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Wellbeing Science and is currently undertaking a PhD in the domain of Wellbeing. Jodie finds the intersectionality of the world exciting. She is an accomplished activist, speaker and writer across a number of intersecting domains, including positive psychology, veterinary mental health, neurodiversity, LGBQTIA+ issues, disability, and parenting.

Jodie’s passion belongs to the people who make up her communities, and her mission is to move the individuals she works with from surviving, to thriving. Jodie is currently sharing her time between her family, wellbeing consultancy, PhD research, and her work as an emergency and critical care veterinarian at Australia’s busiest animal emergency hospital.

Dr Liz Crowe



Liz Crowe has two and a half decades of expertise in grief, crisis, end of life care, bereavement work and staff wellbeing in pediatric critical care environments. Liz is now exclusively working with hospital staff providing consultation, coaching, counselling and education for staff wellbeing. She is in the absolute final stages of completing her PhD examining risk and protective factors for staff wellbeing in critical care. Liz is a published academic involved in multiple research projects nationally and internationally focusing on the wellbeing of staff and the impact of COVID on clinicians. Liz is a passionate and humorous educator who regularly speaks internationally. Liz is the successful author of ‘The Little Book of Loss and Grief You Can Read While You Cry’. She is a proud member of the St Emlyn’s education team and an active member of #FOAMed, and can be found on Twitter @LizCrowe2

Dr Jessica Gallagher

Keynote |

From surviving to THRIVING


Having to put all her trust into the hands of another person due to the loss of her eye sight, Jess Gallagher’s story is one which puts life into perspective. In 2010 Paralympics in Canada, Jess became the Australia’s first female winter Paralympic medallist. Since then, in both athletics and skiing, Jess has become a dual summer and winter Paralympian.
At the 2016 Rio Paralympics Jess created stunning sporting history becoming the first Australian athlete- Olympic or Paralympic to medal at both a summer and winter games when she won bronze in the 1km Time Trial.

She is a certified osteopath currently working with an elite professional sporting team, and is a global ambassador and board director for Vision 2020 Australia, as well as an ambassador for Disabled WinterSport Australia and Vision Australia.

Jess Gallagher is an inspirational woman who never let her eyesight get in the way of achieving whatever she desired.

Shannon Cooper

Health and Wellness Coach |

Founder of My Food Religion


Mum, bacon addict, coffee lover and food, health & wellness coach. Shannon has a passion for pure, unadulterated food, food that is good for the body and the soul, food that makes you feel good from the inside out. It is her goal to help you to get comfortable again in the kitchen through cooking classes, workshops and easy recipes and empower you to take back control of your own health, starting with food.

Hubert Hiemstra

Podcast Host |

Vet Vault



Hubert is a emergency veterinarian, and co-host of the Vet Vault Podcast. His veterinary career has spanned 2 decades and three continents, including owning and selling a large veterinary emergency practice. Hubert’s mission is to find ways to help those on the front lines of the veterinary profession thrive both professionally and personally.

The Vet Vault Podcast has over 100,000 listens world wide and has helped countless veterinary professionals find the answers they need to make this niche of the veterinary professional work for them.

Dr Alex Hynes

Director and Chief Client Officer |

AES Underwood

BVSc (Hons), GP Cert (SAS), MVS, MANZCVS (Emergency & Critical Care)

  • Emergency Veterinarian
  • Author
  • Performance Coach
  • Bondi Vet

From veterinarian to vet manager to hospital director, head of marketing and now as Animal Emergency Australia’s chief client officer. Alex has faced up to imposter syndrome every time she has stepped up in her career journey. Alex now coaches other veterinary professionals do the same as a coach and mentor in the Vet Success Academy.

Dr Ellie Leister

Director Pet Intensive Care Unit |

AES Underwood



Dr Ellie Leister is one of the Veterinary Directors of the Pet Intensive Care Unit at Underwood, Queensland. Growing up in rural NSW, on a beef cattle property, it was here that she developed a desire to work with animals. She was constantly surrounded by a variety of animals from cattle and horses, to dogs, cats and guinea pigs. In high school, Ellie did work placements with veterinary clinics, which cemented the idea that veterinary science was her calling.

She went on to study veterinary science at the University of Sydney and after graduating in 2004, went on to gain an abundance of experience working in NSW, the UK and then finally returning to Australia in 2012 to become the intensive care veterinarian, for the Pet Intensive Care Unit.

In 2015, Ellie began a residency in Emergency & Critical Care. It could be said that Critical Care is Ellie’s niche, and that she finds nothing more exciting than new developments in the field of critical care, and pushing the boundaries of what veterinary science can do to help our pets.

Ellie has a special interest in tick paralysis specifically in cats, and has a number of articles and research published. She is also an advocate for continued education and regularly speaks at conferences, as well as teaching future veterinary students.

Ellie spends her time off catching up on life, going to the gym, studying and watching the world go by with her Sphynx cats.

Dr Rod Meehan

Hospital Director Cararra |

AES Cararra

BVSc, MANZCVS (Emergency & Critical Care)


Once Rod Meehan graduated from university in 1991 he worked in the United Kingdom for two years. He then partnered in a multi-practice veterinary group on the Gold Coast for 12 years. This was followed with a sabbatical to Japan for 12 months and upon returning, Dr Meehan took a position with Gold Coast Vet Surgery. He is now the Veterinary Director for Animal Emergency Service, Carrara.

“I am extremely focused on providing a very high standard of small animal surgery. It is important to me to keep my techniques current and confer with colleagues to ensure the animals I treat are receiving correct care.”

Anthony Laye

Speaker | Coach | MC |


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Anthony Laye helps entrepreneurs, professionals and people just like you communicate and connect with confidence, meaning you will attract more clients, have more impact and live a more successful life.

An authority on human interaction and confidence, Anthony is one of Australia’s most booked corporate speakers. Check out the link below to see him in action.

Lisa Thurston

Practice Manager |

AES Carrara

Dip Vet Nursing (Emergency & Critical Care), Dip HR Management


Lisa completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2000 and worked in general practice for a year. She then joined emergency medicine and hasn’t looked back since. Lisa worked in three emergency centres in Sydney. She moved to Queensland in 2009 where she worked in Brisbane before starting at Animal Emergency Service in 2010. She is currently completing a diploma in Human Resource Management.

Lisa has three children, two cats, a Pomeranian cross and a rescued rabbit (yes, she lives in New South Wales).

Dr Shibly Mustapha

Multi Practice Owner & Business Mentor |

BVSc (hons)


Dr Shibly is a Senior Veterinary Surgeon in General Practice and a multiple practice owner. He has been in practice for 17 years and currently leads a group of veterinary clinics in Brisbane Australia, while consulting as a Pet Industry Business Coach and Mentor to recent Veterinary Graduates.

Dr Shibly is a powerhouse when it comes to understanding value and communicating it to clients. The way you talk about money will not be the same after hearing him speak. He has been described as having the magic touch when it comes to the consult room and being able to manage conflict and resistance with grace, respect and confidence.

Dr Peggy Kern

Associate Professor |

Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education


Dr Peggy Kern is an associate professor at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. Originally trained in social, personality, and developmental psychology, Dr Kern received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Arizona State University, a Masters and PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania.

Her research is focused on answering questions around who thrives in life and why, including understanding and measuring healthy functioning, identifying individual and social factors impacting life trajectories, and systems informed approaches to wellbeing. She has published 3 books and over 85 peer-reviewed articles and chapters.

You can find out more about A/Prof Kern’s work at

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How It All Began

How it all began… 3 years ago Animal Emergency Australia had over 300 team members across Australia.  AEA wanted to empower and support their team members, however they struggled to find a solution to the problem which was how to tackle the unique set of challenges its after-hours emergency team members were facing and provide that solution to all team members around Australia.

The Thrive 2021 Topics

3 days • 20 amazing speakers • 14 day time sessions • 6 night time campfire discussions • 20 hours of incredible content

Wellbeing and self care
Strength assesment
Career pathing
Healthy cooking
Imposter syndrome
Team work
Aggressive clients
Value and self-worth
Time management
Coping with grief

Thrive 2021 Program Download

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Get Your Tickets

Thrive 2021 is an immersive virtual conference which perfectly blends together world class speaks who are at the top of their game, together with the latest in online education technology. Go global from the comfort of your own home.

Group Tickets

5+ Registrations at one time
  • Tickets include, attendance to the full online event:
  • 3 days
  • 20 amazing speakers
  • 14 day time sessions
  • 6 night time campfire discussions
  • 20 hours of incredible content
  • Access to the conference recording post event
  • Digital showbag – containing free resources and discount offers
  • Post event workshops
  • Certificate of attendance to Thrive 2021
  • 20 hours of CPD points

Group Tickets

10+ Registrations at one time
  • Tickets include, attendance to the full online event:
  • 3 days
  • 20 amazing speakers
  • 14 day time sessions
  • 6 night time campfire discussions
  • 20 hours of incredible content
  • Access to the conference recording post event
  • Digital showbag – containing free resources and discount offers
  • Post event workshops
  • Certificate of attendance to Thrive 2021
  • 20 hours of CPD points

Event News

How to get your tickets at 66% off!

Did you know if you group all your team, friends and colleagues up you can save up to 66% off the full price.  This huge discount is available for groups of >20 attendees.

Keynote Speaker – Jess Gallagher

We are excited to announce that Paralympian Dr Jess Gallagher will be the keynote speaker on the topic of “Thriving Through Stress”.

Anthony Laye!

Check out the “Last Year Gallery” to see our Thrive 2021 master of ceremonies work his mentalist magic through the lens.

Pets in Peace has become the first Platinum Sponsor for Thrive 2021!

Pets in Peace was the first pet crematorium in Australia to receive accreditation with the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAOPCC). Pets in Peace have stepped up as out first Platinum Sponsor for Thrive 2021.

Hill’s joined the Platinum Sponsor list!

Hill’s is taking a forward-thinking approach to pet nutrition, with a vision to make nutrition a cornerstone of veterinary medicine. We’re welcoming Hill’s as one of our Platinum Sponsors for Thrive 2021!

Heska has jumped on and become a Platinum Sponsor!

A big hello to Heska, another Platinum Sponsor for Thrive 2021. Through innovation, invention, and strategic partnerships with worldwide leaders in diagnostics and treatments, Heska provides the benefits of latest generation technologies to pet healthcare providers.

VetPay has become a Silver Sponsor for Thrive 2021!

VetPay is back again for their second year supporting the Thrive initiative. VetPay see first hand the amazing work we do in our profession, as they are there alongside us 24/7, helping us be able to deliver the care that our patients need. VetPay is supporting us to help Thrive with as many people as possible.

Cenvet has jumped on as a Bronze Sponsor!

We are excited to announce that Cenvet has jumped on as a Bronze sponsor! Cenvet is just as committed as we are to improving the wellbeing of veterinary professionals through their own Wellbeing Symposium.


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