Kerstin Somenek

Veterinary Nurse

Kerstin completed her veterinary nurse qualifications in her native Germany.

After moving to Australia she worked for several veterinary clinics for a couple of years before finally joining the Tweed Coast Vet team – over 16 years ago!
This makes her the longest serving support staff member on the team!

You will mainly find her in reception, though her infectious bubbly giggle can be heard throughout the entire clinic. Since her children have left home, Kerstin has taken up a more adventurous, nomadic lifestyle. She and her husband Frank, now take regular short trips in their camper-van, enjoying the freedom to explore!

Bianca Smith

Veterinary Nurse

Prior to starting her family, Bianca spent a lot of time volunteering for the RSPCA and the Animal Welfare League. Bianca joined us 8 years ago and is one of our great “All Rounders.” She is particularly fond of caring for our hospitalised patients and having a joke with clients in the waiting room. In her spare time, Bianca enjoys spending time with her family including her daughter Jamie, her chooks and her two cats, Misch and Shiloh.

Roz Esson


A teacher in a past working life, we are thrilled to have Roz’s smiling face and bubbly personality as the newest addition to our team on reception. Roz has two teenagers to keep her on her toes, and a very treasured and spoilt Maltese Shih-Tzu named Charlie.

Rhonda Hicks

Rhonda brings a broad range of experience to Tweed Coast Vet, including her most recent role at PetPlan in the UK.

Before her twin boys started school, Rhonda made the huge choice to leave the UK. Moving to the Northern Rivers with her young family, she’s joined Tweed Coast Vet to continue her lifelong love affair for animals in her workplace.