Oncology Specialist

Dr Kathleen O’Connell

BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS (Oncology) MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine) BBiomedSc (Hons) (Microbiology)

Dr Kathleen O’Connell

Kathleen has been dedicated to the field of oncology since working as a researcher on the human melanoma vaccine trial at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in 2001.

She credits her background in immunology research and publication of a thesis on tumour cell metastasis with piquing her interest in the specialty of oncology. After a number of years in cancer research she completed a bachelor of veterinary science, graduating from the University of Queensland in 2006 with first class honours. Following graduation, she worked in general practice in Brisbane before commencing training as a resident in veterinary oncology in 2008.

In 2010 she attained membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in small animal medicine and in 2013 achieved fellowship of the ANZCVS in veterinary oncology, becoming a registered specialist in the field. Her main areas of interest include haematological cancers, melanoma and mast cell tumours. Kathleen lectures students and examines for candidates becoming specialists and is a recognised trainer of specialist oncologists in Australia. She has recently worked in her own referral oncology service and is excited to be a founding partner of the Brisbane Animal Referral Hospital.

Kathleen is also kept busy with her beautiful son, wonderful husband and one very old Siberian Husky.