Jeannet Kessels

Excellence with Heart

Leading The Way

Dr Jeannet Kessels is a creative entrepreneur and climate advocate based in Queensland, Australia. She is the founder/director of Greater Springfield Veterinary, founder/chair of Vets For Climate Action, and mother to four wonderful adult children.

Jeannet graduated from the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science with First Class Honours in 1986 and embarked on an enjoyable 30 year veterinary career, with highlights including surgery and reproduction. She loved the deep connections formed with the community around her. Starting with a little two-room clinic at her home, allowing time with children, the practice grew into the Greater Springfield Veterinary Group, now with three hospitals, over 50 dedicated staff, and an excellent work culture epitomised by a staff retention rate of almost 90%.

Jeannet’s strategic, fun, creative and forward-thinking approach, together with strong leadership, has created a culture that promotes individual sustainability and professional satisfaction. Her motto ‘Excellence with Heart’ is reflected across both life and work. She is driven by kindness and surrounds herself with brilliant minds. Over the years, Jeannet’s entrepreneurial spirit has led to the creation of Groodles Australia, an incredible community enterprise which has raised over $650,000 to charity so far, whilst enriching many lives.

Climate Action  – Now

Since 1970, when Jeannet was five years old, there has been a 70% drop in global wildlife numbers. Climate change is now heaping critical, escalating impacts on the health, welfare and sheer existence of those that remain; our animals; wildlife, livestock and pets, who have no voice to speak. Jeannet is single-minded in her passion to bring about real change, and fast, through establishing and chairing Vets for Climate Action. She dedicates much of her time and resources to this critical venture, inspiring many to advocate for the animals we love and need while modelling practical steps towards net zero, together with 2000 supporters.

Under her leadership, VFCA has garnered the support of over 2,000 individuals and is developing the pioneering Climate Care Program, a groundbreaking sustainability and education initiative for veterinary practices across Australia and now NZ.

Leading the way, Greater Springfield Veterinary Group donates 1% of turnover or 10% of profits, whichever is greater, to crucial environmental work and its Springfield hospital is proudly Carbon Neutral.

If you would like to work with Greater Springfield Veterinary, or learn more about Vets for Climate Action, please reach out!



  • Banagalore University; Climate change and animal health. Inspiring climate action through the veterinary profession
  • Professionals Advocating for Climate Action ; An overview of VfCA
  • Provet National Conference. Introducing VfCA’s Climate Care Program
  • Rotary Brisbane


  • Chief Veterinary Officer’s Forum (federal); An Overview of Vets for Climate Action
  • Commonwealth Veterinary Association; why vets need to act on climate change
  • Veterinary Business Group of Australian Veterinary Association; Creating a Legacy
  • Landcare Boonah; Vets and Climate Action
  • Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Why climate change matters to business and what we need to do about it


  • Provet National Conference 2022. Why climate action matters
  • Vet Expo Australia – Vets for Climate Action
  • Canter for Climate – VfCA – Inspiring climate action for the equine community
  • Rotary Ipswich
  • Animal Emergency Services Australia; Why Climate Action matters to vets


  • Ipswich City Council executive; Why real climate action matters, from a veterinary perspective. VfCA’s example.
  • Vet Expo Australia – Creating a Legacy


  • Australian Veterinary Practice Management Association 2014/2016. Thoughts on Excellence
  • University of Qld ; Clinical Coats Ceremony; Keynote  2017
  • Veterinary Business Group – Thoughts on Culture

Awards & Memberships


  • ASAV Accredited Hospital of Excellence – GS Veterinary Hospital
  • Business Manager of the year – Australian Veterinary Business Association 
  • Practice of Excellence Award – Australian Veterinary Practice Management Association
  • Telstra Small Business Awards – QLD Finalist
  • 2023 GSCC Environment Award
  • 2019 GSCC Members Choice Award


  • BVSC Hons 1, 1986
  • AICD Not for Profit course 
  • Lincoln Institute leadership and mastery 
  • Small Giants Academy Mastery of Business and Empathy


  • Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Australian Institute of Community Directors
  • UQ school of veterinary science curriculum committee (2019 – present)
  • Director Director, Australian Veterinary Business Association (2015 – 2017)

Videos & Podcasts