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Sarah Helmond

Medicine

Sarah Helmond graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2001.  She worked in general practice before moving to the USA to undertake a residency at the University of Minnesota in Small Animal Internal Medicine.  During…

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Catherine Bovens

Medicine

Catherine Bovens is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM) for companion animals. Catherine is from Belgium and graduated from the University of Liege, Belgium in 2005. After a one-year small…

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Lucia Yu

Medicine

Dr Lucia graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland in 2012 and worked as a general practitioner for some years before pursuing her passion in small animal internal medicine.  This career journey has…

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Claire Cannon

Oncology

Claire joined the VRH team in 2021.  She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2003 and spent several years in general practice in Australia and the United Kingdom before deciding to specialise.  During her…

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Alasdair Renwick

Surgery

Alasdair Renwick is Victoria’s only orthopaedics specific specialist. He trained and worked at some of the best and busiest referral centres in the UK prior to emigrating with his family to Australia in 2018.  He…

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Cameron Broome

Surgery

Cameron is a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Surgery. He graduated from the University of Queensland in 1993.  He then completed a surgical internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialists before…

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Sam Long

Neurology

Dr Long graduated from Melbourne University before undergoing his residency and specialist training in Glasgow in the UK.  Following his specialist training he undertook a PhD in canine brain cancer before moving to the United…

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Rob Turner

Imaging

Rob is a Massey University trained veterinarian from Zimbabwe. He completed his ANZCVS Memberships in Small Animal Radiology in 2015 and continued into a veterinary diagnostic imaging residency at U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital. He is…

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Leah Bradbury

Anaesthesia
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Eleanor Holden

Anaesthesia

After graduating from the University of Queensland, Eleanor spent time in mixed general practice in Lilydale followed by a small animal rotating internship at the University of Melbourne. After returning to the University of Queensland as…

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Simon Choi

Neurology

Simon graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and worked as a general practitioner for several years in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. He travelled back to Sydney…

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Ainsley Sutton

Emergency & Critical Care

After graduating from the University of Melbourne, Ainsley worked in a small animal general practice in south east Melbourne where she developed a love for small animal surgery. Since starting the internship at VRH in…

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Vivian Chan

Emergency & Critical Care

Vivian graduated from The University of Melbourne before joining the VRH team in 2016 as a rotating intern. After discovering a strong interest in emergency and critical care (ECC), she completed an ECC specific internship…

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Sharline Cheng

Emergency & Critical Care

Sharline graduated from the University of Melbourne and spent two years in general practice before joining VRH as a rotating intern in 2018.  With a keen interest in emergency medicine, she remained with the ECC…

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Cristina Horton

Emergency & Critical Care
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Ben Huang

Emergency & Critical Care

Ben graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2019 before working as a general practice veterinarian at a small animal hospital in the South-Eastern Suburb of Melbourne. He joined the emergency and critical care team…

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Tony Christmas

Business Manager

Tony has worked in the healthcare industry for over 30 years both in Australia and the United States in sales, marketing, operations and general management roles. He strongly believes that focused marketing drives business growth…

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Michael Wilhelm

People & Culture

Michael came to VRH in 2019 with formal qualifications and many years of experience in OH&S, human resources and business management.  He currently works at VRH three days a week, concentrating on recruitment, policies, contracts…

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Nadine Hobbs

Nursing Manager

A keen interest in working with animals lead to Nadine to pursue volunteer work at the RSPCA back in 2009. This then led to her first job in general practice, and she soon commenced her…

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Colleen Murphy

Radiographer

Colleen studied Medical Imaging in New Zealand. After completing her post graduate study in MRI at Sydney University she set her sights further afield, moving to the UK. Colleen loves that she has managed to…

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Lyssa Earey

Radiographer
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Chelsea Start

Emergency Nurse

Chelsea became a Cert IV qualified vet nurse in 2018 and worked in many general practice clinics in Perth, before moving to Melbourne in late 2020. She spent several months locuming at various clinics in…

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Chelsea Leach

Emergency Nurse
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Stephanie Eric

Emergency Nurse

Stephanie is a Cert IV Veterinary Nurse.  She began nursing in 2015 after studying her Bachelor of human nursing.  She realised that while she had a love for nursing it was for animals that she…

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Samantha Arratia

Emergency Nurse

Samantha has always had a passion for animals since as young as she can remember. Before joining our VRH team in February 2021 she was a qualified Zookeeper in NSW. During high school she completed…

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Rebecca Viher

Emergency Nurse
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Brittany Murphy

Emergency Nurse

Starting out as a student veterinary nurse, Brittany found her passion in ECC nursing and was employed at VRH. Brittany enjoys medicine and has a keen interest in pathology and blood transfusions. At home Brittany…

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Sarah Blunden

Emergency Nurse
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Sharee Williams

Emergency Nurse

Sharee started at VRH in 2016 while she was completing her studies toward the Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing. She also holds a Diploma in Animal Technology. She feels that there is nothing better than being able…

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Emma Corbett

Emergency Nurse

After becoming an enrolled “human” nurse in 2011, Emma wanted to combine her love of animals and love of providing medical care together. She started working in a small general practice in 2016 but was…

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Mikaela Zonnenbergs

Surgery Nurse

Mikaela has been working as a veterinary nurse since 2017. After completing a Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing, she moved from general practice to VRH in 2020. She enjoys anaesthesia and providing the best care possible to…

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Keishia Lilly

Surgery Nurse

Keishia started her veterinary nursing career back in 2008 and had worked in various GP clinics before joining the Surgery department at VRH in 2020. She has a keen interest in anaesthesia and diagnostic imaging….

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Christy Cockram

Emergency Nurse

Christy started her veterinary nursing career in an Equine hospital before deciding to pursue a career with small animals. She quickly discovered that her passion was in emergency and critical care and she joined the…

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Tracey Achterdenbosch

Medicine Nurse

Tracey started at the Veterinary Referral Hospital in April 2021. She has a Certificate, Advanced Certificate, and a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, and she has been nursing for 26 years. She started in General Practice and…

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Lily Nugent

Medicine Nurse
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Lauren Dixon

Medicine Nurse
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Alex Riesco-Corros

Neurology Nurse

Alex finished the Veterinarian Medicine Degree in the University of Leon (Spain) in 2013. After one Rotation Internship in Cardenal Herrera University of Valencia, He went to Ireland where he did a Rotation Internship UCD…

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Toni DeJesus

Neurology Nurse

Toni started her career in high school, completing her Cert II in Animal Studies at the RSPCA then continued after high school, completing her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2015. She has explored specialty…

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Sandra Ford

Surgery Nurse

Sandra commenced working with VRH since the beginning of a surgery team at Hallam and has seen it grow into what it is today. She has been nursing for over 20 years with a broad…

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Sarah Van Loon

Surgery Nurse

Sarah grew up on a farm in South Gippsland and has always had an interest in animals, large and small. Sarah worked for a dairy farmer for 6 years milking cows before moving to Brisbane…

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Shannel Downey

Surgery Nurse

Shannel began nursing in 2014 at a busy general practice clinic. In 2016 she qualified as a Veterinary Nurse and began to work at the Animal Emergency Centre (Hallam).  Here she developed a keen interest…

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Samantha Elsner

Medicine Nurse

Sam qualified as a small animal veterinary nurse in 2009 and has worked in small and large animal veterinary clinics across Victoria. Prior to beginning work in the medicine department of VRH in May 2016,…

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Kelly Mudge

Medicine Nurse

Kelly has been veterinary nursing since 2000 and qualified from the RCVS in 2003. She has worked in general practice and speciality practices both in Australia and in the UK. Kelly moved to Melbourne in…

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Cathy McAdie

Client Services

Cathy has been veterinary nursing for many years, including small animal, mixed practice, equine and surgical nursing. For the last 16 years she has focused her career on emergency and critical care. Cathy has completed…

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Kristen Brett-Furner

Client Services

Kristen is a Customer Service professional, with qualifications in Communications, Business Administration and Training. Her passion for providing care and support in times of need, began in her youth where she grew up on a…

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Helen Marks

Client Services

Helen joined our team at VRH and has been with us for two years. Previously Helen worked in a customer service and administration role at an animal rescue organisation. Helen loves meeting our clients and…

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Kristy Lucas

Client Services

Kristy started at VRH in December 2020. She has completed a Certificate 3 in Animal Studies and currently is studying the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Kristy takes a special interest in Emergency and Critical…

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Hannah Lewis

Rotating Intern

After graduating from Murdoch University in Western Australia in 2018, Hannah worked in a busy general practice clinic for 2 years before joining VRH as a rotating intern in late 2020. She has an interest…

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Xeni Pan

Rotating Intern

Xeni started at VRH in early 2021 right after graduating in 2020 from the University of Melbourne.  She studied her Bachelor of Science in Florida USA, during which she spent a lot of time volunteering…

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Leah Wingett

Rotating Intern

Leah began working as a Rotating Intern at Veterinary Referral Hospital in February 2021. She began her career in the veterinary industry in 2011, initially working as a kennel hand and receptionist in a small…

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Tiffany Law

Rotating Intern

After graduating from the Melbourne University in 2018, Tiffany worked at a private practice. Wanting to widen her horizon and explore different aspects in veterinary medicine, Tiffany started as a rotating intern in February 2021….

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Isa-Belle Tan

Rotating Intern
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Sam Fong

Surgery Intern

Sam started his surgery internship at VRH in January 2021 after graduating with honors in 2020 from the University of Queensland. Prior to this, he was a volunteer worker for the RSPCA in providing shelter…

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Samantha Rulli

Medicine Intern

Samantha completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Melbourne before joining the VRH team in February 2020 as a rotating intern.  She enjoyed the environment and complexity of cases through each department…

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Sin Yun Low (Jamie)

Emergency & Critical Care Intern

Jamie first explored the veterinary world as a vet nurse in a small animal clinic after completing high school. After going through 5 years of Vet school, she discovered her strong passion was in emergency,…

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Dana Leben

Neurology Intern

Dana started at VRH in February 2021 as an intern for the neurology team. Prior to this she was working in emergency medicine for the past few years. She attended the University of Illinois at…

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