The Team at Wantirna Vet Clinic
Alison was born in Scotland and emigrated to Melbourne 1974, by now you’d be thinking her accent is no longer….but no. She bought the practice in 1999 and has been at Wantirna Mall ever since.
Alison as plenty of notches in her belt, along with extensive knowledge in just about everything she has completed post graduate education in ophthalmology, medicine and animal surgery and was admitted to the chapter of surgeons in small animal surgery 1993. She has also done further studies in animal behaviour and is a certificated DELTA dog trainer.
Alison spends all of her spare time with her mum and beloved three year old doberman ‘Carys’ and her five year old kitty ‘Izzy’.
Ashley graduated from University of British Columbia, Canada with a Bachelor of Science degree and worked in Singapore for a few years in the healthcare industry. She then moved to Australia to pursue her dream of becoming a vet and graduated from University of Melbourne with honours. She has worked at Wantirna Vet Clinic ever since and has a strong interest in feline medicine. In 2008 she completed a post graduate course in feline medicine through University of Sydney.
In her spare time Ashley loves fostering kittens from the clinic or Coldstream Animal Aid and spending time with husband, daughter and her two cats “Eden” and “Sidney”.
Martina graduated as veterinarian in 2008 from Cairo, Egypt and then immigrated to Australia when she had finished her studies. In order to work as a veterinarian in Australia, Martina was basically required to re-do all her studies again, she dedicated five more years of studies and practical work to pursue her much loved career in Australia.
Martina has a strong interest in surgery and is planning to further her studies in this area.
Martina spends most of her time running around after her seven year old son “Matthew”, and in what little spare time she has, she enjoy’s her Zumba & body pump fitness classes and more importantly her therapy, “retail therapy”, that is.
Miranda is also our rehabilitation nurse and will assist with the recovery of all our patients who have required cruciate rupture repairs, patellar surgery, TPLO etc.
Miranda is one of four nurses who will take care of your pet whilst in our care. On occasion you may see her beloved black GHP “Bessie” a.k.a “Nurse Bessie” and her silly English Pointer, “Walter” whom she help deliver via emergency c- section back in 2013. More recently in December 2015, Miranda and her husband welcomed a two legged species to their family, a son “Charlie”.
Due to the birth of her twin boys, looking after her daughter, two horses, three cats and one husband she has had to reduce her time at the clinic.
On any given Saturday Sue will greet you with a smile and the front desk and waive her magic spell your cat if he/she are worried about being in hospital.
Emma does agility, fly ball and obedience training at Berwick Obedience Club with her beautiful dog Milo, although Emma’s absolute favourite animals are cows!
In her spare time Emma enjoys baking, cake decorating and watching animated movies.
Sammi started at Wantirna Vet Clinic in January 2017 and is currently studying Certificate IV in Vet Nursing at Boxhill Tafe. She has had a passion for all animals’, right from an early age and was able to indulge in her love, as her family lived in country Victoria.
Having studied business, Sam had a successful career in education, managing large teams from around Australia. However, her passion never subsided and she finally was in a position to follow her dream.
Her menagerie consists of 4 children, 3 cats, 1 puppy dog and in her spare time she looks after baby possums before they are released back into the wild.
Kirstie started with Wantirna Veterinary Clinic February 2013. Kirstie is a qualified seamstress and after retiring her business Kirstie entered into a career that has seen her working in veterinary clinics, veterinary research, pet stores and now as a veterinary receptionist.
Kirstie spends all of her spare time on her property in Yarra Junction with her four horse, two cats, two dogs and one husband. If she is not trail riding or at a horse competition, she is making glittery bridles for up an coming horse shows.
Kirstie is one of two who will greet you as you come in the clinic with a cheeky smile and a “hi”, but also beware if you have a Burmese she may sneakily take him/her away for smoochies.
Jess has completed a certificate in dog behaviour and training and is looking to start her veterinary nursing certificate in the near future. Jess adopted two cats along the way, ‘Moonpie’ and ‘Rusty’ and her exuberant and loving staffi “Rocco”.
Last year Jess extended her family to induce a son “Hunter”.
Jess will be one of two who will greet you with a big smile and a ‘hello’ as you walk into the clinic, BUT beware, if you have a staffi she may take him/her from you for lot’s of cuddles.
Heather started at our Clinic in September 2016 and is one of the friendly faces that will greet you at reception when you come in. Heather has always loved animals.
She has enjoyed doing obedience training and agility with her dogs with one gaining his Companion Dog title.
Her love of cats has previously been channeled into working at a cat boarding facility. Heather is very interested in the care of the older pet.
In addition to travel and a passion for V8 Supercars Heather loves spending time with her husband; her menagerie of cats and taking slow walks with the now senior golden retriever Kit.