Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple. To build relationships with families that enhance their pets lives through professional, quality and caring healthcare. To be the voice for all pets.

Our team is committed to providing quality care for your pet. We understand the important role your pet plays in your family and we aim to treat all pets as our own and to treat our clients the way we would want to be treated.

Our History

In the early 1990s, Albury Veterinary Hospital was a single, stand-alone veterinary hospital with vets and nurses attending to large and small animals. There was an opportunity to purchase another veterinary hospital in Wodonga on Beechworth Road. This was done and was called Beechworth Road Veterinary Hospital. It was the smaller of the two hospitals. Dr John Paton worked in Albury and Dr Peter Lee in Wodonga.

During the mid-1990s, the partners of Albury Veterinary Hospital (Drs John Paton and Peter Lee) were looking for a change in the identity and the nature of the Veterinary Hospital. It was felt there was an increasing change in the attitude of more and more clients.

This change was from “it’s just a dog” or “it’s just a cat” to a recognition of the importance of these pets to households, and that they form part of the family. It was, for this reason, there was a change of name to Family Vet Centre.

We felt the name better reflected the style of Hospital we wished to be involved with and the philosophy we believed was important. The name was partly a reflection of the older personal relationship of the family doctor, and partly a recognition of our pets within our families. We wished to be available and approachable by our clients with their concerns regarding their pets.

Family Vet Centre grew and expanded over the years and required more and more staff to handle the workload. Essential to this expansion was the emphasis of the practices on client service, as well as staff professional and personal development. An external personnel consultant was engaged to help the partners with the selection and training of the staff. This enabled staff employment to be focused where the Family Vet Centre was developing.

In January 2008, Dr John Paton retired and Dr Justin Clancy entered the partnership. At the same time, Wodonga Animal Hospital was brought under the Family Vet Centre umbrella and the clients from there were moved to Beechworth Road, Wodonga. This enabled the development on the Thomas Mitchell Drive site into a new, purpose-built hospital that we see today. The site also includes a new and expanded boarding Facility for dogs and cats.

Our People

Each person on our team contributes significantly to the professionalism & care of Family Vet Centre.
We are committed to training and ongoing veterinary education, and this coupled with a wealth of experience, ensures that our clients & patients receive the benefit of up-to-date and best-practice veterinary medicine

Veterinarians

An experienced group of vets leads to many ideas being circulated through the group as well as a sharing of information – this brings a new dimension to learning and allows different perspectives to be applied to problems.

We recognize the importance of seeing your own vet – Please do not hesitate to ask to see your vet when you make your appointment.

Nurses

Our nurses and support staff play a crucial role in the care of your pet. As a whole the nursing group are well accomplished, and individually each nurse brings different skills to the table. Rather than having receptionists, all nurses rotate through reception duties. This is a deliberate policy, as we want the people out the front with the clients to be well experienced with what happens in the hospital – the people out the front aren’t just receptionists but are well-qualified nurses.

Boarding

Grooming

Dr. Justin Clancy
BVSc(Hons) DipVetClinStud MVS MACVSc (Small Animal Medicine)
Justin is from a local farming family – having been raised initially at Urangeline East, to the north of Albury, and for the last 25 years at Bowna. After completing his studies at University of Sydney, Justin accepted a small animal internship at the University. This was followed by a stint in the UK before returning to Albury and the Family Vet Centre in 2003. Justin has received his membership qualifications in small animal medicine at the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, and has been invited back to the College to act as an examiner. Justin has also completed his Masters in Veterinary Studies, as well as several other continuing education courses, most recently in ultrasonography. Justin lives on the family property at Bowna with his wife Tabitha and son Xavier.
Dr. Justin Clancy
BVSc(Hons) DipVetClinStud MVS MACVSc (Small Animal Medicine)
Justin is from a local farming family – having been raised initially at Urangeline East, to the north of Albury, and for the last 25 years at Bowna. After completing his studies at University of Sydney, Justin accepted a small animal internship at the University. This was followed by a stint in the UK before returning to Albury and the Family Vet Centre in 2003. Justin has received his membership qualifications in small animal medicine at the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, and has been invited back to the College to act as an examiner. Justin has also completed his Masters in Veterinary Studies, as well as several other continuing education courses, most recently in ultrasonography. Justin lives on the family property at Bowna with his wife Tabitha and son Xavier.
Dr. Jane Bromwich
BVSc(Hons) DipVetClinStud MVS MACVSc (Small Animal Medicine)
Jane was born and raised in Darwin with a menagerie of pets. She now lives on a farm with her husband mark and 4 children and still has a menagerie of pets - 2 dogs, 2 cats (adopted through the Adopt-A-Kitten program), 8 chickens and 4 horses. Jane studied Veterinary Science in Perth and has worked in mixed (small and large animals) vet practices here and overseas. In 2006 Jane completed her membership into the Australian College of Veterinary Science (Small Animal Surgery). "Family Vet Centre is a great clinic to work in, as we have a wonderfully skilled staff of vets and nurses, who pride themselves in being able to give a high level of care to all their patients in a team environment. I love the variety of the job, there is always new challenges and I still get a buzz out of seeing animals recover from injury or illness and return them to their families."
Dr. Jane Bromwich
BVSc(Hons) DipVetClinStud MVS MACVSc (Small Animal Medicine)
Jane was born and raised in Darwin with a menagerie of pets. She now lives on a farm with her husband mark and 4 children and still has a menagerie of pets - 2 dogs, 2 cats (adopted through the Adopt-A-Kitten program), 8 chickens and 4 horses. Jane studied Veterinary Science in Perth and has worked in mixed (small and large animals) vet practices here and overseas. In 2006 Jane completed her membership into the Australian College of Veterinary Science (Small Animal Surgery). "Family Vet Centre is a great clinic to work in, as we have a wonderfully skilled staff of vets and nurses, who pride themselves in being able to give a high level of care to all their patients in a team environment. I love the variety of the job, there is always new challenges and I still get a buzz out of seeing animals recover from injury or illness and return them to their families."
Dr. Mara King
BVSc(Hons) CVA
Wodonga is my hometown and after studying in Melbourne I returned to take up a position as veterinarian at Wodonga Animal Hospital. Fifteen years later we became part of Family Vet Centre. Many of the Wodonga Animal Hospital team joined me in the move to Family Vet Centre and most of us are still here. Family Vet Centre is an amazing place to work, it is such a privilege to work alongside such a talented and passionate group of vets and nurses. In 2012 I studied acupuncture becoming a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. By combining acupuncture with conventional treatments it has been possible to achieve even greater quality of life for many of our canine and feline patients. I just love that placing a few small needles can make a patient feel better, sometimes the improvement is truly astounding. In 2019 I stepped into the role of Practice Coordinator. Although I no longer perform general veterinary consultations, I still have the joy of providing hands on patient care with acupuncture and the pleasure of getting to know some of our delightful clients.
Dr. Mara King
BVSc(Hons) DipVetClinStud MVS MACVSc (Small Animal Medicine)
Justin is from a local farming family – having been raised initially at Urangeline East, to the north of Albury, and for the last 25 years at Bowna. After completing his studies at University of Sydney, Justin accepted a small animal internship at the University. This was followed by a stint in the UK before returning to Albury and the Family Vet Centre in 2003. Justin has received his membership qualifications in small animal medicine at the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, and has been invited back to the College to act as an examiner. Justin has also completed his Masters in Veterinary Studies, as well as several other continuing education courses, most recently in ultrasonography. Justin lives on the family property at Bowna with his wife Tabitha and son Xavier.
Dr. Nadine Miller
BVSc(Hons) MANZCVS (sml animal med)
I joined the friendly team at Family Vet Centre in 2005 when I moved to Albury from Melbourne, where I grew up. I graduated in 2003 from the University of Melbourne and moved into mixed practice. I worked in the outer Eastern rural-urban fringe of Melbourne with horses, dairy cattle, alpacas, goats and small animals. Throughout my time at Family Vet Centre, my interest in exotic pets has been fostered and grown to include rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, ferrets, turtles, lizards, snakes and wildlife. In 2010 and I studied throughout my maternity leave to gain Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2012 in the field of Small Animal Medicine. Since 2012 I have furthered my personal study in canine medicine, dentistry and geriatrics, avian medicine and surgery, rabbit medicine, dentistry and surgery among other fields. I find the medicine and surgery of all species interesting as part of the enjoyment of veterinary medicine is never quite knowing what challenges will come your way next! I remain at Family Vet Centre as I feel supported by an amazing team of vets and nurses with many and varied passions, interests and skills with whom I can gain, and also share, knowledge.
Dr. Nadine Miller
BVSc(Hons) MANZCVS (sml animal med)
I joined the friendly team at Family Vet Centre in 2005 when I moved to Albury from Melbourne, where I grew up. I graduated in 2003 from the University of Melbourne and moved into mixed practice. I worked in the outer Eastern rural-urban fringe of Melbourne with horses, dairy cattle, alpacas, goats and small animals. Throughout my time at Family Vet Centre, my interest in exotic pets has been fostered and grown to include rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, ferrets, turtles, lizards, snakes and wildlife. In 2010 and I studied throughout my maternity leave to gain Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2012 in the field of Small Animal Medicine. Since 2012 I have furthered my personal study in canine medicine, dentistry and geriatrics, avian medicine and surgery, rabbit medicine, dentistry and surgery among other fields. I find the medicine and surgery of all species interesting as part of the enjoyment of veterinary medicine is never quite knowing what challenges will come your way next! I remain at Family Vet Centre as I feel supported by an amazing team of vets and nurses with many and varied passions, interests and skills with whom I can gain, and also share, knowledge.
Donna
Cert IV veterinary Nurse, Diploma Veterinary Nurse - General Practice
I began my nursing career back in April 2000 with Dr Mara King and was later adopted in to the Family Vet Centre team. I find all aspects of veterinary nursing rewarding and after completing my Certificate IV in vet nursing I went on to study a diploma in vet nursing- general practice. Over the years I have also spent time working as equine nurse and caring for wildlife. Working in a clinic that strives to provide the best possible care for the patient and client, while sometimes challenging is also highly rewarding and I feel very privileged to work with such a passionate and highly educated team of vets and veterinary nurses.
Donna
Cert IV veterinary Nurse, Diploma Veterinary Nurse - General Practice
I began my nursing career back in April 2000 with Dr Mara King and was later adopted in to the Family Vet Centre team. I find all aspects of veterinary nursing rewarding and after completing my Certificate IV in vet nursing I went on to study a diploma in vet nursing- general practice. Over the years I have also spent time working as equine nurse and caring for wildlife. Working in a clinic that strives to provide the best possible care for the patient and client, while sometimes challenging is also highly rewarding and I feel very privileged to work with such a passionate and highly educated team of vets and veterinary nurses.
Rennai
Veterinary Receptionist
My name is Rennai and I have recently moved from Hervey bay in sunny QLD. Growing up in a farming community, animals have always been a big part of my life. After 16 years of hairdressing I made the big jump to study and complete my certificate 4 in veterinary nursing and have never looked back. I have two golden retriever water babies, Bronx and Aska, and a beautiful but feisty cat called Maz who have travelled from the Bay with me. They are loving the cooler weather down here. I can’t wait to get out and explore the area as camping and hiking is one of the many things I love to do in my spare time. I have been so very lucky to have been given the opportunity to start at Family Vet Centre here in Wodonga where everyone has been so very welcoming.I love the challenges that every day brings and the fact that it is an industry that you never stop learning. I am looking forward to getting to know all our regular and new clients in the coming months.
Rennai
Veterinary Receptionist
My name is Rennai and I have recently moved from Hervey bay in sunny QLD. Growing up in a farming community, animals have always been a big part of my life. After 16 years of hairdressing I made the big jump to study and complete my certificate 4 in veterinary nursing and have never looked back. I have two golden retriever water babies, Bronx and Aska, and a beautiful but feisty cat called Maz who have travelled from the Bay with me. They are loving the cooler weather down here. I can’t wait to get out and explore the area as camping and hiking is one of the many things I love to do in my spare time. I have been so very lucky to have been given the opportunity to start at Family Vet Centre here in Wodonga where everyone has been so very welcoming.I love the challenges that every day brings and the fact that it is an industry that you never stop learning. I am looking forward to getting to know all our regular and new clients in the coming months.
Kayla
TBC
Hello, my name is Kayla and I was born and raised in Wodonga. I have always loved animals since I was a kid. When I was little I was too afraid to play in the backyard as it backed onto a main road and was scared someone would jump over, so mum and dad brought a Maltese Shih Tzu named Scruffy and from then on I loved the backyard, even though he would just lick the person to death if they did jump over. As a kid, I always wished to have a pet rabbit. Many years later I finally got my first rabbit and now I want many more…They are so smart and just so cute! They are definitely one of my favourite animals and I love learning more and more about them. I have a particular interest in exotics and always want to learn more. I completed my work placement with Family Vet Centre over the course of 3 years during my training, and I was lucky enough to be offered a traineeship with them.
Kayla
TBC
Hello, my name is Kayla and I was born and raised in Wodonga. I have always loved animals since I was a kid. When I was little I was too afraid to play in the backyard as it backed onto a main road and was scared someone would jump over, so mum and dad brought a Maltese Shih Tzu named Scruffy and from then on I loved the backyard, even though he would just lick the person to death if they did jump over. As a kid, I always wished to have a pet rabbit. Many years later I finally got my first rabbit and now I want many more…They are so smart and just so cute! They are definitely one of my favourite animals and I love learning more and more about them. I have a particular interest in exotics and always want to learn more. I completed my work placement with Family Vet Centre over the course of 3 years during my training, and I was lucky enough to be offered a traineeship with them.
Tania
Trainee Nurse
My name is Tanya and I have had a passion and love for animals from a young age. Growing up on a dairy farm near Tallangatta with two younger sisters I had a variety of animals to love and occupy my waking hours. If I wasn't racing around the paddocks on horseback I was playing with one of our many pets. We had everything over the years including dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, chickens, geese, birds and of course my hand reared bull Fergus. I also loved helping to care for the cows, goats and the occasional sheep. I currently live in Albury with my fiance and our fur baby Shadow, a Bull Arab cross Kelpie and hope to add to our family in the coming years. I started on the path of veterinary nursing during school when I was given the option of studying my certificate 2 in animal care, since then I have been hooked on the idea that I could have a career of providing care and enrichment to a variety of animals. I have been working for the Family Vet Centre since 2018 and was welcomed with open arms into a group of such strong and loving people that each day go to work to provide care, treatment, repair and rehabilitation to a variety of animals while offering a shoulder or ear to the animals loving parent. I feel privileged to work and learn amongst such amazing people and look forward to the challenges that each day may provide.
Tania
Trainee Nurse
My name is Tanya and I have had a passion and love for animals from a young age. Growing up on a dairy farm near Tallangatta with two younger sisters I had a variety of animals to love and occupy my waking hours. If I wasn't racing around the paddocks on horseback I was playing with one of our many pets. We had everything over the years including dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, chickens, geese, birds and of course my hand reared bull Fergus. I also loved helping to care for the cows, goats and the occasional sheep. I currently live in Albury with my fiance and our fur baby Shadow, a Bull Arab cross Kelpie and hope to add to our family in the coming years. I started on the path of veterinary nursing during school when I was given the option of studying my certificate 2 in animal care, since then I have been hooked on the idea that I could have a career of providing care and enrichment to a variety of animals. I have been working for the Family Vet Centre since 2018 and was welcomed with open arms into a group of such strong and loving people that each day go to work to provide care, treatment, repair and rehabilitation to a variety of animals while offering a shoulder or ear to the animals loving parent. I feel privileged to work and learn amongst such amazing people and look forward to the challenges that each day may provide.
Nicole
Cert IV Vet Nursing and BAnimSci
I grew up in Melbourne as a child and finished my HSC in Albury. After completing a Bachelor in Animal Science in Melbourne, I moved back to the region. I worked with Mara King for a short while before we all joined the team at Family Vet Centre in 2008. In 2009 I completed my certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. When I am not working I am busy at home with my 3 kids Lucas, Imogen, and Madelyn. We have 2 dogs Charlie and Buckley both Maltese X, a budgie called Pete and 3 guinea pigs Cadbury, Chewy and Lightening. I love our pets very much but one day hope to own a Miniature Dachshund. I have always had a love of animals and it is great to work at Family Vet Centre where we can all share our love of animals. Family Vet Centre has a lovely team of vets and nurses who all provide something different to the Family at Family Vet Centre.
Nicole
Cert IV veterinary Nurse, Diploma Veterinary Nurse - General Practice
I grew up in Melbourne as a child and finished my HSC in Albury. After completing a Bachelor in Animal Science in Melbourne, I moved back to the region. I worked with Mara King for a short while before we all joined the team at Family Vet Centre in 2008. In 2009 I completed my certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. When I am not working I am busy at home with my 3 kids Lucas, Imogen, and Madelyn. We have 2 dogs Charlie and Buckley both Maltese X, a budgie called Pete and 3 guinea pigs Cadbury, Chewy and Lightening. I love our pets very much but one day hope to own a Miniature Dachshund. I have always had a love of animals and it is great to work at Family Vet Centre where we can all share our love of animals. Family Vet Centre has a lovely team of vets and nurses who all provide something different to the Family at Family Vet Centre.
Dr. Chris Wolmarans
BVSc
It was a blessing to be raised in a small farming community in South Africa. After graduating from Vet school in 1997, I worked in mixed rural practice. Whilst at University I met the love of my life, Marian. Together with our 3 children, Louis, Paula and Fritz we arrived in Australia in 2009. Our pet family has grown over the years and now includes Hannah (Airedale) Chess (Jack Russel) and Tombi (Wire hair pointer). I joined Family Vet Centre in 2010.Our team consists of very committed, caring and professional staff with vast experience. We appreciate our clients as they take very good care of their pets. It is truly a privilege to be a part of this very special human - animal bond. I enjoy soft tissue surgery and have a particular interest in early detection and prevention of Hip dysplasia through the PennHIP system. In late 2017 we started Our Family’s Mobile Vet. This has been a very rewarding part of my career. Dealing with everything from conception, pregnancy checks, whelping checks, vaccinations and sadly, home euthanasia. Providing at home service often provides a much more relaxed environment for the vet, pet and family alike.
Dr. Chris Wolmarans
BVSc
It was a blessing to be raised in a small farming community in South Africa. After graduating from Vet school in 1997, I worked in mixed rural practice. Whilst at University I met the love of my life, Marian. Together with our 3 children, Louis, Paula and Fritz we arrived in Australia in 2009. Our pet family has grown over the years and now includes Hannah (Airedale) Chess (Jack Russel) and Tombi (Wire hair pointer). I joined Family Vet Centre in 2010.Our team consists of very committed, caring and professional staff with vast experience. We appreciate our clients as they take very good care of their pets. It is truly a privilege to be a part of this very special human - animal bond. I enjoy soft tissue surgery and have a particular interest in early detection and prevention of Hip dysplasia through the PennHIP system. In late 2017 we started Our Family’s Mobile Vet. This has been a very rewarding part of my career. Dealing with everything from conception, pregnancy checks, whelping checks, vaccinations and sadly, home euthanasia. Providing at home service often provides a much more relaxed environment for the vet, pet and family alike.
Dr. Mel van de Ven
BVSc
Mel is a graduate veterinarian from The University of Melbourne. Although she has spent most of her adult life living, working and studying in Melbourne, Mel originally grew up in the farming town of Balldale. Naturally, being surrounded by horses, dogs, cats and the local wild life of a rural town, she was passionate to begin a career in the wonderful world of animals. She began studying and working as a veterinary nurse and wanted to learn more. This was when she decided to go to university and study to become a Veterinarian, her dream job. Mel is incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about all aspects of her career and is very much looking forward to her continued future with the team at Family Vet Centre.
Dr. Mel van de Ven
BVSc
Mel is a graduate veterinarian from The University of Melbourne. Although she has spent most of her adult life living, working and studying in Melbourne, Mel originally grew up in the farming town of Balldale. Naturally, being surrounded by horses, dogs, cats and the local wild life of a rural town, she was passionate to begin a career in the wonderful world of animals. She began studying and working as a veterinary nurse and wanted to learn more. This was when she decided to go to university and study to become a Veterinarian, her dream job. Mel is incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about all aspects of her career and is very much looking forward to her continued future with the team at Family Vet Centre.
Dr. Peter Lee
BVSc, MVS
I have been a veterinarian for over 30 years having graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1979. These years have been rewarding and challenging. I began work in Wangaratta in mixed practice and then moved to Myrtleford to become the principal of the practice. This was also a mixed practice with both large and small animals being attended to. Over this period in Myrtleford, veterinary science started to change from a profession where a vet was expected to do everything, to a realisation that it was no longer possible for a vet to be highly proficient across all animal species. After the move to Albury–Wodonga in 1991, this change accelerated with registered specialists becoming qualified and an increasing need for veterinarians to gain increased knowledge in a smaller field to manage the increasing knowledge in animal health and treatments. This increase in the knowledge of fields of veterinary science shows no sign of slowing. The time I have spent as part of Albury Veterinary Hospital and then Family Vet Centre has been fulfilling and a great reward to me. The hard work of those years is seen in the marvellous people I work with. The expansion of the practice over the years has enabled us to bring highly qualified and able people into the practice to service our clients and patients far better than I could have imagined 20 years ago. I’ve now taken a step back from clinic life, although you will still find me in the clinic on occasion
Dr. Peter Lee
BVSc, MVS
I have been a veterinarian for over 30 years having graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1979. These years have been rewarding and challenging. I began work in Wangaratta in mixed practice and then moved to Myrtleford to become the principal of the practice. This was also a mixed practice with both large and small animals being attended to. Over this period in Myrtleford, veterinary science started to change from a profession where a vet was expected to do everything, to a realisation that it was no longer possible for a vet to be highly proficient across all animal species. After the move to Albury–Wodonga in 1991, this change accelerated with registered specialists becoming qualified and an increasing need for veterinarians to gain increased knowledge in a smaller field to manage the increasing knowledge in animal health and treatments. This increase in the knowledge of fields of veterinary science shows no sign of slowing. The time I have spent as part of Albury Veterinary Hospital and then Family Vet Centre has been fulfilling and a great reward to me. The hard work of those years is seen in the marvellous people I work with. The expansion of the practice over the years has enabled us to bring highly qualified and able people into the practice to service our clients and patients far better than I could have imagined 20 years ago. I’ve now taken a step back from clinic life, although you will still find me in the clinic on occasion
Dr. Sarah Peacock
BVBiol, BVSc
I grew up in regional Victoria on a beef cattle farm with my parents, three brothers, & a variety of animals ranging from cattle, horses & chickens to dogs & cats. At the age of 10 I decided I wanted to become a veterinarian as opposed to a “human doctor” because I thought it would be more challenging because animals cannot tell you what is wrong with them. I definitely chose the right career! We are constantly faced with challenges on a daily basis & I am very passionate about treating all animals as if they are my own pets, & offering gold standard treatment wherever possible. With a love of the outdoors & all animals big & small, I graduated with a double degree in Veterinary Biology/Veterinary Science in July 2016, with my husband Joel by my side. Since joining the Family Vet Centre team, I have adopted one of the clinics adopt-a-kittens, Nina, a cheeky tortoishell who loves playing with my two Jack Russell’s, Squirt & Ginny. I enjoy soft tissue surgery, medical cases, endoscopy, working with wildlife & cytology. I have completed a short course in ultrasound which has been extremely useful in working up a lot of medical cases. I hope to complete more short courses in the near future to help expand my knowledge & skills in these areas.
Dr. Sarah Peacock
BVBiol, BVSc
I grew up in regional Victoria on a beef cattle farm with my parents, three brothers, & a variety of animals ranging from cattle, horses & chickens to dogs & cats. At the age of 10 I decided I wanted to become a veterinarian as opposed to a “human doctor” because I thought it would be more challenging because animals cannot tell you what is wrong with them. I definitely chose the right career! We are constantly faced with challenges on a daily basis & I am very passionate about treating all animals as if they are my own pets, & offering gold standard treatment wherever possible. With a love of the outdoors & all animals big & small, I graduated with a double degree in Veterinary Biology/Veterinary Science in July 2016, with my husband Joel by my side. Since joining the Family Vet Centre team, I have adopted one of the clinics adopt-a-kittens, Nina, a cheeky tortoishell who loves playing with my two Jack Russell’s, Squirt & Ginny. I enjoy soft tissue surgery, medical cases, endoscopy, working with wildlife & cytology. I have completed a short course in ultrasound which has been extremely useful in working up a lot of medical cases. I hope to complete more short courses in the near future to help expand my knowledge & skills in these areas.
Dr. Lauren Blackney
BVBiol, BVSc
I grew up in the Albury Wodonga area with a menagerie of pets. I feel very privileged to have turned my love of animals into a career. After graduating from Charles Sturt University with honours in 2014, I worked in a mixed practice for four years prior to joining the Family Vet Centre Team in 2018. My interests include small animal abdominal ultrasound and soft tissue surgery. However, the aspect I love most about the job is the variety every working day brings. Outside of work I love spending time with my husband, Kieran and daughter, Frankie. Along with our two fur children Summer and Skip and pet cows Bella and Daisy.
Dr. Lauren Blackney
BVBiol, BVSc
I grew up in the Albury Wodonga area with a menagerie of pets. I feel very privileged to have turned my love of animals into a career. After graduating from Charles Sturt University with honours in 2014, I worked in a mixed practice for four years prior to joining the Family Vet Centre Team in 2018. My interests include small animal abdominal ultrasound and soft tissue surgery. However, the aspect I love most about the job is the variety every working day brings. Outside of work I love spending time with my husband, Kieran and daughter, Frankie. Along with our two fur children Summer and Skip and pet cows Bella and Daisy.
Dr. Emma Pilkington
BVSc (Merit) BSc CVA (IVAS)
Emma grew up in rural South Australia on a mixed farming enterprise surrounded by sheep, horses, dogs, cats and the odd budgie. She studied Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, graduating with merit, and has since spent time working with a variety of small furry, and large hooved animals, in rural South Australia, Sydney, Singapore and, most recently, Albury. Emma loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, but is particularly passionate about feline medicine, caring for much beloved geriatric pets, dermatology, and acupuncture. She can often be found studying, attending courses or conferences, and as such has obtained international qualifications as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) allowing her to treat horses, dogs, and cats over the last 8 years in both Singapore and Australia. Being passionate about making pets as comfortable as possible during their vet visits, Emma has also achieved Silver Certification in Low Stress Handling of Dogs and Cats. When not at work, Emma is kept busy, with husband Matt, looking after both “human”, “furry" and feathered" children including two cats, Monster and Kitana, one whippet, Milo, and a very spoilt budgie, Noah. She is very excited to join the team at Family Vet and looks forward to meeting you soon.
Dr. Emma Pilkington
BVSc (Merit) BSc CVA (IVAS)
Emma grew up in rural South Australia on a mixed farming enterprise surrounded by sheep, horses, dogs, cats and the odd budgie. She studied Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, graduating with merit, and has since spent time working with a variety of small furry, and large hooved animals, in rural South Australia, Sydney, Singapore and, most recently, Albury. Emma loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, but is particularly passionate about feline medicine, caring for much beloved geriatric pets, dermatology, and acupuncture. She can often be found studying, attending courses or conferences, and as such has obtained international qualifications as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) allowing her to treat horses, dogs, and cats over the last 8 years in both Singapore and Australia. Being passionate about making pets as comfortable as possible during their vet visits, Emma has also achieved Silver Certification in Low Stress Handling of Dogs and Cats. When not at work, Emma is kept busy, with husband Matt, looking after both “human”, “furry" and feathered" children including two cats, Monster and Kitana, one whippet, Milo, and a very spoilt budgie, Noah. She is very excited to join the team at Family Vet and looks forward to meeting you soon.
Brooke
Veterinary Nurse
Hi my name is Brooke. I grew up on my parents farm at Eskdale and cant remember a time we didnt have a pet of some variety! From our family dog to hand reared poddy calves, horses, ducks, chooks... not to mention all the little critters me and my sister used to find and bring home! I am now the very lucky owner of the 2 best dogs in the world, Barney and Gunner, both german shorthaired pointers, and no I'm not biased!! I also have a beautiful sun conure parrot Norman, who has LOTS of attitude!! I've been part of the team at Family Vet Centre for over a decade now and really enjoy working along with our great vets and nurses. There is always so much to learn and we have a lot of fun while giving the best care to all of our patients.
Brooke
Veterinary Nurse
Hi my name is Brooke. I grew up on my parents farm at Eskdale and cant remember a time we didnt have a pet of some variety! From our family dog to hand reared poddy calves, horses, ducks, chooks... not to mention all the little critters me and my sister used to find and bring home! I am now the very lucky owner of the 2 best dogs in the world, Barney and Gunner, both german shorthaired pointers, and no I'm not biased!! I also have a beautiful sun conure parrot Norman, who has LOTS of attitude!! I've been part of the team at Family Vet Centre for over a decade now and really enjoy working along with our great vets and nurses. There is always so much to learn and we have a lot of fun while giving the best care to all of our patients.
Danielle
Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing
My name is Danielle and I have recently moved back to Albury/Wodonga after spending 9 years in Melbourne. I completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing while working at a small animal practice where I was employed for more than 8 years. I have also been trained in Emergency and Critical Care nursing while working at a 24 hour Emergency and Referral Centre. Growing up on a dairy farm just out of Echuca and then at Running Creek in the Kiewa Valley, I have always been surrounded by animals. I am incredibly passionate about animals and feel so lucky that I get to do what I love for a living. I have a Maltese X Ishka, 3 cats Shelby, Squizzy and Nala, as well as 3 fish. My other interests include horse and motorbike riding, and archery.
Danielle
Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing
My name is Danielle and I have recently moved back to Albury/Wodonga after spending 9 years in Melbourne. I completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing while working at a small animal practice where I was employed for more than 8 years. I have also been trained in Emergency and Critical Care nursing while working at a 24 hour Emergency and Referral Centre. Growing up on a dairy farm just out of Echuca and then at Running Creek in the Kiewa Valley, I have always been surrounded by animals. I am incredibly passionate about animals and feel so lucky that I get to do what I love for a living. I have a Maltese X Ishka, 3 cats Shelby, Squizzy and Nala, as well as 3 fish. My other interests include horse and motorbike riding, and archery.
Jacqueline
Veterinary Nurse
Hello, my name is Jacqueline. After living in Queensland for 10+ years I moved back to the region in 2014 and started working at Family Vet Centre. From a very young age I have been passionate about the wellbeing of all animals. Given my family’s nursing history, I felt destined to carry on the tradition but for the furry, scaly and feathered kind instead of the human kind. I have always been surrounded by animals since I was young and now I am a proud owner of a Border Collie x Kelpie, named Bobbie, a Border Collie named Sam and a very strong-willed cat named Mickey. My furry children keep me very busy and on my toes so there is never a dull moment in my household. I have been nursing since 2008 and have cared for a variety of animals, including exotic animals such as rabbits, birds, reptiles, rats and mice. I have learnt so much since starting at Family Vet Centre and plan to continue learning far into the future. I have the privilege of working with such a wonderful and supportive team. I love my job and the many challenges that come with it. I don't see caring for animals as a job, I see it as my passion in life.
Jacqueline
Veterinary Nurse
Hello, my name is Jacqueline. After living in Queensland for 10+ years I moved back to the region in 2014 and started working at Family Vet Centre. From a very young age I have been passionate about the wellbeing of all animals. Given my family’s nursing history, I felt destined to carry on the tradition but for the furry, scaly and feathered kind instead of the human kind. I have always been surrounded by animals since I was young and now I am a proud owner of a Border Collie x Kelpie, named Bobbie, a Border Collie named Sam and a very strong-willed cat named Mickey. My furry children keep me very busy and on my toes so there is never a dull moment in my household. I have been nursing since 2008 and have cared for a variety of animals, including exotic animals such as rabbits, birds, reptiles, rats and mice. I have learnt so much since starting at Family Vet Centre and plan to continue learning far into the future. I have the privilege of working with such a wonderful and supportive team. I love my job and the many challenges that come with it. I don't see caring for animals as a job, I see it as my passion in life.
Jess
Veterinary Nurse
I grew up in the country with an ever changing menagerie of pets... Cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, ducks, turtles, birds, even a donkey named George. I've always had a huge love of animals, and as a child I was constantly bringing home injured and orphaned creatures to nurse back to health. I'd always dreamed of being a vet nurse, but I started a family early on and my dreams went on the back burner for a while. I kept my passion for animals alive through voluntary work with Riding for the Disabled, helping out at local sanctuaries, wildlife rescue and rehab with W.I.R.E.S, and fostering for local rescue groups. I've had many different pets over the years, all coming into my care through need of help. The most recent additions are Elly the rescued pound pup, Zeus the 15 year old cat, who was abandoned with a broken jaw (giving him a unique "smile") and young kitties Lincoln and Taz, who both risked being put to be put to sleep as they were deemed too feral to re-home. All are now happy, sweet and much loved family pets. In 2013 I had the opportunity to study Certificate IV in Vet Nursing, and I am now pursuing my dream career in the wonderful, supportive and caring team environment at the Family Vet Centre. Every day brings something new and challenging, and for me there is no greater feeling than to comfort and reassure an unwell pet while they receive much needed treatment.
Jess
Veterinary Nurse
I grew up in the country with an ever changing menagerie of pets... Cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, ducks, turtles, birds, even a donkey named George. I've always had a huge love of animals, and as a child I was constantly bringing home injured and orphaned creatures to nurse back to health. I'd always dreamed of being a vet nurse, but I started a family early on and my dreams went on the back burner for a while. I kept my passion for animals alive through voluntary work with Riding for the Disabled, helping out at local sanctuaries, wildlife rescue and rehab with W.I.R.E.S, and fostering for local rescue groups. I've had many different pets over the years, all coming into my care through need of help. The most recent additions are Elly the rescued pound pup, Zeus the 15 year old cat, who was abandoned with a broken jaw (giving him a unique "smile") and young kitties Lincoln and Taz, who both risked being put to be put to sleep as they were deemed too feral to re-home. All are now happy, sweet and much loved family pets. In 2013 I had the opportunity to study Certificate IV in Vet Nursing, and I am now pursuing my dream career in the wonderful, supportive and caring team environment at the Family Vet Centre. Every day brings something new and challenging, and for me there is no greater feeling than to comfort and reassure an unwell pet while they receive much needed treatment.
Jessie
Veterinary Nurse, Diploma in Veterinary Nusring
Jessie grew up in Albury and has been in the veterinary industry for the past 10 years. She started out as a kennel attendant before studying her Cert IV and becoming a qualified Veterinary nurse. She has spent some time working in Melbourne and now lives back on the border with her husband David and began working with us at Family Vet Centre in January 2017. Jessie enjoys all aspects of being a vet nurse and has a special interest in the critical care patients and providing a high standard of care. “There is nothing quite like nursing a sick animal back to health and seeing them go home with their families. It’s definitely the most rewarding part of the job for me” She had a variety of pets growing up and currently ruling her life are her two fur children, Maverick the 5 year old Pug X Jack Russell and Moe the 6 month old kitten who she adopted through our adopt-a-kitty program. “My passion and love for animals goes as far back as I can remember and becoming a veterinary nurse is all I have ever wanted to do. I am so fortunate to do the job that I love alongside the amazing team of vets and nurses here at Family Vet Centre. Everyday in this industry is completely different to the next. I am constantly learning and growing and am always looking forward to what tomorrow will bring”.
Jessie
Veterinary Nurse, Diploma in Veterinary Nusring
Jessie grew up in Albury and has been in the veterinary industry for the past 10 years. She started out as a kennel attendant before studying her Cert IV and becoming a qualified Veterinary nurse. She has spent some time working in Melbourne and now lives back on the border with her husband David and began working with us at Family Vet Centre in January 2017. Jessie enjoys all aspects of being a vet nurse and has a special interest in the critical care patients and providing a high standard of care. “There is nothing quite like nursing a sick animal back to health and seeing them go home with their families. It’s definitely the most rewarding part of the job for me” She had a variety of pets growing up and currently ruling her life are her two fur children, Maverick the 5 year old Pug X Jack Russell and Moe the 6 month old kitten who she adopted through our adopt-a-kitty program. “My passion and love for animals goes as far back as I can remember and becoming a veterinary nurse is all I have ever wanted to do. I am so fortunate to do the job that I love alongside the amazing team of vets and nurses here at Family Vet Centre. Everyday in this industry is completely different to the next. I am constantly learning and growing and am always looking forward to what tomorrow will bring”.
Jodie
Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV Veterinary Nusring
I was born and raised in the Wodonga region, and from the age of two enjoyed travelling around Australia with my family for months at a time. I started working at Family Vet in 2008 while completing my Vet Nursing Certificate as a school-based apprenticeship. I am always keen to learn and experience new things to expand my knowledge within the nursing field. When not at work I can be found caring for my animals at home which include my two dogs, Champy a very unique hand raised Jack Russell and Luna, a ball of energy Border Collie, four horses, Blaze, Torri, Ebony and Atlas, various types of fish, a variety of chooks and ducks, and a two very noisy canaries called Olli and Junior. Vet nursing is an extremely rewarding experience, there is always something new to discover. The smiles on client’s faces and the excitement of patients as they see their owner is a memory that you will carry with you forever.
Jodie
Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV Veterinary Nusring
I was born and raised in the Wodonga region, and from the age of two enjoyed travelling around Australia with my family for months at a time. I started working at Family Vet in 2008 while completing my Vet Nursing Certificate as a school-based apprenticeship. I am always keen to learn and experience new things to expand my knowledge within the nursing field. When not at work I can be found caring for my animals at home which include my two dogs, Champy a very unique hand raised Jack Russell and Luna, a ball of energy Border Collie, four horses, Blaze, Torri, Ebony and Atlas, various types of fish, a variety of chooks and ducks, and a two very noisy canaries called Olli and Junior. Vet nursing is an extremely rewarding experience, there is always something new to discover. The smiles on client’s faces and the excitement of patients as they see their owner is a memory that you will carry with you forever.
Naomi
Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV Veterinary Nusring
I grew up in Baranduda as a child and have always had my own menagerie of animals ranging from horses, dogs, fish and birds. In 2005 I started my certificate II in Animal Studies with Mara King to then have a great opportunity to continue on to study my certificate IV in Vet Nursing at Goulburn-Ovens TAFE. Since then I have taken a 2 year break to start my own family and build a new home. I currently own a Bull Mastiff cross, named Bundy, a Purebred Staffy named Buster, a cockatiel named Odie and in the near future would like to own horses again. I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to work with the Family Vet Centre team as vet nursing is a very big passion of mine. I really enjoy coming to work and experiencing new challenges and working along side a great team of people.
Naomi
Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV Veterinary Nusring
I grew up in Baranduda as a child and have always had my own menagerie of animals ranging from horses, dogs, fish and birds. In 2005 I started my certificate II in Animal Studies with Mara King to then have a great opportunity to continue on to study my certificate IV in Vet Nursing at Goulburn-Ovens TAFE. Since then I have taken a 2 year break to start my own family and build a new home. I currently own a Bull Mastiff cross, named Bundy, a Purebred Staffy named Buster, a cockatiel named Odie and in the near future would like to own horses again. I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to work with the Family Vet Centre team as vet nursing is a very big passion of mine. I really enjoy coming to work and experiencing new challenges and working along side a great team of people.
Phoebe
Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV Veterinary Nusring
Growing up on a farm I have always been surrounded by animals hence my great love of them. I spent most of my childhood on horses and always knew I wanted to grow up working with animals. I have been a nurse for 6 years and every day brings something different and exciting. I have two dogs, 'Ruby' (mini Bull Terrier), 'Cuda' (American Staffy) and a cat 'Aida' who are all very lucky to have a vet nurse as their owner due to the never ending problems they have!! Ruby being allergic to EVERYTHING and on allergy vaccine, and Cuda coming to me from work as an abandoned puppy with a broken leg, and finally Aida also coming to me from work as an adopt a kitten. Having recently been on materinity leave after having my gorgeous little man Rory, I have returned to work part time and am still absolutely loving it. Caring for and helping to heal animals is a sometimes difficult but very rewarding that gives me a great sense of purpose.
Phoebe
Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV Veterinary Nusring
Growing up on a farm I have always been surrounded by animals hence my great love of them. I spent most of my childhood on horses and always knew I wanted to grow up working with animals. I have been a nurse for 6 years and every day brings something different and exciting. I have two dogs, 'Ruby' (mini Bull Terrier), 'Cuda' (American Staffy) and a cat 'Aida' who are all very lucky to have a vet nurse as their owner due to the never ending problems they have!! Ruby being allergic to EVERYTHING and on allergy vaccine, and Cuda coming to me from work as an abandoned puppy with a broken leg, and finally Aida also coming to me from work as an adopt a kitten. Having recently been on materinity leave after having my gorgeous little man Rory, I have returned to work part time and am still absolutely loving it. Caring for and helping to heal animals is a sometimes difficult but very rewarding that gives me a great sense of purpose.
Rachael
Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV Veterinary Nusring
Hi, I'm Rachael and I have always had a passion for animals and knew I wanted to work with them. I have had many animals growing up ranging from chickens, ducks, geese, dogs, cats, snakes, lizards, turtles, rats, rabbits, sheep, cows, goats and alpacas. I have rescued many animals over the years too, my first rescue being a kid... a baby goat. His name is Lenny and he is now a beautiful fully grown goat (who thinks he’s a dog). I am a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse, and I couldn’t imagine myself doing any other job. I am looking into furthering my studies, with special interest in pathology and imaging. I am so privileged to work with such an amazing group of people, everyone has so much to offer and have helped me so much over the years. Not only do we work at a professional high quality level, we also care for your animals as our own, which is what I love about working with Family Vet Centre
Rachael
Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV Veterinary Nusring
Hi, I'm Rachael and I have always had a passion for animals and knew I wanted to work with them. I have had many animals growing up ranging from chickens, ducks, geese, dogs, cats, snakes, lizards, turtles, rats, rabbits, sheep, cows, goats and alpacas. I have rescued many animals over the years too, my first rescue being a kid... a baby goat. His name is Lenny and he is now a beautiful fully grown goat (who thinks he’s a dog). I am a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse, and I couldn’t imagine myself doing any other job. I am looking into furthering my studies, with special interest in pathology and imaging. I am so privileged to work with such an amazing group of people, everyone has so much to offer and have helped me so much over the years. Not only do we work at a professional high quality level, we also care for your animals as our own, which is what I love about working with Family Vet Centre
Ros
Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV Veterinary Nusring
I began my nursing career while still at school, working weekends for my local vet in Sydney. Finishing school I began vet nursing full-time and had the opportunity to learn from some amazing vets and veterinary nurses while studying for my certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Moving to Albury-Wodonga in 1998 I was adopted by Family Vet Centre and soon I had a growing menagerie of rescued animals to care for at home. Recently I returned to Family Vet Centre after time away with my family. The Veterinary profession is always changing and I love the challenge of always having something new to learn with so many opportunities to improve my nursing skills. I look forward to coming to work each day and being part such an amazing team. My favorite part of Vet Nursing is the relationships that I have with families and their pets and the experiences that we share.
Ros
Veterinary Nurse, Cert IV Veterinary Nusring
I began my nursing career while still at school, working weekends for my local vet in Sydney. Finishing school I began vet nursing full-time and had the opportunity to learn from some amazing vets and veterinary nurses while studying for my certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Moving to Albury-Wodonga in 1998 I was adopted by Family Vet Centre and soon I had a growing menagerie of rescued animals to care for at home. Recently I returned to Family Vet Centre after time away with my family. The Veterinary profession is always changing and I love the challenge of always having something new to learn with so many opportunities to improve my nursing skills. I look forward to coming to work each day and being part such an amazing team. My favorite part of Vet Nursing is the relationships that I have with families and their pets and the experiences that we share.
Donna
Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
My passion for nursing animals started at a young age, with my mother having to deal with me constantly bringing home new critters and pets without seeking permission first! I began nursing in 2000 with Mara King and have completed a Certificate IV in veterinary nursing. Over the years I have enjoyed owning many different pets ranging from pet rats, birds, dogs, cats, horses and chooks! I have also added a husband and two beautiful daughters to my ‘favourite things in life’ list! I feel privileged to be a part of such a fantastic team of vets and veterinary nurses which make our family ‘Family Vet Centre.
Donna
Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
My passion for nursing animals started at a young age, with my mother having to deal with me constantly bringing home new critters and pets without seeking permission first! I began nursing in 2000 with Mara King and have completed a Certificate IV in veterinary nursing. Over the years I have enjoyed owning many different pets ranging from pet rats, birds, dogs, cats, horses and chooks! I have also added a husband and two beautiful daughters to my ‘favourite things in life’ list! I feel privileged to be a part of such a fantastic team of vets and veterinary nurses which make our family ‘Family Vet Centre.
Fiona
Boarding Manager
I grew up in Wodonga and was educated in Albury and Sydney. As a child, I had cats, dogs and budgies and currently have Angus, a Maltese cross and two cats, Monroe and Harry. I find that working with animals can be challenging but it is also very rewarding - that's why I enjoy it so much.
Fiona
Boarding Manager
I grew up in Wodonga and was educated in Albury and Sydney. As a child, I had cats, dogs and budgies and currently have Angus, a Maltese cross and two cats, Monroe and Harry. I find that working with animals can be challenging but it is also very rewarding - that's why I enjoy it so much.
Julie-Anne
Grooming
I was born in Albury and have lived here all my life, of latter years with my husband and 2 boys. Currently I have two dogs, six horses, three green tree frogs, numerous reptiles and one turtle. I’m passionate about the welfare of captive reptiles and am the Reptile coordinator for WIRES locally. My grooming interest started with clipping horses but now I get great satisfaction from clipping a scruffy, matted dog into a manageable, sweet smelling pet that is lovely to cuddle again. Working at Family Vet Centre gives me great advantages as a groomer. There is always someone ready to provide help or advice and if I find a medical problem, that can be investigated immediately.
Julie-Anne
Grooming
I was born in Albury and have lived here all my life, of latter years with my husband and 2 boys. Currently I have two dogs, six horses, three green tree frogs, numerous reptiles and one turtle. I’m passionate about the welfare of captive reptiles and am the Reptile coordinator for WIRES locally. My grooming interest started with clipping horses but now I get great satisfaction from clipping a scruffy, matted dog into a manageable, sweet smelling pet that is lovely to cuddle again. Working at Family Vet Centre gives me great advantages as a groomer. There is always someone ready to provide help or advice and if I find a medical problem, that can be investigated immediately.
Asheleigh
Verterinary Nurse, Cert IV Veterinary Nursing
Hi, my name is Ashe and I am a qualified Veterinary Nurse. Working with animals has always been a key goal in my life; from playing “Ashe’s Vet Clinic” with my childhood pet - a bunny named Frosty who was very well behaved for some pretend bandaging and emergency care, to reading animal books whenever I could get my hands on them. Growing up I lived close to Family Vet Centre Albury, where I was very fortunate to have completed my studies with the supportive team of vets and nurses; and to have then started working with them in 2015. I enjoy the Pathology aspect of Veterinary Nursing and would like to further my studies in this area alongside branching out into an Equine component. I would also like to expand my knowledge into the more unusual exotics; with a particular fondness for Red Pandas and Meerkats. I love that in our industry there’s always something new to learn, and challenges that encourage me to expand my skills. In my spare time, I enjoy horse riding and spending some quality time in the sun with our beautiful adoption cat, Nala.
Asheleigh
Verterinary Nurse, Cert IV Veterinary Nursing
Hi, my name is Ashe and I am a qualified Veterinary Nurse. Working with animals has always been a key goal in my life; from playing “Ashe’s Vet Clinic” with my childhood pet - a bunny named Frosty who was very well behaved for some pretend bandaging and emergency care, to reading animal books whenever I could get my hands on them. Growing up I lived close to Family Vet Centre Albury, where I was very fortunate to have completed my studies with the supportive team of vets and nurses; and to have then started working with them in 2015. I enjoy the Pathology aspect of Veterinary Nursing and would like to further my studies in this area alongside branching out into an Equine component. I would also like to expand my knowledge into the more unusual exotics; with a particular fondness for Red Pandas and Meerkats. I love that in our industry there’s always something new to learn, and challenges that encourage me to expand my skills. In my spare time, I enjoy horse riding and spending some quality time in the sun with our beautiful adoption cat, Nala.
Dr. Leo Lee
BVSc
Leo grew up in Singapore, where many stray cats roamed the streets before the turn of the century. When Leo was young he would play with the stray cats he met in the streets, to him all the cats in Singapore were his cats. He also had terrapins and hamsters while growing up. After his schooling in Singapore, Leo decided to pursue his love of science and animals by coming to Australia to study veterinary medicine. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2013, and worked in several Small Animal practices all over Australia. By chance, Leo ended up in Wodonga and is pleased to be a part of the Family Vet Centre team, helping all animals in Albury-Wodonga. He has taken up the care of Miss Kitty, a mature cat who was living with the house he was living at in Wodonga. While he is not working, Leo enjoys working out at the gym, and trying out different craft beers and spirits, especially whiskies.
Dr. Leo Lee
BVSc
Leo grew up in Singapore, where many stray cats roamed the streets before the turn of the century. When Leo was young he would play with the stray cats he met in the streets, to him all the cats in Singapore were his cats. He also had terrapins and hamsters while growing up. After his schooling in Singapore, Leo decided to pursue his love of science and animals by coming to Australia to study veterinary medicine. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2013, and worked in several Small Animal practices all over Australia. By chance, Leo ended up in Wodonga and is pleased to be a part of the Family Vet Centre team, helping all animals in Albury-Wodonga. He has taken up the care of Miss Kitty, a mature cat who was living with the house he was living at in Wodonga. While he is not working, Leo enjoys working out at the gym, and trying out different craft beers and spirits, especially whiskies.
Dr. Michelle Niedzwiedzki
BVSc (Hons), BSc
Michelle grew up in Victoria, always surrounded by animals. Especially enjoying time on farms with cattle, sheep and horses. Michelle graduated from The University of Melbourne and has enjoyed working in North East Victoria since 2003. She loves living and working in the Kiewa Valley. Her husband and three children are all animal lovers, their extended family include a Boer Goat herd, 2 horses, Harvey dog and Jerry cat.
Dr. Michelle Niedzwiedzki
BVSc (Hons), BSc
Michelle grew up in Victoria, always surrounded by animals. Especially enjoying time on farms with cattle, sheep and horses. Michelle graduated from The University of Melbourne and has enjoyed working in North East Victoria since 2003. She loves living and working in the Kiewa Valley. Her husband and three children are all animal lovers, their extended family include a Boer Goat herd, 2 horses, Harvey dog and Jerry cat.
Ros
Cert IV Veterinary Nusring
I have been passionate about animals my whole life. My Veterinary Nursing career began when I was in high school and started working weekends for my local vet in Sydney. After finishing High school I began my " Dream Job" working Full time and I was given the opportunity to learn from some amazing Vets and Veterinary Nurses while studying for my Cerificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in Sydney. Moving to Albury in 1998 I was adopted by Family Vet Centre and many years later I could not imagine ever working anywhere else. Over my time at FVC I have been lucky enough to nurse some of your Family Members through their whole cycle of life. I believe this is a true privilege, getting to know your whole family and being allowed to treat your pets the way I would like my own treated. The Veterinary Industry has changed so much over my nursing career and I love the fact that everyday brings something new to learn about. I currently live with my crazy Border Collie Gnasher (pictured).
Ros
Cert IV Veterinary Nusring
I have been passionate about animals my whole life. My Veterinary Nursing career began when I was in high school and started working weekends for my local vet in Sydney. After finishing High school I began my " Dream Job" working Full time and I was given the opportunity to learn from some amazing Vets and Veterinary Nurses while studying for my Cerificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in Sydney. Moving to Albury in 1998 I was adopted by Family Vet Centre and many years later I could not imagine ever working anywhere else. Over my time at FVC I have been lucky enough to nurse some of your Family Members through their whole cycle of life. I believe this is a true privilege, getting to know your whole family and being allowed to treat your pets the way I would like my own treated. The Veterinary Industry has changed so much over my nursing career and I love the fact that everyday brings something new to learn about. I currently live with my crazy Border Collie Gnasher (pictured).
Tracy Antone
I have lived in Albury most of my life and have always loved animals, dogs in particular. We had many dogs as I was growing up. Now my family consists of my husband and two children (all grown up now) and our German Shepherd Mia. I have worked as a dog groomer at the Family Vet Centre since 2012. I love transforming our clients scruffy dogs and then seeing their reactions when they pick up their fur babies.
Tracy Antone
I have lived in Albury most of my life and have always loved animals, dogs in particular. We had many dogs as I was growing up. Now my family consists of my husband and two children (all grown up now) and our German Shepherd Mia. I have worked as a dog groomer at the Family Vet Centre since 2012. I love transforming our clients scruffy dogs and then seeing their reactions when they pick up their fur babies.
Julianne Plaas
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Julianne Plaas
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Lee
Cert IV Veterinary Nursing
Hi, my name is Lee and I have been an employee of the Wodonga Family Vet Centre since completing my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2018. Veterinary nursing was always something that I had wanted to do.So, in 2016,I took a big leap and commenced studying for my new career path. I have lived in Albury for most of my life and have 2 amazing sons,Clint and Nash, who spoil their Mum! My ‘fur babies' include my beautiful German Shepherd “Ciara,” a crazy kelpie called “Rocket,” “Logan” the cat and “Meg,” my amazing Paint/Thoroughbred mare. I feel privileged to be part of the amazing team at the 'Family Vet Centre,’ where they provide a supportive, inclusive and caring work environment and the utmost professionalism in veterinary practise.
Lee
Cert IV Veterinary Nursing
Hi, my name is Lee and I have been an employee of the Wodonga Family Vet Centre since completing my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2018. Veterinary nursing was always something that I had wanted to do.So, in 2016,I took a big leap and commenced studying for my new career path. I have lived in Albury for most of my life and have 2 amazing sons,Clint and Nash, who spoil their Mum! My ‘fur babies' include my beautiful German Shepherd “Ciara,” a crazy kelpie called “Rocket,” “Logan” the cat and “Meg,” my amazing Paint/Thoroughbred mare. I feel privileged to be part of the amazing team at the 'Family Vet Centre,’ where they provide a supportive, inclusive and caring work environment and the utmost professionalism in veterinary practise.
Isabella
Cert IV Veterinary Nusring
I have recently completed my certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, so I am relatively new to the veterinary nursing world! I was lucky enough to had completed work placement at Family Vet Centre in 2019. I really enjoyed my placement, where I was able to learn and grow through my training. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to begin my traineeship in 2020. I am a local Albury girl and have always had a love for domestic pets. Over the years I have owned two rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, a cat and two dogs. I am lucky enough to be the proud owner of a beautiful Cavoodle named Cooper, who is very spoilt! I am fortunate to have developed the knowledge and skills through my training to be able to make sure he is fit and healthy – as he is my fur baby! One thing I am really passionate about is educating pet owners of the importance of looking after your pets. I’m still discovering what field I would like further my studies in - as I am only new to this career I am sure it won’t take me long! I am so glad I chose this career path – whilst at times it can be challenging with the situations we are faced with, what prevails is the ultimate care we can provide to animals.
Isabella
Cert IV Veterinary Nusring
I have recently completed my certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, so I am relatively new to the veterinary nursing world! I was lucky enough to had completed work placement at Family Vet Centre in 2019. I really enjoyed my placement, where I was able to learn and grow through my training. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to begin my traineeship in 2020. I am a local Albury girl and have always had a love for domestic pets. Over the years I have owned two rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, a cat and two dogs. I am lucky enough to be the proud owner of a beautiful Cavoodle named Cooper, who is very spoilt! I am fortunate to have developed the knowledge and skills through my training to be able to make sure he is fit and healthy – as he is my fur baby! One thing I am really passionate about is educating pet owners of the importance of looking after your pets. I’m still discovering what field I would like further my studies in - as I am only new to this career I am sure it won’t take me long! I am so glad I chose this career path – whilst at times it can be challenging with the situations we are faced with, what prevails is the ultimate care we can provide to animals.
Dr Stephanie Cochrane
BVBiol BVSc
Steph grew up in Melbourne, often leaving the big city to spend her holidays on her family's sheep farm. Her love of animals began at a young age with her childhood pets and the sheep. Steph graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2020 and began her career in a small animal clinic in regional NSW. After 9 months I practice, she is excited to join the large team that is the Family Vet Centre. Outside of work, Steph enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Maggie the Heeler and Abbey the Labrador.
Dr. Stephanie Cochrane
BVBiol BVSc
Steph grew up in Melbourne, often leaving the big city to spend her holidays on her family's sheep farm. Her love of animals began at a young age with her childhood pets and the sheep. Steph graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2020 and began her career in a small animal clinic in regional NSW. After 9 months I practice, she is excited to join the large team that is the Family Vet Centre. Outside of work, Steph enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Maggie the Heeler and Abbey the Labrador.