DR BRUCE SYME
Dr Bruce graduated from Melbourne University vet school in 1991 with first class honors, after completing a 3 yr science degree with a major in molecular genetics. Bruce became a certified veterinary acupuncturist in 1995, and continued further studies in nutrition, herbal medicine and homoeopathy. Bruce has a wide range of interests in veterinary medicine, including both small and large animals.
Bruce enjoys using natural therapies, combined with traditional orthodox medicine, and has a special interest in nutrition and the links to chronic disease in dogs and cats, particularly in treating skin disease.
Dr Bruce started the Healthy Pets veterinary clinic in Castlemaine back in 1998, after managing several practices in Melbourne, and has enjoyed seeing it grow into a busy 4 vet practice.
“Why? – I love animals, it’s that simple. I have always enjoyed a special bond with dogs and cats, back since I was a little boy. They bring out my empathy and passion to heal. Since moving to Castlemaine over 20 years ago, that empathy has extended to horses and livestock of all types, and I find my life surrounded in animals, both at work, and at home, with multiple dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, chickens and turkey to keep us company in Yapeen.
When not working (LOL) I also enjoy being creative in my workshop, and getting away for the odd fishing trip or a spot of motorbike riding. My wife April and two children Sunny and Sam, seem to share my love of animals, or at least they tolerate my enthusiasm for having them around.”
DR DEAN BRIDGFOOT
Dr Dean graduated from Melbourne Vet School in the dark ages before the internet and when mobile phones were HUGE!
He has worked in Hong Kong, Scotland, El Salvador and recently Thailand. A confirmed recent convert to soccer (football). Dean is the father of 3 lads and is married to Carolyn, a wild Scotswoman. They have lived in Castlemaine since 2001. He loves working with cows and chooks, but definitely not with the big factory farms and feedlots.
He’s an unrepentant optimist who reckons the Western Bulldogs will eventually win a flag.
DR NADIA WONG
Dr Nadia worked in central NSW, Sydney, Melbourne and Bendigo in over twenty clinics before settling into the Healthy Pets veterinary clinic. She immensely enjoyed working in Bendigo and there, she discovered the need to provide a Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care service for Central Victoria in Castlemaine. So she took on extra study in Emergency and Critical care Medicine + Surgery and soon found herself happily working at any time of the day AND night.
Nadia LOVES working at Healthy Pets vet clinic because of the wonderful team, great clients and that everyone here is dedicated to providing the BEST care for our patients – no matter what species, size and no matter how complicated or simple their problem is.
When not at work, Nadia can be found sleeping in with her 4 cats, a Belgium Shepherd and a Staffy. Her diet consist of mostly brunch, steak and exotic fruits. She would love to have a permaculture garden and is looking forward to the age of virtual reality video games.
DR RENA GEROE
I grew up in Castlemaine, going to the North School & High School, attending the local pony club etc. After doing my veterinary degree in Melbourne, I worked in Melbourne & in England, with 2 short periods working in Castlemaine as a new grad & on my return from England. Since 1988, I have been working in Wangaratta. For family & work reasons, weare selling our farm at Eldorado & have moved to Harcourt to be closer to both Melbourne and to my Dad who is getting older & needing a bit more help.
My main areas of interest at work are small animal internal medicine, surgery (both soft tissue & orthopaedics), and dermatology. I really enjoy working through a case in consultation with the owners, to solve a problem, doing what tests are necessary (selectively), and offering a range of options to the owner to give the best possible outcome for their personal circumstances. In many cases we can handle complex cases “in-house”, due to extensive experience, but offer referral to specialists when that will give a superior outcome.
When I’m not working, I like to spend time with family & friends, travel, spend time outdoors, do experimental ethnic cooking, read books, gardening – lots to do on my new 12 acres of land. I have an active interest in the Arts, and look forward to being in the thriving Castlemaine community, as well as re-kindling old friendships.
Lauron has alway has a great passion for animal welfare. After leaving school she spent a lot of her time working on Polo studs in the surrounding areas.
In 2010 started on her journey on becoming a Qualified Veterinary Nurse, spending 6 years at Hepburn Veterinary Clinic then joining the awesome Healthy Pets team in Castlemaine in January 2017.
Lauron is local to the Castlemaine area, has 2 children and a beautiful Dogue De Bordeaux “Bugsie”.
I began working at healthy pets at the start of 2017 as a trainee. I am in my second and final year of nursing now. From a young age I knew I wanted to work with animals. In my spare time I enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family
Hi, my name is Madeline! I started my veterinary nursing journey here at the Healthy Pets Veterinary Clinic in mid 2016 as a volunteer student, and was so very lucky to be offered a position here at the start of 2017. I LOVE coming to work, I’m very passionate about animals, and in particular dogs! For me, there is something new to learn everyday and I feel so privileged to work amongst such wonderful and inspiring people! I have two Jack Russell terriers, George and Buster and have grown up with an assortment of chooks and birds. In my spare time I am also a barista and can make a pretty good coffee.
Brent grew up always having a love for animals. Since a young age he has always wanted a career that focused on animals and their care.
Brent joined the Healthy Pets team at the beginning of 2016 as a trainee. After completing his Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing he has enjoyed continuing to work at Healthy Pets Veterinary Clinic, caring for animals in his local community.
In his spare time Brent enjoys spending time with his dog and cat Rufus and Asha as well as hiking, kayaking and occasionally snowboarding.
Judy has been a professional groomer for over 25 years, and is herself a passionate animal lover and multiple pet owner. Judy has groomed in Melbourne for numerous vet clinics, and moved to Castlemaine in 2008 when she joined our great team. Judy manages the grooming business herself, and bookings can be made directly by contacting her on 0437 743 229.
PUPPY SCHOOL- Training Wheels
Colleen Garsed is a gifted Obedience Trainer for Adult Dogs and Puppies.
Colleen was born and raised in a small country town in SA and after being surrounded by animals and animal loving people, Vet nursing seemed to be the natural pathway for her to take.
She moved to Vic in 1983 and began Vet Nursing at Berwick in 1984. In 1985 Colleen started working at Maryborough Vet Practice where she commenced study for her Vet Nursing Certificate at Box Hill College and graduated in 1987. Whilst working at Maryborough Colleen completed a 12 month course at Kintala Dog Obedience Club to become a qualified Dog Obedience Instructor. In April 2001 she left Maryborough Vet Practice and commenced work at Healthy Pets Veterinary Clinic.
In 2002 Colleen started Training Wheels a Dog Obedience School, running classes at Healthy Pets and Newstead. In 2005 she had the opportunity of becoming a partner at our clinic which gave her career another aspect which she continues to enjoy. During 2007 – 2009 Colleen completed her Certificate 4 in Companion Animal Services with The Delta Society. She feels very strongly towards responsible pet ownership and through all her experiences and study she assists people in training their dogs to become valuable members of their family and the community.
Colleen and her husband Andrew share their home with 2 dogs, a cat and some chooks. In her spare time Colleen enjoys walking, gardening and cooking.
For more information on puppy class times please contact Colleen directly.
Phone: (03) 54 762 573
Valley Complementary Animal Therapies
Meagan has a special interest in physiotherapy and alternative therapies and nutrition.
She also has a passion for horses and horsemanship training.
Meagan is a nurse with 13 years experience in the veterinary industry as well as a qualified myofunctional therapist.
Meagan has a German shepherd named Shadow, Millie , who is a staghound X and Smokey her cat as well as 4 horses.
Gaining most of her customer service skills as a hospitality professional and previously owning and running her own hospitality business, Sarah came to Healthy Pets Veterinary Clinic in 2014 in a reception / administration / customer care role and loves the addition of pets as customers.
In 2018 Sarah is taking a step back but is still very active in marketing for our clinic.
She has had other varied roles such as Dive Master (underwater tour guide) and remedial massage therapist. Sarah is also busy with four sons and two dogs. As a firm believer in holistic therapies for her family and a convert to Dr Bruce’s food for her dogs since they were puppies, Healthy Pets is the right place to be.