VETS

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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 Vets All Natural clinic 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 MARK SYCAMNIAS

Dr Mark started his working career as a mechanic before going back to university to become a veterinarian. Mark graduated at the University of Adelaide and LOVES working at Vets All Natural.
‘The ability to work in a practice that provides high level small and large animal care as well as helping injured wildlife is fantastic’.
When Mark is not at work he’s enjoying time with his family, riding a bike or playing with his dog, cats or horses at home.


DR NADIA WONG

Dr Nadia worked in central NSW, Sydney, Melbourne and Bendigo in over twenty clinics before settling into Vets All Natural. She immensely enjoyed working in Bendigo and there, she discovered the need to provide a Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care service for Central Victoria. 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 Vets All Natural 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.

ROBIN SYME

Robin was introduced to the beauty of the Castlemaine region over fifteen years ago when her brother first moved there. It was not long after this that she also decided to move here and now lives on a small rural block in Yandoit with her partner and their two dogs; an exuberant young Vizsla and a very tolerant Whippet.

After many years of working on the accounting side of family businesses, she has found it great to continue this line of work at Vet’s All Natural and to become part of a terrific team of caring and dedicated professionals. Another facet of her work here as head of HR and financial administrator, involves supporting our team to achieve best work place practice for the personal and professional satisfaction of all our staff. In this role she draws on her years of experience working as a counsellor in both the welfare sector and private practice.

“Knowing how much joy our pets bring us, I feel lucky to be able to work with and support a fantastic  team of highly skilled and caring people who provide the highest quality of veterinary care to the animals and families in our community.”

JENNIFER SCHELLEKENS

Jen joined our team as our receptionist in 2014. She loves coming to work each shift and being part of an amazing team that all share a passion for animal health.
After 2 years as receptionist, Jen has now been promoted to part time practice administrator, and is responsible for the smooth running of the clinic on all administrative levels.
Jen lives with her husband and three children on a farm near Daylesford, enjoying the day to day joys and challenges of running a farm.

NURSES

Lauron

LAURON GOWTY
Hospital Coordinator

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 Vets All Natural team in January 2017.

Lauron is local to the Castlemaine area, has 2 children and a beautiful Dogue De Bordeaux “Bugsie”.

AMY THORSEN

Amy has always loved animals. When she first left school she started exporting horses to the U.S.A. This involved extensive Quarantine and in flight experience. During this time Amy competed extensively in show jumping and eventing throughout Australia and the U.S.A.
In 2005 Amy became a mum. This event meant travelling was no longer a possibility and Amy then pursued a new and fulfilling career as a vet nurse. In 2008, she joined the Vets All Natural Team, and is now one of the senior nursing staff.

Amy enjoys working at VAN because “the clinic offers a high standard of patient care and is a very compassionate team.”

 

BETHANY HOUGHTON

Hello! I’m Beth Houghton (how-ton).  I am a Veterinary Technologist from a small town in Ontario, Canada. Besides Australia, I have lived in Kentucky, USA, and Whistler BC, Canada. I have been in Australia for almost 2 years now and love it so much I’ve applied to be a permanent resident!

I live with my partner in our very busy home. Crosby, who I brought over with me from Canada, and Gipps, are our two resident dogs. The two goats, two rescue ducks, and Carly the cat also help bring brightness into our lives.

In my spare –ha-ha- time I love to garden and am passionate about rescuing dogs. I am a certified scuba diver and love to sneak away on the weekends; it helps me relax and discover something beautiful and new.

Beth is currently away on maternity leave.

 

TANIA DAM

Tania commenced her Veterinary Nursing career Over 20 years ago, under the guidance of a very experienced and dedicated vet, who instilled in her strong values and ethics. She felt privileged in this role, and approached each day with dedication and enthusiasm. Tania was encouraged to start her official training through Box Hill Tafe, and in 2002, graduated with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.
In the past Tania have worked within mixed practices, animal shelters, specialist avian clinics and Emergency and Critical Care hospitals, where she is still employed on a casual basis. For 10 years Tania volunteered with the State Emergency Service, and she is currently training to become a Scout leader.
“I am fortunate to live on 5 acres in the picturesque Macedon Ranges, with my husband, four children and multiple surrendered, saved or adopted animals.
Now part of the Vets all Natural team, I feel my roots are developing well into the future.”

 

MELANIE SHAW

Hi my name is Melanie.

I started Vet Nursing in 2009, and joined the amazing team at VAN in February 2016.

I LOVE my job, which, has as with most Nurses turned into a lifestyle.

I have lived and breathed all things animal since I was a tiny-tott. Growing up in the Macedon Ranges has given me plenty of opportunity to welcome all critters great and small into my life at various times.

I still live in Macedon, with my son, and our menagerie of animals including chickens, Bun the mini lop bunny (Lord of his domain), Roger the Yellow Kelpie, Shadow the snugglepot Kelpie x, Wallee the Python, and several tanks of assorted goldfish.

Madeline

MADELINE BOWE

Hi, my name is Madeline! I started my veterinary nursing journey here at Vets all Natural 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 CHISLETT

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 Vets All Natural team at the beginning of 2016 as a trainee. After completing his Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing he has enjoyed continuing to work at Vets All Natural, 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.

CLIENT CARE TEAM

 


SARAH BURDEKIN

Gaining most of her customer service skills as a hospitality professional and previously owning and running her own hospitality business, Sarah came to Vets All Natural in 2014 in a reception / administration / customer care role and loves the addition of pets as customers.

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, Vets All Natural is the right place to be.

SHERRILL COOK

Sherrill began her working career many many moons ago, in finance. Having ridden and competed horses since the age of 8 it wasn’t long though before her love of all things to do with horses, saw her working for many years on horse studs. This led to her also managing a local Produce and Saddlery store before moving onto work in the Veterinary industry.

Sherrill has always been very passionate about care of animals and has joined the VAN team as she is ” so impressed by their ethics, compassion, and genuine concern for the welfare of all animals…and people! ” When not enjoying her work, Sherrill enjoys life with her husband, 4 Children and 4 Grandchildren ( so far ?) and numerous furkids. She loves exploring the countryside with her faithful rescue dogs Bowie and Kobe and taking photographs of our beautiful Aussie landscape.

Jill

JILL LEBNER

Jill has worked in a range of positions, usually administrative, including running an earthworks business with her husband. She joined our team in 2017 and is enjoying working with our clients and learning about the variety of animals that pass through our doors.

Jill and her family live on a small property near Harcourt with a mixture of their own animals. They have an interest in their environment and have an area set aside for Land For Wildlife. They have been active with their local Landcare Group for many years.

ASSOCIATED

GROOMER

JUDE DAVIS

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

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 Vets All Natural.

In 2002 Colleen started Training Wheels a Dog Obedience School, running classes at Vets All Natural 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
Email: colleengarsed@bigpond.com

Valley Complementary Animal Therapies

MEAGAN HARRISON

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.