dr liz burger - veterinarian
After completing her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2014, Liz spent a year working at a small animal general practice in Melbourne. She then had an opportunity to follow her dreams and obtained a position as an intern at a veterinary oncology clinic. Here she worked alongside specialist oncologists in treating and caring for patients with cancer.
After this wonderful experience, Liz joined us at Brunswick Central Vet Clinic. She is extremely passionate about providing gold standard veterinary care, and has a special place in her heart for our senior patients.
Liz grew up in country Victoria and was lucky enough to have a menagerie of different pets over the years, however she attributes her love for animals to her childhood best friend – a beautiful black Labrador named Simba.
Dr Louise Blakely - Veterinarian
Louise joined our team in May 2017. She studied veterinary medicine and graduated from University College Dublin, Ireland in 2014. She has an interest in all animals great and small and has a taste for travel.
Louise moved over to Australia to start her career in a small mixed animal clinic west of Brisbane and then later moved onto a large diverse mixed animal clinic in Gympie, Queensland. She worked with all type of animals from cats to camels! The urge to travel and explore encouraged her to move down to Melbourne and follow her interest in small animal medicine.
Shae Whittaker - Practice Manager
Shae has worked as a veterinary nurse since 2003. While working at one of our sister clinics, she gained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Shae moved to Queensland for a few years where she learnt a lot about ticks, toads and snakes! After moving back to Melbourne, she joined our Brunswick Central team in February 2013.
Shae has a special interest in nurse consultation, dental care, weight consultations and medical cases. She enjoys horse riding and running, and loves her cats, Squirt and Frankie. Shae has owned Squirt since she was 3 days old and adopted Frankie when he was just 8 weeks old. She only intended to look after Frankie for one night but that was a long time ago!
PAULA VAN MEEUWEN - 2IC VETERINARY NURSE
Paula joined our clinic in September 2014 as Trainee Veterinary Nurse. After spending the last few years working in clinical trials at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, she finally made the career change she had been longing for. Paula is now on her way to completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
Paula has a special interest in puppy care and is looking forward to commencing puppy pre-school classes at the clinic this year.
Away from the clinic Paula loves spending time with her Staffordshire Terrier, Billie, and Cavoodle, Max.
Alice Renekema - Certified Veterinary Nurse
Alice began her veterinary nursing career in Canberra in 2005. In 2007, Alice moved to Melbourne and continued nursing at two of our sister clinics. After taking some time off to be an animal technician, Alice realised her true place in life was being a veterinary nurse and returned to the Animal Hospitals of Australia, joining the team at Brunswick Central Veterinary Clinic.
Alice’s interests include surgical nursing, anaesthesia and patient care. Alice also admits to being a “clean freak”!
At home Alice lives with her two beautiful cats named Plonk and Sammy.
Joanne Ng- Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Joanne joined our team in October 2015. After a few years of working in scientific research and banking industries, she finally realised her true passion lies in working with animals. Veterinary nursing was her very first job as a teenager, and her return to the veterinary industry meant she's living the popular adage "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life"!
Joanne has always had dogs in her family home in Singapore, but has a newfound love for cats since she adopted Champurr, a ginger white beauty. If she had her way, she'd adopt another cat and a greyhound from GAP.
Joanne enjoys meeting all of our clients and patients.
Monica evans - trainee veterinary nurse/puppy pre-school trainer
Monica has always had a passion for working with animals and started volunteering in a veterinary clinic from a young age. She has been doing dog grooming for over a year and also spent time overseas volunteering at an elephant conservation park.
Monica joined the team as a locum trainee veterinary nurse in July of 2016 and is now a full time staff member. Monica has a special interest in animal behaviour and is currently completing her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.