Meet our team

DR HELEN WILSON - HEAD VETERINARIAN

  • Brunswick Central Vet - Dr Helen Wilson
    BVSc
  • ANZCVS (Emergency and Critical Care)

Helen graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2007. After completion of her course she headed out into rural Victoria to work in a busy dairy practice. After spending alot of time working in the rain on a windy South Gippsland hillside and getting up at 3am to do the first calving of the day, Helen moved to Melbourne to commence an internship in Emergency and Critical Care. She spent 3 years working in emergency and completed her membership exams to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons in Emergency and Critical Care.

In 2014 Helen started working at Brunswick Central. She loves getting to know her patients and clients on a longer term basis, as well as having a special interest in emergencies.

Helen can now be found here at Carlton 3 days a week and looks forward to meeting you and your beloved pets.

 

Dr Alexandra Whan BVSc (Hons) - Veterinarian

  • BVSc 

Alex studied Veterinary Science at Melbourne University and graduated in 1998. She spent her first years of practice living down in sunny Warrnambool as a dairy cow veterinarian. She settled in North Fitzroy after spending 3 years working and travelling overseas.

Alex made the move to the brand new Brunswick Central Veterinary Clinic after working at our sister clinic in Fitzroy for 3 years. You might see Alex in the local parks with her very energetic dog Jasper and the naughty Ned. Alex and her partner Kat also have two cats Jed and Jemima at home - so it is a very busy little terrace.

Alex has an interest in small animal medicine as well as soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery.

DR HollIE pALMER bvsC (HONS) - VETERINARIAN

Hollie graduated from the University of Queensland in 2012. After completion of her course she moved to Albury on the border of NSW/VIC to work in a private small animal practice. After 3 years in the country she has moved to Melbourne to join our team as a full time vet. In her spare time Hollie enjoys cuddling her cat, Cadbury, and playing with her mini lop rabbit, Hubble. She also has two very cute orange-eyed tree frogs at home named Lela and Hermy.

She has an interest in soft tissue surgery, small animal behaviour and rabbit medicine. She loves animals and is committed to improving the lives of your furry family members, both big and small. She enjoys meeting pet parents and discussing ways to best care for your pets.

 

Dr Loren Mickiewicz - Veterinarian

Brunswick Central Vet - Dr Loren
  • DVM
  • BSc

Loren studied at the University of Melbourne and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She also completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Animal Science in 2012. Loren spent time at general practice and specialist clinics all over Victoria during her final year, and spent a month overseas at a Specialist Hospital in the UK.

Loren has a special interest in surgery both soft tissue and orthopaedic. She is also passionate about improving the day-to-day health of all of her patients. Loren has always loved animals and can't believe she gets to see so many beautiful creatures every day. She can't wait to meet you and your furry family members.

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

Brunswick Central Veterinary Nurse - Joanne Ng

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. 

 

Rosie Garvan-Bundy- Trainee Veterinary Nurse/puppy pre-school trainer

Brunswick Central Vet Nurse - Rosie Garvan-Bundy

Rosie joined our team in March 2016 at Brunswick Central Vet Clinic. Prior to starting with us, she previously worked in two other vet clinics including an orthopaedic specialist. This experience prompted her love for surgical nursing. She is also particularly passionate about animal nutrition and preventative healthcare. After Rosie has finished her qualification, she would like to continue her studies and specialise in emergency and critical care.

 At home Rosie has two very naughty house rabbits, Gregothy and Coco who keep her very busy.

 

 

Monica evans - trainee veterinary nurse

 

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.