Dr Alexandra Kay - Lead Veterinarian
- BVSc (Hons)
Alexandra joined our team as Lead Veterinarian in September 2017. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009 with first class honours. After spending several years as a small animal vet in suburban Melbourne, Alex moved to the United Kingdom. What was supposed to be a short working holiday became four years of rewarding work in a busy and innovative vet practice in London. Alex returned to Melbourne to sit the small animal medicine membership examinations for the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons, and was awarded a medal for achieving the highest examination mark.
Alex especially loves helping older pets get through their senior years in comfort. She is delighted to now be part of the wonderful team at Brunswick Central Veterinary Clinic and is looking forward to meeting local pet owners and their fur kids.
Dr Elizabeth "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 Gezzel Yong - Veterinarian
Gezzel graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011. She joined our team in early 2018 and loves all aspects of her job but has a special interest in soft tissue surgery.
Gezzel lives at home with her handsome Golden Retriever, Connor. She looks forward to meeting you and your pets in the future
Dr Natalie McNaught - Veterinarian
- BVMS (Hons)
Dr Natalie graduated from Murdoch University with honours in 2001. She then worked for 3 years in small animal practice in Melbourne before departing for a 3 year adventure in the UK where she did locum work in various practices in England and Wales. Upon her return she continued to work as a locum throughout Melbourne for another few years, enjoying the variety of work that being a locum provided. She eventually settled into a permanent position at our sister clinic in Fitzroy in 2012. She went on maternity leave in 2016 after the birth of her son, but came back to work part time here at Brunswick Central in 2017. Her interests include many aspects of clinical practice but there is a special place in her heart for geriatric patients. She shares her home with her partner and son as well as a very cheeky and boisterous silver tabby cat called Blixa.
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!
Stephanie James - 2IC
Stephanie joined our team in early 2018 from one of our sister clinics. Like all of our nurses, Stephanie has a particular soft spot for our feline friends and has her own fur baby, Kingston, a very handsome domestic long haired cat. Stephanie is currently working towards her goal of becoming a qualified veterinary nurse and is currently studying hard to achieve this.
Outside of work, Stephanie loves to keep active and enjoys keeping fit, rock climbing and volunteering for a local pet charity.
Hayley - Veterinary Receptionist
Hayley joined the team as a locum veterinary receptionist in October 2017 and is now a full-time staff member at the clinic. From a young age, Hayley always had a passion for animals. This passion inspired her to travel all the way to South Africa, where she spent some time volunteering with sick and orphaned vervet monkeys. While eventually she would love to become a veterinary nurse, for now she enjoys being able to greet all your pet’s furry faces at the door with plenty of cuddles as our receptionist.
Alice Renkema - Certified Veterinary Nurse
Alice began her veterinary nursing career in Canberra in 2003. 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 clinic in 2012, 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 has three pets - Barry the Australian Cattle dog, Sammy the cat and John the goldfish.
Niki Reeds - Veterinary Nurse
Niki started her veterinary nursing career in a busy small animal hospital in Adelaide. Her career has taken her around the world, most recently to a big cat sanctuary in South Africa where she was fortunate enough to perform two Leopards' anaesthetics!
After completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and looking for a change of scenery and patient cases, Niki joined our Brunswick team at the end of 2017. Her professional interests include internal medicine, pathology, wildlife and pocket pets, with a particular soft spot for everything ferrets.
Rachel Miller - Veterinary Nurse
Rachel completed her science degree in 2016 at the University of Melbourne with the goal of applying for veterinary medicine. From there, she decided she would pursue a career in veterinary nursing and in December 2017 was very excited to start her traineeship with Brunswick Central Vet. Rachel aims to keep on increasing her knowledge to strive to maintain the best quality of care possible.
At home Rachel has a little Jack Russell X Maltese who loves to spend the day in bed.
Meg Jones - Veterinary Nurse
Meg joined Brunswick Central in March of 2017, moving from Geelong to join the team. Her passion for animal nursing was born in her earlier years, and much to her mother's dismay, she would bring home any and every little creature that required some TLC. Gaining a volunteer position at her local Animal Welfare Centre, Meg cemented her passion for animal advocacy and health-care.
Preceding her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Meg completed her Certificate II & Certificate III in Animal Studies & a qualification in Geriatric Nursing. Becoming qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2014, Meg spent two years in a small animal clinic dedicating herself to theatre and team consulting gaining, as well as dedicating her spare time to equine nursing and husbandry at a boutique stable in her hometown.
Coming from an intensively client-based environment, Meg has followed her passion for pet-people to Brunswick Central, manning the reception and taking the crucial role of treat-dispenser.
Jennifer Simpson - Veterinary Nurse
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Jennifer joined our team in May 2017. She graduated in Ireland in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing. She moved to Melbourne last November with her partner to pursue her career and see what life was like on the other side of the world.
Although Jennifer obviously loves all animals, she has a soft spot for cats. For years she has been referred to as the “crazy cat lady” by friends, family and colleagues and can regularly be found giving plenty of attention to our hospital and cattery feline friends.
Jennifer enjoys all aspects of nursing, but her passion in the job lies with surgical nursing. She enjoys getting to know your pet from the moment they come in the door and assist our vets in surgical procedures. She hopes to continue her studies and complete further education in surgical nursing and anaesthesia.