Josh graduated as a Veterinary surgeon from the University of Melbourne in 2008 having also previously completed a Bachelor of Science degree. Keen to get out and start working, he immediately began at the Romsey Veterinary Surgery has been at the clinic ever since! In late 2011 he purchased the clinic and today he really enjoys the excitement, rewards and challenges of running a busy mixed-practice. Josh is particularly interested in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, but is also keen to get his hands dirty out in the field, particularly undertaking livestock veterinary work. Outside of work Josh is enjoying being a new dad and takes every chance he can get to get out and ride his bike.
Dr Fiona Lardner was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, and had a passion to become a vet since the age of 4. After graduating Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Murdoch University in Western Australia in 2010, she practiced in Mildura. Here she treated mainly dogs, cats and horses, but also the occasional goat, sheep or duck. Fiona moved to Vancouver in September 2012, and while studying to sit her North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, and BC board exam, she worked as a dog walker on the North shore. Fiona enjoys spending her free time snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, camping, back packing and horse riding. She has a border collie, Bailey, who you may also get to meet here at the clinic.
Dr Emily Carroll grew up in Gippsland and Riddells Creek and wanted to become a vet after assisting her pet sheep Chocolate to deliver twins. She studied Animal Science at Latrobe University then after 1 year off travelling overseas went to vet school at the University of Queensland. She started out in Portland doing mostly large animal work and export then spent some time in Maffra with small animals and dairy medicine and surgery. She has come home to be closer to her family, friends and the MCG where she spends most of her time off. During time away from work she enjoys cycling, swimming and spending time with her fur family; 2 Labradors Walnut and Peanut.
Karen is our other senior nurse here at RVS. Having previously worked in the human medicine field, she has enjoyed her career change immensely. She lives on a beef farm and is kept busy by her dogs Archie, Betty and Brandie.
Tamryn came to us from South Africa via Echuca where she started her path as a Veterinary Nurse. She has had a varied experience with animals having qualified as a Game Ranger in South Africa, as well as learning and participating in Falconry, animal behaviour and clicker training. Her main passion is animal behaviour and dog training, however that has had to take a back seat for the time being whilst she adjusts to her new role as a Mum. Tam has completed her Certificate II in Veterinary Nursing, and is hoping to complete her Certificate IV soon.
Caitlin has recently completed a 4 year Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences Degree with Honours at La Trobe University in Bundoora. Her passion for animals started at an early age and Caitlin has now decided to follow her dream to study vet nursing. She has completed Certificate II in Animal Studies is currently undertaking her Certificate IV in Surgical Nursing with the Australian College of Veterinary Nursing, and is enjoying every minute of her studies. Caitlin loves spending time at her parent's farm, looking after her 7 horses, 2 cows and her loyal and faithful canine friend Shadow. Caitlin can only be described as being 'horse mad', but when not working with animals she enjoys rock'n'roll dancing.
Michelle joined our team in June 2017. She is a local who has been nursing since 1998. She is fully qualified as a surgical nurse as well as an anesthetic technician. Michelle was head nurse at her previous clinic and when she isn't nursing she enjoys spending time with her boys as well as her horses.
Caity attended and graduated from Gisborne Secondary College. Since then she has completed a school based traineeship in Certificate III in Companion Animals as well as a course in Captive Animals at Melbourne Zoo which she thoroughly enjoyed. She is happy spending time with all her animals (especially her dog Oscar). As well as this she has a passion for wildlife, nature and for the conservation of both.
Finnbar was rescued as a stray kitten in mid-2012, who initially required treatment for a fractured hip. He quickly won over the hearts of the clinic staff, and today he is the resident 'clinic cat' who is known by most people who come to our surgery. Full of attitude, Finnbar spends most of his time cruising around the clinic saying hello to all animals, regardless of their size. Finnbar wears a Cat-Bib® to prevent him from catching birds or wildlife, but unfortunately this doesn't stop him from occasionally playfully pouncing on the odd un-suspecting dog that arriving at the clinic! When he is not in the clinic Finnbar is usually lying somewhere warm or sitting in his plant pot around the back of the clinic.
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