Dr Marcus Verstraelen - Head Veterinarian
Bachelor of Veterinary Science
- Bachelor of Science (Immunology)
Marcus graduated from Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne in 2010, and also has completed a degree in Science, majoring in Immunology, which he completed in 2005, also from the University of Melbourne. He first went into mixed practice but then found his calling in small animal practice and joined Fitzroy Vet in February 2016. He loves working with all animals of all shapes and sizes and is particularly interested in internal medicine and immunology.
Marcus currently lives with his partner and still cares for his family pets: a 13 year old female Border Collie named Misty who still behaves like a 6 month old puppy, and a rascally cat named Harley that was rescued as a kitten on the side of the road when he was palm sized.
Dr Emma Rigby - Veterinarian
- Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Emma was born and bred in Sydney but has settled in Melbourne with her family. Having graduated from Sydney University in 1993, Emma has worked on the central coast and south coast of NSW and inner city of Sydney. She has a special interest in animal behaviour.
Emma lives with her husband, her two young children, a cheeky dog named Paddy, and three cats named Daisy, Merri and Pippin.
DR bethany hooper – VETERINARIAN
Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne
Bethany joined our team in October 2016. After graduating university, Bethany traveled overseas to Bali to volunteer with animal welfare charities before working in Ferntree Gully with companion animals and wildlife. Her interests are canine and feline medicine and surgery, as well as care of other companion animals such as rabbits, rodents and birds.
Bethany lives in Carlton with her partner and naughty torty cat Marzipan. In her free time, Bethany enjoys dance classes, squash and baking.
Dr Natalie McNaught – Veterinarian (On maternity leave)
- Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Natalie grew up in Perth and graduated from WA's Murdoch University in 2001. She moved to Melbourne after graduating with honours, and worked here for 3.5 years before traipsing off to the UK for 3 years of travel and work, including some volunteer work in Sea Turtle Conservation and with Thai Street Dogs. She returned to settle in Melbourne in 2008. She has a special interest in internal medicine, particularly in the management and care of elderly patients.
Natalie lives with her partner and a very cheeky silver tabby cat called Blixa.
Dr James Cooper - Veterinarian
Bachelor of Veterinary Science, James Cook University
- Bachelor of Science (Zoology), Monash University
James joined the Fitzroy team in 2016, moving to Melbourne from Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. He completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2013 at James Cook University in Townsville, North Queensland. Since then he has been working primarily in mixed practice on the Mornington Peninsula as well as working at the Animal Emergency Centres around Victoria. His areas of interest lie in Small Animal Surgery, Emergency & Critical Care and Ultrasound. James is continuing his professional development in these fields.
James lives locally in Fitzroy with his girlfriend and adopted rescue dog Frederick, a Jack Russell X. His free time sees him 4wding around Victoria and sailing on the Mornington Peninsula.
Dr PHOEBE VENABLES - VETERINARIAN
Phoebe joined our team in April 2016. Having grown up in Ballarat, after graduating from the University of Melbourne Phoebe spent time in Ararat working with a range of animals and maladies and settled back in the "big smoke" in August 2015. Her interests are small animal medicine and how to get the best quality of life for our pets, especially with the rapid rate of pet-healthcare development and the advanced technologies available.
Phoebe and her husband share their home and personal space with the chattiest cat in Brunswick, Milly.
Dr Sue Ramoo - Medical Consultant
Dr Sue Ramoo graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004 and worked in general practice for 2 years, where she saw lots of dogs, cats, a few goats, some sheep and a couple of cows! During this time she developed an interest in internal medicine which led her to undertake an internship in critical care and internal medicine, which was followed by a 3 year residency at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Sue has since worked in private referral practices across Melbourne and is well versed in all aspects of internal medicine. She has been published in various veterinary journals and herinterests include gastroenterology, endocrinology and oncology. Outside of work, Sue dabbles in floristry and cooking. She also loves food, wine and bush walking. At home, Sue has a 6 year old Border Terrier named Lizzie, and a Princess Parrot called Kayne.
It is great to have Dr Sue Ramoo available for in-clinic assessment of those more complicated medical cases.
Georgie Adler – Practice Manager
- Bachelor of Science (Animal Science)
In August 2014 Georgie joined the Fitzroy Veterinary Clinic team to take on the role of Head Nurse. Georgie has always had an interest in working with animals. She grew up with two Labrador Retrievers who further sparked her interest in animal care. She is pictured with her Golden Labrador, Indie.
Georgie began her nursing career at one of our sister clinics where she worked for 2 ½ years whilst she studied her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Prior to nursing, Georgie completed a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Animal Science at Melbourne University.
Georgie has a special interest in anaesthesia, surgery, nutrition, weight loss, puppy health and behaviour. Her favourite things about being a Veterinary Nurse are providing high quality health care to our patients and educating clients on the best ways to care for their pets.
Georgie hopes to further her education in Veterinary Nursing and gain experience in emergency and critical care nursing.
RACHEL DOSSER - 2IC VETERINARY NURSE
Rachel joined our team in June 2015 as a Locum Trainee Veterinary Nurse, working across all of the NVC clinics. After 3 months as a locum nurse, Rachel took the opportunity to settle at Fitzroy Vet as a full-time nurse.
Rachel enjoys travelling, music and spending time with her partner and their 18 month old French Bulldog, Bruno. Rachel is currently studying her Certificate IV in Verterinary Nursing and is due to complete this at the end of 2017. Rachel thoroughly enjoys developing her skills and knowledge in surgical nursing and her areas of interest include anaesthetics, x-rays and puppy school.
Lucy Coventry - Qualified Veterinary Nurse
- Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
- Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology)
Lucy started at Fitzroy Veterinary Clinic as a trainee nurse in 2007. She is now a qualified senior nurse and has always enjoyed developing her skills and knowledge in surgical nursing and mentoring. She has a very active Australian Koolie cross called Milly, who has been a great running companion for Lucy and her husband, and patient friend for her young daughter who loves throwing the ball for her at the park.
Jenna Garland - Qualified Veterinary Nurse
Jenna has also been in charge of Puppy Preschool during her career and is one of her main passions in Veterinary Nursing. Jenna joined the Fitzroy team after moving all the way from Townsville, North Queensland as her partner was posted at Simpsons barracks. Jenna completed her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2010 in Townsville & has recently completed a Bachelor of Science where she majored in Zoology & Ecology. She has always worked in small animal practices where she has gained immense experience in both general and emergency & critical care.
Jenna's dream is to one day work in Africa with endangered species. She has volunteered in Africa over many months during 2013 & 2015, and has also spent lots of holidays there visiting family and the pristine landscapes and animals the countries have to offer.
Jenna has a border collie named Biff who is her little lamb and her gorgeous munchkin named Tipsy.
Gemma Green - Qualified Veterinary Nurse
Gemma started at Fitzroy Vet in July 2016. She was born and raised in New Zealand and became a qualified Veterinary Nurse in February 2013. Gemma's early nursing career was centered around cats, dogs, bunnies and guinea pigs as well as exotic species such as birds, reptiles and a vast range of New Zealand wildlife.
Outside of work, Gemma enjoys exploring new places, keeping fit and has a great love for food - both cooking and eating it! She is yet to adopt a wee fur baby of her own but it won't be long before the pitter-patter of paws are ruling the household.
Samantha Hardy – Veterinary Nurse
After graduating from High School in 2009, Sam worked in the retail industry for three years, then worked for a call centre for a year and a half. After finishing school however, she became interested in Veterinary nursing.
Sam completed a short course in Animal Nursing through Box Hill Tafe in 2013 and volunteered at a rabbit shelter in Box Hill.
Sam has a passion for animals and animal care. She joined the Fitzroy team as locum trainee veterinary nurse in September 2014.
Anna Glen - Veterinary Nurse
Anna is originally from Corowa in rural NSW and has had a keen interest in animal care for as long as she can remember. Originally moving to Melbourne to pursue studies in IT and programming, Anna decided that that career path was not for her. Taking a few years off to work and save money, she eventually decided it was time to knuckle down and get started on her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing which she is currently undertaking.
Anna currently lives with her grumpy 11 year old cat, Cherry, but also has a cheeky 12 year old dog named Kozi who lives with her mother in NSW.
Caitlin Fava - Veterinary Nurse
Caitlin joined the Fitzroy Vet team in August 2015 after having some time off nursing to persue her interest in professional horse riding. She has a passion for horses and has been riding and competing since she can remember. Her Veterinary Nursing interests include x-rays, team consulting and patient enrichment. She commenced her Certificate lV in Veterinary Nursing at the beginning of 2016.
Caitlin has a 3 year old Brittany Spaniel cross Poodle, Spencer, who joins her at the clinic each day.
Kirstie Jago - Reception veterinary nurse
Kirstie started at Fitzroy Veterinary clinic in March 2017. She was born in Sydney but was raised in New Zealand. She was working in a clinic in Auckland as a veterinary nurse for 5 years, before moving to Melbourne for her partner’s new job.
Kirstie lives with her 6 year old bordercollie Link, her 5 year old Tonkinese Kira, and her 4 year old tabby Worf. Kirstie and her partner are both nerds so her cats are named after Star trek characters and her dog after a Nintendo character.
Kirstie enjoys dying her hair a new colour every month or two and any kind of dancing.
Marni gunther - veterinary nurse
Marni joined our team in March 2017. She is a small-town girl at heart but moved to the suburbs a few years ago in order to pursue her passion for animals and begin a career in veterinary nursing.
She has previous experience in a small animal practice and enjoys volunteering on weekends for Stafford Rescue Victoria.
Marni also lives with her newly adopted roommate Warren the cat and is the proud aunt to her sister’s two pesky ferrets – Jellybean & Juju.
Jodie Chandler - Cattery Manager
Jodie is originally from Perth, Western Australia, and moved to Melbourne with her partner and her lively tortoiseshell cat, Elexis, in 2009.
Jodie is the Manager of Cats in the City Cattery. Jodie's experience lies in both customer service and pet boarding facilities. She often helps in our hospital alongside our nursing team.
Kieren Carmichael - Cattery Attendant
Kieren joined the team in July 2016 as a work experience student whilst studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through Box Hill Tafe.
Having previously completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences at La Trobe University, and with a keen interest in biochemistry and animal behaviour, it became apparent that the veterinary clinic was the right environment for her. She has since begun working part time in the cattery as a cattery attendant. She is most interested in pursuing surgical nursing and/or pathology.
In her free time, Kieren enjoys playing video games, taking dance lessons or eating out with friends.