Our aim is to provide the highest standard of care to all pets.
Julie has been working at the Kilmore and Wallan clinics since 2003, with a break in 2004 when she had her son. She works at both the Kilmore and Wallan locations, playing a key role in keeping the practice running smoothly and everyone else organised. Julie joined the practice after 19 years working in an office, spurred on by her love of animals. She enjoys every aspect of her job, from working with animals and helping out clients to running the busy office.
Julie has one dog named Yogi, a Kelpie X that she was asked to look after for 2 weeks and that was over 2 years ago.
In her spare time, Julie is kept busy being involved in the local basketball association where her son plays. If time permits she enjoys cooking and gardening.
Julie’s tip for pet owners:
"Be a responsible pet owner and enjoy their company.”
Wendy joined the Northern Veterinary Group in March 2011. She became fully qualified in 2014 and works full time at our Kilmore practice.
Having always wanted to work with animals, Wendy took the opportunity to follow her dream when her children started school. Being able to help animals is both a joy and a challenge. Investigating why they are ill and helping nurse them back to health is very satisfying.
Her greatest enjoyment is having regular patients become our friends and she takes pride in the fact our clients trust us to look after their beloved pets.
Wendy is always interested in learning new procedures and improved ways to deal with patients in pain to ensure they can get back home faster.
She is the proud owner of a Pomeranian-X named Lexi, plus Millie-moo and and Cleo two stray cats who chose Wendy and her two girls to be their family.
Wendy's tip for pet owners:
"If you vaccinate your pets and look after them properly, they will reward you with endless unconditional love."
The longest serving member of staff at the Northern Veterinary Group, Jana first started working at the Kilmore practice over 20 years ago.
She has always loved animals, and enjoys being involved in their wellbeing and treatment in all circumstances.
Jana is the proud owner of a much loved geriatric Australian cattle dog, and a similarly loved and elderly ginger cat. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis and cooking.
Jana’s tip for pet owners:
“A firm hand and buckets of T.L.C.”
Rebecca spent a couple of years after high school procrastinating what she wanted to do with her life, trying her hand at office work and then gaining her Diploma in Beauty Therapy. Never feeling completely fulfilled, and always having a love of animals, Rebecca gained employment as a kennel hand in 2010. Within a few months she moved into a nursing role and spent the next eight years honing her skills and knowledge until in 2018 she moved on from her first clinic to join The Northern Veterinary Group and start a new challenge with an excellent new team, including her new pal Taco Cat. With nine years of nursing experience now under her belt, the days are still filled with enough hard work and snuggles to keep Rebecca happy with her decision to pursue her childhood dream of working with animals.
Rebecca has two 10 year old Spoodle x Maltese sisters who are spoilt rotten and a Cockatiel that found a permanent home after coming in as a stray at her previous clinic.
Rebecca's tip for pet owners:
"If you don’t have pet insurance, creating an emergency fund for your pet can help ease those unfortunate times when surprise injuries or illnesses strike."
I came from humble beginnings; left with my sister in a hessian bag by the bus stop. My sister was happily rehomed whilst I took up residence at the clinic getting all the love and attention I could want.
My clinic duties include greeting staff warmly each morning before supervising the most important job in the clinic; refilling of food and changing of the litter tray. My day consists of supervising all patients being admitted, testing the surgery heating mat is up to full functionality and acting as warden to the morning cattery checks. This takes up a lot of energy, so I will break for a good 5-6hours of nap time before doing the afternoon rounds of helping with the washing and ensuring my food bowl is filled before my security night shift begins.
Clinic life can be stressful for my human co-workers so I keep a calm, cool and collected approach to all aspects of my life (just don't attempt to take my blood). Pats and scratches and sitting in front of the computer screen are specialities of mine to let them know I care, but I know when to head off for a nap and let my human co-workers do their job.