Julia grew up in the suburbs of Melbourne, and moved to Lara in 1998, a few years after graduation. She moved away again in 2002 and spent 5 years living and working in Amsterdam and another 5 years in Sydney. She and her husband returned to Lara in 2012.
Julia attended the University of Melbourne and graduated in 1994. She has undertaken significant further learning and is committed to continuing education. She gained membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 2000, studying Small Animal Medicine. This area of veterinary science has always been a special interest to Julia and she continues to undertake further learning opportunities in this area and others.
With extensive experience both in Australia and overseas, Julia has had opportunities to work in general and specialist practices with many different areas of interest. She has special interests in medicine-which involves investigating problems and forming a therapeutic option to suit each individual patient, and imaging-which is the use of xrays and ultrasound to assist in diagnosis.
After so much varied experience and travel, Julia wanted to settle in Lara and be able to offer the pets of Lara a service equal to that which she had seen elsewhere. The old General Store offered all the space and scope to build the facility that she wanted, so they took the plunge and built the Lara Pet Hospital and Veterinary Centre.
When she is not spending time at the practice, Julia spends much of her time with her family-her husband Angus and two young sons. She is also a member of the Lara CFA and tries to be available when possible for calls. Her home is shared with two very well travelled cats, Shelley and Igor, who have been to Europe and back again! Back to top...
The main reasons Jen enjoys her job as a vet is that she gets to meet people from different walks of life, help provide gold standard care to their animals, and help to nurture their human-animal bond. In the field of veterinary science, Jen has a special interest in endocrinology (hormonal diseases), emergency and critical care, and enjoys seeing rabbit patients. She also works at the local emergency centre in Geelong some weekends – but hopes not to see you and your pets there!
Jen lives with her dog Fluke, a spritely 13-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer. Fluke used to belong to a client at her previous job who had to move into a nursing home, so Jen took her on as a 11-year-old. Since then, she has become smitten over Fluke, and even started an Instagram page for her! Her friends tease her by saying she treats her dog like a child (and she admits this is true!) Fluke often comes to work with Jen so you may see her around at the clinic! When she is not working, Jen enjoys cheering on the Western Bulldogs (she was extremely happy to have attended the 2016 grand final to witness a possible once in a lifetime occurrence), tending to her veggie patch, and spending time with her partner, Jason, and her dog, Fluke. Back to top...
Christie's passion for horses took her into the horse racing industry from 2004 - 2010 where she completed her Certificate III in racing. But as much as she enjoyed working with these majestic animals, it was not enough so she decided to follow her dream of veterinary nursing.
After completeing her course in animal studies in 2009 she was lucky enough to get a job in a local Geelong Vet clinic which is where she spent the next 6 and 1/2 years developing her nursing skills. In this time she also completed her Certificate IV in veterinary in 2011.
Christie's spare time away from the clinic is spent enjoying the outdoors with her somewhat stubborn, yet full of life boxer Bentleigh.
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Sarah's next course of action was to work for Race Horse Trainer David Hayes at Lindsay Park Stud in S.A. for 2 years. Sarah thoroughly enjoyed riding work and even enjoyed the early morning rise. During this time Sarah competed in One Day Events on her horse and always had her dog by her side, and cat at home on her bed or bringing presents (mice, rats, rabbits). After she got her horse fix out of the way Sarah decided to try out for a Veterinary Nursing Job back at the University of Melbourne.
Over the past 21 years Sarah has worked in almost all areas of the Hospital. While working in General Practice for 6 years, she then felt like more of a challenge and went to work for the Emergency Centre at the University of Melbourne. During this time Sarah became the Nursing Supervisor for 5 years and worked in the Emergency Section for a total of 12 years. Emergency shifts were 12 hour shifts which consisted of 3 days and 3 nights in a fortnight plus every second weekend.
Sarah thrived in Emergency work and had the privilege to work with many Veterinary Specialists, gaining vast amounts of knowledge and nursing skills. Her proudest moments in this job have been helping with Continuing Education of Veterinarians in Emergency and Critical Care and instructing post graduates on how to put in chest drains, place tracheal tubes, emergency surgeries, caesarians, foreign body removals, trauma management, blood transfusions, taking arterial blood samples, placing central venous catheters, looking after Quarantine patients, managing staff and doing rosters. She is experienced in monitoring Snake bite and Tick paralysis patients, monitoring them while they are on ventilation. Sarah has also lectured for continuing Education for Veterinary Nurses on Anaesthetic Monitoring and Whelping Emergencies.
Sarah moved to Lara in 2001. Currently Sarah has 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 ponies, 3 horses. Most of these animals have been adopted as Strays.
Sarah has now returned to General Practice, to become a normal every day worker and loves not working overnight any more. Sarah loves working close to home and loves to meet new clients from our Community, as Lara is a great place to live. Sarah currently works part time with Lara Pet Hospital and the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital. Lara Pet Hospital is a great place to work, friendly and compassionate giving off a very welcoming feel to our local residents.
Working as a Veterinary nurse is a very passionate job in which she loves. Sarah finds her profession constantly stimulating. She tries to have all equipment/procedures ready ahead of time and is always looking at what she can do to benefit the situation at hand. She enjoys working as a team member with her fellow employees and meeting the clients that also have a love of animals and enjoy listening to their animal stories. Back to top...
She has a terror of a rescue cat Memphis, who is known for his crow-esque thieving of odd items. He is obsessed with bread and kitchen utensils in particular.
Lauri holds her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, a veterinary Diploma in Emergency and Critical Care and general, as well as her vocational training qualifications, which allows her to pursue another passion – the training and education of junior and student nurses. She is a self confessed nerd and loves learning too much to ever stop studying.
In her spare time Lauri enjoys writing industry resources, Krav Maga (a form of Israeli close quarter combat), watching cute animal videos on YouTube (but who doesn’t) and working as a teacher of vet nurse and animal care students.
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It was during her year 10 work experience at a veterinary clinic that she realised that becoming a veterinary nurse was her calling. She found herself waking up giddy and excited each morning of her placement, arriving early and staying back well past her designated hours. She thrived that week of placement, and knew that once it was over she would aim to work in said environment.
After finishing her weeks’ worth of placement, Natasha went on to study small courses at first, like a certificate I in racing stable hand, and then extended her studies into the certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing after she graduated from high school. During her studies she also went on to work in a variety of different animal related jobs, such as at a horse riding school and a pet boarding resort.
On top of that she tried to volunteer at many different places to build up her animal handling skills and knowledge, including going to other veterinary clinics and some of the nearby zoos and sanctuaries.
Finishing off her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2017, Natasha is now pursuing her career in nursing and has a keen interest in Australian wildlife as well as cats and dogs. She hopes to continue her studying trend and work on gaining some certificates in wildlife care in the future.
When she isn’t studying or working, Natasha fills her spare time caring for her furbabies Thistle, Haggis and Dougal, who are all spunky ragdolls of different colours and sizes. She also has a chatty green and gold budgie that answers to the name Zoro and a flock of chickens that are all named and have individual personalities. It’s a full house at hers!
This is where her interest in animal behaviour started as she took Bindi through obedience training and then “movie star school”where Bindi practised lots of tricks and obedience to be able to apply for small roles in adds on t.v.... This is as far as that all got though as the known trait of Sharpei stubbornness kicked in and Bindi decided she didn't want to be a “movie star” after all.
After finishing high school, Jenni had a number of different jobs. She worked in a sandwich bar in Geelong whilst also working for a babysitting agency working nights in various hotels throughout the Melbourne CBD. Through the agency she was offered a full time nanny position in point cook in which she looked after two little boys. The job ended once the boys got old enough to go to school and Jenni thought she needed a change so moved to Melbourne with a couple of friends. Here she pursued a full time job at a debt collecting agency whilst still babysitting at night.
Jenni knew she would never be satisfied in a job, unless she followed her dreams and became a veterinary nurse. So that she did!.... With little experience and qualifications in the field, only a huge passion and determination, in 2009 Jenni decided to bite the bullet and apply for any trainee positions that were available.
She was lucky enough to be successful in one and finally got a job as a trainee veterinary nurse. Here she was trained and completed her certificate IV in veterinary nursing. Jenni has never looked back and still loves her job each and every day.
After 4 years nursing in Melbourne, and aquiring a very “special” Ragdoll kitten Bert, Jenni and her furbabies decided to move back to Geelong with her husband and his 2 dogs Lucy the water loving Labrador and Shaggy the lap loving Bichon Frise to pursue her career closer to home.
In her spare time Jenni loves taking her dogs and young family for walks through the bush and on the weekends hanging out with her friends and family either going to see a band or becoming familiar with the local wineries.
Sarahs main interests within the veterinary field are surgery and anesthetics.
In her spare time she enjoys horse riding, belly dancing and spending time with her children, One day Sarah plans to travel overseas and do volunteer work with some animal charities
After ten years of working a variety of fields, Jamie finally worked up the courage to study what had always been her secret dream job. She started with a certificate III in companion animal services and loved it so much that she commited to another two years of study to finally become a vet nurse. Jamie was lucky enough to be accepted for her student placement at Lara Pet Hospital, but after she graduated they couldnt make her leave so she joined the team in 2019.
Jamie spends her time oitside of work painting, learning new tricks with her fur child Dougaland resisting the urge to adopt every stray dog she sees
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