Our Team

It goes without saying that we love animals, but we really do take pride in giving the best possible care and attention to you and your pet!

We've trained hard to be the best in our fields, and we continue to maintain and expand our knowledge and skills at every opportunity. We also strongly believe in mentoring those new to their field, via traineeships and work experience.

 

Meet our friendly and professional team:

Dr Narelle Cribb BVSc (Hons) MVS

I am a graduate of the University of Melbourne, and spent the first years after graduation working in scenic South Gippsland. Time here was spent working with mostly cattle and companion animals, and helped to foster my love for working outdoors, and with all types of animals.

After my time in Gippsland, I spent a number of years working in the outer South Eastern Suburbs. This exposed me to a wider caseload, and I was able to build expertise with a large number of species including horses, cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas and the normal cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs. I was also involved in treating, and developed an appreciation for ferrets and reptiles – including non venomous snakes.

I enjoy all aspects of veterinary practice, from consultations to providing medical care, and performing surgery, including advanced soft tissue surgery and orthopaedics. I have completed a Master’s Degree in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, and also courses in Equine medicine and Veterinary Opthalmology (the study of eyes) I have experience in breeding management of sheep, cattle, dogs and horses with both natural service and AI. I have also worked with racing and breeding greyhounds, and was one of the track veterinarians at Sandown Park Greyhound Racing Club for a number of years. I have a special interest in endurance horses.

I am the honorary veterinarian for the Victorian Endurance Riders Association, and the current Team Veterinarian for the Australian Endurance Team. I have officiated at many endurance events both in Australia and overseas.

Outside work, I am a keen horse rider and enjoy training and competing on my own Anglo Arabian Gelding, Issy Miaki.  My mad Hungarian Viszla, Linka, also keeps her busy!

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Dr Michelle Williams BSc BVMS (hons)

I joined the centre in July 2015. I grew up on a hobby farm in the northwest of England until my family emigrated to Western Australia once I finished high school.  There I completed my Veterinary degree and graduated from Murdoch University in 2002.  Since graduation, I have lived and worked in central Victoria, caring for pets and farm animals. I have one cat, one dog and two small children.  In my spare time, I love to mountain bike and ride Bailey, myquarterhorse through  the Wombat State Forest.

I am accredited to perform the pre-export preparation of cats and dogs traveling overseas.

Dr Katy Craig, BVSc

I grew up in Bacchus Marsh before moving to Geelong, where I finished my schooling. In 2010, I moved to Far North Queensland to attend James Cook University. I spent my first year in practice in a large mixed animal clinic in Tatura, northern country Victoria. My time there was spent working mostly with small animals and horses, with a large focus on equine reproduction.  
I have been passionate about wanting to work with animals ever since I was a little girl and spent my Sunday evenings watching Harry's Practice with my family. 

In my spare time I will be looking forward to joining some local sporting clubs, both basketball and netball, and heading back to family and friends in Geelong.

I have a two and a half year old English pointer called Chester. I rescued Chester last year and try to get him down to the beach as often as possible, which he loves! I am also an avid traveler and recently spent time working over in South Africa with rescue organizations.
 

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Kara Adams

I joined the team at Woodend Veterinary Centre in March 2016. I started my small animal vet nursing career in England in 2002, where I worked in a large animal shelter before moving back to Australia to start a family. Since arriving in Australia I have worked at a small animal clinic in Melbourne for 6 years before relocating for a quieter life in the Macedon Ranges.

I am a lover of all things feline and have a large interest in making the clinic cat friendly!

When not at work I enjoy spending time with my husband, two kids and cats Bolly and Chowder.

I love coming to work and providing excellent care to clients and their pets.

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Rhea Maloney, Vet Nurse

I first joined the Woodend Veterinary Centre team in 2008 as a work experience student. I worked one day a week for a number of months whilst studying animal studies at TAFE and finishing high school. In 2009 I re-joined the team as a Kennel Hand and continued from there to train as a vet nurse. I have since finished my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. 

I have a great love for animals and their welfare and has grown up with them my whole life. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my pets, especially my dogs and love working on the farm.

I thoroughly enjoy my job and love being a part of the animal industry, helping sick and injured animals get back on their feet and seeing them re-united with their owners.

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Jess Sinclair, Vet Nurse

I started working at Woodend Veterinary Centre in 2017 after working at a clinic in Castlemaine. I am currently studying my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and have an interest in emergency work.

When I am not at work I enjoy spending my time with my daughter, dogs and various farm animals. 

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Georgia Fern, Trainee Nurse

I first started working at Woodend Veterinary Centre in 2014 while completing my Cert III in Companion Animal Studies. I’ve returned in 2017 to complete my Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. I'm enjoying being a part of this wonderful team again, who are helping me to better my knowledge of animals and give me the experience I need to become the best Vet Nurse I can be. 

I have forever loved animals and it makes me happy to be a part of an industry that thrives on improving animal’s health and wellbeing. 

In my spare time, I love to play netball in my local area. But mostly I enjoy spending time with my family and pets at home, especially my Schnauzer x Maltese, Charly and very young German Shorthaired Pointer, Todd! 

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Casey Bartlett, Receptionist

I joined the Woodend Veterinary Centre in 2017. I am new to the veterinary industry and am grateful to have been given the opportunity to learn and develop my knowledge so that I can give exceptional patient care. I am very interested in our Shelter Cat adoption program and love helping find our beautiful felines their furrever homes.

I am a dog lover and when I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my fur babies, Toby and Oscar!

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Jennie - Dog/Puppy Trainer

Jennie is one of our Veterinary Nurses who joined the team in July 2010, with much experience in both small and large animal nursing procedures, and a keen interest in animal behaviour. She has been training dogs and teaching classes within clinics and dog training facilities for many years and thoroughly enjoys sharing her skills and expertise with others who are keen to learn. Having dealt with an array of breeds and various behaviour issues over the years, Jennie has developed an in depth knowledge and understanding in structuring relevant training programs for each individual dog, and to guide owners throughout the learning process.

She is our resident Puppy School Teacher and Dog Trainer/Behaviourist, having had many years experience in the training, showing and breeding of Australian Cattle Dogs, Kelpies and Boston Terriers, which have given her a wealth of knowledge in this field. Jennie’s also trains her own dogs to work and herd livestock on the farm, whilst finding time to train and compete in the obedience and agility ring. She has a great passion for helping owners bond and work with their animal companions.

Jennie has also worked extensively in the Australian television industry, training both the canine and equine stars of the show, ensuring they perform to perfection in front of the camera.

Jennie has completed many short courses in Dog Training/Behaviour and Puppy Preschool Training. She is currently studying (Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training) with one of the world’s most recognised Dog Training Companies (NDTFA) National Dog Trainers Federation of Australia, working alongside some of the most well respected Dog Behaviourists in the country.

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Erin Fowles- Professional Dog Groomer

I joined Woodend Veterinary Centre in 2014, after running my own dog grooming business from home and enjoying family life with my two children!

I have many pets at home, particularly Jess the border collie who she rescued.  Erin loves grooming and the thought that dogs walk out feeling happy and definitely lighter makes it all worth it.

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Kirsty Swinton - Equine Musculoskeletal Therapist

I’m an equine musculoskeletal therapist based in Gisborne in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria, Australia.

I’ve been running my own business, Equine Dynamics, since the beginning of 2010, and this has evolved over the years into a business offering a very unique range of modalities. As I often tell people, it’s not just massage!

My training and experience includes Equine Osteopathy, Advanced Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Saddle Fitting and Shoeing Dynamics, Kinesiology and Biomechanical taping techniques, Biomechanics, Conformation, Lameness and Gait Abnormalities, Anatomy and Dissections, Rehabilitation, Photonic (cold laser) and Microcurrent Therapy, and Vet Nursing.

A session with me is often quite different, and can involve any combination of the modalities mentioned depending on what the horse needs. I’m not a one session a year therapist, but someone who becomes a part of your horses training program and helps your horse become stronger and better balanced.