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LILYDALE VET CENTRE
Mon - Fri: 8am - 7pm
Sat: 8am - 6pm
Sun: Closed
3 Maroondah Highway, Lilydale, VIC 3140
MONBULK VET CENTRE
9am - 7pm, WEEKDAYS
2 Nugent Street, Monbulk, VIC 3793
RINGWOOD VET EMERGENCY
Open 24/7
8 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood, VIC 3134

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Our Mission

We are focused on delivering a brilliant experience for every person and pet. With high-quality vets as well as high-quality equipment we are able to make a quick and accurate diagnosis.

At Lilydale Vet Centre we aim to give our clients the best possible experience. From the moment you walk through our front door, you can expect to top-rate service.

We believe strongly that keeping up-to-date with technology and procedures is of utmost importance in order to give the best service and most accurate diagnoses. With clear communication and our embrace of technology, we keep our clients informed about what is happening with their pets as well as what is happening in the world of veterinarians.

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Our Clinic

Our clinic is just as cozy as it is fun and dynamic. We have made a conscious effort to make our waiting area as interesting, interactive and comfortable as possible, rather than a boring old waiting room with a line of chairs against a wall.

We also have a big open floor-plan behind-the-scenes which allows for quick and easy movement amongst staff, ensuring that whatever needs doing gets done.

We pride ourselves on our unique floorplan which was custom-designed for us when we renovated the building, while we may seem like a house converted into a clinic on the outside, we are anything but.

We highly recommend taking a look through our 3-D tour below for a unique look at what it looks like behind the doors that you usually only have a glimpse through.

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Our Team

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About Alex Russel...

Why did you choose to become a veterinary technician?

Ever since she was little, Alex has had an obsession with animals which just grew bigger the more she got. She always knew she wanted to be in the animal industry, it wasn’t even a question in her mind that she would work with animals. After high school she did her Bachelors of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience and absolutely loved it, leading her to her next adventure of helping sick animals and being a vet nurse.

Do you have any pets at home?

Bella, she’s a sweet Labrador retriever.

What are your interest areas when it comes to working with animals?

Alex loves Labradors and has a strong passion for service animals. Alex would love to work with guide dogs one day.

What is something interesting that we may not know about you?

Alex also has a soft spot for tiny furry friends and had 8 guinea pigs growing up that she adored.

About Ashley Ross...

Why did you choose to become a veterinary nurse?

Ashley lived on a farm as a child and knew one day that she would end up in the animal industry someday. Her farm included dogs, sheep and goats! Ashley hopes to become a fabulous Veterinarian one day too and loves working in the hospital, where it is non-stop and plenty to learn in the meantime.

Do you have any pets at home?

Ashley’s family has always had pugs and currently has Milo, an elderly fawn pug who is very cheeky and the newest edition is Mocha, a fawn female pug, who absolutely runs the house. They’ve also had the BOAS surgery that made a significant difference to their Quality of life & Ashley would recommend the surgery to any brachycephalic dog owner. Otis is Ashley’s British short hair kitten, who is absolutely adorable!

What are your interest areas when it comes to working with animals?

One day Ashley hopes to specialise in the world’s favourite smooshed face breeds known as brachycephalic. These dogs with wonderful personalities deserve the world minus the complications, and Ashley is driven to be able to make a change someday!

What is something interesting that we may not know about you?

When Ashley is not in her scrubs at the clinic you’ll see her running my dress hire business from home! Two completely different industries however Ashley wouldn’t change it for the world!

About Charli Mead...

Why did you choose to become a veterinary nurse?

Since Charli was young she always knew that she wanted to work with animals. When asked “what do you want to be when you’re older”, her response remained the same, “a Vet Nurse”. She loves being able to work with animals every day and help them when in need. And of course, she loves the cuddles too 😇

Do you have any pets at home?

Charli has a red-coloured Cavoodle at home named Chester, although she often refers to him as “cheeky monkey”. He is 10yrs old and loves to curl up and get cosy on the couch. His favourite treat would definitely be cheese. He always knows when someone is grabbing the cheese out of the fridge.

What are your interest areas when it comes to working with animals?

Charli has always found Rehabilitation really interesting. She looks forward to seeing their progress each week and loves watching them regain strength and confidence over time.

What is something interesting that we may not know about you?

Ironically Charli is allergic to cats and some dogs

About Dr Emily Graham...

Why did you choose to become a veterinarian?

Dr Emily initially thought about a career in wildlife conservation, with her love of animals guiding her, as it does to this day. Her main motivation for becoming a Veterinarian was her gorgeous “Heart Dog” Lady, with the very special bond that they shared.

Do you have any pets at home?

Barkly the big black Shepherd, who’s the goodest boy and a big softie.

Rochey the Cattle Dog puppy who’s always ready to go and loves playing fetch with the team.

What are your interest areas when it comes to veterinary medicine?

Dr Emily is currently undergoing her qualification in Hydrotherapy and becoming a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. With a particular interest in improving the quality of life in senior pets with pain management, Dr Emily also has a keen interest in regenerative medical therapy such as stem cells. Dr Emily also has a soft spot for exotic pets such as rabbits, Guinea pigs and birds.

What is something interesting that we may not know about you?

Dr Emily was quite the dancer, proficient in ballet and tap!

About Dr Miranda Oosthuizen...

I never wanted to be anything but a veterinarian. There never was another answer. Always: “I want to be a vet” Teachers laughed about it, possibly because it was more regarded unlike today, an occupation for men. I remember when I was really pushed to give a second choice during career planning in school, I told the teacher that I maybe should be become an actress. I never got asked again to have a plan B.

About Dr Rafael Mibelli...

Why did you choose to become a veterinarian?

Dr Rafael’s love of the veterinary world started at the age of 11 after visiting his uncle who worked as a large animal veterinarian in Venezuela. It was a passion he instantly could relate to, and went on to graduate from the Central University of Venezuela. Dr Rafael first joined our team as a nurse until he completed his veterinary examinations here, and has been Dr Rafa ever since.

Do you have any pets at home?

Fluffy takes up most of his time, he is devoted to his little T-Rex, who enjoys watching Real Madrid with his dad on the couch, all the time! Being a toy, he doesn’t do much else.

What are your interest areas when it comes to veterinary medicine?

Dr Rafael has a special interest in orthopaedic surgery and the healing capabilities of cats and dogs in recovery. The most rewarding part is to see them back to their normal habits and playful selves.

What is something interesting that we may not know about you?

Dr Rafael once almost lost his arm to a hippo! That may be a slight exaggeration, but when monitoring an anaesthetised hippopotamus one of the signs you look for is a reaction to ticklish ears. Dr Raf gave that big fella a tickle, but he wasn’t quite asleep yet! After using a crane to put him back into his enclosure, he made a full recovery.

About Emily Hogan...

Why did you choose to become a veterinary nurse?

Nurse Emily’s passion for animals has been active since she was a child. Growing up she had a diverse array of animals, such as emus, dogs, guinea pigs, ferrets, rabbits and horses. In high school, vet nursing was suggested to Emily and she has never regretted that decision and loves the feeling she is making a difference in an animal’s life in a positive way.

Do you have any pets at home?

Belle is a black and white Maltese cross. She is a sassy and loving ball of fur and hair. Bam is a black and tan Kelpie. He is a very high-energy, very loving boy and like his mum, he loves small animals, especially rabbits. Captain feather sword is a great English angora rabbit. He is a grumpy old man who loves sitting in the sun.

What are your interest areas when it comes to working with animals?

Nurse Emily runs our puppy development program and finds so much joy in watching them build their confidence. Emily loves seeing them return as an adult, excited to come in and see everyone, especially her! She leaves a lasting impression on all of them.

What is something interesting that we may not know about you?

Nurse Emily grew up on an Emu farm which had over 100 emus. Her family still has one of the original emu’s, who is now 30 years old! His name is Sam and lives happily with 4 more emu’s.

About Isabelle Sinclair...

Why did you choose to become a veterinary technician?

Isabella, better known as Issy, has had a passion for animals since a young age. Issy has a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary and Animal Bioscience from La Trobe university and started working as a Veterinary Technician with us with the end goal of being a qualified veterinarian someday soon!

Do you have any pets at home?

Rosie, a black and white domestic shorthair, is very stubborn but still thinks she’s a kitten. Whilst Groucho, also black and white, loves a good snuggle.

What are your interest areas when it comes to working with animals?

Issy hopes to become a veterinarian one day, and plans to continue studying while working as a Veterinary Technician.

What is something interesting that we may not know about you?

Originally from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Issy is yet to adapt to Melbourne’s weather!

About Jessica Mattson...

Why did you choose to become a veterinary nurse?

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary and Animal Bioscience and working on a qualification in Veterinary Nursing, Jess is a dedicated animal lover! A year into working full-time with us, her passion has just increased tenfold.

Do you have any pets at home?

Ruby is Jess’s little whippet, who is full of sass and her favourite pastime is to drive her mum mad. Ruby is also a great snuggler, and Jess is absolutely besotted. We won’t be surprised if another whippet magically appears in her house one day!

What are your interest areas when it comes to working with animals?

Jess’s interests are broad when it comes to working with animals, there is just so much to learn and Jess really enjoys the diversity.

What is something interesting that we may not know about you?

Well, we will put it this way, we wouldn’t want to challenge her in a Harry Potter Trivia Night!

About Kalinda Korkman...

Why did you choose to become a veterinary nurse?

Nurse Kalinda has always had an interest in animals and sciences but never knew exactly what field she wanted to work in. After completing a broad range of university degrees (with focusses on medieval and renaissance history, zoology, and palaeontology) Kalinda was unsure where to look next. Serendipitously, the vet clinic across the road from her was hiring trainee nurses! Kalinda specifically loves the opportunity this role gives me to further my knowledge, and meet everyone’s pets along the way.

Do you have any pets at home?

Nurse Kalinda is the indulgent Aunt to many of her friends’ animals, and she spoils all of them so much!

What are your interest areas when it comes to working with animals?

Nurse Kalinda enjoys learning general practice medicine, and one day hopes to work with wildlife and captive animals.

What is something interesting that we may not know about you?

Kalinda’s honours thesis in university involved describing a 99-million-year-old lizard trapped in fossilised amber – just like in Jurassic Park!

About Maddy Reid...

Why did you choose to work within the veterinary industry?

Growing up in the country Maddy had dogs, cats, horses, alpacas, ducks, chickens and a goat. For Maddy, she has always had trouble saying no to animals, currently with 3 adopted furbabies of her own, so now she gets to meet new dogs every single day, without having to pay the food bill.

Do you have any pets at home?

Dante: Black cat with green eyes and a white spot on his belly button. He is more dog than cat, plays fetch, talks to you ALL the time, and must be touching you 90% of the time, the other 10% is eating. Jezzie: Beautiful medium hair tabby, she is the sweetest little thing, loves firm pats and belly rubs, and lets us know when it’s past bedtime so she can have her evening snuggle. Favorite toy is clean washing. Nukka: Old grumpy girl really. Husky we adopted at the age of 9.5 years who thinks cats and cows are her best friends and loves her cucumber and carrots.

Specialist Area:

Maddy would like to specialise in rehabilitation, with an old girl of her own suffering from arthritis she is able to see what a difference rehab has made first-hand.

Interesting fact:

Maddy previously worked as a pastry chef, serving dessert to some celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L Jackson. She still loves creating beautiful desserts, but animals aren’t as fussy!