Meet our Dermatology Team – Nurses
Mandy - Team Leader
Mandy commenced working at the MVSC in December 2007 after spending some time overseas in South Africa at a monkey reserve and having completed an animal technology course. Mandy is currently undertaking a veterinary nursing course. In 2011 Mandy and Nina (Internal Medicine nurse) worked at the Veterinary Clinic within the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Mandy has a Griffon with personality plus named “Frank” who you may have seen in some TV ads, a Blue Healer cross named "Cody" and a Sun Conure parrot named "Norman".
Kate started working at the MVSC in late 2006. She completed her Animal Technology Diploma and Veterinary Nursing Certificate in Canberra, while working in a small and large animal clinic on the outskirts of the city. After moving to Melbourne, Kate worked at a local clinic for five years. Kate has a spoilt tortoiseshell cat named Ally.
Rachael started working at the MVSC in early 2008 after working in general practice for a number of years. She loves dogs and cats and also has keen interest in personal fitness. She has her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Rachel has two cats and a rabbit.
Joanne joined the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre in 2011. Joanne worked at the Collingwood children's farm, caring for various farm animals, for eight years which then lead to an interest and subsequent career in veterinary nursing. Joanne's veterinary nursing career commenced in 2003 where she worked for an avian specialist practice for three years. Joanne then went on to work at a small animal practice in 2007 before joining MVSC in 2011. Joanne has two cheeky dogs - "Louis" a Boston Terrier and "Jenna" a Pug.
Lauren began working at the MVSC in Feburary 2013 after completing her Year 12 VCE studies in 2012. She is currently a Law Student at Monash University, while maintaining her interest in caring for and looking after animals. Lauren has two Ragdoll Cats named Dexter & Oscar, and a German Shorthaired Pointer named Buzz.
Jess joined the MVSC team in 2014, after spending three years working at an inner city dog day-care centre. She has also done a lot of volunteer work in animal welfare, which she is very passionate about. Jess has always had a passion for animal care and is currently working to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Jess has two spoilt Cavalier King Charles Spaniels who are best friends - 'Lola' and 'Ava' and would love to add a cat to the family in the future.
After always wanting a career working with animals Lucy decided to pursue this and began working to obtain her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Lucy joined MVSC in early 2017 as an Animal Attendant; in early 2018 Lucy acquired a junior nurse role in our Dermatology department.
At home Lucy has two very spoilt and bouncy boxers named Gypsy and Lacey.
Rachael commenced working at MVSC in October 2017. She has completed her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing while working in an animal emergency centre for 5 years before joining the Dermatology department. Rachael has a Border Collie, a Beagle and a Poodle that keeps her very busy at home, as well as a grumpy ginger cat that keeps them all in line.