Graduating from The University of Queensland in 1992 with first class honours, Ruth worked in small animal practice in South East Queensland until moving to Ballarat in 1998. She joined the Eastwood Vet Clinic team shortly after and took over ownership of the practice in 2002.
Ruth completed her Masters in Veterinary Studies in 2001 and was admitted via examinations as a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Feline Medicine in July 2013.
Megan joined our team at Eastwood in 2011 after spending 11 years working in mixed practice in the west of Ireland. She has a special interest in surgery, and orthopaedics in particular.
Dr Aimee studied at Murdoch University in Western Australia and has been a part of the Eastwood team since 2008. She has recently obtained a new furry friend by the name of “Trev” a wirehaired Jack Russell Terrier.
Isabella graduated in 2001 from the University of Veterinary Science in Vienna, Austria. She then completed the Australian Vet Board Exam in 2003 and worked in rural mixed practice until joining the team at Eastwood Vets in 2011.
Isabella has a special interest in small animal medicine, emergency and critical care.
She spends her free time with her ‘furkids’ – two cross breed rescue dogs and a very laid back rescued Domestic house tiger.
Nikki has worked in the industry for many years and is the mother of four children and many four legged "kids"! She studied at Box Hill and worked around Melbourne, Daylesford and now Eastwood Vets since 2007. Nikki has furthered her education in Emergency/Critical Care, Radiology and Advanced Rehabilitation Physiotherapy and has recently become the Practice Manager of Eastwood Vets as well as her role of Senior Head Surgical nurse. Her interests are wildlife rehabilitation, riding her horse 'Mako' as a proud member of the Creswick Light Horse Troop, eating fresh produce out of her garden and good wine!
Bronwyn joined our team in late 2011 as a senior veterinary nurse, after a 15 year break to be a stay at home mum to her three boys. In her ‘pre-children’ life, she was Head Nurse at a mixed animal practice which she cared for and treated a range of animals, great and small, from guinea pigs to even the odd alpaca. She regularly undertook further training and attended several seminars and conferences for professional development.
Bron works in the surgical and medical areas of our clinic and is also on call most weekends to support the vets with emergencies. She has plans to study for her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, specialising in Emergency and Critical Care.
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In her younger days she was a passionate horse rider and dressage competitor, though she now keeps both feet firmly on the ground preferring to spend her spare time in the garden surrounded by her boys, chickens and whippet x cavalier puppy ‘Luna(tic)”!
Elle is the newest member of the Eastwood Vets team joining the Clinic late in 2014. Prior to moving to Ballarat in 2012 she worked in a small animal clinic on the beach in Black Rock and in her spare time would work in a nearby 24 hour emergency centre. Elle is a proud mum of numerous “fur-babies” including 4 horses, 2 dogs and a very naughty cat by the name of “Steve McQueen”. Known around the clinic for being a bit of a “Rev-Head” in Elle’s spare time if she isn’t riding the horses, you’ll find her at a car or bike show.
Lisa has worked in reception and administration for over 25 years and has been part of the Eastwood team since 2010. She has a Cavalier King Charles called ‘Harvey’ and a Sun Conure bird called ‘Sunny’.
Mariah studied at Loreto College Ballarat, and graduated in 2011. She has completed her Certificate II in Equine studies and also her Certificate II in Agriculture (specialising in Horse Breeding). Mariah has also had a lot of hands on experience working with animals as she has worked as a Roustabout, at a Thoroughbred Stud and now currently has been working at Eastwood Vets with small animals since 2012. Her role in the clinic is receptionist and also managing the practice social media.
She has 2 horses of her own and enjoys doing Dressage, One Day Events and Team Penning, she also has a very adorable Cavalier King Charles called ‘Snoop Dog’ .
Sam joined the team in 2013 and plays a vital role in our clinic, being responsible for sterilisation in our surgical department and maintaining the hygiene in the hospital. She comes with many years experience in the showing and breeding of dogs, with particular fondness for the giant breeds. Her chickens, goats and three dogs keep her busy in her spare time.
Tammy started as a receptionist at our clinic in 2011 and has recently returned after a 2 year absence. She is trained as a Hills food Nutritionist and is passionate about promoting positive nutrition for your pet.
She has a menagerie of pets at home including a Donkey, 3 dogs, cats, and sheep! There is always a smiling face to come home too!
Rhiannon started at Eastwood Vets in 2000 as a trainee Vet Nurse. She has a few animals of her own such as a Pomeranian ‘Bella’, British Blue cat named ‘Milo’ and a Cockatiel called ‘Smokey’. Rhiannon has always loved animals no matter how big or small and being able to pursue her career as a trainee vet nurse is like a dream come true for her.