Meet Our Team

  

Naresh Jeganathan

Veterinarian

Naresh graduated in 1985 and on his wife's suggestion, in 1987 they decided to move to the Yarra Valley and run a veterinary practice. Naomi nursed and Naresh vetted as a two person team til the birth of their first child, Raewyn. Now the practice supports 16 staff members and continues to grow.

Naresh loves his work and particularly loves where he lives. Stunning countryside and equally lovely community. He is motivated to do his best for his patients and has found his working life in Wandin to be a very fulfilling and rewarding part of his life.

When not working at the clinic, he enjoys playing golf, travelling with Naomi and his two children, Raewyn and Heath, cooking and being Mr Fix It at home.


Carl Hilford

Veterinarian

Carl graduated as a Veterinarian from the University of Queensland in 1997. His interest in large animal medicine drew him to work in the UK in a country practice in rural Wales for 3 years. Carl met his future wife whom convinced him to move to the Yarra Valley which he instantly fell in love with. He has worked in mixed practice for the last 15 years throughout the valley.

Carl has taken a special interest in large animal medicine, small animal surgery and ultrasound. However excitement of all aspects of veterinary medicine persist.  He is presently studying a Masters in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery.  Personally, Carl enjoys the great outdoors especially bushwalking, skiing, cycling and spending time with his family.

 


Julie Cureton

Veterinarian

Julie graduated in 1996 from the University of Melbourne with honours. After a couple of years working in mixed practice, Julie spent the next seven years working throughout the United Kingdom. Here she fell in love with Border Terriers, and has two of her own, Fern and Jiminy.

After returning to Australia, Julie was drawn to the beauty of the Yarra Valley and has been a part of Wandin Veterinary Clinic since 2007. She loves the locals of the Yarra Valley and the people she works with. Her special interest areas are diverse and include cardiology, behaviour, acupuncture, small animal medicine and the care of smaller patients such as rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens.

In her spare time Julie enjoys training her horses, garden design, landcare and sustainable farming.


Eloise Deen

Veterinarian

Eloise graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2012, with honours. She worked in mixed practice in Mansfield for two years, then joined the Wandin Vet Clinic team in March 2015. Eloise enjoys working and living in the Yarra Valley, where she grew up.

Eloise's professional interests include anaesthesia and pain management, large animal medicine and surgery, and ophthalmology. She enjoys the diversity that mixed practice provides, working with both pets and farm animals.

During her spare time you will find Eloise riding her horse Tommy, bushwalking, cooking (and eating!), and walking her dog, Lincoln the German Shepherd.


Haylee Catley

Veterinarian

Haylee graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2016 with honours, and has spent the past few years working as a mixed practice veterinarian around the Yarra Valley.

Her time spent at Wandin Veterinary Clinic as a student left a lasting impression, and she jumped at the opportunity to become an official part of the team in early 2021.

Haylee loves the challenge of working with a wide variety of animals of all shapes and sizes; her passions lie in large animal medicine, especially equines, as well as small animal surgery, behavioural medicine and dermatology.

Outside of work she can be found renovating her house, at the gym or yoga studio, or spending time with family and friends exploring all the Valley has to offer.


Nicole Clifton

Veterinary Nurse

Nik has been with Wandin Veterinary Clinic since 1998, after doing work experience with Naresh whilst at school.  Being part of the furniture for so long, Nik has seen the full life cycles of many of the patients as well as working with many vets and nurses.  The thing she loves most about the clinic is her bosses, the staff, the clients and the variety of animals she gets to see and handle on a daily basis.  Nik can often be found grooming pets, making them look and feel wonderful.

In her spare time she is chasing around her sport loving boys Darcey and Joel and also horse riding.

 


Liz Booth

Veterinary Nurse

Liz started at Wandin Veterinary Clinic in 1999 with Naresh in the older practice.  Since then, she has seen huge changes, most noticeably now using a computerised patient and appointment system rather than the written patient cards and files, as well as now using blood analysers and digital radiography (no more dipping xray film into chemicals!).  Liz is passionate about aftercare and nursing animals back to health.  Her main priority is keeping all her patients warm and comfortable.

At home Liz has a menagerie of pets and rescue animals such as sheep, dogs and cats.  She loves having animals all around her!  In her free time she loves horse riding.  


Emma Bruggeman

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing )

Emma came to do work experience in 2013 while in year 10 at school and has worked part-time at the clinic ever since.  For her, work experience was a huge eye-opener to the world of veterinary medicine, and she hasn't wanted to do anything else since as she loves working with animals.  

Emma has now completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

At home she has a Golden Retriever called 'Cooper' and loves being active, seeing her friends and family.


Nina Hermansen

Veterinary Nurse

Nina joined the Wandin team in 2015, and has been veterinary nursing for 37 years, having completed her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Previously, Nina has worked as an art teacher and is a Reiki practitioner. Nina loves veterinary nursing as there is so much variation to the role; no two days are the same!

She has horses, two dogs Luna and Lilly, and two cats Hazel and Helga. In her spare time Nina loves to ride competitively in the eventing field.


Joni Kay

Veterinary Nurse

Joni became part of the Wandin team in 2017, completing her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill Tafe in 2001 and has enjoyed working in the veterinary industry since.

Living in the Yarra Valley herself and being part of numerous sporting clubs, she enjoys seeing familiar faces and working close to home.

Joni enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, particularly surgery and wildlife care.

In her spare time Joni enjoys gardening, riding her horse and spending time down the beach with her family.

 


Rachel Morgan

Veterinary Nurse

Rachel started veterinary nursing over 30 years ago, which she finds mind boggling! After being away from the field to raise her children, Rachel was very excited to return to vet nursing at Wandin Veterinary Clinic.

Owning a reactive dog has helped Rachel realise how stressful attending veterinary clinics can be for some animals and their families. She enjoys helping them feel supported and welcomed at the clinic.

When not at work, Rachel is most likely to be found at home with her almost grown children, her dogs, cats and reptiles.


Sherri-lyn Clark

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing )

Sherri started working with us at the clinic in 2019 as a trainee veterinary nurse to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Sherri loves veterinary nursing and plans to start her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing one day soon! 

In her spare time she enjoys kickboxing and hanging out with her two golden retrievers 'Bentley' and 'Flynn' and her two cats 'Puss and 'Jasper'. 

 


Emily Tyler

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Emily joined the Wandin Vet team in March 2020 after moving to the Yarra Valley, and has been a veterinary nurse since 2014. Her favourite part of the job is in surgery, monitoring anaesthetics.

In Emily's spare time she enjoys camping, spending time in her garden and being crafty. 


Ebony McHardy

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Ebony has been veterinary nursing for five years, having completed her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. She joined the Wandin Vet Clinic team in early 2021, after working at a small animal and exotics clinic.

The most rewarding aspect of Ebony's work is being able to create a positive experience for all patients and their owners, as well as anaesthetics and anaesthetic monitoring. Ebony is an absolute lover of Staffordshire Bull Terriers, having one who never leaves her side - Shaq!

In her spare time, Ebony enjoys going to the gym, outdoor activities and travelling with her partner.


Megan Deans

Veterinary Nurse

Megan's first experience at Wandin Veterinary Clinic was in 2017, when she completed a six week placement as part of her Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience degree at LaTrobe University. She has been employed casually at the clinic ever since!

Megan's favourite things about the clinic include the friendly staff, clients and the beautiful animals she gets to see each day. Megan also enjoys the diversity and the challenges that the job presents - no two days are the same!

In her spare time you'll find Megan riding and caring for her two horses, Max and Jack, and running around after her two cheeky dachshunds, Murphy and Franklin.


Emily Kay

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Emily joined the Wandin Veterinary Clinic team in 2020. She completed her Cert II in Veterinary Nursing in April 2022 and is now studying her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill Tafe. Emily loves working with all kinds of animals, and gaining knowledge in the workplace.

In her spare time, Emily loves to go horse riding, playing netball, and going on road trips to the beach with her family and friends.

At home Emily has a golden retriever named Marli, and a Scottish fold named Allan!


Wanda

Client Relations

Wanda was a stray feral cat that was brought into the clinic stuck in a rat glue trap. Bundled up in a sticky little ball, it took over an hour to remove the glue, and gosh was she fiesty! She had no owner and so she was adopted to be the clinic cat at Wandin Veterinary Clinic.

Wanda enjoys stalking and pouncing on veterinary students, opening and sampling bags of Hills food, playing with clients handbags and snacking on Greenies!

She is a feisty lady and takes a disliking to new people, so it is best to look at her from a distance but not touch!


  
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