Our Nurses and Support Team
Head Veterinary Nurse
Amanda, pictured here with her dogs Mya and Dakota, has been working at Eltham Veterinary Practice since 2006. She has been the Head Veterinary Nurse now for a few years, having finished her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill Tafe.
Amanda has had a big couple of years, becoming married to long time partner Brenton and building a house in Kinglake. You need a house on 8 acres when you have two horses, two dogs and two cats! Her two stunning horses; Cookie and Gem are both Australian Quarter Horses.
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Amanda’s interests range from horse riding with her thwo horses to being a fanatical Richmond Football Club supporter.
Amanda loves many aspects of her job, and in particular she says: ‘you can’t beat the satisfaction of seeing a pet back to health and reunited with its owners after a long hospital stay for a severe illness’. She also loves getting to know all our clients and pets, and enjoys giving professional advice that will improve pets lives.
We first met Hannah in 2005 when she came and did year 10 work experience with us. She was impressive then, and when she came to us about a job recently, we were equally impressed. In the interim, Hannah finished her year 12 certificate with flying colours, and went on to study at University. After completing a four year Bachelor of Environmental Science degree, Hannah thought she would soon find her ideal work. Three years down the track, and no closer to workplace satisfaction, she decided to see if her early instincts were actually right. The staff at Eltham Veterinary Practice will testify that Hannah really appears to have found her niche and so will all the pets she takes care of.
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When she’s not caring for pets, she’s mum to two cheeky Burmese cats Loki & Drax. Outside of work you can find Hannah at the gym or watching a good movie and if the “Tiges” have a win, you can be sure she will have a big smile on her face on a Monday.
Karly joined Eltham Veterinary Practice in October 2015 and quickly settled into the role of receptionist before moving into Veterinary Nursing in 2017. With over 7 years experience working in retail as a department manager at Toys R Us at Chadstone she is no stranger to the customer service industry.
She has always had an interest in studying animal behaviour and working in the animal industry. She has successfully completed a Bachelor of Science at Monash University majoring in Zoology.
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In her spare time Karly plays mixed Basketball with a local team and will often be found at the MCG during the footy season cheering on the Melbourne Demons.
Nicki joined Eltham Vet in 2018 and has been in the industry for a couple of years, having previously worked as a Canine Rehabilitation Assistant. She is now very excited to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Eltham Vet.
With a love for anything outdoors, depending on the season you will find Nicki on the slopes snowboarding or down the river water skiing. She also likes to spend her weekends camping and four wheel driving and is a big fan of country music.
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The dogs pictured with Nicki are her beautiful boys Stewie and Cody – she also has a playful cat named Pepper!
Be sure to give Nicki a warm welcome the next time you’re in the practice!
Originally from South Africa, Marissa moved to Australia when she was 18 years old and has been loving living in Melbourne with her fiancé ever since. Having always had an interest in working with animals, Marissa has quickly settled in with the rest of the team. During her spare time, Marissa enjoys exploring the sights and scenery around Melbourne with her fiancé Gino, trying out new restaurants and spending time at home with her four cats. You wouldn’t know it from speaking with her but English is actually her second language having studied it back in South Africa at school. We’ve loved getting to learn a little bit of Afrikaans at the practice as well.
Renee joined the team back in October 2013 as our receptionist but when the position for Office Manager became available in January 2016 it was an obvious transition into the new role for Renee as she is highly organised with great attention to detail. She comes to us from another industry, previously in a role as a personal assistant for 5 years locally in Eltham for an electrical contractor; and she is loving the change to the animal industry.
She’s our resident crazy cat lover with her boy with “cattitude” Bryan! Renee’s pup nephew Jasper is featured in her staff photo as her cats were being less than cooperative on the day.
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Since starting at Eltham Vet Rene’e has made a delightful impression on clients and staff alike, as her cheerful personality has a way of brightening your day! If you have a pet insurance query or you’re just after a chat pop into the practice!
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Having worked in Eltham previously and surrounding areas you’ve probably seen Ellie before, she worked at Aumanns garden centre also.
Ellie enjoys pretty much anything that involves animals and nature, having grown up always having a wide range of animals (the zoo) as she likes to call it. There’s certainly no reason to be bored at her house.
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On weekends she loves going out with her friends and finding new bars, live music venues that play 80’s and 90’s music.
Her days off are often spent hanging out with Indy her beloved Staffy, Op shopping and finding bargains, watching Netflix or exploring towns that have antique shops with her boyfriend .
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