Our Nurses

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Simone

Simone started her veterinary nursing career in 1997 at a 24hr emergency and surgical referral clinic where she stayed for four years and gained her Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. Simone has travelled around Australia doing locum veterinary nursing work including Darwin where she got to see and care for many native Australian Animals.Simone has worked as a head nurse in a clinic in Melbourne and has undertaken a certificate in Wildlife Care and operated a registered wildlife shelter where she looked after animals such as possums, kangaroos, lizards and birds.

Simone completed her Diploma in Veterinary Practice Management shortly before going on maternity leave. Simone and her husband Wade now have two young boys, Ethan and William. They are also the proud parents of Lilly, a senior Cavalier King Charles and two moggies called Macca and Tyger. After her maternity leave, Simone joined the Thornbury Veterinary Hospital team as Practice Manager in 2014.

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Kim

Kim joined the Thornbury Vet family as a senior nurse in September 2018. After completing her undergraduate degree in New Zealand, majoring in Environmental Sciences, in Kim hopped across the ditch to steer her career towards her love of animals and people. Kim has been a vet nurse since 2013 and she completed her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing in 2016. Kim brings Emergency and Critical Care nursing experience as well as a background in microbiology and chemistry to the clinic.

 Kim is passionate about geriatric pet care, weight loss for overweight pets and empowering pet owners to take joy in caring for their four legged mates. She is available for nurse consultations and loves meeting the furry friends of the North.

 Kim loves tramping and camping, brunching and op-shopping in her spare time. She can be found locally in the village with a box of veggies or riding her bike down to the Northcote pool. Kim’s best friend is an ex-wilding black cat found wandering the streets of Coburg with a severe bone infection. Now a retired explorer, Shackleton enjoys the good life chasing the sun around Kim’s flat.

 

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Nicole

Nicole has been at Thornbury Veterinary Hospital since 2014. She is currently studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing while working at the clinic. With two young children, Sienna and Braxton, and her menagerie she is kept on her toes.

Nicole has a deep-seated love of animals and has her own Noah’s Ark at home with one Border Collie, four cats, two guinea pigs and a turtle!

Nicole shares Dr. Ashleigh’s love of football, even if they don’t see eye to eye on their teams!

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Lucas

Lucas completed his Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2014 in Sydney NSW and has been working as a veterinary nurse for 4 years. Lucas moved to Melbourne at the beginning of 2018  for a change of scenery and to in addition to his veterinary nursing, he is also in the process of completing a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at RMIT (with a special interest in pathology and immunology.)

Lucas is happiest when around animals and in nature. He has loved and surrounded himself with cats from a young age but also has a deep fondness for dogs, exotics and native wildlife! When he's not at work or university, Lucas can probably be found lounging around with his 2 rescue cats - Antares and Sonnet - or out on an adventure with his newest member to the family, a blind rescue Border Collie pup named Sadie.

Alana

Lana has worked part-time as veterinary nurse since January 2013 at Thornbury Veterinary Hospital. She completed her Bachelor of Science at The University of Melbourne and is currently studying for her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine also at the University of Melbourne. Lana hopes to be a mixed practice vet when she graduates, but doubts she'll ever find a better team than the girls at Thornbury!

In her spare time, Lana loves playing netball, skiing, travelling and taking her two very spoilt dogs, Barney & Ollie, to the beach.

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Eileen

Originally from Co. Cork in Ireland Eileen grew up on a farm where she spent her childhood caring for an array of pets including cats, dogs, lambs, calves and horses. As a teenager she competed in local gymkhana’s and exercised racehorses. Eileen gained her veterinary nursing qualification through Medivet Training College in 2010 whilst living in London and went on to work in a new and innovative veterinary clinic in greater London for four years. Eileen made the decision to spread her wings and travelled across the globe when she finally settled in Fitzroy two years ago since then completed a Diploma in Leadership and Management in 2018.

Eileen has had a long association with Australia having discovered the outback and cities across our vast land! She also spent 6 months working on a sheep and cattle station in the remote outback of WA over 10 years ago. Eileen now calls Melbourne home and makes a welcomed return to the veterinary vocation by reconnecting with her love of nursing. She has a special interest in surgical nursing, caring for hospitalised patients and will continue to further her education in this particular area.

Eileen has a two-year-old border collie named Kramer who enjoys ‘rounding up’ other dogs at his local park, long walks and swimming at the beach.