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Vet Team

GAWS is extremely fortunate to have a community vet clinic on site. Our highly skilled vets and vet nursing team ensure that every animal’s welfare is the number one priority.

Dr Ruth

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Dr Ruth joined GAWS in June 2013 and has over twelve years’ experience in private practice and animal shelter work including the RSPCA in Victoria.

She is passionate about Shelter Medicine, dog training and the human-animal bond. She shares her life with two human children, and several ‘fur children’ (two Burmese cats, a Dalmatian dog and a friendly goat).

Dr Polly

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Dr Polly recently joined the clinic team after expressing a strong interest in animal welfare and shelter medicine.

Polly has a Bichon cross Poodle named Bertie who loves to run at the beach. After studying in Melbourne and working at multiple vet practices throughout the years both in Australia and in the UK, Polly brings a wealth of experience to our clinic.

Polly is passionate about small animal health and dermatology. In her spare time, she loves relaxing at the beach and spending time with her family!

Dr Roshani

Veterinarian (BVSc NVE)

Dr. Roshani graduated from Sri Lanka in 2003 and migrated to Australia in 2006. In 2009 she completed her national vet exam and began working at a small animal clinic in Melbourne for two years.

Following her passion in shelter medicine she became the first onsite vet here at Geelong Animal Welfare Society. Roshani is now continuing her education through Sydney University CVE in small animal medicine with the intention of sitting the membership exams in the future.

In her spare time Roshani enjoys spending time with her two daughters. She has two pet birds, adopted from GAWS.

Dr Gemma

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Dr. Gemma joined GAWS in December 2017 after moving here from New Zealand.

Gemma has a strong interest in general medicine and animal welfare services. Gemma has a soft spot for her geriatric patients and takes great care in everything she does. In her spare time Gemma enjoys baking, trail running and coffee! She has 2 devon rex's at home called Tess and Louie.

Dr Noriel

Veterinarian (BSc/BVSc (Hons))

Dr Noriel joined the GAWS vet team after showing interest in shelter medicine and wanting to expand her knowledge in animal welfare.

She currently has two pets of her own; Summit, a Swiss Shepard and Illidan, a tabby cat. Noriel has always had a keen interest in the treatment of cats and has been her passion from a young age. In her spare time, Noriel enjoys hiking, scuba diving and spending time with her family.

April

Practice Manager

April joined the GAWS Vet Clinic team in 2014 after finishing year 12 and commencing her studies in Veterinary Nursing.

April enjoys all aspects of her role in the vet clinic and is always willing to help out and try something new! April has two dogs, Arnold a miniature dachshund and Hamish the Labrador, as well as her GAWS rescue cat Winston. Hamish recently retired from working as a drug sniffer in the Melbourne Airport and is loving retirement.

April enjoys the pathology involved in medical cases and caring for all animals. Outside of work, April enjoys taking her dogs to the beach, travelling and going out with friends.

Felicity

Veterinary Nurse

Felicity joined the GAWS Vet Clinic team when the clinic first opened. Felicity has a strong interest in surgical procedures and is always bringing us the next interesting case.

Felicitys own house is practically an animal shelter with two dogs, two cats, one pig, three sheep and about twenty or so chickens and ducks. She has even brought her pigs into the clinic to desex!

Felicity is always up for chat and ready to offer advice on all your animal needs! Felicity enjoys exercising and spending time at her farm.

Maddie

Veterinary Nurse

Maddie has joined the vet nurse team very recently and is currently undertaking her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Maddie has wanted to be a vet nurse from a young age and is very passionate about developing a great bond between animals and their owners. At home, Maddie has her own kitten, a domestic medium hair cat named Olivia.

In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, going to the beach and travelling. She always has a smiling face around the clinic and happy to help anyone out!

Amanda

Veterinary Nurse

Amanda started volunteering with GAWS near the end of 2016 and was quickly hired after seeing her compassion towards animals.

Amanda was studying to be a ‘human’ nurse but about half way through her studies she realised her passion was with animal care.

She has her hands full at home with her two Chihuahuas Zac and Heidi who were both rescued from GAWS, her Dutch Shepard Rip, and her two cats Calypso and Smokesy.

Amanda loves working with dogs and has a strong interest in animal behaviour. Outside of working, Amanda enjoys surfing, going to the beach and travelling!

Jess

Veterinary Nurse

Jess was a Gordon trainee nurses who was hired at GAWS after displaying a great deal of hard work and passion for animal welfare.

Jess’s key interest lies with the animals at the clinic and she loves treating different medical cases and expanding her knowledge. Jess is a very dedicated nurse who enjoys the sometimes long hours involved with nursing sick animal back to perfect health.

Jess is also busy outside of GAWS with her Bengal cat Django and her horse Bob. Jess recently adopted a puppy from GAWS named Louie, she performed a DNA test and found he is the following breeds - Golden Retriver, Labrador, Border Collie, Kelpie and Maltese!

Marnie

Veterinary Nurse

Marnie was a regular foster carer and volunteer through GAWS for years before starting her veterinary nursing career and joining the vet clinic team.

Marnie has a keen interest in medicinal nursing and really enjoys working for animal welfare. She is an expert in foster caring pregnant mother dogs and takes on as many at a time as she can! Marnie has two dogs at home - Tully, a labrador and Samson, a murray retriver. She always has chooks and some friendly cats!

In her spare time, she enjoys scuba diving and looking after her little farm of animals.

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