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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 Julia

Head Veterinarian (BVSc)

Dr Julia joined the GAWS Veterinary Clinic in 2020 as our Head Veterinarian. She has worked previously in many management roles establishing several new veterinary departments for other businesses before arriving with us.

She has a wealth of experience in all animals including currently running her own farm and equine practice for over 15 years.

Julia started her career as a mixed animal Veterinarian and has since worked in many roles such as the public health and communicable disease program. She has a diploma in animal biomechanical medicine (animal chiropractor) and regularly volunteers locally and ov for charitable animal causes currently including Pets in the Park.

Julia’s favourite thing about working at GAWS is knowing that her hard work is contributing towards a fabulous community investment and that all hard effort and business building impact directly into helping fund our shelter. She enjoys the direct hands on aspect of treating and restoring health to the most vulnerable animals that come off the street and finding them good loving homes.

At home, Julia is caring for her 2 children, Jack Russell cross “Pip” and multiple farm animals. In her spare time she enjoys training horses, motorbike riding, and travelling whenever the time allows.

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 Simon

Veterinarian (BVSc)

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.


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.


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.


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!


Veterinary Nurse

Olivia finished her studies in 2019 and joined the vet clinic team after volunteering in the clinic.

Olivia has a maltese shitzu called Betty who's special talent is clapping her paws together. She also has 3 cats – Taco, Harry and Oscar who were adopted from GAWS. Olivia also has some silky chickens, Marg and Barb.

Her favourite part about being a vet nurse is the welfare side of things and bringing an animal back to their happy, healthy selves. 

In her spare time, Olivia enjoys hanging out with her friends and family.


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!


Veterinary Nurse

Marnie started volunteering with GAWS for several years before completing her Veterinary Nursing course and becoming an employee. Marnie is currently the supervisor of our Cattery Department and also works in our Community Vet Clinic.

Marnie has a keen interest in medicinal nursing and enjoys working in animal welfare. She is an expert in foster caring pregnant mother dogs and cats and enjoys raising puppies and kittens until they are ready for their forever homes.

Numbers are unimportant, but Marnie has a few resident dogs and cats that help her foster animals through the process.