It goes without saying that we love animals, but we really do take pride in giving the best possible care and attention to you and your pet!
At Woodend Veterinary Centre, we pride ourselves on providing excellence in veterinary care to our pet community. We provide this care in state of the art facilities, and ensure that all patients great and small recieve superior pet care.
Our veterinary centre is a space in which our pet community can always feel supported and comfortable. We want our care to extend outside the clinic walls, and this website to act as a valuable petcare resource - making the expertise and knowledge of our professional staff available night and day!
We have trained hard to be the best in our fields and we continue to maintain and expand our knowledge and skills at every opportunity. We also strongly believe in mentoring those new to their field via traineeships and work experience.
Joss grew up in the NT & QLD on large cattle stations. She was forever “surprising” her family by bringing home animals, from dingo pups to brumbies! It was only natural that she pursued a career in veterinary science.
Joss graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2011. She then spent 5years in south west Victoria in mixed dairy practice. After this, she worked as a locum vet in many mixed, small animal, equine and dairy practices around Australia. After falling in love with the Macedon region, she joined the Woodend Veterinary Centre in July 2018. Joss loves treating all creatures great and small, but has special interests in production animals, equine medicine and small animal medicine and imaging. When not at work, she enjoys playing sports (netball, tennis or touch football), travelling (or planning travel!), horse riding and exploring the region. At home, Joss has an adopted Staghound called Paddington, a stock horse called Fizzy Pop & a patient fiancé called Daniel that puts up with all the animals she likes to bring home!
Dr Lou grew up in Woodend and Sunbury & spent most of her childhood riding ponies at Shirley Park Thoroughbred Stud here in Woodend, which her grandfather managed. This exposure to farm life lead Lou to be passionate about becoming a vet from a young age & she graduated top of her class from Melbourne University School of Veterinary Science in 1998.
Lou initially worked in mixed equine practices both in this district and in Scotland, then settled into being a small animal vet once she started her family in 2004. Small animal medicine & preventative care have been her focus since then and we welcomed Lou to our team here at Woodend Vet Centre in May 2021.
Lou now balances life as a vet and raising her 3 children with her husband in Riddells Creek. She has ponies, chickens, a duck and her beloved dogs, Greyhound and Italian Greyhound Syd & Pete.
Candace graduated in 2013 and has worked in Bendigo, Wangaratta and in the UK before returning home to the lovely Macedon Ranges.
Candace enjoys working together with clients and helping them to provide preventative health care to their pets. By doing this we can catch any issues early and keep our patients as healthy as possible.
Candace loves the variety of working in general practice but most of all she loves cats, particularly cat behaviour. Did you know you can train cats to do tricks too? Her cat Lyla is an expert.
Candace is passionate about fear free handling techniques for both cats and dogs so that our patients and clients can have positive experiences when visiting the clinic.
Libby grew up in the Macedon Ranges, and continues to happily live in the local area with her young family, her dog Clara and cat Leonard. Following the completion of her primary and secondary schooling in Melbourne, she undertook a year of cultural exchange in Helsinki, Finland. Back in Australia, she completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Zoology at The University of Melbourne, graduating in 2001. Following this, she was accepted to the Faculty of Veterinary Science, at The University of Melbourne, and graduated in 2005.
Libby started her veterinary career working in small animal and wildlife practice in Ballarat until 2008. Following this, she has worked in multiple metropolitan Melbourne clinics, both in a permanent and locum capacity, before joining a small animal private practice in Essendon until mid-2020.
Libby has proudly joined Woodend Veterinary Centre in a part-time capacity since then. She enjoys the general care aspects of her role, providing high standards of patient care, establishing client relationships and being a strong advocate for the human-animal bond.
Devina graduated from Melbourne University Veterinary school in 2010 and undertook her first vet role in Woodend by 2011. Initially starting out as a mixed animal vet, she subsequently developed special interest in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She has completed various distance education courses in dermatology, respiratory medicine and diagnostic ultrasound; undertook a veterinary leadership role in 2017 and completed her Diploma of Management in 2018.
After completion of her diploma, Devina then decided to pursue her other passion in Interior Styling while locuming part time in multiple veterinary clinics across Melbourne. Growing her career as an Interior Stylist in Melbourne whilst missing her lifestyle in Macedon ranges, she decided to come back and split her time evenly between the two. She joined Woodend Vet Clinic in 2019 initially on a casual basis but has since stayed on as part of the team on a more regular capacity.
In her spare time, Devina enjoys travelling, picnics, styling her home and spending time with her adopted shitzu× Dash, Ollie, Summer and her spoiled SpitzxTuki. She also has a soft spot for other rescues and throughout the years has brought home a cleft palate frenchie, a hairless border collie, and a few stray kittens which she has successfully rehomed much to her husband's relief.
Christine has been in the Veterinary industry from a young age helping with the family veterinary clinic. She moved to WA and graduated from Murdoch University in 2012 and has been working in small animal clinics since.
Chris has special interests in small animal dentistry, surgery and dermatology.
On her days off Christine spends time with her two cats and elderly border collie, as well as finding some time with her husband to manage their Food Truck business.
Georgia started working at Woodend Veterinary Centre in 2014 as an animal attendant/cattery hand. She has been able to continue her journey at the clinic to become a qualified Veterinary Nurse.
She looks forward to her journey in the veterinary industry and being able to provide gold standard care and support to her patients and clients.
In her spare time, Georgia loves to go camping, play netball and spend time with her dogs Charly and Todd.
Skye joined the Woodend veterinary team after completing placement at the clinic in 2021. Skye currently holds a diploma in animal technology and an associate degree in veterinary nursing. She will obtain a bachelor of veterinary nursing once she completes her studies at the end of the year.
Skye is a lover of all animals, and her passion lies in nursing both small and large animals. She aspires to work with equine patients one day but absolutely loves working with small animal patients and has a strong interest in surgical nursing and providing overall gold-standard patient care. Skye loves being a part of the Woodend team and is grateful for the opportunity to learn everything she can from her wonderful colleagues.
In her personal time, Skye enjoys leisure rides on her thoroughbred horse Barry and spends lots of time with her menagerie of pets. She has two horses, two dogs, six sheep and a parrot.
Remi came to us in 2018 as our Cattery attendent looking after our boarding, adoption and pound cats. She then began her traineeship with us in 2020 to be a veterinary nurse.
Remi has forever loved animals and it makes her happy to be a part of an industry that thrives on improving animals’ health and wellbeing. She enjoys being a part of our wonderful team who have helped her better her knowledge on animals and provide her with the experience she needs to become the best vet nurse possible.
In her spare time, Remi loves to go walking with her staffy Juno.
Jennie is one of our Veterinary Nurses who joined the team in July 2010, with much experience in both small and large animal nursing procedures, and a keen interest in animal behaviour. She has been training dogs and teaching classes within clinics and dog training facilities for many years and thoroughly enjoys sharing her skills and expertise with others who are keen to learn. Having dealt with an array of breeds and various behaviour issues over the years, Jennie has developed an in depth knowledge and understanding in structuring relevant training programs for each individual dog, and to guide owners throughout the learning process.
She is our resident Puppy School Teacher and Dog Trainer/Behaviourist, having had many years experience in the training, showing and breeding of Australian Cattle Dogs, Kelpies and Boston Terriers, which have given her a wealth of knowledge in this field. Jennie’s also trains her own dogs to work and herd livestock on the farm, whilst finding time to train and compete in the obedience and agility ring. She has a great passion for helping owners bond and work with their animal companions.
Jennie has also worked extensively in the Australian television industry, training both the canine and equine stars of the show, ensuring they perform to perfection in front of the camera.
Jennie has completed many short courses in Dog Training/Behaviour and Puppy Preschool Training. She is currently studying (Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training) with one of the world’s most recognised Dog Training Companies (NDTFA) National Dog Trainers Federation of Australia, working alongside some of the most well respected Dog Behaviourists in the country.
Kate is a Woodend local who started working at Woodend Vet Centre during each summer helping out with boarding cats. In 2019, Kate became a permanent member of our team, working on reception.
You’ll usually find her dancing to whatever song is playing in reception, and gushing over every dog and cat that walks through the door.
Her English springer spaniel Sammy is her best pal, as well as her cats Lily and Daisy. Kate is currently studying a degree in Psychology, and hopes to further her studies in medicine in the future.