Meet our team

Dr Claire Jones - Lead Veterinarian

  • Essendon Vet Clinic - Veterinarian Dr Claire Jones
  • BVMS

Claire graduated from Murdoch University in Western Australia in 2005. She has since worked in several small animal veterinary clinics across Western Australia and Victoria and also spent a year in West Africa sharing her surgical skills and knowledge with local vets.

Claire has joined the Essendon Vet Team as an enthusiastic lead vet and is keen to meet all our furry friends and their lovely owners. She likes to look after our pets with great care and compassion in a professional manner. She has a keen interest in GP surgery and also enjoys consulting.



Essendon Vet Clinic - Dr Ruby Ivanov - Veterinarian
  • BVSc

Ruby originally hails from Adelaide where she worked in human health research before studying veterinary science at the University of Melbourne. She has a fond spot for pocket pets such as bunnies, guinea-pigs and ferrets. She has two guineas to call her own, Gertie and Gretta, and a black and white cat named Kali.

Ruby dabbles in a bit of sewing and has a passion for vintage fashion. She loves going to local gigs on the weekends and is very keen to get back into dancing.

Ruby has been a wonderful breath of fresh air to the clinic and has such a great attitude and approach to patient care. She is incredibly warm and always beautifully presented.


Dr Tania Mullen - Veterinarian 

Essendon Vet Clinic - Vet Tania Mullen
  • BVSc

Tania has been a part of the team at the Essendon Veterinary Clinic for the past 10 years. Growing up in Essendon Dr Tania attended primary and secondary schooling in the area after which she went on to study Veterinary Science at Melbourne University, graduating in 1999. 

Tania first began working in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne for a few years before joining the team at Essendon Vet Clinic in 2002. After taking a few breaks for overseas work and travel, and for the birth of her two children, Tania has settled back into her role and is now working part time. Her third child is a feline one, whose name is Spud and is very anti-social when it comes to other creatures, hence he has remained an only "child".

With a particular interest in dentistry, feline medicine and ophthalmology, Tania enjoys working at Essendon Vet because of the lovely clients and their pets. She also enjoys that there is a lot of new knowledge and skills being brought into the clinic by the other veterinarians and nurses; it makes life interesting and challenging. 

Outside of being a vet, Tania enjoys reading, sewing, gardening and travelling somewhere new... preferably warm!


Dr Libby Mullen - Veterinarian

Essendon Vet Clinic - Vet Libby Mullen
  • BVSc

Dr Libby had been working as a locum Vet at our clinic and our sister clinics for over 6 years.  She joined our team on a part time basis from August 2015.

Libby has a pet cat called Leonard who was a stray kitten that she found.

Libby’s interests include spending time with her beautiful daughter, Poppy, and renovating her new house.




Dr Sue Ramoo - Medical Consultant
  • BVSc

Dr Sue Ramoo graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004 and worked in general practice for 2 years, where she saw lots of dogs, cats, a few goats, some sheep and a couple of cows! During this time she developed an interest in internal medicine which led her to undertake an internship in critical care and internal medicine, which was followed by a 3 year residency at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Sue has since worked in private referral practices across Melbourne and is well versed in all aspects of internal medicine. She has been published in various veterinary journals and herinterests include gastroenterology, endocrinology and oncology. Outside of work, Sue dabbles in floristry and cooking. She also loves food, wine and bush walking. At home, Sue has a 6 year old Border Terrier named Lizzie, and a Princess Parrot called Kayne.

It is great to have Dr Sue Ramoo available for in-clinic assessment of those more complicated medical cases.


Kara Lennon - Practice Manager

Kara joined our team as practice manager in March 2017. Kara had previously been working at our sister clinic in Fitzroy North since August 2013. Prior to this, she worked many years in a corporate environment but decided to bite the bullet and follow her dream of working with animals in 2012. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing late last year.

Kara is a keen traveler and has been lucky enough to have already seen quite a lot of the world. She has even spent time working as a volunteer with Panda's in China. Kara thoroughly enjoys developing her skills and knowledge in surgical nursing and her areas of interest include anaesthetics, critical care nursing and training new staff. 

Kara and her husband have two very sweet fur children named Ebony + Bentley who are their much loved companions. 


Janelle Gaff - Veterinary Nurse

Essendon Vet Clinic - Nurse Janelle Raff

Janelle joined our nursing team back in 2002. She completed her Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2000 while working at an Emergency Centre. Since starting her family seven years ago she has been working on a casual basis and is now looking forward to working part-time. Janelle has a special interest in animal behaviour.

At home Janelle lives with her husband Alan and three children, Caleb, Ryder and Keely and Ned, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.



Andrea Lopez - Veterinary Nurse

Essendon Vet Clinic - Nurse Andrea Lopez

Andrea joined our nursing team in August 2015, after completing her study in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at Latrobe University.

Andrea is a proud parent to two Maltese crosses and a Chihuahua. Along with veterinary nursing, Andrea has an interest in animal behaviour and puppy school.

In her spare time Andrea helps walk dogs at the Pets Haven animal shelter in Woodend.




Serena Cutter - Veterinary Nurse

Essendon Vet Clinic - Nurse Serena Cutter

Essendon Vet welcomed Serena to the practice in April 2016, after working as a Locum nurse for two years at one of our sister clinics. Serena has travelled extensively throughout the world and has lived in Australia, the Philippines, Switzerland, England and Wales. She has a Bachelor Degree in Journalism but decided to have a career change and became a dog groomer.

Serena has completed a Certificate II in Animal Studies at Victoria University and is currently undertaking study in Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. What Serena loves most about working with dogs is that she can help her clients to feel comfortable, learn ways to best meet their needs and to see their personalities come out. She is vegan and really loves food.


Maddison theisinger - veterinary nurse

Essendon Vet Clinic - Nurse Maddison Theisinger

Maddison graduated and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in November 2016, and has previously completed work placement at the Melbourne University Veterinary Hospital.

Maddison began working as locum Veterinary Nurse in June 2016, which involved working at sister clinics Pascoe Vale, Fitzroy, Reservoir, and Brunswick Central. She has been working with us on a permanent part time basis since February 2017.

Maddison has an interest in Exotics, Pocket pets and Wildlife. She is also in the process of becoming a Wildlife carer. When she is not at working she is hanging out with her two boxers, Nissa and Brax as well as her two rescue cats, Finley and Bindi. 


Puss - Clinic Cat - In Memoriam

Essendon Vet Clinic - Boss cat Puss

Our much loved and always entertaining clinic cat, Puss, passed away in March 2013 from lymphoma. A special girl that will never be forgotten by clinic staff and and by our many clients who cared for her as much as we did.





Shelley - Clinic Cat - In Memoriam

Shelley, our wonderful friend of 18 years, kept us company at the clinic and enjoyed lots of hugs from both our team and our clients. Shelley lived quite a peaceful life and rarely asked for anything (except when any of us had a really nice lunch). Shelley sadly passed away in April 2008 and she will be greatly missed.