Dr Claire Jones - Veterinarian
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.
Dr Tania Mullen - Veterinarian
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
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 Alison Simmons - Veterinarian
Alison joined our vet team in March 2018, after previously working at a busy practice interstate. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2015 following studies in agricultural science.
Alison's interest in animal medicine developed through working on her family’s sheep and cattle farm, as well as having a multitude of pets when growing up. She thoroughly enjoys meeting all of her new patients at the clinic as well as the wonderful families that come with them!
Scout is Alison’s groodle. She has a keen but not always well received interest in trying to befriend alpacas and sheep on her family’s farm.
DR SUE RAMOO - MEDICAL CONSULTANT
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/ Head Veterinary Nurse
Kara joined our team as Practice Manager in March 2017, after previously working at our our sister clinic in Fitzroy North for 4 years.
Kara is a keen traveler and has been lucky enough to see 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 veterinary nursing and her areas of interest include critical care nursing, customer service and training new staff. Kara and her husband have two fur-kids named Ebony and Bentley who are their much loved companions.
Janelle Gaff - Veterinary Nurse/ Puppy School Trainer
Janelle joined our nursing team in March 2002. She completed her Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2000 while working at an Emergency Centre. In 2017 she completed a Certificate in Puppy Preschool Training.
Janelle has a special interest in animal behaviour and loves running our puppy pre-school classes each week.
Janelle and her husband have 3 children, Caleb, Ryder and Keely, as well as their rescue dog, Hewie.
In her spare time she loves volunteering at her children's school and sporting clubs, visiting the zoo and watching her footy team win!
Rachael Amon - Veterinary Nurse
Rachael began her veterinary nursing career as a locum nurse for our sister clinics in December 2017. She is currently in her 3rd year of studying her Bachelor Degree in Veterinary Nursing with La Trobe University and has previously completed work placement at the Lort Smith Animal Hospital and the RSPCA.
Rachael has a keen interest in all aspects of veterinary nursing, particularly surgical nursing and patient care. She enjoys caring for her 8 year old Shetland Sheepdog named Jake and fostering animals with the RSPCA.
Misty Ferguson - Veterinary Nurse
Misty started working at Essendon Veterinary Centre in early 2018 after working at a our sister clinic in Woodend for quite a while.
Misty absolutely adores her job and she is so happy to be a part of the Essendon team. She loves all aspects of veterinary nursing, in particular she loves helping animals and their owners. She thoroughly enjoys teaching puppy school as well as planning clinic events! When Misty is not at work she loves spending time with her two big dogs Gypsy a Great Dane x and Benson a Mastiff x and hanging out with her horse Hugo.
Emilie Lobbe - Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Emilie has grown up with a passion for animals and has always had pets in her home. One of her favourite things to do is interpret an animal's behaviour into words, and if she had any super power in the world, it would be to talk to animals! Emilie shares her home with a very spoilt and cheeky rabbit called Maple.
Emilie has recently graduated from La Trobe University, with her Bachelor degree of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience. She started at one of our sister clinics, Manningham Vet, and joined our team in late December 2017. She is very excited to be a part of our team and continue to pursue her dream career as a Veterinary Nurse.
Dilki Ellikuttige - Cattery Attendant
Dilki grew up surrounded by animals and her passion towards them kept growing over the years. She spent her childhood in Sri-Lanka seeing many stray animals which made her realise that she wanted to make a difference to their lives. Essendon Vet Clinic is where she has been able to experience and be part of the animal care industry and that is how she has realised that she wants to pursue a career as a veterinary nurse in the future. Moreover, in her spare time she volunteers at Lort Smith Animal Hospital, foster cares and pet sits.