Nicole has been with clinic for 7 years and is one of our more senior nurses. After growing up on a farm in the states far west, where she was always surrounded by horses, dogs and other farm animals, Nicole took what seemed like a natural path into vet nursing, completing her certificate 4 in vet nursing and quickly found herself promoted to head nurse of a large regional clinic.
Nicole moved to Melbourne for a change of pace 15 years ago, and also explored different career options before realizing that her passion for animals was yearning, and hence shifted her focus back to vet nursing.
Nicole is the proud parent of a gorgeous British Bulldog named Daisy who is a regular visitor at the clinic and loves nothing more than comforting our upset inpatients. Nicole recently got married and is expecting her first child with husband Daniel so life is certainly keeping her busy!
Practice Manager and Senior Vet NurseNicole Patterson
Jane is famously known as the clinic hugger, she’s always ready to dish out a hug to anyone who is in need of a little comfort or a hand to hold. Jane has lived in the local area most of her life and has been working at the clinic since late 2009.
Jane has three cats, Whiskey, Mama-Cat and Gingerbread man, and a lovely little dog called Sandy the Wonder Mutt.
Bring your kids and get them to ask Jane who would win in a fight Wolverine or The Hulk?
Senior Vet NurseJane Finnsson
Nadia started out as a volunteer at the RSPCA Burwood while she was studying for her vet nursing certificate before landing a job at a Melbourne Clinic. She was livid with many different procedures and surgeries including orthopaedics, grooming, reproduction, neonatal care, midwifery, X-rays, puppy school and dentistry.
She has completed further studies and certificates in dentistry, emergency and surgery. She has also completed The Fear Free course, showing the best ways to handle cats and dogs.
She has been head nurse at a couple of busy Melbourne Practices where she has mentored and trained nurses and helped with the daily running of everyday life in general practice.
Her interests lie in surgery, patient care, groin and anything to do with cats.
Vet NurseNadia Speranza
Jimmy joined East Bentleigh Vet Clinic in 2016. Jimmy grew to love animals when he was only a young boy. Jimmy finished his Veterinary Nursing Cert IV in 2012 and afterwards had undertaken his Diploma in Veterinary Dentistry to completion in 2013 with Distinctions. Jimmy has been in the Industry for 5years.
When he is not working Jimmy enjoys playing tennis, shopping, beach, movies and Brunch
Senior Vet NurseJimmy Wright
Amanda has been working with the clinic for nearly 3 years starting of as a locum nurse. Amanda moved from Sydney 3.5 years ago where she worked as a vet nurse at a lower North Shore Clinic and a Professional dog walker and pet sitter. She started her studies at Toronga Zoo and Completed her certificate 4 with Provet Vet.
As Amanda doesn’t have any fur babies of her own but in her spare time she is busy working as a dog walker and professional pet sitter for Madame Leash.
Amanda is the proud parent of 18 month old Jackson who is hands down one of the happiest, cutest kids you will ever meet!
Vet NurseAmanda Woron
Naomi is currently at Monash University studying for her arts degree centred around electives such as philosophy, gender studies, film/ media and also history.
She has a strong love for animals and interest in veterinary care and enjoys learning something new every shift. She has a keen desire to travel and try new things as well as, practising her singing in her own time.
Vet NurseNaomi Lee
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Rachel started working at East Bentleigh Vet Clinic in November 2019. She has been vet nursing since 2005 and completed her vet nursing certificate in 2008. In 2012, she has also completed her vet nursing diploma in dentistry whilst working in a veterinary specialist dental clinic.
Rachel has loved animals and pets all her life so everyone around her was not surprised when she chose this career path. She currently has 2 dogs, a cat and a welsh pony called Patterson.
Rachel and her husband have 3 young children, who definitely like to keep her busy. She is often driving them around to dancing and sporting commitments in her days off.
Vet NurseRachel Leahy
Laura is a recent addition to our team of nurses.
Laura always knew she had a strong connection to animals since she was very young and completed her certificate III in Animal Studies and her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2019.
Her favourite part of her job is meeting all the patients who come through our clinic and recognising their needs as individuals.
As she currently doesn’t have any pets at home she takes an interest in nursing the orphaned possums who arrive at the clinic until a full-time carer is found with Wildlife Victoria.
In her own time Laura enjoys reading, playing Xbox, bike riding and gardening.
Vet NurseLaura Platt
Fin started out working in the cattery during high school and enjoyed it so much that he quickly looked for a more permanent role at the clinic. Beginning his new position as a trainee nurse in 2020, Fin has developed a passion for nursing and caring for any pet that comes his way.
As well as taking care of pets at the clinic, he has worked alongside his parents in India to vaccinate and treat street dogs that would otherwise not receive veterinary care. This volunteer work has helped him to handle animals with care and show compassion towards them.
Outside the clinic, Fin is currently studying Nutritional Science at Monash University in hopes of becoming a Dietician in the future.
Besides work and study, he enjoys spending time with his two dogs Freddy and Thunder, going to the city with friends, exercising and playing guitar.
Vet NurseFin Heath
Erica will be studying history and biology, but in the mean time she is enjoying the animals and fast paced work environment at the clinic.
In her spare time (what little she has of it!) you’ll find her with her pets or reading a book.
Trainee Nurse Erica Dudek