Dr Shaun Wynne
Hospital Director & Senior Veterinary SurgeonBVSc (Hons) 1991 & MACVS (Surgery) 2005
Special interest: Member of Unusual and Exotic Pets Group of the AVA. Shaun has over 20 years experience with all pets, including Rabbits, Rats, Guinea Pigs, Birds and other Pocket Pets. Since passing examinations to be admitted as a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons, Shaun’s main interest has been advanced surgery. This includes Advanced Knee surgery (stifle), TTO – Triple Tibial Osteotomy surgery, TPLO – Tibial Plateau Levelling Operations, de-Angelis suture and a range of other orthopedic surgery.
Most memorable veterinary moment: A pug presented in respiratory distress on a particularly hot day. He sounded like a clogged up, overheated steam train. His throat was occluded by an excess of soft tissue, his nostrils were closed over and the little pockets next to his vocal chords (in his larynx) had everted. All this is called BOS – Brachycephalic Obstructive Syndrome, and it had put little “Buster” into life-threatening Heat Stroke. We gave him a “nose job” (rhinoplasty), a soft palate resection and we cut out the everted laryngeal saccules – all referred to as BOS surgery. After we cleared his airways, his energy levels increased better than they had been for years and he could breathe easy. For some years prior to surgery his loud snoring had filled the bedroom, and because Buster’s owner was used to the background noise, she had some adjusting to do, waking several times a night to check that he was OK.
Proudest moment: Passing exams to be a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons in Small Animal Surgery
Family: Married to Kristen (a physiotherapist and owner of Ashburton Physiotherapy and Pilates Centre) with a son, Jack 15, Mia 12 and Lucy 9 (You can see Lucy on her vintage bike with teacup sized Alfie in the basket on our rotating photos at the top of our website)
Pets: Teddy – 4 year old brown labradoodle. At 12 weeks of age he ran under the car of a moving vehicle in the driveway at Shaun’s parents farm (The Heath Bed & Breakfast). Teddy fractured his leg through the growth plate in the hip. Shaun & Rod reconstructed his hip with 2 stainless steel pins. He has made a full recovery and apart from having one leg slightly shorter than the other, he has been running around at full speed ever since! Shaun opened his arms up to two stray kittens that were brought in to Whitehorse naming them Ace and Asher. The latest addition is a teacup maltese x chihuahua called Alfie. Shaun now has his hands full but enjoys hearing all his furry friends play around his house.
Personal Hobbies: Playing ‘Mr. Mom’ when Kristen works late, watching football and going on camping trips.
Dr Rod Wynne
Senior Veterinary SurgeonBVSc (Hons) 1988
Special Interest: 25 years of experience as a vet means Rod has seen most things. Rod particularly enjoys microscope work, conditions of the skin and ears (such as allergies) and dealing with lumps, bumps and cancer diagnosis, surgery and chemotherapy
Most Memorable Veterinary Moment: A vet nurse’s Akita dog presented in severe distress. Having to think quickly, Rod listened to the chest and immediately knew he had to puncture the chest in a life-saving move that released pressurized air from the chest cavity. Having temporarily saved his life, he underwent surgery to remove a ruptured lung and went on to make a good recovery.
Family: Married to Lisa (Children’s Pastor of Activate Church in Ringwood) with 2 sons, David 22 and Matt 21 and daughter Michaela 19
Personal Hobbies: Fishing and Golf with the boys.
Dr Stephanie Harrop
BVSc (Hons) 2010, BAnSc & MGT, MVS
Stephanie graduated from the University of Melbourne with honors in 2011. After graduation she returned to her home town of Canberra and worked in a busy small animal practice.
She returned to Melbourne in 2014 and completed her Masters of Veterinary Clinical Studies (through Murdoch University in 2017), whilst working in a small animal practice in Inner Melbourne.
Stephanie joined the team at Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital in July 2018.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons), Bachelor of Animal Science, MGT & Masters of Veterinary Studies
Stephanie enjoys all things medical be it working up a patient that is suddenly very ill or managing patients with multiple long-term illnesses.
Stephanie has recently commenced a post-graduate course in ultrasound imaging to further aid in diagnosing all medical conditions.
Stephanie and her fiance Huw share their home with their much loved and doted on cat “Spike”.
Stephanie’s hobbies include active pursuits such as hiking, camping and cycling. She also enjoys more sedate activities like cooking, sewing and reading.
Dr Hazel Patterson
DVM 2015, BSc
Hazel joined the WVH team in 2016 as a New Graduate Veterinarian. She completed a rotational placement with the hospital during her final year of Veterinary Medicine, we all loved her so much that we offered her a Full time position as soon as she had graduated. Hazel has fit in with the entire team so seamlessly, she has a fantastic rapport with our wonderful clients and patients alike.
Hazel has extensive Customer Service experience and is mature well beyond her years, we have not looked back since asking her to join the team here.
Qualifications: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Bachelor of Science
Special Interests: Hazel has a special interest in Feline Medicine, however she enjoys seeing all Companion animals. Hazel thoroughly enjoys the daily variation of involved tasks in working as a Veterinarian. Working between Consulting, performing surgeries, working up cases with diagnostics and everything in between.
Pets: Hazel has recently welcomed a beautiful Siberian kitten named Juniper, who is super smoochy & loving.
Personal Hobbies: Hazel enjoys cooking and dining out, following AFL (Hawks supporter), playing piano and spending time with her friends and family.
Dr Sebastian Willitts
DVM 2018, BA, BSc (Biochemistry), BSc (Vet. BioSc)
Sebastian is a new graduate Veterinarian who has just started with us in January. Sebastian is a Canadian cold weather refugee who has fallen in love with Australia and now proudly calls Melbourne home. With a background in Asian language studies and Biochemistry Sebastian decided to go a step further and study Agriculture at Melbourne University. This sparked his interest in production animals and farming which ultimately led down the path to becoming a Veterinarian.
Qualifications: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry), Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience), Bachelor of Arts (Asian Language Studies)
Special Interests: Sebastian has a passion for surgery and anaesthesia and is looking to develop his soft tissue and orthopaedic skills under the learned guidance of our senior Veterinarians.
Pets: Sebastian cares for 2 lovely oodle mixes, an old grumpy one, and a large goofy one. These boys are a stop gap for when he can move to property and have ducks, goats, sheep, cows and a Donkey.
Personal Hobbies: Sebastian devours history books, and when not busy studying up on cases or learning a new language can be seen jogging around Blackburn lake or making spaghetti.
Our Veterinary Nurses
Senior Veterinary Nurse (Part Time)QVN
Meet nurse Donna!
Donna joined the team at Whitehorse as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse in 1990. Donna came to Whitehorse with eighteen months of experience from previous vet clinic ‘Brandon Park Veterinary Hospital’. At that stage, this was the first Accredited Hospital in Victoria. Donna brought her accreditation knowledge across and contributed largely in the process of Whitehorse becoming an Accredited Veterinary Hospital of Victoria. Donna was also one of the first students to study Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Nursing by correspondence. By 1992 Donna was a fully Qualified Veterinary Nurse and later on achieved a Diploma in Animal Care (ICS). Currently, Donna is our most senior and long-term Veterinary Nurse who is a very familiar face to all our clients and a valuable member of our team.
Qualifications: Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Nursing, Diploma in Animal Care (ICS), Certificate III in Canine Behaviour & Training
Special interest: Donna has an interest in a number of different areas, including; Surgical Nursing, dentistry, Weight Management, behaviour and training.
Pets: Donna’s Dogs lead a very active life on her property with the horses. They get plenty of long walks and actively participate in professional agility and tracking trials with plenty of medals, trophies and ribbons to show for it! During Donna’s long service leave, (taken in 2011), Donna was kept very busy after her Koolie “Rayne” gave birth to a litter of four beautiful babies. Donna is frequently updated on how the dogs are doing in their new homes, which she loves.
- Horses: Moose (13 years old) & Ralph (10 years old)
- Dogs: Flex – 10 year old Koolie
- Rayne – 8 year old Koolie
- Link – 5 year old Koolie (Rayne’s son)
- Quinn – 8 year old Border Collie
Personal Hobbies: Dog Agility & Tracking, Horse riding, netball, snow skiing, walking dogs, outdoor activities and Parelli – Natural Horsemanship Training
HR Manager & Senior Veterinary Nurse (Part Time)QVN, Dip. VN (ECC), Dip. Prac.Man.
Meet nurse Courtney!
Courtney commenced Nursing with us in 2009. She has 15 years of experience as a Veterinary Nurse. She has extensive experience in General Practice Nursing, Emergency Nursing and also in Nursing Exotic Pets, Pocket Pets and Wildlife (Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Ferrets, Mice, Rats, Lizards, Turtles, Snakes and many species of Australian Native Wildlife). Courtney enjoys putting her wealth of experience to use with our varied and busy caseload at WVH.
Qualifications: Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (ECC) & Diploma of Veterinary Practice Management
Special Interests: Courtney has a special interest in Emergency Medicine however she also enjoys the variation of working between Reception, Administration, Medical Nursing, Surgical Nursing and Nurse Consulting.
Pets: Courtney owns two very spoilt and adored little Chihuahua’s named Jamie and Jackson, Jamie is now 12 years old and Jackson is 10. They enjoy lazing in the sunshine soaking up the rays, they also enjoy following around their Mummy and Daddy like little shadows!
Personal Hobbies: Courtney enjoys spending time with her dedicated husband Josh & very busy toddler Grayson.
Business Admin Manager & Senior Veterinary Nurse (Full Time)QVN. Dip. VN (Gen)
Meet nurse Abbey!
Abbey started at Whitehorse in 2013 as a trainee whilst completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill Institute. Abbey moved to the country in 2016 & explored nursing for mixed animal practices in Wangaratta & Mansfield. Abbey has recently returned to Melbourne & has joined our team again and is enjoying seeing all the familiar faces of our clients & patients.
Qualifications: Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing & Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General)
Special Interests: Abbey enjoys many aspects of nursing which include all things feline & nursing patients back to optimal health through surgical & medical nursing.
Pets: Abbey has three dogs, Blaze the Kelpie, Effie the German Wiredhair Pointer & Hans the Neapolitan Mastiff, and a very spoilt cat called Lucky. Between Abbey’s animals they have had a variety of accidents including, Effie receiving snake bite treatment & Hans the youngest of the bunch requiring specialised elbow surgery.
Personal Hobbies: Abbey enjoys cooking, camping, reading, bikram yoga & exploring the country with her partner Jess.
Veterinary Nurse (Full Time)QVN
Meet nurse Siobhan!
Siobhan started at Whitehorse in 2015 as a student whilst completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She soon completed her Certificate and is now a Fully Qualified Veterinary Nurse. Living in Healesville, Siobhan has always been passionated about animals of all shapes and sizes, especially native Australian Wildlife.
Qualifications: Certificate III in Animal Studies & Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Special Interests: Siobhan enjoys many aspects of nursing which include reception work, basic care advice and surgical nursing. She would like to peruse her interest in wildlife and has recently completed an intensive Nursing Dentistry workshop .
Pets: Siobhan has two Rhodesian Ridgeback named Ode & Finn, who are currently enrolled in Obedience School & soon to be transitioning to Agility training.
Personal Hobbies: Siobhan enjoys art and drawing in her spare time, as well as caring for her large veggie garden & cooking the freshly grown produce.
Veterinary Nurse (Full Time)
Meet nurse Leah!
Leah joined us in November 2017 after we put out the call for a new nurse to join our growing team.
Leah has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, and was part of the Box Hill TAFE sponsored UK study tour, where she visited other clinics and shelters (including the clinic of ‘SuperVet’ Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick), and attended the British Vet Nursing Congress.
Qualifications: Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Special Interests: Leah has a strong interest in consulting & hospital nursing, but has a particular soft-spot for amputees, as she has a gorgeous three-legged dog herself.
Pets: Leah has a German Shorthair Pointer named Luna who is very energetic & enjoys camping trips and swimming.
Personal Hobbies: Leah enjoys camping, 4-wheel driving and exploring the country side & enjoys a classic pub meal.
Veterinary Nurse (Full Time)
Meet nurse Lauren!
Lauren joined our team last year with a wealth of customer service experience & already feels at home with our lovely clients. Lauren’s previous experience includes reception duties at a multi-modality veterinary centre, managing podiatry clinics & many dedicated years (two decades) working at a cattery & boarding kennels.
You are likely to be greeted by Lauren’s bubbly personality as you walk through the doors at our hospital!
Special Interests: All things that involve organisation & administration PLUS giving the clients the well needed hug during those tough times.
Pets: Lauren has two Great Dane’s Reggie & Zelda, a Burmese Ares & a beautiful torti girl Vegas.
Personal Hobbies: Lauren is an explorer & loves diving into new hobbies, accepting every challenge that comes her way! Lauren is an excellent writter & loves relaxing with wine & cheese in the company of her friends.
Veterinary Nurse Trainee (Part Time)
Meet nurse Emma!
Emma began her journey here at Whitehorse as a volunteer wanting to gain vital skills to start a career in Veterinary Nursing. The team loved her so much that it was not long after, Emma was offered a trainee position. Emma is now studying a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill Institute.
Special Interests: All things receptions & surgical nursing – especially if it involves a labrador!
Pets: Emma has recently welcomed a Labrador pup Obie into her family home & is loving owning a dog.
Personal Hobbies: Emma enjoys the lifestyle Melbourne has to offer by attending live gigs & often escaping to the beach side with her partner!
Veterinary Nurse (Part Time)
Meet Nurse Amy!
In the 8 years Amy has been a Veterinary Nurse, she has gained plenty of broad experience in Surgical Nursing, Puppy Training, Grooming.
Special Interests: Behaviour, Surgical nursing and Canine health!
Pets: Amy has 3 dogs (Hooch the Labrador, Rogue the Labrador X Kelpie, and Mollie the Great Dane X Boxer X Rottweiler), 2 cats (Kimba the Chinchilla X and Sparty the Bengal) and a couple of goldfish (Mango and Splash)
Personal Hobbies: Amy is a mum of two beautiful daughters that keep her super busy!
Veterinary Nurse Trainee (Part Time)
Meet nurse Annabel!
Annabel began her journey here at Whitehorse as a Veterinary Nurse Placement Student in 2018. Annabel made such an impression that we just had to have her join our team on a permanent basis & is now half-way through her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill Institute.
Special Interests: All aspects of surgical nursing, radiography & most of all anything reproductive!
Pets: Annabel has an extremely enthusiasticv & adorable chocolate labradoodle called Bea PLUS 3 turtles, darwin carpet python & 26 year old blue tongue lizard called Harry.
Personal Hobbies: Annabel enjoys spending her time drawing, socialising with her close group of friends & attending 80’s based music concerts – including Queen & Elton John.
Senior Veterinary Nurse (Maternity Leave)QVN
Summer holds a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and has 8 years of nursing experience under her belt. Summer has a particular interest in customer service, dental surgery, preventative healthcare, and weight loss plans, but loves all aspects of her role as a vet nurse.
When she isn’t nursing, Summer likes to spend time down at Point Lonsdale with her husband Matt and dog Cody, an 11 year old Jack Russell x Chihuahua x Pomeranian. She also has a 4 year old Budgie called Sunny.
We are very excited to have Summer back on board with the Whitehorse team!
- Just off Linden Street you will find our car park designated to our clients. Your pet will be safer with easier and spacious access to the clinic.
- Our welcoming reception area provides both pets and their owners access to our friendly and experienced staff. Also used as a spacious waiting room for our Veterinary and Nurse consultations.
- Our highly equipped surgical suite is an accredited & sterile environment for all kinds of surgeries ranging from desexing procedures, mass removals, orthopedic surgery, cancer surgery and much more.
- Our hospital is equipped with advanced Digital X-ray equipment which helps to provide high quality images of bone and tissue.
Caring for Animals
Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to providing the best possible health outcomes for your pet. We will provide advice and care that aligns with best practice.
Caring for People
We recognise the positive impact pets have on the lives of their owners and endeavour to improve the relationship between owners and their pets.
Caring for the Environment
People and pets have a large impact on the local and global environment. We seek to educate owners on environmentally responsible pet ownership.