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Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital
231 Whitehorse Road
VIC 3130

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03 9878 3033
03 9877 5129

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 8am - 8pm
Saturday: 8am - 4pm
Sunday: 9am - 1

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  • Dr Shaun Wynne BVSc (Hons) 1991 & MACVS (Surgery) 2005
    Hospital Director & Senior Veterinary Surgeon

    Shaun began his journey at Whitehorse in 1983 as a high school student completing work experience. Shaun returned as a university student in 1991 and worked for 2 weeks as a veterinary Student. In 1998 Shaun became a full-time Senior Veterinarian working beside Dr Peter Cullen and then in 2006 Shaun bought the practice off Peter! Shaun has over 20 years of experience in the Veterinary Industry and has achieved great things during his time at Whitehorse.

    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 BVSc (Hons) 1988
    Hospital Director & Senior Veterinary Surgeon

    Dr Rod first came to Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital as a veterinary student in 1984. He graduated from Melbourne University in 1988 with honors and worked in our local area until 2001. Rod worked for the Salvation Army from 2001 to 2005 in Melbourne, before working as a vet in Adelaide from 2005 to 2008. Rod joined our team again in 2008 as an experienced full-time vet.

    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 Shar Niu BVSc
    Veterinary Associate

    Dr Shar joined the team as an experienced veterinarian in 2013.  She grew up in Melbourne (around the corner from Whitehorse Vet Hospital!) and graduated with her Veterinary Degree from the University of Melbourne in 2010. She worked in a busy 6-vet small animal practice in Hobart for 2 years, before spending a year in Melbourne gaining more experience in small animal general practice.

    Special Interest: 

    Dr Shar's experience enables her to confidently provide all veterinary services.  Whether it be puppy vaccinations, animal cancer, general surgery, animal X rays and more.  Her main area of interest is in caring for the health needs of older pets (aged pet care).

    Memorable moment: 

    Soon after Christmas day, a middle-aged dog came into the hospital, with head held low and feeling miserable.  She had been a very sick little dog overnight and, with further questioning, we found out she had gotten into some left-over Christmas ham 2 days previously.  Her condition deteriorated rapidly and she was admitted into hospital on intravenous fluids and anti-nausea medications.  Blood tests and an abdominal ultrasound revealed she had PANCREATITIS.  This is a life-threatening condition of the digestive system that can lead to shock and total body system shutdown.  It took 48 hours of intensive care until she turned the corner.  She went home on a special diet and made a full recovery.  Table scraps are no longer on the menu for her!

    Personal Hobbies: In her spare time she attends yoga classes and enjoys the pleasures of food and wine.

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  • Dr Hazel Patterson BVSc
    Veterinary Associate

    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:   Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Animal Health & Disease)

                                    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine  (DVM)

    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.

    Hobbies: Hazel enjoys cooking and dining  out, following  AFL (Hawks supporter), playing piano and spending time with her  friends and family.

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  • Donna Merilees QVN
    Senior Veterinary Nurse (Part Time)

    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: Tonto (28 years old), Moose (13 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

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  • Courtney Leszko QVN, Dip. VN (ECC), Dip. Prac.Man.
    Senior Veterinary Nurse (Part Time)

    Courtney commenced Nursing with us in 2009. She has 16 years of experience as a Veterinary Nurse and holds a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency & Critical Care) and a Diploma in Veterinary Practice Management.  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.

    Courtney also has experience in the Pet Health/Nutrition industry after she took a short break from Veterinary Nursing to work in an Administrative role with Royal Canin.  In her time away from the practice,  she missed all of her WVH Family so much that she returned to us.

    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: Spending time with her hubby Josh and son Grayson (born February 2017), her friends and family and her two little precious fur babies.




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  • Gemma Vernon QVN, Dip. VN (Surg).
    Senior Veterinary Nurse (Part Time)

    Gemma commenced working at Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital in January 2010. Gemma has more than 15 years experience as a nurse. She has worked at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre as a dedicated Surgical Nurse. Gemma has assisted in surgeries and provided surgical nursing and after-care on a range of complex surgical cases. These include, but are not limited to, Total Hip Replacements, Advanced Knee Reconstructions, Complicated Cancer Surgeries, Complex Fractured Bones and so on. Her interest, experience and qualifications in surgery make her an ideal fit for our team.

    Qualifications: Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing 2006 (Box Hill Institute of Tafe), Diploma of Surgical Veterinary Nursing 2009 (Box Hill Institute of Tafe), Approved Microchip Implanter 2006, Veterinary Reception 2004.

    Special Interests: Gemma has an interest in Surgical nursing and assisting the vet with a variety of procedures. Gemma also enjoys nursing patients through their recovery and seeing patients excel after surgical procedures especially when a difference can be made in their quality of life.

    Pets: Gemma has a wire-haired terrier called 'Charlie' who was adopted from the pound about twelve years ago. Gemma also has a 25 year old Thoroughbred called 'Phoenix'. Gemma and Phoenix used to compete all around the local area. However, nowadays they enjoy a gentle stroll and the serenity of Eildon.

    Personal Hobbies: Horse riding, enjoying the beach and cooking. Gemma has two young sons called Noah and Jack who keep her very busy!


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  • Summer Cameron QVN
    Senior Veterinary Nurse (Full Time)

    In November we welcomed back Nurse Summer. Summer Cameron (nee Schwartz) began nursing with us in 2008 before taking on a customer service management role, where she has spent the past 3 years. Summer has recently returned to WVH because she missed the hands-on nursing experience with our gorgeous patients!

    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 12 year old Jack Russell x Chihuahua x Pomeranian. She also has a 5 year old Budgie called Sunny.

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  • Emma Van der Zant QVN
    Veterinary Nurse (Full Time)

    Emma joined the team at Whitehorse in December 2013 as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse. After completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in March 2016, Emma is now a fully Qualified Veterinary Nurse.

    Emma has always been passionate about animals, especially her canine companions. Emma decided that Veterinary Nursing was the right career for her, after she met a beautiful little old soul named Frankie whilst volunteering at Pets Haven Animal Shelter. Frankie had no teeth left and was wearing a little knitted jumper and Emma fell in love with him immediately. She was so pleased when she saw Frankie adopted out to a wonderful, loving new home.

    Qualifications: Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Australian College of Veterinary Nursing)

    Special Interests: Emma enjoys all kinds of Nursing and excels in all aspects of the job. Emma has great customer service skills but also enjoys caring for all the patients within the hospital. Emma is keen to learn all she can about Nursing and is very positive about her future in animal care.

    Pets: Emma owns a beautiful Labrador x named "Pip", her and her husband Tom adopted her from the Sunraysia Animal Rehousing Group (SARG) and they are absolutely besotted with her.

    Personal Hobbies: Emma enjoys taking Pip to the beach, entertaining with friends and spending weekends up in the country relaxing. Emma loves traveling and has visited Europe three times now.

  • Siobhan Sharp QVN
    Veterinary Nurse (Full time)

    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 passionate about animals of all shapes and sizes, especially native Australian Wildlife.

    Qualifications: Certificate III in Animal Studies & Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Melbourne Polytechnic)

    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 when the opportunity arises and is keen on becoming a foster carer. 

    Pets:  Siobhan has an 8 year old Cat, a 15 year old Jack Russel and just recently an 8 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback named Ode, who got herself into a bit of trouble and broke her toe in November.

    Personal Hobbies: Siobhan enjoys art and drawing in her spare time, as well as various types of outdoor activities such as snowboarding, hiking and camping. 


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  • Ali Rose QVN
    Veterinary Nurse (Full Time)

    Ali joined us in January 2017 as a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse, after completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in December 2016.

    Special Interests: Ali has a strong interest in surgical nursing and is looking forward to expanding her surgical skills with Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital. She also has a strong passion for animal welfare, and has been working at the Animal Aid Welfare organisation veterinary clinic for the past 18 months.

    Pets: Ali has a menagerie of pets at home, including  2 year old Australian Cattle Dog Indi (pictured), a 5 year old Domestic Short Hair Fliss, a 11 year old Ragdoll Tibby, a 9 year old Border Collie X Marley, and a 26 year old Quarter Horse x Thoroughbred Mystic!

    Personal Hobbies: When Ali isn't nursing she loves to spend time horse riding or singing, having sung in the Australian Girls Choir for 9 years!





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  • Aimee Rapone QVN
    Veterinary Nurse (Full Time)

    Aimee joined the Whitehorse team in March 2017, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from around the globe.

    Aimee qualified as a Veterinary Technician at the University of Queensland in 2012. She then worked in Australia for 2 years before heading overseas to the United Kingdom, Europe, and Africa for a total of 2 years.

    During this time she gained further experience working at a Veterinary Hospital in London, and volunteered with animal related organisations in South Africa.

    Aimee's most memorable animal-related experience to-date was when in Uganda, Aimee completed a trek in Bwindi National park where they tracked a family of Mountain Gorillas including one Silverback!

    As an owner of two cats herself, Aimee is a self-confessed feline lover, but is looking forward to meeting ALL of our gorgeous patients here at Whitehorse Vet.





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  • Leah Montabello
    Veterinary Nurse (Part Time)

    Leah joined us in November 2017 after we put out the call for a new nurse to join our growing team.

    Leah is currently in the process of completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, and has just completed a Box Hill TAFE sponsored study tour of the UK for two weeks, where she visited other clinics and shelters (including the clinic of 'SuperVet' Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick), and attended the British Vet Nursing Congress.

    Leah has a passion for all animals, but has a particular soft-spot for amputees, as she has a gorgeous three-legged German Shorthaired Pointer, Luna.

    If you see Leah around the clinic, be sure to say hello!





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