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Our Team

Our Veterinarians

Dr Shaun Wynne

Hospital Director & Senior Veterinary Surgeon

BVSc (Hons) 1991 & MACVS (Surgery) 2005
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

Senior Veterinary Surgeon

BVSc (Hons) 1988
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 Stephanie Harrop

Veterinary Associate

BVSc (Hons), 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.

Special Interests
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

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.

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

Veterinary Associate



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.

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.

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

Donna Merilees

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: 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

Courtney Leszko

HR Manager & Senior Veterinary Nurse (Part Time)

QVN, Dip. VN (ECC), Dip. Prac.Man.
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.

Abbey Sweetman

Business Admin Manager & Senior Veterinary Nurse (Full Time)

QVN. Dip. VN (Gen)

Abbey started at Whitehorse in 2013 as a trainee whilst completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill Institute. She soon completed her Certificate & went on to complete her Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General). 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.

Siobhan Sharp

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 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.

Leah Montabello

Veterinary Nurse (Full 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.

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.

Lauren Rowan

Veterinary Nurse (Full Time)


Lauren has recently joined the team in December 2018 with a wealth of customer service experience.

Bio to come soon.

Emma Billinge

Veterinary Nurse Trainee (Part Time)

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: Details to come…

Pets: Emma has recently welcomed a Labrador pup Obie into her family home & is loving owning a dog.

Personal Hobbies: Details to come…

Jarrett Goh

Veterinary Nurse (Full Time)


Bio coming soon…

Amy Singh

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 . Amy’s key areas of interest include behaviour, surgery and canine health.

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), as well as two daughters Annabelle (4) and Felicity (2) to keep her busy!

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

Gemma Vernon

Senior Veterinary Nurse (Maternity Leave)

QVN, Dip. VN (Surg).
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!

Summer Cameron

Senior Veterinary Nurse (Maternity Leave)

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 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!

Our Facilities

Our Facilities

  • 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.

Our Values

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.