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
Veterinary AssociateBVSc (Hons), BAnSc & MGT, MVS
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.
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
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
Seb will being joining us in 2019 as a new graduate.
Bio to come..
Our Veterinary Nurses
Senior Veterinary Nurse (Part Time)QVN
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.
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)
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, as well as two cats Ziggy & Lucky. Between Abbey’s animals they have had a variety of accidents including, Effie receiving snake bite treatment, Ziggy being hit by a car requiring orthopedic reconstruction of hind legs & Hans the youngest of the bunch requiring specialised elbow surgery.
Personal Hobbies: Abbey enjoys cooking, camping, reading & exploring the country with her partner Jess & their big animal crew
Veterinary Nurse (Full Time)QVN
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)
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.
Veterinary Nurse (Full Time)
Lauren has recently joined the team in December 2018 with a wealth of customer service experience.
Bio to come soon.
Veterinary Nurse (Part Time)
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!
Veterinary Nurse Trainee (Part Time)
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…
Senior Veterinary Nurse (Maternity Leave)QVN, Dip. VN (Surg).
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!
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!
Emma Van der Zant
Veterinary Nurse (Maternity Leave)QVN
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.
Emma and husband Tom are awaiting the arrival of their first child, and is currently on maternity leave until April 2019.
- 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.