Meet Our Team

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Dr Alison Stickney

Internal Medicine

Dr Alison Stickney is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2004, and then spent 5 years working in both general and emergency practices whilst completing a Masters in Veterinary Studies through Murdoch University.
In 2009, she became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) in small animal medicine and then went on to complete a residency in small animal medicine at Massey University, New Zealand.

She qualified as an internal medicine specialist (DipACVIM) in 2013.
Alison has a clinical and research interest in immunology, haematology and virology. She is also investigating the efficacy of the feline Immunodeficiency virus vaccine, and is completing a PhD on this topic. Alison has experience mentoring general practitioners and has examined for membership on the ANZCVS in small animal medicine. Alison’s broad training and experience in small animal medicine enables her to provide a holistic approach to patient care.

Dr Alison Stickney joined the Veterinary Referral Hospital Internal Medicine Department in November 2016.
She joins Dr Catherine Bovens in providing Internal Medicine consultations, advanced diagnostic imaging and non invasive procedures Monday – Friday.
Dr Alison Stickney provides her Internal Medicine services Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

To contact our Internal Medicine department please phone 9702 3907
or email

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Dr Arthur House


Dr Arthur House is an internationally recognised specialist in small animal surgery in both Australia and Europe. Arthur has pursued his passion in small animal surgery since graduation achieving post graduate qualifications in surgery, initially in general practice, followed by advanced surgical training in a multi-discipline university hospital.

Arthur was a lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at the Royal Veterinary College, London prior to his return home to Australia. In addition to providing specialist surgical referral services to his patients, Arthur continues to be active in veterinary postgraduate training through provision of continuing education lectures, co-supervision of PhD students and has been an author in several textbooks.

Arthur is involved in collaborative research with colleagues who work in university hospitals and has a broad range of publications. Arthur has an extensive range of specialist surgical experience and skills and strives to maximise patient outcomes by application of best practice and evidence based medicine and surgery. Arthur strongly encourages a team and holistic approach to patient care.

For a list of Dr Arthur House's publications Click Here

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Dr Catherine Bovens

Internal Medicine

Dr Catherine Bovens is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM) for companion animals. Catherine is from Belgium and graduated from the University of Liege, Belgium in 2005.

After a one-year small animal internship in the same university, she went to the UK for a three-year Senior Clinical Fellowship in Internal Medicine at the Animal Health Trust, obtaining the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2009. This was followed by further intensive training in internal medicine with a three-year residency programme at the University of Bristol in the UK. Catherine obtained her European Diploma in Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2014.

She enjoys all areas of feline and canine internal medicine; her areas of particular interest include feline lower urinary tract disease, haematology and endoscopy. Catherine has published articles in several veterinary journals, including the Veterinary Times and the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, and has lectured in several countries. She has received awards for her presentations at conferences, including the Best Medicine Abstract at the UK national veterinary congress and the Best Case Report at the Small Animal Medicine Society conference.

Catherine has three cats, all coming from rescue centres, and outside work she enjoys exploring the countryside. Catherine is passionate about the care and wellbeing of her patients and is proud to be part of our multidisciplinary team at the Veterinary Referral Hospital.

For a list of Dr Catherine Bovens's publications Click Here

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Dr Jack Neville-Towle


After graduating from the University of Sydney, Jack worked in general practice in Sydney prior to undertaking a rotating internship at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Canada. He then returned to the University of Sydney to undertake a residency in small animal surgery, which he completed in July 2017. During this time, Jack has published and presented research projects investigating stifle and carpal biomechanics. He has also been keenly involved in teaching veterinary students and has lectured and tutored for continuing education courses run through the University of Sydney’s Centre for Veterinary Education.  Jack enjoys all aspects of small animal surgery, particularly orthopaedics, spinal surgery and minimally invasive surgery. 

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Reception Team Leader: Carrie Moczynski

Carrie has worked at AEC/VRH for the past 3 years. Before that, she worked at the RSPCA in customer service/shift supervisor.

Carrie is passionate about customer service and loves the interaction with clients and their beloved pets.

Carrie has a Cert 1V in Bereavement and Grief Support and various other certificates related to customer service.

At home, Carrie shares her life with her husband,  a cat with no eyes, a dog going blind, another cat who is a madam and a dog who is a  “good time” boy!!

Carrie loves to travel, cook and entertain friends and family. She also does a little acting on TV and stage.

VRH Medicine Nurse Team Leader : Sarah McLachlan

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing, Advanced Diploma in Animal Technology, Cert IV Horse Breeding and Management

Sarah started her nursing career in general practice 10 years ago and took an interest in specialist
surgery after completing her nursing qualification in 2011. Sarah has since worked in a variety of
specialist nursing roles including surgical, emergency and cardiology and joined our Internal
Medicine team at VRH in February 2017. 

Sarah loves spending her spare time with her dog Sundance, cat Zelda and her horse Persephone.

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VRH Medicine Nurse: Rachel Wilson

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing & Cert IV Accounting

Rachel has only recently become part of the VRH Medicine team at the start of 2017. Rachel has previously worked in general practice for a little over 7 years and has decided to take the next step in her career as a dedicated medicine nurse.  
Her passion for animals has taken her to Bali several times to volunteer with B.A.R.C. (Bail Adoption Rescue Centre).  Her keen interests are endocrinology and oncology.

Rachel likes to spend time creating art as well as spending time with her beloved pets Sammy (Jack Russell) and Sarabi (Domestic Shorthair cat) in her new house with her loving partner. 

VRH Medicine Nurse: Samantha Elsner

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing , Certificate IV training and assessment, Certificate III Equine Nursing

Sam qualified as a small animal veterinary nurse in 2009 and has worked in small and large animal veterinary clinics across Victoria. Prior to beginning work in the medicine department of VRH in May 2016, she was casually working at the Animal Emergency Centre while training and mentoring students studying Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing at a small RTO.

Sam is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to her patients. She has a particular interest in diagnostic imaging procedures and feline internal medicine.

When Sam isn’t at work she is at her small acreage property with her Husband, their children Ryan and Charlotte and all their fur family, including horses, dogs and beloved cats.

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VRH Surgery Nurse Team Leader: Brooke Simpson

Diploma of Management & Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Brooke began her nursing career in June 2008 working across general practices before commencing work as the nursing manager in April 2012.  She has established her own canine and equine Myotherapy business and attends to all her four legged patients on her days off.  

She loves all aspects of surgical nursing but has a keen interest for all lameness, biomechanics and joint issues cases.  

At home she keeps busy with her young son Jackson, her horse Chilli, her border collie cross Delta and her best friend Tehya the Labrador.

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VRH Surgery Nurse: Jessica Austin

Cert IV veterinary nursing, Diploma Veterinary nursing-General Practice & Cert IV Training and Assessment

Jessica has been nursing for over 9 years in general practice clinics and has recently this year pursued her surgical  nursing career goal here at VRH.

Jessica is currently studying a certificate IV  in feline nursing to help improve cats experience in the veterinary clinic and  has a keen interest in patient care and anaesthesia.        

 In her spare time she enjoys playing the piano, reading and catching up with friends and family as well as spending time with her partner and furr family of 7 cats and 2 dogs. Don’t worry they do not all live in the same house.

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VRH Surgery Nurse: Kimberley Roulston

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing & Cert III Equine Nursing

Kimberley began her nursing career working in a large small animal general practice in May 2006. From there she developed a passion for surgery which led her to VRH in March 2014.  Kimberley is currently studying for her diploma of surgical nursing with a keen interest in intervertebral disc disease patients.  

In her spare time she is off spending time with her horse Roy part-taking in such Horse activities as trail riding, camping and increasing her skills in horsemanship and liberty ground work.  Her home life is shared with her loving Husband, 2 dogs (Millie and Bundy) and 2 cats (Terry and Bruce).   

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VRH Surgery Nurse: Megan Obrien

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Megan had been nursing for several years in general practise before joining the VRH surgical team in early 2017.  She completed her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2014, and looks forward to starting her diploma of surgical nursing in the near future, with special interest in abdominal surgery.  

Megan keeps busy with her assortment of animals, including her horse, Archie, her Golden Retriever, Cooper, her mini Dachshund, Schnitzel, and her 3 chickens Mabel, Colleen and Bernice

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VRH Surgery Nurse: Nadine Hobbs

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

Nadine had always wanted to work with animals, and after a period of volunteer work with the RSPCA, she managed to secure a job in general practice in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. During this time she earned her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, and developed a passion for surgical procedures as well as behavioural issues. Nadine came on board with the VRH at the start of 2017, and is currently studying the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice).

She is the owner of a very handsome white rabbit named Benedict, which rules the house like most pets do! When she is not working in her dream job, she likes to travel both overseas and interstate to see friends, camping and exploring the great outdoors, as well as spending time with family and her now rabbit-loving boyfriend.

VRH Surgery Nurse: Sandra Ford

Associate diploma in applied science (animal technology), Advanced certificate of Veterinary Nursing & Certificate of Veterinary Nursing

Sandra commenced working with VRH since the beginning of a surgery team at Hallam and has seen it grow into what it is today.

She has been nursing for over 20 years with a broad range of experience in different specialty clinics working mainly with small animals. She really enjoy all aspects of Veterinary Nurse and the daily challenges of working in an Emergency and Specialist facility especially  helping make the lives of animals better.

When Sandra is not at work she is busy at home with family life and enjoy catching up with friends.
Currently Sandra and her family  have a cat called Kimi, a rabbit called Molly and a dog called Archie.

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VRH Surgery Nurse: Sarah Baker

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing & Diploma in hospitality, tourism and marketing management

Sarah began her nursing career in 2010 working between general practices and emergency centres before commencing work at VRH in September 2016.  

Her passion for animals has taken her to some overseas destinations; volunteering in Greece with the logger head sea turtles and volunteering in Canada at a wildlife retreat.  Her responsibilities were to provide care for the bobcats, racoons and squirrels.  Her special interests are fracture repairs and abdominal surgeries.

Sarah keeps busy at home with her young son Eli, her German Shepherd Benjamine, 2 cats Zahlee and Willow adopted off the streets and various Budgies.

VRH Surgery Nurse: Sarah Stafford

Diploma Surgical Nursing, TAE & Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Sarah began her nursing career in 2009 across general practices which quickly lead her into the speciality field of surgery before commencing work with VRH in 2013.  She loves all aspects of surgical nursing with a keen interest in orthopaedic procedures especially total hip replacements.  

At home she keeps busy with her 3 cats Pooie, Gracie and Skanky.  Sarah and her partner Tim have just welcomed the arrival of their first child together.

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