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1662 Dandenong Rd
Oakleigh East, VIC 3166

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Veterinarian Nurses


Jacinta Van Eeden

Practice manager

Growing up, Jacinta had always wanted to be a vet and to work with animals, no matter how big or small. Her family always had pets ranging from cats, dog, chooks, ducks, fish and rabbits! So when the time came to do work experience, she chose to do it at Monash Vet Clinic and a year later she was approached to see if she might be interested in weekend work. This fitted in well with her studies while she finished year 12 and completed her first year of university at Monash.

After her first year of university, she decided to defer second year for 12 months and work full time as a veterinary nurse, where Jacinta’s real passion developed. This was where her heart was - caring & nursing for the beautiful patients that came into the clinic. Jacinta decided to give up university, instead completing her Certificate 4 in veterinary nursing and stayed as a permanent staff member of Monash Vet Clinic, and after almost 20 years of working at this great clinic, still loves the work she does. Jacinta’s role is a bit different now as practice manager, she still loves meeting all the lovely clients and their wonderful furry families.

Jacinta has been lucky enough to travel around the world with her husband visiting lots of amazing places and when settled at home, enjoys spending time with their gorgeous Cairn Terrier, Flirt (Aust. Ch. Joymont Talk Of The Town).



Nicki Dvorscek

Administrative staff

Nicki has been with Monash Veterinary Clinic since 1985. In that time, she has completed the Veterinary Nursing Course, married, had 2 beautiful daughters, travelled, played a bit of sport, and had a lot of fun. She has also completed many other training courses and marvelled at the progression of the veterinary industry.

At home, Nicki’s family have a gorgeous Labrador, Frankie, 2 cats: Oscar, a rescued DSH, and Lulu, a tiny bossy Burmese. Lulu pretty much runs the house!

Nicki’s favourite memory is resuscitating 34 puppies, delivered by Caesarian by 3 different bitches, in one day. The miracle of life is special everytime.

Nicki really enjoys working at Monash and the family atmosphere that has been created among the team of people she works with. She feels very proud to be part of such a cutting edge but caring practice.

Anne Bamford

Veterinary nurse

Anne grew up in the country surrounded by animals and remembers wanting to dedicate her working life to their care and welfare from a young age.

Anne joined the team at Monash Vets 16 years ago. She has completed her Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Nursing and has a Diploma in Veterinary Management. Anne holds a special interest in surgery and anaesthesia and continues to study in this area.

In the last 8 years she has continued nursing part time to start a family with whom she loves to travel with, go camping and watch her beloved “Dees” football club.

Anne's family have a beautiful Persian cat Delilah and two much loved guinea pigs Dora and Diego.

Emma Smith

Veterinary nurse

Emma has been at Monash Veterinary Clinic for the past 6 years. In this time she has completed her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing.

Emma has lived on property on the Mornington Peninsula her whole life where she has been lucky enough to collect and love animals of all sorts. Emma has two beautiful Labradors, Charlie & Tilly, a crazy cat called Cleo, some chickens and a cheeky pet lamb named Rocky.

Family is very important to Emma and she is fortunate to have a terrific family at home and at work. She considers herself very lucky to be working in such a great clinic where she is constantly learning new skills every day and working with such talented people.

Richard Carman

Veterinary nurse

Richard has been nursing since 2007 and joined the team at Monash Vet Clinic in early 2011. He is completing his Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing.

Richard enthusiastically runs our puppy pre-school classes and enjoys helping each participant in getting the most out of their puppy. He has a keen interest in wildlife and went over to Indonesia in 2011 to volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary working with Orangutans, Macaques, Sun Bears, Gibbons and assorted birds and reptiles.

At home, Richard has two black moggies called Inca and Chuck and would love to get a black Labrador one day. He loves going to Melbourne’s zoos and sanctuaries and is a FOTZ (Friends Of The Zoo) member. His other interests include motorsport (V8 Supercars), reading and relaxing.

Emily Sydness

Veterinary nurse

Emily joined the Monash Veterinary Clinic team in August 2012. Originally from Norway, she moved to Melbourne in January 2009. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in December 2011 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Animal Health and Disease, and is planning to start her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing later in 2013.

She has wanted to work with animals for as long as she can remember, and her love for animals is continually growing. At home, Emily has a wonderful 14-year-old Cairn Terrier named “Max”.

Aimee Lougher

Veterinary Nurse

Aimee completed her Bachelor of Applied Animal Science (Animal Management and Welfare) in 2008 at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand.  After moving back to her home town, Gisborne, New Zealand she worked as a Veterinary Nurse for two years.  Aimee then continued her nursing career in Veterinary Nursing in England for two years while incorporating travel around the UK, Europe and the Middle East.    

Aimee moved back to Melbourne and commenced working at Monash Vet Clinic in 2013. She has a passion for animal science, especially in small animal surgery and reproduction.  Aimee is one of our reproduction nurses assisting with breeding management, semen movement and freezing.     

As a child Aimee had always been surrounded by animals, and in her home town she spent a lot of time on the family farm.    

In her spare time, Aimee loves outdoor sports and travel, and plans to own her own pug dog one day. 

Melanie Hansen

Veterinary Nurse

After 15 years as a dental nurse, Melanie felt it was time for a change. She volunteered at Animal Aid for six moths to gain some animal handling knowledge before looking for a veterinary nurse position. She spent her time at Animal Aid between the shelter and the vet clinic.


Melanie completed her certificate 4 in veterinary nursing in 2011. Since joining the wonderful team at Monash in 2014, she has enjoyed learning the reproductive side of our practice and helps with most procedures. Melanie also enjoys surgery.


Melanie has a Siberian Husky, Ruby, two domestic short hairs, Jack and Charlotte and four pet chickens.


Outside of work Melanie enjoys taking Ruby for long walks, reading, quilting, camping and four wheel driving.

Lisa Mercieca

Lisa was born in a small country town in South Gippsland. She had many pets growing up and all she ever wanted to do was care and look after animal. After high school Lisa moved to Melbourne with some friends where she began her studies in veterinary nursing. In 2011 she completed her cert. 4 in Veterinary Nursing and started her career as a vet nurse.


Lisa joined the Monash team in 2014 and loves that she gets to spend every day helping animals.


At home Lisa currently has a gorgeous black and white cat called Sugar but hopes to have a family full of fur babies one day.

Sandra Gifford

Sandy has been working at Monash Vet Clinic for the last 18months and feels very lucky to be working with such a great bunch of people.  She enjoys interacting with our clients and having pats and cuddles with their pets.

Before working at Monash Vet Clinic she worked at the RSPCA  for nine years in Customer Service.  Prior to that Sandy worked at Guide Dogs Victoria for five years in the kennels and training the Guide Dogs.

Rebecca Cheung

Tenielle Evans

Emily McFadden