DR. HUGH BOURKE
Hugh graduated from Melbourne Uni in 1990, after which he spent the first four years of his career working in a mixed animal practice in Bacchus Marsh. He then went on to work in the UK for twelve years before returning to Melbourne in 2006, where he took up position as Senior Vet at Vermont. Hugh enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery, and has done further education in ultrasonography. He is particularly interested in echocardiography (ultrasound imaging of the heart), and we have a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine at Vermont to allow him to pursue this interest. Outside of work, Hugh loves tennis, horse racing, travel and wine tasting, as well as spending time with his two English Springer Spaniels, Billy and Lilly.


DR. NICOLE GUNTON
Nicole graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with honours in 1991 (one year after Hugh). Nicole's first vet job was at Pascoe Vale Veterinary Hospital, where she had worked as a kennel hand and veterinary nurse throughout her veterinary training. From 1992 to 2017 Nicole worked at Boronia Veterinary Clinic, then joined the team at Vermont Value Vet in May 2017. Nicole has undertaken extensive further education in behaviour medicine with Australia's leading veterinary behaviourists and brings this expertise to our clinic. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and teenage children, her Cavador Barney, Burmese cat Hugo, a hand reared goat and chickens. She enjoys travelling , cooking, fine dining, gardening and supporting the Bombers.


DR. KARIN BOTTERILL
Karin graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1975 so brings plenty of experience to Vermont Value Vet. She has spent many years in small animal private practice, as well as doing welfare work at the Lort Smith, Lost Dog's home and Animal Aid. Her special interest in small animal surgery. She owns an Irish Wolfhound called Hagar, two cats (that boss the dog around), three rats and two fish. In her spare time she enjoys good food, good wine, going to the gym and quilting.


NADINE
Our other senior nurse and is very experienced, with over 14 years of nursing to her name. She previously worked at the Lost Dog's Home and Lort Smith Animal Hospital before joining our nursing team at Vermont Value Vet. Nadine's main interest is surgical nursing. In her spare time she plays soccer and fosters cats and kittens. Nadine has three animals at home, two cats called Squeak and Sparkles, and a dog called Lucky.


SARAH
Sarah is a new team member to Vermont Value Vet, having started with us in January 2015. She has always loved animals and is thrilled to be able to work with them every day. Sarah has done a lot of volunteer work at Animal Aid where she worked in the vet clinic and fostered many kittens. She is currently studying certificate IV in nursing part time at NMIT. She is keen to expand her knowledge and intends to participate in a dog training course in the future. At home Sarah has a beautiful ten month old Golden Retriever pup called 'Ruby', a sweet old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called 'Milly', two cats called 'Ollie' and 'Luna' and a Bearded Dragon called 'Cornelius'. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horse riding, photography, going for big walks with her dogs and watching entire TV series in one sitting.


 

 

All our staff are experienced, knowledgeable and friendly. If you have any query regarding your pet please contact the surgery and we will be more than happy to assist.

 

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