Our Team

It goes without saying that we love animals, but we really do take pride in giving the best possible care and attention to you and your pet!

We've trained hard to be the best in our fields, and we continue to maintain and expand our knowledge and skills at every opportunity. We also strongly believe in mentoring those new to their field, via traineeships and work experience.

Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital is one of Melbourne's leading vet providing gold standard of vet care for your best friend. Surgeries, routine care, dental services, cat boarding, puppy school, vaccinations, desexing. Open late, 7 days!

We are conveniently in the City of Stonnington and Glen Eira. The purrfect location for pet parents living in Glen Iris, Malvern, Toorak, Kooyong, Armadale and surrounding areas!

 

Meet our friendly and professional team:

Veterinarians

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Dr Jason Rapke

Veterinarian - BVSc MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery) Grad Dip (Veterinary Clinical Studies)

I graduated from Melbourne University in 2007 and went into mixed practice for several years before undertaking a Post Graduate Internship at the University of Sydney in 2011-2012. During this time I completed a diploma in Small Animal Veterinary Clinical Studies as well as several research projects.

Following the internship, I worked at a busy specialist and small animal emergency centre in Sydney and obtained my Memberships in Small Animal Surgery from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. I then worked in London for a year before returning home to Melbourne.

My particular interests are in ultrasonography, neurology, cardiology and surgery - particular minimally invasive ('keyhole') surgery. I am passionate about animal welfare issues and have volunteered at a number of welfare organisations overseas including Animals Asia in China, Animal Aid Unlimited in India and the Bali Street Dog Foundation in Indonesia.

I am a Director of RSPCA Victoria and sit on the RSPCA Victoria Animal Welfare Policy Committee. In my spare time I enjoy playing the drums, cycling and surfing. 

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Dr Meaghan O'Brien

Veterinarian - BVSc (Honours) MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine) 

I have been part of the Glen Iris Veterinary Team for the past 5 years and love helping our wonderful clients and their pets.

I have been working as a small animal veterinarian since graduating with Honours from the University of Melbourne in 2010. I have a special interest in medicine - particularly endocrine diseases, and clinical pathology. In 2016 I successfully completed additional exams to obtain membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the Medicine Chapter.

I always knew I wanted to become a veterinarian, and I really enjoy working with people to achieve the best health for their beloved companions.

I have been lucky enough to complete two of my bucket list items - seeing the Northern Lights in Norway, and watching the baby turtles hatching in the wild in Queensland.

I share my home with my husband Des, daughter Olivia and energetic 12-year-old Lab/Border Collie named Bella. 

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Dr Jessica Farrugia

Veterinarian - BVSc

My name is Jessica Farrugia and I am one of the Veterinarians at Glen Iris. I am originally from Adelaide and recently completed a rotating internship at Southpaws Speciality Surgery for Animals. I absolutely love being a veterinarian! I am very passionate about working with owners to provide optimal care to their animals so that they may lead a happy and healthy life.

In my spare time I enjoy going to concerts, running and traveling whenever possible.

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Dr Alexandra Watson

Veterinarian - BVSc MANZCVS (Emergency & Critical Care)

I graduated from the University of Sydney in 2013 and soon afterwards commenced work at a busy emergency and specialist hospital in Melbourne where I worked for several years. In 2017 I successfully gained my memberships in the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the field of emergency and critical care medicine following several examinations.

I am pleased to be able to bring my knowledge and love for all aspects of veterinary medicine to the team at Glen Iris, and look forward to helping our furry friends achieve optimal health.

I share my home with a Dalmatian named Milo and a naughty cat named Jem who both keep me on my toes. On the weekend you’ll often be able to find me catching up with friends and family at a local café, walking the dog or checking out live music in the city. 

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Dr. Ruweka Roche

Veterinarian - BVSc

Becoming a veterinarian was a childhood dream for me and since completing my degree in Veterinary Science in 2014, I haven't looked back. I worked as a veterinary nurse through high school and university and have been in the industry for over 15 years now and still love it! I have worked in animal shelters, busy private practices and in 2018 was fortunate enough to travel to India with Vets Beyond Borders to take part in the Sikkim Anti-Rabies and Animal Health (SARAH) program.

I care deeply about the health and welfare of my patients and have a keen interest in small animal medicine and surgery. I have a soft spot for greyhounds, and my husband and I look forward to adopting one (or more!) very soon.

Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, tending to my ever growing collection of indoor plants, travelling and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to meeting you and your fur family soon! 
 

Dr Yasmine Bowen

Senior Locum Veterinarian - BVSc MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery)

Prior to becoming a vet, Yasmine was a veterinary nurse for 8 years. After graduating from the University of Melbourne as a vet in 2006, she worked in a busy general practice in Western Sydney for several years before undertaking a surgical internship at the North Shore Veterinary Hospital in Sydney. She stayed on there for several more years working as an emergency vet, during which time she gained her Memberships in Small Animal Surgery with the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. Afterwards, she worked as a junior surgical registrar at the Animal Referral Hospital in Homebush assisting specialist surgeons with advanced procedures before moving to London where she helped set up a small animal vet clinic in Chelsea. 

Since moving back to Melbourne in 2014, she has worked as a locum here at the Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital regularly, and also for emergency 24hr hospitals (CARE) and for the Lort Smith Animal Hospital. In 2015 she taught surgery at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and in 2016 was an examiner for the surgery memberships with the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. She has also taught surgery overseas in India and is passionate about helping improve the quality of care that animals receive by helping to educate and empower others. After almost 20 years in this profession she is still dedicated to continually improving and growing, believing in providing platinum care to each patient and loving them as if they were her own.

She is a regular volunteer at the Best Mates charity each month which she does with Jason, who she is married to, and together they live with their 4 rescue fur babies - Scout and Harry (the German short haired pointers), Sammy the red Burmese, and Brain the white domestic short haired cat.

Management

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Elizabeth Nicoll

Practice Manager

My name is Liz and I started with the team in January 2015. I love the work here, learning new things every day and meeting so many wonderful clients and their pets! I feel privileged to be a part of such a fun and friendly team. 

I was lucky enough to join Jason in the management team in 2017 and have enjoyed helping the team to grow alongside our clients to meet their needs - whatever they may be.

Previously, I completed my Diploma of Animal Technology at Box Hill TAFE in 2009, and have spent most of my time working as an Animal Technologist for both Monash and Latrobe Universities. 

During the last 10 years, I have racked up a lot of hours volunteering at local and rural wildlife parks and zoos, and even worked full time as a zookeeper.

I live with my partner and our family of kittens, Yoda, Lexi, Kenzie, and Dyson, a DSH kitten that I fostered from the clinic and just couldn't part with!

Nurses

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Roxy Buschel

Head Nurse

I have been veterinary nursing for 13 years and I love all aspects of my job, especially seeing our patients go home healthy and happy again. Originally from Brisbane, Queensland, I moved down to Melbourne in March 2017 to join the fantastic Glen Iris team. While I currently do not own any pets of my own, I am “step mum” to my house mates 2 cats, Mama and Fedor. In my spare time I enjoy going to see live comedy and music, exploring the city and socialising with friends

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Casey Taylor

Vet Nurse

Hi, my name is Casey!

I started working in the veterinary industry in 2014, joining the Glen Iris team in May 2017. Prior to this, I was working in the hospitality industry as a barista.

Since starting at Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital, I have completed my Certificate 4 in Vet Nursing. The team here have become like my family! I love the fast paced aspect of my job and always learning something new from everyone I work with. 

At home I have a grumpy 8 year old Scottish Fold cat, who loves nothing more than to sleep on my lap and helpfully groom all his soft toys!

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Shannon McMillan

Registered Vet Nurse (RVN)

Hi, my name's Shannon and I was lucky enough to be offered a position with the fantastic team at Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital as a trainee veterinary nurse in 2016 while I completed my certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, which I have now completed.


I live at home with my fiancé Tom and my two fur babies, Luna our 2 year old Irish Wolfhound x Bullmastiff and Ziggy our 1 year old rescue cat.

I have always had a passion for animals and their welfare, so I am excited to be able to work for such an amazing team who are helping me gain experience and a qualification in an industry I am passionate about.

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Jayme Tully

Registered Vet Nurse (RVN)

Hi my name is Jayme Tully and I joined the Glen Iris team in January 2019. I have my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, which I studied through Goulbourn Ovens Institute of Tafe. I have recently completed my registration for my nursing qualification, which I need to renew every year by doing continued learning.

When growing up, my family used to race Camels up in QLD and we also showed Papillons.
I originally come from Pinnaroo, which is a town that is on the border of South Australia and Victoria in the Mallee.

I live with my partner Daniel and our Papillon Loki. Loki is a show dog and he a very cheeky clever boy! I also co-own Thor (the cat pictured) with my sister and he lives in Bendigo, but comes to Melbourne to visit sometimes.

I love this job because you never know what the day is going to be like, which makes it super exciting. I always knew this was the career that I would end up with since a very young age. 

Nicole Simpson

Trainee Nurse

Hi my name is Nicole!

I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to join the team at Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital as a student in 2017 while I completed my Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing and have never looked back. 

Ever since I can remember I have had a passion to help and take care of sick and injured animals. I got into the veterinary industry by doing a volunteer program and instantly fell in love with it. I haven’t wanted to do anything else since.

This team is immensely caring towards everyone who walks through the door whether they have two feet or four paws and are very supportive as we all share the same passion for animals. I am honoured to be able to grow with this great team.

Reception

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Elisha Lamont

Customer Service Coordinator

I have been very fortunate to be a part of the Glen Iris team since April 2016. 

I share my home with Rosie, a lively 14-year-old Spoodle and two spoilt rescue cats, Lulu and Honey. With the mix of personalities, there is never a dull moment in my home!

I have a Certificate II in Animal studies from the RSPCA and I have recently completed my Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services (Dog Behaviour and Training) at the Delta Institute, after three years of study.

I have a keen interest in animal behaviour and training and I run the puppy pre-school program at the clinic, where I get to connect with our clients and their wonderful puppies in a fun and interactive way. Nothing makes me smile more than when a puppy walks through the door!

I am very passionate about animal welfare and I have volunteered with many organisations, both locally and overseas. I travel to Zimbabwe each year to volunteer at Twala Trust Wildlife Sanctuary, a rescue and rehabilitation centre offering a safe haven to a wide variety of wildlife, farm and domestic animals and birds.

The team at Glen Iris Vet Clinic is so supportive and caring, and we are lucky to have such dedicated and friendly clients. Interacting with our clients and their animals is the best part of my job! 

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Kirrily Tyson

Receptionist 

My name is Kirrily, I joined the team here at Glen Iris Vets in 2017 when an opportunity for a part time role became available.

I live in Cockatoo with my wife and two dogs; Maximus who is a Great Dane and Lexi who is a Lab X and our two cats; Luna and Cosmo.

I  have loved animals all my life and used to try and take home every stray animal I could find, informing my mum that they "followed me home” which for some reason she didn’t believe!

I am super excited to now be working with such an amazing team of people and who have the same passion and care for animals that I do.

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Elaine Taylor

Receptionist

Hi, I'm Elaine and I'm a receptionist here at Glen Iris Vet.

Ever since I can remember, I have been crazy about cats, irrespective of shape, colour or size. Having a husband and children who are equally as cat mad, we now have 4 beautiful fur babies of our own! I have also fostered a number of cats for animal rescue societies, but it was when my latest little project turned me into an official fail, that I opted to study vet nursing instead.

In October 2018, I was lucky enough to join the team at Glen Iris, a team who are so compassionate and dedicated to their patients. It is a privilege to be a part of the work that they do.

The best part of my job? Being able to sneak out the back and cuddle a patient or two!