Meet Our Team

  

Mark Neilan

Senior Clinic Veterinarian (BVSc, Dip.An.Chiro)

Mark graduated from University of Queensland in 1978 and immediately commenced work in Victoria in dairy and equine practice.

After years of finding that conventional treatments didn’t always meet the needs of his patients and clients he did post graduate studies through RMIT and became qualified as an Animal Chiropractor. He now finds that the combination of veterinary and chiropractic skills allow him to provide a wider range of treatment options for patients.


Chris DaSilva

Veterinarian (MVB)

Chris grew up in the English countryside and moved to Ireland to study veterinary medicine in 2012. He graduated as a veterinarian from University College Dublin in 2017 and, looking for somewhere new, landed here in Maffra. 

Chris has settled in well to life in Gippsland and enjoys exploring the local area and playing soccer. He has 2 cats – Zoey and Apollo. 


Belinda Adams

Veterinarian


Megan Walker

Head Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing, Level 3 Professional Groomer)

Megan is one of our longest standing members of staff, joining our practice full-time in early 2010. She completed her Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing in 2012 & Level 3 Professional Grooming Qualification in 2015. Megs is currently studying Certificate IV Training & Assessment - excelling her well established skills in mentoring and training less experienced staff. 

Megs plays a key role in the administration of the Practice, ensuring the vets have all the assistance they need to work efficiently - maintaining clinical equipment, stock control & drug handling.

Megs had a brief break in 2019 when she welcomed her son Archie into the world - some of you might have met Archie when he was just a few months old as she couldn't stay away from her work! 

Megan's passion lies in neonatal care, emergency/critical care hospital treatment & physiotherapy rehabilitation. Whilst enjoying spending time with her heeler x - Bruce & cat - Crumpet in her spare time. 

 

 


Katrina Booker

Front Office Manager

Katrina is our friendly receptionist who joined our team in 2016. You will often be greeted by her when phoning or calling in to the clinic. She is happy to help you with any questions or enquiries you may have.

Katrina is kept entertained by several fur babies at home which include 3 demanding kitties - Lollypop, Spider & Apple, 2 loyal chihuahuas - Angel & Devil & her pet pig - Flower, who she has taught to sit and dance. 


Catherine Taylor

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)


Bianca Niziolek

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Bianca started working as a Vet Nurse in 2007 and later qulified in 2010.

Since then she has worked in various different clinics around South East Melbourne before moving to South East Gippsland in May and starting employment at The Maffra Animal Clinic.

Bianca's spare time is spent with her Human babies Nelly and Hazel and 5 fur babies Trixy, Bingo, Gingy ,Skippy and Patsy.


Natalie Coomber

Assistant Nurse (Diploma of Animal Technology)

Natalie completed her Diploma of Animal technology in 2013 and worked for Monash University, in medical research for 8 years, dealing with Non-human primates, Sheep and pigs. Nat also worked as a kennel hand for Eastside Boarding Kennels for three years.

In July 2020, Natalie decided it was time for a change, and found herself here at Animal Clinic Maffra.

In her spare time, you will find Nat at the gym, or spending time outdoors with her fur baby Cody and her fiancé.


Ashleigh Curran

(Student Veterinarian )


Ashleigh has joined the team this year as one of our nurses but is also a veterinary student from Wagga Wagga. In her downtime, Ashleigh enjoys hiking with her dog Indie, bike riding, going to the gym, as well as relaxing at home with her cat, Potato.  


Benjamin

Practice Mascot (Degree in Purr-fection)

Benjamin joined our paw-some team in 2017, after being surrendered to the clinic with a broken leg.

This cheeky 3-legged kitty spends his days greeting clients & their pets, breaking into food & treats or paw-ssibly lazing on his rug at reception. Purr-haps you will see Benjamin hi5 or dance for a treat, but don’t let this purr-fect Bengal fool you, he has quite the cat-titude! 


  
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