Dr 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.

Dr 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. 

Dr Belinda Adams

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Bel grew up in Maffra and graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2004 (BVSc).

Her Vet career has taken her all around Australia, as well as a couple of years in the UK, fostering her love of travel. Bel is embracing being back in Gippsland with her own children, who delight in helping out with wildlife care & kitten fostering. 


Dr Natalie Buckingham

Veterinarian (BVSc (Hons))

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. 




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 her fur babies at home which include 3 demanding kitties - Lollypop, Spider & Apple & her pet pig - Flower, who she has taught to sit and dance. 

Catherine Taylor

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Catherine began her veterinary nursing career in 2001. She studied at Box Hill while working in local practises. Joining the Animal Clinic team in 2007 and continued her career until 2013 when she took a break to concentrate on her family.

Catherine's love for animals drew her back to the clinic in 2018, where her passion provides the best care for our patients.

In her spare time you will find her spending time with her family and her much loved fur babies - 'Gus' the German wirehaired Pointer, 'Kai' and 'Arlo' her cherished kitties and her bunny 'Otto'.

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 Green

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 Husband.

Bridgit Hanratty

Trainee Veterinary Nurse (Certificate II in Animal Studies)

Bridgit was born and raised in Gippsland and has always had a keen interest in companion animals. 

She has completed her Certificate II in Animal Studies and is currently about to finish her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing. Bridgit has been vet nursing for 4 years. 

You will find her spending time with her kelpie Henry and her Jack Russell Peetree, or spending time with her friends and family.

Holly Fitzpatrick

Trainee Veterinary Nurse (Certificate II Animal Studies)

Holly joined our team June 2020, where she began her Qualification in Certificate II Animal Studies. Since completing her Certificate II, Holly's hard work and dedication to the industry has enabled her to progress into a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing!

Prior to joining our team, Holly has spent numerous years in the equine industry, some of her previous roles were stable hand and groom for equine training facilities. 

In her spare time Holly enjoys spending time with her horse Cruiser, going four wheel driving, camping and spending time with all her beloved cats, dogs and horses!

Kristy Paulet


Kristy our friendly dog groomer has had a love for animals that goes all the way back to her childhood. Kristy started grooming many years ago but put it on hold to take up dairy farming. She is now back to her passion of grooming pets and is loving it. 

Kristy grew up in Traralgon but has now settled in Denison with her partner, children and large menagerie of animals which consists of guinea pigs, a rabbit, cats, dogs and horses. She also enjoys fostering of baby animals with her children, which she finds very rewarding.


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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