Meet the 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.

Dr Meaghan O’Brien – Veterinarian

I have been part of the Glen Iris and Armadale Veterinary Hospitals for 10 years, and I love getting to know our wonderful clients and pets. I have been working as a small animal veterinarian since graduating with Honours from the University of Melbourne in 2010.

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Dr Jason Rapke – Veterinarian (B.V.Sc)

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

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Dr Francesca Black – Veterinarian

My name is Francesca (Chess for short). I love the variety that GP medicine provides and I cherish following the journey through a pet’s life.

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Dr Kate Earle – Veterinarian

I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine but I have a particular interest in surgery and plan to undertake my memberships in the years to come. I love meeting new clients and their fur babies and forming long lasting relationships that enable us to work together to provide the best ongoing care for all pets.

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Dr. Melanie James – Veterinarian 

Hi! My name’s Mel and I’m one of the vets at Armadale Veterinary Hospital. I graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Prior to graduating, I worked as a stable hand at Flemington racecourse for three years. I enjoy a variety of different disciplines within veterinary medicine including surgery, diagnostic imaging and emergency and critical care. 

Dr. Laura Zane Todd – Veterinarian

You may remember me from the reception and cattery team, I joined the Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital team in 2016 during my first year of vet school. Since then I have graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2019, undertaken a year-long internship and returned to the team at Glen Iris to continue my veterinary journey. I love the collaborative approach and high standard of care that we are able to offer at Glen Iris. At home, I have a spoilt domestic short hair called Nala. I look forward to meeting you and your pets.

Dr. Rosa Mai – Veterinarian

Hi, I’m Rosa and I graduated from University of Queensland in 2019. I 1st started working in Echuca, and was able to gain more experience by treating complex cases in the country, where families do not always have access to immediate specialist referral. Some of my most rewarding cases were originally seen as after hours emergencies. I moved back to GP vet clinics in Melbourne to be closer to friends, and my family’s cooking. I am passionate about helping pets feel better and maintaining strong bond with their fur parents. I practice fear free medicine to help pets love coming to the vet. My husband and I are currently planning for a puppy to join their family.

Jayme Tully -Practice Manager/Head Nurse

I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse with the VNCA and I started my career in 2016. I grew up showing dogs and racing camels and I now have a beautiful Papillon named Loki AKA Lochness. I love being a vet nurse as not one day is the same and we get to make a real difference to every pet who walks through our doors.

Abi Murray – Veterinary Nurse

My name is Abi and I started my journey with the team at Armadale/Glen Iris Vet Hospitals in the role of Trainee Vet Nurse in October 2021. As a qualified Vet Nurse, I am very lucky to be working with such a fantastic team of like-minded people who love caring for animals as much as I do and am proud to be part of such a compassionate and knowledgeable team. 

Brittany Heenan – Trainee Nurse

My love for animals and for working alongside like-minded people has grown so much in such a short period of time. My job is both exciting and rewarding. Every day I get to work with intelligent and supportive individuals.

Lara Rudd – Trainee Nurse

I have always loved animals and knew I wanted to be a vet when I was 5. To me, pets are not just animals – they are members of our family.

Kirrily Tyson-Varocoe – Remote Receptionist

I live in Tasmania in an awesomely named Eggs and Bacon Bay, I absolutely love animals and have quite a few at home, 3 dogs, 4 cats, 7 chickens and 6 ducks.  I enjoy working for this clinic so much that when I moved to Tassie, I refused to leave my job. This is why I am now the remote receptionist –  you will hear my chirpy, over excited voice on the phone but not see my face. I love the people I work with and the clients I get to talk to ; I love helping people and their animals and finding out all about them and their funny personalities and I think I have the best job there is!

Aneira Phillips – Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Hi my name is Aneira, but you can call me Nye! I come from a lovely little farming village in the North of England where my love for animals began. I grew up milking cows and tending to thousands of chickens with my friends. I moved to Melbourne with my family in 2016 and since then felt like I’ve had nothing but room to grow.

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