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Dr. Heidi Bao, BVSc (Hons)

Heidi has wanted to be a vet since high school, after witnessing the difficult birth and miraculous resuscitation of a kitten at her local clinic. She went on to adopt the kitten (now named Sephiroth) and, quite a few years of hard work later, the veterinary profession as well. Heidi joined the team at JTV in 2012, and loves hearing all the stories pet owners have about their wonderful (though often mischievous!) animal companions.
For a while there Heidi was vetting with us part time, and spending the rest of her time in research endeavours at Melbourne Uni. These days she is full time with us. When she's not being an amzingly thorough, caring, compassionate and clever vet you will find her creating a new design for the clinic advertising board!





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Dr John Parncutt B.V.Sc. (Hons) MACVS (Pharmacology)John graduated from The University of Melbourne with a B.V.Sc. (Hons) in 1989.  He had always thought he would be a farm animal vet, working in the country.  He was the top of his class in equine medicine and surgery, and a career with horses beckoned.  So naturally, he took a job in dairy practice in Western Victoria, seeing mostly cows, some greyhounds, the occasional horse and some pet dogs and cats.  After a year or this he found himself back in Melbourne, where he took a job in Glen Iris, in a small animal practice.  He found that he loved the work.  Small animal medicine is varied, challenging, interesting and rewarding in ways that the large animal work wasn’t.  He still misses the dairy cows, and wishes that one day someone would bring him a horse as a patient, but really enjoys his work with dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, mice, ferrets and various birds.John worked at Lort Smith Animal Hospital over a couple of years, as well as at the RSPCA in Burwood, and spent a year as shelter manager and veterinarian at Peninsula Animal Aid in Pearcedale, Victoria, before deciding to open his own clinic, curiously called “John the Vet”, in 1994.As well as practice, John has sat on an Animal Ethics Committee at Monash Medical Centre, and is a cub-scout leader at 9th Caulfield in Murrumbeena.  In 2008 John was awarded Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, in the Pharmacology chapter.In the last few years he has rediscovered his bicycle, and found that he quite likes it. He goes out on it most days, and sometimes even enters the occasional race. This has ranged from the 6 day long Tour de Timor in 2011 to local criterium and road racing.Like many 'weekend warriors' out there on Beach Road he is now just quietly waiting for the talent scouts to spot him, and for his European Pro career to take off. Cadel Evans is apparently unconcerned.He has a wife, Liz, and three children, as well as Woody the burmese cat, Bear the standard poodle, and Cecil the sulphur crested cockatoo and Atticus the Eclectus parrot.


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Dr Jason Evans B.Sc., B.V.Sc.

Jason graduated from The University of Melbourne with a science degree (zoology) in 2002 and a veterinary degree in 2006.  Upon graduation he commenced work in the picturesque Yarra Valley dealing primarily with horses and small animals.  His enjoyment of large animal work saw him move down to Gippsland shortly afterwards where he continued his horse and small animal work but added a large amount of dairy cattle work to his daily regime.  After a couple of years playing in the mud on farms he returned to the big smoke to focus his attention on small animals while working at a number of veterinary clinics in metropolitan Melbourne.  Whilst back in Melbourne he got married and he and his wife Jaysha had their first child in 2010.  In 2012 he was invited back down to Gippsland as a senior small animal veterinarian where he completed a postgraduate qualification in small animal surgery in 2013.  After the birth of their second child in 2015, Jason and his family once again made the move back to Melbourne to be closer to family.  Most recently Jason has been working in emergency medicine and surgery at the Pet Emergency & Specialist Centre in Carnegie before his move to John the Vet in April 2016.  Jason’s professional interests are surgery, dermatology and medicine, and he enjoys having a good chat in consult!  Outside of work, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 young children, as well as their dog Zuri and 2 cats Beedie and Brutus.


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Dr. Julia Ozolins B.V.Sc.

Originally from Melbourne, Julia graduated with a degreed in veterinary science from teh University of Queensland in 2001. Julia's first job after graduation was in Central Queensland where she worked with large animals, mostly cattle and horses, as well as companion animals. After a couple of years she moved to England where she worked at practices in East Sussex, Essex and London for 6 years, focussing on companion animals, developing her skills in both medicine and surgery. Julia returned to settle in Melbourne in 2010, and joined us here at JTV soon after.
Like John, Julia is committed to providing a very high standard of care to her patients. Julia is passionate about veterinary medicine and has an innate love for animals.




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Sharon Ware Qualified Veterinary Nurse
Originally from Wales, Sharon joined us at John the Vet in September 2012 after 20 years working part time for the PDSA, a well-known animal charity in the UK.  It was at the PDSA that she qualified as a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons-registered Veterinary Nurse.  She also worked part time in a thriving, private mixed-animal practise.  She loves animals and forced her poor partner to spend thousands bringing her two rescue cats, Ralph and Ted, down under.  Outside of work, her hobbies include trying every cake shop in Melbourne and visiting Healesville animal sanctuary whenever possible.  Her catchphrase is "I am a Taff not a Pom".
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Claire Ambler Veterinary Nurse

Claire started working at John the Vet in 2010, working just a few hours a week while she was still at high school. Her love of animals led her to complete Certificate 3 in Animal Studies at the RSPCA soon after starting with us. She also soon realised that she wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse, and started her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill TAFE as soon as she completed school. She has now finished her formal vet nursing training, having completed cert 4 in 2014. Claire currently has an older Kelpie called Kramer, a bunny rabbit named Harley, and two ducks called Charles Darwin and Ferdinand. She enjoys caring for them every moment she can. Claire hopes one day to travel to South Africa and do volunteer work in a lion rehabilitation program.

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Lisa Clarke Senior Veterinary Nurse

Lisa joined us towards the end of 2014 and we immediately took a shine to her. She's originally from Mullumbimby on the north coast of NSW, but moved to Melbourne last year to follow her twin passions - veterinary nursing and rock 'n roll dancing. Lisa has been vet nursing for more than 10 years at a handful of different clinics, so along with her country-girl charm and her practical attitude she brings a wealth of experience to the JTV team. Lisa completed her Certificate 4 studies years ago and these days enjoys attending lectures and even getting away to the occasaional conference to keep her knowledge and skills up to date. She loves all animals and would have a farmful if she could, but has had to make do like the rest of us, so she shares her life with Thomas the cat and Bobby the Budgie




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Cindy Collins Reception, and trainee Veterinary Nurse.

Originally from France, I spent eight years in the UK before moving to Melbourne seven years ago with my husband. I worked in Administration for ten years but my love for animals made me decide to change career. I volunteered for the Bali Adoption and Rehabilitation centre for a month in 2011, which was a very good experience although at times very sad. I then became the receptionist at John the Vet which I am loving as I can interact with all sorts of animals on a daily basis. I am currently studying the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. I own two gorgeous Bernese Mountain dogs Murphy and Meggy who are my “children”. We’ve had Murphy since he was eight weeks old and adopted Meggy eighteen months ago when she was rescued from a puppy farm. I would probably have a lot more animals at home if my husband would let me!