We aim to provide the highest standard of care to all pets.
At Wallan Vet, we offer modern, professional and affordable health care for your pets. We aim to make your pet feel at ease in our clinic with a caring and gentle approach to treatment and consultations. Our hospital has been architect-designed from scratch to maximise patient and staff comfort, as well as space and light. Our modern facility is equipped with state of the art equipment, from orthopaedics to arthroscopes and advanced diagnostic imaging. Our dedicated team of highly qualified veterinarians, nurses and client services are all passionate about pets and avid animal lovers. Our Vets are Dr Paul, Dr Sophie and Dr Olivia, and they have special interests and expertise in advanced surgical cases, pain management, pet behaviour, diagnostic imaging, and more. Our popular Puppy School classes provide basic training skills to ensure your new pup grows up to be a well-behaved, sociable dog. We also stock a range of pet food and pet products. We look forward to welcoming you and your pet to our veterinary family.
Paul spent the first years of his career working at the Kilmore and Wallan vet practices, where he built a broad range of medical and surgical skills. After developing a passion for surgery he moved to the UK where he spent 2 years undertaking specialised training in advanced surgical and medical techniques in one of Scotland's top vet hospitals.
After returning in mid 2009 Paul took the opportunity to purchase the Kilmore and Wallan practices following the retirement of the previous owner.
Using the most modern techniques and equipment Paul strives to provide Mitchellshire pet owners access to top treatments, without the need for referral to specialist centres. He holds extra qualifications in surgery having gained his Memberships from the Australian College of Veterinary Science, giving him the recognition of being highly skilled in all aspects of surgery.
Paul is the owner of a very cheeky cat called Roy who was hand raised from 1 week old, and a food obsessed cat named Hamish, both were strays handed into the vet clinic.
Paul's tip for pet owners: "Prevention is key, don't wait for something to go wrong, regular checks will ensure optimal long term health for your pet."
Sophie graduated from Murdoch University WA in 2017, and has spent the last 12 months in regional NSW before joining the Northern Veterinary Group team. She has always had a fascination with all things medical, and being an animal lover, becoming a vet seemed like the obvious career choice. Sophie believes in working as a team with both owners and their pets, as well as her colleagues to achieve the best outcome.
Sophie spent a lot of time working in an emergency veterinary hospital before becoming a vet, and this has lead to a strong interest in emergency and critical care. She also has a strong interest in anaesthesia and pain management, and looks forward to developing her skills in these areas.
Sophie's tip for pet owners:
"If you're worried enough to call us, then you're worried enough to bring them down for a consultation, no matter how trivial you may feel the issue is."
Olivia graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2018. She spent two weeks of placement at the Wallan clinic during her clinical year and she enjoyed it so much she decided she didn’t want to leave and joined the team in early 2019.
Olivia wanted to be a vet ever since she can remember. As a young girl she used to love looking after the family pet dog, cat, chickens, cows and she even had a few pet worms! She has a keen interest in surgery and would like to further develop her skills in this area.
Olivia’s tip for pet owners:
"Regular dental checks are key to preventing pain and increasing our pets longevity."
Julie has been working at the Kilmore and Wallan clinics since 2003, with a break in 2004 when she had her son. She works at both the Kilmore and Wallan locations, playing a key role in keeping the practice running smoothly and everyone else organised. Julie joined the practice after 19 years working in an office, spurred on by her love of animals. She enjoys every aspect of her job, from working with animals and helping out clients to running the busy office.
Julie has one dog named Yogi, a Kelpie X that she was asked to look after for 2 weeks and that was over 2 years ago.
In her spare time, Julie is kept busy being involved in the local basketball association where her son plays. If time permits she enjoys cooking and gardening.
Julie’s tip for pet owners:
"Be a responsible pet owner and enjoy their company.”
Janelle began working with the practice in early 2008, having always wanted to work in the veterinary industry. She particularly enjoys taking care of our hospitalised patients, nursing them back to health and seeing the happy faces of their owners when they get to go home - it’s a hard feeling to beat!
Janelle the proud owner of three dogs, two cats and a husband!
Janelle’s tip for pet owners:
“Don’t forget to take care of our senior pets! They need extra attention when it comes to nutrition, diet and overall health checks during their golden years. ”
Vanessa is a qualified veterinary nurse, having completed her certificate in November 2016. She grew up surrounded by animals, in particular exotics such as rabbits and ferrets, which sparked her desire to become a vet nurse. Vanessa enjoys the challenge vet nursing brings where every day is different, and there is always something more to learn, and always a critter to look after. She has great interest in pathology and medical cases, as well as complex surgical cases. She will say that the greatest achievement is seeing a patient go home, and be on their way to recovery.
Vanessa currently owns a 2 year old Dobermann named Astro and an 8 year old ferret named Muttley.
Vanessa’s tip for pet owners:
“Always do your research before buying a pet, so you are prepared to look after them to the best of your abilities.”
Shari joined us early 2019 with over 7 years experience in the veterinary industry. Her passion was with horses which saw her start out at an equine veterinary clinic. While gaining experience at the equine clinic Shari completed her veterinary nursing certificate. Shari enjoys surgeries and loves that every day at the clinic brings something new and challenging.
Shari has a dog called Hank, cat called scratchy and two ponies, Ella and Nibbles.
Shari's tip for pet owners:
"Make preventative care a priority. Having regular vet check ups can result in detecting health issues before they become a problem."
Brooklynne is a Registered Veterinary Technologist from Canada who moved to Australia in early 2017 to pursue a life with her partner. She graduated with honours in 2015 with a Diploma of Animal Health Technology. After graduating she worked in Alberta at a mixed animal practice for two years where she gained a lot of experience and knowledge in the veterinary field.
Brooklynne loves all aspects of her work but is especially interested in anaesthesia, surgery, dermatology and any form of lab work. She is always willing to learn new things and help her team and patients in any way she can.
Brooklynne's tip for pet owners:
"Our pets age 7 times faster than humans do so it is important to have an annual health check to keep our pets healthy and to make sure they aren’t showing early signs of disease."
Hailing from the UK, Philippa has always had a penchant for all things cute and furry. Transferring from a previous career of stage, screen and glitter, Philippa was fortunate enough to be offered a position under the careful guidance of Dr Paul and his team of veterinary professionals.
Philippa continues to learn about the veterinary industry and is the proud as punch owner of a black Pug named Pimms.
Philippa's tip to pet owners:
"Always consider popping money aside or investing in pet insurance - you never know when it may come in handy!"