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Our Nurses

Lorraine Sienkiewicz BSc – Business Manager

Lorraine has always felt drawn to helping animals and understanding their behavior. As a teenager Lorraine wanted to become a Veterinarian but took another career path and completed a Bachelor of Science Education at Melbourne University.

After graduation Lorraine worked as a Mathematics/Science teacher for six years before becoming a mother. When her children were old enough Lorraine returned to work, but this time as a veterinary nurse at Pound Road Veterinary Clinic.

Lorraine feels that veterinary nursing is well suited to her background in science, especially zoology. Lorraine has been at Pound Road Veterinary Clinic for 20 years and still thoroughly enjoys her job. Lorraine is confident that she can appreciate the client-animal bond that is such a big part of her work, having experienced first-hand the grief of losing pets and the joy of loving them.

The current loves of her life, besides her human family and friends, are a Birman cat “Gypsy” and a cheeky Ragdoll cross kitten “Sir Lancelot”.

When Lorraine’s beautiful Golden Retriever Binks (as seen in the photograph) died suddenly in 2011 she wanted to put some sort of memorial on his resting place. Lorraine had been making mosaics for a couple of years and thought of combining mosaics and stone. So she made something that is pretty to look at and will stay on his resting place. It looks lovely in the garden and the stone marks his “place” so her family and visitors can remember him. Having been a Veterinary Nurse for twenty years Lorraine understands the need to have memorials to the pets we have lost.

Lorraine has some of her Pet Memorial Stones on display at the clinic which along with other designs are available for purchase. A photograph of one of her pet memorial stones is included here.

Samantha Cole-Surjan – Head Veterinary Nurse / Practise Manager

Samantha-Cole-SurjanSamantha started Veterinary nursing when she was 17 and still in school. Samantha began working at Pound Road Veterinary Clinic in 2006. Samantha has always had a passion for animals and their well being and for as long as she can remember it was her dream tanimals.

Samantha’s family lives with two very spoilt cats called ‘Merlin’ and ‘Meeko’, a cockatiel called ‘Pikachu’ and 4 very spoilt Cavalier King Charles Spaniels called ‘Noah’ (Marcavan Oliver) and ‘Marla’ and ‘Daisy’ (Dunsfold Belissimo) and ‘Wynta’ (Coloora Party Shoes). ‘Marla’ is Sam’s beautiful little rescue Cavalier.

Samantha has a special interest in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and is a registered breeder with Dogs Victoria,’Daisy’ is Sam’s foundation girl for her Kennel ‘Daisibelle Cavaliers’.

Sam has just recently started showing Cavaliers, so ‘Wynta’ and Sam are starting a whole new adventure together.

Samantha has always believed in giving clients and their pets good old fashioned, caring service.

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Angella Clarkson – Veterinary Nurse/Groomer

Angella has been working at the Pound Road Veterinary Clinic since 2004. Prior to becoming a Veterinary Nurse, Angella completed a Diploma in Natural Resource Management (Park Ranger), and volunteered at many wildlife parks and animal shelters. Angella has also been a wildlife carer for over 12years, giving up to have children.

Angella has two beautiful daughter’s Madeline and Charlotte. Angella’s own pets include ‘Pippin’ a beautiful Sheltie who you may have met at the clinic, and a cat called ‘Pringles’. Recently Angella rescued two Isa Brown battery hens, ‘Choc’ & ‘Chip’.

Whilst working at the Pound road Veterinary Clinic, Angella took an interest in Dog grooming. She would often help the dog groomer out by pre-clipping, bathing and drying the dogs. She began learning and practising over a few years, and eventually became the resident groomer. Angella is available to pamper your pussy cat and pooch on Friday’s and Saturday’s.

Michelle McGann CVN – Veterinary Nurse

Michelle McGann graduated in 2014 as a Certified IV Veterinary Nurse.
Michelle has 3 cats, ‘Fluffy’, ‘Squirt’ and ‘Macey’ (‘Fluffy’ & ‘Squirt’ adopted from Keysborough Animal Shelter and ‘Macey’ from Second Chance Cat Rescue). Each of them dearly loved and spoilt.

Michelle is a member of the GRV (Greyhound Racing of Victoria) and is a supporter of G.A.P. (Greyhound Adoption Program ). Greyhounds make fantastic pets and anyone who is looking to adopt a dog should look here www.grv.org.au and go to the GAP link. Greyhounds or “couch potatoes” make the best pets!! **Unfortunately recent media has shone an undesirable light onto the racing industry, I personally do not support the inhumane treatment of animals such as that recently reported. However it is not the fault of Greyhounds and due to the public outcry, adoption rates have dropped. Please continue to support the adoption process of these beautiful dogs, seeking loving homes where they can live their lives free from racing, thriving in a loving environment.

She is also a member of the Koala Crusaders www.wildlifewarriors.org and Free the Bear Fund www.freethebears.org.au with her youngest daughter, Laura.

Michelle traveled to Botswana, South Africa with her cousin & fellow nurse Sam to volunteer at Legodimo Wilderness for conservation in 2011, an experience she will never forget.

 

Brooke Nicholls – Veterinary Nurse

Brooke Nicholls

I’m a 23 year old, crazy dog lady. I’ve been vet nursing for 3 and a half years and love every second of it.

I have a passion for emergency nursing and spending time in theatre.

A proud mother to Fuzzman the American Staff X, Luna the Great Dane, Princess Monty the Pomeranian, Penelope the Exotic Shorthair cat, Shnitzel the Coastal Carpet Python and Kruger the Budgie.

Every waking minute outside of work is spent with my furkids.

Kerry Deeker CVN – Veterinary Nurse

IMG_0200Kerry left the corporate world in 2013 to study Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing which she successfully completed this year.  She joined Pound Road Veterinary Clinic in 2014 and loves her new career working as a vet nurse.

Kerry has a special love for Shelties and currently shares her home with 4, Bobby and Rose who are 11 year old litter brother and sister, Emma who is a very spritely 16 year old and  Penny who is the baby of the family at 7 years old.  Kerry also has an interest in birds and has a 15 year old cockatiel named Patch who rules the roost in the house and 3 aviaries with canaries, gouldian finches and 2 ancient budgies.

Kerry’s other passion is fine needlework and she particularly enjoys very intricate Jacobean embroidery.