Meet the Team - Dr Donna Pyke

Dr Donna Pyke

Job Title: Practice Owner

Qualification: BVSc (Hons), MACVSc (small animal surgery), IVAS (acupuncture) – Co-owner of Burke Road Vet Clinic & Hospital

Donna is a Melbourne University graduate. Donna has completed extensive post graduate study in Small Animal Surgery in the UK and Australia, Emergency Medicine and Surgery and Radiology. She has her membership in small animal surgery. Donna is also an Academic Fellow of the University of Melbourne so you will see vet students coming through the clinic to learn. Donna is also qualified to perform acupuncture in animals.

Donna is kept busy outside of work with her husband Chris, two daughters Molly and Lucy,3 dogs Harley , Elfie and Ava, 3 cats, & her horses.

Donna consults on Monday afternoons  & Thursdays until 4 , and performs surgeries on Monday

Meet the Team - Dr Tina Missen

Dr Tina Missen

Job Title: Practice Owner

Qualification: BVSc – Co-owner of Burke Road Vet Clinic & Hospital

Tina is also a Melbourne University graduate. She has a special interest in animal eye diseases (ophthalmology), dentistry and soft tissue surgery. Tina has a Labradoodle called Charlie Brown, and a cat called Maui Jim.

Tina consults on Tuesday evening and Wednesdays , and performs surgery on Tuesdays.

Meet the Team - Dr Rebecca Falconer

Dr Rebecca Falconer

Job Title: Veterinarian

Qualification: BVSc

Rebecca came to Burke Road Veterinary Clinic in July 2015 having graduated from Murdoch University in Perth in 2009. Since graduating, she has worked in small animal practices in Western Australia, Canada, the UK and a brief stint volunteering in the Caribbean! Rebecca has enjoyed the challenges of emergency work, however began to miss getting to know her clients and their pets on an ongoing basis. Now, Rebecca really enjoys working out the best treatment plan, and the following through that comes with being a primary care veterinarian.

Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys horse riding, skiing, scuba diving and travelling the world. Rebecca has fostered and re homed retired racing greyhounds and now that she has settled in Melbourne, adopted her Mindy (pictured above), her cheeky Domestic Short Hair! She also has a chihuahua called Margarita .

Rebecca Consults on Wednesday evenings, Friday mornings and shares Saturdays. She performs surgery on Wednesday. 

Meet the Team - Dr Sebastian Willitts

Dr Sebastian Willitts

Job Title: Veterinarian

Qualification: DVM, BVetbiosc, Bsc (Biochem), Ba (Languages)

Sebastian is a Melbourne University 2018 graduate with a background in Biochemistry and language studies.
He has an interest in surgery and anaesthesia as well as providing routine health care for all our lovely patients.
When not at the clinic Sebastian enjoys spending time at home with his partner and their beautiful newborn baby girl.
In terms of pets Sebastian cares for two oodle crosses and they keep him fit by dragging him along on hikes and runs throughout Melbourne.

Meet the Team - Dr Melania Bennetts

Dr Melania Bennetts

Job Title: Veterinarian

Qualification: PGDipAnimScMgt, DVM

Melania is a University of Melbourne graduate having completed a Bachelor in Science along with a postgraduate research year and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Melania enjoys all aspects of the veterinary field and has a strong passion for surgery. Over the years, Melania has had many great animal encounters including taking blood from a shark, to being bitten by a camel; Melania’s journey has certainly been a memorable one!

When Melania is not a work she enjoys the outdoors, being active and spending time with her cheeky adopted cat Hugo who has learnt to play fetch! She also enjoys good food and takes great pleasure in cooking for family and friends. To add to her culinary experiments in the kitchen, she recently started testing her limited gardening skills to try and grow an edible garden (fingers crossed it survives).

Burke Rd Vet - Meet the Team - Dr Emma Bronts

Dr Emma Bronts

Job Title: Veterinarian

Qualification: Qualification: BSc. ( veterinary biology) BVMS (hons)

Emma started a Burke Road Veterinary Clinic in July 2021. Having graduated long ago from Murdoch University in Perth , Emma has since worked in small animal practices all over Australia and the UK. Emma has spent the last 10 years of her career at RSPCA vic in various roles. She is looking forwarding to getting back into working in a small vet practise and developing relationships with our clients and their pets.

Outside of work, Emma and her husband Luke are kept busy with her 2 old cats , Teddy and George, 2 misbehaving dogs , Bingo and Olaf and 2 children Adele and Quinn. She and the family also enjoy fostering kittens preparing them for their forever home.

Meet the Team - Karlena Proctor

Karlena Proctor

Job Title: Head Veterinary Nurse

Karlena started her career with animals specialising in marsupial teeth through her Zoology degree at Monash Uni, however decided she wanted to help animals with a more hands-on approach. Consequently, Karlena switched career paths to veterinary nursing, and completed her Certificate IV through Box Hill Tafe.

Karlena has a special passion for animal behaviour, aspiring to compete in agility trials, herding and tracking with her young dog Scout (pictured here), a smooth coated collie. With her interest and training in behaviour, Karlena runs the Burke Road Vet Clinic Puppy Pre-School.

In her free time, Karlena can be found cruising around Melbourne in her ’67 classic Volkswagen Beetle!

Meet the Team - Carmen Corso

Carmen Corso

Job Title: Veterinary Nurse

Carmen has been working as a Veterinary Nurse since 2002, having completed her studies through Box Hill Tafe in Melbourne. She has specialised in emergency and critical care nursing, and has been a great addition to Burke Road Vet Clinic since late 2010.

Carmen has a a young Blue Healer named Bobby, and a Bengal cat called Jumunji. In her spare time Carmen enjoys spending time with her husband Ben and her beautiful children Isabella & Xavier.

Meet the Team - Jamie Bolton

Jamie Bolton

Job Title: Veterinary Nurse

Jamie joined our Camberwell crew in April 2017 having just arrived in Melbourne from New Zealand. Jamie has been working as a Veterinary Nurse since 2013 after completing her Certificate of Veterinary Nursing at CPIT in Christchurch. She is loving exploring Melbourne and working at Burke Road Veterinary Clinic & Hospital.

Before becoming a Vet Nurse, Jamie was a personal trainer, and is very passionate about health & wellness, and enjoys exercising in the gym, outdoors and also playing hockey.

With her heart of gold, Jamie adopted a senior Jack Russell Terrier mix earlier in 2017, Digger, who has special needs. She has started nursing him back to health, and he now has a new lease on life!  

Meet the Team - Kezia Alexandria

Kezia Alexandria

Job Title: Licenced Veterinary Technician

Coming to us from the US, Kezia is a very experienced, qualified nurse, or as they are called in the US, Licenced Veterinary Technician. Kezia has a special interest in dental hygiene, and had an adorable Chihuahua at home named Sachi.

Meet the Team - Amy Singh

Amy Singh

Job Title: Veterinary Nurse

Amy has been a veterinary nurse since 2010. She completed her Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology at the University of Melbourne and completed her honours year working on the reproductive cycle of the elephants at Melbourne Zoo. However, following this she worked in a laboratory before realising a hands on career with animals is what she really had a passion for. Amy is currently completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through Box Hill Tafe.
 
Amy has an elderly Labrador, a Dalmatian puppy, and two cats, a Bengal and a Chinchilla cross. If they weren’t enough to keep her busy she also helps her husband run his two businesses while raising their two young daughters, Annabelle and Felicity.
Meet the Team - Amy Singh

Jemma

Job Title: Veterinary Nurse

Jemma joined the Burke Road Veterinary Clinic in June 2020, in her second year of completing her Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing at Latrobe University in association with Melbourne Polytechnic. Having recently graduated in 2021, she hopes to continue to learn and improve her nursing skills and knowledge. She is passionate about native Australian animals and has been volunteering at the zoo since 2019.

Jemma has a mischievous Spoodle named Pebbles, and a Maclay Murray River Turtle named Sheldon.

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