Meet Our Vet Nurses

Our Veterinary nursing team has both a wealth of experience and youthful exuberance which together provides a dynamic combination. We are very fortunate to have a group of such enthusiastic, dedicated and caring nurses who day in day out provide exemplary pet healthcare and also endeavour to provide our clients with the peace of mind that their pet’s specific needs will be met.

The stand out difference is the way in which they treat our patients as if they were their own, and the many special relationships that have been formed with our wonderful clients.

Cathy Forrester

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Cathy began work at Brandon Park Veterinary Hospital in 1980 after completing a Bachelor of Education and deciding teaching was not for her! Cathy heads the veterinary nursing team and still thoroughly enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing. Over her time at Brandon Park Vet, Cathy’s infectious smile and warm greetings have endeared her to many clients and pets alike. Her customer service is second to none and her attention to detail and respect for client needs act as the benchmark for all our staff.

Combined with her senior veterinary nursing role, Cathy is also the Practice Manager, where her leadership and positive attitude bear well with all our staff.

Cathy loves spending time with her husband and three children, and especially loves spending their leisure time camping with friends. She hopes to spend more time travelling with her husband over the next few years.

Kelly McGrory

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Kelly gained a Bachelor of Psychology from Deakin University in 1998. She started working at Brandon Park Veterinary Hospital in 1999 and has since completed her Veterinary nursing certificate.

Kelly is one of our most experienced senior vet nurses with exceptional animal handling, surgical nursing and patient care. Her thoroughness, and considerate nature along and her “can do” attitude, has seen her become an integral part of our team, and leadership group. It is however her dedication to good customer service, as well as the strong bonds she has formed with clientele that gives her the most satisfaction. Having grown up and lived in Glen Waverley, as well as having worked at Brandon Park Vet for so may years she is well recognized wherever she goes.

Kelly lives with her Partner Steve and their baby daughter Jessie-May, born in Jan 2015. Kel enjoyed a 6mth stint as full time Mum and loved every minute of it. In late 2015 we were very pleased to welcome Kelly back to work, albeit as a part time Mum.

In her off time, Kelly enjoys her time with family and friends, going to the gym and doesn’t mind hitting the shopping strips from time to time which Little Jessie has also taken a liking to.

Kelly and Steve also live with Ozzie the Bull mastiff who is a big teddy bear.

Erin Bennett

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After working in the hospitality field for several years, and volunteering at various animal shelters in her spare time, Erin’s true passion for animal care guided her into a career in Veterinary nursing. She joined the team at Brandon Park Veterinary hospital in 2006. Erin’s genuine concern for our all our patients and incredibly compassionate nature has seen her quickly become a favourite and easily recognizable with many clients.

Erin has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She also has an interest in helping our injured wild life.

Life certainly got a whole lot busier for Erin and Husband Simon after the arrival of her son Noah in 2012 and daughter Mackenzie in 2015.

Erin has two energetic Staffies, Roxy and the youngest Goose who can be a real trouble maker when he wants to.

Brianna Sharp

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Brianna joined the veterinary nursing team in 2008. She has always had a love of animals and a keen passion to become a Vet nurse. After completing high school Brianna volunteered regularly at the RSPCA and undertook an animal science course at Tafe. Brianna has quietly developed and into a fantastic Vet nurse who has become a very important member of the team. She not only loves her work but one of her most admirable qualities is her incredibly compassionate nature towards all our patients.

Brianna has completed her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is one of our most experienced surgical nurses.

Brianna and partner Shaun are the proud parents of baby daughter Remmi, born in 2016. After a spell of maternity leave Bree has returned as a part time Vet Nurse. We are pleased to have her back as her work ethic and dedication to keeping up our high standards is a wonderful example to our newer team members.

In her spare time (which is very limited these days) Brianna enjoys spending time with her friends, and looking after her household of animals including Harley the Jack Russell with attitude, Ayvah the Sheltie, Billy the cat, a guinea pig, two bunnies,and the gentle giant Tyson the Rotti X who is almost as tall as Bree.

Because of Bree’s fondness for rabbits she also started her own rabbit minding service. She takes a few at a time and looks after them at home. The bunnies love it so much many are repeat guests.

She has also a keen interest in gardening and bakes a mean muffin.

Nicole Makepeace

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Nicole has joined us in 2008 after deciding that she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary nursing after having worked in the animal kennel industry for several years. She has a very calm, confident personality when combined with her strong work ethic has seen her become an important member of our team in a very short period.

Nicole has already completed her animal handling and behavior certificate and has a keen interest in animal training and behaviour. She has completed her Veterinary nursing certificate

Nicole is one of our senior Puppy school trainers and helps coordinate and run our puppy school program.

Nicole and her partner Mel have two kids, Big sister Mahalia and little brother Sebastian, who certainly keep them both on their toes.. They also share a household with two smart little Jack Russell Terriers, Toby (who has helped Nicole with her dog training qualification), and Lola (aka Lolli). They also have three cats, birds, fish, chickens and her most unusual acquisition has been a stick insect by the name of Spiny (who now also has lots of little sticks around).

In her spare time Nicole enjoys time with her friends and pottering in her garden.

Melissa Haire

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Melissa joined our team in 2012 having completed a period of maternity leave after the birth of her beautiful Daughter Mikayla, Mel has been a Vet nurse for over 12 years and brings a wealth of experience along with an exuberant and bubbly personality that has made her a welcomed edition to the team.

Melissa enjoys all aspects of Vet nursing, from theatre nursing to patient care, but in particular enjoys the personal interactions with our wonderful clientele at reception.

Having completed her delta dog training course Mel is also heavily involved with our Puppy Pre-school and is currently the coordinator of our pet fit program. Mel also manages our large pet nutrition range.

Natalie Hague

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Cara Ferrari

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Pam Pawlowski

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Pam joined us in 2016 when she decided that being a Veterinary nurse was what she really wanted to do.

Pam has had 10 years experience as a medical receptionist after a time being a full time mum to her three kids.

Her passion for animals steered her into Vet nursing and ultimately to us. Pam is training towards her goal of being a qualified Vet nurse, but in the meantime has been a big help as a nursing assistant and receptionist..

Her warm smile and soothing tone has been warmly welcomed by both clients and pets.

Nicole Ware

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Cassidee Martell

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Cassidee joined us in early 2018, and has been a vet nurse for over five years. She previously worked an emergency and critical care nurse and in orthopaedic surgery – these remain her favourite types of cases. Cassidee loves anything wildlife-related as well, and has a soft spot for Staffordshire bull terriers.

Outside of work, Cassidee loves spending time with her bull terrier cross Barney and Maltese cross Yogi. She loves football matches, movies, and going to Bonnie Doon to spend time with her family.


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