Our Team

It goes without saying that we love all animals great and small but we really do take pride in giving the best possible care and attention to you and your pet!

 

 

Meet some of our friendly and professional team:

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Bethany Hooper, Lead Veterinarian (B.V.Sc)

I joined Altona in September 2019 as Lead Veterinarian. After graduating from the University of Melbourne, I worked first in Ferntree Gully then in Fitzroy with small companion animals. I aim to provide a high standard of care and treat every pet as my own. I am passionate about providing preventative care to all pets. I also love to work with pocket pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and reptiles. 

I have always loved animals and knew I wanted to be a vet when I was 5. To me, pets are not just animals - they are members of our family. Being trusted to offer them compassion, care and medical treatment when needed is a great privilege.  

In my spare time, I’m usually getting up to crafty activities like sewing and baking or keeping active by riding my bike and taking dance classes. I also love curling up with a good book and my cheeky rescue cat Marzipan. 

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Dr Roslyn, Veterinarian (B.V.Sc)

I’m one of those people who decided in primary school that they wanted to be a vet!

After graduation, I worked in rural Victoria then in a mixed animal practice in the UK before coming back to small animal practice in Melbourne for a “short” stint that’s not over yet! 

I ran two practices in Melbourne’s eastern bayside area until mid 2017 when I 'retired.' After a couple of overseas trips it was time to get back to doing what I love, checking out animals and helping people plan for their care. It’s fantastic now to be able to concentrate on the fun bits of the job and not deal with the 'boring' business bits. I’ve also really enjoyed contributing to and representing the vet profession on various committees.

I’m married, have a 23 year old son, a 9.5 year old Deerhound and a new kitty (who rules the house). Interests beyond family, friends and the veterinary profession include travel, food and emerging artists & architects. Obsessions limited to rowing!

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Natasha Macadam, Veterinary Nurse

It was during my year 10 work experience at a vet clinic that I realized that becoming a nurse was my calling. I remember waking up buzzing with excitement each morning of my placement, arriving early and staying back well past my designated hours. I thrived during that week of placement, and I knew that once it was over I would aim to work in this industry.

I went on to study small courses at first, like a Cert I in racing stable hand, and then extended my studies into the Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing after I graduated high school. During my studies I went to work in a variety of different animal related jobs, such as at a horse riding school and a pet boarding retreat. I also tried to volunteer at many different places to build up my animal handling skills and knowledge, including going to other vet clinics and some of the nearby zoos and sanctuaries.

I completed my Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2017, and have been successfully pursuing my career in nursing ever since. When I am not working, I fill my spare time by caring for my furbabies Thistle, Haggis and Dougal, who are all spunky ragdolls! I love my fur-children to the moon and back!