Meet our friendly veterinarian staff

Meet Our Team

  

Dr Bill Harkin

Veterinarian (B.V.Sc, M.A.C.V.Sc)

Bill has had a passion for working with animals for all of his life. He grew up on a Gippsland dairy farm and graduated from Melbourne University in 1975 with the intention of being a cattle vet. After working in a variety of roles with cattle, horses, sheep and dogs and cats, he found his greatest interest was in surgery.

Post-graduate study led to his attaining Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal Surgery in 1984. Bill was on the verge of going to America to become a specialist surgeon, but a love for general practice, particularly the chance to build lifelong relationships with pets and their 'parents' kept him in this country.

Bill is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne. He has been an examiner for veterinary students, and is involved in their training. He has been a member of the Australian Veterinary Association since student days, and has been honoured to be President of the Victorian Division of the AVA in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He is also involved in the training of veterinary nurses, as a member of Box Hill TAFE's Industry Reference Group, and Chairman of the Diploma Accreditation Committee. Bill has been a media spokesman, on behalf of the veterinary profession, in both print and electronic media.

Bill took over Blackburn Animal Hospital in 1988, and has driven the continual improvement process that has led to it being one of the state's best veterinary hospitals today. He is particularly proud of having assembled such a talented team of vets and nurses, all of whom are dedicated to looking after your pet's welfare, in every way. 

In his spare time, Bill enjoys wood-working, and spending time with his family: his wife Jan, children Julie, Mary, Catherine & Tim, and grandchildren Sienna, Lachlan and Amelia. The four-legged members of Bill's family are Nala, a Labrador x Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and her companion Angus the ginger Domestic Short Hair cat.


Dr Seung Kang

Veterinarian (B.V.Sc)


Dr Eva Yau

Veterinarian (DVM)


Hannah Dalton

Veterinary Practice Manager (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, DipVN (GP))

Hannah joined the team at Blackburn Animal Hospital in 2005 as an after school employee and has worked her way up to become a qualified veterinary nurse and is now the practice manager.

Hannah enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, in particular surgical and medical nursing, patient care and the training of other nurses. Hannah has continued her education after gaining her Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing and obtained her Diploma of Veterinary Nursing General Practice through the Animal Industries Resource Centre.

Hannah has experience in the special care needed to handle 'non compliant' felines and she owns a Welsh Terrier named Colin, a Siamese cat named Greg Boy and an Oriental Shorthair who goes by Judy Clementine.


In her spare time, Hannah loves to read and she spends most of her time out walking Colin in Blackburn and enjoys running in to clients. Hannah's enthusiasm is contagious and is a valued member of our team.


Rachael Dod

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)

Rachael joined the team at Blackburn Animal Hospital as a full time veterniary nurse in May 2012. Prior to that she had completed a short course in animal nursing and was volunteering at the clinic whilst studying her Certificate II Animal Studies. Once Rachael was a full time nurse, she transferred to a Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing and has comlpeted her studies.

Rachael enjoys all areas of veterinary nursing and is kind hearted and warming to be around. She especially likes photographing and advertising our adoption kittens and finding them their forever homes. Rachael is a skilled and competent veterinary nurse and is an asset to the team.

In her spare time, Rachael enjoys renovating her house and playing soccer with her friends. Rachael owns a handsome and very cheeky cat named Winston and a beautiful Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier called Ivy.

 


Krystal Goodwin

Trainee Nurse


Sissi Zhu

Trainee Nurse


Ellen Ho

Receptionist


Elaina Smith

Trainee Nurse


Prue Ward

Veterinary Nurse

Prue grew  in Blackburn with her parents, older brother, two younger sisters and an array of dogs, cats, rabbits and mice. 

In 1998, Prue obtained a Degree in Environmental Science at Deakin University. Prue has also undertaken voluntary work, a highlight being working in Queensland with the critically endangered Loggerhead Turtles and Green Turtles. 

Prue has been part of the Blackburn Animal Hospital team for since 2004 and loves her job as no two days are the same. She values the 'family' environment of the hospital. 

Prue is a real asset to Blackburn Animal Hospital. You are likely to run into Prue in the consult room assisting the Veterinarians and caring for the outpatients.

Prue has welcomed her first child Eve Elizabeth.


  
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