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.Sc., B.V.Sc., C.V.A. I.V.A.S.)
Seung has extensive experience in all aspects of internal medicine, advanced surgery, reproduction and emergency medicine. Seung, with all of his postgraduate continued studies, enjoys dealing with medical cases.
Seung is also a skilled surgeon with a large amount of advanced surgery experience. Seung worked as a main surgeon for the last 6 years with a high number of surgical caseloads. Seung particularly enjoys orthopaedic and advanced soft tissue surgeries including cancer surgeries and surgeries associated with brachycephalic breeds.
Seung grew up in South Korea and experienced the efficacy of 'Alternative Medicine' such as Acupuncture, Herbs and Tradional Chinese Medicine. Seung wanted to apply this to our furry friends and proudly achieved a Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture in 2013. Seung has treated many dogs, cats (and even a ferret!) suffering from musculoskeletal conditions, behavioural disorders, epilepsy, autoimmune and skin disorders.
Seung spends his time out of work looking after his two young children Lina and Noah with his wife Hannah. He has three dogs: two Pug X (Boonam and Booja (pictured) and a Beagle (Boodong). Boonam was their first pet together (even before their children). Both Booja and Boodong were rescued from a pet shop and a puppy farm. Seung and Hannah have a half adopted a neighbour's gorgeous cat, Lucky!
Dr Ting-Wei Yeh
Ting has been an integral part of the Blackburn Animal Hospital team since 2011. We first met Ting when she was on her university placement with us. Ting absolutely loves being able to work with people whom she has come to know, love, and considers part of her family, and provide quality care tailored to individual animal's and owner's needs.
Ting is also fluent in Mandarin and loves consulting in her native language to make her clients feel more at home. She is a highly skilled surgeon, having learnt off Dr Bill Harkin and has a particular skill set for medical cases, dentistry and dermatology. She is always looking to learn and further her skills to provide the best possible care.
Ting has a beautiful daughter Maple and two cats - Porky and Beefy. Ting rescued both her cats and loves the bond she has with them. Ting is a wonderful veterinarian and part of the family at Blackburn Animal Hospital
Veterinary Practice Manager (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, DipVN (GP))
Hannah joined the team at Blackburn Animal Hospital in 2005. She has worked as a full time nurse ever since, gaining her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
Hannah enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, in particular anaesthesia and medical nursing. She has a particular interest in oncology and nutrition.
Hannah thrives on providing the highest standard of patient care and the training of junior nurses. She is the hospital's practice manager and has loved growing up as a part of the team. Hannah has continued her education after her initial studies and obtained her Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice) through the Animal Industries Resource Centre.
One of Hannah's proudest achievements is the strong longterm relationships she has with clients and their beloved pets.
Hannah owns a naughty little Welsh Terrier named Colin, who she loves walking in her local Blackburn neighborhood. She also has two stunning cats; Greg Boy the Siamese and an Oriental Shorthair named Judy Clementine.
In her spare time, Hannah is an avid reader and loves to spend time with family. She loves film and music as well as bumping in to clients in the weekends
Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)
Rachael has been part of the Blackburn Animal Hospital team since 2011. She has obtained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is also a qualified microchip implanter. Rachael is a very skilled and competent veterinary nurse and is an asset to the team.
Rachael enjoys many aspects of veterinary nursing such as reception, medical nursing and surgical nursing. She especially enjoys in patient nursing and providing your pets with exceptional care and support while nursing them back to optimal health. Rachael is also passionate about training new nurses, managing our social media accounts, finding our rescue kittens their forever homes and updating families with photos and messages when their cats are boarding with us.
In her spare time Rachael enjoys playing netball, taking her dog for walks and to the beach, snorkelling, photography and remodelling their house with her husband Zarryk. Rachael’s fur kids include a handsome and very cheeky cat named Winston and a beautiful Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier named Ivy.
Rachael is warming to be around and a kind-hearted veterinary nurse who will always go that extra mile for you and your fur baby.
In 2013, Sissi obtained a certificate in grooming in her home city of Shanghai. Sissi specialised in the 'Asian Fusion' hairstyle, also known as the teddy bear look and really enjoyed making pets feel comfortable and looking their best. As well as English, Sissi can speak Shanghainese and Mandarin.
Sissi has decided to start a new career and been part of the Blackburn Animal Hospital team since January 2019 as a trainee veterinary nurse. Having a passion for animals with her grooming background, she wanted to further develop her skills and provide more care and support for families and their much loved pets. Sissi especially enjoys learning about different surgical procedures and the after care involved. She also loves having cuddles and caring for our boarding cats.
In her spare time Sissi enjoys grooming her dogs, gardening and spending time with her two children, Jade and Justin. Sissi's pets include 2 domestic short hair cats she adopted from our kitten adoption program! Rose came to us with her kitten Charmaine and Sissi adopted them both. She also has mother & daughter Toy Poodles Aiyo & Jasmine, and mother & son Toy Poodles Hongdou & Dian. She also has a Samoyed called Ricky. All five dogs enjoy having pamper days at home and are very lucky to have a mum who can groom.
Ellen joined the Blackburn Animal Hospital team in 2018 with her previous background from retail and human resources. She enjoys interacting with customers and their pets to ensure they are taken care of. She speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa Malaysia.
Ellen has two young children that she loves to read and explore the outdoors with. In her spare times she enjoys baking and watching movies.
Feel free to share your experiences and tales of your beloved pets with Ellen as she always appreciates a warming story about your furry friends.
Elaina joined our team early 2015 while she was still in high school and looking for experience working with animals. She has been working here ever since!
Almost 5 years on and still loving every shift, her favourite part being the large variety of different animals and breeds that she can learn about and spend time with.
Outside of the clinic, she is currently completing her Bachelor of Science at Deakin University and loves to spend her spare time baking and cake decorating as well as playing with her dogs and spending time with family & friends.
Elaina’s fur family is made up of Charles the Welsh Springer Spaniel, Cinders the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Tigger and Pippa the Domestic Shorthaired cats and Ally the Galah.
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.