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 Suzanne Nunn
Suzanne has become a permanent fixture at Blackburn Animal Hospital since joining the team back in April 1989. Graduating with distinction from Massey University in New Zealand she flew to Melbourne shortly afterwards, accepting a position as Associate Veterinarian and, we are pleased to say, has been with us ever since.
Suzanne holds up the 'Medicine' Department of Blackburn Animal Hospital. In 1994, she obtained Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, by examination in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Not only did she complete her studies a year early, she was also awarded the medal for Outstanding Performance in Small Animal Medicine. Her passion for Medicine compliments Bill's passion for Surgery which allows Blackburn Animal Hospital to provide exceptional 'all round' care to our patients.
With her extensive knowledge, love of study and keeping up with the latest research, mixed with a caring nature, we are fortunate to have her as part of our team. Suzanne particularly enjoys developing close relationships with clients and their pets, and loves looking after their needs right through from junior to senior years.
Suzanne enjoys spending time with her husband Ken and their Maine Coon cat 'Macavity'. A large part of her life is also spent with her Kiwi family, who followed her over from New Zealand once they knew she wasn't likely to return. This allows her to play a significant role in the lives of her nieces and nephew. Suzanne is also part of a large extended family, being involved with the Salvation Army Church in Glen Waverley. In her spare time, if she is not at pilates, she can be found swimming.
Dr Ting-Wei Yeh
Ting-Wei came to Australia from Taiwan when she was 16 years old. Ting graduated from Melbourne University in 2010 after completing her Veterinary Science degree. The Blackburn Animal Hospital team first met Ting when she did her veterinary placement with us and she started working at the hospital in April 2011.
Ting has a large client and patient base and enjoys interacting with her clients. Her favourite part of the day is seeing her patient's going home with a purr or a tail-wag. She enjoys furthering her education and is a highly skilled surgeon.
Ting rescued a middle-aged cat (named Porky!) and she loves to spend her time with him. She has since rescued a second cat (Beefy). In her spare time, Ting enjoys making cabochons (shaping and polishing semi-precious stones) and silver smithing.
Ting is a truly valued member and asset to Blackburn Animal Hospital and a highly skilled veterinarian. Ting has welcomed her first child - a beautiful daughter Maple.
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 director of nursing.
Hannah enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, in particular surgical 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 enjoys discussing all types of books and literature at her book club. She spends most of her time out walking Colin in Blackburn and enjoys running in to clients when she's exercising him. Hannah's enthusiasm is contagious and is a valued member of our team.
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.
Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)
Being Dr Bill Harkin's daughter, you could say that Catherine has been part of the team at Blackburn Animal Hospital since birth. Catherine officially started working with the team in her latter years of high school and has continued on a casual basis while studying Arts at university.
Catherine has since obtained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and working at Blackburn Animal Hospital as a full time nurse. Catherine studied through the Animal Industries Resource Centre and enjoys surgical nursing.
Catherine has real compassion for the patients and a caring attitude toward their welfare.
Catherine's furry family consists of Harley, the energetic chocolate Labrador and her two beautiful cats Arrow and Medea (both Blackburn Animal Hospital adoptions!). Catherine also has a Siamese cat named Alexander (litter mate to Hannah's boy Greg!)
Prue grew in Blackburn with her parents, older brother, two younger sisters and an array of dogs, cats, rabbits and mice. Prue now has her own place but still comes 'home' to visit 'Jack' the Bichon Friese.
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.
In her spare time, Prue loves nothing better than walking her dog 'Jack' on the beach.
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.
Cherise has been at Blackburn Animal Hospital for a number of years as casual employee. Her bubbly personality is capable of brightening up anyones day.
During the week, Cherise is busy studying for her university degree and on weekends and uni holidays, she can be found looking after the patients at Blackburn Animal Hospital.
Cherise has great passion for her horses and enjoys riding and competing with them in her spare time.