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The vets at Elwood


Who we are

meet the team

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The vets at Elwood


Who we are

meet the team

See who's who at Elwood Vet

Scroll down to find out a little bit about us.

 
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Dr Deborah Clift


Deborah Clift

veterinarian and skate park expert

Dr Deborah Clift


Deborah Clift

veterinarian and skate park expert

Although Deb spends a lot of time at the various skate parks of Melbourne, it's not because she's practising her ollies. We suspect that it's not even because her three super cool boys Jake, Kye and Raph are into skating, it's all about carving out a few minutes to find a spot of sunshine and immerse herself in a good book. 

Deb started waging a war on waste long before Craig Reucassel. So much is her dedication to the cause that she once carried a large bag of cabbage offcuts on the train so she could put them in someone else's worm farm. Not sure the other passengers were impressed by the fart-like wafting, but you've got to admire her spirit.

We also have Deb's talented husband Jason (of Finch Design) to thank for our renovations.

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Deborah Clift graduated from Melbourne Uni vet school in 1994. She worked around Melbourne for a while then headed off overseas, eventually owning her own practice in Hong Kong.

Returning to Melbourne with a family in tow, Deb started working at the Southern Animal Emergency Centre (where she met Raquel). Enjoying the pace of emergency work, Deb ended up working at the Lort Smith Animal Hospital, where she still does some (crazy) shifts.

Deb is particularly handy with the endoscope and has retrieved more foreign bodies out of dogs than you can poke a stick insect at.

Deborah's consulting times

Deborah consults 8am – 4pm Monday, Thursday and Friday as well as some Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Dr Bec Goode


Bec Goode

veterinarian and snake charmer

Dr Bec Goode


Bec Goode

veterinarian and snake charmer

Okay, so maybe Bec doesn't exactly charm the giant children's python in her lounge room, but there's something strangely magical about the way she manages her menagerie. No one quite knows how she so deftly wrangles the household of rabbits, guinea pigs, parrots, lizards, turtles, frogs, dogs, cats, snakes – oh and the five boys (six if you count Craig).

Yes, Bec and Craig met at vet school. Yes, they work ridiculously well together. Yes, they really do have five boys. 

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Bec graduated from University of Queensland in 2002 (with the university medal). She worked in small animal practice in Melbourne before opening the Port Phillip Animal Hospital with Craig in 2006.

Bec also runs the veterinary side of the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) in Seymour. And rather oddly, given her love of greyhounds, Bec is also our resident expert on small furry (often prey) animals, with the guinea pig a firm favourite.

Bec is currently busy with the Greyhounds and isn't consulting at Elwood. 

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Dr Craig Goode


Craig Goode

veterinarian and irrepressible adventurist

Dr Craig Goode


Craig Goode

veterinarian and irrepressible adventurist

Talk to Craig about his life outside work and it's like listening to some sort of modern day Boys Own adventure. There's the tale of the flying fox he built that reaches super sonic speeds and frightens grown men; the tale where he was attacked by a sea creature; the one where he was gored by a pig. The list goes on and on and on and on. Like Bear Grylls meets Steve Irwin meets Myth Busters meets Swiss Family Robinson (with one extra child). The Goode family reality show anyone?

See Bec above.

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Craig graduated from University of Queensland in 2001. He subsequently did a surgical internship at Melbourne University (cementing his love of complex surgery) and then opened Port Phillip Animal Hospital with Bec.

Craig is our orthopaedic expert and does pretty much all of the bone and joint surgery.

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Dr Raquel Newman


Raquel Newman

veterinarian and ever the pragmatist

Dr Raquel Newman


Raquel Newman

veterinarian and ever the pragmatist

Not prone to excitement or acting on impulse, Raquel surprised everyone with her enthusiasm for buying Elwood Vet. But this was her chance to create something special and bring together her odd collection of secret passions (good design, minimalism, radical transparency, medical education).

After completing an executive master of arts in 2012, Raquel became a freelance medical writer and information designer. She writes educational activities and guidelines for doctors (yes human doctors) and creates websites (like this one). She also like drawing.

The obligatory vet stuff

Raquel graduated from University of Queensland in 1996 and soon after headed off to the UK. There she worked for 6 years and developed a taste for emergency medicine (despite the 24 hour shifts!) Combining love of learning and travel, Raquel managed to complete multiple post grad studies across the UK and other European countries in internal medicine, cytology, radiology, ultrasound and cardiology. She was admitted as a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in emergency medicine and critical care in 2005.

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Dr Donald Ward


Donald Ward

veterinarian and practically a living treasure

Dr Donald Ward


Donald Ward

veterinarian and practically a living treasure

If you don't know Donald, where have you been? Everyone knows, and loves, Donald.

Donald first came to Elwood and Albert Park Vets in 1988, and has been providing warm, compassionate and thorough care to local pets ever since.

When not in the clinics, you can find Donald at the theatre, sampling Melbourne's good eats, perusing local book shops or tending his native garden down at Anglesea.

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Donald is the quintessential generalist – he enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. His particular areas of interest include internal medicine and solving challenging behavioural problems.

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Dr Elena Sammut


Elena Sammut

veterinarian and now a permanent member of the team

Dr Elena Sammut


Elena Sammut

veterinarian and now a permanent member of the team

Elena used to locum for us when other vets were away or we need extra hands on deck. But we were so impressed with her high standard of care and dedication to her patients that we campaigned very hard to join the team permanently. And she did! Woo hoo!

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Elena graduated with a veterinary degree from Murdoch University in 1991 and completed a grad dip in veterinary clinical studies at Sydney University in 1994. She's worked in small animal in Melbourne for over 15 years and is skilled in all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery – including rabbits! She has a soft spot for guinea pigs too.

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Elwood nurses


Our brilliant nurses

Elwood nurses


Our brilliant nurses

 
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Kate Brownscombe

Kate is a very experienced veterinary nurse and our nursing manager. She has additional qualifications in urgent and critical care and has brought a wealth of knowledge in both patient care and health systems organisation to Elwood.

Kate's warm smile and gentle manner is an instant stress reliever!

 
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Camila Carraschi

Our colourful exotic Brazilian import!

Did you know that Camila has a veterinary degree? Until she sits her Australian exams, she's our nurse practitioner – part vet, part nurse, all fabulous.

Never known to have a bad day, Camila's enthusiasm is infectious.

 
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Georgie Loffler

Georgie is our youngest team member. When she's not busy completing her vet nursing studies or goldfish grooming she's out enjoying live music and cinema.

Georgie's quiet and calm demeanour comes in very useful for putting stressed patients at ease.

 

 
 

Elise Newman

Elise is one of our junior nurses – but don't let the baby face fool you, she's as smart as a whip. Elise loves helping pet owners as much as she love caring for pets.

Elise also loves trips to South East Asia and photography. Proper photography, with a real camera.

 

Kara McMullan

Kara would be a vet nurse even if she didn't get paid. She loves meeting and getting to know pet families – and providing support in tough times.

Kara's own pets got her interested in allergies in animals and she loves helping people with itchy dogs!

We believe Kara is able to sing the entire modern Disney songbook.