Dr. Ian Japp

Owner
Dr. Ian Japp graduated from University Melbourne  in 1986 and has had a long association with the practice. Ian has worked in small animal, mixed and equine practices in Victoria, NSW and the UK. Since graduation as a Veterinarian, Ian has also obtained a post graduate Diploma in Oenology (winemaking) from Roseworthy Agricultural College and a Masters in Environmental Science from Monash University. Ian married a local (Dareton) girl and now has 3 children along with 2 dogs, a cat, 2 guinea pigs, 4 goldfish and an axolotl. Ian’s interests, aside from Veterinary matters, include road cycling, travel, bush walking and environmentalism.

Dr. Katherine Overs

Owner
Born and bred in Sydney, Katherine graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004. Her first job as a new graduate was in Motto Farm NSW, a mixed animal practice.  She then moved to Dubbo NSW and worked in a large and very busy mixed animal practice for a few years.  Making the move to Mildura in 2009, she first worked casually while her children were small, before coming on board full time in 2014.  Katherine lives with her partner, three small sons, and a menagerie of animals.  Katherine’s veterinary interests include all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, with a particular interest in soft tissue surgery.  Outside of work, Katherine enjoys gardening, working on her mosaics, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Sharon Wilson

Sharon graduated from the University of Melbourne with honours in 1992. After graduation she returned home to practice at Mildura Veterinary Hospital. As one of our senior Veterinarians Sharon has extensive experience in a wide range of veterinary fields. Her special interests include small animal surgery, reproduction and ophthalmology. Sharon is married with 3 children. A self confessed foodie, she enjoys family holidays and caring for her menagerie. Her fury and feathered family including an old rescue terrier, an active young Labrador, two gorgeous Burmese cats, two naughty Belted Galloway cows and a mixed collection of chooks, silky bantams and ducks.

Dr. Lydia Albert

Dr. Lydia Albert graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2002. After a few years in a small animal clinic in Melbourne she returned to her home town of Mildura and joined the staff of MVH in 2004. She has a keen interest in all aspects of small animal practice and particularly a love of all things feline. At home Lydia has three geriatric fur babies – two Burmese cats (her graduation presents) and a cross-breed rascal dog that she rescued in her first year at MVH. Outside the veterinary world Lydia is a mother to two beautiful boys and cherishes time spent with family and browsing home decorating magazines!

Dr. Alex Wellington

Alex grew up just outside of Mildura and graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2015.  She has a particular interest in Veterinary Imaging and also enjoys working on generally strange cases.  Outside of work Alex passes her time cartooning, playing music, sport and poor quality fishing.  She lives with a collection of much loved humans (big and small), dogs, cats, chooks and a sheep.

Dr. India Irvine

India graduated from the University of Sydney in 2016. She grew up on a sheep and wheat property outside of Griffith and spent most of her teen years in the Southern Highlands of NSW. India has a particular interest in equine medicine, having grown up riding and taking care of her own horses. She is also very interested in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery. Outside of work India enjoys listening to music, reading a good book and eating delicious food surrounded by family and friends

Dr. Jo Wang

Jo Graduated from the University of Melbourne in December 2016. She was a research assistant at the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore before deciding to pursue veterinary studies. Jo has a special interest in surgery and horses. She lives with her 8 year old Golden Retriever who recently relocated to Mildura from Singapore and a rescue Ragdoll kitten. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time out in nature and hopes to be lucky enough to catch the aurora australis one day.

Mrs. Leander Barnden

Leander Barnden grew up in the Yarra Valley and relocated to Mildura with her partner in 2004. Her interest in the veterinary industry began in her primary school years when she developed a fondness for animals and became involved in their care. In high school Leander spent time at Healesville Sanctuary, caring for the resident platypus being the highlight. Leander has been a valuable part of the team since 2005, taking a break in 2009 then re-joining. Particular areas of interest include orthopaedic surgery and dentistry. She holds a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is currently studying the Diploma in General Practice (Vet Nursing).

Mrs. Briady Ferguson

Briady was born and raised in Mildura – hopefully will retire in Tasmania. She became involved in the veterinary industry in 2002 as a vet nurse.  Moving to Mildura Veterinary Hospital in 2004 working in reception and office management and has completed certificate IV in Practice Management and Finance. Briady has a crazy eyed cardigan corgi “Stanley”, his companion in crime “Beryl” a drama inclined Riding Pony “Robert”, an ex pacer “Foota”along with two cheeky cats “Mossimo” and “Rusty”.

Ms. Michelle McIntosh

Raised on a small farm on the outskirts of Melbourne, Michelle grew up dealing with a wide range of household pets, poultry, cattle, ostrich and deer. Michelle then gained experience working in the N.T. Wildlife Park and later at the Monarto Zoo in South Australia. After shifting to Mildura, Michelle gained Certificate 3 in Animal Technology, Certificates 2 & 3 in Animal Studies, a Certificate of Venomous Snake Control and Certificate 4 in Assessment and workplace training. Michelle then spent 6 years teaching Animal Studies at TAFE, while also working as the Relief Shelter Manager at the Irymple RSPCA. In 2003 Michelle started as casual at MVH and this has progressed to a full time position. She is a single mum who cares deeply for the welfare of animals with a soft spot for natives.

Mrs. Rebecca McGregor

Rebecca started at MVH in 2003 and is a qualified veterinary nurse (VN). She has also completed a certificate in Veterinary Nurse Management through the Animal industry Resource Centre. Rebecca loves working in the industry and has an interest in the health and welfare of all animals. Rebecca participates in our puppy school classes as a trainer. She enjoys horse riding, netball and outdoor activities. Rebecca’s young family is a high priority in her life.  Rebecca is currently studying the Diploma in General Practice (Vet Nursing).

Ms. Sophie Koschitzke

Sophie started working at Mildura Veterinary Hospital in 2012. She has completed certificate two and three in Animal Studies and is currently studying certificate four in Veterinary Nursing. Sophie is passionate about animals with her own fur baby’s, Frankie and Ziggy, the adorable Jugs. Sophie grew up on a farm in Warracknabeal, country Victoria. She loves getting back home to see family and friends. When she is not at work or spending time with Frankie and Ziggy, she is passionate about sport, both watching and playing it.

Ms. Christina Fitzpatrick

Raised in Nichols Point, Christina commenced employment at Mildura Veterinary Hospital in 2012 in a part-time position and began working full-time in 2013. She is currently in the process of completing Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, with experience gained through working making the course very worthwhile. She always had a soft spot for animals; with chickens, pigeons, guinea-pigs, tropical fish, and a dog making up the menagerie of family pets. Having been home-schooled all her life makes family a big priority, enabling music to be a big part of her life, and in November 2012 she completed a Diploma in Classical Pianoforte.

Ms. Catherine O’Day

Catherine was raised on a wheat and sheep farm in the Millewa where she gained her love of  animals and developed practical skills in handling and managing animals. She has two children and a menagerie of animals from dogs, cats, chooks, even a ferret.  (RIP the guinea pigs and budgie.)   Catherine commenced working at MVH in 2010, and genuinely still loves coming to work each day.

Ms. Kate Kirkland

Kate started working with Mildura Veterinary Hospital December 2014 in grooming. She studied at Box Hill Institute in Melbourne. Kate has worked as a groomer for three years now. It was a natural progression for Kate who fell in love with dogs after working as a dog walker and carer, grooming was the next step and she hasn’t looked back since. Kate is now the owner of a lovely standard poodle – “Ruffus”. How lucky is Ruffus to have a groomer for an owner.

Ms. Jordan Fraser-Seed

Jordan originated from New Zealand at age 13, growing up on a farm surrounded by animals. Jordan joined the MVH team in 2016 having studied Cert 3 in Companion Animal Studies and is now studying Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. Jordan is a American Staffordshire Terrier lover, as she believes they are the most misunderstood breed. Outside of work, Jordan enjoys bonding with her AST Kaos, whilst attending Mildura Delta Dogs, gym and socialising with friends and family.

Ms. Jordan Madigan

Jordan commenced working at Mildura Veterinary Hospital in 2014 following a dream to work in the Veterinary industry. Jordan is in the process of selecting her courses now. When she’s not at work she can be found at the basketball courts. Basketball is a family passion with her dad James recently retiring from his role of coach for “Mildura Heat”. Jordan loves playing both netball and basketball. Jordan has two dogs and a bird to keep her busy at home.

Ms. Karrynne Lowe
Karrynne grew up on a mixed cropping / animal property in central west NSW and became part of the MVH team in 2017.  Karrynne became a qualified Veterinary Nurse prior to owning her own pet shop, returning to nursing after having her family.  Karrynne is currently undertaking a degree in Veterinary Technology.  Her gypsy lifestyle has seen her live and work in QLD, NSW and SA before settling here in VIC.  Outside of work, her interests include her own menagerie, 2 dogs, a cat and 2 quinea pigs, and her family keep her very busy and she loves to return home to the farm as often as possible.

Miss. Rachel Fitzpatrick

A Nichols Point local, Rachel joined Mildura Veterinary Hospital in September 2016. She has been home schooled all her life, which left plenty of time for extra interests, such as music, sport, and of course pets; chooks, pigeons, guinea pigs, and a beautiful beagle. Biology has always fascinated Rachel, so being able to expand her knowledge through experience while working has been a great bonus for her. Her goal now is to learn as much as possible before returning to textbooks to study for a qualification. Aside from work, Rachel loves being out and about with her family or simply being at home with a good book.