(B. Science, Cert IV Veterinary Nursing, AVN. RVN)
Michelle is from the beautiful Central Coast of NSW. She learned about animal care at the TAFE Hunter Institute in Kurri Kurri where kangaroos, snakes and microbes provided an exciting backdrop. After finishing her studies, Michelle worked on the Central Coast for a few years before finding Normanhurst as the perfect place to contribute to animal care and welfare. She finds giving individual care to each animal immensely rewarding, getting to know each patient and helping them through a hard time is a fulfilling role. At home Michelle has three chickens, two Burmese rescue cats and an outrageous Border Collie x Poodle! When she’s not working with animals Michelle enjoys playing with her family, bushwalking or doing further study or reading.
Mel completed her Vet Nursing course with the help and training of the team at Normanhurst Vet by doing volunteer work for 6 months. Now Mel works with us full time and she absolutely loves her job. Caring for animals has always been a passion of Mel’s and to do it as a job was always a dream of hers. Mel has five pets of her own, two dogs named Charlie and Rufus and three cats named Keiko, Luna and Gregory. On the weekends you can usually find her down at the beach with her dogs or buried under a pile of cats with a good book.
(Cert IV Veterinary Nursing, Cert II Animal Studies, Cert III Customer Contact and Canine Massage)
Having worked in hospitality for many years, about 6 years ago Michele decided it was time for a change in career. Michele grew up on a property with a wide range of animals and knew that one day she would work with animals. Since coming to Vet Nursing she has never looked back. Michele loves that we get to know your pets and have a hand in making them better when they are not well. You can guarantee they will always get lots of cuddles! Michele also runs puppy preschool
classes at Normanhurst Vet and loves seeing the puppies develop and then come back when they are older. It’s great to see them enjoy coming to the Vet. Michele has a 6 year old cat, Snoop, whom she adopted last year. He’s a gorgeous boy who loves scratches under the chin and snuggling up on the lounge. Michele looks forward to helping you and your pet when you’re next at Normanhurst Vet Practice.
(BAnVetBioSc (Hons), Veterinary student)
Jess graduated from a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience degree in 2015 and is currently studying Veterinary Science at Sydney University to pursue her dream of being a fully qualified veterinarian. She had always wanted to be a vet as a child, however never felt confident enough. So, Jess had plans to follow another passion and work in animal nutrition. It was after a few weeks of working in a veterinary clinic as a receptionist that she realised that the veterinary industry is where she belongs and the rest is history. Jess has been nursing for 4 years now and her passion is providing the best care possible and making animals comfortable at the clinic. In her spare time she helps run a ferret rescue, volunteers for a dog rescue and tends to her own animals. She also has a keen interest in sleep, sewing and pizza, for those of you asking “what makes this girl what she is?” the answer is “Coffee”, she is 100% coffee.
(Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)
Emma completely her Cert IV in veterinary nursing in 2012. She has been lucky enough to work not only with cats and dogs, but a wide range of exotics like birds, ferrets reptiles and rabbits while she was working in both Victoria and Canberra. She has a naughty tortie named Olivia, two sneaky ferrets named Marceline and Violet and has recently introduced a new staffy x puppy to the family named Lulu. Her favorite part of being a nurse is assisting is the wide range of surgeries that take place at Normanhurst. One day when she finishes her science degree she hopes she can further her career in the animal industry.
When he’s not busy with his nursing duties, Luke can be found at the front desk where he always gives our customers and patients a warm welcome. Luke is always willing to help and give some special attention to your patients who may be a little nervous to be at the Vet. Luke also assists Michele with our puppy school and has started leading classes himself. Outside of work, Luke has a menagerie of animals at home and re-homes rabbits and a range of different birds. Luke’s American Staff – Romper – is well know to the team and enjoys his visits to the clinic. Luke also has a passion for native wildlife and he’s been known to spend his spare time searching for koalas in the bush around Sydney.
Lisa is our Receptionist. She has a Certificate IV in Business Administration. She has a strong background in administration having worked for many years as a personal assistant in a large school and religious institution where she enjoyed organising and improving processes. She has always had a keen and curious interest in all creatures great and small and was thrilled to have the opportunity to combine her admin skills in an environment where she can meet both people and their animals. Before taking up full time work, she volunteered at Monika’s Doggie Rescue and continues to sponsor her rescue dogs. In her spare time, she cares for her human family and pet family – 2 dogs and a cockatiel – and goes kayaking and bushwalking with her husband in the great outdoors.