Dr Jana Walsh
Dr Jana is the practice owner and graduated from the Murdoch Vet school in WA in 1992. Her special interests in the Veterinary field are broad, however she particularly loves surgery, especially cruciate ligament surgeries, behaviour, oncology and endocrinology. You will find her at the clinic on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Practice manager / Senior Vet nurse
Tara grew up in Albury/Wodonga and after travelling for several years she started her vet nursing career in 2006 and is a fully qualified vet nurse. Amongst general veterinary practice, Tara has broadened her vet nursing skills by working for a veterinary specialist centre in Melbourne for several years. She has worked with Dr Jana on and off since 2007, including a move up to Canberra for three years to help set up Dr Jana’s other vet clinic. Her skills are exceptional in the nursing field, as much as in the management of day to day practice life, which makes her an invaluable part of our team. Tara has two cheeky Rhodesian Ridgebacks Crosby & Keeva and her rescue cat Crackers.
Dr Sally Whitwell
Dr Sally graduated from the University of Queensland in 2008 and is our full time vet. You will find her at the clinic on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. A keen interest in pathology and public health saw her in her first job as a veterinarian with the formerly known Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS). Since 2017, Dr Sally has worked in small animal practice in the local area and has developed a keen interest in emergency and critical care, internal medicine and clinical pathology. “Every day at the clinic offers a unique opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of a patient and their owner and I look forward to doing this for many more years!”
Dr Mary-Lou Doolan
Dr Mary-Lou graduated from James Cook University in 2010 in Townsville and you will find her at the clinic on Thursdays. Since graduating, Dr Mary-Lou has travelled the eastern seaboard working in equine, mixed and small animal practices before settling in Albury with her Husband (also a vet) to set up Murray Valley Veterinary Services, a Large Animal mobile practice. Dr Mary-Lou’s special interests lie in dermatology, preventative medicine and soft tissue surgery.
Senior Vet Nurse
Tara has always lived locally (Wodonga) and has always been passionate about animals for as long as she can remember. Tara gained her first job in 2009 with Dr Jana as a trainee veterinary nurse. She completed her certificate IV through NMIT in 2010. In 2013 Tara opened her own retail confectionery business, wanting to take a new path, learn new skills and gain new experiences. Tara is now excited to be working as a Veterinary Nurse with us once again and looks forward to expanding her knowledge and skills. Her special interests are dentistry & nutrition. She owns a dog who was rescued from AWAR (Arlo) and two Birman cats; Ollie & Yorkie.
Senior Vet Nurse
Originally from Ballarat, Belinda began Veterinary Nursing in 1996 in a very busy 17-vet practice. This provided a wonderful platform to gain a broad skill set, and fostered her special interest in surgery and critical care. Belinda also worked in Melbourne at The Lort Smith Animal Hospital (Rescue Hospital) before meeting her husband and moving to Albury Wodonga in 2005. Working locally, Belinda decided to move into the corporate sector, and spent 11 years with a multi-national company performing companion animal health and nutritional research and development. In late 2016, opportunity beckoned for Belinda to join the fabulous team at the River Country Emergency Centre in Wodonga, and joining our vet team on a part-time basis. Belinda owns two British Shorthair cats named Lola and Merlin.
AWAR liaison officer/vet nurse assistant
Stacey has had extensive experience with all microchip processes and registration laws. She worked at the Albury pound for several years and has always been a big advocate of AWAR, having been a volunteer herself in the past. She brings with her a wealth of experience and she helps liaise between the veterinary clinic and AWAR when adoptions occur. She is also assisting the veterinary team with reception and nursing duties and always brings the brightest smile with her.She is also the proud mum of Lazza the Beagle and her rescue cats Mambo and Mateo and several horses.