Dr Jana Walsh
Senior Veterinarian – practice owner
Dr Jana graduated from the Murdoch Vet school in WA in 1992 and has been practicing on the Border since 1996. Her interests in the Veterinary field are broad, however she particularly loves surgery (orthopaedic and soft tissue), animal behaviour, dermatology and endocrinology.
She is a great believer in giving owners all available options for treating a particular case and being there to give support and help make their decisions easier. It’s her mission to give the best possible veterinary service to her clients, to gain their trust, to respect their needs and feelings and to do the best possible for their pets.
Dr Jana adopted Max, a Deerhound cross, from a rescue group and he has become the face of Dr Jana’s Pet Hub. Lion, a rescue cat from AWAR, has also joined her family.
Dr Jana has dedicated “Dr Jana’s Pet Hub” to Max and Lion and all the wonderful rescue pets out there. May they all get a second chance to live in a loving fur-ever home.
Dr Sally Whitwell
Senior Veterinarian – practice manager
Dr Sally graduated from the University of Queensland in 2008 and is our full-time vet and Practice Manager. She has a keen interest in pathology and public health, which led to 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 Border area and has developed a passion for emergency and critical care, internal medicine and clinical pathology.
As Practice manager, Dr Sally is passionate about fostering an upbeat and positive clinic culture and empowering the Hub Team to give our clients a very personalised experience.
“I love that every day at the Hub I can help a patient and their owner and I look forward to doing this for many more years!”
Dr Levi Palfi
Dr. Levi Palfi joined our team in 2020 and originally hails from Hungary. He graduated in 2008 and has been working as a vet in Australia since 2016.
After travelling around Australia, he and his wife, have made the Border their permanent home and have started a family which will keep them on their toes. One of Dr Levi’s hobbies is dancing and he and his wife are quite formidable dancers!
Dr. Levi is a classic all-rounder Vet loving both medicine and surgery but he has a particular affinity for anything diagnostic.
Dr Mary-Lou Doolan
Dr Mary-Lou graduated from James Cook University in Townsville in 2010. Since then she has travelled the eastern seaboard working in equine, mixed and small animal practices before settling on the Border with her hubby, who is also a vet, to set up Murray Valley Veterinary Services, a Large Animal mobile practice.
Dr Mary-Lou’s special interests lie in ophthalmology, preventative medicine and soft tissue surgery and her fur-family is big and varied. As well as dogs and cats there are also plenty of horses to keep her on her toes!
Head receptionist – Rescue liaison officer
You will find Stacey in our reception area at the Hub most days with her infectious smile.
Stacey has had extensive experience with all microchip processes and registration laws and has worked at the Albury pound for several years. Stacey has always been a big advocate of AWAR, having been a volunteer herself in the past. She brings with her a wealth of experience in the animal industry and helps liaise between the veterinary clinic and Rescue groups. Stacey is a proud fur nan to Otis the Border Collie, rescue cats Mambo and Mateo and several horses.
Senior Vet nurse
Liz began her career as a vet nurse in 2016 and hasn’t looked back. She has completed her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and has developed a particular focus on surgical nursing. To compliment this interest Liz plans to complete further study into post surgical physiotherapy and recovery support for these patients.
As a social butterfly, she enjoys engaging with the community and their pets and has a particular soft spot for puppies. Liz is very enthusiastic about supporting owners to set their pups up for success!
At home Liz loves challenging herself with fitness and dance, and thrives in the outdoors or on the farm, where she has her prized Belgian blue cattle and chickens.
Senior Vet Nurse
Kerrie began her Veterinary nursing career in 2014 and completed her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2016 at a mixed practice in Gippsland. She is a registered veterinary nurse through the AVNAT registration scheme and has recently completed her Diploma in Emergency and Critical Care in 2020. In more recent years Kerrie has split her time between Emergency and Mixed Veterinary Practice work. Kerrie is passionate about patient care and has a keen interest in medical and critical care nursing.
Outside of the clinic, Kerrie’s interests lie in outdoor activities, spending plenty of time in the snowfields over winter. In the warmer months she can be found enjoying local waterholes paddle boarding or hiking. Kerrie has two furbabies “Arli” the Aussie Shepherd and “Henry” the cat.
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. Opportunity beckoned when the Hub opened and Belinda joined our fabulous vet team. Belinda is fur mum to two British Shorthair cats named Lola and Willow.
Tainee Vet Nurse
Francesca (Frankie) began her Veterinary Nursing career with us at the Hub as a Trainee Nurse in 2020. She has a keen interest in feline nursing and ensuring stress free handling. You can usually find her cuddling the many kitties that come through our doors, making them as happy as possible!
Originally from the UK, she has chosen beautiful Australia to settle down with her partner and their rescue cat Tony in their first home. In her free time you will always find her studying, gardening with the help her ever faithful cat or on the family farm adventuring into the bush with the Kelpies who definitely do more relaxing than working.
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 and nutrition. She is fur mum to pooch Arlo who was rescued from AWAR and two Birman cats; Ollie and Yorkie.