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 Amy Kay
Amy graduated from Melbourne University in 1998 and followed her passion (inspired by the one and only James Herriot) in cattle medicine and surgery in Rochester, central Vic.
After many years of pulling calves, pregtesting, middle of the night caesarians and rural general practice she chose to explore the world instead, combining this with Small Animal locum stints both in the UK and back here in southeast Australia. After working in Tallangatta in 2010 for a year, Amy returned to the border region in 2015 and has been working here in small animal practice whilst raising a small family.
Amy really enjoys being a dog and cat GP veterinarian, dealing with the daily unpredictable and varied nature of the cases presented.
‘I love how you are an ophthalmologist one minute, a dentist the next, delivering babies the next and then sharing the saddest day of many peoples’ lives when we say goodbye to a beloved pet the next’.
Her interests are broad with an emphasis on preventative medicine, quality of life, dermatology, ophthalmology, dentistry and soft tissue surgery. Amy is excited to be part of the enthusiastic team here at Dr Jana’s Pet Hub and looks forward to making many long-lasting relationships with both you and your family pet.
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!
Senior Vet Nurse – Nurse Manager
Aimz started her nursing career back in 2006, and became a qualified Veterinary Nurse in 2009. She has strong passions for animal behaviour, nutrition, neonatal care and always enjoys a cesarean.
Aimz has recently moved back to the area after being in Western Australia for 2 years where she managed a vet clinic in Perth. During this time, she was able to expand her knowledge and skills in the veterinary industry.
Aimz enjoys spending time at the family farm in Mt Beauty, camping and paddle boarding with family and friends. Her fur family consist of Roxy, Maddie and Indie the border collies plus Bria, Lola and Chester who are all rescue cats.
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.
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.