Dr Jana Walsh
Dr Jana graduated from Murdoch University Perth, in 1992. Member of the Australian Veterinary Association. Member of the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association. Founder of Curtin Vet Clinic – September 2014.
Dr Jana has felt an affinity with pets all her life and a dream came true when she was accepted into the veterinary degree in 1988. Upon graduating, she gained her first work placement in a small rural community in WA, where she saw an extremely varied and interesting case load. Here she developed a passion for surgery, inspired by her boss, who was an experienced orthopaedic veterinary surgeon and was very eager to share his knowledge. Over the years Dr Jana has regularly attended courses, seminars and practical workshops to keep up to date with the very fast changing area of veterinary science. During that time she has developed a specific interest in orthopaedics, oncology, endocrinology, feline and canine medicine and animal behaviour.
She is a great believer in giving owners all options of treating a particular case and being there to give support and help make their decisions easier. It is 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’s love of her life was Snoopy the Beagle, who features as the mascot of the clinic and sadly passed away at 13 years of age in December 2016. As rescued animals are dear to Jana’s heart, she has since adopted two rescues: Max, a Deerhound Cross and Lion the ginger cat. She lives with hubby Martin, who grew up in Curtin and is a true local, and has two grown up sons.
Dr Michelle Keatley
BVetBiol/BVSc (Hons I) GCert SAECC
Dr Michelle joined theCurtin Vet Team in December 2020 and is a true local, having grown up on her family farm on the shores of Lake George, near Tarago.
To pursue her lifelong dream, she studied Veterinary Medicine at Charles Sturt University, Wagga where she graduated with first class honours in mid 2015. Since graduating Dr Michelle has led the emergency veterinary team at ARH in Fyshwick as a Clinical Director in a very fast paced environment with ever changing case loads which has turned her into a very experienced and highly competent veterinarian.Dr Michelle’s special interests include internal medicine, snake envenomation and sepsis. She has completed a grad certificate in emergency and critical care with Melbourne University.
Outside of the veterinary world, Dr Michelle enjoys horse riding, training and coaching. She also loves spending time with her family and her two canine companions – Snoopy the retired working Kelpie and Charlie the adopted Dachshund.
Dr Jade Ng
Dr Jade joined the Curtin Vet Clinic in 2018 and hails from Sydney. Dr Jade graduated with her veterinary degree in 2008 from Sydney University and has enjoyed stints in veterinary practice in Albury/Wodonga for some years and also as a locum vet in various Sydney practices which gave her a very broad range in veterinary medicine and surgery. Dr Jade has undertaken extra studies in internal medicine in the past.
Dr Jade’s passion are cats! To compliment this, she has furthered her studies by enrolling in the feline medicine course in her spare time in 2021. This is a very intensive course, led by feline specialists.
In her spare time Dr Jade enjoys skiing (when she gets the chance) and loves her three legged cat Milo whom she rescued.
Dr Sarah Monaghan
Dr Sarah is one of our ‘mum’ vets who has two toddlers at home and at this stage works for us on Saturdays to give our full timers a break. Dr Sarah is a true local and grew up in Canberra, then moved to Melbourne for some years and worked for a large vet practice servicing three clinics. She has now moved back to Canbera with hubby and kids to be near her extended family and has joined our Curtin Vet team. Dr Sarah has many pets, horses, dogs, cats and chooks and is very involved with the local pony clubs.
Dr Kirra Wood
Kirra graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney in 2013, passed examinations in feline medicine to become a member of the Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2018, and is currently completing a Master of Veterinary Sciences online with The University of Edinburgh.
Over the last seven years in Canberra, she has worked in small animal general practice, completed an internship with the Animal Referral Hospital Canberra and spent some time working in a busy emergency department.
Kirra loves all cats, and in particular her one-eyed ginger tabby Rory. In her spare time, she can be found baking, tending to her veggie garden with fiancé Scott, or roller skating.
Dr Ari Fong
Dr Ari joined us in February 2021 after graduating from the University of Sydney. Dr Ari does not currently have any pets of her own however thoroughly enjoys seeing both cats and dogs. Dr Ari is fear free certified; she believes that a trip to the vet should not be a stressful experience and does her best to ensure as many happy memories as possible.
Dr Ari used to spend her spare time doing competitive gymnastics and diving, however now prefers a quiet day in with a cup of tea J
Georgia grew up in Canberra and has been in the vet industry since July 2016 and completed her vet nurse certficate IV at the end of 2017, and since has developed a flare for assisting the vets in surgeries, helping recover patients and monitoring them. In 2020 Georgia took on the Head Vet Nurse role.
Georgia started out with volunteering for the RSPCA, which gave her an insight into the veterinary industry and from that knew this was going to be her career path. This is where she found her pride and joy, Bella the Staffy. Together they have done dog obedience, go bush walking and both love coming to the Curtin Vet Walking Club. In her spare time Georgia loves going to music concerts and going to the gym. She loves adrenaline sports like shark diving, canyon swinging and skydiving.
Head of Admin – Vet nurse
Leesa originally hailed from Melbourne where her veterinary career started and joined us when we first opened in 2014. She’s been a vet nurse for many years and very dedicated to her job. She took 12 months off to take her family around Australia and on her return brought back a gorgeous pup Bont – a Dogue de Bordeaux. In 2020 she became Head of Admin and looks after many clerical tasks behind the scenes and mixes this with vet nursing. Bont, her three kids plus hubby keep her busy in her spare time.
Jaina is a fully qualified veterinary nurse and gained her Vet Nurse Cert IV qualifications at the local CIT. Jaina loves customer service and you will find her at our reception most days, however she also loves being a surgical assistant to our vets. She is a keen Saturday morning walker as part of our Curtin Vets Walking Club and always brings her beautiful pooch Kiara along. She adopted her from the RSPCA and we believe she is a Husky cross Staffy. Jaina is also a part of our puppy class team and loves being an educator of new puppy owners.
Reception/Trainee Vet Nurse
Georgina has held a lifelong interest in animals, and as a kid was always found playing with her childhood pets or out watching the local wildlife in her yard. She first got a taste for veterinary medicine when she worked as a kennel hand at a local vet clinic and cattery in 2016. From there she learned the ropes on reception and enjoyed several years on the desk, before she made the choice to start her Cert III in Veterinary Nursing career in early 2020.
Georgina joined our team in 2020 and has loved assisting with surgeries and getting to know our lovely patients, and of course their owners!
At home she enjoys spending time with her senior rescue dog Rusty, as well as pet-sitting a range of animals for family and friends.
Mikayla joined the team in 2020 when she became a fully qualified vet nurse and originally hails from Goulburn. She’s very quickly immersed herself in everything surgical and reception and loves being a vet nurse.
Mikayla is one of our regulars at the Curtin Vet Walking Club, where you will be able to meet her and her fur baby Buddy, so come and say hello to them!