Dr Ben Fell
BA. BVSc (Hons) MANZCVSc (Surgery)
I joined the Yarra Ranges Animal Hospital in 2005 and apart from a year of travelling, have been here since. I studied my Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland and graduated with first class Honours. I have obtained a Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the area of Small Animal Surgery. This involved intensive post-graduate study over two years and a series of written and oral examinations. In 2014, Kim and I became the full owners of the practice and we are very excited to take over such a successful clinic.
My professional area of interest is that of surgery. I routinely perform major orthopaedic and soft tissue surgical procedures at our hospital and accepts referrals from veterinary colleagues. My particular interest is cruciate ligament injury (TPLO surgery), fracture management, corrective osteotomies for growth abnormalities and reconstructive surgery.
Away from veterinary practice, my interests are sports (I am a keen Brisbane Lions supporter), literature, music, food and wine.
Dr Kim Johnson
BVSc (Hons) MACVSc (Medicine of Horses)
Dr. Emma Thomerson
After a brief hiatus, I was given the amazing opportunity to return to mixed animal practice with Yarra Ranges Animal Hospital. I completed my veterinarian degree at James Cook University in 2009 and have since had a keen aspect in all areas of mixed animal practice. I particularly enjoy equine medicine and small animal medicine and dentistry. I am lucky enough to live in the stunning Yarra Valley with my two freisian horses and dog, Jessica. Outside of caring for my beautiful animals I enjoy spending time with friends and family away camping and also enjoy cooking.
Dr. Olivia Sullivan
Dr Chris Heislers
I graduated my Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree with honours from the University of Melbourne and went on to practice in NE Victoria for 3 years in a large mixed horse, cattle & small animal practice. I then travelled to the UK and worked in North Yorkshire in a large specialist horse reproduction, racetrack, performance and surgical practice.
On return to Australia, I continued to work in both horse and mixed practices prior to co-establishing North Warrandyte Veterinary Clinic; an equine practice. I developed and grew this practice to also incorporate Yarrambat Veterinary Hospital.
I have a special interest in many areas including horse reproduction, neonatal medicine & surgery, performance horse soundness management, general surgery, dentistry, imaging (X-ray, ultrasound) and geriatric medicine. I’m also involved with student teaching and examinations through the University of Melbourne and continue to involve myself in continuing education and have a post graduate diploma.
After selling ownership of my practice at the end of 2017, I am now happy to be working with the team at Yarra Ranges Animal Hospital and providing services to horses (and other species) across the Yarra Valley.
Veterinary Nurse (Diploma in Dental Nursing)
I was originally employed in 1980 as a Technician at the Yarra Glen clinic, four name changes later, (one by me and three by the practice), I am still here. I help with the reproduction side of our practice, but mainly work at our Lilydale Hospital as a surgical nurse.
I am married with two grown up girls and have a black Labrador named Bailey. My interests include netball, walking, reading and the Essendon Bombers. My favourite thing to do is going away with friends.
I joined the team at Yarra Ranges Animal Hospital in June 2014, and am based primarily at the Yarra Glen Clinic. My earlier years were spent working in accounting, and happily began my Vet Nursing career in 2002. I am also an active member of the Dixons Creek CFA. My spare time is spent enjoying life with my two Australian Kelpie’s Sydney and Siren, together with Quarter Horses Dusty and Rio.
You will likely meet Sydney the kelpie when visiting the Yarra Glen Clinic, as he enjoys accompanying me to work, and making sure all our patients are welcomed to their appointments.
Together with my Husband and Daughter we live on a small farm in Glenburn. We have 3 Showjumping horses, 2 Shetland ponies, 1 Cat named Gretel, 3 Sheep, Hazel the Whippet, Twistie the Heeler x and my awesome little Chihuahua Spud.
Outside of work I enjoy boxing, shopping, travel and having a laugh with family and friends.
I was rescued by Starting Over Dog Rescue from a country pound, and adopted by Dr Kim and Dr Ben in 2012 when I was a year old. I live in Yarra Glen and love coming to work every day, whether it is at Lilydale or Yarra Glen, and I particularly love going out on large animal calls in the car. My interests are eating, sleeping, playing and I love people and other dogs. My favourite thing to do is go for a walk. Each month I write “Barney’s Blog” for the clinic’s monthly email newsletter.
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