Our staff are compassionate and strive to offer the highest level of veterinary excellence to the local community.
It is not a secret that, here at Caroline Springs Veterinary Hospital, we are actively trying to create an environment that your pets will feel comfortable and safe in.
We treat your pets as if they were our own. We know that we would only leave our pets where they are cared for and loved in safe hands, just as you would too.
Dr Marika Ley
Marika is also part of the Australian Veterinary association mentoring program which is designed to mentor new graduates within their first year of practice.
A person who thrives on physical and mental stimulation, Marika is active both at and away from work. Her holidays may best be described as adventures and include four months cycling across Europe from Greece to Portugal with her husband Greg. The family fur “kids” consist of 2 Golden Retrievers Darwin and Paddy and a few pet chooks. The dogs enjoy visits to work with mum and regular walks and cuddles. Greg, who is allergic to cats means Marika gets her cat cuddles at work!
Dr Timothy Chan
Tim graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2013 and worked with us as a locum vet. He later moved to NSW and worked in a small animal clinic for a year before returning to Melbourne. Familiar to the practice, he has rejoined the team at Caroline Springs since 2015.
Tim enjoys working as part of the amazing team where he is able to always put his patients first. He loves all aspects of being a vet and especially enjoys getting his hands dirty in the surgical theatre. He has developed special interests in dentistry and soft tissue surgeries. He also hopes to further his knowledge in small animal ultrasonography, where he can help his patients with minimal stress and trauma.
Despite his allergies and asthma, Tim has a furry family with five very spoilt cats (Taro, Nori, Murmur, Sweetie & Soya, not arranged in order of most to least favourite). In his spare time, he enjoys gaming and catching up on TV series, although nothing beats his love for soccer.
Dr Grace Holden
Grace is passionate about rabbit medicine and surgery and hopes to build on her knowledge in this area.
Grace shares her home with two very mischievous dwarf lop rabbits, Maxie and Harper and an irrepressible, old Domestic Short Hair cat, Tabatha. In her spare time she enjoys reading, water skiing and catching up with friends.
Dr Ebony Cappelletti
Ebony joined the Caroline Springs team in 2020 after completing a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Growing up with a passion for animals and science, Ebony knew from a young age she wanted to be a veterinarian. Ebony loves all aspects of general practice, but is particularly interested in diagnostic imaging and emergency and critical care.
In her spare time Ebony enjoys powerlifting, being outdoors and is a bit of an adrenaline junkie. She shares her home with a mischievous Border Collie named Bailey and a fluffy ginger cat named Rascal. Ebony hopes to further her knowledge in radiography, ultrasonography and emergency medicine in the future.
Dr Emily Spierings
Emily started at Caroline Springs in 2022, coming from a busy small animal practice in Ballarat. She grew up in Canberra, completing an undergraduate science degree with Honours in immunology and then moved to Melbourne to pursue her passion to study veterinary medicine.
Emily loves seeing a wide range of cases in general practice, and appreciates the importance of the vet-client relationship when it comes to looking after your pet. Her interests include emergency medicine, diagnostic imaging and geriatric medicine to care for our beloved oldies in their golden years. She is currently undertaking an emergency course, and hopes to develop further skills in ultrasonography.
Emily’s weekends typically involve a strong appreciation of brunch foods and spending time with her dog, Thelma, a Wolfhound cross.
Dr Samantha Tibbetts
Growing up in the beautiful Byron Bay Shire, Sam has been passionate about animals from a young age. After completing a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, she followed her dream to work with animals, and moved to Melbourne to study Veterinary Medicine. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2015 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Since graduation Sam has worked in mixed practice in regional Victoria. Sam joined the Caroline Springs team in 2019, she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and is excited to further her interests in small animal surgery and behavioural medicine.
Outside of working as a vet, Sam competes as an elite obstacle course racer, ad spends most of her free time trial running and exploring the great outdoors.
Dr Michelle Gray
Growing up in suburban Melbourne, Michelle always loved animals. After graduating in Veterinary Science in 2005 and initially working in mixed practice, Michelle has spent the last 10 years in small animal practice.
Michelle recently completed a course in Veterinary Behaviour and is studying for membership examinations later this year. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her dog, Mason.
Dr Samantha Adamson
Samantha joined the team at the start of 2013 soon after graduation. Prior to this, Samantha worked as a Veterinary Nurse at the University of Melbourne Emergency Centre. Samantha has two main passions, she loves surgery and dermatology.
In 2015 Samantha completed the Centre for Veterinary Education post graduate course in Dermatology and in 2017 she completed the Centre for Veterinary Education post graduate Surgery course. Samantha is also part of the Australian Veterinary association mentoring program which is designed to mentor new graduates within their first year of practice.
Samantha shares her home with 2 dogs: Percy a German Shorthaired Pointer, and Baloo, a Labrador; as well as 2 cats: Mandu, her Maine coon and Minka, a Burmese. In her free time, Samantha loves to travel with her husband, Michael and kids, Robert and Sarah.
Dr Virginia Stobart
Upon her return to Australia she moved to Canberra where she worked as a locum in various small animal practices eventually finding herself employed full time in one of Canberra’s largest and busiest Veterinary practices. A wide and varied case load including some Zoo work allowed Virginia to gain a lot of internal medicine, emergency and soft tissue surgery experience. Virginia returned to Victoria at the end of 2010 with her husband and 2 small children to be closer to family. Since that time they have welcomed another 2 children to their family and also have one dog and one cat.
Virginia joined Caroline Springs Veterinary Hospital as a Saturday Vet (and occasional week day fill in) in 2012 and thoroughly enjoys being part of a fantastic team. The rest of the time Virginia is kept very busy by her 4 small children and her garden.
Dr Diane Van Rooy
Diane graduated from University of Melbourne in 1990 and worked in general practice in Sunbury for 16 years. While there, she developed an interest in behaviour and in 2004 obtained her membership from ANZCVS in behaviour.
Diane has since completed PhD researching the genes involved in separation anxiety in dogs. Diane joined the Caroline Springs Vet Hospital at the end of 2013.
Diane shares her house with her husband, Darryl, two adult children, two cats (Rocky and Jess) and four chickens. In her spare time, she enjoys tutoring veterinary students, playing badminton and cross stitching.
Judy has been involved in the Veterinary industry for the last 40 years. She is a fully qualified veterinary nurse and has studied practice management, accounting, marketing and psychology.
Judy has been involved in setting up Accredited Veterinary Hospitals, worked in Zoos and also was involved in the setting up of the Caroline Springs Veterinary Hospital. She has worked with all species of animals from Elephants to mice. Judy has a true passion for animals and believes in being an advocate for all pets.
Living on a farm and breeding Stud Red Poll cattle, Judy has names for them all and they come when called. She is also owned by three delightful chocolate Labradors. Tia, Sienna and E- Claire. Tia is the mother of Sienna (one of 15 pups) and E- Claire is the latest arrival. E- Claire – short for chocolate éclair, was one of 7 pups born this year. They both enjoy helping around the farm and delight in jumping into the dam anytime they can- rain, hail or shine! (true water dogs). She also has two cats, a naughty torti called Shelley and a Burmese called Polly –all very spoilt adopted cats that came to live with Judy when they needed new homes! Peacocks, geese and bantams also wander around her farm along with three Alpacas!
Pets are her passion.
Lisa has been working in the veterinary industry for over 20 years, starting off as a kennel hand in a mixed practice when she was 15 years old. Lisa has worked at various practices around Melbourne, both inner city and in country Victoria. Lisa obtained her nursing qualification a number of years ago and she also has a qualification in Vocational Education and Training.
Lisa is passionate about education and training for nurses and also works part time teaching Veterinary Nursing students at TAFE.
Lisa is a keen Advocate for animal rescue and has 4 rescued pets at home. Smokey, a 6 year old Maltese cross breed, Tom, a 9year old Pug who is deaf, Scout a 4 year old domestic short hair, and her latest acquisition is Maple, a 6 month old dwarf lop bunny.
Crissey started her Veterinary career in 2001 and soon thereafter completed her Veterinary Nursing course at Box Hill Tafe. Crissey enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Nursing, especially paediatric medicine and has been a valued member of the Caroline Springs Vet hospital for many years.
Crissey’s family has many furry members! These include four dogs and six. One of her cats, Tonka, was brought into the clinic as a stray with a broken leg. Unfortunately his leg had to be amputated but luckily for him he found a loving home with Crissey.
Crissey is kept busy these days looking after her son, Braxton. When she is not busy looking after him, she enjoys working part time at the clinic.
Renee has been working at the clinic since 2008 as a kennel hand before continuing as a nursing assistant. In 2011, Renee decided to trial other career pathways and ended up as a manager in a small store. It wasn’t very long until Renee realised that her passion and family was left behind at Caroline Springs Vet Hospital. Renee started back with the Caroline Springs Vet team in 2013 and has since completed certificate 4 of veterinary nursing.
Renee has lots of hobbies including renovating her house with her Partner Jeremy. They spend a lot of their time in the shed tinkering with their cars and bikes. Renee is most happy when being around her fur baby’s including “Buddy” a boxer x and Four very naughty domestic cats “Grizzles”,“Puddens”, “Meatball” and “Kushy” and her human family (especially her adorable nieces).
Sandy has been a valued member of the Caroline Springs team since 2008. She started off as a kennel assistant and later progressed to Veterinary Nurse. Sandy has completed a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Animal Health and Disease, a Masters in Animal Science specialising in Wildlife Biology and her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She continually seeks to further her knowledge in all things animal related.
Sandy lives with her husband Chris and their two cheeky cats, Po Po and Bumi. When she is not working, Sandy enjoys reading novels and cooking. She is eager to do some travelling with her husband and hopes to one day meet a real live sloth!
Jessica decided to pursue a career in Veterinary Nursing after volunteering at the RSPCA and completing a Cert III in Animal Studies. She started working at the Caroline Springs Veterinary Hospital at the start of 2019 after completing her work placement at the clinic in 2018. She has completed her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing.
Jessica lives with her husband Trent and her fur-babies, which includes: Stan the Jack Russel X Fox Terrier, Kia the Whippet X, Ted and Pirate both Domestic Medium Hair cats.
Mel started with the clinic while she commenced her studies at university. Having now completed a bachelor of Biomedicine majoring in animal immunology and medicine at Deakin University. Mel has been accepted into Veterinary school in Adelaide. Mel has found a real passion for Vet nursing especially surgical nursing and the aftercare of patients. Mel also works as one of our consultation nurses.
Mel has a strong interest in exotics including birds and bunnies. While not at work, Mel enjoys time at the beach with her Fiance, Hayden; drinking tea, snuggling Harley, her Rottweiler and relaxing with Gavin and Trevor, her cockatiels.
Jackie started with us in November 2020 as a work placement student studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with the Kangan Institute of Tafe and was then offered to officially join the team in February 2021. Jackie officially completed her studies at the end of 2021. Along with her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Jackie holds a Ceritificate II in Animal Studies and a Certificate III in Companion Animal Services. Her current passion within the clinic is surgical and emergency nursing, but she loves all aspects of her role.
Jackie is also a proud mother of two beautiful girls and currently is a fur mum to 2 gorgeous but cheeky cats and a Short Neck Murry Turtle.
Melody’s greatest passion is working with and helping animals. Veterinary medicine is in her blood; It has been said that she watched her first spey from a bassinet in her mother’s veterinary clinic! Her love of animals initially led her to complete extensive studies at both TAFE and University, with the intention to branch into wildlife / park ranging after obtaining her science degree in Parks, Recreation and Heritage. As fate would have it, her natural abilities with animals were called upon by her Mum when her head nurse decided to travel the world. The rest, as they say, is history…
Melody (or Ralphie as she’s known by many) has now been Vet Nursing for over 20 years and holds a Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. She has recently joined us from UVet Werribee (The University of Melbourne teaching hospital) where she was actively involved in guiding and mentoring the next
generation of Vet students and Nurses in their final year of studies.
Mel has a special interest in Exotic veterinary care so is just as at home nursing your snake, bird or guinea pig, as she is your dog or cat. Mel is owned by a very spoilt cat, a neurotic German Shepherd dog, and a cheeky budgie. All live in harmonious turmoil with her husband and 3 young children. Outside of the animal world, she enjoys cooking, the outdoors, camping and day tripping, and watching and collecting all things Supernatural
Adelle began working at the Caroline Springs Veterinary Hospital in February 2014. She has completed her 3 year Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Animal Health and Disease. She has also completed her certificate 4 in veterinary nursing. Along with nursing at the clinic, Adelle also works part time in animal biosecurity.
Adelle has 2 very cheeky pups, Ruby a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Zara a German Shepherd. Both are graduates of the Caroline Springs Vet Puppy Preschool Program. Adelle’s future goals include travelling to Borneo and Africa to volunteer with the wildlife. In particular, she has a special interest in Orangutans and hopes to assist with returning orphans into the wild that have lost their mums due to deforestation for palm oil.
Melissa shares her house with Rajah, a 3 year old Staffordshire bull terrier and Squirtle Mr Turtle, a Murray short neck turtle.
Melissa’s keen interests include canine behaviour and getting to know the clients and their pets that come to visit us. Her future goals are to complete the Diploma of Veterinary nursing in General practice, travel the world (next stop: Europe!) and adore every animal.
Stefanie joined the Caroline Springs team in Feb 2021 after completing placement for her Cert III in Animal Studies.
Stefanie is passionate about animals and aspires to broaden her skill set within the Veterinary nursing industry. She is currently studying her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing to become a qualified vet nurse.
Maggie has been passionate about animals her whole life. Starting her career in a not for profit animal organisation and moving on to working in an Emergency vet clinic to begin her skills and find her love for nursing.
Maggie has particular interest in critical care. Maggie wishes to complete her certificate IV in veterinary nursing by the end of the year and is excited to continue learning and broadening her knowledge and skills.
Maggie has an apricot toy cavoodle at home who’s name is Ron. In her spare time she loves to go on road trips and adventures and travel to new places
Chris is a nice, caring guy with a big heart for caring for animals. His interests are animals (obviously!), working out, playing games and hanging out with friends and family. Chris has 3 pets including a dog, a cat and a blue tongue lizard. He has had his first pet Max the dog for about 13 years and he is Chris’ best friend. Missy the cat is 11 years old now; Chris loves Missy so much and she is his cuddle buddy. His most recent pet is Sunny the blue tongue lizard; Chris has had Sunny for just over a year now. Sunny is such an amazing pet, he loves walking about Chris’ room and exploring.
Chris has completed his certificates 2 and 3 in animal studies and is currently on his final year to completing his certificate 4 in veterinary nursing.
Mikaela has had a passion for animals for many years and wishes to pursue a career in the animal care industry. She completed a Certificate II in Animal Studies in 2019 and began working at the clinic as a Trainee Nurse after completing Year 12. Mikaela is studying a Bachelor of Science degree at La Trobe University and hopes to study Veterinary Medicine at the University of Melbourne in the future.
Teri has always had a huge passion for animals since she was a little kid. After undertaking year 10 work experience at a vet clinic, Teri knew she wanted to be a vet nurse and help animals.
Teri has completed her Certificate III in Animal Studies and is currently in her final year of her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
Mira started with Caroline Springs Veterinary Hospital in 2013 as our Puppy School Trainer and Receptionist. After moving to the country in 2015 she left the Hospital to find work closer to home. After a stint in retail and in public service she was drawn back to her passion of helping people with their pets and has returned as one of our friendly Receptionist.
Mira is dedicated in helping clients find ways to communicate with their pets. Allowing for a harmonious relationship with kindness and co-operative care. Mira is always happy to help with arranging an appointment over the phone or if you are in the Hospital, a demonstrate of the many toys available to help keep your pets occupied when you are at work or away. Mira has been a team member/demonstrator for KONG and has been on the main stage at all the Dog Lovers Shows in Melbourne as well as a number of the shows in Sydney.
Living on 5 acres she also has 4 x chooks, 4 x cockatiels, supplement feeds the local family of Kookaburras, Magpies and Mud Larks. Hand feeds the Ringtail and Brushtail Possums and the King Parrots that come to visit. Mira and her husband have a fur family of 7 dogs!! – 2 x Kelpies, 2 x Standard Poodles, 2 X Pyrenean Sheepdogs and a Border Collie cross Mini Poodle. Also imported the first female French Pyrenean Sheepdog to breed and had the first litter of x 5 pups born in Australia in 2020.
Kerryn has been training for 5 years in a variety of settings including Keilor Obedience Dog Training Centre (a volunteer community club), Responsible Pet Education and the RSPCA. Kerryn continues to upskill herself regular attending many seminars and workshops and in late 2013 travelled to the USA to attend the 5 day APDT Conference – a great experience. Kerryn has trained in Flyball and basic Agility and Trieball and is a qualified C.L.A.S.S. instructor. Kerryn has two spoodles called Bailey and Indy.
Kerryn is a member of the APDT here and in the USA, the Pet Professional Guild and Dogs Victoria.
What We Do
We try to keep waiting times to a minimum and direct you and your pet into consultation rooms and away from the busy reception area as soon as a room becomes available. In the reception area we are aware of providing visual barriers to reduce arousal between dogs and to reduce anxiety in cats and exotic animals.
We provide separate dog and cat consultation rooms. Cats and dogs pick up on each others scent and this can cause distress to cats and arousal to dogs if different species frequent a small area.
The cat consultation room utilises pheromone technology with a Feliway diffuser that runs 24 hours a day. Feliway is a pheromone (scent molecules) that causes a reflexive sense of wellbeing when cats inhale the smell. Humans cannot smell feliway and only cats receive its calming benefits.
The cat consultation room provides cats with an area to explore on our large and solid scratching post. Many cats prefer to be examined on a ledge of the cat gym rather than the examination table. An enclosed igloo bed, sprayed with feliway, encourages many cats to nestle into the bed. Most cats feel safer examined when some protection has been provided and they are not exposed to slippery surfaces and bright lights. The igloo can be lifted onto the exam table with the cat remaining there for most of the physical check.
We will spray your cat carriers with feliway to reduce car travel anxiety in cats during your trip home. Ideally the cat carrier should be sprayed before the cat is put in it at home and transported to the vets. We will spray the bedding for free if you bring it in before your cat’s scheduled visit.
The dog consultation room uses the dog pheromone, Adaptil, as a diffuser that runs 24 hours a day. This pheromone has been shown to reduce arousal and anxiety in dogs. Humans cannot smell Adaptil and only dogs receive the calming benefits.
Dogs will usually be advised to be let off the lead in the consultation room and explore whilst the vet takes a history and talks to you and your pet first. This gives the dog a chance to become settled and accept treats before any physical examination.
We have a real interest in making owners aware of the importance of recognising early signs of anxiety and giving appropriate information to prevent behavioural problems. We offer veterinary behavioural consultations and have a positive qualified reinforcement dog trainer on the team to help you with any issues, big or small.
Our animal wards are separated into cats, small dogs and large dogs, equipped with pheromone diffusers to minimise stress.
We play “calming music for dogs” which is a CD of classical piano music. This background music is shown to relax dogs in the dog wards. We are also conscious of reducing noise in the prep area and wards as loud sharp noise distresses animals.
We use “calming caps” which help relax dogs and cats by reducing the visual stimuli in an unfamiliar environment.
We have in stock the “thunder shirts” which utilise the calming sensation of pressure wraps to reduce anxiety. The shirts can be fitted in the hospital and used during your pet’s stay, during travel to the hospital and for other times where your pet may experience anxiety, such as during fireworks and lightening.
As with people, all animals have varying pain thresholds. Owners know best how their pet responds to pain. In addition to injections given in hospital, we give owners the option of using extended pain relief for their pets after any surgical procedure.
Like all veterinary clinics, we use medications, sedation and anaesthetics to reduce pain and cause relaxation to enable procedures to be performed safely and humanely.
We have the most popular puppy playschool in the area.
- Separate cat and dog consultation rooms – Feliway, Adaptil diffusers to help relax your pets.
- Premium hospital wards
– Classic music; scientifically proven to relax and calm dogs.
– Feliway and dap diffusers
– Warm fluffies, blankets and beds
– Stress free environment
- In house Pathology
- Hydrobath – fresh water to wash and rinse, no time limit.
- Digital xray
- Purpose built puppy school and dog training room (with heating and air-conditioning)
- Modern anaesthetic machines and latest monitoring equipment
- Otoscope for deep ear examinations
- Voroscope and Dioptre lens for magnified eye examinations
- Full dental equipment
- Isolation Ward
- Specific euthanasia/grieving room
- Great central location
- Ample off street parking at rear of Hospital – driveway situated at rear between McDonalds and the Police Station
- Long opening hours