Meet our fantastic team of Volunteer Vets, Nurses and support team. Without their continued help, we could not offer the low prices we do.


Louise Cook

Practice Owner

I am a passionate qualified veterinary nurse with over 30 years of industry experience. Having worked in many private practices and in rescue, I know first hand of the huge number of puppies and kittens born every year who dont have homes. I believe the only way to stop this is with heavily reduced desexing fees. I also understand that many animals miss out on basic health care when their owners are unable to afford private veterinary fees. I want to put a stop to animals being surrended to shelters and pounds because there is no one to love them or their owners cannot afford to keep them. 

Come and join me on this crazy adventure to make a real difference in this world

Sara Jacobs


Sara has worked at a number of practices. She has a special interest in cat medicine and is highly experienced with cat and kitten care. She loves her Ragdolls and her bubble teas! 

Dave Morrison


Dr. Dave Morrison has quite extensive experience in Emergency Practices. He is also very highly experienced surgeon who has an extra special soft spot for bulldogs. 

Dr Alan Sherlock


Dr Alan is an inspirational vet who normally volunteers every year with Vets Beyond Borders where he supports vets, paravets and staff on the Sikkim Anti-Rabies and Animal Health program in Sikkim, India. We are incredibly lucky to have Dr Alans' experience at the clinic and appreciate all the support and care he offers us.


Senior Vet Nurse

Nurse Amelia is our surgical and medical nurse and has a wealth of experience. Amelia loves to cuddle up with the cats and dogs in our care.



Confirmed crazy cat lady, she does amazing work with Rescue and devotes her time ensuring the best care of every animal that comes into the practice. Teaghan is a receptionist extroadinaire.


Veterinary Nurse

Nurse Vanessa has recently qualified as a Veterinary Nurse and is an absolute superstar! V works full time at our clinic and is often found cuddling kittens in her lunchbreak. 


Registered Veterinary Nurse

Chris is an extremely experienced and valued member of our team. Chris works every Monday and the other days she can be found teaching veterinary nursing for Box Hill Institute


Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Tracey is currently completing her studies in Veterinary Nursing. She works at the clinic 2-3 days a week and offers her time volunteering aswell. She is a lovely presence in the clinic and will try to adopt your dog. 


Veterinary Nurse

Nurse Jade is a fantastic nurse who has a wealth of experience. Jade also has a special interest in animal behaviour and offers intensive behaviour  modification consultations if you have an unruly pet.

Bec Poppy


Bec is a small animal technician specialising in pet grooming and cat rescue. Bec has been involved with Meow Rescue for the past 7 years, and has fostered more than 150 cats! She is a proud owner of 5 rescues and loves her volunteer days at meow. 

Dr Joanne Gill


Joanne graduated in 1996 from Melbourne University and worked in GP practice for the next 6 years. She then moved into emergency medicine for the added challenge and stayed there for the next 10 years which also included a management role. She then took a break from the fast pace of emergency for 5 years and moved into GP part time before boredom hit. Joanne moved back into emergency medicine at CARE in 2016 and has since been doing this. She owns 5 cats and is a crazy cat lady that also enjoyed running marathons as a stress relief. She also has further qualifications in both internal medicine and emergency and is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists

Dr Jon Katzman


Jon graduate from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK, Canada in 2016. From there, he worked for 2 years in general practice on Vancouver Island while locuming at other general practice and emergency clinics. After that, he spent about 1.5 years locuming between emergency practices and general practiced. Jon moved to Melbourne in February 2016 where he works at CARE in the emergency department. In his free time, Jon loves riding horses, swimming, hiking and spending time with his partner and his cat named Ian.

Dr Anand Thilla

Dr. Anand is an accredited specialist medical anaesthetist in Australia and the UK. After undergraduate and early specialist training in Edinburgh, he moved to Glasgow for his senior specialist training. A fellowship year in Melbourne at Monash Health led him to settling in Melbourne.
Due to a serendipitous event during the second Covid lockdown of 2020, he found himself helping Louise at Meow Rescue. Despite having a microchip, his owners can’t be contacted and therefore he can be found loitering around Meow Rescue looking for free pizza and other treats. His dogmatic approach to safe anaesthesia has prevented clinical catastrophes from happening at Meow.
In his spare time, he enjoys hanging around golf courses and beaches, and trying to teach his cats Max and Leo about car spray painting.

Dr Shalini Sinnan


Shalini graduated from Murdoch University in Perth in 2010. Over the past 10 years, she has worked and volunteered all over Australia, as well as the UK, Fiji and Malaysia.
Shalini has a wide range of interests, including behaviour medicine, oncology, internal medicine and soft tissue surgery.
Her interests outside work are travel (53 Countries and counting!), learning new languages and hanging out with her 3-legged rescue cat Panda.


Animal Care Taker

The gorgeous and always smiling Kelly is an extremely experienced human nurse who often volunteers her time to help support us at the clinic. In Kelly's spare time, she continues her volunteering as the foster care co-ordinator of Meow Rescue.

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