Dr. Elizabeth Curnick, Veterinary Surgeon
Upon graduation at the University of Melbourne, Dr Liz commenced her veterinary career at Benalla Veterinary Clinic in Victoria. After 2 challenging years of taking care of all manner of farm and companion animals, Liz was bitten by the travel bug and spent the following 2 years working as a locum vet between Australia and the United Kingdom, particularly enjoying her time spent in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Whilst over in the UK, she was also able to spend many weeks between work commitments travelling throughout Europe, exploring family history.
With thoughts of home, she returned to the family in Bendigo, where she commenced work as an associate vet in Castlemaine for the next 3 years. In 2014, Liz was approached by her friend Dr. Gemma from her University days to join the staff at Maryborough, and with the appeal of more mixed animal work placed before her, she joined the team at Maryborough Veterinary Practice, looking to expand the scope of both small and large animal practice. Liz regularly takes part in further post graduate studies involving small animal surgery & all aspects of equine medicine.
When not at work, you can often find Dr Liz out exploring the local bush on her horses Quinn and Norman, on the water at Cairn Curran or spending time with her kelpie Rudy and family cats Sophie and Em.
Dr. Kate Cain, Veterinary Surgeon
Kate completed 2 years of science & then agricultural science at the University of Melbourne before moving to Queensland upon being accepted into Veterinary science at the University of Queensland. Upon graduation in 2003, Kate took up an appointment in Naracoorte, South Australia, as a mixed practice vet (both large and companion animals) which also incorporated a 6 month working holiday in the UK.
Kate then moved back to Melbourne and worked the next 3 years in small animal general practice in Mount Waverly, after which she locummed (short term cover) as a vet across Victoria, the Northern Territory and South Australia. Along the way she met Matt (whose family are from Natte Yallock) and then spent the next 3 years working as a vet in Shepperton during which time she married Matt, and they moved back to build on the family home in Natte Yallock.
Kate joined the team at Maryborough Vets in February 2016, pausing briefly to give birth to twins Patrick & Bridget, and now spreads her time between raising her family and attending to the many dogs, cats and other furry friends that come to see us each day. Over her many years of veterinary practice, Kate has developed a strong interest in small animal (cats & dogs) medicine, with a particular interest in diabetic management and small animal dentistry. Kate has undertaken several years of additional post graduate study in small animal medicine.
Outside of work, Kate enjoys taking part in triathalons, playing tennis & painting. As well as her human family, Kate dotes on her 2 dogs Tiggs & Shirley.
Dr. Mikhalla Middleton, Veterinary Surgeon
Dr. Mikhalla joined the Practice back in September 2015, after graduating as a veterinary surgeon at Charles Sturt University. This came after initially commencing science at the University of Central Queensland, but with the opportunity of a transfer to veterinary science at Charles Sturt University in NSW, Mik was able to realise her long held aim of training to be a vet. Originally from Teesdale in the Geelong region, Mik and her partner Jordan moved from Echuca to join the clinical staff at the Practice.
Dr. Mik’s professional areas of interest include small animal surgery, with possibly her favourite procedure being a caesarean operation, which has the added bonus of puppy cuddles at the end! As a true horse enthusiast with 7 horses of her own, Mik’s interests extend to equine medicine, reproduction and dentistry.
Dr. Mik married her husband Jordan in November 2017 and they have enjoyed settling into their home in Bet Bet, along with the horses, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 eclectus parrots and a smattering of chooks, ducks and geese!
Dr. Alice Ferguson, Veterinary Surgeon
Upon graduation from the University of Melbourne, Dr. Alice knew she wanted to work in country practice and has been with MVP for just over a year. She loves working in our rural community, seeing a mixture of farm animals, horses and family pets.
Alice’s comprehensive veterinary knowledge has been a fantastic addition to the team, with her professional areas of interest extending to diagnostic imaging (Ultrasound and X-rays) along with opthalmology (medicine of the eye) and surgery.
Outside of work, Alice enjoys exploring the region with her partner Liam, usually on a push bike, and spending time with Rupert, a cheeky ginger and white stray kitten who was raised at the clinic and adopted by Alice last year. (We came in one morning to find a ‘gone fishing’ sign on his bed.)
Dr. Genevieve Dalzell, Veterinary Surgeon
Dr Gen moved from Loxton in rural South Australia to Victoria after being accepted into Veterinary Science at Melbourne University. Upon graduation, Gen worked in general practice, with long tenures at vet clinics in North Altona and Kew, and also some shorter term locum engagements at both Lort Smith Animal hospital and the lost dogs home, with additional work in the United Kingdom.
Gen’s professional areas of interest are concentrated around small animal medicine, along with acupuncture and bowen therapy (a form of muscle release therapy). Gen has undertaken further postgraduate courses in small animal medicine and in veterinary acupuncture (only available to registered practitioners) and is able to assist in conditions such as sore backs, sore hips, anxiety and arthritis. Gen’s first hand experience has seen her use of acupuncture & bowen therapy, when combined with medication, lead to very positive results.
As Gen reflects back on her career as a vet, one very vivid memory is assisting Koalas that were injured in the 2009 bush fires in Victoria. Away from work, Gen is very interested in art, particularly oil painting, and enjoys time with her dog Zeus, and her adopted cat Jemila.
Dr. Gemma Coulter, Veterinary Surgeon
Dr. Gemma commenced her life in the Veterinary industry as an animal attendant as a teenager (20 years ago!), and continued to work in her local vet clinic throughout university. Upon graduation from the University of Melbourne, Gemma worked in small animal general practice, and after appointments at Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre in Glen Waverly, Dandenong Veterinary Hospital and Central Veterinary Hospital Sandringham, Gemma then became the principal veterinarian of Monbulk Veterinary Clinic for the next seven years.
In December 2014 Gemma and her husband Mike took over ownership of the Maryborough Vet Practice, with a strong comittment to providing friendly, consistent service to all the animals and clients of the practice, and to have a modern, complete hospital set up to perform all procedures, diagnostics, surgeries and treatment that our patients require.
Gemma’s particular areas of interest include the more complicated medical cases (neurology, cardiology), oncology (cancer care), care of the geriatric patients along with cruciate ligament knee surgery. Outside of work, Gemma enjoys ballroom dancing and spending time with her rescue kelpie Harry, and her little grey and white cat, Claude, whom she adopted from a stray litter after he was brought to her for surgery.
Our wonderful nursing team give incredible support to our vets each day, and ensure all our furry friends are looked after during their stay with us. They tend to be a modest bunch, but keep your eyes on this page as we shall be adding some photos and a little bit of information on each one soon!
Caitlin, Veterinary Nurse, Surgical, Office & Accounts
Julie, Veterinary Nurse
Karen, Veterinary Nurse
Katherine, Veterinary Nurse
Catherine, Veterinary Nurse
Christie, Reception & Administration
Michelle Killender, Office & Accounts
Mike Coulter, Practice Manager
Kevin, Our Practice cat
Kevin is something of a celebrity around here. Adopted as a kitten, he has become famous for his fickle personality: one minute the charmer, the next a ferocious tiger that we all treat with respect. He turned 14 in 2017 and received so much attention on social media that he decided to elevate his media profile by writing a regular column in our monthly newsletter. He does not suffer fools gladly and his wit can be as sharp as his claws!