Meet our Team

Dr. Elizabeth Curnick, BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Equine Medicine), Veterinary Surgeon & Practice Principal

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, which included successfully undertaking the gruelling examinations to gain membership to the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. In 2019 Dr. Liz along with her friend Dr. James accepted an offer to purchase the Practice and today leads a fantastic team dedicated to improving the lives of their patients.

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. James Chadwick, BVetBiol/BVetSc, MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery), Veterinary Surgeon & Practice Principal

After graduating from Charles Sturt University in NSW, James commenced general practice at a busy clinic in Bendigo, and found himself working alongside Dr Liz, a friendship that would see them unite a decade later to run the practice. Dr James has undertaken significant post graduate training in ultrasonography and small animal surgery, of which he has been the recipient of training from some of the top surgical specialists in Australia. The culmination of this was Dr James’ successful examination to gain membership to the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in his chosen field of expertise. Today at the clinic, Dr James sets new standards for advanced surgery in Central Victoria, and is frequently contacted for his opinions and assistance by other clinics.

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. 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 Amber Evans , Veterinary Surgeon

Amber grew up in Warrnambool and has always been around animal, as her family owns a boarding kennels.  Amber then went on to study Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at La trobe university, and then completed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Melbourne. Amber joined Maryborough vet in December 2018 and has become a welcome part of the team.  She particularly enjoys soft tissue surgery and medicine.

Outside of work she shares a house with our vet nurse Jess and her naughty ragdoll cat Ollie. Having grown up on the coast she enjoys the beach on weekends off.

Dr Joel Hummel, Veterinary Surgeon 

Joel is actually a home-grown Maryborough boy – having only left to attend university. He originally was a construction worker and then decided to follow his dream of becoming a veterinarian. He moved to Adelaide to study a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Adelaide. In December 2018 he returned to his home town with his young family and began working at Maryborough Vet Clinic.

Dr Joel enjoys the varied experience every day at the clinic from desexing cats in the morning, to pulling calves in the afternoon. Joel is particularly interested in sheep medicine and herd health, which he hopes to expand upon in future.

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!

Jess, Veterinary Nurse

Julie, Veterinary Nurse

Karen, Veterinary Nurse

Katherine, Veterinary Nurse

Catherine, Veterinary Nurse

Christie, Veterinary Nurse

Sarah, Veterinary Nurse

Caitlin Collins, Practice Manager