OUR TEAM

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DR MATTHEW RETCHFORD
BVSc(Hons) • MANZCVSc(Can.med) • CMAVA

Director / Senior Veterinarian

Matthew graduated with honours from University of Queensland in 1985. After a short stint working in England, he returned to Australia and started work in Melbourne at the AEC where he remained for 18 years. Matthew has been an examiner for the Australian and new Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in both the Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care Chaptors. Matthew is a long time member of the the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association (ASAVA). Matthew has been at Croydon Vet Clinic since 2006. He enjoys the challenge of veterinary medicine and especially the long term care and the relationships that develop between our furry patients and their families.

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DR URSULA RETCHFORD
BVSc(Hons)

Director / Senior Veterinarian

Ursula has been pracitising as a veterinary surgeon for 26 years. In 1998 Ursula began work for Dr Cooper at the Croydon Veterinary Clinic and after his retirement took over the practice. Ursula thoroughly enjoys caring for her patients and and their families at the Croydon Veterinary Clinic.

 

DR DANIELLE EYSSENS

B.V.Sc (Hons)

Veterinarian

Danielle works full time as part of the veterinary team. She graduated with honours from University of Queensland in 2002 and moved back down to sunny Melbourne to start work at the Animal Emergency Centre. After a year of travel and work in Europe she moved to join the team at Croydon Vet Clinic in 2006. Since then she has completed a course in Diagnostic Imaging. She has 2 cats, George of the Jungle and Ashleigh, who have her wrapped around their little paws.

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Dr. Michelle Chin
B.V.M.Sc, MRCVS

Veterinarian
Michelle graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2012 and is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. After 5 years of working in small animal practice in Singapore, she moved to Australia in 2017 and has been practising in Melbourne since. She joined Croydon Vet Clinic in 2018. She has completed an emergency medicine course in 2015 and enjoys all aspects of the Veterinary profession, especially internal and emergency medicine, and soft tissue surgery. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys exploring Melbourne’s cafe culture and the great outdoors. 

Dr. Jean Lee

BVSc, MVS(SAP)

Veterinarian
Jean graduated with her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Sydney in 2011. After working in tropical Far North Queensland for 2 years she returned to Melbourne, working full time in the bayside area and northern suburbs while completing her Masters in Veterinary Science part time.

She joined the practice in 2018 after moving to the area with her husband and fur children (Dennis the Menace cat and Echo the Dog). During her downtime she volunteers with Girl Guides Victoria and enjoys learning aerial tissu.

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TARA

Nursing Manager

Veterinary Nurse

Tara is a qualified veterinary nurse with over 10 years experience. She joined our clinic in early 2012 and is now leading our nursing team. She has a wealth of surgical and medical nursing experience. She enjoys all areas of nursing but particularity has a passion for patient care.  Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family on their farm with her two dogs Duke and Fergie and Brian the Goat.

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ANTHEA

Veterinary Nurse

Anthea is a qualified veterinary nurse. She joined our clinic in 2013. She has a special interest and a great deal of experience with rabbit medicine and surgery. But she still loves working with all animals big and small. She has special interest in nutrition and is always happy to advise our clients on their pets needs. Anthea also volunteers her time with Big Ears animal sanctuary in Tasmania. She lives at home with her two rabbits Hamish and Poppy who are very spoilt.

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NATASHA

Veterinary Nurse

Natasha has been in the animal industry for over 14 years now, starting her love for animals in boarding kennels. She has since done her certificate in Dog behaviour & training and worked extensively in Training facilities. During her nursing carer she has worked in a mixed (small & large animals) clinic, small general practices and emergency & critical care centres. She enjoys all emergency situations and developing relationships with her clients and their pets. Natasha lives at home with her husband Jon, son Jobe, daughter Pippa, Tammy the Japanese Spitz and Marlo & Noodle the Naughty Domestic Short Hair cats.

 

SANDY

Veterinary Nurse

Sandy joined the Croydon Vet Clinic in September 2016. She has been working in the animal industry for the past 11 years, with the past 5 years in a small animal clinic, specialising in Greyhounds and Reproduction. She enjoys nutrition and helping all our clients provide better health through nutrition for their pets. At home Sandy lives with her husband Josh and their dog Diesel, and cats - Nacho, Taco and Fajita. Outside of work she loves Japanese food, Snowboarding and camping.

HOLLY

Veterinary Nurse

Holly is a recently qualified vet nurse, and is currently in her final year at La Trobe University completing her Bachelor of Veterinary Bio-science. Holly joined our clinic late 2017 but has been working in the animal industry for 5 years now. She has an interest in Veterinary Pathology. Outside of work, she enjoys going to the beach, cheer-leading and drawing. She lives at home with her family dog, Tzui the Pugalier, and cant wait to start a fur-family of her own.

 


CLAUDINE

Veterinary Nurse

Claudine joined our team in August 2015. She has been working in the industry as a Veterinary Nurse for more than 23 years. Over this time she has worked in both mixed and small animal practices. She has a special interest in dermatology(skin), behaviour and nutrition.

Outside of work she spends her time with Husband Justin and their three kids! They enjoy weekends full of sports and long beach holidays. They share their home with Opie, a Staffy and Kevin the cheeky kitten.

 


JESSIE

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Jessie joined the Croydon Veterinary Clinic in 2017 as a Kennel Hand and is currently finishing her Cert 4 in Veterinary Nursing. Once Jessie has completed her nursing she would like to further her knowledge in Animal Nutrition & Behaviour. She grew up in Tasmania and has spent time living in Darwin & Adelaide Hills. At home Jessie has a Kelpie Cross called Moody and a rescue Cat called Iggy. In her spare time Jessie enjoys Horse riding, Camping, Bush walking and 4X4 driving.