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. Danielle joined the team at Croydon in 2005 and then travelled Europe for a year and has been with us ever since. Since then she has completed a course in Diagnostic Imaging. In her spare time she volunteers for the Victorian SES and loves spending time with family in the fresh country air. She has 2 cats at home, George of the Jungle and Pippy, who was originally our clinic cat.

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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.

 


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.

 


BRIANNA

Veterinary Nurse

Brianna has joined our team in March 2021 after completing her certificate 4 in veterinary nursing in July 2020. She has a special interest in caring for wildlife after volunteering at a Tasmanian Wildlife Sanctuary, she also enjoys Nutrition & Behaviour. At home she has a Blue Heeler named Pippa and they enjoy the beach in their spare time.

 

 


MELISSA

Veterinary Nurse

Melissa joined our team just as Covid hit us! She is qualified and has been nursing for approx 9.5years. Melissa's special interests in nursing is Imaging; things like ultrasounds & X-rays. At home she has a little 9 year old Jack Russell Terrier who keeps her busy. During her spare time she enjoys camping with her partner.