Meet Our Support Staff

Steph Robertson, Head Veterinary Nurse at Brudine Veterinary Hospital with a Kelpie dog
Steph Robertson

Head Veterinary Nurse

I have been with Brudine Veterinary Hospital since May 2008 when I started as a school based apprentice. While working here and studying at school, I was also doing my Certificate II in Animal Studies. Once I finished my Cert. II and year 12, I decided to begin my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, which I completed in October 2012. I helped start the Brudine puppy classes and now run the class with the assistance of my colleague, Chelsea. 

After a three year break from study, I have now completed my Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training & would love to help any of your dogs with the things I have learnt. In my spare time I love to help my partner, Matt, on his farm. The training of the sheep dogs and all the sheep work we do on the farm inspired me to begin this behaviour course. 

My partner is an apiarist (commercial beekeeper) and this gives me the opportunity to work with bees quite regularly, which I love. I like to stay occupied and have taken an interest in photography in my limited spare time. I have a zoo of animals of my own including: Boots, a tabby cat that I rescued from the RSPCA; Charlie, my Ginger rescue cat; Yasher, my Shingleback Lizard; Junior, my excited Kelpie boy and Kellie, my bouncy female Kelpie & finally my most recent edition: Flash, a sable ferret.

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Chelsea Rose

Veterinary Nurse

I began working at Brudine in February 2015 and started my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. I was then qualified in June 2016. Growing up I always surrounded by animals and both myself and my family knew I would end up choosing a career that involved animals. In saying that when I left school, I had no idea of what I wanted to do.

At the age of 10 I got my first horse and since then have been competing in dressage.

After Year 12 I travelled to Newcastle in NSW and worked for Olympic Equestrian Riders – Heath & Rozzie Ryan. Once I got back, I worked for a local dressage rider and started my studies in Primary school teaching. I soon worked out that teaching was not the path for me and so then started my vet nursing studies.

When I’m not busy with work you can find me riding my current dressage horse Browny who I compete with at FEI level dressage. Along with Browny, I also own another 2 horses – Lenny & Lynx and share Diesel with my partner.

Ana Manuolevao, Veterinary Nurse at Brudine Veterinary Hospital with her Labrador dog called Boy

Veterinary Nurse

Ana Manuolevao

I started working at Brudine August 2015 and after a very long time of commuting back and forth for work from Tumut, I finally moved to Canberra November 2016. 

I grew up in New Zealand and moved over in 2014, after completing my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. I am a mother of an energetic toddler, a man child and this funny little Labrador, Boy, but surprisingly I still get a full nights sleep. 

I have always had a passion for animals and I look forward to meeting all your fur babies. 

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Julie Marten

Veterinary Nurse

I came from Sydney and grew up with animals. I started working with animals while still at High School. I started volunteering at a tourist farm caring for farming and native animals. Once I left high school I started my Veterinary course and a few years later continued on and completed a diploma.


I started as a kennel hand in a small practice until another small clinic offered part time work and full training. When I wasn’t working there my boss got me some casual work at the RSPCA in Sydney. I later changed to full time work at the RSPCA where I stayed for over 8 years caring for domestic, shelter animals and inspector cruelty and neglect cases.


I then left veterinary nursing and worked almost 5 years in a lab caring for rodents, rabbits, guinea pigs, pigs and sheep for medical research. But I had a dream to be a zookeeper so left the labs to study Captive Animals (Certificate 3) and as I was 4 weeks before completing my course I scored a fulltime zoo keeping position at Mogo Zoo on the South Coast. I was a small carnivore keeper looking after meerkats, red pandas, servals, otters, a binturong, fennec foxes and some reptiles including radiated tortoises and a bearded dragon. I also was in charge of the kitchen for a while preparing many of the animals foods; as well as acting as the current veterinary nurse at the zoo.


However, I missed veterinary nursing. So I moved to Canberra for work, to live with my partner and to be with friends. So in May 2017 I started working at Brudine Veterinary hospital. It’s been over 20 years since I started working with animals and still love helping all creatures great and small.

Maree Watt, Groomer at Brudine Veterinary Hospital with 2 small dogs
Maree Watt

Veterinary Nurse

I came to work at Brudine in September 2014 as their groomer.


I am a mother of three, with two boys and a girl (who some of you will have already met). 
 

I grew up on a farm in central west NSW, after finishing my HSC I began working at the local veterinary surgery as a nurse and completed my certificate III in veterinary nursing. 
 

I have had many moves over the years and different jobs mostly in either the animal or human health care industries. 
 

I moved to Canberra in 2005 and started my mobile grooming business. In my free time I enjoy playing netball and looking after my three pets, Nails and Rosie my two dogs and Gypsie the cat. 
 

Apart from that, my children keep me busy and on my toes with all that teenagers do.

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Kelsey Savage

Veterinary Nurse

When I was a kid I always loved animals and knew that one day I would work with them. I always had an animal in the family and when I was ten I got my own dog, Monti. However, unfortunately he was a very sick puppy and we were constantly at Brudine with him. It was then that I realised I wanted to help sick animals. When I was in year 12 I did work experience with Brudine and loved every minute of it. Because of my experience I made the firm decision that I was going to study & become a veterinary nurse after school.

I continued my final school year in 2016 and then on my last day of school, I got a call from Brudine with a job offer. I started at Brudine the week after I graduated, in December 2016 and began my certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with Animal Industries Resource Centre in February 2017. I’m excited about where this wonderful industry will take me and amazed by all the wonderful ways we can assist in the recovery or continued healthcare of pets every day!

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Amy Heather

Veterinary Nurse

I started working at Brudine Veterinary hospital in July 2019. Before moving to Canberra I worked at the Young vet clinic in Young nsw, I started my training with them in 2011 whilst working in a bistro and attending tafe. Once I completed my certificate IV I stayed on as a qualified nurse and enjoyed working with the wonderful staff and clients for 8 years. 

 

In December of 2018 my family and I decided to make the move to Canberra, after 6 months of being a stay at home mum I decided it was time to get back into the workforce and was lucky enough to find employment within Brudine Veterinary hospital. I work with a wonderful bunch of colleagues and have already met so many of our great clients. 

 

In my free time I love spending time with my husband and daughter attending markets, getting out and about with our animals, camping and taking trips back to my home town. 

Georgina Earl, Veterinary Nurse at Brudine Veterinary Hospital with her White Swiss Shepherd dog called Bandit
Georgina Earl

Veterinary Nurse

I have always had a love of animals and started in the animal industry in 1997 both studying and working in the animal house at the Canberra Institute of TAFE, Bruce. I gained a Diploma in Animal Technology in 1999, and after brief stints, decided that working in a laboratory environment was not for me, and shifted my studies to Veterinary Nursing.

 

In 1999, I moved to Sydney and, whilst working at the RSPCA (Yagoona), I finished my Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Nursing (Cert IV eqv). I then moved back to Canberra to work at Kent St Vet in 2000 for a few years before taking a break to raise a young family and move over to the USA for a couple of years. I returned to nursing in 2013 at the Moorabbin Veterinary Hospital in Melbourne until we moved back to Canberra in December 2017. I started at Brudine in February 2018 and am enjoying working with great staff and clients!!

On the home front, I have two high school kids and a hubby, our handsome White Swiss Shepherd (Bandit), a very social black cat (Elroy) and some fish!! We enjoy 4WDing, camping and anything outdoors!

Jess Gardner

Veterinary Nurse

I started working at Brudine Veterinary Hospital in June 2019. When I was a kid I always wanted to work with animals but when I grew up I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after I graduated. While studying at college I took a short course in animal studies at CIT, and that’s when I knew I definitely wanted to work in the animal industry. Once I graduated year 12 in 2018 I went on to CIT and completed my certificate II in animal studies. I then started working at Brudine while studying my certificate IV in veterinary nursing. I completed my cert IV in 2020 and have loved every second of working in the industry.

I have a Blue English Staffy called Luna, she can be very energetic but at times very lazy! I love spending time with her playing at the oval and going to the dog park. She also loves having play dates with her brothers, Ceaser and Ollie.

Outside of work I love playing sports, I play soccer and I’m also a dancer and I love doing art and photography whenever I get the chance.

I am very excited for what the future brings for me within the animal industry and at Brudine!

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Clemens Anguis

Veterinary Nurse

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I joined the Brudine team in March 2021.

 

I was previously working in Northern NSW where my family runs a small vet clinic. Growing up I was always hanging around the clinic, watching and learning and trying to help out- I can’t imagine life not surrounded by animals! I have always loved learning about and caring for all kinds of creatures. I ended up enrolling in my Cert IV in Vet Nursing in Brisbane in 2014.

 

I am now in Canberra with my cat, Dim Sim, and working part time at Brudine while I study for my Bachelor of Science with a focus on wildlife conservation & biology.

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Holly Stanford

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

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Hello, my name is Holly Stanford and I started working at Brudine in April 2019.
I'm a Canberra local born and raised. I grew up with a gorgeous welsh corgi named Sam and a crazy cat named squirrel.


During the winter months my favourite thing in the world is to go down to the snow and go skiing. Some of my other hobbies include fishing, reading, ice skating and hanging out with friends.

I’m so excited to be in training to become a vet nurse because my whole life all I’ve ever wanted to do was help animals. And working here at brudine has just proved to me that this really is my passion and there’s nothing more rewarding then being able to see the animals leave happy and healthy back into their owners arms.

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Christina Drew

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

I started working at Brudine in 2021, after graduating from the ANU with a Bachelor of Science. I was so excited to be given the opportunity to work here, as it has long been a dream of mine to pursue a career in the veterinary industry. I am now training to be a veterinary nurse, and feel very privileged to be surrounded by such a knowledgeable and supportive team here at Brudine.

I have owned Rhodesian Ridgebacks all my life, and currently have 2 boys, Cooper and Ziggy. In my spare time you will find me either at the coast water skiing, or camping out with my family and friends. I also love to play touch footy in the warmer months.

 

I can’t wait to meet you all and your wonderful pets!