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Meet Our Support Staff

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

Practice Manager /Head 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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Kelsey Savage

Veterinary Nurse

As I was growing up, I always loved animals and knew that one day I would work with them. I always had an animal in the family and I have always known Brudine as our go to vet hospital. At the age of ten, I got my own dog, Monti. 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, I loved every minute of it and then the rest was history!

I started with Brudine in December 2016 and finished my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in December 2019. Here at Brudine I help train junior staff members, I also run puppy school and have an interest in dog behaviour and training. I am also very passionate about caring for our medical patients and ensuring that they have the best nursing care possible, this means everyone gets extra cuddles when they are unwell in hospital.

When I am not at work, I am spending time with my crazy Old English Sheepdog named Archie. He is my shadow and we do everything together. We do obedience training, as well as lots of playing and grooming! I am very passionate about sport; I play Netball, AFL and do weightlifting. I also am a mad Raiders fan! I also love gardening, which means Archie gets to help dig in the yard and he gets to come on many trips to Bunnings.

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Veterinary Nurse

Ana Manuolevao

I grew up in New Zealand and I completed my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2013. 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 love working with animals and enjoy working in a fast paced environment. The most rewarding part of my job is the relationships I form with our regular patients. Being part of their individual journeys and growing with them.


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

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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. 

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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Pip

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

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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!

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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

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

Veterinary Nurse

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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Quinn Hodge

Trainee Nurse

My name is Quinn, I started working at Brudine Vet Hospital in July 2021.

It’s been a big change working as a receptionist at Brudine as I’ve never worked in the veterinary industry before and have had to work hard to learn many new things.

I am currently enrolled in cert II animal studies to learn even more about your lovely fur babies!

I have owned poodles my whole life, and currently have 2 miniature poodles, Neelix and Rook.

 

I look forward to meeting all your furry friends in the clinic!

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Pam Saunderson

Receptionist

Hi! I started working at Brudine in February 2023. I have been a client of Brudine for many years and recently decided to change life up a bit and switch careers. I have no professional animal experience however; I am an avid lover of cats and dogs. My background is in finance and governance so a change to a more people/animal focused role was exactly what I was looking for. I have landed my dream job!

My daughter and I have had many animals while she has been growing up. From fish, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits to cats and dogs – we’ve loved sharing our lives with every single one of them. I enjoy going for adventures with my dog, playing Softball, knitting/crocheting, travelling and have recently discovered an interest in growing vegetables. I love helping people and I’m always up for a chat about your fur babies. I’m so excited to be working on this side of the reception desk.  I can’t wait to meet you all!

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Claudia Borkowski

Receptionist

Hi my name is Claudia, I started working at Brudine as a receptionist in November of 2022 just after graduating year 12. I’ve lived nearby Canberra my whole life in Queanbeyan and I have just recently moved closer to Brudine and Uni.

I am currently studying business at UC and in my spare time I like to explore places around Canberra with my friends especially op shops and markets!

I had never really thought about working in a veterinary hospital, (in preschool I wanted to be a clothes ironer) but as graduation was quickly approaching I wanted to explore new career paths after working in retail and in the food industry and this workplace in particular caught my eye. After I started at Brudine I found my love for all things furry, scaley and feathered! The positive environment around the team working here and clients has made me so passionate about my job.

I’m excited to meet you and your pets!

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Loreley Mendez

Trainee Nurse

My name is Loreley, I started working at Brudine Vet Hospital in October 2022. 

 

I was born in Argentina and lived there for 10 years so I’m fluent in Spanish! I’m a big fan of football (soccer) and love to watch Messi play! 

 

I have three beautiful fur babies at home; Skadi, Honey and Draco! I’m currently studying a cert IV in Vet Nursing at CIT and look forward to caring for all your little (or big!) furry friends.

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