Our Team

It goes without saying that we love animals, but we really do take pride in giving the best possible care and attention to you and your pet!

We've trained hard to be the best in our fields, and we continue to maintain and expand our knowledge and skills at every opportunity. We also strongly believe in mentoring those new to their field, via traineeships and work experience.

Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital is one of Melbourne's leading vet providing gold standard of vet care for your best friend. Surgeries, routine care, dental services, cat boarding, puppy school, vaccinations, desexing. Open late, 7 days!

We are conveniently in the City of Stonnington and Glen Eira. The purrfect location for pet parents living in Glen Iris, Malvern, Toorak, Kooyong, Armadale and surrounding areas!

 

Meet our friendly and professional team:

Dr Jason Rapke - BVSc MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery) Grad Dip (Veterinary Clinical Studies)

I graduated from Melbourne University in 2007 and went into mixed practice for several years before undertaking a Post Graduate Internship at the University of Sydney in 2011-2012. During this time I completed a diploma in Small Animal Veterinary Clinical Studies as well as several research projects.

Following the internship, I worked at a busy specialist and small animal emergency centre in Sydney and obtained my Memberships in Small Animal Surgery from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. I then worked in London for a year before returning home to Melbourne.

My particular interests are in ultrasonography, neurology, cardiology and surgery - particular minimally invasive ('keyhole') surgery. I am passionate about animal welfare issues and have volunteered at a number of welfare organisations overseas including Animals Asia in China, Animal Aid Unlimited in India and the Bali Street Dog Foundation in Indonesia.

I am a Director of RSPCA Victoria and sit on the RSPCA Victoria Animal Welfare Policy Committee. In my spare time I enjoy playing the drums, cycling and surfing. 

Dr Meaghan Mack

I have been part of the Glen Iris Vet Team for the past 4 years and love helping our wonderful clients and their pets.

I have been working as a small animal veterinarian since graduating with Honours from the University of Melbourne in 2010. I have a special interest in medicine and clinical pathology, and in 2016  successfully completed additional exams to obtain membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science in Medicine.

I really enjoy working with people to achieve the best health for their beloved companions.

I have been lucky enough to complete two of my bucket list items - seeing the Northern Lights in Norway, and earlier this year watching the baby turtles hatching in the wild in Queensland.

I share my home with my husband Des and energetic 11-year-old Lab/Border Collie named Bella, and Roland the Russian Blue kitty. 

Dr Hannah Reeves

Elizabeth Nicoll - Practice Manager

My name is Liz and I started with the team here at Glen Iris in January 2015. I love the work here, learning new things every day and meeting so many wonderful clients and their pets! I feel privileged to be a part of such a fun and friendly team. 

Previously, I completed my Diploma of Animal Technology at Box Hill TAFE in 2009, and have spent most of my time working as an Animal Technologist for both Monash and Latrobe Universities. 

During the last 10 years, I have racked up a lot of hours volunteering at local and rural wildlife parks and zoos, and even working full time as a zookeeper.

I live with my fiance, Steph, and our family of furries - Indi, a 10 year old old Hungarian Viszla, Lexi, a 6 year old old Domestic Short Hair, Kenzie, a 3 year old Maine Coon, and the newest face is Dyson, a domestic short haired kitten that I fostered from the clinic and just couldn't part with!

Penny Walt- Head Vet Nurse

Hi my name is Penny and I have been working in the Veterinary industry since 2003. I completed my Veterinary Nursing qualifications and through further study, went on to obtain my Veterinary Technician qualifications.

My first job in the industry was in a 24 Hour Emergency and Specialist Centre rotating in all departments to learn the specific nursing skills required in each area. In 2009, I qualified as a Registered Nurse and worked at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in the medical and respiratory ward, in the emergency department and in day surgery.

In 2012, after a year of overseas travel, I returned to Australia and to my true passion of working with animals. I was employed at the University of Sydney in the animal emergency department where I met Dr Jason Rapke.  After a year as an emergency nurse, I was employed as the referral medicine nurse working with feline and canine specialists.

In 2013, I had the honour of being nominated in the Australian Veterinary Nurse of the Year competition and was awarded third place.  In 2014, I decided to return to my home country, South Africa and completed qualifications as a Field and Marine Guide.  During this time in South Africa, I had the privilege of working as a Wildlife Veterinary Nurse. 

I returned to Australia in February 2015 and made the big move from Sydney to Melbourne to join the fabulous and caring team at the Glen Iris Veterinary Clinic. Knowing  Dr Jason Rapke prior, I knew that the clinic would be driven to deliver  the highest standard of care to all patients; this resonates with me and I am excited to be a part of the team .

Heather Ryland - Vet Nurse

Casey Taylor - Vet Nurse

Myee Ingram- Vet Nurse

I have been working as a vet nurse at Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital for the past 15 years.
Since I was young I had a passion for animals and caring for them. During my time at Glen Iris, I have loved being around animals and their owners and believe that quality pet care is vital for ensuring the health of your pets.

I am the proud owner of 2 dogs, Oscar and Belle, who are both Jack Russell crosses. My husband and I have recently had our first baby, Jasmine. Jasmine keeps me busy and she has developed a special bond with Oscar and Belle!

Roxy Buschel - Vet Nurse

I have been veterinary nursing for 13 years and I love all aspects of my job, especially seeing our patients go home healthy and happy again. Originally from Brisbane, Queensland, I moved down to Melbourne in March 2017 to join the fantastic Glen Iris team. While I currently do not own any pets of my own, I am “step mum” to my house mates 2 cats, Mama and Fedor. In my spare time I enjoy going to see live comedy and music, exploring the city and socialising with friends

Elisha Lamont - Receptionist

Hi, I am Elisha and I have been working in the veterinary industry for the last 5 years, and I have been a receptionist at Glen Iris Vet Clinic since April 2016.

I have a keen interest in animal behaviour and training, and I currently run the puppy preschool classes at the clinic, where I get to connect with our clients and their wonderful puppies in a fun and interactive way. I am currently studying with the Delta Institute, working towards my certificate in Companion Animal Services.

My house is always full of animals. I have four resident animals, Rosie a Spoodle and three cats – Lulu, Honey and Connie. Out of work, I volunteer for a local cat and kitten rescue called ‘Grounded Paws,’ where I help foster cats and kittens and find them furrever homes. With constantly rotating kittens, there is never a dull moment in my home! 

I am very passionate about animal welfare and have volunteered with many organisations, both locally and overseas. Most recently, I returned from a trip to Zimbabwe where I got to stay and volunteer in an animal sanctuary for 3 weeks, working with both wild and domestic animals. It was an amazing experience and I already plan on going back next year!

The team at Glen Iris Vet Clinic is so supportive and caring, and we are lucky to have such dedicated and friendly clients. Interacting with our clients and their animals is the best part of my job, so please say hello if you see me around! 

Taylah Keevers - Nurse/Receptionist

I have been working at Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital for 2 years where I first completed my work experience. I thoroughly enjoyed this time and was privileged to have been offered the job to continue caring for the cats in boarding, along with assisting with other jobs within the hospital. I am currently studying Year 12 VCE and hope to complete a science course at university next year.

I currently have a very excited pet Labrador named Maggie but have owned many other animals throughout the years. I am highly passionate about animals as I believe they provide us with a strong unique friendship. I look forward to developing new skills that come with working at Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital as well as helping and caring for your beloved pets.

Bianca Lauria - Receptionist

Sarah Wilde - Vet Student

I am a Veterinary Medicine student studying at the University of Melbourne, currently in my second year of vet school. I've known for a very long time that vet is the path I've wanted to go down and I feel so lucky to be able to spend my days with such a wonderful team here at Glen Iris who help me to continue to learn and better my skills every day. 

In the past, I have volunteered at the RSCPA where I learned a lot about animal welfare and the value that a little bit of love and extra care can provide to animals. I hope that I will continue to emulate these values in all of my work going forward.

At home I have two dogs who keep me very busy. Pippa is a two year old toy cavoodle and Kobe is a one year old Staffy X . They are both incredibly energetic, very sweet natured and always fill my days with happiness. 

Aside from my uni and work life, I have a very keen interest in sports, as well as health and fitness. I run everyday, go to the gym and have been playing basketball since I was six years old. 

In my six months here at Glen Iris, I have already been lucky enough to meet so many of our wonderful clients as well as their gorgeous pets and I look forward to meeting many more in the weeks to come. 
 

Laura Zane-Todd - Vet Student

Hi, I am Laura! I am currently a second year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student at the University of Melbourne.

I joined the Glen Iris team in December 2016 and am thoroughly enjoying immersing myself into the career I’ve strived for since I was young. At home, I have two (very spoilt) cats - Becky (a DSH Tabby) and Araya (a DLH Ginger/White), as well as an array of birds and two turtles.

The team at Glen Iris continuously support, fascinate, teach and inspire me everyday. I am eager to see how my time at Glen Iris will help further develop my career in veterinary medicine and I look forward to my continuing work with the team and their clients!