At the Melbourne Rabbit Clinic we hope to be more than just your vet, nurse and receptionist. We feel privileged to be able to walk with you through your journey with your pet rabbit and guinea pig helping and sharing in the highs and lows of life. We hope to be your pet’s extended family.
Dr Narelle Walter grew up in the Western District of Victoria, in dairy country. Graduating in 1996 from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Narelle started her veterinary career as a large animal veterinarian. Over the next ten years she travelled extensively around Australia and the United Kingdom.
In England, Narelle worked in a large small animal clinic and treated an increasingly large number of rabbit patients over three years. Returning to Australia it became obvious that rabbits where increasing in popularity, especially as inside house rabbits. Narelle opened the Melbourne Rabbit Clinic in June 2006 to cater for the growing number of pet rabbits in Melbourne. This was located in Hallam, sharing space with an emergency centre. As the popularity of rabbits in Melbourne increased the Melbourne Rabbit Clinic moved to its own standalone hospital in Ferntree Gully in 2010. This is the first rabbit and guinea pig only clinic in Australia.
Narelle lives in the leafy Dandenong Ranges with her husband and two children. They share their house with two goats, six chooks, two cats, two guinea pigs, two dogs, six goldfish and of course two rabbits! This is actively instilling a love for all animals in their two children.
Narelle has worked exclusively with rabbits and guinea pigs for the last ten years and is devoted to these little creatures. She regularly provides lectures and information for veterinary students, vets and others in the animal industry promoting rabbits and guinea pigs.
Dr Alice Phan has always had a love for animals and graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2008. She has worked in both general practice and referral/emergency before being part of the Melbourne Rabbit Clinic team for about two and a half years. After doing a two year working holiday in the Nottingham, UK with her husband (working in general practice and travelling around Europe) she is extremely happy to return to working at the Melbourne Rabbit Clinic and to be reunited with her dog Teddy and rabbit Pikelet. Alice enjoys internal medicine and is passionate about client education and helping advance rabbit medicine and surgery.
Dr Zoe Feigen joined the Melbourne Rabbit Clinic family in 2014, moving down from NSW where they grew up and studied at the University of Sydney. Zoe has owned rabbits for over 20 years and decided at a young age to become a vet so that they could ‘fix all the bunnies’. They are delighted to have the opportunity to work with bunnies and guinea pigs, and are enthusiastic about improving the welfare and appreciation for these small friends. Zoe is a self-professed nerd and in their spare time likes to draw, knit and discuss various books, tv shows and games with their friends on the internet.
Zoe currently lives with a tiny Netherland dwarf called Freddy, who controls their whole life.
Sharn is the Practice Manager at Melbourne Rabbit Clinic. She is also a qualified veterinary nurse having completed Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and with eight years of nursing experience under her belt. Sharn has been part of the Melbourne Rabbit Clinic family for the past six years.
Sharn has always had pet rabbits and guinea pigs. She used to be involved in responsible breeding of pedigree rabbits and guinea pigs, showing and participation in pet expos. She has done a lot of her own research on these special species through reading books, websites, chatting to reputable people and always thinking critically for herself. Sharn has always done her own grooming and now extends her expertise to other rabbits and guinea pigs by being MRC’s very own groomer.
Sharn has a lot compassion for owners and special interest in the extensive (but sometimes hard to find) range of toys and grooming products for rabbits and guinea pigs. She always has an eye out for new merchandise and also has an interest in marketing. Sharn currently shares her house with Diesel, her baby Chihuahua, Muffy, her 11 years old cat, and Buzz and Fonzie, two rare long-haired guinea pigs. Sharn’s hobbies include shopping (she has expensive taste), cooking entrées, travelling and socialising.
Karen is the creator of the Australian rabbit online resource website www.boingonline.com and is very passionate about responsible care of rabbits and promotes indoor housing. Karen and her partner Nimal are both vegan and are kept very busy with their many beloved rescued rabbits. Many of them are now senior bunnies between 9-11 years of age that she nurses at home. Karen also has a few adopted head tilt bunnies that she adores and has a keen interest in the disabled or elderly.
Karen initially became involved with the clinic as a client. She joined the clinic many years ago as a receptionist and is now part of the team as a vet nurse whilst currently completing her final year of Certificate IV in vet nursing.
Karen also loves gardening, composting all that delicious bunny hay and is developing her garden into a decorative edible oasis using vegetables, herbs and fruit trees to enjoy all year round.
Hollie fell in love with rabbits at the young age of 4, after holding a rabbit at kindergarten. Unable to then have a pet rabbit, Hollie adopted her very first rabbit 10 years ago and has not been without one since.
Hollie has eight years experience in small animal nursing, as well as several years in exotic animal nursing. After studying at Goulburn Ovens, Hollie now hopes to go onto and enrol in her diploma of veterinary nursing. Hollie is absolutely thrilled to have joined the team at Melbourne rabbit clinic and achieving her dream goal of working solely with guinea pigs and rabbits.
Hollie shares her home with a small indoor menage including several beautiful cashmere lops, a couple of adorable angoras, assorted other bunnies, two guinea pigs, three big tabby cats, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel and a short neck turtle.
Mary has been with us since April 2010 and has fallen in love with the clinic, rabbits, guinea pigs and clients. She gave up her previous occupation as a primary school teacher to stay on with us as a receptionist. Mary did have a classroom rabbit named Lucky and he was lucky to retire with a student and her pet bunny.
Mary has many pets and believes in responsible pet ownership. She loves the dedication that bunny and guinea clients display. Mary has completed Certificate II in Animal Studies (Introduction to Animal Nursing Care) with Karen.
Mary also enjoys gardening and camping in luxury and thoroughly enjoys caravanning with her lovely husband Dominic. Mary has three grown up children who she adores. Mary is our professional bunny hugger!
Having grown up on a ‘mini farm’ in Menzies Creek (with rabbits and guinea pigs) and having a vet as a father, Katrina has always had a keen interest and love for animals and their welfare. She has a background in veterinary nursing and one of her degree majors is zoology. These days Katrina is part of our cheerful reception team, and is busy taking care of her children, three gorgeous male guinea pigs, half a dozen cheeky chickens and a cat of all cats (!) and a tankful of tropical fish.
Katrina is also fascinated by the healing arts and is a practising Reiki Practioner.