Dr. Sophie Colonna - Veterinarian and Practice Owner
I love working with animals. As a vet I can make a difference to their wellbeing and address their medical issues as well. Animals are so much fun to work with they all have such individual personalities. I have nine pets in total: two dogs (Crunchie and Tic Tac), three horses (Whisky, Mocha and Bundy) and four chickens (Schnapps, Brandy, Flecks and Boc). I have been working at Calamvale Veterinary Clinic for 3 years in total and now I am the proud owner of it. The best part of my job is watching really sick animals make a full recovery and making a difference in the life of the animals and their owners. I feel I can represent our unspoken animal patients.
Dr Winnie Mok - Veterinarian
I grew up in the suburbs of Melbourne and from a young age, I was never without a feathered, scaled or furry friend – thus began my love affair with animals. Ever since grade six, my greatest ambition was to one day be able to play an active role in improving the wellbeing and quality of life of animals. In 2002, I graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland.
I have a keen interest in surgery, but enjoy all aspects of veterinary work. There is never a dull moment, and it is especially rewarding when an injured or sick pet is restored to health. In my spare time, I love to cook, watch movies/TV, entertaining friends over a great meal, listening to music, playing piano and guitar, and singing. I currently direct a church choir and sing in the band. At present, I have three pets - Chloe, a miniature Pomeranian who is a well seasoned traveller. The spoilt pooch flies down regularly to Melbourne for home visits. Chloe’s cat brothers – Sebastian, a blue and white domestic shorthair and Maximillian, a Garfield look alike.
Candice Goring – Head Veterinary Nurse
I have been working at Calamvale Vet Clinic for over 7 years now and loving it. Over the years i have grown so much as a Nurse thanks to Sophie and with out her it just wouldn't of be possible. I have been Head Nursing for over 4 years now, completed a Business management course awsell as my nursing. Everyday has it's challenges and you feel like you don’t stop learning. I have special interest in radiology, emergencies, surgery and patient care. I believe that in order to be a outstanding nurse you have to push your boundries and make challenges for yourself, when you do so you become this amazing asset to both your team and your patients.
I have four dogs- Jack the 14yr old Jack Russell cross and Maddie the 13 yr old broken coat Jack Russell, they mean the world to me and I still see them as puppies even though they are old!!!! These two are the family pets so live with mum and dad but our other 2 go around for visits alot and they love playing together. We also took on a Border Collie at the start of the year that was a clients pet. His name is Bailey and he is a red and white collie and is 3yrs in december. For a wedding gift my husband gave me a little friend for Bailey, a little female chocolate and white border collie. She is currently only 4 months old and absolutely gorgeous! We also have a collection of fish that seems to be increasing all of the time. At this current time we have: 2 bristle nose cat fish, 2 sucking catfish, 6 clown loaches, 11 seprea tetras and alot of Mollies which keep breeding so we have lost track of how many.
Iona Bok – Veterinary Nurse, Dog Groomer and Pet Slimmer Consultant
At ayoung age I was brought up around animals and I always had a close connection with them. As I got older I wanted to learn more about them and work alongside animals, so I decided to become a Veterinary Nurse…my calling!! I have been working at Calamvale Vet Clinic for about three years now and I believe the best part is: knowing that I’m helping to make a difference, cuddling cute puppies, brushing long haired animals and putting bows in their hair before they go home. Most of all making homes for injured blue tongue lizards and sick guinea pigs.
I have a dog named Max who is a Bischon Frise cross Maltese, he is the love of my life and I also have fish however I’ve lost count of how many fish I have now.
Samantha Earl - Veterinary Nurse
All my life I have had a passion for animals. I have always had a pet in my family and can’t imagine it any other way. I have two cats. A 6 year old Tabby domestic short hair named Charlie, who was rescued as a kitten and Chip, a 4 year old Russian Blue cross British Blue. As my parents are wildlife carers, we also have lizards, possums and a number of birds. Our home is more like an animal sanctuary. I have been in the vet nursing industry for three years now, and at Calamvale for 9 months. I can’t imagine doing anything else.