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Meet Our Team

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Dr. Andrew Dunn

Andrew graduated from Murdoch University in 1979. He spent time in mixed veterinary practice in Narrogin in Western Australia before heading up to the Gulf of Carpentaria where he spent three years as a veterinarian on cattle stations for Stanbroke Pastoral Company. He then worked for two years in a predominately dairy cattle practice at Simpson in Western Victoria. From 1986 to 1989 Andrew worked at Morwell in the practice that was then owned by his class mate Dr Bill Darmody. The next three years were spent doing locum work in the Atherton Tablelands and in Perth, interspersed with sailing trips on Tall Ships and racing in the Fremantle to Bali yacht race. He returned to Moe in 1992 to become a partner in the business with Dr Bill Darmody and he became the sole owner when Bill retired from practice in 2001.

Andrew has gained his Membership (Radiology) of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and in 2006 was selected as Australia’s Small Animal Practitioner of the Year. His recreational pursuits include scuba diving and bushwalking. In 1997 he cycled across the Himalayas from Lhasa to Kathmandu and then spent four months cycling through Europe. He lives in Tanjil South with his wife Grania and daughter Rachael and “Bella”, the faithful Labrador.

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Dr. Catalina Castillo

Catalina graduated from her native Colombia with a degree in veterinary medicine. She comes from a long line of Paso Fino breeders; a great start for her love for horses. Unsurprisingly, she has spent many years working with horses and, now that she’s away from her horses, continues to miss riding. She completed the Australian National Veterinary Exam (NVE) in 2013 and embarked on her Australian veterinary journey in the picturesque Lower Hunter Valley. She joined Moe Veterinary Centre not long after and, we are very thankful for that!

Her interests lie in equine medicine and small animal medicine and surgery. Catalina has a particular fondness for cats and donkeys and though she has no donkeys, she has two cats and a dog to keep her company. Outside of the veterinary world, she spends her time bush walking and crocheting.

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Dr. Jorge Baron

Jorge received his veterinary degree in Colombia. He has worked for a number of years in mixed practice with a focus on equine reproduction.  He came to Australia to study general English and found he could not leave after falling in love with Sydney’s Eastern beaches. While studying for the National Veterinary Examination, he worked in the Hunter Valley at a large horse stud. Once fully qualified, he found his way to Moe Veterinary Centre where his enthusiasm for his patients and practicing good medicine serves his clients well.

Jorge’s primary interest is in equine medicine but he also has a keen interest in small animal medicine. In his spare time, you’ll find Jorge pursuing his interest in mountain biking or watching movies. He has two cats and an old dog (Lexi) who keep him busy at home.

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 Dr. Laura Thorbecke

After graduating from the University of Melbourne, Laura worked in mixed practice in South Gippsland for two years. She worked predominately with dairy cattle and horses, and then completed four months of locum work around Victoria, mostly focusing on emergency care of small animals.

As is the case with many young Australian vets, the appeal of working in the UK and travelling around Europe drew her to spend eighteen months working and travelling abroad. She worked primarily in a gold standard referral clinic in London, where she enjoyed managing predominantly medical cases.

At the end of this time, she spent five months driving through Europe with her fiancé and their (not so) faithful, thirty year old campervan.

Laura is enjoying being back home in Gippsland, living with her cat Whiskey, German Wirehair Pointer Shirley, and Warmblood horse Figaro. In her spare time she is also studying her Certificate of Advance Veterinary Practice (a UK based higher veterinary qualification).

Laura loves spending hours in the kitchen whipping up travel-inspired meals, stand-up paddle boarding, and has recently taken up knitting.



Carolyn Beckett

Carolyn started working as a veterinary nurse in local practices in 1987. She joined the Moe Veterinary Centre team in 2002, and spent the following 12 years with our practice. In 2014 Carolyn pursued a career in management and has returned to us in 2015 with her new skills. Carolyn is a familiar face at Moe Veterinary Centre and we are happy to have her sharing the reception role and other management duties with Teagan.

Carolyn has lived in the Latrobe Valley her entire life and currently lives on property with her  family and  golden retriever ‘Maizy”, miniature schnauzer “Hiccup” and 3 pygmy goats “Luca”, Bailey and Alfie.

Meet Our Team

Teagan Middleton

Teagan started at our clinic as a weekend kennel-hand in 2002, after completing a Year 10 work experience placement. She has since climbed the ranks, gaining her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2006. Her main areas of interest are emergency and surgical nursing. Teagan has spent twelve months in the United Kingdom, where she worked in a busy small animal practice in Surrey. In 2013, Teagan moved into the role of practice administration and is generally found on the front reception desk. Teagan is responsible for accounts, reminders and for making the day run as smoothly as possible.

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Jane Morrey

Jane has been associated with Moe Vet Centre since 1992, initially through her role in establishing and running our “Puppy Preschool” and later joining the staff as a vet nurse from 2002 to 2017. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2005, receiving the Award for Excellence in Surgical Nursing. She also has a Certificate IV in Dog Behavioural Training by Delta Society Australia, and in Frontline Management. Jane now continues her association with us as our “Puppy Preschool” instructor and conducts one-on-one consultations in the Latrobe Valley, addressing canine behavioural problems through training. She has a Golden Retriever ‘Saxon’ and a Miniature Pinscher ‘Taren’. Jane enjoys competing in showing, tracking and obedience with her dogs.

Katie Martin

Katie joined us in 2012 as a veterinary nurse. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary  Technology and Management and has worked for three years as a veterinary nurse at Oakey Equine Hospital, one of the most highly regarded equine centres in Australia. Katie has also completed Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Katie has recently been selected in the women’s Australian polocrosse squad.  Katie has been involved in the sport of polocrosse together with her family from an early age and plays netball with her sisters at Hill End in her spare time.

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Amanda Burns

Amanda began her nursing career in 2005, having previously managed a pet store since 2003. She gained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2007. She has worked in both mixed and small animal practices and has a special interest in wildlife as well as emergency and critical care nursing.
Outside of work Amanda enjoys travelling overseas, including across Europe and New Zealand. At home she is kept busy with her 5 year old Golden Retriever Shelby and her 4 year old cat Lilla, whom she hand reared from 3 weeks of age.

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Leah McCulloch

Leah grew up in Willow Grove and prior to becoming a veterinary nurse, moved to Melbourne to study her Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at La Trobe University. Once completing her Bachelor in 2015, Leah continued her studies to attain her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Leah has been working as a veterinary nurse for the past three years in the Dandenong Ranges before joining our team.

Leah enjoys spending her spare time with friends and family, playing field hockey and on a lazy day doing jigsaw puzzles. She has two cats, Amber and Dexter, who keep her busy.

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Emma Ockenden

Emma grew up in Thorpdale before moving to Melbourne to study Animal Veterinary Bioscience at La Trobe University. While at university, Emma was selected to further her studies, completing a research honours degree on Animal Hoarding with her final paper being accepted for publishing in the UK journal Anthrozoos.

After completing university, Emma began working at the RSPCA as an Animal ambulance driver before working at Monash Veterinary Clinic as a veterinary nurse for 4 years where she completed her Certificate IV. She then spent 6 months working in the RSPCA Burwood Veterinary Clinic before returning home to Thorpdale and joining the team at Moe Vet Centre.

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Emily Lawrey


Emily joined the team in late 2017 as a trainee veterinary nurse. She has been working in the veterinary industry for the past four years and is currently completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Emily is a proud owner of two ferrets, a cat and a dog. In her spare time she likes to travel, read and spend time with her friends.

Jacquie Dale

Jacquie has joined Moe Vet Centre in 2012 as a groomer and veterinary nurse.  Jacquie comes from Queensland where she had a management role at a veterinary practice, as well as being a  senior veterinary nurse, a groomer and a pet shop owner. Jacquie is a breeder of Standard Schnauzers and has been involved in dog obedience and dog showing for a number of years. Jacquie currently has two Schnauzers, Bazza and Zeta.  She has also bred Australian parrots and in her youth has been a member of a pony club.

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Kerry Gunn

Kerry is one of our administrative staff at Moe Vet Centre. She has been managing the financial side of the clinic as our book-keeper since late 2002. Although most of her work is behind-the-scenes, she can occasionally be found answering phones or assisting in the reception area. Outside of work, she enjoys travel, camping and four-wheel-driving around Victoria.

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Leo and Nina Bajada

Leo and Nina have made a great contribution to the appearance of the veterinary clinic over many years. The clean appearance and the spotless floors at the start of each day are due to their hard work and dedicated effort.

Both Leo and Nina also go beyond the call of duty with many of their clinic activities. They are our cleaners but are also there at the end of the day as we complete our work—and always send us home with a friendly chat and a cheery good night.

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Totti the Clinic Cat

Totti (or Toti – Treading On Thin Ice) is our much loved clinic cat. She has been with us for 8 years and is always ready to lend a helping paw.