The Toorak Road Veterinary Clinic are a small team of dedicated professionals who love what we do. We will provide an exceptional standard of care for you and your pets. We understand that the best result is due to a team effort involving your pet, you as the owner and our health care professionals. We believe in a personalised service and will create a vet experience unique to you and your furry friends.
We believe in education for both our clients and ourselves, and rest assured there are no silly questions. Our staff are highly trained and will always endeavour to provide you with up to date information on products, services and treatment options as they become available.
For us, this is not just a job, it’s a passion. We also provide services for a number of animal rescue organisations throughout Victoria.
Dr. Diana Wilson
BVSc, MANCVS (Surgery)
Dr Diana Wilson commenced her studies in Veterinary Science at the The University of Melbourne in 1996 and has over 15 years experience in the veterinary industry across Melbourne, with 2 years in the UK under her belt as well. She has extensive experience in all aspects of small animal internal medicine, emergency and also has a particular interest in surgery.
Diana completed her surgical memberships in 2010 from the Australian Veterinary College. This allows the Toorak Rd Veterinary Clinic to perform many more complex soft tissue and orthopaedic surgical procedures, which may have previously been required a specialist centre referral. Diana has great commitment and enthusiasm towards the future of the clinic and works hard to ensure we are continually offering exceptional standards of care for you and your pets.
Diana spends her time outside of work looking after her Great Dane, Isla and 3 cats BJ, Artie and Ollie. She enjoys hockey, skiing and bushwalking in her leisure time and also plays the violin.
Diana is the Senior Veterinarian and practice owner/manager and has recently overseen the complete renovation of the Toorak Road Veterinary Clinic, with spectacular results. The Clinic now looks better than ever thanks to Di’s careful planning!
Dr. Louise Pierce
BVSc, Interest in Rabbit Surgery & Medicine
Dr. Louise Pierce graduated from the University of Melbourne and commenced her veterinary career in a Mixed Practice in Seymour, North of Melbourne. She has since returned to Melbourne to pursue her interest in rabbits and is now working mostly at the Toorak Rd Veterinary Clinic!
Louise has recently completed a course in Small Animal Internal Medicine and loves seeing all your gorgeous cats, dogs, rabbits and even guinea pigs – not to mention any other pets you may have, Louise loves them all!
Having a specific interest in Rabbit Medicine and Surgery, Louise has undergone further training in this area and has worked at exclusive rabbit only clinics in Melbourne. She provides advice to other veterinary surgeons regarding rabbit cases and is happy to see cases as both primary accession and referrals.
When she isn’t at work caring for your lovely pets, Louise is at home looking after her very own rabbit gang, her rescue dog Simba and often our cheeky Clinic Cat, Twistie accompanies her home!
Dr. Paul Owens
BSc, PhD, BVSc, MRCVS, MANCVS (Equine Dentistry)
Dr. Paul Owens graduated from the University of Liverpool Veterinary School, United Kingdom in 2001. After spending six years in mixed veterinary practice in Yorkshire, Paul came over for a short adventure to Australia and nearly ten years later, has never gone back!
Paul enjoys all aspect of veterinary medicine, but has a particular enthusiasm for dental health in cats, dogs and horses. At the Toorak Road Vet Clinic, he heads dentistry side of things, ensuring all three vets are providing the highest standards in dental care for your pet. Paul has extensive training in oral and dental health and can provide the complete dental experience including dental x-rays, dental descaling, polishing and complimentary dental examinations for your pet.
Paul completed his Memberships in Dentistry in 2014 and when he isn’t here at the Toorak Rd Veterinary Clinic he is carrying out dental examinations on horses throughout Victoria, via his mobile equine dental clinic.
In his (very limited!) spare time Paul loves to dote on his beautiful fur child Mussey and his partner Christine (a zookeeper at Healesville Sanctuary). His interests outside of work include horse riding in the High Country, walking and surfing!
Paul is currently working tirelessly on his equine business but still comes into the clinic regularly to perform dental surgeries.
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing: Student
Rhiannon has always been passionate about animals and their well-being and always wanted to work in a veterinary clinic. After completing VCE in 2012 she began working with horses at Caulfield Racecourse. She then got a job here at Toorak Rd Veterinary Clinic in 2014 and shortly after, began studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through Open Colleges.
Rhiannon has a particular interest in the surgery side of vet nursing and plans to study the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing, specialising Surgical Nursing, after her Certificate IV.
In her free time, she loves to read and is also a talented photographer.
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing: Student
Tina has been a Vet Nurse here at the clinic since 2009.
As our resident puppy trainer you will see her running puppy preschool, assisting in consults and providing advice to new puppy parents. Tina also plays a large role in our “Kittens For Adoption” program – helping to feed, raise and socialise our beautiful kittens until they find loving homes. Additionally, if you need advice on food, Tina has a wealth of knowledge. Come in and chat to her any time.
In her spare time Tina started her own business (T & R Pet Care) providing house sitting, dog walking and puppy training in the local area.
Tina is currently on maternity leave
Associate Degree in Veterinary Nursing (2016)
Ashlea began working here at Toorak Rd Veterinary Clinic in November of 2015. She has recently completed her Associate Degree in Veterinary Nursing at Melbourne Polytechnic, and is now a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse!
Previously, Ashlea worked in the fashion industry, after completing a Bachelor of Design with Honours in Fashion at RMIT University.
In her spare time Ashlea hangs out with her two dogs Riley, a Chihuahua and Molly, a Maltese Shitzu. Ashlea also has a black cat called Noodle and in August of 2016, adopted a stray kitten that was handed to the Clinic; he is now called Chip!
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (2004)
Amanda started working for Toorak Rd Veterinary Clinic in February 2012.
Amanda is our most experienced Veterinary Nurse having started nursing after completing high school back in 2002. She was first employed at the vet clinic where she did school work experience. Amanda completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2004 and since then has worked at various clinics across the Mornington Peninsula and Bayside areas.
This has allowed her to gain a variety of experiences and further education in courses such as Nutrition, Dog behaviour, Training and Senior Pet Management.
Associate Degree in Veterinary Nursing (2016)
Erin commenced her veterinary nursing career in early 2017 at the Toorak Road Veterinary Clinic. She completed her Associate Degree in veterinary Nursing through Melbourne Polytechnic at the end of 2016.
Erin has a strong affinity with Twistie due to them both being Gingers and lives with her two Beagles Bella and Jacob.
In her spare time she loves playing with makeup and baking delicious cakes which we occasionally get to sample! She also moonlights at Myer as a sales assistant.
Lauren started at Toorak Road Veterinary Clinic as a receptionist in 2017. She recently finished her Bachelor of Writing and Editing. In her spare time, Lauren works closely with a not-for-profit called Seven Women, aiding disadvantaged women in Nepal. Lauren has always loved animals and volunteered at the RSPCA in the kennels. She has two dogs, a cavoodle (Tate) and a rescue staffy from GAWS (Taffy).
Lauren absolutely loves meeting all of your furry friends as they come into the clinic, but has a special place in her heart for puppies.
Janine joined the TRVC team in 2017 and we are thrilled to have her with us. She has a vast 15 years experience as a dog groomer, and has managed and worked in both private grooming studios and veterinary clinics since 2002.
Janine is very experienced in breed clipping and hand scissoring, with difficult dogs being her speciality. Janine uses gentle but confident handling techniques, together with lots of positive reassurance, to ensure her furry clients are happy and relaxed at all times.
”I’m loving the quality one on one time I have with the doggies here. Unlike the bigger grooming salons, I can give the dogs the proper time and attention I want to give them.” After losing her beloved Labrador Misty’ to old age recently, Janine plans to adopt a rescue dog or two in the coming months…
Chicken Treat Thief & Sun Baker
Twistie was originally part of our Kitten Adoption program here at the clinic but we loved him too much to let him go!
Since his kitten days in 2014 he has been a permanent fixture at the clinic, occasionally going home for the weekend with one of the staff.
He is an expert at stealing Fit ‘n’ Flash chicken treats, stalking Bentleigh the clinic budgie, getting in the way of just about everything, assisting in puppy pre-school and he absolutely loves to sit on anything warm, including the keyboards, autoclave machine, the reception benches when the sun is out and your lap if he’s feeling friendly! Look out for our little orange fur ball next time you’re in to see us.