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Dr Tim Bowden BVSc (Hons) MVSc BAgSc (Hons) BSc
Dr Tim grew up in the East Malvern area and from a young age always had a fondness and affinity for animals. After finishing a Science and Agricultural science degree at university, Tim was again drawn to the veterinary field through the work placements that he had completed. After completing the Veterinary Science degree at the University of Melbourne, Tim moved to Warragul in East Gippsland where he worked for 4 years as a mixed practice vet attending to dairy cows, horses and a variety of other farm beasts as well as companion animals back at the clinic.
It was small animals that drew him back to Melbourne, where he worked in a busy small animal clinic whilst completing a Masters of Veterinary Science. As head veterinarian at Southern Animal Health, Tim developed his philosophies on a healthier approach to vet care. After 6 years Tim decided that he wanted to move back to East Malvern to be closer to his family. Tim also believed that the local pet owners deserved better veterinary service so he set up Progressive VET Care on Chadstone Road. Now Tim, with the help of his team of Vets and Nurses at Progressive VET Care provides trusted advice, surgical and medical consultations as well as emergency care to local pet owners.
Melyssa Cotton BSc BVMS
Melyssa graduated from Murdoch University in Perth in 2012. After completing an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Oncology in the west, she made the move over to Melbourne to broaden her horizons. Since then, Melyssa has worked in various small animal general practices in Melbourne and enjoys the variety of cases she sees. Her main veterinary interests include giving clients top-notch service as well as medicine and anaesthesia. When not at work, Melyssa lives with her partner and charismatic Schnauzer, Franki. She also enjoys cooking, sewing, walking and reading on her days off.
Jacqueline Burridge - Qualified Veterinary Nurse
Jackie has been nursing for 4 years now and is very passionate about it. Her beautiful boxer Flippa is her inspiration as she has been through so much in her short life, but with all the help of wonderful vets and vet nurses, she has battled through. She also has a very naughty black cat called Narla.
Sophie Whybrow - Veterinary Nurse
Sophie is currently working towards completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through Box Hill Institute. She was the first nurse employed by Dr Tim back in September 2015.
She has a passionate and caring nature towards all animals. After a few years of studying something else, Sophie fell in love with veterinary nursing after having volunteered at various clinics. You will often find her on reception with her bubbly personality or in the hospital tending to our patients, you might also see her in the park make sure you say hello, she loves getting to know every animal even outside of the clinic.
Sophie now hopes to build her career with the help of Dr. Tim and the team at Progressive VET Care. She enjoys meeting and greeting all furry friends. Sophie has a 3 yr old cat named Toby, and a very energetic 12 month old Kelpie called Cooper.
Alicia is our newest member of the team; she started here in May 2016,
She has always been passionate about animals and has always been keen on animal welfare.
After previously completing a Certificate III in companion animal services she worked as the senior kennel attendant at a boarding facility, Wildlife Rescue and foster care for over 2 years.
Currently completing a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
Alicia enjoys assisting with surgeries in the clinic and giving all of the patient’s loads of cuddles.
At Home Alicia has her own mini petting zoo of beloved pets, She has a 2yr old German shepherd named Mercy, Two snuggly lap cats at 8yrs and 3yrs named Lilly and Pip, as well as two Tropical Sea Horses Named Ariel and Eric and last but not the least, one cheeky Rainbow Lorikeet named Mr Pickles.
Kim Ball - Puppy School Teacher
Kim grew up in the Chadstone area and has always been surrounded by animals, including: dogs, cats, birds and rabbits. Her mother is the Secretary of the Victorian Obedience Dog Club in Box Hill and was the owner and part trainer of the first Australian Kelpie to obtain the title of Obedience Champion, which included tracking.
Kim soon followed in her mother’s footsteps taking classes at the age of 16, and then going on to train her own Australian Kelpies to obedience titles including Obedience Champion and endurance. Kim has trained her present Kelpies in Substance detection, Obedience Training and Dancing.
With 34 years of experience in dog training, Kim also has a Bachelor of Education majoring in music, and is a flute teacher with the Ministry of Education. She is also a Dogs Victoria Licensed Instructor and holds a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training.
Kim has over 17 years of experience teaching Puppy Class to members of the community. She has been working with the Victorian Obedience Dog Club for 34 years and has held the position of President for the past nine years.