Pets are not our whole lives but they make our lives whole

About Us

Dr Jeremy Goldin, BVSc (Hons)

Jeremy spent the first eighteen years of his life driving his mother crazy. He kept twenty snakes, a parrot, a tarantula named Fluffy, a scorpion, lizards and geckos, two large rats both named Zoot, a cage full of mice, some hamsters, tropical fish, a bat that he found under the house, an ant farm, and of course lots of dogs and cats. He wanted to be a game ranger but thankfully his family convinced him that being a vet would be much more fun.

In 1994, Jeremy qualified at the top of his veterinary class and won most of the clinical awards that year. He spent a couple of years in small animal practice in South Africa before accepting a surgical residency and lectureship position at the University of Pretoria where he was taught the fine art of bone and soft tissue surgery. During his three-year tenure there, he performed life-saving surgery not just on pets but also on a rare white lion cub, a few cheetahs, an African wild dog, a mongoose and a marmoset monkey who needed a knee reconstruction (too many footy games!). Jeremy has also authored two published scientific surgery papers, one in the USA and one in the UK.

Jeremy emigrated to Melbourne in 2001 to continue his veterinary career in small animal practice, and decided in 2007 that he wanted to open and run a state-of-the-art veterinary medical centre based on excellent medicine and tonnes of love.

Jeremy is a family man and the proud dad of a son and three daughters, and a very naughty cat named Elvis. His wife spends her time convincing him that building a home zoo is not such a fantastic idea.

 

Dr Stephanie Ayres, BVSc (Hons)

Steph's first pets were a dog called Max and a cat called Jinx. Her family now owns a 14-year-old Border Collie called Thomas. She wanted to be an author in primary school but her love of animals had her settled on being a vet from the age of nine.

Steph graduated with honours from the University of Melbourne Veterinary School in 2008. In her first year after graduation, Steph completed a rotating internship in emergency and critical care, internal medicine and surgery with Queensland Veterinary Specialists and Pet Emergency in Brisbane. She then spent six months working in emergency in Melbourne before the overnight shifts got to her and she made a move to general practice in mid-2010. She is finding the work much more laid-back but still interesting and rewarding!

Outside of the veterinary world, Steph also has an interest in writing and is currently undertaking a course in professional writing and editing. In 2010, Steph had a scientific paper published on Caesarean section in dogs. She is currently working on another paper looking at diseases of the uterus.  Steph is currently exploring 'Burning Man' in  the Californian Desert with her husband Elliot, and then spending the next 10 months travelling around the world!  We hope she'll be itching to get back to work in late 2019

 

  Dr Christina Rearick, DVM

Christina grew up in the American state of Michigan. Although she lived in the suburbs outside of Detroit, her family enjoyed  exploring the northern part of the state, including the Lake Michigan forests and sand dunes.  Christina moved here with her family in 2012, has been part of the Bayside Animal Medical Centre team since 2013,  and happily now calls Melbourne home. 

Christina always had a love for animal science and her very first job at age 16 was as a veterinary assistant and veterinary receptionist. She then graduated in 1990 from the University of Michigan with  Bachelor of Science  degrees in Chemistry and Cellular/molecular biology. During her time at the university she also worked in an immunology research lab and coauthored a research paper on potential vaccines against aflatoxin poisoning. She then received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in  1994 from Michigan State University. 

After veterinary college, Christina spent the her first 18 years in southern Michigan, in small animal private practice. In addition to dogs and cats, her patients also included a happy menagerie of pocket pets such as rabbits, ferrets, birds, and some lizards. Her own special pets have included boston terriers, welsh corgis, a rabbit  and guinea pig, finches and budgies. She still finds all the australian birds and other wildlife completely and truly amazing, and loves to explore hiking trails in order to appreciate their wonder and beauty. 

In addition to exploring the outdoors by foot, Christina loves to cycle. She also enjoys playing the piano and trumpet, including  playing in her church band . Christina has also been an active member of Rotary International since 1995, including time as secretary, treasurer, and president of her Michigan club, and serving on the board of directors  in her local Brighton North club..

 

 

Dr Emily Ryder, DVM

Emily joined the Bayside team in January ’18. After completing a biology degree in New Zealand, she moved to Australia where she graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Melbourne in 2014. After 3 years living and working in the UK, she is happy to be back home in the Southern Hemisphere.  

During Emily’s time in the UK, she developed a keen interest in oncology, enjoying both the medical and surgical aspects of veterinary medicine. This lead Emily to complete a 12-month internship in medical oncology at Fitzpatrick Referrals before staying on to help manage their chemotherapy service. She particularly values the strong client and patient bonds that develop in oncology cases. 

Emily is happy to return to a more balanced life in general practice at Bayside Animal Medical Centre, and enjoys seeing the wider variety of cases that come through the door. She spends her spare time Latin dancing and snuggling her handsome feline ‘Blind Mike’

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 Dr Jana Kragic DVM

      

Jana is originally from Sydney where she completed her undergraduate Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience degree with First Class Honours at the University of Sydney. She then continued onto post graduate study and graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Melbourne. Since then, she has worked as a small animal vet in Sydney, but decided she missed Melbourne and came back in early 2017!

Jana loves all creatures and while working as a vet she volunteered with the Sydney Exotic and Rabbit Vets in Sydney's North Shore for a year where she developed a soft spot for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and Ferrets. She owns two cheeky rescued cats, 18 year old Mara the tabby and 10 year old Simba the ginger. As a vet student she adopted and homed retired chickens from the cage-egg laying industry as well as a Central Bearded Dragon from the Lost Reptiles Home.

In her spare time she has teamed up with Vets Beyond Borders to be a member of the Australian Veterinary Emergency Response team for assistance to animals in disaster and crisis situations.

When not at work, Jana loves bush walking, snorkeling, sketching and training martial arts

 

Melissa Fitness, Head Nurse & Manager

Melissa grew up around the beautiful beaches of Byron Bay on the north coast of Australia, so she's always had a deep interest in marine conservation. Her family owned a farm which cemented her love of all creatures great and small. At 20 she moved to Melbourne and started working at the Cat Protection Society where her career in nursing began. Over the next four years, she developed a passion for cat behaviour and medicine while working in animal welfare as the shelter's supervisor and vet nurse. She also drove the shelter's pet ambulance!

In 2011, Melissa joined the team at Bayside. She loves all animals and it brings her joy to nurse the sick and injured back to health and get them home to their families.

Melissa adores her four pets - three adopted Burmese cats, Romeo, Harlow & Haku, and her kelpie Duncan. Before getting into veterinary nursing, she studied fine arts and photography. Melissa also loves to travel and has had many adventures throughout Japan, Europe and Mexico!

 

 

Belinda Shurlin, Cert IV Nurse

 Belinda moved to Australia in 2010 following 8 years living overseas in Russia and Italy. Originally from England, she has spent most of her working life as an accountant. Since living in Australia, Belinda followed her heart and after 6 months volunteering at the RSPCA decided to study veterinary nursing.

She joined the team as a part time member in 2011 and began her studies, qualifying as a Certificate IV veterinary nurse in December 2015. Her main passion is working in the surgical theatre and her favourite day of the week has to be a Monday (her surgery day!)

At home, Belinda is the proud mother of two teenage girls, two dogs and a horse – they all keep her very busy. Outside of work she enjoys boot camp and trying to run. She also volunteers at Pets in the Park on a monthly basis alongside Dr Jade.

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Sharnika Thalas, Cert IV Nurse

Growing up in Melbourne’s South East, Sharnika enjoyed the best of both worlds between local beaches and the family farm in NSW. Family pets included a Shetland pony named Toffee, dogs, cats and two hermit crabs. 

Sharnika has wanted to work with animals for as long as she can remember and completed her Veterinary Nursing qualification through Open Colleges.  Whilst studying she completed voluntary work placement at a local clinic where her love for surgical nursing and anaesthesia began.

In 2016, Sharnika joined the team as a full-time nurse at Bayside Animal Medical Centre. She finds veterinary nursing extremely rewarding and loves coming to work. You’ll always see Sharnika with a smile on her face!

Sharnika and her partner Jake are currently building the house of their dreams and in her spare time, she enjoys catching up with her family and friends, going to the gym and running with her Whippet ‘Rossco’  

 

Bethany Miles, Cert IV Nurse

 Bethany joined the team as a full-time nurse at Bayside Animal Medical Centre in 2015. She always knew she wanted to work with animals, and began her career in grooming. She then completed her studies at Box Hill Institute of tafe in 2014 and is now a qualified Veterinary nurse.
Beth originally lived in the country, this is where she begun nursing 5 years ago at a mixed veterinary practice.
Outside of work, she enjoys playing squash and skiing, baking and taking her Rottweiler ‘Ava’ for walks to the local beach.

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