Our Veterinary Team

At the Cat Protection Society of Victoria Vet Clinic, all of our Vets and Vet Nurses have an absolute love and compassion for cats and are committed to providing the highest level of care.

Get to know our team below:

Dr Peta Keown

Senior Veterinarian, BVSc, BSc

When started working at CPSV:

October 2019

Experience working in current role

15 years experience as a small animal practitioner. Worked in private small animal practices in Melbourne’s West before relocating to the beautiful North-East. Spent one year in an emergency clinic early in career.

What enjoy most about working at CPSV

As a long time cat lover, it is such an honour to be able to do my favourite thing in the world as a job. I feel like I was aiming to be a cat vet since I was 5 years old! When I started my Vet journey it was to help animals, but as I have grown, it has become more about the relationship between humans and their animals. The Cat Protection Society allows me to follow that passion in a very positive way.

Any speciality skills / experience

I volunteered at the SPCA in New Zealand when I was 12 years old.
I worked as a Guide Dog Nurse for 8 years before and during my veterinary degree.

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Dr Lucy Uren

Veterinarian BVSc (Hons)

When started at CPSV:

May 2017

Experience working in current role:

Graduated as a vet in 1991 and has been working as a Vet since.

What enjoy most about working at CPSV:

Likes working with a wonderful team at CPSV and helping the cats in needs!

Any speciality skills / experience:

I started at RSPCA Victoria, where my passion grew for Animal welfare. I then moved to NSW and worked for RSPCA NSW, and RSPCA Broken hill. Returning to Victoria in 2000 and I had a brief stint working overseas.

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Dr Mangalika Ratnayake

Veterinarian BVSc

MAgSc(Melbourne uni); NVE(Australia)

Experience working in current role:

I have been practising as a Vet for last 22yrs in Australia.

What enjoy most about working at CPSV:

CPS is doing a great service by providing excellent care for stray and surrendered cats as well as providing medical treatment for private fur patients for a very low cost. I like to be part of that team and hence I started working in July 2018.

Any speciality skills / experience:

I like mainly soft tissue surgery and some orthopaedic surgery and medicine of cats and dogs.

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Trish Crosbie

Veterinary Nurse – QVN

When started at CPSV:

March 2017

Experience working in current role:

Nursing in Mid 2012

What enjoy most about working at CPSV:

The highlight of my career thus far is working within the shelter at Cat Protection Society. Caring for cats that need a little extra love and support, is one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.

Any speciality skills / experience:

I have worked in a variety of clinics and with a diverse range of animals including large animals, cows and alpacas; a clinic that specialise in reproduction, artificial insemination and breeding.

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Nicole Sprague

Veterinary Nurse, BBiolSc RVN

When started at CPSV:

July 2018

Experience working in current role

Started in the Animal care industry in 2013 and Veterinary nursing specifically in 2015

What enjoy most about working at CPSV:

Making a real different to cats and their owners.

Any speciality skills / experience:

I am avid traveller and enjoying venturing to third world countries and supporting local animal welfare & conservation efforts. In 2015 I spent a month at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre in Malawi assisting with their rehabilitation efforts with monkeys and other wildlife which had ending up in the illegal wildlife trade. I have an interest in behaviour and enjoy assisting clients working out tricky problematic behaviour cases.

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Janelle Lawler

Veterinary Nurse QVN

When started at CPSV:

August 2016

Experience working in current role:

14 years as a Veterinary Nurse

What enjoy most about working at CPSV:

Helping cats in need, and providing much needed support (veterinary and emotional) to owners.

Any speciality skills / experience:

I started my Veterinary Nursing career off in private practice and Volunteering at the Cat Protection Society, where I developed my passion for animal welfare. I then worked at Lort Smith Animal Hospital for many years as an medical & surgical Veterinary Nurse. My main passion is surgical Veterinary Nursing.

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Amanda Grivell

Veterinary Nurse

When started at CPSV:

My first shift was as a locum in December 2019, I liked it so much that I've now officially signed up for permanent part-time.

Experience working in current role:

I started out veterinarian nursing in 1999 and received my qualification in 2004, along with receiving the Pfizer award for Excellence in surgical nursing.

What enjoy most about working at CPSV:

CPSV is the first time I've worked in a shelter and I find that very rewarding. It feels great to be able to help cats in need and support the community, regarding cat ownership and continued health care.

My previous nursing experience has been within private practice. Both small animal and exotic pet care.

Before having children I worked full time as the head nurse. I'm now very comfortable with my part time position within CPS. Working with cats suits me perfectly, it's a dream job.

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Dr Amber Stent

Veterinarian BVsc (hons) MANZCVS

When started at CPSV:

May, 2019.

Experience working in current role:

I've worked as a small animal vet in Melbourne and the UK for 17 years.

What enjoy most about working at CPSV:

Getting to work exclusively with cats! While I like dogs, I've always been a cat person, so I consider myself lucky to get to work with cats, and an amazing team of cat lovers all day.

Any speciality skills / experience:

I've spent time volunteering for a Greek Cat Welfare Society, desexing street cats.

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Our Vet Clinic provides the highest level of care at affordable prices to help promote responsible cat ownership