Welcome to Greencross Vets Macedon Ranges
Here at Greencross Vets Macedon Ranges, we are committed to offering you and your pet’s exceptional service and the very best in veterinary medicine and preventative health care. We are your local team of pet care professionals and are truly ‘passionate about pets’ and we love what we do.
Our clients and their pets become part of our clinic family and we are dedicated to improving the life experience of all pets and their families. We strive to develop and maintain a strong bond of trust with all who seek our advice and assistance, allowing our practice to exert a positive influence on their lives in a respectful and friendly way.
We offer a comprehensive range of professional veterinary services to cater for all your pet needs, ranging from preventative health care to weight loss programs through to surgery and diagnostic medicine.
We are constantly striving to improve our practice with a passionate commitment to continuing education, the introduction of state of the art equipment, new techniques and procedures based on current evidence based medicine. All of our staffs are dedicated to continual improvement both personally and at a professional level such that we can provide our clinic family with the best possible care and support.
We encourage you to contact us directly should you have any questions about your pet’s health and wellbeing or if you simply want more information about the services that we can provide you and your pets.
Why choose us?
As vets it’s always tempting to talk about our credentials and years of experience. And while we that is important to you, let’s be frank. What’s most important to you are NOT our qualifications. It’s knowing the following 3 things:
Your pet will be nurtured in our care
We recognise your needs and expectations
We’ll do our utmost to ensure your pet is healthy and happy
As pet lovers ourselves, it’s the little things we do for you and your pet that demonstrate we care.
Greencross Vets Macedon Ranges offer a comprehensive range of professional veterinary services to cater for all your pet care needs utilising the latest diagnostic equipment.
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The latest in-house laboratory equipment allows our vets to perform a range of diagnostic tests to achieve accurate, rapid diagnosis of your pets’ health status.
Dr Devina Loekito
Dr Devina Loekito
Devina graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2010 and has been working in our Macedon Ranges clinic since 2011. She fell in love with the area so much that she decided to settle down and relocate permanently from her hometown in Jakarta. Devina enjoys working with all animals especially dogs and cats and has adopted quite a few fur babies that came across her way. Her special interest includes ultrasonography, internal and emergency medicine. She was recently appointed as veterinary director and is currently completing her diploma in management. Outside of work Devina enjoys singing, reading, strolling in beautiful gardens, interior decorating and spending time with her fur babies
Dr Christine Ford
Dr Christine Ford
“Qualifications: BVSc (Hons.) CMAVA
Our principal veterinarian and founder of the Macedon Ranges Veterinary Clinic in 1995 is Dr Christine Ford. Chris graduated with first class honours from Melbourne University Veterinary School in 1983 and returned to commence practice in her home town of Castlemaine. Chris grew up on a large farm in Campbell’s Creek, (on the outskirts of Castlemaine), and spent her formative years with five brothers and one sister enjoying all that country life had to offer.
Chris’s family was heavily involved in the training and preparation of trotters and for some time also ran a successful stud enterprise. It was here that her interest and passion for the care and treatment of all animals was fostered. Today three of her brothers still manage and run the family farm which has evolved into a diverse enterprise of merino sheep for wool, fat lamb production, beef cattle production and a small trotting stable and breeding establishment.
Chris’s father, Ralph was the first owner-trainer to win the metropolitan trainers award and her mother, Kath, was one of the very first licensed female trotting drivers and the first to win a group one race. Chris maintains a lifelong interest in trotting and the farming life.
In 1985 Chris left to spend almost three years in the USA. She travelled extensively before settling to commence her family. On returning to Australia, Chris returned to part time Veterinary work at the original practice in Castlemaine. She moved with her family to Macedon in 1988 and as her children grew through their kindergarten and early primary school years, practiced within the local area. With the establishment of the Macedon Ranges Veterinary Clinic in 1995 Chris has devoted much of her adult life to the care and treatment of animals within the Macedon Ranges region.
Chris is an avid learner and constantly undergoes continuing and further education courses, seminars and generally whatever means possible to update and extend her knowledge and skills. She has completed Post Graduate Study in equine medicine; small animal surgery; dermatology; small animal medicine; and oncology just to name a few, as well as attending a diverse array of veterinary conferences. Chris remains a passionate as ever about Veterinary Medicine and the wonderful opportunity it allows participating in the wellbeing and care of our most loved and trusted companions, our pets.
Chris maintains a special interest in all aspects of mixed practice. She has devoted much time in improving her surgical and diagnostic skills to allow the Macedon Ranges Veterinary Clinic to offer the highest standard of care and the most current treatment recommendations.
Outside of Veterinary Medicine, Chris and her family reside in Macedon, along with several horses, three dogs, three cats and two very spoilt pet sheep! Chris is very proud that both her son Ryan and daughter Kate have completed tertiary education and entered the medical field. Chriss leisure interests include all things sporty, classical and art house movies, music and the theatre. Her devotion to the Collingwood Football Club is not something everyone understands, but she is certainly passionate about it!”
Alex joined our team at Greencross Macedon Ranges, as a Certificate IV nurse in November 2016. His cheery and enthusiastic nature makes him a pleasure to work with. He is passionate about both veterinary nursing and customer service. Outside of work he has a strong interest in equine breeding and he competes at royal events. He lives locally with his partner, horses, chickens and Pippa the dog.
I have always been passionate about the care and welfare of animals. I have grown up around all sorts of animals and it was a natural progression for me to become a vet nurse. I started working at Greencross Macedon Ranges Vet Clinic in 2014 while I completed my cert III in companion Animal Studies, the supportive staff have allowed me to stay while I now complete my Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. In my spare time, I have been privileged to work with local wildlife shelters caring, rehabilitating and releasing injured or orphaned wildlife. This has allowed me to gather a wide range of experience and skills with a variety of animals within my local community with the dream of becoming a wildlife nurse in the future.
Dr Natasha Pettingill
Dr Natasha Pettingill
Tash was born and bred in Portland, Victoria. By the age of 13 she was working for the local horse riding school, taking rides and lessons and later working as a breaker and trainer for them. This behaviour led to several hospital trips in year 12 and a less than satisfactory final mark. Since she had decided at 11 to be a vet she took a year off to study equine husbandry then studied physiology and molecular genetics at Deakin university in Geelong.
At the end of the bachelor she was accepted into veterinary science at Murdoch university in Perth.
Upon graduation she started to work with Dr Chris Ford in Woodend, after nearly five years she left to work at several other mixed animal veterinary clinics and start her family. She worked a 12 month stint with the RSPCA and is now back where she started in beautiful Woodend.
Tash still enjoys working with horses although is now concentrating more on harness work than saddle. She has two wonderful children and is loving working in the career that she chose at 11 years old! She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a special interest in small animal surgery
After becoming a mother Erin waited until her 2 children were almost school age before embarking on a dream to become a veterinary nurse. She joined us in June 2016 and has just recently completed her certificate IV in vet nursing. Erin finds the job rewarding and coming from a farming background bringing with her years of practical experience, this has helped her with her nursing.Erin enjoys the variety of the job. At home she enjoys spending time with her family and riding and competing her show and dressage horses
Georgie joined our practise a number of years ago. Her primary role was running puppy preschool classes. Which she very much enjoyed. Her love and impressive knowledge of dogs is generously passed onto owners, during every class. She runs a wonderful puppy school which is booked up due to her popularity. Her passion is working with new puppy owners, and setting them up for success. Georgie also manages our front desk and assists with business administration tasks. In her personal life Georgie breeds field spaniels, and trains truffle dogs.
Penny joined our clinic when she was still at school, working after school as a kennel hand. She went on to complete her certificate IV in veterinary nursing and become a valued team member. She then went on to work at an emergency center and still works for us on a casual basis.Penny’s love of all animals is evident as soon as you spend a few minutes with her. She is always adding to her growing menagerie of rabbits, dogs , cats, goats and horses. Penny’s warm friendly disposition is welcomed by clients.
Jenni is our most experienced nurse who has been with the Macedon Ranges Veterinary Clinic since the year 2001. She has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing,Equine Veterinary Nursing, Qualified Equine and Canine Bowen therapist. Jenni is renowned for her passionate commitment to animals and animal welfare.
She has a large collection of pets that have been sourced from various rescue situations. When she is not working at the clinic she with or Vic Racing Club at Flemington,she is minding or entertaining her 8 grandchildren. She enjoys the opportunity to work within the local community and how our practice embraces all the pets and their human carers who become part of our special clinic family. Jenni remains committed to ensuring all our patients receive the highest standards of veterinary care and compassion.Jenni also has a strong interest in wildlife.Her human family consists of her Mum, husband and 2 adult children along with the previously mentioned 8 grandchildren.
Margie is our practice manager she first joined Macedon Ranges Veterinary Clinic in 2006. She lives locally and has grown up with and kept a menagerie of all sorts of domesticated pets. And has done her fair share of wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release work. Her main role is at the reception desk and it is her cheery and enthusiastic smile and fun sense of humour that will greet you on arrival.
She has the unique ability to make everyone feel like they have just popped into her lounge room for a coffee and a chat, whilst being professional and efficient in everything she does. Her passion for people and animals is there for all to see and makes her a very important member of our clinic family. She has four adult children, with whom she shares a very close bond. She also enjoys her time designing and landscaping her property.
Rachel joined the Macedon Ranges Veterinary Clinic as a trainee Veterinary Nurse in July 2011 after having spent some time working at Eliza Park. There she used her background experience and knowledge of horses in managing the brood mares and foals on the farm. She lives locally with a menagerie of animals and has recently just added to her growing family with baby number 4. She sees her work at the Greencross Macedon Ranges Veterinary Clinic as an extension of her commitment and passion for the best management and care of our pets and all animals.
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