Our Staff

  • Dr Jenny Palmer
    Veterinarian

    Jenny graduated from the University of Melbourne, with Honours, in 1982.  She started work as a small animal veterinarian in Melbourne but moved back after a few years to her home-town Geelong, where she has practiced as a small animal veterinarian ever since. Jenny also actively pursued her interest in Animal Behaviour. She has qualified as a Veterinary Behaviour Consultant, having passed examinations to become a Member  of the Animal Behaviour Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.

    In 2006, Jenny and Karminda built and opened South Valley Veterinary Clinic. Jenny loves general practice, as well as incorporating her love of animal behaviour into all aspects of the practice. She also has a special interest in emergency medicine and completed a 12 month off-campus post-graduate course in Emergency Medicine at University of Sydney. She has also completed several courses in  Ultrasound . Jenny continues to attend conferences and seminars on a regular basis on a wide range of small animal veterinary topics. She is also a member of the AVA Animal Behaviour and Small Animal Veterinarian special interest groups.

    Of course, Jenny owns and loves her special tribe of animal friends: Two adorable mini Dachshunds called Gus and Lotti; as well as Sinbad, her black cat who oversees them all!

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  • Dr Karminda Roe
    Veterinarian

    Karminda graduated from the University of Sydney, with Honours, in 1995. After several years working in country NSW she moved to Geelong and hasn't left since!

    At the end of 2006, along with Jenny Palmer, she opened South Valley Veterinary Clinic.

    Karminda enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice but is particularly interested in dermatology, ophthalmology and canine reproduction. In 2007 she completed the Camelot course which involves the collection, freezing and insemination of canine semen. This has been a major factor in revolutionising dog breeding in Australia.

    In 2010, Karminda completed a 12 month off- campus post-graduate course with the University of Sydney in Dermatology. She has a keen interest in finding the cause of skin problems in her patients thus allowing more successful treatment. Karminda also regularly attends conferences and seminars in all aspects of small animal veterinary care.

    Karminda's pets include Le Chat, the cat and, as testament to her fondness for the Boxer breed, Mardi.

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  • Dr Brooke Scanlon
    Veterinarian

    Brooke graduated from the University of Sydney, with first class honours, in 2004. She initially worked in rural mixed practice vet in South Australia, England, and Queensland, before returning to her home town of Geelong with her young family.

    Prior to studying veterinary medicine she completed a degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Melbourne. Working as a country vet has allowed her to combine her knowledge from both degrees with her background of growing up on a dairy farm. During her veterinary career she has been responsible for the veterinary care of a wide range of animals including; domestice and exotic pets, cattle, sheep, alpacas, goats, horses, native animals and even zoo animals!

    Brooke enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice but is particularly interested in emergency medicine and critical care, general medicine, and clinical pathology. She plans to undertake further post-graduate study in small animal medicine and continues to attend conferences and seminars on a wide range of subjects.

    Brooke is the proud owner of three pampered Whippets, Rosie, Olive and Hugo.

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  • Paula Barlow
    Veterinary Nurse

    Paula has been with us since we opened our practice. As the founding nurse of our clinic, she organised the setup of our surgery and treatment areas. Paula has a particular interest in animal behaviour and training, and runs our puppy classes, which is one of her favorite times of the week . She also has a keen interest in anaesthesia and surgical nursing and we are glad to have her expertise in these areas. 

    Paula is always keen to maintain and develop her skills through educational evenings and continuing education. She has also gained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

    Paula shares her home with her poodle, Charlie, Lucy, her elderly Schnauzer and also her cheeky tabby cat, George. When not at work, Paula enjoys competing and training in Dressage on her horse, Bobbi. 

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  • Alyce Logan
    Veterinary Receptionist

    Alyce joined us in 2013 as our veterinary receptionist and clients have come to love her welcoming smile and gentle, efficient manner. We also value Alyce for the same reasons but also for her unflappable, can-do attitude. Like all our staff, Alyce cares passionately about animals and often undertakes nursing tasks when she is not in demand at our front desk. She hopes to expand her nursing experience when she starts her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing in the near future.

    Alyce is also a keen netballer and plays for Modewarre. Alyce has recently become interested in home renovation since recently buying a home. Oh, and she is addicted to peanut butter!

    Alyce is pictured here with Axel, her Staffy/Kelpie Cross. She also has Cleo, a white (indoor) cat.

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  • Georgie McCartney
    Veterinary Nurse

    Georgie is our newest nurse though she brings with her over 5 years nursing experience working in major regional centres of Victoria. She currently holds Certificate 3 in Veterinary Nursing and is keen to pursue further study in Certificate 4. Georgie grew up in Torquay and spent lots of her spare time riding horses and enjoyed owning a menagerie of animals. Georgie is almost as passionate about food (she is proud to have introduced Fat Fridays to the clinic!!) as she is about animals, so it's just as well she also keen on exercise! She also loves getting together with her large extended family.

    Georgie is a proud 'mum'to three Rottweilers: Emmett, the old man of the group; Noah (pictured), the big kid; and Poppy, her rescue dog.

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  • Jordyn Lubcke
    Veterinary Nurse

    Jordyn joined our team in October, 2011. During that time she has developed into a highly skilled veterinary nurse and is currently completing her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing.  Jordyn still performs reception duties for several hours each week, where clients have come to love her friendliness and compassion for animals. We also really benefit from her organisational skills around the clinic.  She also regularly attends seminars to keep updated and also has her Certificate II in First Aid. Jordyn especially enjoys surgical nursing and caring for our hospital patients. 

    Jordyn is pictured here with her darling old Holly, who was a firm favourite until she died at a very old age. She now has Dre, a gentle and laid back Golden Retriever/Rottweiler cross, and Fletcher, her cheeky tabby cat.

    In her leisure time, Jordyn maintains a keen interest in playing tennis and keeping fit.

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  • Tina Epworth
    Veterinary Nurse

    Tina works part-time at South Valley Veterinary Clinic. Tina joined the clinic in 2013 but her veterinary nurse experience dates back to 2002. Further back than that Tina immigrated to Australia from Yorkshire, which explains her wonderful accent and love of a strong cup of Yorkshire tea! She is a skillful surgical nurse and especially enjoys post-surgical care and also caring for our hospital patients.

    Tina is currently updating her Certificate IV qualifications and is a member of the VNCA. She also regularly attends seminars to keep up to date.

    In her spare time, Tina is a keen jogger and also enjoys playing the guitar.

    Samson is her dear geriatric Jack Russell/Fox Terrier cross, but Tina is also the  proud 'mother' of Basil Boots, a  young, cheeky Blue Heeler, who loves to 'help' in the garden!

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