meet the team

at South Valley Vet Clinic

meet the team

at South Valley Vet Clinic

meet our team

at South Valley Veterinary Clinic

Meet the team at South Valley Vet Clinic. Our staff are friendly and accommodating, with genuine love and compassion for animals.

We strive to provide your pet with a high standard of veterinary care, so that they live longer and healthier lives.

Dr. Jenny Palmer


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 hometown 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.

Jenny owns and loves her two adorable mini-Dachshunds, Gus and Lottie, who have managed to train her to do most things that they want!

Dr. Karminda Roe


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.

Whilst enjoying all aspects of veterinary practice, Karminda 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.


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 and is a member of the AVA Small Animal Veterinarians special interest group.

Karminda is the proud owner of Scout, a Spoodle pup, who has quickly become a favourite at the clinic.

Dr. Brooke Scanlon


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; domestic 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, dentistry and pocket pets. She is currently undertaking further training in dentistry 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.

Alyce Lester

Veterinary Nurse

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 enjoys keeping active and fit. She has also developed skills in home renovation since 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 and Maggie, two cats – one white, one black.

Jordyn Lubcke

Veterinary Nurse

Jordyn joined our team in October, 2011. During that time she has developed into a highly skilled veterinary nurse and has completed 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. 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.

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

Tina Epworth

Veterinary Nurse

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 skilful surgical nurse and especially enjoys anaesthetics, post-surgical care and caring for our hospital patients.

Tina is currently updating her Certificate IV qualifications and is a member of the VNCA.
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 cheeky Blue Heeler, who loves to ‘help’ in the garden!

Megan Lubcke

Veterinary Nurse

Megan joined our team in 2017. She grew up on a farm, which allowed her to develop her strong love of animals. You will often find Megan at the reception desk where her warm, helpful manner is much appreciated by clients. However, Megan is also developing her nursing skills. She has completed her Certificates in Animal Studies II and Companion Animals III. Currently Megan is studying for her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

When not at work, Megan loves being outdoors on the farm and helping run the family Border Leicester sheep stud. She also enjoys walking.

Megan is inseparable from her Kelpie, Brooke, and also has two cats, Soxy and Cheddar.

Contact Us

We are located in Highton, VIC and service the South West area of Geelong, including Armstrong Creek, Belmont, Grovedale, and Waurn Ponds.