Dr Karan Shah
Veterinarian (BSc DVM)
Karan heralds from Mumbai, India but graduated from the University of Melbourne. He previously worked in Sunbury until he could join the team at Diggers Rest Animal Hospital. He enjoys all aspects of Veterinary practice but has a particular passion for surgery as well as pocket pets (rabbits etc) and wildlife.
Karan lives locally and has a much loved greyhound called Hazel. Hazel loves going for walks and sleeping but her favourite place is the beach where she can really run free!
When not tending to our four legged family members, Karan likes to do yoga or head for the outdoors - camping and hiking and he is also learning how to play the Indian flute. Friends and family play a huge role in Karans life and he values them highly.
Karan is known by the other staff for his caring nature as well as his positive attitude and easy laugh.
Dr Ruth Palamountain
Ruth has lived in the area for many years, spending her childhood and young adulthood in Sunbury. A small acreage in Riddells Creek has been her home for the past 20 years, enabling her to keep a diverse range of pets over time including a pony, dogs, rats, mice, turkeys, chickens, ducks and a goose. Nowadays, with children having "flown the coop", the menagerie is down to three goats, five guinea pigs, a rabbit and an Italian Greyhound.
Ruth's hobbies include running with the Macedon Ranges Running Club, walking, reading and most importantly having cuppas with friends.
Pressures from her children to keep so many different pets have encouraged Ruth to develop an interest in the husbandry and medical care of our smaller furred and feathered friends such as guinea pigs, rats, rabbits and chickens whose needs are as great as those of our dogs and cats.
Ruth is known by the other staff for her soft nature and empathy for all creatures great and small.
Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Vet Nursing)
Born and raised in Sunbury, Brea (affectionately known as B2) is passionate about community, family and obviously animals! Brea has worked at 14 different Vet Clinics around Melbourne and is now at Diggers Rest Animal Hospital to be closer to home and build on that strong sense of community.
Brea enjoys walking, working out and just about anything outdoors. Brea loves the beach and spending time with family and friends. Brea also has a passion for arts and crafts and has dabbled in painting, crocheting and macramé.
At work, Brea's favourite things are assisting with surgeries and building her knowledge base. Brea also enjoys getting to know all the patients and clients who come through our doors. Being friendly and open are among her core values, no question or query is off limits, Brea will always try and find the answer!
Brea's pets at home include a 3yo Great Dane (Molly), 9yo American Staffy (Dakota), Turtle (Leo), Budgie (Kermit) and a Rainbow Lorikeet (Clancy).
Veterinary Practice Manager (SBAVB)
Breanne (affectionately known as B1) has grown up in the Macedon Ranges and, after completing her bachelor in Animal and Veterinary Biosciences at La Trobe University, decided to take up Vet Nursing after doing the job for work experience during her degree. That was in 2010, by 2014 Breanne decided she wanted to play a bigger part in making the workplace a safe and happy place for patients, clients and staff alike and so began her journey in Practice Management.
Breanne loves the challenges and variety that Veterinary nursing brings. No two days are the same! She also enjoys training other staff in all aspects of nursing including anaesthetics, animal handling and communication.
On her days off, Breanne likes to keep active with various sports including swimming, volleyball, squash and dance. She also has a passion for animal behaviour and is currently studying Parelli Natural Horsemanship.
Breanne lives in Gisborne South with her "son" (a dog called Bozley) as well as her horses which are a rare breed called Highland Ponies. Her other pets include cats, a ferret, pigs, chooks and Highland cattle.
Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Vet Nursing)
Elisa has been a Vet Nurse since 2014 and enjoys the cuddles with pets as well as having a passion for assisting and providing all forms of dental care for our four legged family members. Before becoming a Vet Nurse, Elisa was studying Human Oral Hygiene and Therapy at La Trobe University. Staff often turn to Elisa for her "dental brain" and she is also recognised for her organisational skills which has landed her a managerial administration role.
In her spare time, Elisa likes to go for walks with her dog, play netball, hang out with family and friends, attend live music shows and go to the beach. More recently, Elisa has taken up calligraphy and pencil portraits.
Elisa has two pets at home: Zooms the 1 year old black cat and Sylvie the 9 month old Saluki puppy.
Dr Glen Hastie
Veterinarian & Practice Owner (BVSc MVS MACVSc)
Glen graduated in 1988 from the University of Queensland and moved to Sunbury for his first job and has never left the area. Diggers Rest Animal Hospital is the third Vet Clinic that Glen has been involved with developing and growing. When practicing Glen had a keen interest in dermatology and medicine and honed his skills in ultrasonography to a high level. Glen is now purely "behind the scenes" but still plays a big part in working up complicated cases and enjoys training the next generation.
Glen lives on a 130 acre farm in Gisborne South and has bred and shown Scottish Highland Cattle for 25 years, and more recently, Highland Ponies. He also has three dogs (Ace, Billy and Bozley), four cats (Satan, Rory, Tempy and Donny), a ferret (Sonya) as well as pigs and chooks.
When not managing Vet practices or working on the farm, Glen likes to stay active playing racket sports, golf and volleyball. He also likes to listen to e-books and always has one or two on the go.
Glen is known by the staff for his calm demeanor as well as his wicked sense of humour.