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.
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 Great Dane (Molly), American Staffy (Dakota) and a Turtle (Leo).
Veterinary Nurse (Cert III Animal Studies)
Taylor started working at Diggers Rest Animal Hospital in 2022 after working in the area for several years. She has had a range of pets over the years including two Labradors, Boomer and Harvey (guess which AFL team Taylor supports!), a horse, a pony, and the standard farmyard chooks on her family's acreage in Darraweit Guim.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with her horses, and bush walking with friends. Taylor has a thirst for learning and a love of people and all things fury, making her the perfect fit for our team.
Macey grew up in Warragul before moving to a farm in Kyneton to be closer to family and friends. She worked in her parents green grocer business in Kyneton for many years before making the leap to her true passion of Vet Nursing.
Macey loves all aspects of Vet Nursing so far but especially loves getting hands on with the animals and helping with Puppy School.
Outside of nursing, she loves the beach, camping, hiking, hanging out with family and being around her farm with her animals. She has an array of animals including cows, a pig, two guinea pigs (Bobcat and Rolley), two dogs (Rosie and Aspen) and her two Ragdoll cats Ably and Binx
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 lives at home with Sylvie the Saluki.
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.
Veterinary Practice Manager (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)
Donna has joined Diggers Rest Animal Hospital in 2023 as our new practice manager.
After a decision to leave the pharmaceutical industry, Donna made the decision to start a new career as a vet nurse in 2017. Since completing her qualifications she has then taken on management roles in veterinary clinics.
Donna enjoys the diversity of a leadership role and loves to help the staff with training and developing. She also enjoys getting to know the clients and patients at Diggers Rest, and is always up for a chat and a laugh.
In her spare time Donna enjoys spending time with family and friends, the arts, swimming and kayaking.
Donna lives in Gisborne with her son and her two pets, Pickles a 5-year-old Jug (Jack Russell x Pug) and Pepper a 5-year-old tortoiseshell cat.