Who We Are
Dr. Renier Oosthuizen
Renier gained extensive experience in production animal medicine in his home country South Africa. A far cry from his roots, Renier then relocated to New Zealand and focused on small animal practice for 15 years. Now settled in Ringwood, he is the founder of Lily and Monbulk Veterinary Clinics, and proprietor of Ringwood Vet Emergency. If you haven’t noticed Renier around the clinic, you’ve probably seen his poodle’s Edward and Pixie patrolling the hospital.
Dr. Miranda Oosthuizen
Miranda achieved her veterinary degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Miranda spent many years practicing veterinary medicine in New Zealand, before moving to Australia in 2007. Miranda works as a clinician at the Lilydale Veterinary Centre and provides support to the team at Ringwood Veterinary Emergency. When she’s not surrounded by fur, Miranda enjoys the marvels of chalk paint.
Dr. Magda West
Magda joined the Ringwood Vet Emergency hospital since it’s inception. Her extensive and varied experience working in specialist and general practice clinics nurtured a love of emergency and critical care medicine and surgery. In 2019, Magda is challenging herself with rigorous study toward achieving a Membership to the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists int he field of Emergency and Critical Care. When she gets some time to herself, Magda loves snapping up cheap flights, exploring new hiking trails and the serenity that comes with a good cup of tea!
Dr. Ron See
Since graduating from the University of Melbourne, Ron has had a ingrained passion for emergency medicine. Quite often, Ron is presenting us with the latest information from his most recent conferences. Ron is undertaking an intensive study program towards achieving his Membership to the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in the field of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. Outside of the hospital, Ron loves developing his skills with fine art photography, check out his work on www.ronsee.com!
Dr. Stellar Kim
Stellar moved to Melbourne shortly after achieving her veterinary degree at Massey University, New Zealand. She began her career in the general practice sphere, but quickly developed a love for fast-paced emergency medicine. Stellar joined the Ringwood Vet Emergency team to explore an expanding interest in surgery and critical care. If you mention fine food, you’ve got Stella’s attention – she loves exploring Melbourne’s gastronomy scene and travelling abroad.
Dr. Sael Finney
Sael graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Dublin. Not long thereafter she followed her dreams of experiencing a life down under. Extensive experience as a technician in the field of emergency and critical encouraged a passion for emergency medicine – leading her to Ringwood Vet Emergency. Sael has a professional interest in neurological disorders, with a focus on the CT imaging modality. When she is not working, Sael enjoys woodworking, brewing beer, a fine tipple of whiskey, and relaxing with her Staffy, Aidan.
Colin graduated from Saint Leo University in Florida with a BS in Business Administration and Management. Colin has extensive management experience spanning 20 years! He retired from the military, married an Australian and moved to Canberra in 2015. This is where Colin started his veterinary career as a Practice Manager. He loves the job, and describes it as the perfect second career as it combines his love for people with his love for animals. We are very lucky to have Colin join the team at the beginning of 2019. Colin and his partner’s fur-family include a cavoodle, mini-schnauzer and rag-doll cat. Colin likes to play golf and video games, fly drones and sightsee around Australia.
Dr. Vicky Wade
Dr Vicky has achieved a Bachelor of Science as well as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Melbourne. Although Vicky has a keen professional interest in palliative care and dentistry, she says the best part of her job by far is building relationships with pets and their families. She’s always down for a good chat! Outside of the clinic, Vicky and hubbie Brett are kept very busy with their two young children; Vin and Gracie. When not watching Teletubbies or rehearsing the alphabet, Vicky loves a good Netflix binge with some retail therapy on the side.
Dr. Patrycja Zimmermann
As soon as Patrycja graduated from Poland, she moved to Melbourne the very next month! Patrycja joined us as a locum vet but enjoyed it so much that she quickly became a full time member of our emergency team! Patrycja values the opportunity to help pets and their families in times of crisis. After work she enjoys handcrafting, board games and graphic design to relax the mind. She lives in Bayside area with her husband and a Burmese cat, Leo. Patrycja has bilingual proficiency and offers consultations in both English and Polish languages.
Gayle is a qualified veterinary nurse with over 10 years experience. She joined our clinic mid 2019 and is apart of our senior nursing team. She has a wealth of surgical and medical experience, and enjoys all areas of nursing. When she’s not working, Gael enjoys spending time with her family and cat, Molly.
Since graduating from the University of Queensland, Dave has spent time working in a small neighbourhood clinic and major hospital in Melbourne. He practices with honesty and humility. He genuinely cares that pet parents are educated and are informed every step along the way and he promises to always be free of judgement. Dave is very keen on internal medicine, cardiology, and pain management, with a focus on the quality of life. He understands how important it is to help you foster your pet-and-owner relationship.
Dave loves retrievers of all types, and he will always have a soft spot for black cats. You’ll also find him dining out in the never-ending restaurant scene in Melbourne, and of course he is always on the lookout for recommendations.