Gajen’s journey into Veterinary Medicine was not only love and compassion for animals as he gr...
Gajen’s journey into Veterinary Medicine was not only love and compassion for animals as he grew up in a farming village with all sorts of animals, but it was also because of his curiosity and love of science and figuring things out based on scientific evidence.
Upon completion of Bachelor of Veterinary in 2007, he went straight into do a postgraduate research degree at Massey University in New Zealand and achieved a doctoral degree (PhD) in Veterinary Science in 2012. His enthusiasm to treat sick animals was foremost and alive throughout the course of his research career and when the opportunity presented itself, he moved to Canberra at the end of 2012 and commenced work at the Canberra Emergency Centre in Fyshwick ACT. Since then, he relished the opportunity to take on emergency and critical care and continued to work at Animal Emergency Centres in Melbourne and River Country Animal Emergency Centre in Wodonga.
Over the last 9 years he has also worked at RSPCA NSW, RSPCA VIC, private and Corporate Veterinary clinics in Eastern Melbourne. He is an enthusiastic learner and currently he has got a scholarship to do an advanced post-graduate degree in small animal practice at Liverpool University in the UK.
In September 2021 he purchased and is the co-owner of Emerald Vet Clinic where he aims to bring continuous improvement and innovation in evidence-based medicine and surgeries to ensure our clients and their pets always receive the best possible care.
Dr Gajen, his wife and son share their home with David the cat, he adopted while working at RSPCA Burwood and Bingo the labradoodle. When he is not working, he loves to travel, hike particularly in the Mt Dandenong ranges walking tracks, cook and spend time with his family and pets.
Malika completed her Veterinary Degree in 2005 and was an afforded an excellent opportunity to work ...
Malika completed her Veterinary Degree in 2005 and was an afforded an excellent opportunity to work as a Senior Veterinary Surgeon with the World Society for the Protection of Animals UK (WSPA) who undertook a pioneering five and half year scientific, humane and holistic dog population and rabies management project from 2007 to 2012. Working for a committed Animal Welfare organization such as WSPA whose vision is “A World where animal rights matter and animal cruelty must end”, made her passion for animal welfare even more robust and worthwhile.
Malika joined the RSPCA VIC in 2013 and continued her journey in the animal welfare sector for eight years. She found herself drawn to animals in need and was overjoyed when she could rescue an injured bird or search for a lost pet and return it to its heartbroken family.
After all these years, she believes that she is still learning and improving her ability to help animals. As a current Practice Owner/Director of Emerald Vet Clinic, she believes that she can assemble a team that feel the same way she does about our patients and our clients. “The absolute best part of my profession is that it allows me to make a difference; whether it is preventative care to keep animals healthy or help a new life enter the world, I get to make a difference every day. That’s why I love what I do.”
In addition to her Veterinary Degree, Malika has also completed Certificate courses in “Frontline Leadership Development,” “Organizational Development,” and “Project Management” at MDF. She is currently studying Surgery-Distance Education at the University of Sydney to pursue membership in Small Animal Surgeries.
“I am grateful to have achieved my lifelong dream and honored by the trust placed in me, not only by my patients but also by the people that love them. I treasure the long-term relationships that I have developed with my clients so far. I will work hard to carry on our reputation as we work together with this caring and kind Emerald Community to ensure that the pets they love receive the best care possible and are always treated with gentleness, compassion, and respect.”
Outside of work, Dr Malika is a busy mum to mischievous 8 and 7-year-old sons; fortunately she has all the support from her hubby, Anand who just happens to be the Business Manager of the clinic.
Anand completed his Veterinary Degree in 2005 and was afforded an excellent opportunity to work as a...
Anand completed his Veterinary Degree in 2005 and was afforded an excellent opportunity to work as a Project Co-ordinator and HR representative as well as a Veterinary Surgeon with the World Society for the Protection of Animals UK (WSPA) from 2007 to 2012. While working for the WSPA, he enjoyed working closely with people in different communities, both urban and suburban. In addition to veterinary skills, he also developed his people management and admin skills and noticed that working closely with the public, whether they be in high office or at roots level, could help make beneficial changes in animal welfare.
Anand joined the RSPCA Vic in 2011 and worked as an Animal Care Manager at Pearcedale Shelter until 2021. He believes that the best welfare outcomes can be achieved by proactively working with both clients and the community, making them feel valued, supported, and empowered.
In addition to his Veterinary Degree, Anand has also completed; a Graduate Certificate in “Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida,” “Leadership Development Program,” “Client Interaction and Conflict Management,” “Planning, Monitoring and evaluation of Project management,” and “Organizational Development” at MDF.
Anand is now the New Business Manager/Director of Emerald Vet Clinic. His primary focus is to operate the clinic with close community involvement and provide job opportunities within the locality. As you know, the Veterinary Industry is a challenging profession – physically, mentally, and emotionally. However, being a part of this Emerald community will strengthen the clinic during tough times.
“Education is the key to making the next generation aware of the importance of Animal Welfare,” Anand says. Working with local schools and kindergartens and making the kids aware of responsible ownership is one of Anand’s important strategic goals. So please do not hesitate to contact him and voice your ideas to make this happen!
In his spare time, Anand loves to spend quality time with his 7- and 8-year-old sons and his wife, Dr. Malika, who also works at Emerald Vet Clinic. Oh! and he loves music and dancing 😊
Emma grew up in a small town in Darwin, and as a young girl, her passion for the care/welfare of ani...
Emma grew up in a small town in Darwin, and as a young girl, her passion for the care/welfare of animals was paramount in all creatures great and small. She was always catching tadpoles and watching them grow into adulthood and then releasing them back to the wild, or feeding the neighbor’s horse and wishing she could have one of her own – she now owns a cat, two guinea pigs, and a dog!
Life took her down many roads with twists and turns in different trades, which were never self-satisfying. She then had her son, the greatest blessing mother could have. As her son approached kinder age, she thought it was time to walk down that road committing to her passion and enrolled in Certificate III in Animals Studies Specializing in Veterinary Nursing and craving more went straight into Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and has not looked back! It’s never too late to follow your dreams!! She thoroughly enjoys the surgery side of veterinary life and continues to learn new skills.
In her spare time, Emma enjoys going for bush walks, camping and catching up with family and friends.
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