Dr Jodi Vermaas has been the senior veterinarian at our Rosebud Veterinary Hospital since 2000. Her interest is in feline medicine and behaviour.
Jodi graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1994. After graduation she worked in Melbourne at a number of accredited veterinary hospitals and also spent 18 months working in England. Jodi completed a distance education course in feline medicine in 2004 and a course in behavioural medicine in 2012.
Jodi lives in McCrae with her husband, Dr John Willems of the Rye Beach Vet Hospital.
Jodi and John's family includes: Hugo the blue Burmese adopted from a client of John's; Stella the brown Burmese adopted after being found in a Mulgrave car park; Gertie the naughty Border terrier; a firm favourite of all the team at Rosebud – Raphael the boxer, adopted after coming into the clinic as a stray; and three Isa brown chickens from the Dromana egg farm.
Jodi is committed to animal welfare issues. She is a member of ACF, WWF and National parks Australia, and enjoys helping the injured wildlife frequently seen at the clinic. She is also a member of Vets Beyond Borders with whom Jodi and John have volunteered in India in 2005, in the Cook Islands in 2008, India again in 2010 as well as Bali in 2010, working in desexing programs and veterinary care provision for street dogs. Closer to home, Jodi is trying to help reduce the stray cat population on the Peninsula through educating the public via newspaper articles, the clinic's schools program and the Rosebud Veterinary Hospitals Cat Adoption Centre.’
Ben Graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2013, where he was the valedictorian for his class, with his major interests laid in surgery.
Ben hopes that being mentored by our own Chris Franklin will help further develop his skills in this specialty.
Ben came to Peninsula Vet Care after working at Tarwin Veterinary practice in South Gippsland, which mainly focused on larger animals, leading him to have a very diverse set of skills in all different types of animals. However, he is here to further develop his keen interest in smaller animal surgery.
Prior to becoming a Vet Ben lived in the French Alps building a Chalet, while enhancing his keen snow boarding and skiing skills. He has three beautiful young children, a five year old and twins aged two, with his adored wife Sally. He looks forward to expanding the family once they have moved to the peninsula with hopefully two puppies and a kitten.
Jenna Brady is the clinic co-ordinator at Rosebud Veterinary Hospital and also runs our puppy pre-school.
Jenna joined the team at Rosebud fresh out of high school in 2004. She has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill Institute via correspondence.
Like many of our vets and nurses, Jenna has volunteered her time in Sri Lanka as part of the Vets beyond borders de-sexing program.
Jenna is married with what she calls her two children, her pet sheep and horse Matty Mac.
Laura Stephenson is a Veterinary Nurse at Rosebud Veterinary Hospital.
Laura joined the Peninsula Vet Care team in November of 2013. She qualified with her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2012 through Box Hill Institute of TAFE and has completed her certificate in microchipping.
Laura has been in the veterinary industry from a young age of just 14 where she got her first job at Karingal Veterinary Hospital. Her Mum is also a Veterinary Nurse which gave her the inspiration to start a career in the industry.
Her last position was at Hastings Veterinary Clinic where she worked with large and small animals..
She has a young Border Collie named Floyd who she enjoys taking down the beach in her spare time. She also enjoys taking young kitten’s home to foster, much to her Dads dismay!
Jess has been apart of the Peninsula Vet care team at Rosebud since May 2014.
She has completed her Certificate II in animal studies and hopes to resume back to her studies this year (2017) to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
Jess grew up on the Mornington Peninsula, and is currently residing in Rosebud with her partner and step daughter, She has 3 cats, 1 Dalmation and 1 rescue Labrador called Cocoa Jumbo!
Wendy O’Dwyer is part of our Rosebud Vet hospital teams.
Wendy is an experienced Vet Nurse who has worked at the clinic since 1992.
Wendy was born in Rosebud and attended Rosebud Secondary College.
She has three cats, Tom and Jerry who were hand reared strays from the clinic, and Tilley was a mother cat who came in a stray with kittens, whom she also helped raise many other young stray kittens that did not have a mother.
Wendy also has a gorgeous Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Charlie who she loves to take on walks down the beach in her spare time.
Wendy is committed to ensuring your pets stay with us is comfortable as well as healing. She is a true animal lover, always concerned for their wellbeing.