Our Reproduction team

Our reproduction team assist Dr. John Watts with all areas of reproduction. If you have an enquiry, feel free to contact us and speak with the reproduction team.

Dr. John Watts BVSc (Hons) (Melbourne, 1991) PhD (Melb. 1998) Diplomate ECAR (Europe, 2004) MRCVS
Registered Specialist in Small Animal Reproduction
Dr John Watts is the owner of the practice and our reproduction specialist in small animals. He graduated with honours in Veterinary Science from The University of Melbourne in 1991, after which he worked in private practice and at the R.S.P.C.A. until 1994.  He then obtained extra training by completing a PhD on “Uterine Function and Dysfunction in bitches” from 1994 until 1998 at The University of Melbourne.  Diseases of the uterus are very common and serious illnesses of dogs, this work resulted in the development of many new techniques and greatly improved understanding of such diseases.  As a result of these studies, he has received awards and was a finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Awards, Science and Technology section in 1997.  He then travelled and lived in the U.K. for 18 months, working at The Royal Veterinary College, University of London and in private practice in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.  He is involved in difficult cases in the clinic and of course reproduction patients.

Kristen
Laboratory assistant
Kristen is from Canada and moved to Australia in January 2016. Kristen grew up with many cats and dogs over the years and enjoyed being with them every day. She has volunteered at SPCA, where she cared for rabbits, guinea pigs and cats. She has also worked in a boarding facility and doggie day camp where she played and cared for dogs and cats while their owners were away. Kristen has always loved working with animals and enjoys seeing all the cute and furry cats and dogs that come into the clinic every day. Kristen also has a love for research and laboratory work and is assisting in the reproduction program we have at the clinic. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys spending time with friends and going to the beach.

Merissa
Veterinary Nurse
Merissa became a veterinary nurse in 2005, and has since had experience in multiple veterinary clinics as well as the pet food industry. She joined our team in October 2014. She has been an animal lover since birth, attending dog obedience trials with her parents and the family German Shepherd and Irish Setters before she could walk, and was cat-obsessed throughout her childhood.Having bred numerous litters of Burmese cats and Australian Bulldogs, and fostering countless puppies and kittens, it’s natural that her passion includes reproduction,
neonatal care and nutrition. She also enjoys regular
obedience training with one of her bulldogs, George (pictured).
She hopes to progress into other activities such as
tracking and herding with her young German Shepherd
pup who arrived in June 2015.

Susan
Veterinary Nurse – Head Nurse
Susan started with our clinic in December
2010 and during that time has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at VU TAFE. She started as a trainee and has worked her way up to head nurse which includes assisting with reproduction consultations and general reproduction enquiries. She has a number of family pets and loves blue heeler dogs.

Courtney
Veterinary Nurse
Courtney started her traineeship with us in 2015 and is now a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse. Courtney has always loved animals and was constantly surrounded by all kinds of animals growing up.
Courtney enjoys all aspects of nursing and strives to be a well rounded nurse, however she does hold a special interest in emergency and critical care. She finds nursing to be a very rewarding career and enjoys working closely with the animals and altering her nursing style to suit each and every patient. She is also involved in our reproduction clinic, assisting with consultations and general reproduction enquiries.
Courtney is the proud owner of two rescue hounds, Bruno the Greyhound (pictured) and Myles the Whippet.
In her spare time she enjoys seeing live music, going to the beach, spending time with her family and friends and spoiling Bruno and Myles.

Linda
Veterinary Nurse
Linda started with us in May 2011, she has been nursing since 2006 and completed her Certifcate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2011. The things that Linda most enjoys about being a veterinary nurse is the close monitoring and care of hospital patients, assisting in surgery and helping to bring new life into the world with our reproduction clinic. Most of her work is heavily involved in the reproduction lab and assisting with reproduction consultations.
Linda is the proud owner of a Border Collie, “Sari” and doggysitter to a chocolate Labrador, “Charlie”.
Linda enjoys a nice glass of wine, getting away with friends and relaxing on the couch with a good movie.