Dr Yvette Berkeley
Veterinarian & Practice Owner (BVSc (Hons), BA (Hons))
Yvette graduated from The University of Queensland in 2002, then spent 5 years in mixed practice on the Isle of Man, Wales and England. While there, Yvette’s holidays were spent volunteering for Nine Lives in Greece and SPANA in Morocco, providing vet care for work animals and neutering stray cats. Since returning to Australia she has concentrated on small animal practice with a keen interest in ophthalmology, medicine and surgery.
Yvette lives with Athena and their daughter Eadi and animals on 10 acres in Mckenzie Hill. She has a passion for the cats in Greece and Greek food, and continues to support Nine lives in Athens and smaller welfare groups throughout the Greek islands to neuter strays.
Yvette is one of three founding members for the Regional Community Vet Clinic (RCVC)- providing veterinary support to people facing economic and social disadvantage. Yvette is the current president of RCVC.
Dr Holly Kang
Senior Veterinarian (BVM & Emergency Medicine and Critical Care MANZCVs)
Holly graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2009 and moved to Australia to start her small
animal veterinary career in Adelaide. In 2012 she relocated to Melbourne and continued to concentrate on small animal practice, gaining further qualifications along the way in emergency
medicine & critical care though MANZCVS membership, and a graduate certificate in abdominal
ultrasonography at the University of Melbourne.
In October 2022 Holly made a tree change to Taradale with her husband, mother, greyhound
and two cats. Holly enjoys all aspects of general practice and is excited to join the community and
team at Castlemaine Veterinary Clinic.
Dr Lily Fermer
Veterinarian (PhD, MPhil, Grad Dip Ed, B Litt (Hons), BVSc)
Lily graduated from the University of Queensland in the early 1990s and moved to Melbourne soon after, where she has spent many years working in private practice and at the Lort Smith Animal Hospital. Lily worked with the lovely Yvette shortly before they both made the treechance to Castlemaine.
Lily is returning to veterinary practice after a few years' absence. She has been dedicating her time to parenting her two sons and finishing a PhD in Creative Writing. Some of you may recognise Lily from her time as an English teacher at Castlemaine secondary College!
Yvette has finally convinced Lily to work in town and she is really enjoying it!
Dr Leisel Wion
Senior Veterinarian (DACVIM; BVMS Honours; BSc)
Leisel graduated from Murdoch Uni in 1995. Since graduation, Leisel undertook an internship & residency in large animal internal medicine in Canada/USA and postgraduate training in zoo and wildlife medicine, culminating in working with an amazing collection of animals at Werribee Open Range Zoo.
In 2017 Leisel took a break from the vet life to explore more of Australia and was fortunate to spend a year taking horseback tours in the Kimberleys, WA & Victorian High Country where she ended up settling and now owns a property with lots of 4-legged family members.
More recently Leisel has retired from large animal work and has been spending time in predominantly small animal practice in both permanent part-time and casual locum positions. Travelling with 2 dogs - a 12yo black lab "Meggie" and a 15 month old tri color smooth coated border collie "Tori", both of whom are looking forward to exploring the Castlemaine region.