Meet our wonderful team at Castlemaine vets. We look to working with you to support your pets best health.



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.

Dr Holly Kang

Senior Veterinarian (BVM & Emergency Medicine and Critical Care MANZCVs)

Holly Kang will be joining the team in October 2022!!
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 she will be making 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


Dr Ann Boraston


Ann graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1994 with a bachelor of veterinary medicine. Over the years Ann has had the opportunity to own her own practice , locum , and also work in the UK. She enjoys all aspects of general veterinary practice, says she has the best profession in the world  and can’t imagine not meeting new animals  every day.


Merinda Kuckhahn

Veterinary Nurse

Merinda lives on a block just outside Castlemaine with her hubby, two Shepherds Besch and Polly and her little old guy Pan, the blind Maltese x Shihtzu.
She has spent the last 6 years working at Hilltop Boarding kennels and is currently studying with the National Dog Trainers Federation.
She loves gardening, op shopping and spending time with her fur family.

Hollie Boyd

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Hollie has been a Veterinary Nurse for 3 years. After obtaining her certificate she started working in Melbourne in 2019, but moved back closer to home due to missing her family. She has 3 fur babies at home, 2 crazy Cats named Peach, Winx, and her beloved Dachshund named Maple. Hollie has a great passion for animals, anaesthesia and for canine reproduction which she has helped breed her own dachshund babies. She is currently expanding her Knowledge by studying anaesthesia and surgical analgesic at Australian collage of veterinary nursing.
Hollie spends her spare time reading with her furry friends close by, taking her dog on crazy adventures and telling entertaining stories about her crazy 2 cats.

Isla Byrne

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Isla grew up on a 20 acre property just outside Castlemaine surrounded by native animals and the bush. Her love for animals grew and she now lives with two reptilian family members: Apollo - the bearded dragon and Hermes - the diamond python. She is just finishing a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

In her spare time she likes to hang out with Apollo and Hermes and watch movies. 


Meg Gain -Avery

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Meghan grew up on acreage in Maldon, spending her childhood horseback riding throughout the Maldon bush. Meg did her Vet Nurse training at the Maldon Vet Clinic, then spent two years in Equine Nursing, before joining CVC in August 2022. Meghan is now living with her partner in a bungalow in Muckleford with her two horses, 3 Toy Poodles, Rottweiler, two cats, chooks and ducks


Lisa Tancredi


Lisa, has been with CVC for many years now and brings with her incredible knowledge about the importance of pet grooming for your pets health and well-being. Lisa has hung up her grooming clippers and can be found on our reception desk usually Wednesdays to Fridays.  Lisa can often be found early mornings walking the streets of Castlemaine with her brood of dogs.  Lisa also puts her hand to various crafts in particular the magic of looming.


Marisa Jorgensen

Marisa grew up in a tiny apartment in Copenhagen. She booked a plane ticket to Australia in 2018 and completely fell in love with the country.  She met her partner not long after arriving in Australia and the now live in Chewton with their 6 chickens and Maremma dog Leo.  Marisa is passionate about animals and in particular the diverse wildlife in Australia and sees herself studying either psychology or veterinary science at the University of Melbourne.  When Marisa is not at reception of as a cage hand at CVC, you will usually find her with a paint brush in her hand, at the gym or going for a long bush walk watching the kangaroos jump by

Kristy Dwyer


Kristy moved to Mandurang from Melbourne  to enjoy a tree change with her husband and three children. She has completed her Cert 3 in Animal Studies and is an experienced receptionist. You will find Kristy at reception, usually on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but don't be surprised if you see her other days.  Kristy has a lab called Fig who is a delightful addition to her family.  

Tegan Nicholl-Caddell


Tegan recently moved to Castlemaine with her partner, daughter and four rescued fur babies. On
retirement as a professional dancer Tegan decided to follow her passion for all things animal,
completing a short course in Animal Nursing at Box hill Institute, a Diploma of Science at Deakin
University and is currently completing a Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at La
Trobe University. Tegan works at the practice on Thursdays and Saturdays. She is enjoying getting to know the
locals and their pets.


Athena Williams

Practice Owner/Manager (MSc Policy & Human Resources; BSc Biomed)

Athena moved to Castlemaine with her eldest daughter Ellandi in early 2004.  Athena spent many years working in community development, policy and social research before completely emerging herself in the world of animals as Practice Manager in 2020.  Athena and Yvette brought Castlemaine Vet clinic in 2011, when their daughter Eadi was born.  You would often meet Athena in the late hours of the night, early mornings or over the weekends when she would be assisting Yvette in emergency care.  Athena enjoys the opportunity to work with the experienced team at Castlemaine Vets to promote animal health and the value of animals in the community.  

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