“To be the veterinary leader, providing platinum standard pet care with integrity and compassion for our pet families.”
The veterinary centre was opened in beautiful Olinda, in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges on 26th July 1999 by owners Moss and Christine Siddle. At the time of opening there was one vet - Moss Siddle and one veterinary nurse - Elissa Taylor (now Roberts).
The original site was at 2 Basin-Olinda Rd, Olinda and was chosen for its exact central location in the Dandenong Ranges. Previously, the building was used as a hardware and lawn mower shop. There was a fire causing the hardware shop to close and it never re-opened. This site was perfect for the first few years but ultimately more room was needed and hence the surgery has now moved into the main street. The old site is now the LeafBusters distribution centre.
The new Veterinary Centre is located in spacious surroundings at 1449 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda (beside the Mt Dandenong Hotel). Moss and Christine decided to settle in the Dandenong Ranges with their family after years of travel around the world. Originally from Mackay in Queensland, Moss has worked in over 15 different veterinary clinics in Australia and overseas but loves the people and idyllic surroundings of the Dandenongs.
Moss opened the Centre in 1999 after moving to Melbourne in 1997 and has since worked hard to grow the business into the wonderful veterinary practice that it is today. His pet family includes a cat named Herod (the King!) and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog named Nala. Moss is on the executive committee of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) Victorian division & is an active member of the Veterinary Business Group.
Christine joined our team at the start of 2017. She started her veterinary career working in Rockhampton, Qld after growing up in Brisbane. She lived and worked in Japan for 12 months prior to working at DRVC. Christine has a cat named Chitten and particularly enjoys veterinary medicine and challenging behaviour problems in dogs and cats.
Mick has worked locally for around 20 years. He is the proud owner of a 3 legged cat named Patrick. Mick loves surgery. In his spare time Mick likes to go hang gliding and speed roller blading!
Elissa has been working with Moss since the opening of Dandenong Ranges Veterinary Centre in 1999! She lives on a property in Wandin and enjoys spending her spare time horse riding and caring for her array of pets including Pippin the pug puppy. Elissa is the fantastic practice manager at DRVC.
Kerry has over 30 years experience as a vet nurse & is one of the original veterinary nurses at Dandenong Ranges Vet Centre (started employment in 2000). She is our most experienced nurse & has a heavy influence on the running of DRVC. She has an avid interest in agility & fly ball with her 2 border collie dogs Megs & Ryley. She has bred her red Border Collie.
Kim joined the DRVC team in November 2013 and has had over 10 years experience as a vet nurse. Kim is a part time surgical nurse but occasionally covers reception. She lives with her dogs in Montrose.
Mel started work at DRVC in October 2014. As well being a full time vet nurse at DRVC she is also a dental nurse (for people). Mel has a dog named Tilly (Staffi). Mel has worked voluntarily in the NT in indigenous communities to help improve the health of domestic dogs. Mel is our resident nutritional advisor.
Lisa is currently studying Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. At home she has her dog Buddy, cat Coby & birds Chilli & Curtis. Lisa used to work as a hair dresser before starting her career in vet nursing. She is expecting her first child in 2019.
Natasha helps out our nurses every week. At home she has Charlie & Freddy the dogs & numerous chickens.
The kookaburra logo was chosen for its distinctly Australian image and association with nature and the Dandenong Ranges. Also the ridges on the top of the logo are intended to represent the hills of the Dandenong Ranges.
The colours & kookaburra also reflect the natural environment of the Dandenong Ranges.
The overall appearance of the logo is that of a key hence our original slogan "The Key to Animal Health". Our slogan has become "We Care" because that's what we do (about pets & their owners)! We have a lot of veterinary experience & knowledge but operate under the belief that "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care!" (John C Maxwell).
VetCheck is the easy-to-use app that allows you to keep all of their pet’s information, appointments and treatment plans in one place. Developed by Dr Moss Siddle, it is a complete pet care management app and it's FREE!Find out more