The Team

Veterinary Staff

Dr Renee Pigdon

BVSc MACVS (Melbourne University)
Dr Renee Pigdon

Dr Renee grew up nurturing lots of animals on a small farm near Yackandandah Victoria and graduated from the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne in 1996.

In 2003 Dr Renee was awarded membership to the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons for her advanced studies in Feline Medicine. She has since developed special interests in Canine and Feline Dermatology, Oncology, Internal Medicine and Soft tissue Surgery. Dr Renee’s love for the Border has kept her practicing right here in Albury Wodonga for the past 20 years.

Dr Renee is the owner of the practice and endeavours to ensure that Petfocus Vetcare provides superior personalised care to owners and their pets by offering individualised care and the best possible treatment options to suit the whole family.

She lives with her husband and four children plus their pets Scooter the Dog and Cecil the cat and a menagerie of chickens and cattle.

Dr Alice Edwards

BVetBio BVSc
Dr Alice Edwards and puppy

Alice grew up on a property near Khancoban and studied at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. Growing up with trail rides and a menagerie of animals made veterinary science a natural career path for Alice from a very young age.

At University, Alice fostered an interest in small animal medicine and surgery, in particular, ophthalmology, endocrinology and soft tissue surgery.  

Outside of work, Alice loves spending time with her own animals (a spoilt Italian Greyhound and delinquent cat), returning to the family farm, horse riding, hiking and basketball.

Dr Selma Fuijkschot

University of Queensland
Dr Selma with dog

Selma graduated from the University of Queensland in 2003.

After graduation she worked in mixed practice for a few years before settling in Albury-Wodonga.

Selma has been practicing on the Border for eight years and enjoys the challenges that a general practice provides. She is particularly interested in surgery and in treating special medicine cases like Diabetes and Cushings Disease.

Selma lives with her husband, two children, a Miniature Schnauzer called Kingsley and two cats called Pixel and Jiji.

Dr Michelle Niedzwiedzki

BSc BVSc (hons)
Dr Michelle and cat

Michelle graduated from Melbourne University in 2002 and has worked continuously on the Border since that time.

She grew up in Benalla where she loved spending time outside with her animals, especially her horse, Patch.

Her particular veterinary interests are internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and animal behaviour.

Her hobbies are camping, mountain bike riding and exploring the bush with her husband and three children.

Michelle has no shortage of pets living with her family. Harvey the Welsh Springer Spaniel, Jool the cat, her two horses, Matty and Bluey and six Boer goats all share the love in the Niedzwiedzki household.

Dr Caitlin Thomson

BVetBio BVSc
Dr Caitlin Thomson with cat

Growing up surrounded by animals on her family’s property near Yass, Caitlin knew she wanted to be a Vet from an early age. 

Upon leaving school, Caitlin headed to Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga to study Veterinary Science.

She met her husband, Shane who is also a Vet, at University, and they now live in Holbrook.

Throughout her time at university, Caitlin fostered a keen interest in small animal surgery, particularly orthopaedics and enjoys the challenge presented by dermatology and ophthalmology.

Caitlin loves spending time on the family beef cattle property, playing netball, and making hand-made crafts. She has two dogs at home, Nilla, the Samoyed and Cozmo, the Border Collie.

Nursing Staff

Carrie-Anne Burt

Carrie Anne with kitten

Senior Head Veterinary Nurse. Enrolled & Advanced Certificates in Veterinary Nursing, Extended Certificate in Dentistry and Surgery.

 

Carrie-Anne has been a nurse on the Border since 1997 and we were very happy when she joined our hospital in July 2007.

Carrie-Anne is highly experienced and has completed several advanced veterinary nursing courses. She is responsible for coordinating all veterinary staff and manages many aspects of Petfocus Vetcare’s day to day operations.  Carrie-Anne enjoys all aspects of veterinary care. She has an affinity with surgery and dentistry and loves dealing with cats. She has three moggies called Chelsea, Lilly and Maggie and also two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels called Tramp and Wallace.

Since she’s joined us she has had two children, Lachlan and Hannah and after a maternity break each time, she has continued on a full time basis. As our head nurse, she is responsible for coordinating all our juniors and also manages to take part in many other aspects of business management.

Nadine Ballentine

Nadine with kitten

Diploma of Veterinary Nursing & Diploma of Animal Technology

Nadine has been vet nursing since 1999 and lives on a farm in Brocklesby with her hubby Stuart and their two children Michala and Darcy.

She joined Petfocus Vetcare in 2008 and her special interests lie in veterinary rehabilitation and she is one of our senior hydrotherapy technicians. She is also heavily involved in the surgical area and takes part in training up our trainee nurses in the surgical field.

Nadine has lots of animals, Lexus the cat, Douglas the Border collie, Kellie the Fox Terrier, three Standard geese and three snails!

Courtney Dodds

Courtney with kitten

Senior Veterinary Nurse, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Courtney was born in Albury and lived in Adaminaby before moving to Canberra for some years where she trained to become a senior veterinary nurse before returning to her home town of Albury. Courtney joined us in January 2012 and has a special interest in veterinary surgery.

Courtney’s hobbies include swimming, horse riding, keeping in touch with friends via Facebook and caring for her little boy Jack. She has a soft spot for adopting and re-homing strays – and has cared for orphaned kangaroos in the past.

She owns three dogs, four cats, one bird and some goldfish.

Sarah Talbot

Nurse Sarah Talbot

Sarah joined the Pet Focus team in 2017 and has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. 

She has a special interest in caring for exotic pets including ferrets, rats, and rabbits. Since joining us, Sarah has also gained a keen interest in assisting with surgery and learning about non-routine procedures. 

Sarah enjoys fostering the cats and kittens within our adoption program, as well as caring for lost pets that come to the clinic, such as ferrets. Sarah and her husband, Brendon, also have lots of permanent fur-kids at home including five ferrets, a german shepherd (Rex), and a cat (Jade), whom she adopted from our cat adoption program. 

Office Staff

Fiona Schultheis

Receptionist

Fiona was born in Albury and after living in Darwin and Brisbane for many years, has returned home to raise her 3 children Olive, Violet and Eddy with hubby David.

 Fiona joined the team in February 2018 as our newest member of the team. She has worked in customer service for many years and her aim is to provide a high level of professional service in the friendliest environment! Fiona is great at making everyone feel welcome with her big smile and caring approach.

Owning two rescue dogs Bonnie and Penelope completes Fiona’s busy household.