The Team

Veterinary Staff

Dr Renee Pigdon

Bachelor of Veterinary Science University of Melbourne
Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science in Feline Medicine
Registered Veterinary Surgeon and Sole Director and Owner of Petfocus Vetcare

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.

Since graduating from Melbourne University in 1996, Dr Renee has a practicing veterinarian in Albury-Wodonga. She spent eleven years in mixed animal practice calving cows and visiting rural properties in the Albury-Wodonga area before developing a special interest in small animal medicine and surgery.

In 2003, Dr Renee was awarded membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons for her advanced studies in Feline Medicine. In 2013, Dr Renee took over Dr Jana’s Veterinary centre in Wagga Road and re-named as Petfocus Vetcare in 2015 to better reflect the philosophy of the practice. In October 2018, Dr Renee’s goal to build a safe, modern species segregated hospital in Albury-Wodonga was achieved with the opening of the new Petfocus Vetcare clinic and hospital on Wagga Road and the closure of the old clinic.
In July 2019, Dr Renee was awarded Albury-Wodonga Business Person of the year for her courage in business and her commitment to pets of the Border. Petfocus Vetcare was also awarded Excellence in Innovation for the new species segregated clinic and hospital on Wagga Road.
Dr Renee spends much of her spare time dedicated to further education and the needs of pets, even on her days off but also loves to spend time with her husband, seven children, five grandchildren, Scooter the dog, George the cat and a menagerie of chickens and cattle.

Dr Alice Edwards

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology
Bachelor of Veterinary Science Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga
Registered Veterinary Surgeon and Associate Veterinarian Petfocus Vetcare

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.

Dr Alice has been a practicing veterinarian at Petfocus Vetcare since 2017 and is an extremely knowledgeable veterinarian of all things medical. Dr Alice has an extra special interest in 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

Bachelor of Veterinary Science University of Queensland
Registered Veterinary Surgeon and Senior Associate Veterinarian Petfocus Vetcare

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 ten 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 Caitlin Thomson

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology
Bachelor of Veterinary Science Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga
Registered Veterinary Surgeon and Senior Associate Veterinarian Petfocus Vetcare

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. 

Caitlin’s husband Shane is also a veterinarian and then live in Holbrook with their two sons Bradley and Cooper. 

Caitlin has a special interest in dermatology, ophthalmology and small animal surgery.

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.

Dr Sasha Chapman

Bachelor of Veterinary Science with First Class Honours Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga
Registered Veterinary Surgeon and Associate Veterinarian Petfocus Vetcare

Dr Sasha Chapman

Sasha grew up on the north shore of Sydney, before moving to Wagga Wagga to undertake veterinary pursuits. She graduated from Charles Sturt University with first class honours in 2019. She has recently relocated to a small hobby farm on the border.

Sasha knew early on in her studies that she had a keen interest in small animal medicine and surgery. After completing some time at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in Sydney she nurtured a keen interest in brachycephalic breeds and dermatology. 

Sasha loves spending time with her three dogs (a mischievous Shar pei and two working dogs), her two short horn cows, chickens and lambs, while helping out with her partner’s sheep production endeavours. 

Nursing Staff

Carrie-Anne Burt

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing
Advance certificate in Veterinary Nursing
Extended certificate in Dentistry and Surgery
Diploma in Feline Medicine with the International Society of Feline Medicine

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.

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

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing
Diploma of Animal Technology
Senior Veterinary Nurse and Hydrotherapy Technician
Puppy Preschool and Laboratory Manager

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, Douglas the Border collie, three Standard geese and three snails!

Courtney Dodds

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing Senior Veterinary Nurse and Pet Adoption Manager
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

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing Head Exotics Pet Nurse Petfocus Vetcare with extended studies in rabbit medicine
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 has 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. 

Lauren Walker

Veterinary Nurse
Lauren Walker

Lauren is currently studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing and plans to embark on her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing once this is completed. 

From a young age, Lauren has always had a vision of working in the animal care industry. She enjoys life at home with three dogs named Happy, Scout and Winston, and a bunny named Blaze.

Sian Kruger

Veterinary Nurse Certificate IV
Sian Kruger Veterinary Nurse Certificate IV

Sian Kruger is a local girl born and raised in Albury/Wodonga.

Animals have always been Sians love and passion and working in the veterinary industry was a dream from a very young age. Sian has volunteered at numerous rescue centres including Wodonga Dog Rescue, Albury Cat Rescue, McIntyre Wildlife Shelter and has worked in a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa. 

Sian has also worked as an animal carer for The Good Neighbour, caring for pets within the Albury, Wodonga, Yackandandah and Beechworth areas. 

Sian’s special interests are emergency and critical care and anaesthesia. 

Outside of work, Sian loves spending time with her beautiful rescue cat, Ace. 

Office Staff

Fiona Schultheis

Administration Receptionist

Fiona - Reception

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. 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.