Damian Caldarella

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Damian joined the team at Templestowe Veterinary Clinic in the middle of 2018 as a  work placement student. His love and dedication to animals stood out to us later securing him a full time position as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse.

A country boy at heart; growing up in Sale with his two older sisters and two cats Jake and Toby. Damian loves his footy and is a true blue Carlton Supporter, whist he patiently awaits to climb the ladder he enjoys going to gigs, catching up with mates and eating blocks of chocolate all in one sitting!

What makes Damian different to others? He can grow a moustache but not a beard.

Favourite animal? Foxes- they’re nice to look at.

Favourite holiday destination? Queenstown, NZ.


Teniele Carman 


Teniele joined the team at Templestowe Veterinary Clinic at the beginning of 2018. Teniele qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2011 and as much as she enjoys nursing her main focus is now on reception. Her passion is to care for pets and educate clients on all aspects of their pet’s health.

Teniele grew up in Langwarrin, 40km South East of Melbourne. She’s a crazy hawthorn supporter, her hero being Jarryd Roughead, so if you don’t find her at the match on the weekend you’ll find her busy at home running a small business minding pets at home.

What makes Teniele different to others? Her obsession with Hawthorn F.C and King Charles Cavaliers

Favourite animal? Orangatangs- Teniele loves their personality!

Favourite holiday destination? Sydeny; The Oprah House and Harbour Bridge


Amy Sullivan 

Senior Veterinary Nurse

Amy joined Templestowe Veterinary Clinic in July 2011 (how time flies!). Amy began her nursing career in 2007 in her home town of Albury Wodonga, where she completed her Certificate II in Animal Studies and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Amy enjoys on-going training and has completed her certificate in Microchip Implantation and Certificate IV in Frontline Management.

Amy has a furry friend of her own, Bailey, a male ginger and white Domestic Medium Hair cat, who loves keeping her on her toes!

When Amy’s not at work, you can find her out on a bush walk, at the gym or checking out the latest movie at the cinema.

Favourite animal? She cannot go past a cute kitten!

Favourite holiday destination? Texas, because you can’t beat a great Southern BBQ!




Heather Ryland 

Head Veterinary Nurse

Heather joined Templestowe Veterinary Clinic in July 2018. In 2012 Heather completed her degree in Animal Health Technology at Thompsons River University in British Columbia, Canada. Heather has a passion for animals and their welfare. She loves to work with owners to ensure the best health for their pet.

Heather grew up in Toronto, Canada with her awesome family of both human and animal kind. She made the move down under with her Husband in 2013. While Heather keeps busy with her young family you can also find her snowboarding in the winter, walking her dog, Ginny, and playing ice hockey (when she’s not pregnant).

What makes Heather different to others? She’s an OCD neat freak and sometimes drives staff crazy with it.

Favourite Animal? Love them all except for birds.

Favourite holiday destination? Anywhere with big mountains and snow.


Amanda Vella 

Practice Manager

Amanda joined the team at Templestowe Veterinary Clinic in September 2018. Amanda started her career as a Veterinary nurse back in 2007 before becoming a Manager at her previous clinic in 2015. Her biggest focus as a manager is to help lead an effective team and build relationships with our clients.

Amanda spent her younger years growing up at Phillip Island before moving to Yarrawonga as a teenager where her parents brought a hobby farm full of donkeys, goats and chickens! In Amanda’s spare time you’ll find her playing netball, walking the dog and volunteering with her local CFA.

What makes Amanda different to others? Her height

Favourite animal? I have two; Donkeys and Cows! They’re loyal and loving pets and have a unique personality.

Favourite holiday destination? Malta and Africa


Alison Klomp 

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Alison joined the team at Templestowe Veterinary Clinic as a work placement student in May 2018, her bubbly personality and passion for animals prompted us to offer her a full time position as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse in November, 2018.

Alison is a Kiwi at heart growing up in a small town called Rotorua, located on the North Island of New Zealand. She made the move to Sunny Australia back in 2014. In her spare time you’ll find Alison taking her two kelpies, Achie and Dylan, for a walk or swim down to the local river. Alison is very quick witted; happy for all jokes to be thrown at her but be ready for the quick and outstanding comebacks!

What makes Alison different to others? Her accent

Favourite animal? Dogs- they’re loving

Favourite holiday destination? Vietnam



Nicole Gibbs 


Nicole joined the team at Templestowe Veterinary Clinic in July 2018. Nicole knew she wanted to work with animals as they make her feel calm and relaxed. She begin her grooming career back in 2014 and she loves sending a dog home feeling happy and clean.

Nicole was born and raised in Healesville, Victoria. She owns a beautiful fluffy cat that she rescued recently from Templestowe Veterinary Clinic. If Nicole isn’t in the grooming salon you’ll find her outside camping, fishing or hunting.

What makes Nicole different to others? Her quiet personality

Favourite animal? Staffies, they’re very cuddly and sometimes independent.

Favourite holiday destination? Anywhere that involves camping.


Jordyn Chodziesner


Jordyn joined the team at Templestowe Veterinary Clinic in 2017. She is currently studying Environmental Science due to her love for wildlife and conservation. She has a passion/obsession for animals so you’ll find her patting any creature regardless if it has fur or scales.

Jordyn grew up in Marlo, a small country town in the Gippsland region of Victoria. Her family were dedicated wildlife careers looking after kangaroos, rabbits, lizards and birds on a regular basis. Growing up around animals made Jordyn’s career decision nice and easy, she knew from a young age that she wanted to work with them, after all her hero is Steve Irwin! Crikey!

What makes Jordyn different to others? Her unique laugh

Favourite animal? Wombats- her cousins use to have a wombat that chased her.

Favourite holiday destination? United States of America – Jordyn went to college there.