Dr. Harris Chow

Senior Veterinarian

Dr. Harris joined the Templestowe Veterinary Clinic in October 2018. Harris studied his Bachelor of Science, Honours in Microbiology and Immunology in 2008 before completing his Bachelor in Veterinary Science in 2004. Harris thoroughly enjoys working with animals, practicing medicine and working with clients.

Dr. Harris spent his childhood growing up in Hong Kong before making the move to Australia with his family at the age 0f 10. In Dr. Harris’ spare time you’ll find him having a hit a golf, at the beach or spending time with his family. You might even hear him making a quote from his favourite movies: ‘May the force be with you’ or ‘Excellent’.

What makes Harris different to others? His sense of humour.

Favourite animal? Alpacas; they chase foxes away and make great guard dogs.

Favourite Holiday destination? Anywhere by the beach.



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.


Alison Klomp 

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

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

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.


Joanna Velas 

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Joanna joined the team at Templestowe Veterinary Clinic in the October 2018 as a work placement student. Her work ethic and love for animals made our decision easy in offering her a casual position as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse in February 2019.

Joanna has always had a passion for animals, which made her choice of career easy; focusing on caring and helping. Joanna is born and bred in Melbourne and can’t see herself living anywhere else. Outside of work you will find Joanna spending time with her family and friends, and watching movies.

What makes Joanna different to others? She’s always trying to learn new things and apply them to how she works on a daily basis.

Favourite animal? Joanna has a soft spot for cats as she has grown up with them all her life.

Favourite Holiday destination: Santorini, Greece. It’s beautiful and relaxing.


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? Sydney; The Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Teniele is currently on maternity leave



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.

Colette Hester

Dr Colette joined the team in June 2019. Originally from Ireland, Colette received her Honours bachelor degree from University College Dublin in 2015. Colette enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine, especially working up cases and performing surgeries. She spent a year locuming in various clinics around Melbourne before settling into a full time role at TVC.
In Colette’s spare time she likes to take advantage of the Australian weather and head to the beach, as well as socialise with friends. She also enjoys going to the gym and supporting AFL (Melbourne, of course!)
What makes Colette different to others? Her accent
Favourite animal? Cat obsessed!
Favourite Holiday destination? Croatia

Debbie James

Practice Manager

Debbie joined Templestowe Veterinary Clinic in December 2019. Debbie has a Bachelor of Business Degree, but has always loved animals and had a career change in 2004 to follow her passion and has worked in a Veterinary Practice since then.

Deb loves helping people with their pet’s daily needs, flea and worm treatments, vaccination and de-sexing information, diets, training and hearing stories from clients about their pet’s quirky antics.

In her spare time, oh no, she doesn’t have any! Her 2 teenage sons, Pomeranian cross dog Darcy, her cats and occasionally foster kittens, keep her busy.

Debs other love is the Collingwood Football Club, being an unashamedly one-eyed member since she was 14 years old.

Deb loves all animals and her aim is to make sure they all lead the happiest and healthiest lives possible.

Favourite holiday destination- Africa