Meet the Team

Dr Kylee Woods

Dr Kylee graduated from Veterinary Science at Melbourne University in 1996 and moved to Canberra for her first job as a small animal veterinarian. Dr Kylee then travelled to the UK and worked in a small animal clinic, followed by a return to Melbourne. Dr Kylee was keen for a change and decided that Shelter and Welfare work was more in line with her passion so she started her time at Second Chance Animal Rescue.

In 2019 Dr Kylee completed a Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine and Welfare through the University of Florida and then subsequently also completed her Level 1 Fear Free Practitioner Certification.
Dr Kylee enjoys being able to care for those animals who have found themselves without a place to live, helping get them ready for a new home, she also has a passion for trying to help people keep their pets in their homes. Dr Kylee believes that pets are such an important part of people’s families, and sometimes the only companion a person has. Dr Kylee says ‘ It is so rewarding and heart-warming to be able to provide veterinary care for people’s pets when they may have financial, housing, physical, emotional or other issues going on in their lives.”

Dr Kylee lives with a rather large menagerie of cats, dogs, chooks, cockatiels, a python, a peacock and alpacas. Her tribe has certainly expanded after she started working at SCAR!

Dr Kylees hobbies outside of work are many and varied, including gardening, bee-keeping, ultramarathon trail running, cooking (and eating!), rogaining/orienteering, camping, hiking, jiu jitsu and teaching a kitchen-garden program at the local primary school. It is her future wish to be able clone herself so she can spend more time doing everything she loves.

Dr Karmen Fong

Karmen graduated from Melbourne University in 2013 and joined the team in October 2020. Having worked in two busy small animal practices previously in both Singapore and Australia, she is dedicated in maintaining utmost patient care as it is often neglected when demand is high.

Karmen has strong interests in integrating holistic medicine in her diagnostic and treatment approaches. She is also passionate about discovering new approaches and alternatives that will help pets live a healthy and happy life. She is currently undertaking studies in western herbal medicine with the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies and in the midst of completing her certification in veterinary acupuncture with Chi University. Her plan in the near future is to pursue further studies in food therapy and rehabilitation.

Originally from Malaysia, Karmen can speak 4 languages and is happy to assist with any queries in Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese and Mandarin. Growing up surrounded by cats all her life, she would also like to think she speaks cat. Karmen's idea of a perfect day includes catching up on the latest TV series, baking and curling in bed with her 4 cats on a rainy day.

Dr Paige Cross

Dr. Paige graduated from Melbourne University in 2016. Paige worked as a veterinary nurse before completing her Bachelor of Veterinary Science and has been working in small animals clinics for the last 10 years. Having worked in general practice, welfare and emergency animal hospitals Paige comes to us with a wealth of knowledge.

Paige has a strong interest in surgery, shelter medicine and feline behaviour. She has a very gentle and calming approach when it comes to patient care and works up all cases to ensure her patients have the best quality of life whilst undergoing medical treatments.

Outside of work Paige enjoys hiking adventures, reading, renovating her country home and spending her time with her 3 dogs, 3 cats and coastal carpet python, Morrigan.


Caitlin - Veterinary Nurse

Caitlin has been a part of the SCAR team for the last 7 years, she started as a foster carer and then went on to be Shelter Manager and then Practice Manager in the clinic before taking the Head Nurse role.

Caitlin has had over 15 years experience working with animals from working in the shelter to working as a surgical specialist veterinary nurse.

Caitlin spends most of her free time at home with her family and with her goats, chickens, cats and dogs.


Lena - Veterinary Nurse

Lena joined the team at SCAR in November 2020 coming to us with nearly 20 years experience as a veterinary nurse in private practice. She has a 6 year old ginger cat called Gilbert who rules the roost! Lena also shares her home with Minnie the SCAR rescue.

In her spare time you’ll find Lena out on adventures with her family or down by the river relaxing in Porepunkah.

Anna - Veterinary Nurse

Anna has been with SCAR for the last 3 years and was our first veterinary nurse to join the team. Anna has been nursing for 10 years and completed some of her studies in the UK in 2012. She has a strong passion for shelter medicine.

When Anna isn't working she loves to travel, going to the beach and taking her gentle giant rescue Staghound Ed on adventures.

Janelle - Veterinary Nurse

Janelle has been in the veterinary industry for 20 years, Janelle has a specific interest in emergency nursing and has worked as a critical care nurse in emergency clinics.

Janelle loves cats and lives with 4 cats including SCAR adoptee Trashy who keeps her on her toes with his cheeky antics.

Nicky - Veterinary Nurse

Nicky has been working with animals for over 19 years. She has worked at grooming salons, in the SCAR shelter as the Foster Care Coordinator and as a veterinary nurse. Nicky is also a qualified dog trainer and has a strong belief in positive training. Nicky enjoys client liaisons and is happiest in reception meeting and greeting clients and their pets.

Nicky shares her home with Billie the Cattle Dog, Chi Chi the Chihuahua, Indie the Cavoodle, Milly the Jack Russel and Frankie and Mog SCAR rescue she has had since they were 3 days old.