Dr Josh Rich
Josh graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1990. He also has an intercalated honours degree in pathology. He grew up in a house full of dogs, cats and horses, his step mother bred Maine Coons and his grandparents bred Poodles and Bull Terriers (though never together!)
Upon graduation Josh went into mixed practice in the wilds of Yorkshire and was granted a 4 month sabbatical which he spent in Mauritius working with an SPCA team neutering the local pets from a mobile surgical unit. He returned to practice in Yorkshire for a further 2 years but his interest in travel had been sparked and he left to work in Greece, Hong Kong, Australia and the Bahamas.
Josh worked in a small animal practice in the Bahamas for 2 years. One of the highlights of this time was being involved in the veterinary care for the dolphins at The Dolphin Experience Freeport, Grand Bahama.
However Australia called and in 1998 Josh made his third and final visit, moving to the Mornington Peninsula, originally to cover a one year sabbatical leave for one of the partners at Peninsula Vet Hospital in Mt Eliza. Josh then spent 4 years at Frankston Heights Vet Centre and in 2000 he gained membership to the ACVS (Australian College of Veterinary Scientists) by examination in Veterinary Radiology.
In 2004 Josh and Camilla purchased Mt Martha Veterinary Clinic, realising a long held ambition to own and run their own practice.
Outside the clinic Josh loves to spend time with his four girls. When he needs to seek refuge from the perfect storm of females, he loves the gym. Josh also loves to read historical novels. He is a self confessed news junkie and ‘tragic’ for anything written about Ancient Rome!
Dr Camilla Babington
Camilla graduated with honours in Veterinary Science from Melbourne University in 1987. She started work in a busy mixed practice in Bacchus Marsh for 2 years before leaving for the UK on a working holiday.
The working holiday that was planned for a year lasted seven! Camilla worked for two years in a very busy small animal clinic in East London then she gradually moved north doing a string of locums to vary her experience. Eventually she settled for three years in Newcastle upon Tyne where she ran a branch practice that was part of a four clinic mixed practice. Her fondest memory of this time was driving over the moors in the snow in the depths of winter to deliver a triplet of lambs – her James Herriot era.
Eventually it was time to come home and Camilla shipped herself and her dog home. Moose the Yorkshire rescue dog has long ago passed on, but was epileptic, had a false hip and needed four separate gut surgeries – she chose the right owner!
Camilla then worked at the Animal Emergency Centre in Mt Waverley and gained her Membership of the ACVS by examination in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care in 1999. She stayed at the AEC until 2005 and maintained her love of emergency medicine with part time work at the Hallam AEC, until the arrival of Camilla and Josh’s third child at the end of 2006.
Camilla thoroughly enjoys the relationships that are forged in a small practice with pets and their owners. After years of emergency work she loves to see healthy animals and keep them that way, and has a soft spot for the geriatric patient. She is still interested in intensive care and many a patient has spent the night in the lounge room on a drip with a fluid pump.
Camilla and Josh live in Mt Eliza with their three daughters. They share their home with a variety of animals, currently a beautiful ginger tom (who rejoices in the name of ‘Lord Corville Munro the Invisible Space Cat’), four chickens and two rabbits.
Camilla and Josh are also foster carers of an Assistance Puppy ‘Minty’. Needless to say their entire family and clinic staff have fallen for her bigtime. Go to our Puppy School page and you will see why. Camilla and Josh are grateful to Assistance Dogs Australia for entrusting the care of this beautiful dog to us and look forward to helping her get ready for her very special role in life.
I have been at Mt Martha Vet Clinic since soon after Josh and Camilla took over the clinic in 2004 and continue to enjoy vet nursing.
I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse, studying full time at the New England College, NSW.
I have attended many seminars to update my education and worked with established Veterinary Specialist Surgeon Dr. Charles Kuntz
I am particularly interested in animal behaviour and theatre nursing.
I have had animals for most of my life and have always had a variety of pets, at last count: a Quarterhorse, a Miniature pony, a Birman cat, a Whippet called Wilbur, a Chihuahua called Tess, 2 dwarf bunnies and lots of chickens.
I started as a trainee Veterinary Nurse at Mt Martha in December 2013. My first contact with the Veterinary industry was during year 10 work experience, I then continued working as a kennel hand whilst in high school. After three years of study I acquired my Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing in April 2017.
I have been a local on the Mornington Peninsula since moving here from England when I was 7 years old. I have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Ned who is full of energy! I also enjoy travelling in my spare time and baking, you may even see me helping out at local markets with my sisters cake business.
Trainee Veterinary Nurse
I have wanted to be a veterinary nurse for as long as I can remember, and since 2012 I have studied a range of animal care certificates before starting my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in June 2016 and beginning work with Mt Martha Veterinary Clinic. I am passionate about animal welfare, and currently volunteer for Animals Australia, with the dream of opening an animal sanctuary as a qualified veterinary nurse.
Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Since as long as I can remember I have been passionate about working with animals, beginning with nursing (with the help of my parents and a lovely veterinarian of course) my three legged bunny when I was five years old. Since then I have always had animals in my life. Currently my menagerie consists of two horses, and a cat who is fairly convinced she is a dog. Until injury recently intervened I was an enthusiastic ballroom dancer.
I have gone on to studying in the Natural Horsemanship and I am currently completing my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. I am loving being a part of the Mt. Martha Vet Clinic team during this time, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to learn everything I can!
Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Bio to come…
Here I am, right back to where it started! My vet nursing career began at Mount Martha Veterinary Clinic in 2007 as a trainee veterinary nurse. I was part of the team here for 4 years until I went to Germany and Austria in 2011, where I spent 1.5years before coming back to continue my veterinary nursing at another practice. When asked if I’m a cat or a dog person I have to answer BOTH. I simply can’t choose as they are each so wonderful in different ways.
10 years on from when I first started here, I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, meeting new ones and working with the team here to support you with all your pets preventative and therapeutic health care needs.