Dr Nicole Elias
Nicole decided she was going to be a vet in grade 2 of primary school. She first started working with animals in year 8 of high school as a volunteer 2 nights a week in the vet clinic at the RSPCA, and continued this until year 12. Nicole completed a Bachelor of Science with a major in Zoology in 2004 at the University of Melbourne, and continued on to graduate with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2008.
Nicole lives in beautiful beachside Edithvale with her partner Amith, and an 8 year old ginger cat The Midget, who she bottle fed and hand reared after he was found dumped in a bin at the back of a vet clinic in Pakenham when he was 4 days old. They are often joined by a variety of other animals in need of temporary accommodation during their recuperation.
Professionally, Nicole's special interests include canine and feline internal medicine (especially hormone disorders such as diabetes, cushing's syndrome and thyroid diseases), dermatology, ophthalmology, behaviour, dentistry, anaesthesia and pain management. Nicole regularly attends veterinary seminars, webinars, conferences and courses.
Nicole's hobbies include running, cooking, baking, cheesemaking and food and wine appreciation with friends and family. She also enjoys reading, swimming and spending lots of time on the beach. Before becoming a vet, Nicole did a course in gemmology and worked in the jewellery industry for seven years.