Meet Our Team

All the staff at Barkers Vet Clinic are valuable team members with a wealth of knowledge between them.  Continuing Education (CE) is a huge part of the responsibility we have to our clients and to ourselves, to maintain our core education and continue to learn throughout our careers.  If you have questions for any staff member, we will endeavour to provide you with the most accurate and up to date information available via reputable and peer reviewed sources if we do not have the information immediately to hand.  As pet owners and lovers, we love being able to provide out clients with the best advice possible, whether it be chew toys, prescription food or the newest surgical techniques and procedures.  


Jane Kohler

Practice Owner (BSc (Hons) BVSc MACVSc CMAVA)

Veterinarian / Owner

Jane completed a science degree with Honours at The University of Adelaide (her hometown) majoring in Reproductive Anatomy before moving interstate to study veterinary science at The University of Queensland.  Following her graduation in 1994 she moved to Minlaton on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia to work with a wide variety of animals, including sheep, beef and dairy cattle, camels, alpacas, horses, ostriches as well as dogs and cats.

Since moving to Melbourne in 1996 she has worked in many practices around the Eastern suburbs, including three Accredited Small Animal Hospitals and a mixed practice in the Dandenong Ranges.  Jane purchased Barkers Veterinary Clinic in June 2004.

Jane, her partner Steven, and son Lun live in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne with their two cats – Portia and Charlie.  In her spare time, she loves to ski, having added St Anton in Austria, the Dolomites in Italy, Niseko in Japan, Aspen in the USA, Queenstown and Wanaka in New Zealand and Whistler in Canada to her list of favourite ski fields.

Post-Graduate Training

In 2002, Jane completed the Sydney Postgraduate Foundation course in Small Animal Medicine, and then in 2004 obtained her Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine.  Membership of the College is a highly regarded qualification requiring a high level of theoretical and practical knowledge of canine and feline medicine, as examined by Specialist Veterinarians.

In 2006 she completed the Sydney Postgraduate Foundation course in Diagnostic Imaging (X-rays and ultrasound). 

Jane regularly attends seminars and conferences to update her knowledge base, and is a great advocate of continuing education within the profession for veterinarians and nurses.  Most recently Jane has attended the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas - a huge international conference with over 10,000 veterinarians in attendance.

Terri Smith

Head Nurse (FdSc RVN DipAVN)

Terri is our newest Team Member, but comes to us from some very busy specialist clinics in the UK.  Originally from Suffolk, Terri and her partner Ben have decided to make Australia their home and we have been lucky enough to "adopt" Terri at Barkers.  Terri's special interests in nursing include running Weight Clinics for those of our pets who enjoy their food a little too much, and Dental Clinics, to keep out pet's mouths healthy.

Sophie Tucker

Trainee Nurse (B.F.A. )

Sophie has been an amazing "behind the scenes" staff member at Barkers since 2016, when she started work in the Cattery during our busy holiday periods.  She has now finished a Bachelor in Fine Arts, and decided to make a career out of her love for animals by starting Veterinary Nursing.  Sophie's bright and  bubbly personality makes her equally popular with the clients, their pets and the staff!

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