About Us

Jodie Watson (formerly Furness)

Owner/manager – Physiotherapist

Jodie has been working on the Peninsula as a human Physiotherapist for the past 15 years. In 2007 Jodie completed her Masters in Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy) at the University of Queensland. She has been treating dogs, horses, cats and even a couple of rabbits since then.

Jodie decided in 2014 that she wanted to work with animals full time so she opened ARC, ‘Animal Rehabilitation Centre’.

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Jess Laughlin

Canine Myofunctional Therapist and Rehabilitation Assistant

Jess has lived on the Mornington Peninsula all her life and has always been surrounded by animals. This has given her a great sense of passion for the welfare and, in particular, rehabilitation of animals.

Jess completed a Certificate of Canine Myofunctional Therapy through the National College of Traditional Medicine, enabling her to practice Myofunctional Therapy (Massage) on dogs. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with a Master in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Deakin University.

Jess has a yellow Labrador and in her spare time regularly competes in Equestrian events with her Horse.

Conservative management and rehabilitation are therapies Jess is most passionate about and she looks forward to helping your pets live the best life they can.

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Michaela Kennedy

Zoologist, Veterinary Nurse and Canine Rehabilitation Assistant

Michaela has always had a huge passion for animals, and began her journey at Monash University where she completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Zoology and Ecology & Conservation Biology. While completing her degree she spent her spare time volunteering at an animal shelter, where she familiarised herself with animals of all sizes, shapes and personalities. Since finishing university she has also completed her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, where she undertook a day of work placement at a domestic animal practice, as well as a day at a wildlife and exotic practice.

In her spare time Michaela enjoys spending time with her Weimaraner puppy, Pax, and taking him out on the water on her stand up paddle board or for a swim.

Michaela feels strongly about giving our furry friends the greatest quality of life possible. She looks forward to continuing to develop her skills and furthering her knowledge to ensure this great quality future for every patient who comes through ARC’s doors.

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Susan Bain

Canine Rehabilitation Assistant

Susan’s start in canine hydrotherapy and rehabilitation was as a client with her own dogs. Seeing wonderful results over 15 years, she began studying both to aid her own dogs and decided on a career change!

Along with dogs, continuing education is another passion of Susan’s. She has studied canine hydrotherapy and done numerous short courses including in canine rehabilitation, behavioural training, laser therapy, coaching the canine athlete, and therapeutic handling. Susan is currently studying Canine Bowen Therapy, undertaking a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Physiotherapy) and has been accepted to the University of Tennessee’s Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation.

Susan has two German Shepherds, 9 year old Becki and 3 year old Neo. Both come regularly to ARC – you might see them visiting for their own hydrotherapy treatments on Susan’s days off!

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About Us

Animal Rehabilitation Centre was established in 2014 to assist in the rehabilitation of animals. The staff are professional and friendly and will treat your fury family member like one of their own. The centre is equipted to specialise in the treatment of animal rehabilitation and the recovery from an operation or injury.

Jodie Watson (formerly Furness)

Owner/manager – Physiotherapist

Jodie has been working on the Peninsula as a human Physiotherapist for the past 15 years. In 2007 Jodie completed her Masters in Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy) at the University of Queensland. She has been treating dogs, horses, cats and even a couple of rabbits since then.

Jodie decided in 2014 that she wanted to work with animals full time so she opened ARC, ‘Animal Rehabilitation Centre’.

Mel Jones

Physiotherapist

Mel has recently moved to the peninsula from Albury-Wodonga where she was working full time as a human physiotherapist with an interest in women’s health. Since she was a child Mel has had a great passion for animals growing up with a variety of pets including horses, dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and even a few pet lambs. She grew up in Bathurst, NSW and after finishing school worked at horse studs in Bathurst and Ovens riding and caring for horses.

Mel completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University, Albury and her passion for animals led her to complete her Level 1 in Animal Physiotherapy in 2015 and she is now completing her Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy through the University of Liverpool.

Mel moved with her horse, dog and cat and enjoys riding and spending time with them whenever she can. She is available for equine, canine and human physiotherapy consults and would love to meet both you and your four-legged friends.

Jess Laughlin

Canine Myofunctional Therapist and Rehabilitation Practitioner

Jess has lived on the Mornington Peninsula all her life and has always been surrounded by animals. This has given her a great sense of passion for the welfare and, in particular, rehabilitation of animals.

Jess completed a Certificate of Canine Myofunctional Therapy through the National College of Traditional Medicine, enabling her to practice Myofunctional Therapy (Massage) on dogs. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with a Master in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Deakin University.

Jess has a yellow Labrador and in her spare time regularly competes in Equestrian events with her Horse.

Conservative management and rehabilitation are therapies Jess is most passionate about and she looks forward to helping your pets live the best life they can.

Kate Berg

Veterinary Nurse

Kate has grown up on the Mornington Peninsula and is now raising her family of 3 boys, 2 horses, a pony, 2 dogs, a cat and a chicken on a property in Moorooduc.

Kate comes to ARC with 15 years experience working as a Veterinary nurse. For the past 9 years Kate has been one of the senior veterinary nurses at Peninsula Vet Care, East Mornington, specialising in surgery and emergency.

Prior to working at PVC Kate worked in the surgery department at the Melbourne Vet Referral Centre in Glen Waverley, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Kate has a strong passion for animal health and well-being, in particular, post surgical rehabilitation and recovery and she is looking forward to expanding her knowledge in these fields at Animal Rehabilitation Centre.

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