Meet Our Team

  

Dr Adrian Choi

Practice Owner

Highly motivated and team-oriented, Adrian recognises that people must work together for the best results.
His enthusiasm is shared by his colleagues: Cameron joins him from days at Melbourne University (all graduating 1996).
Since childhood, Adrian has found himself fascinated by lizards, rabbits and birds, and his interest in “exotic” pets kept him in good stead when he travelled around the U.K., working with all creatures, great and small.
Another of his affinities is for animal dentistry, complemented by his wife who works as a (human!) dentist.
Adrian has been an active member of the Australian Veterinary Association, having served in a voluntary capacity on the Executive Committee of the small animal special interest group (ASAVA) from 2006 to 2015. During that time he primarily helped in the areas of ASAVA accredited veterinary hospitals, Veterinary nurse education and general committee work. Despite leaving the committee in 2015, he still is an accredited hospitals committee member and inspector on the scheme.
At work, he can be found looking after his patients, and feeding himself and his staff, with lunchtime being the centrepiece of his day, as well as coffee sessions!

 


Dr Gary Oakes

Practice Owner

Gary was formerly Deputy Head of Surgery at the Lort Smith Animal Hospital, where he has held tenure over ten years.
Initially graduating from Bristol University (U.K.) in 1988, Gary incorporated work with many an adventure around the world before settling in Melbourne.

Veterinary devotion to a high level of surgical expertise, as well as a strong grounding in general medicine is well balanced by a love of music and the arts.


Dr Cameron Fairbrother

Practice Owner

From early days on his family farm, Cam has continued a lifetime interest in the care of animals.
He finds emergency surgery and medicine one of the most rewarding aspects of veterinary science, and can often be found working weekends and nights.

Cameron is now also a qualified human doctor, but still enjoys veterinary science, and working with animals!


Dr Mark Hill

Mark began working at the clinic in early 2015, after making an impression during work-experience in late 2014.
He has always wanted to work with animals and initially studied Zoology and Marine Biology at university, before taking the plunge and studying Veterinary Science as a more ‘mature’ student.
A lifetime of working in customer service industries while studying has given Mark a real appreciation for the value of building strong relationships with clients and discussing all aspects of animal health. For this reason, he most enjoys the consultation and client communication aspects of Veterinary care, as well as developing his skills as a surgeon under the guidance of the more senior vets at the practice.
Mark grew up in the UK and is therefore a huge football fan (and Everton FC die-hard!), but has also embraced Melbourne life and taken on the difficult task of supporting Richmond.
He has recently moved to the west, and is the proud owner of Smokey the 10 year old Kelpie-cross and Pablo the 3 year old Cocker Spaniel.


Georgie Patterson

Head Nurse

From the day she was born, Georgie has lived and breathed animals. Growing up in a large household, where pets took priority, she went on to study at The Univeristy of Melbourne and gain her Bachelor of Animal Science and Management.
Having experienced working with animals in many different areas, including dairy farming, horse racing and animal welfare, Georgie found her calling working in Veterinary Nursing. Here she enjoys being able to tend to patient’s needs and exchange stories and advice with clients. She is the clinics longest standing nurse having been there for 8 years and knows the workings of the clinic inside out. 

She is known by staff and clients as the resident "crazy cat lady". She currently has three cats, Fergus, Brain and Bug, all adopted strays that were brought into the clinic, two of them with health problems that made them bad adoption candidates. She also has a chicken a duck and a labrador named Sam. She quite often has to be talked out of adopting more animals as she has a big soft spot for the underdog (so to speak!).
 


Bernadette Pollegioni

Veterinary Nurse

Bernadette has loved animals all her life and grew up with a mini zoo of cats, dogs, birds and fish. 
Despite undertaking work experience at Vet Clinics when she was 16, life took her in a different career direction. 
She always had a nagging desire to work with animals and, when her parents passed away, she decided to follow her dream.  Bernie  has completed her Cert II and Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing and has been working at the clinic now for 4 years.
She has 2 greyhounds and won dog handler of the year at her local dog club in 2011, and one of them won  a 2nd place in agility. Her dog Lucas was also featured in an episode of Upper middle bogan.
Bernadette has a special interest in nutrition and how it impacts on disease prevention. She also organises and teaches the puppy preschool classes for the clinic.
She is committed to Greyhounds and loves to make everyone aware what beautiful and gentle pets they make!


Jorim Dennison

Veterinary Nurse

Jorim completed his Year 12 in 2015 and went on to complete a Certificate 2 in Animal Studies in 2016 at the age of 17. 

He is currently working through his Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing and also a Certificate 4 in Companion Animals.

Jorim loves animals and has always wanted to work in an animal care facility. 

After starting his Certificate 4 he applied for placement with us and did such an outstanding job that he was offered a position as a veterinary nurse. He has been with us since June 2017.

Jorim has a 1 year old chocolate Lab at home and is training him using the different dog training methods he has learnt through TAFE and the clinic.

Outside of the clinic Jorim is a budding magician who particularly like card tricks.


Jacqueline Gianfriddo

Veterinary Nurse

Jacqui is currently studying to complete her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing after having previously completed certificate II in animal studies. 

Despite never having any pets until she was 15 years old Jacqui has always been fascinated by animals and wanted to look after them. Her favourite part of vet nursing is helping the animals through the tough times. She loves cuddling them and making sure they know they are loved and safe while away from their owners.
Jacqui currently runs the kitten adoption program at the clinic. She is trying to win the crazy cat lady title from our head nurse Georgie as she takes may of the younger kittens home before they are ready for adoption.

As well as working at the clinic she is also a volunteer for Wildlife Victoria as a rescuer and transporter. She can be found in her spare time on crazy missions around melbourne trying to help injured wildlife. 

She believes that one of the best things in life is laughter and is always trying to make people laugh and smile.



 


Jessica Ong

Veterinary Nurse

Jess has always had a strong love for animals, and is currently the proud owner of two miniature Schnauzers – Vayda and Jimmy. After many years in advertising, Jess decided to follow her dream to become a vet nurse. She has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and couldn’t be happier. She started doing work experience at the clinic and did such a good job she stayed on as a part time nurse.
Jess had a beautiful baby girl, Savannah, in May 2015 and took a 12 month maternity leave. She is now back at the clinic part time. 


  
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