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 Campbell Cooper


Dr Campbell grew up on a farm in Shepparton Victoria and always wanted to be a vet and work with animals. He went to Melbourne University and graduated in 2005. 

Campbell entered the Maribyrnong vet family ealy this year. He loves all aspects of being a vet and can't choose a favourite!

Outside of work he enjoys skiing, playing the drums and spending time with his children.

Dr Desiree Chua


Desiree is originally from Singapore, but lived in Perth for 10 years prior to moving to Melbourne. She never had pets as a child but always loved them and wanted to be a vet since she was very young. 

She graduated from Murdoch University in 2018 and moved to a Melbourne for a change. She soon became the newest member of the Maribyrnong vet family.

Outside of work she has a passion for baking pastries. Everyone at the clinic encourages this passion and we are all happy to be her guinea pigs when she tests her recipes.

Desiree currently has no pets in Melbourne but she is likely to adopt some here and there in the future.

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 since 2013.
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.


Jono Rand

Trainee Nurse

Jono has been working at the Maribyrnong vet clinic in various roles since 2011. Being the younger brother of our head nurse Georgie, he often came into the clinic to help out at first. He then became a junior for the clinic on weekends. In the last year or two he has progressed to reception and training in the nursing aspect of the clinic.

Jono has had animals his whole life and has always had a love and passion for them. He currently lives with 3 cats, Ferg, Bug and Brain, a goofy labrador named Sam and a duck named Rogan. 

Jono is currently studying engineering at university and has a love for science and learning new things.


Ingrid Verheyden

Veterinary Nurse

Ingrid grew up in Queanbeyan in the ACT. She always had lots of animals including dogs, cats and guinea pigs. She currently has a cat, a dog and 2 ferrets.

Ingrid completed her Certificate 3 in companion animals before also completing her certificate 4 in veterinary nursing. She love her work as a vet nurse and has a  particular interest in the medical and surgical side of her job. 

She moved to Melbourne for a change and has been employed at the clinic since June 2019. 

In her spare time she liked art, reading, travelling and walking the dog. 

Olivia Storer

Veterinary Nurse

Olivia is born and raised in Melbourne. She always loved animals so chose her path as a veterinary nurse.

She is currently studying her certificate 4 in veterinary nursing through Kangan and is halfway through. She did placement for her certificate with us and did such a good job that she was offered a position.

She owns 2 dogs, a Jack Russell and a Cavoodle. In her time outside of work she plays AFl and loves walking the dogs. 

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