Dr Adrian Choi

Practice Owner (BVSc)

Highly motivated and team-oriented, Adrian recognises that people must work together for the best results.

Adrian always loved animals and graduated in 1996. He has been an active member of the Australian Veterinary associaton during this time and he is still an accredited hospitals committee member and inspector.

Adrian has a fascination for "exotic" pets and loves working with lizards, rabbits and birds. Other favourite parts of the job are fixing things around the clinic, having lunch with the team, drinking coffee and having a cheeky scotch at the end of a long day. Another of his affinities is for animal dentistry, complemented by his wife who works as a (human!) dentist.

He has several pets at home which can also often be found hanging out in the back of the clinic including: James aka Shannon Noll (a black domestic shorthair cat adopted from our kitten adoption program), Mini bun the 3rd aka Henry (a Rabbit who comes to work with Adrian and spends his time annoying Dorito our in clinic cat), Cheeky boy the Galah and 5 blue tongue lizards.

Outside of work you can find him doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, roller skating with his kids and eating Parma with extra Napoli sauce.

 


Dr Gary Oakes

Practice Owner (BVSc)

 

Gary has been in the veterinary industry for 30 years. He was formerly Deputy Head of Surgery at the Lort Smith Animal Hospital, where he has held tenure over ten years.
He was born in Manchester in the UK and initially graduated from Bristol University (U.K.) in 1988, Gary incorporated work with many an adventure around the world before settling in Melbourne.

His favourite part of the job is surgery and he has acheived a high level of expertise in this area. He enjoys that veterinary medicine involves a variety of areas to be involved in including general medicine, radiography, pathology and surgery, just to name a few.

Outside of work  he enjoys arts, cinema, antique book collecting, travel, eating good food and drinking a nice wine.


Dr Mark Hill

Veterinarian (DVM)

Mark did placement at the clinic during his university study and was offered a job once he graduated. He has now been working at the clinic for 6 years.

Originally from Cheshire, England, he has lived in Melbourne since 2002. He doesn't have a particular reason why he wanted to be a vet but he always knew that's what he wanted to do in life.

His favourite part of the job is the unpredictabilty of the job and having no two days the same.

At home he has a 9 year old Cocker Spaniel called Pablo and a 5 year old cat called Judy that he adopted through the clinics kitten adoption program. 

Outside of work he enjoys travelling, running and brunching. Ideally all on the same day. 


Dr Amara Truong

Veterinarian (BBMed DVM)

Amara is the newest vet at the clinic. She started in 2021.

She grew up in Melbourne and always knew she wanted to be a vet because of her love of animals and people. Being able to help both at the same time makes being a vet her perfect job.

At home Amara has a 14 year old Pomeranian x Corgi called Foxie.

Her favourite part of being a vet so far is being constantly challenged and learning something new every day. She also loves being able to make people smile by treating their beloved fur babies.

Outside of work she loves all things outdoors and exercise. She loves doing crossfit, fun runs and hiking. She even participated in a trek to Everest base camp. She is also a serial bruncher and creates recipes for her own food blog.


Dr Sami Li

Veterinarian (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)

Sami graduated in 2015 and started working for the clinic in 2017.

Sami grew up in Macau, China. She was an only child and her pet dog Bobby was her best friend. He inspired her to become a vet.

Her favourite part of the job is getting to help animals and hearing different and interesting stories from the people she meets everyday. 

At home she has a 6 year old Jack Russell x Cavalier called Noodle. Her husband named him after his favourite food. She also has 5 goldfish.

Outside of work she enjoys baking and board games. She is the "handyman" at home and has a thriving vegetable garden. She currently has 18 corn plants growing at home! 


Jacqueline Gianfriddo

Practice Manager (Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing, Certificate II in Animal Studies)

Jacqui is our Head nurse and has been working st the clinic since mid 2017. 

Despite not having any pets until she was 15 Jaqui has always found animals fascinating and finds them almost magical. She has always wanted to care for them and comfort them in times of need.

Jacqui runs the in clinic kitten adoption program and her favourite part of the job is feeding baby animals and being their adopted mum when their real mum can't. 

She has a few animals at home now, Gypsy, who is 19 years old! Pepina, who she adopted at only 2 days old and Fabio, who she rescued after finding him eating scraps from a rubbish bin in her area. She also often has one or more kittens that she is looking after until they find their forever home through our adoption program.

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.



 


Marygrace Garcia

Senior Vet Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary nursing)

Marygrace has been working at the clinic for 2 and a half years.

She is from Melbourne and became a vet nurse to show her family that animals need just as much care and attention as humans do.

Her favourite part of the job is the heartwarming feeling she gets after helping nurse a very sick pet back to health. She loves seeing the animals thrive and being a part of the healing.

At home she has a 9 year old Jack Russell x named Romeo and two Domestic short hair cats named Oscar and Louie who were recently adopted through the clinic adoption program.

Outside of work she enjoys Baking pastries and desserts and going on long hikes.


Ingrid Verheyden

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV veterinary nursing)

Ingrid has been a veterinary nurse for 3 years and has worked at the clinic for almost 2 years  .

She grew up in Queanbeyan in NSW and moved to Melbourne for a change of scenery.

She always had lots of animals including dogs, cats and guinea pigs. Due to her love of animals she decided the best way to help them and work with them would be through vet nursing.

 Her favourite part of the job is meeting all the animals that come into the clinic. She loves having the ability to make the time the animals spend in our hospital easier and more comfortable. She loves the rewarding challenges that come along with the job and enjoys learning new things about the industry all the time. 

At home she has two pet ferrets Jiji and Jinx.

Outside of work she enjoys drawing, reading and spending time with her friends.


Natalie Krizanic

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary nursing)

Natalie is the newest member of our team, having just started in January 2021.

She grew up in Pascoe Vale, Melbourne and became a vet nurse because of a passion for looking after and helping animals.

Her favourite part of the job is being able to successfully help an animal that is in pain or distress. 

She has a 2 year old domestic cat named Luna and a 16 year old labrador x border collie named Sammy.

Outside of work she enjoys going to the gym and playing the piano.


Melissa Nagy

Senior Vet Nurse (Currently studying Certificate IV Veterinary nursing)

Melissa has been working as a junior at the clinic for almost 2 years. She has recently taken on a fulltime role at the clinic.

She is from the Western suburbs of Melbourne and became a vet nurse because she always wanted to work with animals and learn as much about them as she could.

Her favourite part of the job is how rewarding it is to see animals go from sickness to health and having a part in that,

At home she has an 8 year old cat named Garfield, a 2 year old rabbit named Patch and a new 4 month old kitten named Kaia.

Outside of work she enjoys travelling and seeing and experiencing new places.


Dorito

Clinic Cat (PhD in cute, Doctorate in kitten babysitting, Masters in eating)

Dorito is our clinic cat. He came to us as an unmicrochipped stray. He was sent to the lost dogs home to try to find his owners but was never claimed. He was so scared that he could not be rehomed and so we decided to give him a home at the clinic.

For the first few weeks he lived in the clinic toilet, too shy to come out and socialise so we made a bed in the unused shower and put his litter box and food in there with him. He soon realised we all weren't that bad (and we fed him and gave him treats!). He started venturing out into the clinic.

We discovered Dorito had a natural affection for all other animals, especially kittens. When they would go near him he would grab them and start grooming them. He would sit by cages when animals were in distress and cuddle up to old boarding cats in winter to keep them warm.

Mostly he likes to eat and try to steal food whenever he gets a chance and you can often find him sharing a bed with Dr Adrian's rabbit Mini Bun.


Isabella Vlahogianis

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary nursing )

Isabella (Bella) has been working with the clinic for two years. She was originally a casual and has recently been emplyed in a role with more hours.

She is from Melbourne and has a Serbian and Greek background.

She has always had a passion for working with animals and has wanted to be in the animal industry since she was a little girl. Previous to being a vet nurse she fostered puppies and kittens for various rescue groups, some as young as 2 weeks of age.

At home she has a Beagle called Kassie who is 10 years old and a Domestic long haired cat named Lill who is 12 years old.

Her favourite part of the job is meeting all of our lovely clients and their fur babies. She loves that each animal is unique with their own special personality.

Outside of work she enjoys gaming, reading and listening to music. Her dream is to one day go swimming or cage diving with sharks as she finds them fascinating and terribly misunderstood.


Charmaine Pasricha

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary nursing Certificate II Animal studies)

Charmaine did work placement at the clinic in 2018 and was offered a job once that was completed. Before working at the clinic she worked and volunteered at the RSPCA.

She became a vet nurse because she has a passion for loving, understanding and taking care of animals. Animals have always interested her and she loves learning new things so Veterinary nursing has allowed her to truely love her work.

At home she has currently has no pets. In the past she has owned guinea pigs, rabbits and lots of fish, Rabbits are her favourite pets and she enjoys helping look after the pets of friends and family. She has always had a fascination with handling reptiles including snakes and lizards, 

Her favourite part of the job is the confidence she has gained from working at the clinic. She loves that not only is she helping animals but they are helping her open her heart to have empathy and compassion for them and the clients. She enjoys knowing she has made a difference.

Outisde of work she enjoys performing arts, playing and writing music, musical theatre and dance. She also loves camping, exploring nature and going on road trips with friends.


  
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