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Welcome to Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital, an Accredited Hospital of Excellence

At Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital, we are proud to announce our accreditation as an Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) Hospital of Excellence. This prestigious designation reflects our unwavering commitment to providing exceptional veterinary care and upholding the highest standards of professionalism in our practice.
 
What Does AVA Hospital of Excellence Status Mean?
 
The AVA Hospital of Excellence accreditation is awarded to veterinary hospitals that demonstrate excellence in various aspects of their operation. This includes:
 
Clinical Excellence: Our veterinary team is comprised of highly skilled professionals who are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. From routine check-ups to complex surgical procedures, we prioritize the health and well-being of every animal entrusted to us.
 
Facility Standards: Our hospital maintains state-of-the-art facilities equipped with advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies. We adhere to strict hygiene protocols to ensure a safe and clean environment for our patients.
 
Continuing Education: Our staff regularly participate in continuing education programs to stay updated on the latest advancements in veterinary medicine. This allows us to offer cutting-edge treatments and provide the best possible care for your pets.
 

Client Communication: We believe in fostering open and transparent communication with our clients. Our team takes the time to educate pet owners about their pet’s health needs and treatment options, empowering them to make informed decisions.

 
Why Choose an AVA Hospital of Excellence?
 
Choosing an AVA Hospital of Excellence means entrusting your pet’s care to a veterinary practice that has been recognised for its commitment to excellence. When you bring your pet to us, you can have confidence knowing that they are receiving the highest standard of veterinary care available.
 
Our Promise to You
 
We understand that your pet is a beloved member of your family. That’s why we promise to treat them with the same care and compassion that we would our own pets. Whether your furry friend needs a routine check-up or specialized medical attention, you can trust us to provide the personalized care they deserve.

Our Team

Our Veterinarians

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Dr Sarah Pierard & Alfie

Dr. Sarah Pierard & Alfie

Clinical Leader

BVSc 2004 (Hons) PgCertVS MVS MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine)

Bio

Sarah joined the Whitehorse team in 2021 as a senior veterinarian, in 2022 she officially became a part of the management team as the Clinical Leader.

Sarah has an extensive background in the animal care industry.
Sarah has always been passionate about animals, and first started volunteering in veterinary clinics during high school in 1994. She completed her undergraduate degree with first class Honors in 2004, and then her Master’s degree in 2014.
She completed and passed her Membership Examinations in 2021 in Small Animal Medicine, while studying in and out of lockdowns!
Sarah has worked in general practice in Australia and in the UK, and then worked in a diabetes referral clinic for 7 years. She has also been a guest lecturer for the final year veterinary nursing students completing their Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing degree at Melbourne Polytechnic since 2018. Sarah has more than 25 years in the industry, and more than 17 years as a veterinarian.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (University of Queensland),
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Veterinary Science (Murdoch University),
  • Masters of Veterinary Science (Murdoch University),
  • Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Small Animal Medicine)

Special Interests: Because of her experience working in a diabetes clinic, Sarah has a particular interest in diabetes mellitus in cats and dogs, as well as other endocrine/hormonal conditions (e.g. Cushing ’s Syndrome, Addison’s Disease). She also has a keen interest in internal medicine and nutrition. She loves all animals, but is particularly tragic about older cats.

Pets: Sarah has a Burmese cat, Withnail, who keeps her very busy at home!

Personal Hobbies: In her spare time, Sarah enjoys cooking, gardening, playing the piano, studying languages, and travelling.

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Dr Peter Bradbrook

Dr. Peter Bradbrook

Veterinary Associate

BVSc BHSc(dent)/MDent) MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery)

Bio
Dr Peter Bradbrook joined the team at Whitehorse in July 2022. Peter is a dual qualified veterinarian and human dentist and has obtained Membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Dental and Oral Surgery. He has a passion for veterinary dentistry and enjoys collaborating his extensive knowledge relating to all thing’s teeth into the veterinary profession.

Peter graduated from Melbourne University as a Vet in 2010, and has worked extensively around Australia and in the UK. In 2019, he completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Dentistry)/ Masters of Dentistry from La Trobe University. Since then, he has been working in both veterinary and human dental clinics.

Recently, Peter has had the privilege of working on primates at Melbourne Zoo. In 2022, Peter completed and passed his Membership Examinations in Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Melbourne University),
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Dentistry)/ Masters of Dentistry (La Trobe University),
  • Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery)

Special Interests: Peter has a special interest in veterinary endodontics (including root canal therapy and vital pulp treatment), restorative work (e.g., fractured/defected teeth), dental surgery (extractions, periodontal disease management and gum overgrowth correction) and orthodontics (correcting malaligned teeth).

Pets: Peter has two cats, Marley and Lola that keep him very entertained with their quirky individual personalities. Looking forward to growing the family with another dog someday soon.

Personal Hobbies: In his spare time, Peter enjoys surfing, ocean swimming, mountain biking, travelling and all things outdoors. Always looking for exciting new hobbies, recently gave snowboarding and kite surfing a go.

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Dr Emily Joss and Alfie

Dr. Emily Joss & Alfie

Veterinary Associate

BSc, DVM 2016

Bio

Emily joined the Whitehorse family in February 2021, and was quick to settle into the role as our senior surgical veterinarian.
Emily’s first job in the animal care industry was as a nurse, which was her part-time job while she was studying veterinary science. After graduating in 2016, she entered a busy general practice where she fell in love with all aspects of veterinary care. Surgery in particular became a passion, and Emily went on to complete a 12-month Surgical Internship in 2020.

Qualifications: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 2016, Bachelor of Science 2012

Special Interests: Emily thrives in all aspects of being a veterinarian, from complex medical cases to welcoming new puppies and kittens into their families. However, she has a particular passion for all surgical procedures including soft tissue, abdominal, orthopaedic, and dental surgery.

Pets: Alfie the Dachshund who loves walks on the beach and couch cuddles.
Monty and Tobi the rainbow lorikeets who are both very messy and naughty, but are loved in spite of that.
Birdie the cockatiel, who is full of tricks and lives to sing and chatter.
And Coco the elderly tabby cat definitely runs the whole show.

Personal hobbies: Emily enjoys quiet hobbies including painting, gardening (with variable success), fishing, and reading.

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Dr Hazel Patterson & Juniper

Dr. Hazel Patterson & Juniper

Veterinary Associate

BSc, DVM 2015
Bio

Hazel joined the Whitehorse team in 2016 as a New Graduate Veterinarian. She completed a rotational placement with the hospital during her final year of Veterinary Medicine, we all loved her so much that we simply had to have her on the team! She is now an integral team member and experienced Veterinarian having worked with us for many years now.

Hazel is very popular with our clients, especially those with cats! With her empathetic nature & gentle hands, she seems to have the magic touch & easily wins over the hearts of all of our feline patients.

Qualifications: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Bachelor of Science

Special Interests: Hazel has a special interest in Feline Medicine, however she enjoys seeing all Companion animals. Hazel thoroughly enjoys the daily variation of involved tasks in working as a Veterinarian. Working between Consulting, performing surgeries, working up cases with diagnostics and everything in between.

Pets: Hazel has a beautiful Siberian cat named Juniper, who is super smoochy, loving & extremely photogenic.

Personal Hobbies: Hazel enjoys cooking and dining out, following AFL (Hawks supporter), playing piano and spending time with her friends and family.

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Dr. Gemma & Petrie

Dr. Gemma & Petrie

Veterinary Associate

BSc, DVM 2022

Bio

Gemma recently graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2022, who then joined the Whitehorse team in 2023 as a new graduate veterinarian. She was born and raised in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and developed a passion for veterinary medicine at an early age, growing up with a particular love of cats as well as guinea pigs throughout her childhood.
In clinic, Gemma enjoys getting to know and spending time with each one of her loved and valued patients.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science 2019, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 2022.

Special Interests: Being new to the field, Gemma is interested in anything and everything! Currently, Gemma has a particular interest in behaviour and figuring out why pets act the way they do.

Pets: Gemma shares her home with a 6 year old Domestic Medium Hair cat named Petrie, who loves pretending that she doesn’t exist.

Personal Hobbies: In her spare time, Gemma likes to spend time with her beloved cat Petrie, going to the cinemas, making DIY crafts and spending time exploring different foods and cuisines with her friends

Dr Rodney Wynne BVSc-(hons)

Dr. Rodney Wynne

Veterinary Associate

BVSc (hons)

Bio

Qualifications: Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Honours (Uni. of Melb. 1988)

Special Interests: Rod started his career in Small Animal Practice in Blackburn in Dec 1988 and his interests have included surgery and taking a ‘problem-orientated approach’ to medical cases. In the last 15 years or so, a particular interest in ‘in-house’ pathology; especially Cytology, and the development of skills in imaging; especially ultrasonography. Currently, Rod loves to do abdominal ultrasounds and standard echocardiograms to help the team with diagnosis and management of various illnesses.

Pets: Rod’s daughter Michaela has a beautiful, though slightly naughty, long haired ‘torti’ cat named Gracie. She is 4 years old and a delightful family member.

Personal Hobbies: Rod’s interests outside the veterinary world include involvement in Church activities at The Salvation Army in Ringwood and family gatherings with his beautiful wife of 35 years, Lisa, and adult children, David and Krystal, Matt and Amy and Michaela.  In September, Rod and Lisa will become grandparents!  Hobbies include walking, gym and fishing (especially for Gummies, Whiting and Snapper in Spring and Summer in Western Port!)

Our Veterinary Nurses

Jessica Gill

Practice Manager

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Bio

Meet Nurse Jessica!

Jess started as Practice Manager at Whitehorse in June 2023 with a decade of experience in various management roles within the Veterinary Industry.

Qualifications: Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Special Interests: Jess is dedicated to maintaining a positive work environment and caring for the wellbeing of the team. Jess believes a happy and healthy Veterinary team provides the highest level of patient care to all pets walking through our doors.

Personal Hobbies: Jess is very busy looking after her two young children. When she does get some free time, Jess likes to go open water swimming and on trips to regional farmers markets.

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Donna & Link

Leah & Luna (Currently on Parental Leave)

Veterinary Nurse

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Bio

Meet Nurse Leah!

Leah started with us in 2017 half way through her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. After completing her course with flying colours, she was on the look out for her next challenge.

Qualifications: Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Special Interests: Leah enjoys all thing dentistry & dermatology. Any chance Leah gets, she is looking at slides under the microscope! Leah is a key player in our Veterinary Technician service, being the vets “right hand man” with their busy consulting schedule.

Leah has the beautiful three-legged Luna who is a regular skin patient here at the clinic!
Leah has recently moved out to a small hobby farm where her fur babies are constantly expanding Two alpacas Nigel and Raymond
The lovely little Bindi, a 9 week old Koolie
And 6 free ranged hens

Personal Hobbies: Leah is a indoor plant & timber enthusiast, loves spending time outdoors away camping & 4 wheel driving.
Leah loves spending time at home looking after the farm, her animals and being a home maker out in the beautiful Yarra Valley.

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Donna & Link

Donna & Link

Senior Veterinary Nurse

Advanced Cert Veterinary Nurse

Bio

Meet Nurse Donna!

Donna joined the team at Whitehorse as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse in 1990. Donna came to Whitehorse with eighteen months of experience from previous vet clinic ‘Brandon Park Veterinary Hospital’. At that stage, this was the first Accredited Hospital in Victoria. Donna brought her accreditation knowledge across and contributed largely in the process of Whitehorse becoming an Accredited Veterinary Hospital of Victoria.

Donna is our most senior and long-term Veterinary Nurse who is a very familiar face to all our clients and a valuable member of our team.

Qualifications: Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Nursing, Diploma in Animal Care (ICS), Certificate III in Canine Behaviour & Training

Special interest: Donna has an interest in a number of different areas, including; Surgical Nursing, dentistry, Weight Management, behaviour and training.

Pets: Donna’s Dogs lead a very active life on her property with the horses. They get plenty of long walks and actively participate in professional agility and tracking trials with plenty of medals, trophies and ribbons to show for it!

  • Horses: Moose (13 years old) & Ralph (10 years old)
  • Dogs: Flex – 10 year old Koolie
  • Rayne – 8 year old Koolie
  • Link – 5 year old Koolie (Rayne’s son)
  • Quinn – 8 year old Border Collie

Personal Hobbies: Dog Agility & Tracking, Horse riding, netball, snow skiing, walking dogs, outdoor activities and Parelli – Natural Horsemanship Training

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Rachael & Ivy

Rachael & Ivy

Senior Veterinary Nurse

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Bio
Meet Nurse Rachael!

Rachael began her nursing career in 2011.
Prior to joining the Whitehorse team in 2019 as a Senior Veterinary Nurse, she had been working at another busy general practice clinic for 8 years

Qualifications: Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Special Interests: Rachael enjoys all aspect of veterinary nursing but shows a keen interest in hospital nursing & helping pets return to their optimal health.

Pets: Rachael has a Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier Ivy & a Domestic short-haired Winston – these two are totally head over heels for one another.

Personal Hobbies: Rachael loves spending time with her husband and son, when they have spare time they’re knee deep in home renovations.

 

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Annabel & Bea

Annabel & Bea

Senior Veterinary Nurse

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Bio

Meet Nurse Annabel!

Annabel began her journey here at Whitehorse as a Veterinary Nurse Placement Student in 2018. Annabel made such an impression that we just had to have her join our team on a permanent basis, she has since completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill Institute.

Special Interests: All aspects of surgical nursing, pathology & most of all anything reproductive!

Pets: Annabel has an extremely enthusiastic & adorable chocolate labradoodle called Bea PLUS 3 turtles, a Darwin carpet python & 28 year old Blue tongue lizard called Harry.

Personal Hobbies: Annabel enjoys spending her time drawing, socialising with her close group of friends & attending 80’s based music concerts – including Queen & Elton John.

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Emily with Rosalie

Emily & Rosalie

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse,
Cert III Animal Studies

Bio

Meet Nurse Emily!

Emily started at Whitehorse in October 2021, she joined the Whitehorse Team as a trainee nurse. Emily came to Whitehorse with experience working within a busy small animal clinic.

Qualifications: Certificate III in Animal Studies specialising in veterinary nursing skills, and is currently studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Special Interests: Emily enjoys working in reception and surgical nursing. She has a strong interest in surgical cases and seeing your pet’s health improve after their stay in hospital.

Pets: Emily has a 6-year old Kelpie x Border Collie x New Zealand Huntaway called Hunter and 6-year-old Domestic Shorthair cat called Rosalie.

Personal Hobbies:  Emily loves to spend time with her family and friends when she is not working, she also loves horror movies and going to the beach when the weather is warm.

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Rose & Rory

Rose & Rory

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Bio

Meet Nurse Rose!

Rose was welcomed to the Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital team in June 2022 and couldn’t be more
excited about it!

When Rose joined the Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital she had no prior experience as a Nurse, but
quickly became our superstar trainee.
She is currently studying her Certificate III in Animal Studies at Box Hill Institute.

Qualifications: Rose is currently studying Certificate III in Animal Studies, with plans to complete Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in the near future.
Special Interests: Rose has a keen interest in dentistry and surgical nursing, but would love to do further training in wildlife care.

Pets: Rose has a 6 month-old miniature longhair dachshund Rory who is super cheeky and steals toilet paper whenever she’s given the chance. Rose has also opened her home to Tigerlily, a domestic
shorthair cat, who at all costs avoids human interaction.

Personal hobbies: Rose loves camping and tackling the 4wd tracks with friends, plant enthusiast, reading, binging Netflix shows and of course being with Rory.

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Simone & Bruce

Simone & Bruce

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Bio

Simone started at Whitehorse in 2019 as a volunteer student whilst completing her Certificate II in Animal Studies and then continuing on to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Simone officially joined the team in 2021 and shortly after completed her Cert IV in 2022.

Special Interests: Simone has a passion for surgical nursing and assisting the consulting vet to help the front of house run smoothly.
Simone is excited to further her skills in working with surgical & hospital cases, along with assisting vets with their procedures and scrubbing into surgery.

 Pets: Simone’s family includes 8 yo Bruce, an English Staffy. Bruce is a gorgeous anxious boy who thinks he is a lap dog and prefers to be indoors snuggled up on the couch. He is a very patient boy with 3 young girls in the house who like to play dress ups with him.

Personal Hobbies: Simone loves to spend her free time with her husband and 3 daughters, trying out local cafes and frequently visiting their holiday home in Rye for beach trips.

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Elena & Maggie

Elena & Maggie

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse,
Cert III Animal Studies

Bio

Meet Nurse Elena!

Elena joined the team at Whitehorse as a veterinary nurse in 2023 after working across different types of emergency clinics.  She started nursing in 2020 and has worked in general practice, as well as the fast-paced environment of a large emergency clinic!

Special Interests: Elena loves working in surgery and making sure that your loved ones receive the best possible care when in for procedures.

Pets: Elena is loved by Cavoodle Maggie, and Leo the feisty domestic shorthair cat.  She enjoys spending as much time with them as possible.

Personal Hobbies: Elena is a big foodie and loves going out to dinner with friends and family.  She also enjoys reading and binge-watching TV shows.

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Caitlin

Caitlin

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Bachelor Veterinary Nursing

Bio

Meet Nurse Caitlin!

Caitlin joined the team as a qualified nurse at Whitehorse in July 2023. She came to the clinic with previous experience working in a busy small animal practice.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing at La Trobe University.

Special interests: Caitlin is passionate about animal welfare and behaviour, with a focus on low-stress approaches. She also has an interest in wildlife care. Caitlin really enjoys creating compassionate
connections with patients and their families.

Pets: Caitlin has a big fur family in her two homes… Daisy the Kelpie x and Hurley the Maltese x Shihtzu who live with Ivy the gorgeous cat, they are all very best friends. Willow the Jack Russel and Oscar the Silky Terrier x live with Tay the Dalmatian. They all keep Caitlin busy and are her world.

Personal hobbies: Caitlin loves adventuring on bush walks with her dogs, as well as having cuddles with them and Ivy the cat. Being out in nature is her happy place. She also plays tennis and netball, and enjoys the gym. Caitlin loves creating art, particularly mandalas and pet portraits! She also loves her houseplants.

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Rachel & Hades

Rachel & Hades

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Bio

Meet Nurse Rachel!

Rachel joined the Whitehorse team in May of 2023. She has been nursing for 5 years completing her certificate IV in veterinary nursing in 2021. Prior to this Rachel completed a bachelor of science at the University of Melbourne majoring in animal health and disease and microbiology.

Special interests: surgical nursing, anaesthesia and dentistry. Rachel also loves trying to make the patients feel as comfortable as possible during their stay in hospital, giving them little comforts or spending extra time to try make them feel at ease.

Pets: At home Rachel has a very affectionate Australian cattle dog named Hades.

Personal hobbies: Rachel enjoys Yoga, charcoal drawing and going camping with Hades and her partner Toby whenever she can.

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Josie

Hanna

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

 

Bio

Bio coming soon!

Whitehorse Vet - About Us - Josie

Josie

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Bio
Meet Nurse Josie!

Josie started at Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital in July 2023. She previously worked at an equine veterinary clinic for 4 years and is excited to further her nursing career in small animal nursing at Whitehorse.

Qualifications: Josie completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2019 at Australian College of Applied Animal Studies. She also completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science.

Pets: Josie has a very special 8 year old German Shepherd dog named Khaleesi and a 9 year old Warmblood x Clyde horse named Mike.

Personal hobbies: Josie loves playing football, going to the gym, spending time with friends and family and hanging out with Khaleesi.

Our Facilities

Our Facilities

  • Just off Linden Street you will find our car park designated to our clients. Your pet will be safer with easier and spacious access to the clinic.
  • Our welcoming reception area provides both pets and their owners access to our friendly and experienced staff. Also used as a spacious waiting room for our Veterinary and Nurse consultations.
  • Our highly equipped surgical suite is an accredited & sterile environment for all kinds of surgeries ranging from desexing procedures, mass removals, orthopedic surgery, cancer surgery and much more.
  • Our hospital is equipped with advanced Digital X-ray equipment which helps to provide high quality images of bone and tissue.

Our Values

Caring for Animals

Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to providing the best possible health outcomes for your pet. We will provide advice and care that aligns with best practice.

Caring for People

We recognise the positive impact pets have on the lives of their owners and endeavour to improve the relationship between owners and their pets.

Caring for the Environment

People and pets have a large impact on the local and global environment. We seek to educate owners on environmentally responsible pet ownership.

Visit

Mon-Fri: 8am - 7pm
Sat: 8am - 1pm
Sun: CLOSED