Jessica Gruchy

Senior Clinic Veterinarian (BVSc.)

Dr Jess studied Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 2001.  She started work in the veterinary clinic at Animal Aid in Coldstream, working with both welfare and private patients.  She became Practice Manager of the Animal Aid Veterinary Clinic in 2007 and worked there until January of 2009 when she started here at Croydon Pet Hospital.

Jessica grew up on a farm in the Yarra Valley with a huge variety of pets, including budgies, parrots, chooks, ducks, geese, pheasants, peacocks, guinea pigs, rabbits, sheep, cows, horses, dogs and cats (and probably a few more species too).

Jess always dreamt of becoming a vet.  Being brought up with so many animals meant it was a natural progression to become passionate about animal health and wellbeing.  

Jess shares her home with her husband, two sons, 2 dogs (Lara, a Golden Retriever and Lexie, a Mini Schnauzer), two cats (Minki and Mia), four chooks (Emily, Ebony, Chicky and Lucy) and some tropical fish.

Jess loves all aspects of general practice, and has a special interest in surgery, but gets the most satisfaction from forming great relationships with clients and their pets and providing them with quality health care they can trust. 


Joanna Paul

Senior Clinic Veterinarian (BVSc. (hons))

Dr Jo joined Croydon Pet Hospital in 2016 after working in other small animal practices around Melbourne.  She started her tertiary study with a Science degree, majoring in pharmacology, following that with Veterinary Science, graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2006 with honours. In 2018 she completed further studies in Small animal Emergency and Critical Care and is currently studying pathology.

Jo loves all aspects of general veterinary practice, but particularly enjoys getting to know clients and their pets, and helping with their health and happiness long-term.

Jo's family includes her husband Darren, three young boys, and the furkids Billy (Border Collie), Baxter (Maremma), Loki (Burmese) and Brodie (horse).  There is also a flock of fabulous chooks with weird and wonderful names thanks to the kids. Jo loves gardening and growing food, as well as art and music.


Apple Kwong

Veterinarian (BVSc.)

Dr Apple ‘originated’ from Hong Kong, leaving home at 17 to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a vet. Animals have always been part of her life because she had an animal-loving family. 
After graduating from The University of Melbourne, she spent some years working in multiple practices before settling down in this beautiful area with her family.
Apple loves all animals but particularly loves working with cats. She has four cats of her own (Kiwi, Passionfruit, Starfruit and Peach) and a very noisy Lorikeet (Berry) who was a rescue.
Outside of work, Apple enjoys cooking, crafting and gaming. She also enjoys making costumes.
Apple is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese and can therefore be of great assistance to our non-English speaking clients.
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Alice Phan

Veterinarian (BVSc.)

Alice has always loved animals and grew up with pet chickens and rabbits.  She became a proud cat and dog owner during her uni days studying Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne.  Alice graduated in 2008 and since then she has worked both in Melbourne and the UK in small animal general practice.  She has also worked for several years in a rabbit and guinea pig only clinic and loves working with these exotic species.  Alice joined Croydon Pet Hospital in April 2019 and is very excited to meet your pet dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Alice and her husband and daughter share their home with several elderly pets: Benji the tabby cat, Teddy the pomeranian cross dog, and Periwinkle the rescue Netherland dwarf rabbit.

Dr. Alice is currently on maternity leave.


Lisa Woollard

Veterinarian (BVSc (hons))

Dr. Lisa joined CPH in December 2020.  She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2013 with no less than three degrees, one being the Bachelor of Veterinary Science which she graduated with first class honours. 

Lisa has worked in various clinics around greater Melbourne but originally hails from the eastern suburbs and is glad to be working back home.

Lisa has a passion for all things feline and enjoys dividing her time between surgery and medicine.  Outside of work Lisa shares her home with her delightfully demanding ragdoll cat, Zoe.


Belinda Oppenheimer

Veterinarian (BVSc (hons) MANZCVS (Medicine and Surgery of Unusual Pets))

Dr. Belinda joined the Croydon Pet Hospital team in 2021. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with honours in 2013, and given her preference for the unusual, has been working in animal shelter/welfare medicine and exotic pet practice since graduation.  She attained her membership qualification with the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the field of Medicine and surgery of Unusual Pets in 2019, making her one of only a handful of veterinarians in Australia with postgraduate qualifications in our more unusual pet friends.

Seeing rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats, reptiles and birds makes Belinda's day!  However, she still loves our canine and feline friends (especially rescues!) and has a particular soft spot for greyhounds.

When she is not working, Belinda enjoys devoting her downtime to animal welfare and advocacy (and occasional amateur palaeontology study), usually while listening to 80s metal music. 

Belinda lives in the Dandenong Ranges with her "flock": her partner Adam, Pinball the cockatiel, Acarath the blue tongue lizard, Zenith the greyhound, Snowy the cat, and her two goats Choppa and Kuma - all rescues of course!


Liz

Senior Vet Nurse

Liz started veterinary nursing in 2004 but joined the Croydon Pet Hospital team in 2012.  Her nursing passions include anything surgical, nursing animals back to recovery, and client interaction and education.

Liz completed a course in wildlife first aid and nursing and got to put her skills into action becoming a wildlife volunteer rescuer/vet nurse during the Black Saturday fires.  She also volunteers for Pets of the Homeless, an amazing organisation that provides food, veterinary care and emergency boarding assistance to pet owners in need.

Liz and her husband Adam have two daughters, Ella and Olivia and also share the home with their spoodle, Indi and cat, Milly.


Tiffany

Veterinary Nurse

Tiffany has been vet nursing for over 7 years, achieving her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing in 2013.  She joined Croydon Pet Hospital in 2014 and has enjoyed being part of the team every since.  

Tiffany really enjoys being able to help make patient visits as comfortable and stress-free as possible.  Extra love and cuddles go a long way and Tiff prefers to use the “less is more” approach as much as possible.

The most rewarding aspect of Tiffany’s work is nursing our patients back to good health so they can continue their recovery back home with their families where they are loved and missed.  She loves nothing more than to hear that pets are back to their usual selves after illness or surgery. 

Tiffany and her husband share their home with a handsome cat, Flinders, who is an 11 year old black DSH full of attitude and food.

Tiff is currently away on maternity leave with her gorgeous little man, Zack. We wish her all the best at this special time and look forward to her return.


Kirsty

Senior Vet Nurse

Kirsty has always had the dream of becoming a Veterinary Nurse since she was little and did so after graduating from year 12, where she went straight on to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill Tafe.  Kirsty joined the team at Croydon Pet Hospital in February 2015 when she started her Nursing course and has loved every aspect of her job ever since, surgical nursing in particular.

In the not too distant future, Kirsty would like to enrol in and complete a Diploma in General Practice and continue with further education.

Away from CPH, Kirsty loves heading away camping whenever she gets spare time and has her two border collies, Jed (9 years old) and Sam (8 years old) join her and the family also wherever they go!


Paris

Trainee Nurse

Paris has recently become a qualified veterinary nurse and started at Croydon Pet Hospital is 2018.  She has always loved caring for animals and wanted to find a career where she could spend time with them every day.

Paris owns a handsome burmese cat named Fudge and a crazy black labradoodle named Boo.  She has always had a special interest in rabbit care and has owned many beautiful bunny friends over the years. 

In her spare time, Paris enjoys dance classes and loves performing on stage whenever she gets the chance.  Paris loves learning new skills from the lovely team at CPH and looks forward to a rewarding career in the industry.


Bea

Veterinary Nurse

Bea has been vet nursing for four years, gaining her cert IV in veterinary nursing in 2017.  She joined the Croydon Pet Hospital team in 2019 and has loved being a team member ever since.

Bea has always had a passion for animals and always wanted to work with them as a career, and found the veterinary environment interesting and engaging.  Bea's interests lie in surgical nursing and she hopes in the future to further her education so she can offer her patients the best possible care.  Bear really enjoys being able to help make patient visits as comfortable and loving as possible and really believes in being able to create a positive experience for all patients and their owners. 

In her spare time Bea really enjoys camping, spending time with her friends, and heading up to the family farm with her partner to relax and enjoy the country lifestyle.


Jac

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Jac is new to CPH. Photo and bio coming soon.


  
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