Dr. Peter Verhoef
Peter graduated from the University of Melbourne and has worked throughout Victoria and Queensland. Peter started the Croydon Pet Hospital with his wife Wendy and after being in the veterinary industry for over 30 years he is still as passionate about treating pets today and he was on his first day! He has a passion for small animal surgery and also loves the challenge of working on medical cases.
When Peter isn’t busy with patients he is kept busy with 3 grandchildren, and Cavoodle ‘ Lucy’ & is looking forward to some exciting trips this year.
Dr. Jessica Gruchy
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.
Dr Joanna Paul
Dr Jo joined Croydon Pet Hospital in November 2016 after working in animal welfare and other private practices in 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 the Melbourne University Graduate Certificate in Small animal Emergency and Critical Care.
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. She is equally at home scrubbed into surgery as tackling complex medical cases.
Jo’s family includes her husband Darren, three young boys, and the furkids Billy (Border Collie x), Loki (Burmese) and Brody (horse). New additions in 2019 are the cute chooks, Chookie, Massey, Silvia and Alice. These feathered friends have given her a renewed interest in furthering her knowledge and skills in avian medicine.
Dr. Apple Kwong
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.
Dr. Haylee Catley
After graduating from the University of Melbourne with honours Dr Haylee worked in mixed practice in the northern suburbs of Melbourne treating dogs, cats, horses, cows, goats and the odd alpaca. Haylee joined Croydon Pet Hospital in November 2018. She loves all aspects of general practice and is particularly keen on diagnosing and treating challenging medical cases and soft tissue surgery.
Haylee’s interests outside of work include spending time outdoors and keeping fit and healthy.
She has a lovely geriatric Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Charlotte and a cheeky stock horse called Milo who she hopes to find the time to ride again soon, much to his dismay.