Our Veterinarians

Kew Vet & Cattery

Getting to know you and your pets is one of our favourite things about working at Kew Vet clinic. And it’s only fair you get to know a little about us, too.

Dr Andrew Collins

Veterinarian – Kew Vet

Andrew LOVES it when a plan comes together, and is fabulous at determining exactly what is possible – and appropriate – for your pet. He joined the Kew Vet team full-time in 2014 after regularly locuming at Hawthorn East. Andrew is particularly interested in medicine and dermatology and is AQIS accredited which means he can perform the necessary tests and treatments required for your pet to travel overseas.  With the arrival of his first child, Andrew has less time these days for scuba diving and snowboarding but still enjoys coaxing his 11 year old whippet Zephyr off the beanbag for a walk.”

The official stuff

Andrew has a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne. (2006) He’s worked in country Victoria, in rural and metropolitan England, Africa and throughout Melbourne. In 2017, he has also completed a Sydney University postgraduate course in surgery.

In three words, Andrew is: Intuitive, gentle and thorough.

Dr Chanelle Manikkam

Veterinarian – Kew Vet

Chanelle has a caring attitude and gentle manner – and absolutely loves meeting puppies and kittens. She’s particularly fabulous at helping clients who are new to pet ownership gain an understanding of their pets’ needs. Chanelle also has an interest in geriatric pet care and diabetes – and is known to whip out her cloak of invisibility when a bird is brought into the clinic! She’s also a qualified yoga instructor and is mum to an adopted, black, very well fed and loved cat called Shadow, who enjoys being a lady of leisure – except when birds are chasing her.

The official stuff

Chanelle graduated from Massey University with Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2009, and also has her Masters in Public Health. After graduating, she worked for two years in a mixed animal practice in NZ, before moving to the UK where she worked in multiple clinics to gain varied experience. Chanelle has been in Melbourne for five years in companion practice, and at Kew Vet for almost three years. She’s also volunteered at dog and cat shelters in Rarotonga, Fiji and Sri Lanka.

In three words, Chanelle is: Kind, caring and dedicated.

Dr Simon Wills

Veterinarian – Kew Vet

Simon is an expert with our new continuous glucose monitoring systems, making him the go-to guy for those with diabetic pets. He joined the Kew Vet team in 2017 and he takes a keen interest in preparing pets for surgery and ensuring their recovery process is as smooth as possible. When he’s not at work, Simon enjoys sport, particularly AFL and tennis, and playing the guitar. He has a gorgeous, 11-year-old female Jack Russell terrier named Alba.

The official stuff

Simon completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science through Charles Sturt University and has been working in general practice for four years; two at a mixed practice (60% small animal: 40% large animal), and two at a small animal practice. He regularly attends educational conferences and is soon to complete his internal medicine distance education course through Sydney University.

In three words, Simon is: Dedicated, sincere and considerate.

Dr Mark Matthews

Veterinarian – Hawthorn East & Kew Vet

Mark has 20 years’ experience in veterinary practice, initially in New Zealand (or New Ziland as he pronounces it!) followed by a number of years in a busy practice in London. Mark is passionate about ensuring every pet receives the best possible care and is interested in all aspects of medicine and surgery. When Mark’s not at work, the fitness fan(atic) can be usually be found running, playing tennis or at the gym. He recently completed his fourth (and last, he swears) marathon – but never say never! At home, Mark and his partner are at the beck and call of their very spoilt cat, Luke. These days Mark splits his time between clinical work at Hawthorn East and administrative work.

The official stuff
Mark graduated from Massey University (NZ) in 1998. He recently completed a postgraduate course in ophthalmology through Sydney University and regularly attends conferences and continuing education events to keep up to date with the latest developments in animal health and wellbeing. Mark made Melbourne home in 2005, taking the helm of Kew Vet in 2009. Since then the practice has expanded to include Kew Vet and Cattery (2014) and Alphington and Fairfield Vet (2017). Mark is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association and the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association.
In short, Mark is: Caring, energetic and likely to be off for another run…….

Our Vet Nurses and Support Team

Kew Vet & Cattery

Jo Ward

Practice managerHawthorn East, Kew and Alphington & Fairfield Vets

A whiz at soothing stressed cats, Jo also makes sure the staff all stay stress-free by ensuring everything runs smoothly at our practices in Kew, Hawthorn East and Alphington and Fairfield. She loves being part of a team dedicated to making sure every pet that comes through the door is given the absolute best care. She’s mum to two black and white cats named Emmylou and Lanto.

The official stuff

Jo has been nursing since 2004 and practice manager since 2013. She holds a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and Certificate IV in Frontline Management and has been with the practice since 2012

In three words, Jo is: Cats, cats, cats (oh, and super organised and conscientious!)

Tamara Henry

Veterinary Nurse – Kew Vet & Cattery

Tamara is very experienced in dog behaviour and has a gentle and friendly approach with all animals. She enjoys the variety of clients she meets, loves consulting nurse shifts and always manages to calm anxious pets. She also has a special interest in pathology. At home, Tamara has three pets; a three-year-old black lab named Cyril, an eight-year-old staffy cross named Jindi and a six-year-old black cat named Dizzy.

The official stuff

Tamara has a Diploma in Dog Grooming, a Certificate IV in canine training and behaviour (National Dog Trainers Federation), and is currently working on her Certificate IV of Veterinary Nursing.

In three words, Tamara is: Patient, calm and friendly.

Therese McManus

Lead Veterinary Nurse – Kew Vet

Therese’s favourite part of nursing is taking care of hospitalised patients and she does everything she can to make sure pets that are away from their families feel comfortable and cared for. She says that watching them reunite with their owners when they’re feeling better is the best part of her job. Her nursing superpowers are being able to wrangle uncooperative cats – as well as her OTT organisational skills! Soon after moving to Melbourne from Perth, Therese realised that she couldn’t live without Perth clinic cat Naughty Ninja – who staff reared from a feral, four-week-old kitten – so she had him flown 3000km to live with her!

The official stuff

Therese graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing in Ireland in 2008, then completed her Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Agricultural Science. Since 2009, she’s worked in mixed practice in Ireland, and small animal practice in London, Perth and Melbourne.

In three words, Therese is: Crazy cat lady!

Erin

Veterinary Nurse – Kew Vet & Cattery

Prior to Veterinary Nursing, Erin completed her Bachelor of Animal Science and Management at The University of Melbourne. Pairing a desire to travel to Africa to see ‘The Big Cats’ and a course requirement for industry placement, Erin traveled to Namibia where an 8 week ‘work experience’ placement turned into a permanent job. Erin worked in Namibia and South Africa for almost 5 years as a Researcher and spent most of her days tracking cheetah and wild dog in the African bush. Wanting to continue her work with animals when she returned to Australia, Veterinary Nursing seemed like the most obvious choice (particularly given the lack of wild cheetah roaming around in The Australian Outback) and has been working as a Veterinary Nurse since 2013.  Erin joined our team in early 2017.

Katelyn Power

Veterinary Nurse – Kew Vet

Katelyn loves interacting with and caring for animals, and has a knack for knowing when a Labrador is close by – a skill she attributes to careful training by her own black lab named Sambuca. At hone, Katelyn and her partner share their apartment with a very charismatic cinnamon Cockatiel named Chicky that they adopted as a stray.  Katelyn joined the Kew team in 2017 after working in Melbourne’s north for four years.

The official stuff

After completing a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Zoology at the University of Melbourne in 2010, Katelyn worked as a research assistant at an ecological research centre. There she was lucky enough to work on a research project looking at turtle populations in urban environments, and helped monitor squirrel glider populations in Victoria and NSW. She attained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2016.

In three words, Katelyn is: Passionate, organised and a foodie.

Beth Hamilton

Veterinary Nurse – Kew Vet

Beth’s favourite part of the job is watching dogs do their happy dance when reunited with their owners after a hospital stay. Super patient and caring, Beth loves spending time with her Rottweiler named Jenny, and the two regularly foster kittens together. She also has three rats named Paddie, Selma and Maude, and occasionally she cares for orphaned ringtail possums, earning her the nickname around the office of “crazy possum lady”.

The official stuff

Beth has a Certificate IV of Veterinary Nursing and has completed volunteer work in Southeast Asia.

In three words, Beth is: Bubbly, compassionate and determined.

Our Cattery Attendants

Kew Vet & Cattery

Bronwyn Matthews

Cattery Assistant – Kew Vet & Cattery

Officially the best cat cuddler on staff, Bronwyn loves looking after our feline guests and ensures they have everything they need during their stay. At home, Bronwyn has a cheeky six-year-old cat named Vida who was adopted from a shelter in Darwin, and a 14-year-old fox terrier who is still very much a puppy at heart.

The official stuff

Bronwyn has a Certificate II in Animal Studies and has volunteering experience at the RSPCA as an animal attendant.

In three words, Bronwyn is: Happy, friendly and caring.

Christine Chan

Cattery Assistant – Kew Vet & Cattery

Christine really is the cat whisperer – all cats love her, and her cuddles! She makes up for her fear of paperwork by being an absolute whiz at cleaning litter trays. At home, Christine has a large bird friendly garden and that I enjoy looking after the birds who come to visit

The official stuff

Christine has been working with us in the cattery for eight years.

In three words, Christine is: Reliable, dedicated and honest.

Grace Rogers

Cattery Assistant – Kew Vet & Cattery

Grace loves the welcoming chorus of cat love that greets her each day when arriving at work.  At home, Grace shares her home with a 13 year old, emotional fluffy cat called Bailey.

The official stuff

Grace joined our cattery team at the end of 2015 having worked with animals for many years including stints in a large rescue centre in NSW , a petstore and as well as for a pet boarding facility in Queensland.

In three words, Grace is creative, independent and friendly.

Contact Us

Kew Vet & Cattery

Our team of professionals are here to help make pet care easy. If you have any questions or concerns about your pet's health, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We love talking about animals and we’re more than happy to help! If you would like to make an appointment you can book online or give us a call to arrange a suitable time.

Kew Vet & Cattery

Vet Opening Hours

Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm
Saturday: 9am - 3pm
Sunday: Closed

Cattery Opening Hours

Monday - Friday: 8.30am-1.00pm
and 2pm-5.30pm
Saturday: 9.30am-2.30pm
Sunday: Closed

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