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 loves the diversity of general practice, from greeting new pets to supporting our oldies, as well as any medical or surgical challenges in between. He is an AQIS accredited vet for export which means he can perform the necessary tests and treatments required for your pet to travel overseas.  With the recent arrival of his second child, Andrew has less time these days for scuba diving and snowboarding.

The official stuff
Andrew has a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne (2006).  He is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and their small animal branch, the ASAV. He’s worked in country Victoria, in rural and metropolitan England, Africa and throughout Melbourne. In 2017, he also completed a Sydney University postgraduate course in surgery.
In three words, Andrew is: Intuitive, gentle and thorough.

Dr Simon Willis

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, 13-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 Xia Niu


Xia, pronounced ‘Shar’, joined the Kew Vet team in July 2018 as an experienced small animal vet, having practiced in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne for the past six years. She enjoys general practice and has special interests in surgery and geriatric pet care. Xia is passionate about preventative medicine, pain management and working closely with owners to achieve the best possible quality of life for their pets.  At home Xia and her partner love experimental cooking and she attempts to offset this with a regular yoga practice.  Xia has recently been on parental leave and returns to the clinic full time in August 2021.


The official stuff
Xia graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2010. After graduation she worked for two years in Bellerive, Tasmania before moving back home to Melbourne. Xia is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association and has completed postgraduate courses with the University of Sydney in dentistry, dermatology and oncology.

Dr Mark Matthews

Veterinarian – Hawthorn East & Kew Vet

Mark has 25 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. 

In recent years Mark has stepped back from veterinary clinical work to focus on managing the team and business. Mark is committed to ensuring our clinics provide the best care possible for our patients and the best experience for our pet owners.   Mark understands the key to this is our amazing people and is passionate about team wellness, team development and culture.

When Mark’s not at work, the fitness fan(atic) can be usually be found running, at the gym or pottering in his garden.  At home, Mark and his partner Ant are at the beck and call of their very spoilt cat, Luke. 
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

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Jo Ward

Business Manager/Registered Veterinary Nurse – Hawthorn 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 Ianto.

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!)


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 home, 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.


Registered Veterinary Nurse – Kew Vet

Brooke is a Registered Veterinary Nurse and completed a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in New Zealand. She finds nursing rewarding and enjoys problem solving, a new challenge and especially loves working and learning alongside those who share her passion and enthusiasm for a high standard of animal care.
Her aim is to create a fun and stress free experience for all patients.
When not at work Brooke loves to wind down with a good book or ride around town on her Motorcycle.



Receptionist – Kew Vet

Marni has over 20 years experience working in various areas within the RSPCA. From caring for the puppies and livestock to working in the Welfare Shelter Office and Veterinary Clinic she has gained a wide variety of knowledge and is here to help you in any way she can.

After an amazing adventure exploring Australia for 12 mths with her family, she has now settled back into work life and loves being part of such a dedicated team. When not at work Marni enjoys remote bush camping with her family and rescue staffy Pepper.

In three words, Marni is:  compassionate, organised and patient.


Veterinary Nurse – Kew Vet

Rochelle‘s desire to work with animals started way back in 2004 after finishing high school, and with a degree in Animal Studies.
After spending 10 years or so travelling the world and gaining experience in fun, life and the customer service industry, she decided to return home to Melbourne and get serious about the career she had always wanted and dreamed off. She commenced study to become a veterinary nurse early 2018 and has been working with us at Kew Vet and Cattery since October 2018.  She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in early 2021.
Rochelle loves learning something new everyday and putting her skills into practice. Her compassion and care for the dogs and cats we treat is indisputable, but just as much, she loves meeting and chatting to all of our lovely clients. 
When not working or studying, Rochelle loves to cycle, do yoga, spend time with friends, family and her very adventurous and “ambitious” cat, Panda.


Receptionist – Kew Vet and Hawthorn East Vet

Donna loves being the face that you see when you and your pet arrive into the clinic. She enjoys working with a team who share the same passion and care for clients and their pets.  Donna joined us in March 2021 and also works at our sister clinic, Hawthorn East Vet.
When Donna is not working she loves going on walks as spending time with her family.

Our Cattery Team

Kew Vet & Cattery


Cattery Manager – Kew Vet & Cattery

Grace loves the welcoming chorus of cat love that greets her each day when arriving at work.  

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.


Cattery Assistant – Kew Vet & Cattery

 Natalie is a cat enthusiast who is fueled by her passion and dedication for all felines.  She cares for every cat that comes into the cattery with the love and respect that they so deserve!  


Cattery Assistant – Kew Vet & Cattery


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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: 8.00am - 7.00pm

Saturday: 9am - 3pm

Sunday: Closed

Cattery Opening Hours

Monday - Friday: 8.30am-1pm and 2pm-5.30pm
Saturday: 9.30am-2.30pm
Sunday: Closed

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