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 

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 has undertaken AQIS Export training to prepare pets for travel overseas and has been assisting our clients with pet exports since 2015.  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.

Dr Maddison Leaver

Veterinarian 

Maddison joined the team full time in July 2022 but has been a casual with the clinic since late 2021 after completing an internship in small animal medicine. Prior to this, she worked in a busy small animal general practice/emergency clinic. Having grown up in Sydney (don’t hold that against her), she now calls Melbourne home with her husband and 2 cats. Maddison loves all things outdoors, especially exploring Melbourne’s best kept patisseries and bakeries on her bike. When not riding, she is usually found curled up with a coffee, a good book and her cats.

 

The official stuff

Maddison graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. She completed her Memberships in Small Animal Medicine via the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2022. 

Dr Ye Yao

Veterinarian 

Ye joined the Kew team in 2022 after spending 8 years in Emergency and Referral Centres in Sydney and Melbourne. She is excited to return to the world of general practice where she can support her clients keep their furry best friends happy and healthy. She is passionate about Emergency medicine and emergency surgery, and has been known to have an attention span of a goldfish. She is owned by a cat called Skittles who ensures her clothes are kept well furred, and loves eating out with her ex-chef partner on weekends. 

The official stuff

Ye graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2012. She has gained her Memberships in Emergency and Critical Care and Small Animal Surgery, and has also completed a Sydney University post-graduate course in Small Animal Medicine. She is neurotic about ensuring her knowledge is up to date and enjoys reading journal articles in her spare time.

Dr Tim Chen

Veterinarian 

Tim joined the Kew team part time in late 2023 after working in a busy small animal general practice for two years. He enjoys meeting all his patients and has a strong interest in small animal medicine in cats and dogs. Tim can also consult in written and spoken Cantonese and Mandarin, as he grew up in China before moving to Queensland at the age of 16. 

Outside of work, Tim loves cooking, watching thrillers and comedy shows and spending quality time with friends. Although he does not have any pets himself, he has a soft spot for black cats and terriers. (Star patient Helios pictured)

 

The official stuff

Tim graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) in 2021.

Our Vet Nurses and Support Team

Kew Vet & Cattery

Tash

Veterinary Nurse 

Tash has been a qualified veterinary nurse for over 7 years, and after a few years of working in emergency, Intensive Care and more recently, as a surgical specialist nurse, she has decided to settle back into general practice. 

Outside of the clinic, Tash loves to travel to new places, cuddle up with her ‘naughty torti’, Castiel, and is currently teaching herself how to sew (any tips welcome)!

Jess

Veterinary Nurse 

Jess graduated with a bachelor of Veterinary Technology from the University of Queensland in 2019. She then moved to the UK for two years to work in a mixed animal clinic where she got lots of experience with General practice and Emergency Nursing. Upon returning to Australia, she has settled in Melbourne and is loving working with the team at Kew.
Jess has a keen interest in Exotic animal nursing, and  is very passionate about Client education, in particular, her newly established Dog and Cat Weight clinics.
In her spare time, she loves to explore Melbourne and always has one or several crochet projects she’s working on. 

Rebecca

Veterinary Nurse 

Rebecca joined the team in August 2022 and has been vet nursing for over 8 years now. After completing her Bachelor of Science, she knew her passion was in animal health and welfare. She had done volunteer work at various vet clinics and also took part in a volunteer project in Thailand at the Elephant Nature Park before starting her vet nursing career.
At home she has two cheeky Finnish Lapphunds named Hiccup and Wanda that love to keep her on her toes. Outside of work, Rebecca loves to travel, eat out with family and friends and have some fun with photography.

 

Gabbie

Veterinary Nurse 

Gabbie has been vet nursing since 2020 and has experience working in emergency as well as a rehabilitation/orthopaedic surgery clinic. She joined our clinic this year to slow down a little and focus on study. She really enjoys canine rehabilitation and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with others, as well as continuing to further hers. Gabbie is also absolutely obsessed with setters, owning two herself she will definitely stop anyone in their tacks to get some cuddles! 

Layla

Trainee Veterinary Nurse 

Layla is our passionate, energetic, animal loving nurse! 
In 2018 she completed her Certificate II in animal studies. She joined our clinic in late 2022, and is currently studying her last year of Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. 
Her passions include animal behaviour, wildlife, medical care, and building client relationships. Layla’s future career plan involves dog training and specialising in animal behaviour. 
When not at work, she enjoys pet sitting, the gym, and shopping in the city. 
Her family pets include Bonnie the chihuahua and Athena the cat. 

 

Marni

Receptionist 

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.

Donna

Receptionist  

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.

Weijia 

Receptionist  

Weijia loves having a friendly chat with our clients and hearing stories about their fur babies while giving them lots of cuddles. She enjoys working with our passionate and supportive team while they guide her on her journey to becoming a veterinarian. 

Dr Mark Matthews

Veterinarian/Practice Principal

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. 

Kelley

People, Culture & Customer Care Manager  

Kelley started her career in the veterinary industry way back in 1995. First working as a veterinary nurse for 17 years before diversifying into client services and then HR. Kelley joined the team in 2021 as People, Culture & Customer Care Manager and loves nothing more than making sure our staff and clients are happy. In her spare time, Kelley can be found relaxing with her family at their cabin on the lake, or surrounded by her menagerie of feathered & fur babies.

Sarah 

Business Operations Manager  

Sarah has a background in project management and operations, before managing a multi site vet clinic in Canada. Since returning to Australia Sarah was working as a qualified veterinary nurse in an animal emergency setting before joining the team in 2022. Sarah loves making sure everything runs smoothly for our fantastic clinics so they can provide the best care for your pet. Outside of work you would find her hanging out with friends and family, cuddling with her cat Chip, or trying to tire out her puppy Tandy. 

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

Address

13 Cotham Road, Kew, VIC 3101

Vet Opening Hours

Monday - Friday: 8.00am - 6.00pm

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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