Dr Andrew Trezise graduated from the University of Melbourne with a veterinary degree in 1978. He worked in Melbourne and Hastings as a new graduate and in 1980 opened the Dromana Veterinary Clinic. Andrew's interests are in skin diseases and canine and feline medicine.
Andrew’s empathy for animals and compassion for owners made him very popular and the Dromana Clinic expanded over the years to include a branch in Mornington and more recently branches in Rosebud, Rye and Mt Eliza. He is a much loved charismatic part of our team.
Peninsula Vet Care is now a five-clinic business, with seven partners employing 30 veterinarians and 45 nurses. All this from the humble beginnings of the Dromana Vet Clinic!
Andrew is married to Kerrie and has three children and two over-indulged whippet dogs. His hobbies include golf, surfing and keeping fit.
Dr Chris Franklin joined us full time in July 2011. Prior to this he visited us weekly to perform orthopaedic and soft-tissue surgery.
Chris moved out to Australia with his Australian wife Meg (who is also a vet, working at Melbourne Zoo) and daughter Anna in 2007. Prior to this, Chris had been a partner and senior surgeon in a large eight-branch veterinary practice in the North of England. He qualified from Liverpool University in 1995 and gained a postgraduate surgery certification from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2005, having studied for three years. He has a large range of orthopaedic and soft tissue surgical procedure experience, performing many surgeries that are normally tackled only by specialist surgeons.
Constantly wishing to expand his surgical knowledge, Chris travelled to Ghent University in Belgium in early 2013 to undertake a practical course in arthroscopy (keyhole surgery of joints). There were no such courses available in Australia.
Chris enjoys most sports, currently spending time running (he finished his second marathon in 2012 – raising $6000 for Frankston Hospital in the process), playing guitar and travel. He lives in Somerville with his family, two whippets – Trevor and Lizzie, four chooks and the occasional visiting horse! Chris and his family swam with whales while on a visit to Tonga, which was a truly awesome experience.
Dr Nicole Cook spent some of her teen years on the Mornington Peninsula and is very glad to be back.
When Nicole was a small child, her family travelled extensively, living in Japan and England for her father’s work. Although this gave her a very worldly and exciting upbringing, both she and her siblings really were looking for somewhere to settle. The family moved to Victoria when Nicole was a teenager – and the Mornington Peninsula, whilst only periodically a permanent base, became an important part of her life. Nicole was therefore very keen to move back to the area and is pleased and excited to be a part of the Peninsula Vet Care team.
Now that she is back permanently, she hopes to get back into surfing and painting, two pursuits that have lapsed a little since her university days. She has also recently discovered that she really enjoys vegie gardening (all gardening actually) but as a beginner, tips will most definitely be welcomed!
Nicole is also looking forward to a change of pace. Until July 2012 she was studying for her membership examinations and is now a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in small animal internal medicine. Having always had an interest in small animal medicine since her days at the University of Melbourne, this is a big achievement but required a lot of effort. Nicole is therefore happy to offer informed advice on most small animal medical problems but is also enthusiastic to embrace all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery. She is looking forward to meeting the patients and their owners at Peninsula Vet Care. She is mostly at our Dromana clinic.
Nicole is also looking forward to introducing her two dogs, Archie and Milo, to life on the Peninsula.
Dr Shallan Biddle grew up on the Mornington Peninsula and graduated with her Veterinary Bachelor degree (Honours) from the University of Melbourne in 2008.
Shallan then spent two busy years working in mixed practice in Mildura, where she adopted a now very boisterous parvo puppy (Sebastian) and a New Zealand kakariki (a parakeet, Wilbar). She then gave into her travel bug and set sail for Europe where she spent 18 months visiting as many different places as possible and working in a busy small animal clinic in Essex.
Now she has returned home to the Mornington Peninsula to be closer to her family and her well missed menagerie of pets (as it stands – three dogs, five cats (plus two foster kittens!), several chickens, cows, horses and her kakariki). Outside of work, Shallan enjoys travel, good food and wine, is an avid reader and is hoping to undertake her light plane flying licence. Shallan is currently undertaking her Masters in Small Animal Medicine and looks forward to meeting both you and your special pet.
Claire grew up on a small farm on the Mornington peninsula, and attended Woodleigh School. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a degree in Veterinary Science in 2011 and started her veterinary career in mixed practice north of Melbourne. After 18 months working with horses, cows, goats and pigs, she was delighted to move back home to the Mornington peninsula and start working with Peninsula Vet Care. In her spare time Claire likes to oil paint and spend time at the beach. When feeling brave she also tries her best to keep up with her partner heading down a hill on a longboard skateboard.
Clare moved to the Mornington Peninsula in 2014. After graduating from Melbourne University, Clare has lived and worked in Bendigo, the UK, Carlton in Melbourne and Darwin.She had planned to move to Darwin for 1 year but ended up staying for 8. Her and her family are thrilled to have now settled on the Mornington Peninsula. She has some connection to the peninsula because her father grew up and lived at “The Briars” in Mount Martha before it was sold to the National Trust. Clare grew up on a farm in Tumbarumba, NSW and aspired to be a vet from an early age.
Clare enjoys all aspects of small animal general practice, including emergency medicine and surgery. She currently works part time for Peninsula Vet Care and is a mother to her two young children. She also cares for her geriatric terrier cross dog and her cat.
When she has spare time she enjoys running, reading and outdoor pursuits with her family like camping.
Natalie Smith has lived on the Mornington Peninsula since her childhood. Her passion for veterinary nursing began when she volunteered at Langwarrin Veterinary Clinic. After finishing high school she began her veterinary nursing career at Main Street Mornington, then Karingal, Seaford and Cranbourne veterinary clinics before finally settling at our Dromana Veterinary Hospital in 1998. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 1994 and has continued to expand her knowledge in administrative and nursing capacities.
In 2011 Natalie became our most qualified veterinary nurse, passing her Diploma in Surgical Veterinary Nursing, and she is now senior surgical nurse at the Dromana Veterinary Clinic. She currently runs the Dromana puppy schools, with many years of successful graduates behind her.
Natalie is married with 2 children and has a Jack Russell terrier called Lolly, a Cavalier cross called Yindi and a kitten (now cat!) from our adoption centre called Jack.
Sally Norton is a highly experienced veterinary nurse and receptionist, at our Dromana Veterinary Hospital. She joined the Dromana Team in 1997.
Sally has worked in several small animal practices in the UK and Melbourne, and spent many years working with a specialist bird veterinarian in Springvale. She gives a lot of advice on our feathered friends, having 3 Rainbow Lorikeets of her own at home to keep her entertained by their antics. She enjoys catching up with her family and friends when travelling in particular.
Having grown up on a small farm on the Mornington peninsula with an abundance of pets, Nikki always had a passion for animals. Shehas been able to turn that love for animal into a career with a certificate IV in veterinary nursing in 2012. After working at the Brisbane veterinary specialist centre in 2013 she began working at Peninsula Vet Care Dromana where she enjoys a mix of both surgical nursing and reception duties.
Nikki has a passion for travel and in her own time enjoy the company of her two sooky German shepherds; “Layla’ and ‘Elsie’.
Toni is a relative newcomer to nursing, and is currently fishing her certificate IV in veterinary nursing. Toni has had a long term goal of becoming a vet nurse and working with animal, and is excited to be fulfilling her dream at Peninsula Vet Care. She lives locally with her mum and two dogs Harris and Charlie and two cats Dora and Snuggles.