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.
Nichola grew up on a farm in the Yarra Valley and attended Aquinas College in Ringwood. She worked as a veterinary nurse part time at the Research and Montmorency Veterinary Clinic while at University, which was a wonderful opportunity to work with some very experienced and compassionate vets.
Nichola graduated from the University of Melbourne with honours in 1999. She started off her career at the Lilydale Veterinary Clinic where she enjoyed mixed practice including cattle and horses. In 2002 she joined the team at Peninsula Vet Care to focus solely on small animals. It was while working at the East Mornington Veterinary Hospital that Nichola developed a passion for Ophthalmology; studying a post graduate course in this subject in 2006. Since then she has enjoyed helping numerous patients with challenging eye conditions.
She became a partner of Peninsula Vet Care in 2014 and now works full time at the Rye Beach Vet Hospital where she enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine, chemotherapy, surgery and preparation of pets for export. Nichola hopes to undertake post graduate studies in emergency medicine and ultrasonography in the future.
Nichola lives in Rosebud with her husband Paul , children Tasman and Harriet, Minka the Kelpie cross and a cat named Splotch. In her spare times she enjoys bushwalks with her family, riding and showing ponies, camping, running and stand up paddle boarding in the bay.
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.