Dr Gordon Watt has been a partner at Peninsula Animal Hospital for 20 years, and built the new hospital in 2001. As of October 2014 Gordon has joined forces with Peninsula Vet Care to become one of seven partners with five hospitals.
He qualified from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1983 and worked in the Yorkshire Dales for a couple of years in mixed practice and helping out with the TV series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. Gordon then embarked on a working holiday trip of a lifetime to Australia and did locum work in town and country practice before deciding to call Melbourne home in 1987 and concentrate on small animal practice.
Having grown in the Scottish countryside, working on a farm and surrounded by animals he naturally gravitated to working with them, and always had the passion to help animals and make their lives that little bit better. His aim with Peninsula Vet Care is to do the best he can possibly do for all the pets and owners who come in to Peninsula Vet Care, and provide a caring environment through providing the best nursing staff and vets with the best facilities. We try to make your pet’s time here as comfortable as possible.
‘I am proud of the team we have here at Peninsula Vet Care Mt Eliza,’ says Gordon ‘they are all committed animal people with a passion to help your pet, and they love what they are doing’.
Gordon is married to Megan and lives in Mount Eliza with two children, Katy(13) and Sandy(10), two dogs, Diva and Mac and one cat, Agnes.
Gordon enjoys the day to day consulting, treating pets and meeting up with owners who have been coming for 20 years, who are now friends. He still loves surgery and is amazed by the diagnostic ability of modern machines such as the digital x-ray and ultrasound.
When he is not working, he enjoys playing golf, running, playing volleyball, reading and going up to Lake Eildon with his family and dogs.
Peter graduated from Melbourne University in 2005 with his degree in Veterinary Science. After spending most of his life in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, he decided to venture south to the lovely Mornington Peninsula and started his career at Peninsula Vet Care in 2006.
Peter quickly became immersed in all aspects of small animal general practice; from medicine to surgery. He developed a particular interest in internal medical fields such as endocrinology, cardiology and clinical pathology, and has had great opportunity to grow in these areas while working with his colleagues at PAH. Peter has since gone on to combine his medical knowledge with a passion for cats.
In 2009, Peter completed the Centre for Veterinary Eduction course in feline medicine. Then, following a period of intense study, he became a member of the feline chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in 2012. This chapter of the college contains only a little more than 100 members across Australia. He is also a member of the International Society for Feline Medicine. Peter enjoys all areas of feline medicine; from vaccinating very young kittens to helping his elderly patients enjoy their twilight years.
Peter has been married to fellow vet, Amanda, since 2007. He has two beautiful young girls, Hazel and Claire. Completing the family are two cats; Amelie the aloof Russian Blue and Barnaby the mischievous Burmese. Before having children, Peter enjoyed playing basketball, squash and golf. Since playing golf is now such an irregular occurrence, his mum could probably beat him.
Annie graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1995. She worked in rural practice for a few years before heading overseas. She enjoyed working in mixed practice and travelling through the UK for considerably longer than she expected to and returned back home in 2005 as she missed the food and wine of the peninsula. Following six years in a Melbourne Racehorse practice Annie felt she was being drawn to companion animals. Understanding the importance our animals are to our emotional well being and family life, she has been working mainly with small animals since 2012.
Annie has been with our Mt Eliza team as a full time, valued veterinarian for the past year and has quickly become a client favourite.
Annie has a rescue Chihuahua and 5 alpacas that are very important members of her family, as well as two beautiful children.
Annie loves the interaction between her patients and their families, which further drives Annie to deliver the highest possible care. She thoroughly enjoys seeing pets being a valued family member and believes that this aspect of her work is personally the most fulfilling part of being a vet
Hui has lived all around Melbourne her entire life and graduated from Melbourne University in 1998. For the first ten years of her career she was working in a clinic near Berwick and slowly migrated towards the Peninsula, where she found Peninsula vet Care.
Hui has a particular interest in small animals, with her passion crossing over into feline medicine. She holds her membership with the Australian New Zealand Collage of Veterinary Science in this area and brings great knowledge to our team.
In her spare time Hui loves to go bush walking and spending time with her children, a 9 year old daughter and a 5 year old son. Extending the family is their beloved maine coon cat, the family loves him so much that they are hoping to extend their kitty family by one sometime this year.
Melania joined the Peninsula Vet Care team in 2014 and is based at our Mt. Eliza clinic. Prior to her completion of the Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at The University of Melbourne, Melania completed a Bachelor of Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Animal Science and Management. During her studies she worked at a veterinary hospital in Melbourne's inner suburbs, gaining invaluable hands-on experience.
Over the years, Melania has had many great animal encounters. Anything from taking blood from a shark to being bitten by a camel; Melania's journey has certainly been a memorable one!
Outside of the animal kingdom, Melania enjoys great food and wine and takes great pleasure in cooking for family and friends. To add to her culinary experiments in the kitchen, she recently started testing her limited gardening skills to try and grow an edible garden (fingers crossed it survives).
Although Melania loves all aspects of the veterinary field, her particular interest lies in small animal surgery and hopes to pursue further studies in this area.
Mel looks forward to meeting you and your pet.
Born and bred on the Peninsula, Caitlyn finished high school in 2009 at Toorak College. Caitlyn then continued to study a Bachelor of Science, which lead her into a degree in Veterinary Science at Melbourne University, graduating as a veterinarian in 2015.
We welcome Caitlyn back to the Peninsula with open arms and feel very privileged to have gained her knowledge of the local area. This is Caitlyn's first official veterinary job, and she is truly proving to be a valuable asset to our team at Mt Eliza.
Since December Caitlyn has built a fantastic rapport with clients. She has a caring nature and enthusiastic personality and she is quickly becoming a familiar face around the clinic.
During her time off Caitlyn enjoys being active outside. She plays soccer for a local team, and loves horse riding and camping. Caitlyn has one dog that she rescued from the RSPCA in 2013 called, Kalab. They enjoying going to the soccer together, where Kalab can wear his handmade jersey in support of his favourite person.
Caitlyn looks forward to further exploring the opportunities that being a vet can bring. She is particularly interested in internal medicine and hopes to continue studying in this field.
Carolyn O’Brien is a Registered Specialist in Feline Medicine. She graduated from the University of Melbourne (1994) and worked in private practice both in Melbourne and the UK for the first five years of her veterinary career.
Carolyn completed a residency in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Sydney in 2003. She concurrently obtained a Masters in Veterinary Clinical Studies in the epidemiology and treatment of cryptococcosis in cats and dogs. After her residency she stayed on at the University of Sydney as a Senior Registrar.
Carolyn moved back to Melbourne in 2004 to prepare for the Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists examinations in Feline Medicine. Having successfully gained her fellowship qualification, she commenced referral practice in Melbourne, from the Veterinary Referral Hospital in Hallam as well as becoming a partner in a private feline-only clinic in Prahran. Carolyn then worked as a Senior Registrar in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Clinic and Hospital, before starting a family and commencing a PhD project investigating mycobacterial infections in a variety of domestic and wild animals.
She is currently in the final stages of her PhD project, and is a senior tutor for the Feline Medicine Distance Education course. Carolyn is interested in all aspects of feline medicine but is particularly interested in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology. Through teaching graduate veterinarians she is also passionate about developing effective learning strategies.
Georgie originally started working for the clinic in 2004 but then left to start a family. She returned to us in the end of 2010 and has most recently taken on the role as Nursing Coordinator for Mt Eliza. While organising our nursing team and having a main interest in providing excellence in customer service, Georgie just loves being able to help our four legged patients and their owner’s every day! She is very sympathetic to our patients that have ongoing medical issues as her Great Dane, Thor has had more than his fair share!
Pip is our head surgical nurse at Peninsula Vet Care Mt Eliza. Her amazing dedication keeps everything running smoothly behind the scenes in surgery. She is a devoted nurse, and a invaluable member to the team in the smooth running of our surgery and hospital. She has a love for ensuring all of our hospital patients are cared for and attending too swiftly. You may have seen Pip walking her Deerhound ‘Scrappy’ down at the beach or dog park locally in Mount Eliza!
Kiera started working at Peninsula Vet Care Mt Eliza in 2006. She wanted to work with animals from an early age and is very happy where she is now, from starting as a kennel hand to now nursing at the clinic. She has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and loves working in surgery and finally fulfilling a lifetime ambition of becoming a Vet Nurse. She also lives locally with her German Shepherd and bunny.
Caroline has always worked in the animal industry but became a member of our team as the practice manager in 2003. She is an integral team member and with her organisation and efficiency, she keeps everything running behind the scenes at Peninsula Vet Care! She devotes her time to keeping the clinic running smoothly but also enjoys helping out with nursing and the hospital patients. Caroline lives locally with her husband and they share their life with, 2 Heelers, Rosie the galah, Bobby the 30year horse, chickens and reptiles.
Carolyn "Wens" Maguire joined the pvc group back in 2005 as the senior nurse at the Rye clinic with Dr. John. In 2011 Wens went back to university to complete post graduate study in her chosen field of Zoology. Wens completed a research project on the role of insulin-like growth factors in the development of the marsupial at The University of Melbourne. Since then Wens has been an integral part of the Mt. Eliza team as both a surgical nurse and at the front desk. Wens particularly enjoys the technical aspects of her role as well as teaching and mentoring other nurses to be the best they can be. Wens is an avid keeper and breeder of Africian ichlid fish and in her off time plays roller derby with the Rosebud Rebels Roller Derby league
Rach joined us in 1994 and works in all areas of the clinic but has a special interest in Surgical Nursing and Behaviour. Many of our regular clients have grown to know Rach and her bubbly personality over the years. Rach works closely with Rescue A Cat Inc. and is usually fostering adult cats and kittens needing homes. She is married to Clint and they have three children, 2 dogs, 3 cats and a Galah at home.
Courtney starting working with Peninsula Vet Care early 2015 after completing a veterinary nursing placement at the Rosebud Hospital. She will be finished her studies at the end of the year and can't wait to begin her career in the animal industry. Courtney loves getting to know all the clients and their beautiful pets. In the future she would love to volunteer overseas helping wild animals and saving endangered species. Courtney spends her spare time with her dogs Muffin and Sadie and fostering Australian Customs and Border Protection foster puppies. She is also hoping to get her first Dalmatian in the near future.