Dr John Willems is the senior veterinarian and practice partner at the Rye Beach Vet Hospital. John's interest is small animal surgery.
John grew up in Drouin on a dairy farm. He attended Melbourne High School and completed his Veterinary Science degree with Honours at the University of Melbourne in 1994. John's first veterinary job was in Foster, NSW, at a dairy practice but after 14 months his aching back and the lack of professional satisfaction dealing with the financial constraints in dairy practice prompted a change of career path. John then spent 18 months working in England in mixed practice but with a companion animal focus.
On returning to Australia John continued this type of work by joining our Dromana Vet Hospital team in 1996. In 2000 Peninsula Vet Care stopped seeing farm animals but by then John's interests were firmly focused on companion animals. In 2006 John opened the Rye Beach Vet Hospital as an expansion of the Peninsula Vet Care group.
John lives in McCrae with his wife, Dr Jodi Vermaas, of our Rosebud clinic. John's life is shared with two Burmese cats, Hugo and Stella, and a border terrier, Gerti. His interests outside of work include his vegie garden, cycling, bushwalking and the environment. John has been a volunteer in third world country street-dog programs in India in 2005, in the Cook Islands in 2008 and in India and Bali in 2010.
John has completed postgraduate training in small animal surgery and is a highly proficient surgeon. He also has postgraduate training in surgery and ultrasonography. We often send those more difficult surgical patients to John from our other hospitals, so you can be assured your pet will be in the best possible hands.
John's gentle and compassionate approach is appreciated by pets and their owners alike.
Dr Stacey Lethlean works part time at the Rye Beach and Rosebud clinics. Stacey speaks Greek, which is a great help for our Greek-speaking clients.
Stacey graduated from the University of Melbourne in the same year as her husband, Dr Mark Lethlean of our East Mornington Clinic. She was one of the original veterinarians at the Pearcedale Animal Aid and has been working at the Rosebud Clinic since 1995.
Stacey and Mark enjoy travelling around Austraila – camping, surfing and fishing with their family. They have two daughters, a Jack Russell terrier Trudi, Delilah the cat adopted from the Rosebud Cat Adoption Centre as a sickly kitten (she is quite healthy now) and Fluffy the green tree frog, who hitched a ride from Queensland on the bottom of a client's car.
Stacey has a great sense of humour and easygoing nature that makes her popular with both pets and their owners.
Jenny started working for Peninsula Vet care almost 10 years ago! During this time she has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and her Microchip implanting course. She has an English Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Lola and 2 cats named Missy and PJ. She is also a registered pigeon fancier and have a loft of racing pigeons. She also has a chicken coup or (Taj Mahal) as her husband Jeff would call it, She has 3 Araucana chickens (pink, lavender & black) they lay a bluey green egg. They are also known as an Easter Egger, and a Barnevelder, she lays brown speckled eggs. Last but not least, she also has a drake called Roan, this is because he is a Rouen duck (and very cheeky, he likes to use the doggy door into the house!).