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.
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.
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.
Adria was born and raised in the suburbs outside Toronto, Canada. She discovered her passion for animals at a very young age and wanted to be a vet ever since. Adria chose to continue her journey of becoming a vet in Australia where she studied and graduated from Melbourne University in 2015 and soon after joined the team at Peninsula Vet Care. Her enthusiasm and genuine passion for small animal care is overwhelming and is showing promise for a bright future with our team and our cliental. She has a strong interest in dermatology and internal medicine, but also enjoys building on her surgical skills.
In her spare time, Adria loves being active outdoors and relaxing on Melbourne’s finest beaches. She is easily adapting to the Peninsula life style and looks forward to experiencing more of what it has to offer.
Back home Adria has 4 horses, 7 rescue cats, and a guard donkey named Henry, on her families equestrian farm. She misses their company, so she plans to soon adopt a cat and a dog of her own, here in Melbourne. In the meantime she is very grateful and happy to share her love and care with her daily patients.
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!).