Our professional team

Meet our expertly skilled veterinary doctors and nurses. We are in the business of helping you look after your pets. Our vets and nurses strive for excellence, empathy, and compassion and to treat every pet and owner that comes through our clinic with the highest standard of care.

Dr Meredith Crowhurst – BA/BSc(hon), BVSc(hon), PhD

Dr Meredith (Merry) completed a Bachelor of Arts (history) and Bachelor of Science degree (biochemistry, pathology, with honours) in 1999. She then completed a PhD in genetics and developmental biology at the University of Melbourne, in 2005. Wanting to practice clinical medicine and help animals and owners, Meredith went on to complete her Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree (with honours) in 2008. Since graduating 16 years ago, Meredith has practiced as a small animal (dogs, cats, birds, pocket pets) veterinarian, working in numerous clinics as well as with mobile veterinary services across western Melbourne.

Meredith understands the importance of the human-animal bond, knowing that pets are an important part of the family. Her passions are in both medicine and surgery. She is an experienced and thorough diagnostician, with a drive to determine the underlying cause/s to treat medical problems correctly from the beginning.

Meredith is also very experienced in surgery, capable of both routine as well as complex surgeries, including eye surgery, lump removals, caesareans, intestinal foreign body surgery, bladder stone removal, anal gland removal, extracapsular cruciate surgery, and more. As a veterinarian, Meredith aims to be empathetic, caring, thorough, and gentle.

Dr Meredith is also passionate about informing the public on animal health and veterinary issues and runs a blog Instagram and Facebook account – DrMerryOliveVeterinarian.

At various times, Dr Meredith has been parent to a mouse, rat, bird, guinea pigs, rabbit, dogs, and cats. Not to mention all the various sick animals that have had short stays in her ensuite for overnight care, a duck being the messiest! Four cats (Soxy, Sam, Taylor, and Mabel) and Cocker Spaniel (Daisy) – all currently rule the roost.

Dr Ebrahim Bani Hassan – DVM, DVSc, PhD, GCALL, GCUT

Dr Ebrahim (Ebi) is an international graduate, completing his undergraduate veterinary science degree at the Azad University of Tabriz in 2002. He went on to complete a residency at the University of Tehran in 2008, passing membership and fellowship exams to become a specialist (in his country*) in large animal medicine. After moving to Australia, he completed a PhD in horse biomechanics and musculoskeletal pathophysiology at the University of Melbourne (2014), followed by post-doctoral positions and pursued his career as an academic and clinical practitioner. Dr Ebrahim has a wealth of compassion and knowledge to share and enjoys practicing as a vet in both small and large animal medicine.

Dr Ebrahim owns a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, called Zigy, also referred to affectionately as ‘ma boy’. Zigy prefers sleeping to reading veterinary textbooks, as featured in photos.

(*Having not undertaken a residency nor sat the fellowship exams in Australia, Dr Ebrahim does not claim to be a recognized large animal specialist in Australia.)

Veterinary nurse Ash

Ashley has been a veterinary nurse for many years. She has a passion and dedication for all animals, trying to rescue and care for all creatures that do not have a voice.

Veterinary nurse Ashley

Ashley has always been passionate about animals since she was a kid watching David Attenborough documentaries. Here she is with her own fur baby, Ragnar, the gentlest giant.

Veterinary nurse Julie

Julie is a self-confessed crazy cat lady, being a cat Mum to four of her own. Even though she grew up in a rural community surrounded by animals of all sizes, it’s only recently she decided to pursue her genuine love for animals and complete her certificate IV in vet nursing. She has a thirst for knowledge and is constantly in awe of how far animal care and medicine has come.

Veterinary nurse Charmaine

Charmaine has wanted to work with animals since she was a young girl. She first started working as an animal technician for a research laboratory in 2014. After that, she undertook her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing as started working as a nurse in 2019. Her special interests include Great White Sharks, and she even went cage diving with sharks in Port Lincoln in 2023. Above, Charmaine is pictured with her sausage dog, Frank.

Veterinary nurse Chloe’

Chloe is in her final year of her Bachelor of Veterinary nursing degree at Melbourne Polytechnic. She has always loved animals and her interests lie in dentistry and wildlife care. Chloe previously completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (from La Trobe University), which put her on the path to becoming a veterinary nurse. Pictured are Chloe with her cats Oliver and Georgie, who love a good cuddle but, of course, only on their terms!

Trainee veterinary nurse Felicity

Still in high school, Felicity may be seen in the clinic weeknights and on weekends. She is young and new to working, so please be patient and kind.

Felicity is particularly fond of cats and has managed to win over all the cats at home. Not sure why but ALL the cats chose her room to hang out in, amongst those of her siblings and the household. Cats are harsh critics, so she must be doing something right.

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