Our Team

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Dr. Richard Blair

Dr. Richard Blair

Veterinarian

Dr. Dick, as he is affectionately known, graduated from Melbourne University on 16 December 1984 with his Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Hailing from the countryside of Tallangatta and following his passion for working with horses, he spent several years working in mixed practice before settling down in Geelong and opening this practice on Monday 5 November 1990. Nowadays a snapshot of a typical day for him includes consulting and surgery here at the clinic, managing a farming property and being bossed around by the nurses. Busy boy! Dr. Richard has a particular interest in all things orthopaedic.

He’s a sucker for Burmese cats, loves his Labradors Minnie and Maddy (and of course their Great Dane x Ridgeback lapdog Lilli), and if you barrack for his beloved Hawks, you will never shut him up. Monday mornings here during AFL season are interesting, to say the least…

Dr. Maria Zubiria

Dr. Maria Zubiria

Veterinarian

Maria moved to Australia from Spain in 1993 having already studied and practiced as a vet then got her qualifications recognized in Australia in 1995 through the National Veterinary Exam.

Maria has been with us now for many years and is one of our senior vets. She is a huge contributor to our clinic.

She has a wealth of knowledge and a keen interest in rabbits. She also owns two cats, Beltza and Tab, three free range chickens, a Bull Arab named Georgie.

She is also our resident behaviour guru. Maria’s hobbies include reading and hiking/camping with her husband and two kids.

Dr. Lucy Malotsis

Dr. Lucy Malotsis

Veterinarian

Lucy graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.

After a sea change down to Geelong from Greensborough she is loving everything the area has to offer.

With her family dogs staying behind in Melbourne she is focusing all her love on her dog, “Sammy” a Staffy X Rotti and husband Nathan.

She has her heart set on rescuing an elderly Staffy or anything with a shovel head.

Lucy loves dining out, reading, puzzles, travelling and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Sophia Shih

Dr. Sophia Shih

Veterinarian

Our newest Veterinary team member – Dr Sophia is a graduate veterinarian. After completing her doctorate at University of Queensland it is a delight to have Sophia with us as she embarks on her career as a veterinarian.

Home is Taiwan and she enjoys getting home as often as she can. She loves playing the flute and board games and visiting all the friends she has made all over Australia whilst she was studying.

Though she doesn’t have any pets at the moment she dreams of adopting a Russian Blue and a rabbit to grow up together.

Lisa Blair

Lisa Blair

Practice Manager

Although born and bred in ‘Cat Land,’ Lisa set off to Melbourne to chase an Arts Degree at Melbourne University. Instead, she became more interested in chasing a young man by the name of Richard Blair who lived at the residential college too. Her focus quickly moved from study to love, and before long they were in wedded bliss and moving to Albury where Richard began his veterinary career as Dr. Blair. Hopes and dreams of owning their own little business and starting a family brought them back to Lisa’s home town, and the Belmont Vet Centre was born.

Almost 25 years on and Lisa still has the toughest job of all: keeping Richard in line!! She is also our beloved practice manager. She is well and truly the driving force behind our dedicated team. She has a great vision about where our centre is heading and is always encouraging and supporting our further education in every way.
She recently received a scholarship to study Practice Management which she completed late last year

Back at the clinic, Lisa’s favourite pastime is upsetting small electrical appliances, “windexing” the answering machine or jamming paper shredders, printers, photocopiers, laboratory equipment… We love her for it, though! Its a good laugh!

Sophie

Sophie

Veterinary Nurse

Sophie is a part of the Nursing team at BVC. After moving to Geelong in 2014 and pursuing a Bachelor of Zoology, she then changed lanes after graduating to study her cert IV in Veterinary Nursing (and overcome her cat allergy).

In her spare time, she enjoys aerial hoops and silks, as well as travelling with her partner and four-legged fur-baby in their purpose-built van.

Her four-legged baby is Mojo, a heeler kelpie X with other bits – one day Sophie will work this out. Mojo is currently an only child although there will be siblings in the future.

Amelia

Amelia

Veterinary Nurse

Another invaluable addition to the clinic in 2021, Amelia comes from a welfare background at the Lost Dogs Home. A perpetual lover of the unloved, she is renowned for giving homes to senior or impaired animals looking for love.

Amelia has aspirations to one day go on to study Veterinary Medicine but is loving the fulfillment nursing is giving her at present.

When we can drag her away from the clinic, she loves experimenting with her vegetarian culinary creations, enjoying time at the beach, and drinking wine with her favourites.

Enriching the life of her squishy little cats, Persian and Egyptian Mau – Lincoln and Maisy.

Lucy

Lucy

Veterinary Nurse

Lucy is one of our veterinary nurses who joined the team after commencing her work placement in 2021, shortly before completing her Cert III in Animal Studies with ACVN.

Lucy has had a life-long love of animals and is overjoyed to have landed in a career that she simply adores. At work, Lucy is particularly interested in in-patient and avian nursing and caring for any and all wildlife that comes through the Centre for care and treatment before referral to our wildlife rescues.

At home, Lucy loves caring for her Labrador Barney and her Quaker parrot, Fern, as well as a beautiful apiary of bees. In her spare time, Lucy finds joy in dancing, collecting crystals, reading, and spending time with her fiancé, Caity.

Lily

Lily

Veterinary Nurse

Lily has been a Veterinary Nurse with us since mid-2020. She completed her Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at La Trobe University and is now studying her Cert IV with the Australian College of Veterinary Nursing.

Lil’s hobbies include stand-up paddle boarding and spending time at the beach. One of Lil’s career highlights was her trip to Africa back in 2019 where she worked with local wildlife veterinarians and getting up close with the African Big 5.

Gabby

Gabby

Veterinary Nurse

Joining the team in 2021 – Gabby comes to us from a fitness background. She has quickly become an invaluable member of our team, and we are so lucky to have her special Gabby magic every day here at the Centre.

Gabby is currently studying her Cert III in Veterinary nursing online through ACVN.

When she’s not Vet Nursing, She’s “Bending it like Beckham” with her Geelong senior women’s soccer team, and it was through soccer that she met her boyfriend, Vedran. She loves eating out and spending time with friends and her massive extended family.

She shares her home with her gorgeous domestic cat Tom and Peppi, the Shihtzu cross and mini Foxy – Lucy.

Darci

Darci

Veterinary Nurse

Lady Darci came to us at the end of 2021, and we now can’t imagine life without her. Currently, we share her with her “Wildlife in Exhibit Animal Care” course that she is doing through Taronga Training Institute at Melbourne Zoo.

A lover of the mystic, she is currently planning her pagan-style nuptials, and we are so excited to celebrate with her later in the year. A self-confessed Harry Potter and LOTR lover, she enjoys nothing more than spending time adventuring with Fiancé Jarred as well as teaching dance at a local dancing school when she’s not at the clinic.

Staying true to the theme, she shares her life with gorgeous German Shepard X – Iroh and kitties Remus and Minerva.

Laura

Laura

Veterinary Nurse

Laura has been with us since December 2010 and quickly became indispensable.
Whilst working in hospitality and completing her Certificate II in Animal Studies, she discovered her true passion was working with animals.

She has since completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and was crowned the Hills Vet Nurse of the Year in 2013 – a national award and a major achievement and well-deserved recognition.

Laura is our Community Outreach liaison and loves to get all the clinics out and about and involved in local charity events and causes. She is the driving force behind the Kitten Adoption Program and has a passion for rehoming furbabies in need.

After wanting a Pug for her entire life, she now has a little smoosh face of her very own named Pickle. She shares her house with her husband Tony, daughters Sienna and Ruby, Pickle, and their other dog Spud the Swedish Vallhund, and their two guinea pigs, Dumpling and Donut.

Vera

Vera

Receptionist

Our South African pocket rocket – who has completely revitalized our reception zone. Her beautiful smile greets each of our clients as they enter the BVC.

She’s such a joy and all of our team love the time we get to share with her.

When she’s not rocking our front desk she is sharing her time with partner Allan and her beautiful daughters Rosey and Saige – and we can’t forget her little mini dachshund Rusty.

A great lover of the outdoors, weekends you will often find her fishing or camping with her trusty car Bucky.

Meg

Meg

Receptionist

We were lucky to snaffle Meg up in Jan of 2022. She’s slipped into the veterinary industry so seamlessly after coming from the beauty/wedding industry. Her rapport with our clients has been invaluable. She used to work at Salt Air Day Spa, which is apparent by the serene calmness she brings to us with every shift she works.

When she’s not at the BVC, she is spending time with friends, exploring Victoria with her partner Tim and loving on delicious Snoodle Maples.

Sam

Sam

Receptionist

Sam is a much valued addition to the BVC team, working with us as a part-time receptionist. Sam moved to Geelong, coming from the Philippines back in 2019 to study his bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science.

Back home Sam has a mini schnauzer named “Maiky” and misses him very much. Sam’s hobbies include boxing and watching movies.

We treat you and your pets as family.

We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Location

208 High St.
Belmont VIC 3216
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Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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