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Dr. Richard Blair
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…
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!
Dr. Maria Zubiria
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
Dr. Lucy Malotsis
Lucy graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.
After a sea
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,
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 clinic 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, Daughter Sienna, Pickle and their other dog Spud the Swedish Vallhund.
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.
Peta is one of our reception team – she is here part-time, as she is studying Primary Teaching at Deakin Uni.
Hailing from her hometown of Shepparton she is enjoying the sea change down here in Geelong.
She is the mum of a little Maltese Shitzu named “Snoopy” who goes with her everywhere.
She also enjoys reading, writing and taking Snoopy for a walk on the beach and is a massive history buff.
Puppy School Trainer
Her love for all creatures – great and small – began at a very young age. Maddie graduated with her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in October 2020 & joined our BVC family very quickly after graduation.
Maddie is a BVC puppy school trainer and is very eager to meet all your fur babies and watch them grow and develop. Maddie currently shares her home with a rescue dog named Pepper – adopted when she was doing her placement at GAWS. Maddie & Pepper have cockatiels, Pip and Coco, who have been hand-reared and an assortment of fish tanks with Beta fish, tetras, plecos and goldfish, and many snail friends too! As we said, ALL the creatures!! In her spare time, Maddie enjoys watching movies (especially Disney and Harry Potter), painting, gaming, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends, and partner.
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.
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