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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,
Ally came on board team BVC in March 2016 – starting out as part of our reception team before moving into the position of Veterinary Nurse – where her true passion lies.
She has recently completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through Open Colleges. She has also completed her Bachelor in Zoology and Animal Science through Deakin University. In 2019 Ally has pursued further studies in one of her areas of interest – reducing fear in our patients – and has completed both her International Cat Care- Cat Handling Certificate and her certification as a Fear Free professional.
Ally helps teach Puppy School here at the clinic and has a keen interest in animal dentistry.
Ally spends most of her time adventuring in the great outdoors with her partner Jacob and taking care of her numerous house plants. In 2018, her little family grew a bit with the addition of her fur baby, Paddy – the gorgeous miniature dappled dachshund.
Amelia joined the Belmont Vet Centre team in Jan 2019.
Hailing from Hamilton and recently moving to Geelong, she brings with her years of experience with large animal and companion animals alike.
Amelia is enrolled to study a Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science at Deakin University this year and will also be studying her Cert IV of Veterinary Nursing through the Australian College of Veterinary Nursing, she will be a busy girl this year, But if anyone can handle it, it’s our Amelia!
She has a fur family of her own – two border collies named “Floss and Bobby” and kitty man, Leo.
Briana has been with us since July 2018 and is currently completing her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through Open Colleges. Briana detoured through a career in retail, before deciding to follow her love of animals and pursue her desire to help pets – and their people.
Briana grew up in Geelong and has recently overseen the building of her first home with her partner Stefan, where they live with their fur baby family, Cheecho- who was adopted through our kitten adoption program – and Bear.
In her spare time, this crazy cat lady keeps herself busy by entertaining her cats, catching up with friends and family, and winding down with a good TV series.
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.
Natalie, or Red as she prefers to be called, joined our team in April 2018 and is studying her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing through Open Colleges.
Raised on a hobby farm in South-East Gippsland she has always had a love of animals. Having completed a Science Degree in Zoology and Ecology and Conservation she took a gap year to travel South America. Upon returning she has worked as a ringer on a cattle station in Northern Queensland and a park ranger in East Gippsland.
Red has now settled in Belmont with her partner Romero and their fur baby Mola. They enjoy hiking, travelling and learning new languages.
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.
Treina joined the team in 2015.
After finishing a double degree of Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Commerce and working in Human Resources, Treina decided on a complete career change- Veterinary Nursing, where she graduated with her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2016.
Treina has a keen interest in further education and is currently enrolled in her Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice), expected to graduate in December 2019!
Treina has a keen interest in Orthopaedics, Dentistry and fear free practice- especially, for kitties. She is also one of the Puppy School Instructors here at the clinic.
She is the very proud mumma to two beautiful boys (of the fur child variety). These gorgeous fur sons include a ginger domestic cat “Weasley Thomas” and a gold Labrador “Murray Ronald” (not pictured). Weasy (as he is affectionately known) was adopted through our very own kitten adoption program, it was love at first sight and the two are equally obsessed with each other and are inseparable! And Murray (or Muzz as he is affectionately known), came all the way from Swan Hill to spend his days in the city! While he is still currently in his puppy days, he keeps her very busy and active indeed- although, like all babies- he loves a cuddle on the couch with his mumma before bed time!
Outside of work, Treina loves coffee dates, reading, keeping fit, studying and spending time with family and friends.
Client RelationsSaira joined the BVC team in 2018 – coming from a hospitality background she is always excited to talk to pets and pet parents alike.
She is the smiling face you will see at the front desk when you come to visit us at the clinic.
She spends her time when not at the BVC being extreme with her partner Luke. Most weekends will see them camping, 4WDing and spending time with friends and family.
She is the proud mumma of furbaby Bronx, American staffy X (not pictured), Leo the giant Bull Arab and gizmo the Domestic Shorthair.
Client RelationsSteph is the first face you see when you arrive here at the clinic. She is working with us part-time while continuing her studies at Deakin Uni.
Steph started here at the BVC in August 2016 after completing her Bachelor in Health Science at Deakin Uni.
She is very much a cat lady, living with Pip the domestic.
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