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We have over 60 passionate vets at Lort Smith. Meet some of the team and find out why they like working at Lort Smith.

Dr Andrew Kapsis, BVSc, MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine) - Head Veterinarian – Inpatients

I graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1996 and joined the Lort Smith team in 2006. As Head Veterinarian – Inpatients, I am committed to improving the processes, procedures and veterinary care provided to all hospital admissions. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary science but have a particular interest in internal medicine of both cats and dogs. I became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal Medicine in 2016. At Lort Smith I am involved in the workup of a varied and often complex caseload, which has been made all the more interesting following the acquisition of a brand new 16 slice CT scanner.

Dr Warren Gatt - Head Veterinarian – Surgery

I joined Lort Smith in 1995. My area of veterinary interest is orthopaedic surgery. I have a Jack Russell x Pom x Chihuahua called Saffire who I adopted from Lort Smith. I enjoy working at Lort Smith for the large surgical caseload and being able to take an active role in animal welfare.

Dr Patrick Cheah, BVSc - Head Veterinarian – Outpatients

I have worked at Lort Smith since 1993, and whilst we are always growing and improving, the one constant which remains is that we treat thousands of pets each year which may otherwise not receive the veterinary care they need. I am proud to be part of an organisation which helps to provide such important work to our community. For a veterinarian, it's exciting and challenging work- there’s never a dull day here!

Dr Justine Schellekens, BVSc - Head Veterinarian - Pharmaceuticals and Pathology 

I have always wanted to be a vet and my dream came true when I graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2006. Originally a country girl, I worked in rural Victoria for a couple of years, before excitedly joining the Lort Smith family in 2010. As well as being a veterinarian, I also manage the dispensary at the Hospital and enjoy meeting and assisting all members of our community. I love all creatures great and small but I have a soft spot for cats and I am the proud carer of a gorgeous tortoiseshell cat called Lexie. Together we are passionate about education and often write news articles for the Lort Smith website, discussing different veterinary conditions and promoting responsible pet care.

Dr Tristan Rich, BVSc MANZCVS (Unusual Pets) - Unusual Pets and Wildlife Veterinarian

I joined Lort Smith as a part time/locum in 2007 then became full time in 2009. My interests include unusual pets and wildlife but I also enjoy surgery in general. I have a staffy cross called Cybil (adopted from Lort Smith), a lop eared rabbit called Chiko (adopted from Lort Smith), three chooks (adopted from Lort Smith), a carpet python called Fantus, a short neck turtle, a bearded dragon, eight green tree frogs and a small fish tank in the kitchen. I like working at Lort Smith because of the diversity in cases and having the opportunity to provide high level of vet care to people who otherwise may not be able to afford treatment.

Dr Harold Pook – Veterinarian Consultant

I joined Lort Smith in 1997. I am a medical consultant with an interest in ultrasound, endoscopy and internal medicine. I have a 14 year old King Charles Cavalier spaniel. I enjoy working at Lort Smith because of the strong comradery amongst the staff who all work very hard to provide high value veterinary care to animals that would miss out if the Lort didn't exist.

Dr Tracy Tang BVSc, MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery) - Veterinarian

I graduated from the University of Melbourne Veterinary School in 2010 and joined Lort Smith in 2015. I have a special interest in small animal surgery, particularly in orthopaedic diseases, and achieved membership into the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in 2016. I adopted my cavoodle, Chester, after performing his heart surgery- he was born with a congenital defect. Lort Smith is a great place to work with its diverse range of vets with varying special interests. We can extend a helping hand to those who are experiencing difficult circumstances that would otherwise not be able to proceed with treatment. I especially love seeing my patients leaving the hospital with their tails wagging and eager to run back into their carers’ arms.

Dr Jonathan Crawford, BVMS MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery) MRCVS - Veterinarian

I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2009 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and joined Lort Smith in 2016. My area of interest is surgery. I completed a surgical internship at a surgical specialist centre prior to joining Lort Smith and became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal Surgery in 2016. I enjoy all aspects of surgery, in particular large tumour removal and skin reconstruction, emergency surgery and orthopaedics.

Dr Ildiko Plaganyi, BVSc MACVS (Feline Medicine) MRCVS – Veterinarian

I joined Lort Smith in 2008. My core veterinary interest is feline medicine, however I have been a general practitioner for over 20 years. I am a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (feline medicine). My two rescued "cosmic cats" are called Pluto and Jupiter, both adopted as moggy kittens. I enjoy working at Lort Smith because it is a dynamic environment where we have the ability to make a real difference to pets and clients of limited means. 

Dr Caroline Carlton, BSc, BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Cats, Small Animal Medicine) – Veterinarian

I graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2006, and joined Lort Smith in 2013. In my role, I am fortunate to be able to pursue my interest in feline medicine, and particularly feline infectious diseases. I became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal Medicine in 2011, and Medicine of Cats in 2012. I enjoy the challenging and varied caseload at Lort Smith, and I am committed to improving the health and welfare of every patient we see.

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