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We’re proud of our team,
let’s meet them

Dr Jeremy Watson Veterinarian BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (SA surgery)

Jeremy grew up on a farm in NSW and moved to Melbourne to study Veterinary Science. After graduation in 1986, he worked in a number of small animal practices in Melbourne before establishing the Brimbank Veterinary Clinic in 1998. Jeremy and his partner Kim have three boys and a terrier cross called Scottie.

Jeremy has a special interest in surgery and in 2013 became a member (by examination) of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Achieving membership means he can offer a large range of surgical procedures and also support our surgical team to ensure the best up to date standards are maintained.

Jeremy is also an academic associate of the University of Melbourne as part of the training programme for undergraduate veterinary students. Trainee veterinary students spend time at our hospital as part of their course to become vets.

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Dr Darrell Gust Veterinarian (BVSc)

Darrell joined Jeremy at Brimbank Vet in 2001 and became a Partner in the Clinic in 2003. Prior to this Darrell had worked in large and small animal practices in Melbourne, Rural Victoria and the United Kingdom for 10 years.

Darrell enjoys the medical and surgical challenges associated with keeping family pets healthy and happy for as long as possible.

He has three (nearly) adult sons at home as well as Pablo the Maltese / Shih Tzu, Tata the cat and some fish. When not at the Clinic, Darrell enjoys being outdoors as much as possible.

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Dr Lisa Di Vitto Veterinarian (BVSc)

Lisa graduated in 2011 from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree. Lisa joined our team in 2012. Since then she has developed an interest in small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging, including using our brand-new ultrasound machine. She completed a Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Ultrasound from the University of Melbourne in 2018.

After her many years of dedication to the clinic she became a partner at Brimbank Veterinary Clinic in 2018. Since then she has completed a leadership course through the Women & Leadership Australia and hopes to empower young females in her field.

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Dr. Huirin Lee Veterinarian (DVM)

Huirin moved to Perth in 2016 to pursue her career as a veterinarian. She graduated from Murdoch University in 2021 with a Doctor of veterinary medicine.  She was born in Korea and always had a passion and interest in animals growing up. Throughout her studies and career she particularly developed interest in small animals. Huirin lives with a 15 year old cat Dambee, whom she raised from a kitten.


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Dr Liliana De Giusti Veterinarian (DVM)

Liliana graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2023 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Since joining the team in 2024, she has been interested in further developing her skills in small animal surgery and ultrasound. Outside of work, Liliana enjoys playing soccer and spending time with her cheeky Corgi X, Bailey.

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Merinda Quinn Practice Coordinator/Senior Veterinary Nurse

Merinda joined the Brimbank team in 2016 as a veterinary nurse. She has been nursing since 2010 in other general practice veterinary clinics. She became our practice coordinator in 2018 and has loved being able to grow her role within the clinic.

At home she is kept busy with two tabby acts Leo and Little One, as well as two boisterous Labrador X Border Collies named ratchet & Bolt.

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Maria Buenaventura Senior Veterinary Nurse

Maria joined the Brimbank team as a trainee nurse in 2016, she has since become a fully qualified veterinary nurse. She has a special interest in feline nursing and is one of our cat Friendly Clinic advocates.

Maria has a Staffy X Kelpie named Bruce and two naughty cats Milo and Claude.

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Dora Kouremenos Senior Veterinary Nurse

Dora has been nursing since 2012 after completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She has a love and interest in caring for all animals large or small, furry or feathered. She is experienced in hand raising birds ranging from small Parrots to large Macaws. Her fur family consists of four dogs named Coco, Chanel, Amara and Winter. She also has three cats named Boo Boo, Amber and Simba who captured her heart as fosters. Dora also has an interest in mentoring and training new staff, and currently has a leadership role at our clinic.

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Steph Lay Senior Veterinary Nurse

Steph has been nursing since 2016 and is fully qualified with a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She has a special interest in Surgical Nursing, particularly with Orthopaedics. Steph loves spending time with her two cats Nala and Bacon and plans one day to own a Bernese Mountain dog.

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Tori Calleja Senior Veterinary Nurse

Tori joined the Brimbank Vet team in 2017 as a Trainee Vet Nurse. She has since finished her studies and holds a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Over the years with us, Tori has gained extra qualifications in Feline Behaviour & Handling, Emergency Nursing & CPR, Microchip Implantation and Leadership. Tori is passionate about mentoring and training junior nurses, and is currently in a Team Leader Role within the clinic. She is a proud dog mum of Kaizer, Gian, Ruby and George, as well as a cheeky Sun Conure named Kurtis.

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Jennie Nguyen Senior Veterinary Nurse

Jennie joined the Brimbank Vet team in 2020 and has since graduated from the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing at La Trobe University. She has a Jack Russell Terrier called Spotty and two cats named Toast and Momo. She has an interest in feline behaviour & stress management; and in her spare time, enjoys fostering & bottle raising kittens.

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Leanne Vallone Senior Veterinary Nurse

Leanne joined the Brimbank team in 2023. She has been a veterinary nurse for 23 years. leanne has a keen interest in surgical nursing and getting to know clients and their furry families. At home Leanne and her husband have two daughters that keep them very busy. They enjoy listening to music, watching movies and going on day trips.

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Julian Bakhurst Veterinary Nurse

Julian started working at Brimbank Veterinary clinic in 2019. He started as a Junior Veterinary Nurse and has since graduated from Open College and completed his Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2021. Julian loves taking care of your pets during their stay at our clinic and has an interest in diagnostic imaging. At home, he has a cat named Mason and is hoping to adopt more cats in the future.

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Quyen Vo Veterinary Nurse BVN

Quyen joined the Brimbank Vet team in November 2022 and has graduated from the Bachelors of Veterinary Nursing in 2022. Quyen enjoys all aspects of nursing and aims to work with clients to improve the health care of their furry animals. She has a Golden Retriever named Maru. In her spare time, she enjoys bringing Maru to visit his cousins, Princess & Junior, and baking doggy treats for them.

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Tahlia Thomson Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Tahlia joined our clinic in 2017. She had 2 years off and had a baby and returned in 2022. She has two cheeky cats at home named William and Milly. Tahlia enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing.

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Stefanie Panic Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Stef started working at Brimbank Vet in March 2022 as a Trainee Vet Nurse, while studying her Certificate III in Animal Studies. At home she has a British Shorthair named Benji and an English Staffy named Koby. She hopes to one day get a Golden Retriever as well.

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Arlene Miller Veterinary Nurse

Arlene began working at the clinic in March 2022 as a Trainee Vet Nurse, while studying her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing. She enjoys learning new things each day and has a special interest in animal dentistry. When not at the clinic she loves spending time with her two Labradors Link and River.

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Adriana Longo Veterinary nurse

Adriana joined the Brimbank Vet team in February 2023 as a trainee whilst completing her Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing course at Kangan Institute. When Adriana is not at work, she is taking care of her two energetic Jack Russell Terrier’s, Mickey and Lily. As Adriana continues to grow as a vet nurse, she is gaining an interest in surgical nursing, animal behaviour and radiology.

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Joanne Healey Reception Manager

Joanne is our Reception Manager. She joined our team in 2014. Joanne has extensive experience as a receptionist and as a personal assistant.

When she’s not in the clinic answering the phones or greeting our clients, she’s busy with her two kids and her feathered babies.

So come in and see her friendly face at the front of our clinic.

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Mel Signorino Receptionist

Mel started working at Brimbank Vet in 2017 as our afternoon receptionist. She came from a management background in retail but also worked as a medical receptionist. Mel is a proud Mum to three cats Aslan, Cleopatra and Aurora, and a bunny named Piper.

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