Meet the Team

Dr Victoria Harrington BBMedSc BVSc (Hons 1)– Veterinarian/Owner

Since 2014 I have been the proud owner of the Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic. I can’t imagine doing anything else, I genuinely love what I do and love the Ivanhoe area. My aim is to make the Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic the best it can be and to champion the human animal bond by ensuring the health and happiness of all the pets that we see.

I am a born and bred Ivanhoe girl, having grown up in Ivanhoe East and attending Mother of God Primary School. In fact, Dr John Walton (the previous owner of the Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic) was my family vet when I was growing up and I even completed my high school work experience at the Ivanhoe Vet Clinic!

After completing secondary school at Our Lady of Mercy College in Heidelberg, I went on to complete a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash University (2000-2002). In 2003, I relocated to the sunny shores of Sydney to commence a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, graduating with first class honours in 2007.

Following graduation, I followed my heart back to Melbourne, commencing a new graduate position at the Bundoora Veterinary Clinic and Hospital/ Northern Suburbs Animal Emergency Centre. This busy emergency hospital gave me the best start I could have ever hoped for, allowing me the opportunity to learn many aspects of internal medicine, surgery and emergency medicine in a highly supportive environment. I happily remained at this clinic until November 2011 before having the opportunity to work in my home suburb of Ivanhoe.

I was overjoyed to begin working in the Ivanhoe area, already having such strong links to the community. Since joining the practice I have furthered my strong knowledge base and skill set and have a particular interest in Dermatology. I have a genuine enthusiasm and compassion for my patients and clients alike. I love my patients and take pride in the fact that I may be their vet throughout their entire lives. It is my real pleasure to watch them grow and change from their first puppy or kitten visits all the way through to their senior check-ups.

In my down time, I love spending time with my two young boys Ben and Sam, my dogs Barney and Scruffy, staying fit at the gym or swimming at the local pool.

I look forward to being a part of the Ivanhoe community for many years to come and forming life long bonds along the way.

Dr Victoria grew up in East Ivanhoe and attended Our Lady of Mercy College. After graduation in 1998 Victoria completed a bachelors degree in Biomedical Science at Monash University before completing her Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree at the University of Sydney in 2007. Dr Victoria has worked in emergency and general practice since returning to Melbourne and took over the running of the Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic in Late 2014.

Dr Suzanne Leibel BSc (Hons 1) BVSc (Hons 1) - Veterinarian

After studying a Bachelor of Science and achieving a first class honours degree in Genetics and Zoology, Suzanne initially started her career as a geneticist studying human diseases at The University of London. She soon found her animal calling and went back to university to study Veterinary Science at The University of Sydney where she graduated with first class honours.

Originally from Melbourne, Suzanne moved back to Melbourne in 2007 where she has been working in the Northern Suburbs in small animal practice. Suzanne has special interests in feline medicine and animal behaviour. She is committed to continuing education and regularly attends seminars, conferences and a monthly journal club.

Suzanne has a passion for providing the best care for animals and loves the bonds and friendships (both human and furry) that are established along the way.

Suzanne has two lovely (but neurotic) tabby cats, Molly-Moo and Poppy, who were both rescued from her work in Sydney. In her spare time Suzanne loves spending time with her family and gardening.

Dr Eric Koh BVMS - Veterinarian

I became a Vet for one simple reason, I am a real lover of pets. Ever since I was at toddler growing up in Mooroolbark my parents always made sure my brother and I had pets as part of the family. Like many of us, my parents recognised from early on the numerous benefits of having pets in our lives. Not only did we learn responsibility and caring but having dogs was always a great way to bond with one another, get outdoors and to get involved with other pet owners in the community.

I was fortunate enough to follow my passion for pets though my tertiary education at Melbourne University to then be able to do what I really love and work with pets and pet owners every day. We all know that visiting new places can sometimes be daunting for pets and it’s my goal in every interaction with your pets to make the experience as stress free as possible. Whether you are bringing your pet to the clinic for a routine vaccination or check-up or even for more complex issues it is my goal to find the best solution to suit the needs of both your pet and you as an owner. I recognise that life is not black and white and it is my desire to help reach the best outcomes for everyone when it comes to the care of your pets.

Dr Eric grew up in Eastern suburbs of Melbourne and attended Oxley College. After graduating in 1999 Eric commenced his Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Melbourne University graduation in 2004. Eric has worked in vet clinics in Melbourne since graduating and joined The Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic team in 2016. Dr Eric’s practice interests include surgery and Companion animal health. Dr Eric is bilingual in English and Mandarin and out of the clinic Eric loves dining out and trying new foods.

Lauren Veterinary Nurse

We have been lucky enough to have Lauren as part of the Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic team since December 2011. Lauren completed a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill TAFE in 2014. In 2013, Lauren was fortunate enough to take her nursing skills abroad, earning a place on the Box Hill Institute Animal Sciences UK Study Tour. Lauren has already proved to be a highly skilled vet nurse despite being early in her career. She posseses excellent animal handling skills, fantastic client communication skills and a very sound knowledge base. She is incredibly switched on and is a real pleasure to work alongside! In her down time, Lauren enjoys long dinners with friends and lives with her beloved cat Mario

StefanVeterinary Nurse

Stefan first began working at the Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic in 2012. Stefan completed a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill TAFE. Stefan has a genuine affection for our patients and is particularly good at caring for any inpatients that we may have hospitalised throughout the day. He has a real love and enthusiasm for his job and his skills and knowledge are coming on in leaps and bounds. In his time away from work Stefan enjoys meeting up with friends, surfing, playing the ukulele and is busily readying himself to welcome a pet axolotl into his life in the near future.

Katelin

Katelin provides a gentle caring approach to your pets grooming needs. It is a priority of hers that your dog or cat is treated with nothing but kindness and care. Katelin has lots of experience in grooming nervous and/or rescue dogs, and makes all efforts to ensure that their grooming experience is a positive one. Katelin prides herself on maintaining the comfort of pets in her care, and does not push the dogs or cats to be groomed in a manner that is not in their best interests. She personalises her approach to each pet and will tailor a pets groom to the needs and desires of both the pet and their owner.

We are thrilled to have Katelin on board and invite you to contact us at the clinic on 9499-3691 for further information or to arrange a booking for your pet. Alternatively, feel free to book a complimentary grooming assessment with Katelin to discuss your pet's specific needs.