Meet the Team

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

Dr Victoria Harrington is a born and bred Ivanhoe girl, having grown up in Ivanhoe East and attending Mother of God Primary School. In fact, Dr John Walton was her family vet when he operated the East Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic, inspiring Victoria to pursue a career in Veterinary Science.

After completing secondary school at Our Lady of Mercy College in Heidelberg, Victoria went on to complete a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash University (2000-2002). In 2003, she 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, Victoria followed her heart back to Melbourne, commencing a new graduate position at the Bundoora Veterinary Clinic and Hospital/ Northern Suburbs Animal Emergency Centre in December 2007. This busy clinic gave Dr Victoria the best start she could have ever hoped for, allowing her the opportunity to learn many aspects of internal medicine, surgery and emergency medicine in a highly supportive environment. She happily remained at this clinic until November 2011 before becoming a part of the Ivanhoe team.

Victoria was overjoyed to begin working in the Ivanhoe area, already having such strong links to the Ivanhoe community. Since joining the practice she has not only brought a strong knowledge base and skill set but also genuine enthusiasm and compassion for her patients and clients alike. She has a particular interest in Dermatology, taking as many opportunities as possible to work alongside skin vet Dr Rob Hilton. In her down time, Victoria loves staying fit, either walking her two dogs Barney and Scruffy, attending the gym or swimming til her hearts content!

2014 was a very eventful year for Dr Victoria! In July 2014, she and her husband Simon, welcomed baby Benjamin into their lives and in December she happily took on ownership of the Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic, replacing the much loved Dr John Walton as practice owner.

Dr Victoria looks forward to being a part of the Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic for many years to come and forming life long bonds along the way.

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

Dr Eric has always had a love of animals since he was young. He went straight into studying to become a Veterinarian from secondary schooling and graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2004 from the University of Melbourne.

Since graduating Dr Eric has been working in Veterinary clinics in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne. Dr Eric has a strong interest in small animal medicine and surgery.

In his past time, he loves reading and exploring the great eateries of Melbourne.

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

Stefan Veterinary 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.

Sophie Veterinary Nurse

Sophie joined the team at Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic in 2015. She chose a career in veterinary nursing as a result of her passion for animals from a young age. Sophie has nearly completed studying for the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at the Australian College of Veterinary Nursing and has been working as a Vet nurse for a few years already. Sophie has a special interest in caring for inpatients, taking X-rays and monitoring anaesthetic. In her spare time Sophie enjoys riding her horse "Lady", taking dance classes and petsitting, as well as spending time with friends, her two dogs and two cats!

Adrienne Receptionist

Adrienne has worked at the clinic since 2000. Adrienne is a real asset to the Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic team as she has excellent communication skills with the clients and knows many patients and clients on a first name basis. Adrienne is highly organised and helps to ensure the clinic runs very smoothly. In her off time you’ll probably catch Adrienne at a local Japanese restaurant or out walking her beloved golden Labrador Lily. She also loves gardening, reading, local theatre and being granma to Grandsons Gabriel, Mikhail, Bruno and Marco.'

Yvonne Groomer

As the former owner/operator of a large grooming salon, Yvonne offers excellent customer service and pet care advice as well as many years experience in gentle grooming techniques.

Yvonne offers a gentle, caring approach to your pets grooming needs. She aims to ensure that each pet is treated with kindness and care. Yvonne has many years experience in grooming nervous dogs as well as rescue dogs. She makes every effort to ensure each pet has a positive experience while in her care. Yvonne aims to ensure that pets are comfortable and will not push your pet to be groomed in a manner that is not in their best interest. Yvonne will discuss different grooming options with pet owners, ensuring that both the clients and pets needs are met.