Our Veterinarians

Hawthorn East Vet

Getting to know you and your pets is one of our favourite things about working at Hawthorn East Vet. And it’s only fair you get to know a little about us, too.

Dr Nicole Cook

Lead Veterinarian

Nicole joined the Hawthorn East Vet team in January 2018, after a five and a half year stint on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. After many years of a long commute, Nicole is very happy to be working in our busy inner city practice (and being much closer to home!). A Methodist Ladies College and University of Melbourne 2006 Veterinary Science Graduate, Nicole has a special interest in small animal medicine and diagnostics. She completed her Memberships in Small Animal Medicine via the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2012. She also has considerable experience with abdominal ultrasound.  She lives with her husband, Nico and when not working, she enjoys yoga, reading, cooking and eating out. Whilst she does not have any animals of her own at present (yet!), she loves meeting you and your animals.  Dr Nicole is currently on parental leave.

The official stuff
Nicole graduated with a BVSc from the University of Melbourne in 2006 and completed her Memberships in Small Animal Medicine via the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2012.  Her last role was on the Mornington Peninsula.
In three words, Nicole is: Friendly, dedicated and knowledgable.

Dr Alison Simmons


Alison joined our Hawthorn East team in July 2018 following work at a busy group of clinics in Adelaide and then Melbourne.

Her interest in animal medicine started after work on her family’s sheep and cattle farm. She is now excited to be working with slightly smaller animals! She enjoys getting to know the families that come with them to work together to ensure each pet receives the best care.  When not at work, Alison enjoys helping out on her family’s farm, playing tennis, running with her Groodle, Scout and baking. Dr Alison has returned to work part time after giving birth to her first child.


The official stuff
Alison has a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (2015) from the University of Melbourne. Her most recent work has been at a busy group of veterinary hospitals in Adelaide and clinics in Melbourne.

Dr Cameron Wilson


Cam joined the team in 2017, having just moved back to Melbourne after working in the UK. Cam unfortunately has no pets of his own so like to shower his furry patients with pets and cuddles. Cam has great interest in medical cases and diagnostics particularly in dogs and cats suffering from gastrointestinal issues. He is also passionate about pet weight management and the impact carrying a few extra pounds can have on your pet’s health. While not at work Cam revels outdoors in hiking, canyoning and skiing or catching up with friends for some unusual board games and beers.

The official stuff
Cam graduated with a BVSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne in 2011. Cam worked in mixed farm animal practice in Gippsland for 3 years before working in the UK for 2 years.
In three words, Cam is: enthusiastic, adventurous and friendly.

Dr Cassie Shortal


Cassie joined the team in July 2018, after spending the past 2 years working in Yorkshire in the UK. Prior to this, Cassie spent 3 years working in a rural mixed practice in Echuca.

At work, Cassie particularly enjoys caring for senior pets, but also has an interest in lumps and skin complaints. She also hopes to undertake further study in small animal medicine and diagnostics.
Outside of work, Cassie enjoys travelling, skiing, running and catching up with friends.
Cassie has a much loved golden Cocker spaniel named Lenny.




Dr Diana Kither


Diana graduated from Veterinary Science with honours from the University of Queensland in 2004. After working in regional Victoria, the UK, here in Melbourne and then for the last 2 years in Brisbane, Diana has recently returned to Hawthorn East Vet. Diana’s main interest in Veterinary Science is internal medicine. Whilst she doesn’t currently have any animals just yet, Diana is looking forward to welcoming a Labrador into her home one day. Outside of veterinary practice Diana’s main interests are marathon running, having completed her seventh marathon in Melbourne this year and football as an avid supporter of the Melbourne Demons.




Dr. Mark Matthews

Veterinarian/Practice Principal

Mark has 20 years’ experience in veterinary practice, initially in New Zealand (or New Ziland as he pronounces it!) followed by a number of years in a busy practice in London. Mark is passionate about ensuring every pet receives the best possible care and is interested in all aspects of medicine and surgery. When Mark’s not at work, the fitness fan(atic) can be usually be found running, playing tennis or at the gym. He recently completed his fourth (and last, he swears) marathon – but never say never! At home, Mark and his partner are at the beck and call of their very spoilt cat, Luke. These days Mark splits his time between clinical work at Hawthorn East and administrative work.

The official stuff
Mark graduated from Massey University (NZ) in 1998. He recently completed a postgraduate course in ophthalmology through Sydney University and regularly attends conferences and continuing education events to keep up to date with the latest developments in animal health and wellbeing. Mark made Melbourne home in 2005, taking the helm of Hawthorn East Vet in 2009. Since then the practice has expanded to include Kew Vet and Cattery (2014) and Alphington and Fairfield Vet (2017). Mark is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association and the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association.
In short, Mark is: Caring, energetic and likely to be off for another run…….

Our Vet Nurses and Support Team

Hawthorn East Vet


Business Manager/Registered Veterinary Nurse

Jo started work as Veterinary Nurse in 2004, and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing in 2007. She joined Hawthorn East Vet in 2012 and has taken on the role of Business Manager after completing a Certificate IV in Frontline Management in 2016.

Jo and Mark the Vet worked together in a previous life at another Vet clinic, before Jo took some time out to have two children.   Jo is enjoying the challenges of practice management but also loves being still involved in the nursing side of the clinic too.  Along with a husband and two children at home, Jo has two cats Emmylou & Ianto.


Lead Veterinary Nurse

Eliza joined the Hawthorn East Vet team in 2011, after having taken some time out of the workplace to be a Mum.

Eliza started Vet nursing in 1997 and has a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge, experience and fresh ideas. Her ‘can-do’ attitude has been a great asset to our team.

Eliza currently works on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, keeping busy the rest of her week as a wife, and Mum of two children of the human variety and of course the ‘fur kids’ Rolly and Tilly.


Veterinary Nurse

Dani knew she wanted to be a veterinary nurse from eight years of age, although it took her crossing the Tasman to make her dream come true.

Dani completed her Veterinary Nurse qualification in 2009 and continues to complete short courses and seminars to keep up to date with all the latest knowledge.

She finds working with clients to provide the very best care for their pets extremely rewarding.



Melissa has worked in the Veterinary industry for over 20 years both as a nurse and receptionist. She has also worked abroad in busy New York City as a Veterinary technician. Mel loves being a receptionist the most because she enjoys meeting clients and their pets, and chatting about how much we all love our fur kids. She is here to help you with any questions you have and assist you any way she can with your pet’s needs, sharing the knowledge she has gained over the years. At home Mel has 3 chickens, a rabbit, 3 cats, a cockatiel, 1 dog and the occasional orphaned possums that she hand rears until release, you could say she has her own mini farm!


Vet Nurse

After completing a Bachelor of Biological Science in 2013, Angela took time off to travel in Europe and the United States before living and working in Canada for eighteen months. She then joined the team Hawthorn East Vet in November 2017 as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse.  She has now completed an Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing and is looking forward to continuing her career as a Veterinary Nurse with the Hawthorn East team. She finds the most rewarding part of the job to be improving the welfare of the patients by providing dedicated patient care. Outside of work Angela enjoys hiking, travel, yoga and spending time with her two rescue dogs Tinker and Monty. 


Vet Nurse

Toni always knew she wanted to work with animals.  She decided to pursue a career as a Vet Nurse at 16 when she studied Animal Studies at the RSPCA.  Whilst still at school she worked part-time in a pet store that had a vet clinic attached which allowed her to watch and learn about vet nursing .
When Toni finished Year 12, she worked and studied as a Trainee Vet Nurse on the Peninsula.  She graduated with a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2015.
Toni has worked in general practice, emergency and as a surgical nurse at a specialist centre so she brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Toni works with us at both Hawthorn East Vet and Alphington & Fairfield Vet.
At home Toni has 2 dogs, a Rotti named Charlie and a French Bulldog named chino, as well as a cat named Snuggles.




Joining our team at Hawthorn East Vet in July 2019, James is one of our newest additions! Having already completed a Bachelor of Science at The University of Melbourne, James is currently undertaking further studies in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine course. His passion for animals extends from our furry (and not-so-furry) four-legged friends, to those that neigh, moo, slither and swim! Although James has a great deal of customer service experience, this is his first job in the veterinary industry, and he is absolutely loving it (just ask him!)! At home, James has his own fur baby – a gorgeous 11-year-old spoodle called Pablo. Outside of work, James enjoys exercising, learning languages, going to the beach, cooking and playing the flute, amongst many other things!

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Hawthorn East Vet

Our team of professionals are here to help make pet care easy. If you have any questions or concerns about your pet's health, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We love talking about animals and we’re more than happy to help! If you would like to make an appointment you can book online or give us a call to arrange a suitable time.

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(03) 9882 0007

Opening Hours

Monday Friday: 8am - 7pm

Saturday: 9am - 3pm
Sunday: Closed


1 Victoria Road, Hawthorn East, VIC 3123

Hawthorn East Vet

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