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 and son, 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. 

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 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 Patrick Fitzgerald


Pat joined the Hawthorn East Vet team in January 2021 after recently graduating from the University of Melbourne.  He enjoys many things about being a Vet but is particularly interested in small animal medicine.  Outside of work Pat loves to socialise with family and friends, travel and is currently working on restoring an old car. 

At home Pat has an Ecelctus parrot named Eddie, a Golden Retriever named Gus and a Border Collie called Maggie.

Dr. Mark Matthews

Veterinarian/Practice Principal

Mark has 25 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. 

In recent years Mark has stepped back from veterinary clinical work to focus on managing the team and business. Mark is committed to ensuring our clinics provide the best care possible for our patients and the best experience for our pet owners.   Mark understands the key to this is our amazing people and is passionate about team wellness, team development and culture.

When Mark’s not at work, the fitness fan(atic) can be usually be found running, at the gym or pottering in his garden.  At home, Mark and his partner Ant are at the beck and call of their very spoilt cat, Luke. 
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


Lead Registered 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, Joey, Dave and Pearl.


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.


Registered Vet Nurse

Aimee joined the Hawthorn East team in 2017, coming to us with three and a half years working in fast paced Vet clinic in Melbourne’s North. At home, Aimee is kept busy caring for her 3 dogs Indi, Hamish and Buckley, 5 cats Hugo, Dior, Mimmy, Bobby and Terror, and a mini lop rabbit Phil.  Aimee has completed her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and has a special interest in emergency and surgical nursing (Oh, as well as fostering and hand rearing orphaned kittens!).


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

Carly joined the Hawthorn East team in January 2021. She grew up having a variety of pets and always knew she wanted to work with animals. After volunteering with the Animal Aid she began her nursing career in 2016 and has since completed her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, seeing friends and family, and spending time with her two rescue cats Ella and Tiger. 


Registered Veterinary Nurse

Brooke is a Registered Veterinary Nurse and completed a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in New Zealand. She finds nursing rewarding and enjoys problem solving, a new challenge and especially loves working and learning alongside those who share her passion and enthusiasm for a high standard of animal care.
Her aim is to create a fun and stress free experience for all patients.
When not at work Brooke loves to wind down with a good book or ride around town on her Motorcycle.



Registered Vet Nurse

Raina started nursing back in 2006 and developed a passion for continuing education and mentoring after several years in a teaching veterinary hospital. She joined the team in 2020 after graduating from Latrobe University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing. Her special interests include Emergency and Critical Care and Internal Medicine.
Away from work Raina enjoys long distance hikes, cycling around Melbourne and visiting wineries with her partner Jamie. Together they own a mischievous Airedale Terrier named Sarge as well as two cats; Linus and Kevin.

Contact Us

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.

Call Our Team

(03) 9882 0007

Opening Hours

Monday Friday: 8am - 7pm

Saturday: 9am - 3pm
Sunday: Closed


1 Victoria Road, Hawthorn East, VIC 3123

Hawthorn East Vet

Contact Us

Join Our Newsletter

Expert pet care advice, seasonal health alerts, and special offers.

First Name
Email Address*
Please ignore this text box. It is used to detect spammers. If you enter anything into this text box, your message will not be sent.

You have Successfully Subscribed!