Adam

Dr. Adam Marques

Hospital director

I grew up in Portugal, where as a young boy I collected tadpoles from nearby creeks to watch them grow, explored the local farmland and volunteered with my family at local shelters. I believe it was this exposure to the suffering of abandoned pets, without being able to help them that gave me the determination to study hard and become a veterinarian.

I completed a Bachelor degree in biology, and later graduated as a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine in 2007. I started my career working in both mixed and rural practice before moving to the UK to pursue my passion for surgery. There, I worked in large hospitals completing an internship at the Animal Health Trust in Cambridge, followed by a surgical internship at Fitzpatrick Referrals. This is where I met my future wife that would later become the catalyst for my move to Australia. We lived in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for about 8 years. There, I became a Hospital Director of a group of clinics until late 2019, when the opportunity arose to move to Melbourne and buy Sandringham Veterinary Hospital.

As a veterinarian my chief focus of interest is in surgery, particularly in orthopaedics, airway improvement and advanced dentistry. Outside of work I am a proud father, husband, business owner and member of the beautiful Sandringham Community. In my limited free time I like to be near the ocean with my kelpie Lulu, kitesurfing and dreaming about one day owning a sailboat and travelling around the world.

My professional qualifications include;

  • Member of Australian and NZ college of Veterinary Surgeons (Surgery)
  • Victorian Veterinary Board
  • NSW Veterinary Board
  • Royal college of Veterinary Surgeons
  • AOvet
  • BSVA
Aaron

Aaron Teh

Practicing Veterinarian

After completing my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Melbourne, I joined the Sandringham Veterinary Hospital team, eager to pursue a career in general practice.

Since before I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for animals but I actually almost went into a career in accounting due to my family background and aptitude for maths over science. One week before course preferences closed, I decided to pursue the career that would be more fulfilling and I’ve never looked back!

I enjoy consulting and following through with cases, even after discharge, to ensure the best outcome possible for patients and their families. I have a special interest in internal medicine and find great joy in being able to send previously ill patients home, bright and happy.

Having grown up in Bayside, I love soaking up the sun along the beach and playing indoor soccer at the local Insportz. I also enjoy playing board games with friends and following the English Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur in particular. I’m currently on the lookout for an apartment dog but am lucky enough to be able to visit my parent’s rough collie for my fix of hugs and kisses.

Sam

Sam Marques

Veterinary Nurse

I grew up in Melbourne with a family obsessed with animals. My parents always pushed my brother and I to share a passion for caring for our furry friends, and so we grew up with dogs, cats, bunnies, fish…. and whatever else we could find to add to our gang. 

Throughout my nursing career, I have been lucky enough to work in a number of amazing veterinary hospitals, both in Melbourne and Sydney. I have always had a strong interest in emergency and critical care. I take so much pride taking care of your pets and treating them like my own, making sure they are as comfortable as possible while in our care. 

At home we have two beautiful twin girls, and a fairly round and overfed kelpie. I love to be outdoors and I’m sure you will see me down at the beach chasing the girls around when I’m not at work. I have recently found a new hobby in growing indoor plants.

Nicole

Nicole Cafarella

Veterinary Nurse

I’ve been a veterinary nurse at Sandringham Veterinary Hospital for over 30 years.

I’ve always had a passion for animals from a young age. Growing up we had an abundance of pets at home from the regular cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and birds to the more unusual snakes, lizards, a wombat and even a crocodile, I think it was always a given that I would end up in a career that had to involve animals. I am lucky to have been able to transform some of my early passions into my career.

Even though I’ve been in the Veterinary industry for many years I still love coming to work each day, no two days are ever the same. It’s a combination of being committed to providing the best possible care for animals as well as being fortunate enough to be working within a great community such as Sandringham, our clients are genuinely lovely people.

When not at work, I love to get outside and tend to my garden, enjoy long walks on the beach with my Australian Shepherd Merlo, particularly at our holiday house at Phillip Island and spending quality time with my family enjoying good food and good wine.

Laura

Laura Cuesta 

Veterinary Nurse

I’ve been in the veterinary industry for eight years, working both as a veterinarian and a nurse. Originally from Spain, I lived in several countries over the years before arriving in Australia three years ago. 

I became a vet after discovering my true passion for biology, medicine, and working with animals. Although I’m thrilled about where I ended up, I didn’t always want to be a vet, but as a child, dreamed of being a ballet teacher and dancer! 

My biggest pleasure from the job is being able to comfort our patients, not only when they are sick and in need of medical care, but also helping them live the healthy and happy life every animal deserves.

In my time off I love cooking (becoming a vegetarian food expert), walking on the beach or hiking up mountains, photography, travelling and exploring new food wherever I go.

Lis

Lisbeth Fletcher

Receptionist

Hello my name is Lis one of the receptionists working here at Sandringham Veterinary Hospital since November 2017.

I originally started my working life as a Legal Secretary, but over the past 10 years I decided to follow my passion for animals.  After volunteering at animal shelters around the world, I returned home to work with RSPCA NSW and now, the Lost Dogs Home. I am now planting my feet at Sandringham Veterinary Hospital, a friendly, relaxed clinic who is very passionate about their patients and their welfare. 

When I’m not working, I’m traveling, cycling, fostering cats/kittens, enjoying food & wine with friends or relaxing at home with my husband & 4 felines, Minush, Nanuq, Poddie and Yodi. 

Riley McCormick

Veterinary Nurse

Hello Everyone! My name is Riley and I’m the resident weekend receptionist and nurse here at SVH. I grew up in Seattle and moved to Sydney about 6 years ago where I first began my studies in human medicine until I realised animals are where it’s at! 

I grew up around pets from fish to dogs, birds and horses but it wasn’t until I got to see the behind the scenes action, work and passion of a vet clinic that I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I am now studying veterinary medicine at Melbourne University and am focused on learning just about everything, but feel a growing passion toward conservation medicine and surgery. 

Outside of work and study I love spending time with my friends, cooking, binge watching Netflix and am slowly and poorly attempting to learn guitar. I can’t wait to meet you and your furry friends around the clinic!

Claire

Claire Dunkley 

Veterinary Nurse

I am a Veterinary Nurse who has been working in small animal general practice for ten years.

When I was very young, I loved helping take our family pets to the vet and as I have never lived without multiple animals at home, caring for them for a living was an obvious calling.

The part of this job that I find I am most passionate about is ensuring our patients have a positive experience each time they visit. It isn’t always easy, but a little TLC can go a long way.

I treat every furry friend as though they are my own pet, that way they are getting the very best from me.

Outside of work, I am very passionate about conservation, regarding both wildlife and our environment. I enjoy travelling overseas to volunteer with wildlife conservation programs.

Lisa

Lisa Meggitt

Receptionist

I’ve been a Veterinary Receptionist at Sandringham Veterinary Hospital for the last 8 years and love meeting all of our lovely clients and their adorable pets.

I’ve been a huge animal lover all my life and have had just about every kind of pet from rabbits to a St Bernard dog called Boyce.

Working at Sandringham Veterinary Hospital is so fulfilling, every day is different and I get to meet such a broad spectrum of people and their pets. The work can be challenging, but it’s so rewarding to see the smiles on owners’ faces when their pets go home happy and healthy. I also have a deep passion for the diverse and colourful Australian Wildlife. I have recently started fostering orphaned baby possums and it’s incredibly rewarding to watch them go on to wildlife carers and eventually, return to their natural habitat.

I am originally from the UK and worked at Holme Lacy College in Hereford for many years. I looked after student services and course coordinating. These courses included Vet Nursing, Animal Care, Farming and Equine. Previous to that I worked for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Discovery Bay Golf Club in Hong Kong for 2 years as a Receptionist. 

In 2011, my husband and I decided to move to Australia and enjoy a new adventure. We then adopted our first Australian cat called Soxy, she can be quite the diva, but is great company. Today, we are lucky enough to experience the best of both worlds – working at my dream job in Sandringham, and living in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula where we enjoy all the wineries, kayaking and great walks.

In 2015 we took our citizenship ceremony and are now proud to call ourselves Australians.

Our adventure still continues to this day.

Yvette Kennedy

Veterinary Receptionist 

Yvette’s bio coming soon!

Daisy Cooper 

Daisy’s bio coming soon!