Dr. Richard Blair - Veterinarian
Dr Dick, as he is affectionately known, graduated from Melbourne University on 16 December 1984 with his Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Hailing from the countryside of Tallangatta and following his passion for working with horses, he spent several years working in mixed practice before settling down in Geelong and opening this practice on Monday 5 November 1990. Nowadays a snapshot of a typical day for him includes consulting and surgery here at the clinic, managing a farming property and being bossed around by the nurses. Busy boy! Dr. Richard has a particular interest in all things orthopaedic.
He's a sucker for Burmese cats, loves his Labradors Minnie and Maddy (and of course their Great Dane x Ridgeback lapdog Lilli), and if you barrack for his beloved Hawks, you will never shut him up. Monday mornings here during AFL season are interesting to say the least...
Lisa Blair - Practice Manager
Although born and bred in 'Cat Land', Lisa set off to Melbourne to chase an Arts Degree at Melbourne University. Instead she became more interested in chasing a young man by the name of Richard Blair who lived at the residential college too. Her focus quickly moved from study to love and before long they were in wedded bliss and moving to Albury where Richard began his veterinary career as Dr Blair. Hopes and dreams of owning their own little business and starting a family brought them back to Lisa's home town and the Belmont Vet Centre was born.
Almost 25 years on and Lisa still has the toughest job of all: keeping Richard in line!! She is also our beloved practice manager. She is well and truly the driving force behind our dedicated team. She has a great vision about where our centre is heading and is always encouraging and supporting our further education in every way.
She recently received a scholarship to study Practice Management which she completed late last year
Back at the clinic Lisa's favourite pastime is upsetting small electrical appliances, "windexing" the answering machine or jamming paper shredders, printers, photocopiers, laboratory equipment... We love her for it, though! Its a good laugh!
Dr. Maria Zubiria - Veterinarian
Maria moved to Australia from Spain in 1993 having already studied and practiced as a vet then got her qualifications recognized in Australia in 1995 through the National Veterinary Exam.
Maria has been with us now for many years and is one of our senior vets.
She is a huge contributor to our clinic.
She has a wealth of knowledge and keen interest in rabbits. She also owns two cats, Beltza and Tab, 3 free range chickens, a Bull Arab named Georgie.
She is also our resident behaviour guru.
Maria's hobbies include reading and hiking / camping with her husband and two kids.
Dr. Lucy Malotsis - Veterinarian
Lucy graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.
After a sea change down to Geelong from Greensborough she is loving everything the area has to offer.
With her family dogs staying behind in Melbourne she is focusing all her love on her dog, "Sammy" a Staffy X Rotti and fiance Nathan.
She has her heart set on rescuing an elderly Staffy or anything with a shovel head.
Lucy loves dining out, reading, puzzles, travelling and spending time with friends and family.
Laura H - Veterinary Nurse
Laura has been with us since December 2010.
Whilst working in hospitality and completing her Certificate II in Animal Studies, she discovered her true passion was working with animals.
She has since completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, and was crowned the Hills Vet Nurse of the Year in 2013!
Laura is our Community Outreach liason, and loves to get all the clinic out and about and involved in local charity events and causes. She is the driving force behind the Kitten Adoption Program and has a passion for rehoming furbabies in need.
After wanting a Pug for her entire life she now has a little smoosh face of her very own named "Pickle".
She shares her house with her husband Tony's dog "Spud" the Swedish Vallhund and their 4 guinea pigs - the "Spice Girls" - "saffron, nutmeg and sage" and "Caper" her boy.
Tony and Laura are also expecting the birth of their first child in January - but wont be long until you see her back at the clinic.
Ally - Veterinary Nurse
Ally came on board team BVC in March 2016 – starting out as part of our reception team before moving into the position of Veterinary Nurse – where her true passion lies.
She is currently completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing through Open Colleges. She also has completed her Bachelor in Zoology through Deakin Uni.
Ally spends most of her time adventuring with her partner Jacob and both are often found out 4WD or camping on weekends off.
She thinks of herself as quite the indoor plant enthusiast.
And is also the proud mumma of her two guinea pigs – Pip and Peanut.
Shelley - Veterinary Nurse
Shelley is one of our most experienced nurses, having been with us for over 10 years.
She now works part-time so she can spend time looking after her two young children, Frankie and Oliver. Her other family members are Splinter the Jack Russell, kitten Daphne, 3 guinea pigs, 4 birds and her partner Anthony.
Shelley grew up in Point Lonsdale and has lived on the coast for a number of years.
Shelley knows the clinic inside and out and is always a calming force in the clinic. Her laid-back attitude is extremely infectious and all the team get so excited when they know she is rostered on.
Outside the clinic, she enjoys any free time her children will allow, walking Splinter on the beach and lots of outdoor activites with her family.
Alexander - Veterinary Nurse
Alex joined our nursing ranks in 2016 after completing a Bachelor of Zoology at Latrobe Uni. He is currently completing his Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing through Open Colleges.
As our only male nurse he has fitted in very well, and is loved by our elder female clientele.
When he isn’t at the BVC he is kept busy by his toddler Charlie and visiting his family in country Victoria.
He is also the proud dad of his two kitties – Marty the Burmese and Herbie the domestic perpetual kitten in Alex’s eyes.
He enjoys theatre - and has been a part of countless productions as well as being outdoors with friends and family.
Peta - Client Relations
Peta is one of our reception team - she is here part time, as she is studying Primary Teaching at Deakin Uni.
Hailing from her home town of Shepparton she is enjoying the sea change down here in Geelong.
She is the mum of a little Maltese Shitzu named "Snoopy" who goes with her everywhere.
She also enjoys reading, writing and taking Snoopy for a walk on the beach and is a massive history buff.
Treina M - Veterinary Nurse
Treina joined the team in 2015.
After finishing a double degree of Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Commerce and working in Human Resources, Treina decided on a complete career change- Veterinary Nursing, where she graduated with her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2016.
Treina is a Puppy School Instructor here at the clinic and also has a keen interest in Orthopaedics, Dentistry and fear free practice- especially for kitty's.
She has many a fur baby in her life (being an Aunty to lots of fur children), but is the very proud Mumma to a ginger domestic kitty "Weasley Thomas"- adopted through our very own kitten adoption program, it was love at first sight. The two are equally obsessed with each other and are inseparable!
Outside of work, Treina loves coffee dates, reading, keeping fit and spending time her with family and friends.
Steph - Client Relations
Steph is with us full time – and is the first face you see when you arrive here at the clinic.
Steph started here at the BVC in August 2016 after completing her Bachelor in Health Science at Deakin Uni.
She is very much a cat lady, living with 3 cats – Bailey the ragdoll, Pip the domestic and Ted the Russian blue.
She enjoys travelling, puzzles, and nights out with friends and keeping active.
Bronwynne - Veterinary Nurse
Bronwynne or “Bron” as she is affectionately known around the clinic, started with us at the end of 2015.
She is currently undertaking her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at the Gordon and will graduate in November.
She also recently became foster mum come adoptive mum to one of our Kittens from our Kitten Adoption Program. Little “Bambi” came to us at 4weeks old with 3 other siblings. So when the time for Bambi to find a home of his own, Bron was there with open arms.
Bambi joined her other furbaby at home “Lilly” the Staffy and both were soon fast friends.
Bron is our resident Vegan, catching up with friends and spending as much time with her fur babies as possible.