Our Veterinarians

Alphington & Fairfield Vet

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

Dr Louise Pierce


Louise has an obsession with all things rabbit! From her pictures around the house to the ridiculous phone cover she carts around, her world revolves around these long eared creatures. That being said she has got a keen interest in other unusual pets and has been seen treating anything from lizards to cows in her time. She shares her home with a small rabbit army, two dogs, a cat and one duck. In her spare time she loves getting out in the garden and spending time on her nanna crafts.

The official stuff

Louise graduated from Melbourne University in 2010. Since graduation Louise has worked in numerous practices in both Melbourne and rural Victoria and has developed a professional interest in rabbit and exotic medicine. She provides both first and second opinions on unusual and exotic pets and loves learning about the latest and greatest updates in the field. She has also completed a two year course in small animal medicine

In three words, Louise is: Enthusiastic, compassionate and rabbit-crazy

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.

The official stuff

Cassie graduated with a BVSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne in 2013. Cassie initially worked for 3 years in a busy mixed practice in Echuca and has spent the past 2 years working in the UK.

Dr Mark Matthews

Practice Principal/Veterinarian 

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 our three clinics 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 Kew 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

Alphington & Fairfield Vet


Veterinary Nurse

Rosie started her career as a veterinary nurse in 2015 after making the move from Northern NSW to Melbourne.  She joined the Alphington & Fairfield team in January 2018 and has really enjoyed watching the clinic grow.

Rosie enjoys all aspects of nursing but has a particular passion for surgery and pathology. When she isn’t working at Alphington & Fairfield, she can usually be found traveling around Victoria with a mobile orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeon.

She is a self-confessed crazy rabbit lady and is the go to for all things bunny. She has two of her own, Greg and Coco, that keep her very busy.

Rosie regularly attends seminars and conferences to keep up to date so that she can provide the best care possible to all of your furry family members.



Veterinary Nurse

Kim has been a vet nurse for 5 years and is very excited to be part of the Alphington and Fairfield Vet team. 
Kim has volunteered with organisations such as Wildlife Victoria, RSPCA and Melbourne Zoo and has experience working with a wide range of animals. She shares her home with two spoilt border collies, her gorgeous daughter and her hubby. She is a local to the area so you may see her at the farmers market or zooming the streets on her two wheels!
In another life Kim is a qualified yoga instructor and she is learning to become a plant enthusiast!



Veterinary Nurse

Kirstie fell into her vet nursing career in Brisbane back in 2007. In January 2019 after many years and a move interstate she has now joined our team.
She is looking forward to working on her bunny knowledge (these cuties are illegal in QLD) and providing a high standard of care to all patients in hospital.
Kirstie spends her free time at home tinkering with her 3 aquariums, and wrangling her 2 cats and 2 dogs; a Border Collie and a Newfoundland.
She has a weakness for giant-breed dogs: the more drool the better, but stills gives plenty of attention (and treats) to all the fluffy or scaly pets that may pop into the clinic to say hello.


Jo Ward

Business Manager/Registered Vet Nurse

A whiz at soothing stressed cats, Jo also makes sure the staff all stay stress-free by ensuring everything runs smoothly at our practices in Kew, Hawthorn East and Alphington and Fairfield. She loves being part of a team dedicated to making sure every pet that comes through the door is given the absolute best care. She’s mum to two black and white cats named Emmylou and Ianto.

The official stuff
Jo has been nursing since 2004 and practice manager since 2013. She holds a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and Certificate IV in Frontline Management and has been with the practice since 2012

In three words, Jo is: Cats, cats, cats (oh, and super organised and conscientious!)


Contact Us

Alphington & Fairfield 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.

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 6:30pm
Saturday: 9am - 12pm
Sunday: Closed


138 Wingrove Street, Fairfield VIC 3078

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