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 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

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.



Veterinary 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.



Veterinary Nurse

After 15 years working in office and corporate environments, a golden opportunity arose for Naomi to follow her heart and begin a career as a veterinary nurse. She became Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing qualified in 2016 and has never looked back! 
Getting to know clients and showering their non human kids with loads of love and attention always makes Naomi’s day. Her real love however is helping treating pets and surgical nursing.
Most of Naomi’s spare time is taken up with her menagerie of 3 cats, 2 dogs, and a cockatiel. She and her pups keep active, with long daily walks around the numerous northern and city fringe park lands.
Naomi has lived in 3 countries, visited over 40 and loves catching up with friends over food glorious food.


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 three kitties named Ianto, Frida & Diego.

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!)


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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: 8.30am - 6:30pm
Saturday: 9am - 3pm
Sunday: Closed


138 Wingrove Street, Fairfield VIC 3078

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