Rachel Picot

Practice Owner (BVSc (Hons))

Rachel graduated in 1999 from Melbourne University.  She has completed further study in both internal medicine and ultrasound.

In her limited spare time Rachel likes to crochet. People sometimes look at her strangely when she says that, until she shows them her amigurumi which is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures.  A very suitable hobby for a vet. 

Rachel’s other hobbies include photography and collecting cookbooks which she sometimes uses to cook!  She also enjoys watching movies and numerous tv series ranging from sci fi, to historical drama and comedy.  Rachel enjoys going for bike rides with Perry and their daughter Deni - they have all been having a go at mountain biking (as well as enjoying the multitude of regular bike paths Melbourne has to offer). 

Most of all, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family.  Perry and Rachel have been married since 2002. Their daughter Deni shares her parents’ love of animals. They share their home with Othello a Schnoodle who Perry rescued as a puppy (performing heart surgery to save his life) and their two cats Luna, a beautiful champagne mink Tonkinese girl and Neo, a gorgeous blue Burmese boy.

Sharnee Lehrmayer

Practice Owner (BVSc (Hons))

Sharnee has been working as a small animal veterinarian since graduation from Melbourne University in 2010. Sharnee has a special interest in internal medicine, ophthalmology and clinical pathology and enjoys keeping up to date with new and developing treatment options at conferences both in Australia and abroad.

Sharnee is owned by Xena, a brown Burmese cat who is very mischievous and likes to terrorise Sharnee on a daily basis, and Salem, a black domestic shorthair, who likes to terrorise Xena on a daily basis. In her free time she also enjoys horse riding, rollerskating and reading a good book.

Perry Kazantzis

Practice Owner (BVSc)

Perry graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2000. He loves doing surgery – ranging from basic procedures like speys, castrations and dental procedures to more complicated orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeries. Apart from surgery he loves to interact with clients and generally have a good chat with them about their pets but also a wide range of other things ranging from cars, favourite places to eat, holiday destinations and a wide range of other varied topics.

Perry loves to do things with his hands – he loves to find out how and why things work especially electronics – if something is broken Rachel can come home to find it in pieces and then miraculously it is fixed and working again – after a bit of electronic microsurgery!!

Along with fixing things Perry also likes to build things – you can’t just go out and buy a cat tower with a cat wheel attached……..Perry draws up a design, makes the compulsory Bunnings trip(s) to purchase supplies and then puts together up a multilevel cat tower with a ramp and cat wheel attached which the 2 cats love and make full use of by the way. If he is not building a piece of furniture, he is possibly building another Lego creation.

He also likes to relax watching varied TV series and movies – sci fi are a particular favourite of his.

Family is very important to Perry - spending time with his wife Rachel and daughter Deni is a priority, whether it is a quite day spent at home or out and about on another family adventure.

Alex Pekin

Veterinarian (DVM, BSc (Hons))

Originally from Brisbane, Alex moved to Melbourne in 2020 and has decided to stay to avoid the heat of QLD!

Alex graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2023. Prior to this, he completed a Bachelor of Science and an Honours degree at the University of Queensland; he was also considering a PhD before receiving the opportunity to complete his veterinary degree.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing the guitar, trying to stay active, supporting the Brisbane Lions, cooking, travelling, and visiting his family.


Heidi Joyce

Head Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Heidi is a fully qualified nurse who has completed both the Certificate II in Animal Studies and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with the AIRC. In her spare time Heidi dotes over her two fur babies, Olive, an adorable Brussels Griffon and Winston, a cheeky Pug X. When Heidi isn't whipping up a masterpiece in the kitchen she also enjoys mountain biking, four wheel driving and pretty much anything that involves an outdoor adventure!

Bianca Antoniazzi

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing )

Originally from Tasmania, Bianca joined the team in 2022 as a qualified Vet Nurse, holding their Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing completed through AVT, along with her Certificate II and III in Animal Studies. Back in Tassie, Bianca has an adorable Dachshund called Pluto. On the weekend, she loves photography and enjoys going to live music.

Paris Gillespie

Veterinary Nurse

Paris joined the team in 2022 as a qualified Vet Nurse. Paris has a fleet of many large fur-babies including a sheep, five cows, three horses and a cat. When she isn’t tending to her mini-farm, Paris enjoys four-wheel driving and camping out in the high country. 

Alexis Scanlan

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Alexis has previously completed her certificate III in Equine Studies and is currently studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing! In her free time she can be seen with her wonderfully weird collection of pets (which includes a horse, ferret and a dog!) Aside from time spent with her animals, Alexis enjoys coaching horse riding to both children and adults!

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