Our Team

Our team of experienced and friendly vets and nurses are on hand to provide informative, honest and up to date advice and care for all stages of your pet’s life.

 
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Dr. Peter Van Orsouw BVSc (Hons)

Principle Veterinarian

Peter has lived within the local community since 1985 after graduating from Melbourne University the same year. After working in Dandenong and on the Mornington Peninsula he decided to start up Belgrave South Veterinary Clinic opening the doors of a small timber building in November 1988.
From humble beginnings and the desire to be available for the local furry family pets, the clinic has grown to become what it is today. 
Peter loves everything about being a Veterinarian from diagnosing and following up a complex case to all types of surgery. In 2017 he completed his Post Graduate Degree in Behaviour and enjoying a new interest in this field helping many different animals. 
In his rare spare time Peter enjoys spending time with his wife Lorraine, their two boys, walking anywhere and everywhere - usually with his dogs in tow and pottering around his vineyard. 
His love for “All Creatures great and small” has him stating that he loves his job and it gives him great pleasure to see families grow and come back with their own children and wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Dr. Joanne Simon

Veterinarian

Born and bred in Far North Queensland, Joanne graduated from The University of Queensland in 2010. Her first job as a new graduate was in a mixed practice in Mackay, Queensland treating a wide range of animals.
Joanne moved down to Belgrave to be with her now husband and appreciates the wonderful hills community that has welcomed her. She has a keen interest in all aspects of Veterinary Medicine but has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and Acupuncture, where she has further studied. 
Outside of the vet world Joanne is mother to two beautiful boys and enjoys time spent with family, camping, being outdoors and all things crafty, especially with renovating the home.

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Dr. Uday Karki

Veterinarian

Uday graduated from Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science in Nepal 2015 and then followed the love of his life out to Australia to embark on a new journey.
For the last three years he has worked at Pets Haven whilst completing his Australian National Veterinary Examination for registration in Australia. There he learnt all about our friendly Aussie culture and honed his surgical skills. He plans to complete his specialist registration with ANZCVS in small animal surgery. 
Hiking, trekking, travelling and playing soccer is how he and his wife enjoy their spare time.
Uday has embraced working at the clinic and has enjoyed meeting and being part the local community and all their different animals. The nurses think he is great!
He plans to add some furry family members to his household soon.                                         

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Dr. Caitlin Mathieson

Veterinarian

Originally from Melbourne, Caitlin graduated from James Cook University in 2018 and has come back down south to work at Belgrave South. She is lovingly owned by her dog Mildred and cat Murphy.
Caitlin has been made to feel very welcome with our wonderful friendly community and the broad range of animals that she has met and treated. 
She enjoys welcoming clients into the clinic with her friendly smile and is passionate about the care and diagnosis of your pet’s condition.
Along with her love for all creatures great and small Caitlin also has a secret talent of baking with her speciality being Ginger Bread Houses! . 

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Lorraine Van Orsouw

KPA CTP-DELTA Cert Level IV Canine Behavioural Trainer

Originally from the UK, Lorraine helped Peter start up the Practice in 1988 and loves living and working in the hills. She can’t think of any animal that she doesn’t like, they all have a place in our world.
This has led her to be interested animal behaviour, how they learn and the human animal bond. Lorraine has been running Puppy Pre-School at the Clinic since 2001 and conducts private dog training as well as volunteering at Sherbrooke Dog Obedience Club. She also teaches training and behaviour at Box Hill Institute.
Lorraine and Peter have two boys and many animals that share their home. She loves riding her horses and hiking the countryside along with catching up with friends. .

Cathie

Veterinary Nurse

Cathie is a country girl growing up in Albury with a crazy passion for animals that began with rescuing a pregnant cat out of a drain at the age of five much to her mother’s dismay.

She began working in a Veterinary Clinic aged fifteen and brought home many more animals of all shapes and sizes. Cathie is a valued team member who has worked here since 1991. She feels blessed that she has the privilege of working in the community in which she lives. It is a pleasure of hers to be able to relate to our clients over the many years watching families and their pets grow and change.

Her interest in behaviour and training, along with her teaching skills, has led Cathie to be part of our Puppy Pre-School Programme which she helps run.

Married with five children and six granddaughters, she now only has one dog, one cat and one bird. In her spare time you will find Cathie pottering around in her garden or reading.

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Caitlin

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

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Kim

Practice Manager

Kim has recently joined the team as Practice Manager. She is a qualified veterinary nurse and has worked in the veterinary industry for over 14 years. Her professional interests include veterinary dentistry and canine medicine. Outside of work, Kim enjoys watching sport including AFL football (Go Bombers!) and tennis, travelling and visiting wineries in the Yarra Valley where she lives. Kim’s family include her husband Chris, children Rafael & Isabelle, dogs Angus (Labrador) & Aurora (Golden Retriever) and cat Bluey.                                                                            

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Olivia

Veterinary Nurse

Olivia is a local girl having grown up in the Hills and started here as a Trainee Nurse in 2016, graduating from Box Hill Institute in 2018 with a Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. 
Her passion in life is cats, cats, cats and more cats! Such is her interest in Feline Medicine and continuing education that she shares her time between Melbourne Cat Vets and Belgrave South. Many kittens and cats have been fostered under her tender loving care and she is a representative of Cheltenham Cat Rescue. 
Olivia enjoys spending time with her three sisters and they love to holiday together. She is becoming quite the Vegan Cook and enjoys sharing her recipes. She is owned by her fur child “Maurice” and a Golden Retriever “Alfie” along with a Maine Coon “Hugo” and a Scottish Fold “Agatha”.

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Clare

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

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Destiny

Veterinary Nurse

Destiny started here at the clinic in 2016 as a trainee nurse and completed her studies in 2017. From farm life in country Victoria she enjoys all aspects of the clinic and lending her skills to the many different animals that walk through the door.
Her passion is in the education of Rescue and Second Chance of animals of which many have spent part of their life in her tender loving care before going on to their forever homes.
Destiny’s interest is in surgery and the care of her patients whilst they are here to ensure that their visit is as comfortable as possible.

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Heather

Veterinary Nurse

Heather graduated as a fully qualified veterinary nurse in 2003 and since then has worked in emergency & critical care/orthopaedic surgery clinic’s before joining the BSVC team. She is loving working in such a strong community based clinic and getting to know all of our wonderful clients and patients! Heather has a menagerie of animals a Kelpie (Smithy), a large ginger cat (Ginge), 3 horses (Ralph,Pickles and Dosie), 2 chickens and sheep (Bama). As well as 2 gorgeous kids who all keep her very busy