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Meet Our Team


Dr Phillip Hartney

Senior Clinic Veterinarian (BVSc(Hons) MANZCS (Radiology))


Dr Phillip Hartney (Phil) graduated in 1981 obtaining an honours degree.  He later completed examinations in Veterinary Radiology to become a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.

Dr Phillip Hartney's veterinary interests are surgery and radiology.  Outside of work Dr Phillip Hartney spends time watching film, exercising, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Chloe Beckwith

Registered Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse)

Chloe started veterinary nursing in 2017 graduating with a Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing in 2018. She also has a Diploma of Horse Breeding that she completed in 2016. Chloe has been fortunate enough to have nursed equine, canine & feline patients along her career across country Victoria and now at the Avondale Heights Veterinary Hospital.


With two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (Sabine & Lucy) at home & a pony stud, breeding, competing and producing Welsh Mountain Ponies, her life is full of animals in all aspects!

In her limited spare time she enjoys cinema, travelling (internationally sometime soon!) and training/showing her ponies.


Melissa Frendo

Registered Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV)


Melissa has been a qualified veterinary nurse since 2016. With a passion for animals she also fosters puppies and kittens. She has a beautiful Australian Shepherd named Sapphire and a cat named Jasper.


Outside of work Melissa loves to travel the world, visiting over 15 countries! She loves going to the football and is an avid Carlton supporter. She also enjoys going to the movies, the beach and camping. 


Senior Vet Nurse


Michelle has been a veterinary nurse at the Avondale Heights Veterinary Hospital since 2004 and is the most senior nurse at the Avondale Heights Veterinary Hospital.  During this time she has helped many clients and saved many pets lives.   Michelle has a real soft spot for Staffies.


Outside of work she is a fabulous mum with 2 lovely children - Flynn and Grace.   She is a bit of a gym junkie, loving exercise, especially running.  It is good that she is a good runner as she needs to often chase after her happy energetic kids.  Maybe they will be good runners too!


ICT Technician (Vet Nurse and IT graduate)


Denise is an IT professional keeping our computers purring away and virus free.  She also can fill in nursing as she has some 20 years experience at this also.

Denise has 2 children, Cara and Jason.  Hobbies include dining, film and family.

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