Surgery Department:

Dr Ralph Webster

BVSc MACVSc(SAS) DACVS-SA

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal
Registered Australian Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Ralph is the director and founder of Melbourne Animal Specialist Hospital (MASH). His vision when forming MASH was to create an expert team, with a strong focus on collaborative case management to ensure the best possible care is provided to every patient.

He aims to provide his clients with treatment options that are tailored to their particular needs and supports them in making informed decisions about the best solution for their pet.

Ralph is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in Small animal Surgery and a Registered Australian Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. He regularly attends international specialist conferences to ensure he is up to date with cutting edge surgical advances that optimise his surgical outcomes at MASH.

Outside of work Ralph is a part time taxi driver for his two kids and a keen, but relatively inept, spear fisherman.

Dr Caitlin Tzounos

BVSc, DipECVS 

Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons 
Registered Australian Specialist in Small Animal Surgery 

Caitlin graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Commencing her career in mixed practice in Gippsland, Caitlin enjoyed the variety but knew that specialisation was her professional aim.  

Her professional journey to specialisation included general practice, anatomy demonstrating at the University of Melbourne School of Veterinary Science, and an internship at the Royal Veterinary College in the UK. Subsequently, Caitlin undertook a residency in Small Animal Surgery at Dick White Referrals in Cambridgeshire.  

Caitlin was successfully admitted as a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in February 2022. After returning to Australia Caitlin worked in Melbourne and Geelong before joining Melbourne Animal Specialist Hospital in November 2023. Caitlin has a strong interest in soft tissue surgery, in particular thoracic, hepatic and urinary tract surgery, and is dedicated to continuous learning to provide gold standard care to every patient. Caitlin has published on portosystemic shunts in cats. 

Emergency and Critical Care Department:

Dr Rachel Peacock

BVSc MVMedSc MVS CHPV DipPractMgt MANZCVS DACVECC 

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care 
Registered Australian Specialist in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care 

Rachel is a University of Melbourne graduate and a career emergency and critical care (ECC) veterinarian with over 20 years’ experience. Early in her ECC career Rachel became a Member (by examination) of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in ECC, completed a Masters degree and a Diploma of Practice Management. 

Wanting to develop her clinical skills to the highest level she completed an ECC residency at Murdoch University, with placements at the University of California Davis and Tufts University. Rachel became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2013. While completing her residency, Rachel was awarded a second Masters degree for her toxicology research. Rachel has completed the University of California, Davis, haemodialysis academy and is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care practitioner. 

Across her career, Rachel has held a variety of local and national leadership roles alongside her clinical practice. She has achieved a number of ‘firsts’ in the industry including developing an industry leading 2 year ECC Graduate Development Program, development of a modular Foundations in Emergency Practice induction course for new emergency veterinarians across a corporate network, the first ACVECC residency in private practice in Australia and was a co-founder of Australia’s first animal poisons information service; the Australian Animal Poisons Helpline/Centre. 

Rachel enjoys all aspects of ECC practice, in particular toxicology, sepsis, endocrine emergencies, heart failure and acute kidney injury. Over her years as an ECC specialist she has developed a passion for end-of-life care and communication. Rachel is always willing to accept referral cases and assist pet parents presenting their pets for emergency care. 

Dr Angel Li

BVM BVS BVMedSci (Hons) MANZCVS (ECC)

Angel graduated from the University of Nottingham in the UK in 2016. After graduation, she moved to Outback Australia and started her veterinary career in a busy small animal clinic in Alice Springs where she developed a profound interest in emergency medicine.  

In 2017, she relocated to Melbourne for an internship and has worked in emergency and critical care referral practices since then. She achieved ANZCVS membership in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care in 2021. She is currently an examiner for ANZCVS membership examinations. 

Angel has three rescue furbabies: Renae the bossy Persian cat, Pinot the chonky grey cat and Pup the problematic French Bulldog.  

Outside of work Angel is a pilates and aerial yoga enthusiast. 

Dr Sachin Naidoo

Dr Sachin Naidoo

BbiomSci, DVM, GradCert ECC, MANCVS (ECC)

Sachin graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Melbourne in 2016 and started his veterinary career working in general practice clinics in regional Victoria and the USA before returning to Melbourne to pursue his chosen career as an emergency and critical care clinician.

He has worked in the emergency and critical care department of multiple busy 24hr Referral and Speciality clinics and loves everything about veterinary emergency medicine. In 2022 he passed the examination to become a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Emergency and Critical Care.

He likes to spend his time away from the hospital being outside, playing with clay,

and spending time with family and friends. He has one adorable, food-loving, faecal incontinent cat named Pablo.

Dr Kate Clifford

BVSc GradDipEd

Kate graduated from the University of Queensland in 2004, and initially worked in rural South Australia, before travelling to work in the UK to gain a different perspective. On returning home to Australia she undertook two internships, in emergency and surgery departments of large veterinary hospitals. She has worked at two university veterinary clinics, and moved to Melbourne to pursue a career in emergency medicine. 

Kate enjoys the action packed atmosphere and the varied caseload encountered in the emergency department. 

She relaxes by cuddling her lazy couch-dwelling cat.

Dr Rachael Harfield

DVM 

Rachael graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. After graduating she worked in small animal general practice in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne before spending two years working in rural practice in northeast Victoria.  

She has returned to Melbourne to pursue a career in emergency and critical care. Rachael has an interest in both emergency surgery and medicine and is passionate about making a difference in the lives both patients and clients by providing informed options for the best care possible. 

Outside of work Rachael is mum to Charlie, the one-eyed Cavoodle. 

Dr Milena Fanciullo

BAnimalVetBiosc, DVM 

Milena graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Sydney.  

Since returning to Melbourne, she has pursued her passion for Emergency Medicine, consulting on medical emergencies, trauma and critical care cases while also managing the diagnostic and treatment plans of hospitalised patients. 

Milena is a dedicated Veterinarian in the Emergency and Critical Care department at Melbourne Animal Specialist Hospital. She is committed to practicing the highest professional standards to ensure exceptional patient care and the wellbeing of our animal companions in critical situations. 

Outside of the hospital Milena spends her leisure time horse riding with her Standardbred gelding Nari, who has a fear of plastic bags and kangaroos. She also loves Wine Bar Wednesdays with her friends and maintains a balanced routine with morning reformer pilates. 

Dr Yew-Ping Tan

BSc, DVM

Yew-Ping graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she worked at a busy small animal mixed GP/ECC referral clinic, quickly developing an interest in emergency and critical care. 

Since then, she has embraced her inner night owl and predominantly worked night shifts in emergency, loving the fast paced and immensely satisfying work.   

She is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care with the University of Melbourne to further hone her skills.  

At home, Yew-Ping is mum to Mimi and Ori, two cheeky tuxedo cats, and the little princess spoodle Phoebe. In her spare time, Yew-Ping loves bouldering, hiking and board games.

Diagnostic Imaging Department:

Dr Natalie Webster

BVSc CertVDI DipECVDI MANZCVS

EBVS European Veterinary Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging
Registered Australian Specialist in Veterinary Radiology

Natalie graduated from Massey University in 2002 and after completing a small animal internship, went on to work in small animal practice in New Zealand and Australia for several years.  

She then completed a residency in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging at the Animal Health Trust, UK. During this time she obtained the RCVS certificate in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (2007) and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2009.  

Natalie enjoys all aspects of diagnostic imaging with a special interest in CT and ultrasound. Since 2009 she has been working with the Animals Asia Foundation to provide teleradiology services to rescued moon bears. 

Anaesthesia Department:

Dr Mara Schier

BSc BVMS MANZCVS (Anaesthesia and Critical Care) Dip ECVAA

Registered Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Mara graduated from Murdoch University in Western Australia in 2007. After going home to north-eastern Victoria for a brief stint in mixed practice, she undertook a small animal internship at the newly-opened Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga in 2009. Instead of returning to mixed practice like intended, she was distracted and fascinated by the practice of anaesthesia, and decided to pursue the discipline more fully and formally with a residency in veterinary anaesthesia at Murdoch University. Following a four-year stint at the University of Sydney, she moved to Melbourne in 2021 to pursue her career in private practice. Mara enjoys the challenge of critically ill patients, however she also gets a kick out of veterinary education and training.

Mara is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and is a registered specialist in Australia. She is also member of the Anaesthesia and Analgesia Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.

When she is not thinking about how to better provide anaesthesia care and pain relief for companion animals, she enjoys long bushwalks, knitting, and aikido. She has a very cute, but very cheeky greyhound named Rosie.