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Dr Marcus Hayes

Marcus is the practice principal. He graduated from Melbourne University in 1993 with honours. Marcus originally worked at Leongatha then Whittlesea in mixed practice until 1998.

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Dr Karin Davids – Advanced Surgical Services

Karin opened Southern Animal Health with Marcus in 2009 and since that time, has provided her advanced surgical expertise to all SAH clients. Helping to educate other surgeons at our clinic and raise their skills to levels rarely found in a general practice…

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Dr Mike Voyce

Dr Mike Voyce graduate from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1996, and has worked in small animal practice both in London and at the RSPCA in Melbourne….

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Dr Hollie Palmer

Hollie graduated in Queensland and worked for three years in country Victoria before moving to Melbourne. She has a keen interest in small animal surgery and is looking to attain surgical membership in the near future.

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Dr Nicholas Hunton

Dr Nicholas Hunton graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1993 with honours. He worked in mixed practice in Lilydale before becoming a partner there. After deciding to focus on small animal medicine and surgery

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Dr Sharon Lau

Sharon has a major in Animal Health and Disease for her undergraduate degree, before completing her studies to become a veterinarian. She enjoy’s the daily variation that goes hand in hand with being a veterinarian – working between consulting, performing surgeries, working up cases with diagnostics and everything in between…

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Dr Mark J Tenenbaum

Mark undertook the Veterinary Bioscience Specialisation pathway during his final year of his Bachelor of Science and followed this with completing his post-graduate Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Melbourne. Mark enjoys consulting…

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Dr Johanna Tait

Originally from Melbourne, Hanna has done a lap around the globe before arriving back home. She lived in the USA, UK and completed her Veterinary Studies at Massey University in New Zealand. During her studies she gained experience in the Emergency & ICU department…

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Dr Laura Voyage

Laura graduated from the University of Sydney and has previously worked in clinics in both Sydney and Melbourne. She is interested in both the medicine and surgery of a variety of pets, and has a particular interest in providing stress and pain-free treatment.

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Southern Animal Health is building an extraordinary team of surgical expertise for the long term benefit of all Bayside pet lovers.

Southern Animal Health is a group of veterinary clinics privately owned by two experienced veterinarians – Dr. Marcus Hayes and Dr Karin Davids. Between them, they have over 30 years of experience and the clinics are run according to their own standards and beliefs.

The associate veterinarians employed at SAH are all experienced and all of them have found a clinic they enjoy working in; resulting in a very low staff turnover rate compared to many other veterinary clinics. This gives you the confidence that when you visit our clinic, you will have health care consistency for the life of your pet.

Our veterinary staff have different areas of interest and expertise so we are able to work together to give the best care possible for your pet/s.

All staff in our practices are of a similar belief that “routine medicine” has become a little excessive in recent times. We are dedicated in explaining to our clients a better way in pet health. Our area of emphasis is in reducing the number of vaccinations and preventative medicines our pets receive; and to encourage pet owners to use more home cooking and less commercial foods.

Our clinic’s policy is to explain to our clients the pro’s and con’s of all aspects of pet health so that you can make your own informed decision/s on what level of care you want your pets to receive. We employ a low drug philosophy and we don’t believe that more drugs means greater health. Refer to our home page and our risk versus reward information.

With veterinary staff  that enjoy the freedom to work the way they want; clients will not find a more dedicated, caring or professional service. We love the work that we do and the satisfaction that goes along with educating our clients in what is “best pet health”. We encourage all our clients to use a more moderate approach with regards to the use of vaccinations and preventative medicines; and gain great pleasure in offering all options with regards to injury and illness; and not just the most expensive options. We all enjoy being able to bring these services to our clients in a very affordable way.

We welcome you and your pets to Southern Animal Health!