Our Pet Care Philosophy
Founded in 1980, the Bendigo Animal Hospital is headed by Dr Max Tori and Dr Chris Allison. Our experienced team of veterinary staff not only love helping animals, but are committed to offering the highest standards in small animal veterinary care.
Our pet care philosophy is to always provide quality, affordable vet care for your pets, with friendly and trust-worthy service. We strive to:
- Create a welcoming environment in which you and your pet feels comfortable.
- Always be professional, without losing a friendly and personable touch.
- Be approachable, supportive, compassionate and empathetic.
- Guarantee to use high quality medical equipment, technology, products, and procedures when treating your pets.
- Maintain the highest levels of vet clinic cleanliness.
- Continually improve our skills through on-going training and development programmes so that we can each provide you and your pets the highest standards of animal health care and professional advice.
- Create a happy, positive and enjoyable place to work, where every team member’s talents are recognized, encouraged, and nurtured.
- Be the vet clinic your pets would recommend!
More than an animal hospital, we are your pet’s general practitioner, dentist, surgeon, pharmacist, paediatrician, radiologist, nutritionist, intensive-care team, animal health advice centre, pet store, vet emergency centre and after-hours vet team.
We understand the special bond you have developed with your pet, and will do all we can to be caring, friendly, and informative. We practise preventative animal medicine through pet wellness exams and vaccinations, and endeavour to provide the best diagnostic and treatment options available. We are continually educating our veterinarians and vet nurses and updating our policies and protocols.
Your Veterinary Team
Dr Max Tori BVSc(Hons) LLBCLINICAL DIRECTOR
Having grown up in Bendigo, Max was very happy to return home to work at Bendigo Animal Hospital in 2013. Max graduated with first class honours from the University of Sydney in 2012. He enjoys the challenge of more complex surgical cases including orthopaedic surgery as well as diagnostic imaging, especially cardiac ultrasounds. Max, together with Chris, has recently become clinical director at Bendigo Animal Hospital. At home, he is menaced by his hyperactive terrier cross Wilbur. When not hard at work, Max enjoys playing tennis, running, catching up with friends, and travelling abroad.
Dr Chris Allison BVMS GPCert (ExAP) MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery) MRCVSCLINICAL DIRECTOR
Chris graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2007 and went on to work in mixed practice for 5 years before coming to Australia. He has a keen interest in reptiles and rabbits and completed a certificate in exotic animal practice to further his knowledge in this area. Chris completed an internship at a specialist surgical practice in Melbourne where he gained valuable knowledge in more complex dog and cat surgeries, especially orthopaedics. In 2016, Chris obtained his membership of the ANZCVS in surgery and returned to Bendigo Animal Hospital where he and Max are now Clinical Directors. Outside of work Chris loves watching sport and has recently become a handy home renovator.
Dr Clare Montgomery BVMS MRCVSVETERINARIAN
Clare was born in Northern Ireland and studied in Scotland at the University of Glasgow. Since graduating in 2012, Clare has worked in in small and large animal practices in several different countries, including Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and Australia. After 8 months working as a locum in Melbourne, Clare moved to Bendigo in January 2016 with Dr Chris. They live together with their little Border terrier Bertie and cat, Cous Cous. She has a professional interest in small animal medicine and plans to sit her Medicine Membership exams in 2019. A fitness fanatic, she enjoys spending her free time competing in triathlons, playing hockey for local team Strathdale, and cross country running.
Dr Karen Costigan BVScVETERINARIAN
Karen graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1998, after which she joined a mixed practice in Swan Hill. After getting married, she took a few years off to raise her family before moving to Bendigo. Karen has since developed a keen interest in small animal medicine, especially feline medicine. At home she is blessed with two dogs, a Border Terrier and a German Shepherd, as well as a number of free range chickens and ducks! When Karen's not at work, she enjoys water skiing and camping with her kids, getting out in the garden, and relaxing with a nice glass of wine and a good movie. Karen always enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
VETERINARY NURSING STAFF
Sue HarveyVETERINARY NURSE
Sue grew up in Bendigo and has always loved animals. Sue started work as a veterinary nurse at Bendigo Animal Hospital in 1981 and became a qualified veterinary nurse in 1984. After having her family Sue resumed work in 2002, working closely with the equine veterinarians for 10 years. Sue has a very special whippet, Jazzie, who helps teach puppy's social skills in our puppy pre-school classes. At home, Sue also has a very big ginger cat, named Arnie. When Sue is not working, she enjoys catching up with family and friends, cooking, gardening and participating in boot camp, fun runs and tough mudder! Sue is also the very proud grandmother of Chase and Elara who live in Western Australia.
Jaylene PerriVETERINARY NURSE
Jaylene first joined the Bendigo Animal Hospital team in 2004 as our receptionist, greeting customers and patients with her winning smile. As time passed, Jaylene studied for her veterinary nursing certificate and is now one of our wonderful nurses! Her love of the feline species dominated for a long time, with three lovable cats Queenie, Shanti and Snuggles; however, someone convinced her that a dog would be a good pet and she now has Bane (a beautiful Bull Mastiff) and Preston (king charles spaniel). Jay’s particular interest in cats makes her the perfect cat whisperer.
Emily McNamaraVETERINARY NURSE
Emily has been an animal lover all her life. Joining the team as a veterinary nurse in 2010, her love of animals of all sizes has grown. At home Emily is kept busy with her two very spoilt canines, Savannah (pug cross shih-tzu and Lucy (chocolate labrador). When Emily is not at work, she loves spending time with friends and family - including Lucy and Savannah! - as well as participating in charity events. Emily loves every minute of nursing your fur kids at the clinic.
Tayleur GriffithsVETERINARY NURSE
In October 2016, we welcomed Tayleur to our team as a trainee Veterinary Nurse. Tayleur is dedicated to completing her studies and is devoted to her role as veterinary nurse. She loves all animals and takes every chance to nurse the many different creatures that come through our door. Tayleur loves her fur children, border collies, Toby and Charlie, and her two cheeky cats, Louie and Zeddy. Tayleur also loves travelling and spending time with her close family and friends.
Jamie TuoheyPRACTICE MANAGER
Jamie grew up locally and worked in the Banking sector for six years before starting her family in 2005. Since then, she's worked in two family businesses while raising her three young children. Jamie started at the Bendigo Animal Hospital in December 2012 and enjoys her role as Practice Manager. Jamie has a whippet named Mindy, and a jack russell named Roy, who sometimes plays with Bertie at the clinic. Jamie loves being part of the team at BAH and enjoys seeing the many cute pets and hearing their stories.
Marnie IrvinePRACTICE ADMINISTRATION
Marnie Irvine has had a long association with Bendigo Animal Hospital over the years, but comes to us most recently from the Victorian Equine Hospital. Her time at the desk and computer is balanced by a beautiful rural property, volunteer work with the CFA, gardening and time at the beach. Marnie’s home menagerie includes horses, chickens, a cat or two, and her beloved Labradors, Maisey and Maudie.