Practice Owner: Dr Michael K Doyle

MainPicDr Doyle is one of the senior partners of the Northern Suburbs Veterinary Hospitals and has been practicing at the Greensborough Veterinary Hospital since 1991.

Dr Michael graduated with Honours from the University of Melbourne in 1982. Since then he has gained further qualifications in small animal surgery with the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons; a Masters in Veterinary Studies in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery in 2005; and become a Penn Hip Certified Radiologist in 2006. He also is a senior Fellow and Academic Associate with the University of Melbourne, Veterinary Faculty.

Michael’s interest outside of work include, travelling, dining, cycling, movies, renovating houses and cooking, as well as being a passionate Carlton supporter.

Practice Owner: Dr Ian Maycock

MainPicIan Maycock is the longest serving partner at N.S.V.H. and is about to celebrate a milestone anniversary with the practice.

Ian was living with his family in Montmorency when he was accepted and then graduated from Melbourne University in 1968.  During this time he gained a cadetship through the Department of Primary Industry which meant that once he graduated he needed to work in an area of hardship.  So Ian and his wife moved to Papua New Guinea for 5 years where he began in practice.    During this time Ian would have extended leave and return to Melbourne doing locum positions to improve his skills.  It was at this time that Ian did a locum at Greensborough for the owner back then, Dr.Ian Hart.

After 5 years, in 1973, Ian decided to return to Melbourne permanently with his new family and took up a position at the Rosanna Veterinary Clinic. This gave him the opportunity to live above the clinic where he worked and come to Greensborough each afternoon to help with surgery and do some farm visits.  In 1981 he was offered a partnership and the company Hart, Hoffmann & Maycock was formed.  The success of this is proven with Ian still in practice at Rosanna

Outside of work Ian enjoys boating, horse racing and following his beloved Carlton Football Club.  Anyone that visits Rosanna will be aware of his passion for classical music and opera that you will hear on all visits.  Ian truly sparkles with any conversation that involves his beloved grandchildren Rupert and Amelia.  You may have noticed a photo of them in the clinic. Ian’s home is now a one pet family with Charlie the long haired Dachshund getting a lot of his attention. 

Being our most “Senior” partner, Ian has seen a lot of change over his time.  He has had 5 different business partners within the practice and an unaccountable number of employees.  The only trouble with Ian is that when he gets a nurse at Rosanna they never want to leave him. That shows the special interest and appreciation that he shows his staff.  He always has time and would help anyone in need.  It’s that compassion that makes him the caring Veterinarian that Rosanna clients have had for the last 40 years.


 Practice Owner: Dr Rachel Mc Cue

MainPicRachel McCue began visiting us as a science student before transferring into Veterinary Science and graduating with Honours from Melbourne University in 1998.  Rachel then began practicing with us immediately upon graduating on 7/12/1998.  We were not to know then that she was to eventually become a partner.

In December 2003 Rachel resigned and travelled with her husband around Europe basing themselves in England. Rachel did locums in the area gaining great experiences and learning more about pocket pets and the options in treating different cases. In England many clients have pet insurance making treatment a lot easier financially. In December 2004 we received a phone call and Rachel returned to our practice as at the time we had a vacancy for an experienced surgeon.  Between 2006 and 2009 Rachel worked part time due to the arrival of her children Will and Hanna.

On 1/7/2010 Dr.Rachel McCue became a partner at Northern Suburbs Veterinary Hospitals. She has been a calming influence amongst “the blokes” and has a large following of clients due to her great repore with people and her vast knowledge.

If there is ever any spare time Rachel follows the mighty pies with gusto and she is up to date with  most sporting events.  She enjoys getting to the beach with the family and most types of activities from swimming to cycling.  At home Maisy the Jack Russell is the family pet which Rachel actually vaccinated in a consult and made enquiries as to whether the pups were looking for homes.  How lucky was Maisy!  Dr.McCue consults at Greensborough four days per week and every third weekend.


Dr Srdan Savic

In January Srdan decided after being with our practice for 5 years since emigrating, it was time to experience his professional life in a new practice. This meant saying good bye to the friends he had made with staff and clients during his time with us.  After a short period Srdan realized the quality of service he was able to offer through Greensborough with our facility, equipment and support was something that he missed.  By early March Srdan had returned to once again become part of our permanent team. 

In 2008 we were looking to employ a new associate veterinarian.  At this time there were not many suitable candidates available, so through the Australian Veterinary Association we advertised internationally.  This is where Srdan became aware of our practice and applied for a position.  It is quite daunting to interview an international future employee on the phone and offer the position to someone sight unseen.  With his knowledge and experience we were hopeful he may fit into our team. As evidence shows this has been successful. 

Srdan originally joined our staff at Easter in 2008 after emigrating from Croatia to Melbourne. He graduated from the University of Zagreb in Croatia in 2000 before working in Zagreb for 7 years.  During this time he did military service working as a military veterinarian responsible for the care and treatment of 90 military dogs.  In 2005 Srdan spent 3 months in Australia with various practices to gauge his interest and decided he wanted to immigrate. In December 2006 he passed the Australian National Veterinary Examination allowing him to practice in Australia. This is when he began planning his move.

In his spare time Srdan enjoys computers and cooking. His favourite past time is searching markets for the correct ingredients for his specialty of fish dishes. He also has a soft spot for Blue Heelers due to his connection back home.  He is guaranteed to give each one a kiss on the lips!

So for those clients who were regulars of Dr.Savic’s he is now available at Greensborough again on a full time basis.


 Dr Andrew Telford

Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from University of Queensland in 1994.  Following graduation Andrew began in practice and then, as many do, he had the travel bug to explore Europe.

Once settled in Australia again, Andrew accepted a position at Elgar Road Veterinary Hospital where he was to stay for eight years. This is also the area in which he set up home with his wife Megan. In 2008, we here at Greensborough were looking for a locum Vet to cover extended leave and Andrew applied.  What began as a short term arrangement turned into a permanent position and he still remains with us.

When not at work Andrew has a busy life with his wife Megan raising their three young girls.  When Andrew started with us, his first daughter Madeleine was a baby but since then we have seen the arrival of Phoebe and Sophie. This has seen Andrew coming in looking very tired some days and wondering how he will cope in the future with three teenage daughters. In his spare time he likes to be involved in renovating old and antique hand tools which gives him time in the “man cave” we call the shed.

Andrew has a keen interest in surgery and consulting.  He is gathering a following in the community that appreciate his special interest in their animals and the extra time he spends with them.  At times Andrew fills in at our Rosanna clinic but normally he is available at Greensborough on a full time basis including every third weekend.

Dr Kate Phillips

Each year at NSVH we normally employ a new Veterinary graduate.  This year we have done exceptionally well by employing Dr.Kate Phillips.

Kate grew up and was educated in Melbourne before beginning Science at Melbourne University in 2008.  In 2011 and 2012 she was on the Dean’s Honour List for excellence in academic achievement in Veterinary Science.

We find that new graduates sometimes find transitioning into general practice uncomfortable due to the lack of hands on experience.  This was not the case for Kate as she has been Veterinary Nursing since 2009.  By nursing, Kate has been hands on with most aspects of practice including anaesthetics, calculating dose rates, placing catheters amongst normal daily protocols.  Being in practice means Kate has a good knowledge on different products that are available and what suits an individual cases needs.

Out of work Kate is a super active sports participator being awarded best female athlete in 2011 & 2012 at Uni.  She plays basketball, netball, tennis, hockey and volleyball.  In her down time she plays the violin and also enjoys reading crime and mystery novels.  Some may say unfortunately, but Kate barracks for Essendon which is a family tradition that she didn’t get a say in.

Kate is available at Greensborough on a full time basis.  She is easy to talk to, being a great listener and the nursing team think she is fantastic.  Our nurses are normally good indicators of who they think will make the grade.

We would like to welcome Kate to our tight knit team and may there be many years ahead.

 Dr Kate Brighton-Grodeck

Kate is another of our local graduates being educated in Melbourne at Lauriston Girls and then completing her Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Melbourne University in 2012.

Kate has a keen interest in small animal behaviour with her major study topic in 2012 being “Causes of Separation-Related Behaviours in the modern dog.” She was mentored for this by Dr.Robert Holmes who would be the most experienced on this topic.  While studying Kate was a volunteer at the Save-A-Dog scheme which is a community based not-for-profit animal welfare group that treats animals that otherwise would not receive care.  She also participated in the “World Record Dog Day.” This has novelty events to make records whether it is the most dogs in an obedience class or the most dogs wearing bandannas for example.

At home Kate has a much loved geriatric Toy Poodle whose exploits include being a reluctant mother to 4 beautiful pups, gorging herself on half a block of chocolate which caused concern and also ingesting a silicone toe divider.  Who was answerable for that foreign body?

Kate’s hobbies include many types of dance in particular Latin/Ballroom and Zumba for some variation. She is an accomplished Cello player and fluent in the Spanish language. 

Kate is employed on a full time basis at Greensborough, so, in particular, if you have any behavioural issues please make an appointment to come in and see Kate.


Dr Simon Choi

Throughout his continuing education Dr.Simon Choi has had plenty of change by living in a variety of states.  He grew up and completed his secondary education in Queensland, then attended the University of Sydney where he graduated with merit from Veterinary Science in 2012 and has now relocated to Melbourne to begin his professional life with us.

During Simon’s extramural placements he completed externships at both private and University based specialist referral hospitals which gave him great diversity and exposure to work up cases.  This experience has given him a genuine interest in neurology and diagnostic imaging which he would like to further his skills in, in the future.

Upon graduating, while living in Sydney, Simon did locum work at his local clinic in Epping NSW in an otherwise all female clinic. That would have thrown some challenges at a new graduate.  From here he has learnt great independence in diagnosing and incredible surgical skills for someone of his experience.

Coming into a new clinic in a different state can be daunting but Simon’s practical application of the skills he has learnt through his placements has made the transition smooth.  He has a way of communicating with clients and their animals so they feel at ease and have confidence.  At home Simon doesn’t have any pets seeing as he has just moved, so we may possibly be able to home our next stray kitten with him although he has taken a liking to our clinic snake, Clark.  Maybe a reptile will be on Simons bucket list.

Simon is available at Greensborough on a full time basis and every third weekend.