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 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 Loriana Cassarino


Dr.Loriana Cassarino came to us in February 2015 as the first class to graduate Melbourne University with the title of “Doctor of Veterinary Medicine’ where as it was called “Bachelor of Veterinary Science” prior to this.

“Lori” as we call her, grew up in East Doncaster where she went to school and also worked at the local Coles supermarket while she was studying. Lori comes from a family of 3 brothers with one of them being her twin.  She says there are very little comparisons between herself and her twin brother.

Her home is shared by a Cavalier X and a medium haired domestic cat who seem to co-habitate well together.

In her spare time Lori enjoys most types of sport. She takes to the netball court a few times a week, when her roster allows, being a member of the Deep Creek Netball Club and when we initially contacted her for an interview, she was actually on the tennis court. At Uni she was a keen member of the Kendall Hall netball, softball and football teams. Unfortunately she is an avid Carlton supporter.

Whilst studying, Lori did a variety of placements in different clinics. She did a lot of mixed practice and large animal work mainly on dairy properties and also with wildlife at a research project.  In her spare time she volunteered at the RSPCA Veterinary Clinic and worked on the Regent Honey Glider project.

Lori has settled in quickly to her new graduate role at Greensborough. She stood out in the interview process by being a genuine, down to earth person who was easy to communicate with.  She is always smiling and looking for something else to do in the down time and has accepted our quirky sense of humour quite well.  Hopefully Lori will have a long, professional career at Northern Suburbs and is keen to meet new clients. She is available on a full time basis.


Dr Jessica Longley


In November 2015, we made contact with a very relaxed Jess, who had just returned from an extensive travel and working holiday in North Carolina and was now ready to start in practice again.

Jess is a 2012 graduate from Murdoch University, where she received a Higher Distinction in Applied Veterinary Medicine.  Originally from Stoneville in Western Australia Jess’ first position was in a busy mixed practice (small & large animals) in a semi-rural area.  This can be quite daunting for a new graduate due to providing a 24 hour on call service.  This mixed practice after hours work has made her more decisive and gave her the opportunity to treat horses, cattle, sheep, alpacas and also small companion animals.  After this stint, Jess decided to move closer to home and took a position at a small animal practice.

Outside of work Jess is a true horsewoman.  She has an extensive background in horses from an early stage and used this knowledge on her working holiday around America.  At home Jess is trying to keep her new pal, Ollie the Kelpie, in his own backyard.  Ollie has come from the country and is keen to make friends with the locals.


Dr Jessica Coates


February 2016 saw the arrival of Veterinary Surgeon, Dr Jessica Coates.  She may be new to our clinic, but in her own words, “my dad is a sixth generation Greensborough native”.  After being educated locally, Jessica graduated with her Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne in 2013.

After graduation, Jessica spent 6 months volunteering at Edgars Mission in Lancefield.  Edgars Mission is a not for profit sanctuary for rescued farm animals.  A variety of animals are rehabilitated and homed here in a positive environment.

Jessica’s first Veterinary position was in Bendigo at a busy practice where she focused on small animal medicine and surgery.  This means she was in general practice, rather than being on the road treating cows and horses during the day and night.  While working in a rural area, she also saw a variety of exotic species and wildlife that were brought in by nature loving public that may have been abandoned or injured.  Her real passion though is feline medicine, in particular the care of geriatric cats.

In her down time, Jessica enjoys group fitness classes, painting, playing the piano and volunteering for worthy causes.