The Blackburn Vet has been looking after the pets in your area since 1993. Our highly qualified team includes Dr Terry, Dr Mark, and Dr Yan, their special interest and expertise are in small animal medicine, general surgeries, dentistry, and more. As well as providing veterinary care for your beloved pets, we also have cat boarding facilities to accommodate your feline friends while you are away, and DIY dog hydrobath facility.

The Blackburn Vet will ease your concerns with our expertise and compassion. We love meeting the members of our community and value that special one on one relationship with the pets and their owners. Over the years we have created many friends and have been lucky enough to witness families and their pets grow and develop together.

Meet our team
Dr Terry Bassett
Lead Vet

Terry Graduated from Massey University, NZ in 1994 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Bachelor of Philosophy (Microbiology) in 1994. He then spent the next 7 years in the Taranaki doing mixed practice with an emphasis on small animal practice. In 2000 Terry undertook a residency in emergency and critical care at the University of Melbourne and while there he attained a Masters of Veterinary Science. He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in both emergency and critical care and medicine of cats. He is also a member of the International Society of Feline Medicine Academy of Feline Practitioners. After completing his residency Terry has been working as an emergency and critical care veterinarian in Melbourne for the past 18 years. During this time he has gained experience in the diagnosis and treatment of many complex and challenging cases, referral medicine and surgery and has become a very experienced ultra-sonographer.

After 20 years of emergency medicine Terry has chosen to go back to general practice for a change of pace, but he brings a wealth of clinical experience which will benefit his clients

Areas of particular interest include pain management and diagnostic imaging, including cardiology, and surgery and medicine.

Outside of work Terry is a volunteer firefighter who has been involved with some significant bushfires in Victoria over that past 21 years. Pets include 2 whippets, Max and Heidi, Ruby the eclectus parrot, Smarties a pinapple conure, Winston and Mable 2 british shorthairs, Tommy the alpaca, Margret, Barbra and Martha our 3 sheep. He also has 2 boys who keep him entertained as well. As well his beautiful wife, Katie.

Dr Mark
Senior Veterinary Surgeon

Mark graduated from the University of QLD in 1992 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and has a degree in Agriculture Science also. He began his career at Lort Smith Animal Hospital and the RSPCA before coming to Ferntree Gully Veterinary Hospital in 1999 where he stayed until he joined the Blackurn team in March 2021.

Mark brings with him years of experience and has a keen interest in anaesthetics and pain management. Mark and his wife have 4 children and 2 cats named Gemma Rose & Olive. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, watching Rugby, listening to ACDC and following Collingwood.

Dr Yan

Yan is originally from China and finished her bachelor degree in Veterinary Science in China in 2013. Then she came to Australia and achieved her master degree in Veterinary Studies (diagnostic pathology) in Queensland University in 2016. After graduating from University of Melbourne in 2021 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, she has joined The Blackburn Vet to start her career since Feb 2022.

Yan has always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian since she was little, after a long journey in school, now she is able to turn her dreams into reality. She is passionate about general practice in small animals and wishes to develop her ability in exotic animals, too. She can speak both Mandarin and English professionally.
In her spare time, Yan enjoys cooking and playing her instrument - Ancient Qin. She has two guinea pigs, Nicotine and Mus.

Veterinary Nurse

Kaitlyn joined the Blackburn Team in March 2021 and is new to the industry but years of experience of loving and caring for her own pets.

Kaitlyn has previously managed in the hospitality industry and loves getting to know clients and their pets.

At home Kaitlyn has a Chubby kitty called Holly, A rainbow lorikeet called Daisy and a horse called Petee.

Veterinary Nurse/Puppy school instructor

Kirralee joined the Blackburn Team in 2021 and is new to the Veterinary industry but years of experience of loving and caring for her own pets as well as working in animal care.

Kirralee's interests include exotic animals and livestock, thanks to previous studies in livestock.

Kirralee loves spending time reading in the garden with her two guinea pigs, Bangers and Mash and her three chickens.

Veterinary Nurse

Maria is one of our amazing Vet nurses at Blackburn. Maria wrapped up her veterinary nursing studies midway through 2021 and is now one of our qualified nurses. Maria grew up in rural Victoria and has always surrounded herself with animals. She has an ever-expanding cat family which includes, Tiger boy, Boris, and Baby Bunny Moomoo. Maria prides herself on being a cat enthusiast, otherwise known as a crazy cat lady.

Maria has a passion for wildlife and has done a short course in wildlife rescue and transport. She hopes to one day work in an animal sanctuary.

Veterinary Nurse

Rebekah is one of our amazing nurses who is studying Veterinary Nursing. She spent 5 years in the navy before having an injury, and then after leaving the navy decided to pursue her dream of vet nursing.

Rebekah has a thoroughbred mare Trixie (who is a movie star, legit) a black german shepherd Odin who is her best friend and a gold fish.

Rebekah has always had a passion for animals particularly horses and started riding from a very young age. She attended a live in agricultural college to study horse breeding as a teen.

In her spare time Rebekah loves reading and is an avid learner, as she likes to know things about everything

Veterinary Nurse

Meet one of our Vet Nurses, Francesca! Fran has a kitty named Oscar, and a cute doggo named Bosko.

She has completed her Certificate III in Animal Studies and now moving on to Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing to follow her dreams of working with the pets you love! Fran also loves going on adventures and exploring what the work has to offer. 

Veterinary Nurse

Anna is completing her Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing, and has an interest in exotics and wildlife with previous studies in zoology. She has always loved caring for animals and has enjoyed volunteering in animal shelters over the years. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her 3 cats and practicing figure skating.