The Blackburn Vet is located in Blackburn South, and we welcome pets and pet parents from Blackburn, Box Hill, Burwood, Forest Hill, Nunawading and surrounding suburbs.

Dr Andrew Sellars-Jones and his experienced veterinary team have been looking after the pets in your area since 1993. Our highly qualified team of vets has special interest and expertise in small animal medicine, general surgeriesdentistry, and more. We have cat boarding facilities to accommodate your feline friends while you are away. We enjoy educating our community and often host information nights and wildlife experience days. We also welcome schools to visit our clinic for a tour and learn about what we do here at The Blackburn Vet. Our team also visits Kindergardens and primary schools to offer our fun Pets and People Education Program (PetPEP) which educates students about responsible pet ownership.

The Blackburn Vet will ease your concerns with our expertise and compassion. We will do our very best to see you on time! 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 Andrew Sellars-Jones
Head Vet
  • BVSc (Hons)
  • BSc

Andrew is a graduate of the Universities of Melbourne and Queensland. He loves his job and feels privileged to have been able to look after the pets of Blackburn and beyond since 1993!  He has a keen interest in small animal medicine and surgery.

When not at work he enjoys playing with his Southdown Sheep Flock and the three young women in his life.

Dr Lisa Woollard
  • BVSc (Hons)
  • BBiomedSc
  • BSc (Hons) 

Lisa graduated from the University of Melbourne with no less than three degrees! She joined The Blackburn Vet team in September 2015 after having spent the past few years working in a small animal clinic in Sunbury. Lisa enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but has a special interest in internal and feline medicine.

Lisa shares her house (and couch) with her stunning Ragdoll cat, Zoe, and has two beautiful German Shepherd dogs, Jake and Nyssah.

Dr Brigida Cornetta
  • DVM
  • BSc

Brigida graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in 2013 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She feels very privileged to have become part of the team at The Blackburn Vet in 2017. Her interests in veterinary medicine include small animal medicine and dentistry.

Brigida enjoys spending time with her family and (of course) her pets: Rex the Maltese X Shih Tzu and Romeo the Persian cat.

Penny Casey
Practice Manager

Penny started her career as a Veterinary Nurse in 2005 and she has never looked back. In 2008 she relocated to one of our sister clinics and has been with the group ever since.  

In her career Penny has carried out general vet nursing, puppy school training, Lead Vet Nurse and now a Practice Manager.

At home Penny has two beautiful little boys and a 12 year old rescue cat called Sasha. Sasha loves nothing more than to check out all the smells that Penny brings home from a day at the clinic.

Tara Beattie
Vet Nurse

Tara started working with The Blackburn Vet in August 2009. She has been nursing for the past 12 years and obtained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2011. She has a very keen interest in surgical nursing and loves all of the animals and clients that come into the clinic.

Tara has her beloved 16 year old Staffie Rocky at home and her 3 Greyhounds - 9 year old Boy Pete, 8 year old Girl Jeepers and 7 year old Girl Dasher.

Olivia Sullivan
Vet Nurse

Olivia has been a nurse with The Blackburn Vet since 2009. She is currently studying Veterinary Medicine at Melbourne University to peruse her goal of becoming a Veterinarian. In her spare time Olivia enjoys riding her horses and cuddles from her 3 Papillion dogs.

Madeline Anderson
Vet Nurse

Maddie joined our clinic in mid 2016 and is currently completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She has previously volunteered at Guide Dogs Victoria and currently volunteers at Animal Aid Coldstream once a week.

Maddie moved to Melbourne 5 years ago, having grown up on a large beef and dairy farm in country Gippsland with her family and loves getting back to the farm whenever she has a free weekend. 

At home Maddie is kept busy with her delightfully demanding feline Mog.

Trainee Vet Nurse

Monica has always had a passion for working with animals and started volunteer work at a Veterinary practice from a young age. She started dog grooming for a year and also spent time overseas volunteering at an elephant conservation park. In 2016 Monica started her Veterinary Nurse Traineeship at one of our sister clinics, where she started working full-time. In December 2017 Monica took the opportunity to transfer over to us and is loving being here.

Monica has a special interest in surgical nursing and is currently running our Puppy School classes. She loves all animals big and small but has a special spot in her heart for senior pets. Monica is currently completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is looking forward to becoming a fully qualified nurse.

Trainee Vet Nurse

Steph started working with The Blackburn Vet in July 2018 and is currently studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Steph graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor in Science, majoring in Zoology as well as honours in Reproductive Science. After working for a few years in laboratories she has returned to her life-long passion of working with animals and is very exciting to join the team.

Steph is most interested in animal welfare and reproduction. 

Steph enjoys volunteering with animal conservation programs and has been lucky enough to work with Tasmanian Devils, Sea Turtles, Asian Elephants and Asian Bears. 

At home, Steph has three fur babies, Chubz their beautiful Husky, Marley their loyal Ridgeback-X and Reggie the matriarch Chihuahua.