Meet our vets

We offer a higher level of care than the average vet clinic with professional interest staff, a diversity of knowledge, and a holistic approach. Our team is made up of more than 60 vets and 90 nurses. Our staff love what they do – it’s more than a job.

Dr Andrew Kapsis, BVSc, MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine) – Head Veterinarian – Inpatients

Andrew graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1996 and joined the Lort Smith team in 2005. As Head Veterinarian – Inpatients, he is committed to improving the processes, procedures and veterinary care provided to all hospital admissions. Andrew enjoys all aspects of veterinary science but has a particular interest in internal medicine of both cats and dogs. He became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal Medicine in 2016. At Lort Smith Andrew is involved in a varied and often complex caseload, which has been made all the more interesting following the acquisition of a brand new 16 slice CT scanner. He says the foreign bodies he’s often called on to remove from the gastrointestinal tracts of animals are always memorable – everything from billiard balls to rubber ducks!

Dr Warren Gatt – Head Veterinarian – Surgery

Warren joined Lort Smith in 1995 and his area of veterinary interest is orthopaedic surgery. At home Warren has a Jack Russell x Pom x Chihuahua called Saffire, who he adopted from Lort Smith. Warren enjoys working at Lort Smith for the large surgical caseload and being able to take an active role in animal welfare.

Dr Patrick Cheah, BVSc – Head Veterinarian – Outpatients

Patrick has worked at Lort Smith since 1993. He is proud to be part of a team of devoted and dedicated staff that help to provide such important work to the community, and enjoys interacting with so many varied pets who arrive every day. While the organisation is always growing and improving, Patrick is glad that one constant always remains – that Lort Smith treats thousands of pets each year that may otherwise not receive the veterinary care they need. For a veterinarian, it’s exciting and challenging work – Patrick reports that there’s never a dull day here! Often he’s required to treat dogs who have literally bitten off more than they can chew – even a Labrador who had eaten a pair of his carer’s underwear!

Dr Leanne Pinfold, BVSc (Hons), BSc, MANZCVS (Emergency & Critical Care) – Head Veterinarian – Emergency & Critical Care

Leanne graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2002 and joined Lort Smith in 2008. Leanne enjoys the fast pace and unpredictability of accident and emergency. She loves the variable case load at Lort Smith, where animals can present with anything from motor trauma, dog fights and toxicities to complicated diseases such as diabetes. Leanne’s other passion is caring for critically unwell patients in ICU and supporting their carers during this stressful time.

Dr Tristan Rich, BVSc MANZCVS (Unusual Pets) – Unusual Pets and Wildlife Veterinarian

Tristan joined Lort Smith in 2007. His interests include unusual pets and wildlife, but he also enjoys surgery in general. He likes working at Lort Smith because of the diversity in cases, and having the opportunity to provide a high level of vet care to people who otherwise may not be able to afford treatment. He has a Staffy cross called Cybil, a lop-eared rabbit called Chiko and three chooks (all adopted from Lort Smith!). In addition at home there is a carpet python called Fantus, a short-neck turtle, a bearded dragon, eight green tree frogs and a small fish tank in the kitchen!

Dr Jonathan Crawford, BVMS MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery) MRCVS – Veterinarian

Jonathan graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2009 and joined Lort Smith in 2016. His area of interest is surgery, in particular large tumour removal and skin reconstruction, emergency surgery and orthopaedics. Jonathan completed a surgical internship at a surgical specialist centre prior to joining Lort Smith and became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal Surgery in 2016. He says the best thing about Lort Smith is working with a committed team of people and dealing with a large, complex caseload, offering a very high standard of care. Performing his first Patent Ductus Arteriosus surgery with Dr Tracy on one of the shelter puppies was a particularly memorable experience – ligating an extra vessel at the base of the heart, to prevent the pup from developing congestive heart failure.

Dr Tom Rampton, BSc (Hons), BVSc, MANCVS (Small Animal Oral and Dental Surgery) – Veterinarian

Tom graduated in Sydney in 2004, and joined Lort Smith in 2014. He is a member of the Australian and New ZealandCollege of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Oral and Dental Surgery. He enjoys practicing high-quality medicine and surgery that focuses on animal welfare, and a memorable moment for him was successfully repairing the jaw of a cat that was in approximately 30 pieces! At home he has an elderly three-legged cat called Zeb, a two-year-old Labrador called Badger, and 11 fish.

Dr Harold Pook BVSc, MVSc – Veterinarian Consultant

Harold joined Lort Smith in 1998 and has over 45 years of experience. He is a medical consultant with an interest in ultrasound, endoscopy and internal medicine. Harold enjoys working at Lort Smith because of the commitment and strong camaraderie among the staff who all work hard to provide high value veterinary care to animals that would miss out if the organisation didn’t exist. A memorable case for Harold was management of an Australian cattle dog with heart failure who was a companion and support to a returned serviceman. Watching the personal growth of the carer over two years while Harold treated his special dog was very moving, as during that time he changed from being a recluse to beginning a relationship, becoming a vegan and being prepared to speak publicly about his personal experiences.

Dr Sue Ramoo, BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Internal Medicine) – Veterinarian Consultant

Dr Sue graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004 and worked in general practice for two years, in a mixedpractice on the central coast of NSW. She embarked on an internship in critical care and internal medicine, then commenced a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Since her residency she has worked in various referral practices in Victoria. Whilst she enjoys all things medical, her interests include diagnostic imaging, medical oncology and endocrinology.