Our Staff

Dr David Margary
Dr David Margary
Dr David Margary has been the owner and principal Veterinarian at the Forest Hill Veterinary Hospital for the last 26 years.

He was born in England and moved to Australia with his family in 1969. David grew up in Glen Waverley & went to school at Mount View primary school & then Glen Waverley High School. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1986 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with honours.

David has worked his entire career in large, veterinary practices in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, more specifically Brandon Park Veterinary Hospital & the Monash Veterinary Clinic. The large case load at these practices has enabled David to build extensive experience as a small animal general practitioner. Although David enjoys all aspects of small animal veterinary practice, his areas of expertise & passion include surgery, lameness diagnosis, oncology & reproduction.

David thoroughly enjoys the relationships he has built with many long term clients and their pets at the Forest Hill Veterinary Hospital. It is these relationships & the immense satisfaction that comes with helping to improve the quality of life of his patients that he loves most about being a vet!

When David is not at the practice his spare time is fully occupied with his family – his wife Deirdre & his three children, James, Thomas & Ruby.

His passions outside of veterinary practice are surfing, fishing, scuba diving & cheering on his beloved Richmond Tigers football club.

David is seen pictured with his previous dogs; Missoni & Marzi the Miniature Schnauzers (R.I.P.) , he has 2 cheeky Burmese cats Mojo & Mim.

Dr Leslie Rasmussen
Dr Leslie Rasmussen
Dr. Leslie Rasmussen joined Forest Hill Veterinary Hospital in February 2016. Les is a great all-rounder, as much at home in the theatre as he is diagnosing and managing difficult medical problems in dogs, cats & even our feathered friends.

After working at the RSPCA for 13 years, he wanted to join a smaller more family orientated veterinary hospital so that he could develop closer patient and client relationships.

Leslie was born in East London, a small coastal city in South Africa and graduated in 1988 from Pretoria University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree. After graduating he completed 2 years of conscripted army service where he served as a veterinarian looking after military horses and dogs. He started in small animal private practice for a couple of years before going back to University to complete an honors degree in wildlife management. After a few locum opportunities to take care of birds and wildlife Leslie started working at the Johannesburg Zoo full-time, where he remained until the family made the decision to emigrate to Australia.

After arriving in Australia Leslie started work at the RSPCA, where he settled in to small animal veterinary practice and became acutely aware of animal welfare issues that still, unfortunately, persist in our society.

Leslie’s leisure time is mostly spent with the family. He enjoys bird-watching in the great outdoors, gardening, sailing, kayaking and fishing.

Dr Candice Kriegler
Dr Candice Kriegler
Dr. Candice graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2018. She spent her first year in a mixed practice in Maffra, where she focused on her surgical skills and enjoyed the variety of rural practice. In 2019, she decided to move back to Melbourne to be closer to friends and family, working in between two busy practices in Ferntree Gully and Kilsyth.

Candice joined our team at Forest Hill in March 2021 and has loved being so close to home and getting to know our amazing clients and patients.

Candice has two cats and a dog, loves reading and crafting and is especially keen on the surgical side of being a Veterinarian. She is pictured here with her Frenchie, Biscuit!

Donna Murnane
Donna MurnanePractice Manager
Donna grew up in Warragul. She has travelled all over Australia & has nursed extensively in Melbourne veterinary practices before settling in at Forest Hill Veterinary Hospital in 2008. Donna has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and has a wealth of knowledge & experience in veterinary nursing. Her animal handling skills are second to none!

Donna is the practice manager of our hospital. She is the heart & soul of the Forest Hill Veterinary Hospital. Nothing is too hard for Donna to achieve. She will go out of her way to solve your problem. She adds a breath of fresh air whenever she walks in the room! Always smiling & laughing – the life of the party!

Donna is another passionate Collingwood supporter – Black & White through & through!

Donna has a male Domestic Long Haired cat, Panda who she hand-raised and of course, became a permanent member of her family! Additionally, Donna has added two bunnies to her home, Sooty and Sweep. She also has a budgie named Cakey.

Cassie Gunderson
Cassie GundersonQualified Veterinary Nurse
Cassie is a member of our qualified veterinary nursing team. She joined us as a vet nursing student in 2014 and undertook her studies in Veterinary Nursing over 2 years through Box Hill Institute, completing her Certificate IV in 2016. During her studies, she was awarded a scholarship to undertake a UK Study Tour to help further her knowledge and explore a variety of veterinary facilities, welfare and animal health facilities and teaching institutions. She also attended the British Small Animal Veterinary Conference.

Cassie has always wanted to pursue veterinary nursing as a career. She grew up rescuing animals in and caring for a variety of pets including fish, mice, hermit crabs and budgies. Now at home she has her special boy, Henry the Miniature Poodle as well as Maisie, a cheeky tabby and white Domestic Short Hair that she hand raised at FHVH from 3 weeks old. Maisie is the sister of Donna’s Panda! Maisie is a little accident prone and consequently has a slightly shorter than normal tail! She managed to somehow get it caught in a closing door – ouch!

Cassie is very passionate about the rights of all animals big and small and is always trying to be a voice for the animals. Before starting here at the Hospital, Cassie volunteered at the Australian Animal Protection Society in Keysborough. Cassie has a particular soft spot for all of the wildlife we see so often here and she thoroughly enjoys providing advice to help your animal lose those few extra kilos in our free weight consultations.

Outside of work, Cassie enjoys practicing yoga, reading, paddle-boarding and travelling when she can!

Emily Hegedis
Emily HegedisQualified Veterinary Nurse
Emily began working at Forest Hill Veterinary Hospital in 2017. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2019.

Emily is extremely organised and thorough,, and has become an integral member of the nursing team here at FHVH.

Emily has a very cheeky (naughty) Golden Retriever puppy called ‘Kirby’. Emily helped to deliver Kirby and her litter mates and has watched her grow from the day she was born.

Emily has recently completed a Wildlife Treatment and Care course through Taronga Zoo. Emily is passionate about the care of our Native Fauna and in her spare time volunteers with a wildlife shelter helping to care for various species including wombats, kangaroos, birds and possums.

Emily enjoys walking Kirby in her spare time or watching a movie with a nice cup of tea!

Milly Reid
Milly ReidVeterinary Nurse
Milly has been an amazing addition to the Forest Hill Veterinary Nursing Team.

Milly has a huge heart and is the most delightful human being. She brightens everyone’s day with her smile and enthusiasm.

Milly joined the team in 2019 and is studying Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill Institute. Milly has a huge interest in native wildlife, often hand rearing baby possums & has been known to take home a bird or two!

Milly has two cheeky miniature dachshunds, Arthur and Kevin, and her two pigeons – Nobby & Bobby, who just had a baby!

Milly has a can do attitude & will always go the extra mile to help our clients & their fur or feathered friends.

Molly Rigg
Molly RiggVeterinary Nurse
Molly started with us in a voluntary capacity in 2020 and is now an important member of our nursing team.

Molly is currently studying her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill Tafe and is full of youthful enthusiasm.

Molly comes from a long lineage of animal lovers with 3 generations of the Rigg family and multiple pets all being clients and patients of FHVH.

Molly has a Groodle x CKCS called Pippa who is a huge cuddler!

Molly loves to dance in her spare time and to care for any creature great and small., Molly has the makings of a great veterinary nurse!

Tammy Zarafa
Tammy ZarafaQualified Veterinary Nurse
Tammy has worked at the Vermont South Veterinary Clinic for many years until the practice closed its doors.

Tammy works part-time through the week, which suits her busy family life which involves running around after her two gorgeous daughters, husband and menagerie of pets. She has been a part of our team since 2013. With her wealth of experience and knowledge you are in good hands when Tammy is looking after you!

Tammy is pictured here with her Blue point Ragdoll named Tommy (R.I.P.). Tammy also has Badger the Staffy whom she helped deliver via C-Section! Additionally, Tammy has three rescue cats, Dotti, Little Kit and Mouse, along with two rabbits Delilah and Choccy.

Tammy is another passionate Collingwood supporter and we won’t hold that against her! Tammy always goes that extra mile for you and your pet and we are very lucky to have her as part of our team.

Tanya Cole
Tanya ColeQualified Veterinary Nurse
Tanya has always loved and worked with animals. She completed a Diploma of Animal Technology in 2007, worked in boarding kennels for 2 years before starting Veterinary Nursing in 2009.

Tanya became a fully qualified veterinary nurse in 2012 .

Tanya grew up with a huge variety of pets including dogs, cats, fish, turkeys, chickens, ducks, cockatiels, budgies, rabbits, blue tongue lizards & bearded dragons.

Tanya would bring home any orphan she could find often sneaking them into school so she could feed them through the day.

Tanya has an incredibly mischievous Pugalier called Mia who has an extensive medical history including nostril surgery, patella surgery, exploratory laparotomy surgery to remove an ingested collar (her own!), bee stings just to name a few! Mia is an all round excitable, accident prone 100 miles an hour kind of dog! Never a dull moment with Mia!

Tanya also has a blue eyed, white cat named Bowie who is completely deaf & loves trying to keep up with Mia. He is a very chilled character and is extremely affectionate. He does tend to have a loud voice like a lot of deaf cats do as they cannot hear themselves.

Tanya’s most memorable experiences have been at the Elephant nature park in Chiang Mai Thailand where she has volunteered twice. The park rescues abused and neglected elephants from all over Thailand. The park has a volunteer program where participants are involved in feeding, bathing & cleaning up after the elephants whilst learning about their husbandry & behaviour.

Tanya’s perfect holiday includes a Pina Colada, a beach & plenty of sunshine!

Tanya has two beautiful boys, Zaiden and Mason.

Sally Theofanides
Sally TheofanidesGroomer
Sally has been working with dogs since 1994 and began grooming in 2002. She has run a doggy day-care and grooming business and worked in dog training before joining our team in 2018. Sally works 3 days a week with us and has developed a loyal following in the few short months since starting at FHVH.

Sally does amazing dog grooms! She can help your pooch with anything from a bath and tidy up to a breed specific clip. Not only do her dogs look beautiful after a groom but they also smell great. Sally is more than happy to have chat with you when you drop off your pup with regards to how you would like them groomed and any other specific requirements. She has groomed all breeds of dogs big & small and is also happy to groom cats. Sally’s grooms are booked on the hour so your dog doesn’t have to sit waiting before or after their groom. If you have any questions about grooming or would like to chat to Sally about your needs please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

In her spare time Sally loves to keep fit and active! She rides her bike in long distance events and even participates in European cycle events that run over 4 days.

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Our highly regarded Hospital has been established for 35 years and we pride ourselves on providing our clients and their pets with the very best Veterinary experience to be found.

The Forest Hill Veterinary Clinic, as it was originally called, was founded in 1975 and operated for many years as a single vet practice. The Forest Hill Veterinary Clinic was purchased by Dr David Margary in 1995. In 2008 the small clinic underwent extensive modernisation & extension works to transform it into the state of the art Veterinary Hospital it is today. Our new facility has enabled us to provide better services for our existing clients in a comfortable modern setting and to cater for the needs of our expanding practice well into the future.

We have a dedicated team of 5 Veterinarians and 6 Veterinary nurses that are constantly striving to provide the best care for you and your best friend.

The Veterinary practice follows a simple philosophy; that we will go that extra mile for our clients and their best friends. Our clients are our friends! Together we will work towards enabling your fur buddies to live long and healthy lives!

We are all animal lovers and understand the fantastic bond that develops between a pet and its owner. It is an absolute privilege to be a part of this relationship.

We are always happy to help solve your pet related problems. You can call and speak to our Veterinarians and Veterinary Nurses at any time.

Come and give us a try. You won’t be disappointed!