Mitcham Pet Hospital

Phone: 03 9874 6151

Address: 599 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham VIC 3132 Map

Your Other Family Doctor!

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Our Staff

Meet the team at Mitcham Pet Hospital. When you call or come in to the practice, you will be greeted by one of our friendly nurses Sam, Emma and Veronica. We have 3 veterinarians on the consulting team Dr John Stanek, Dr Jeremy Stanek and Dr Emily Warfield.


Mitcham Pet Hospital Staff



Dr John Stanek

Dr Stanek was born and raised on a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin, USA. He completed a degree of Bachelor of Science (Education) in 1974 and migrated to Australia to teach secondary school. After several years of teaching, he enrolled in the University of Melbourne and obtained his Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree. He worked at the RSPCA and then in private practice before purchasing what is now Mitcham Pet Hospital in 1988.


Dr Stanek likes all aspects of veterinary practice with particular interest in medicine, surgery, and preventative care. He has a strong belief in family values and has always seen Mitcham Pet Hospital as a family practice. His wife (Shirley) and two children (Jeremy and Samantha) have been involved in the practice since its purchase.

The Stanek household pets currently consist of a diabetic dog , Casper, and an aged geriatric cat, Foggy. Over the years there have been several other cats, fish, rabbits, guinea pigs, and terrapins.

Outside of veterinary practice, Dr Stanek's interests include all sports (mainly as a spectator now), gardening, reading, board and card games, travel and family.


Dr. Man Yi Leong

Bio to follow.

Dr Emily Warfield

Emily grew up in the Mitcham area and studied Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne. After graduating in 2009 she spent one year in a mixed practice (treating cattle, pigs, sheep and chickens as well as dogs, cats and pocket pet). Since returning to Melbourne she has been working at a small animal practice on the Mornington Peninsula. She completed her Masters in Veterinary Studies in 2015.

In November 2015, Emily and Jeremy were married and spent 3 months travelling Europe and USA.

Emily likes treating all patients but she has a special interest in feline medicine, especially the care of older cats. She also has an interest in dermatology and nutrition.


Sam has been working full time at Mitcham Pet Hospital since 2008. While growing up, from the time she was 4 years old, she spent many hours in the clinic and had ‘learned the ropes’ at a very young age. She really enjoys getting to know the patients and helping sick and injured animals.
 She has a Certificate I and II in Animal Studies, a microchipping licence, and she obtained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2012. Sam does a lot of the patient “cuddles” and is responsible for many of the little things behind the scenes that keep the practice running smoothly. She often works extra hours to help everyone else when the clinic is busy or when people are away.

Esther is one of our new full time nurses who has just recently joined us in April 2018. She has 3 and half years of animal nursing experience and is currently completing her Certificart IV in Veterinary Nursing. Esther has a special interest in surgical nursing and would like to specialize in that area in the near future. She also volunteers at a local wildlife shelter, feeding, cleaning, and not to mention, cuddling and petting baby wombats, kangaroo joeys, baby possums and wallaby joeys!

In her spare time, she shares her attention between her two lovely dogs, Yuki - the Shetland Sheepdog and Kiki - the Maltese X Shih Tzu. Esther's hobbies include photography, travelling and eating!

Esther is also our puppy pre-school coordinator. If you have any enquiry about puppy school or would like to book your puppy in for puppy school, do not hesitate to speak to her.





Veronica has been a part of our team since 2014. She is currently undertaking her Masters in Biotechnology at Melbourne University and has completed a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Bioscience. At home she cares for a lazy cat named Lucas and enjoys doing art and sailing at Phillip Island on the weekends with her family.

• Born and raised in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Shirley met John shortly after he arrived from the USA on a working holiday. She encouraged and supported him through his studies at Melbourne University to become a veterinarian. They got married and achieved their joint dream of owning their very own veterinary business in 1988.
• From 1986 to 2002, Shirley spent most of her time raising her family, a son and daughter, who are now in the animal care industry themselves.
• In 2002, Shirley began full time work at MPH, managing the business side, and gaining qualifications in this area to assist her. She has been responsible for establishing practice protocols and procedures to maintain best practice standards of care in the clinic. She runs the practice from day to day, and coordinates its future direction.

• Diploma of Practice Management
• Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
• Diploma of Surgical Nursing
• Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy
• Veterinary Nutritional Advocate (Hill's)
• First Aid Level 2

• Wellness and preventative health
• Practice management
• Continuing education courses

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