Meet Our Team


Dr Alain Marc


Alain is well-known to our clients having started work here in 1990. He became the owner of Mont Albert Vet in 2004. Alain was born in France and lived there and in South Africa as a child, before his family moved to Australia during his high school years. He studied Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne, graduating with Honours, and has completed post-graduate studies in Small Animal Surgery and in Diagnostic Ultrasound. He also has special interests in eye diseases and surgery.

When away from the surgery, Alain likes tinkering with computers, is a keen (sometimes tragic) golfer and something of a car fanatic. He loves to spend time with his family and to travel and tries to keep Weasel, the family's cat, healthy and fit.


Dr Sandy Cranston


Sandy was born and educated in the UK, graduating in Veterinary Science from Bristol University. He spent 5 years working in dairy and small animal practice in the Lake District before coming to Australia for a working holiday. He's been working in small animal practices in Melbourne since then (more of the working and less of the holiday) and has been part of the Mont Albert Vet team since late 2003. His interests cover all aspects of dog and cat medicine, surgery and welfare.

His family includes three children, one dog, one cat, one cockatiel, three chooks and four goldfish. Away from work he would prefer to be tinkering with old cameras, taking photos, walking, camping, fishing, kite flying, swimming or holidaying but finds that work around the house, gardening and running around after his children keep him more than busy.

Dr Alastair Fearn


Alastair is originally from South Australia but graduated in Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland. Between 1982 and 2000 he was a partner in a vet practice in the Dandenongs. He then worked as a locum vet for several years and also with CSL, a company which develops and manufactures vaccines. Alastair started as a locum vet at Mont Albert Vet in 2004 and now works with us part-time. His major veterinary interests are in vaccines, infectious diseases, parasitology and pharmacology.

Away from his vet work, he is a dedicated sports fan with a South Australian affiliation and enjoys the theatre, gardening, travel, photography and the study of animal groups and their evolution. Alastair and his family share their 1/2 acre property with two elderly cats called Rally and Lewis, two Siamese cats called Pringles and Jurrah and two young Pugaliers, Molly and Bella.

Viv Hermans

Veterinary Nurse

Viv has always had a love of animals and a keen passion to become a vet nurse. She joined the Mont Albert Vet team straight after leaving school and enjoys all aspects of vet nursing, especially the surgical side. Being in the same practice for a while gives her a special feeling of bonding with the pets and their owners.

In her time off she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and relaxing by a favourite lakeside spot in country Victoria. The love of her life at the moment is Hudson, an American Cocker Spaniel, who can be heaps of fun.

Lisa Browne

Veterinary Nurse

Lisa started veterinary nursing in 1995, combining her physiotherapy studies and her interests in medicine and healthcare with her love of animals. She worked at vet clinics in Ormond, Murrumbeena and Cranbourne before joining Mont Albert Vet in 1997. By the end of that year she had acquired two dogs, a cat, a fiancée and a Certificate lll in Vet Nursing from Box Hill TAFE. Since 2001 she has juggled part-time work with her young family. When not operating a taxi for her two children, Lisa enjoys gardening, watching sport and reading.

Lisa's fur babies are Cookie, a mini chocolate Labradoodle, and two rescued medium-haired moggie sisters called Houdini and Yowie.


Sarah Paulin

Veterinary Nurse

Sarah started at Mont Albert Vet in 2013. She brought with her over 20 years of nursing experience and has special interests in emergency and critical care, anaesthesiology and rodents. She has worked with shelter animals in the USA, street dogs in Indonesia and racehorses in Melbourne. In 2011 she returned to Australia from 2 years spent nursing in her native Scotland.

At home Sarah is a busy mum to her two preschoolers, Jacob and Lucy. She is also an experienced photographer and loves to swim.

Carly Calavetta

Veterinary Nurse

Carly joined the Mont Albert Vet team in late 2016. She completed the Cert IV Veterinary Nursing Reception Skill Set course in 2015 and will be continuing her Veterinary Nursing studies at Box Hill Institute in 2017.

Carly has always been passionate about animals, with an interest in animal health and welfare, and competed in equestrian events throughout her school years.

Her fur babies are Tiger and Ella, brother and sister felines adopted from a cat shelter.

Lauren Marc

Assistant Nurse

Lauren fills in occasionally at reception on a casual basis when members of our regular nursing staff are away. She is studying Science at university and loves to travel. Her most adventurous journey to date was summitting Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Weasel, the photogenic family cat, pops up again in this photo.

Rosie Strasser

Assistant Nurse

Rosie’s love for all creatures great and small led her to a Bachelor of Science, with a major in Zoology, which she completed in 2014.  After spending time volunteering at Melbourne Zoo and an RSPCA vet clinic, she joined the team here at Mont Albert Vet as an Assistant Nurse and fills in occasionally at reception on a casual basis when our regular staff are away.

At home she cares for her much adored Jack Russell, Buster, whose personality greatly exceeds his size.

Chris Keeler

Chris works part-time, behind-the-scenes, looking after administrative matters. She also works outside the vet practice in her profession as a curator and researcher, working primarily in the field of Indigenous cultural heritage. She enjoys time spent with her family, is an avid reader and loves to research and organise travel plans. She also feeds and waters (and cuddles) Weasel, the family cat.