High Street Epping Veterinary Clinic

2 Hayston Blvd
Epping, V 3076



Our Veterinarians

Veterinarians at the High Street Epping Veterinary Clinic have a broad range of experience in animal health. Veterinarians and nurses regularly attend seminars and continued education to remain current with new techniques and equipment.


Dr Michael Bell:

Dr Michael Bell is the practice owner and Principal Veterinarian. His eagerness to serve and dedication to animals are well known to his clients. In addition to High Street Epping Veterinary Clinic, Michael also owns Roxburgh Park Animal Hospital and Craigieburn Animal Hospital and attends a broad range of clientele, including pet owners, breeders, trainers and greyhound owners. Michael has many years of both hospital and field veterinary experiences and his special interest is on racing greyhounds, breeding and lameness.


Dr Rod Salter

Rod graduated from Melbourne University in 1972 and has worked in small animal practice for the past 40 years. Rod ran his own practice in Melbourne’s southern suburbs for 20 years, and joined Craigieburn Animal Hospital in 2008, working Mondays and Tuesdays.

Rod has a special interest in Veterinary Dentistry, and has been involved with the Australian Veterinary Dental Society since its inception in 1990. Along with three others Rod was part of the initial group to be admitted to Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, in 1993, by examination in Veterinary Dentistry. He has attended and lectured at each Australian Veterinary Association and American Veterinary Dental forum since 1994, and in 2001 and 2007 was an invited lecturer at the WSAVA programs in Vancouver, Canada and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Rod’s current goal is to become a Fellow of the Australian College, and to establish a Vet Dentistry training centre for vets and vet nurses.

Rod is the immediate past President of the AuVDS and a board member of the AmVDS, and is Adjunct Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University lecturing and in running wetlabs for vet students.

In his spare time Rod enjoys riding his Harley Davidson and watching his beloved Saints (especially when they win). Rod and his wife have four children and four grandchildren. He has also been known to enjoy a glass or two of red!

Dr Michelle Nanscawen:

Dr. Nanscawen has worked in small animal practice for many years with lots of experiences on varieties of medical and surgical conditions.


Dr Jennifer Robinson

Jennifer graduated in 2013 from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover (Germany).

She completed a 12month rotational internship (Surgery, Medicine, Oncology) at Southpaws Specialty Surgery for Animals Melbourne, and spent some time working in a busy 24 hour emergency clinic before she joined the team at Craigieburn Animal Hospital in February 2015.

Jennifer’s special interests are internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, as well as sportsmedicine and rehabilitation. Jennifer will also be able to offer acupuncture as an alternative treatment service to clients from April 2016.


Dr Karl Ong

Karl graduated from Massey University in New Zealand, in 2011, and initially started work in Adelaide, before settling down in the balmier climate of Melbourne in 2014.

He practices primarily at our Epping branch, and has a special interest in cardiology, as well as general practice.

Outside of work, he is kept busy by his family - both two-legged and four, and can be found slogging it out on soccer pitches on Sundays.

Dr Cassandra Laiacorna

Cassie studied veterinary science at Melbourne University and has been a practising veterinarian since 2011. Cassie loves working with small animals and also enjoys the occasional pocket pet or exotic animal. She has two cats and two dogs at home who keep her very busy.

Cassie’s hobbies include travelling and anything active and outdoors such as bush walking, hiking and camping. She also plays a little acoustic guitar in her spare time.

Cassie plans to expand her experience in a few years by working in the UK for 12 months, and she would one day love to work with the orangutans in Borneo.



Dr Leighton Burger

Leighton grew up in the stifling heat of north Queensland thinking he was going to be a rock star, before concluding that he needed money to eat and survive. So, forced to enter the workforce, he spent far longer than he’d like to admit working in the human medical field before realising he actually preferred caring for and working with animals.

So, with the support of his long suffering wife, and although very allergic to cats, he went back to university. Leighton graduated from Melbourne University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with distinction and was listed on the Dean’s Honours list 4 years in a row.

Leighton enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and treats each of his patients as if it were his own pet, because he knows how important they are as family members. When not at work, he still spends his time pretending to be a rock star, and tries keeping a slightly hyperactive German Shorthaired Pointer entertained.


Dr Dominic Siu

Dominic grew up in Hong Kong. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in Molecular Toxicology, and then graduated from his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2015 from the University of Melbourne.

Dominic has a special interest in diagnostic imaging and clinical pathology and would like to pursue further studies and qualifications in these areas.

Dominic speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin and always welcomes a chat. Outside of work Dominic enjoys watching movies, cooking and travelling. He also enjoys spending time with his rescue cat Stevie and his 17 year-old Schnauzer who is still up and running.

Dr Anna Gauci

Dr. Anna Gauci graduated from Melbourne University in 2013. During the final year of her veterinary degree, Anna received a scholarship to complete an externship at New York City’s Animal Medical Centre.

Following her graduation Anna spent some time in Malta and gained experience in veterinary practice in Europe. Anna enjoys and is very dedicated to all aspects of small animal medicine, surgery and diagnostic imaging. She constantly furthers her veterinary education by keeping up with all the new advancements in veterinary medicine via online education, seminars, and conferences.

Anna is very welcoming and holistic in her approach to providing quality care for family pets.