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About U-Vet


About U-Vet - Werribee Vet Hospital Clinic

U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital - University of Melbourne is one of Australia’s leading veterinary hospital facilities, based in Werribee.

We provide veterinary care to the community via our general practice (primary and preventative care), a suite of specialist referral services, 24 hour emergency and critical care services, and specialist referral equine services.

Our team of caring and highly-qualified veterinary staff treat over 23,000 animals each year supported by dedicated veterinary nurses, specialist technicians and administrative staff. We employ over 40 registered veterinarians from interns to veterinary specialists.

As well as our general practice, we provide access to specialist veterinary services in surgery, medicine, anaesthesia, medical imaging, emergency and critical care, neurology, clinical pathology, dermatology, cardiology and equine management.
Our emergency and critical care department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is supported by contemporary diagnostic capabilities and on-site pathology laboratories, which enable us to promptly diagnose and manage complex, involved and unusual cases.
Importantly, we are also a teaching hospital. We are committed to educating the veterinarians of today and tomorrow and our clinical teaching program is conducted under the close supervision of the treating veterinarian. Our students are an important part of our practice and provide that extra attention and TLC that your pet will love when they visit our practice. We thank you for allowing us to involve veterinary students in the care of your pet.

Management Team

Professor Ted Whittem

Head of the Melbourne Veterinary School

Professor Ted Whittem is Head of the Melbourne Veterinary School, the graduate school responsible for delivery of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program and research in veterinary biosciences and veterinary clinical sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Prior to this role, he served eight years as Associate Dean for Clinical Programs in the University’s veterinary science faculty. He graduated from the University of Melbourne with a BVSc in 1980 and worked in private practice for eight years before completing his PhD in veterinary pharmacology at the University of Georgia in 1991.

Professor Whittem has served on veterinary examination committees in the US, Europe and Australia and held executive roles for the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Australian Capital Territory Division of Australian Veterinary Association.

Professor Whittem’s research focus areas are therapeutic outcomes and food safety from a residues perspective. He has ongoing research collaborations with scientists in US, Europe and Australia. He has supervised 16 research graduate students to completion and published over 60 peer-reviewed research papers.

Professor Whittem has also worked as a senior executive in veterinary pharmaceuticals. He has brought more than 30 products to the market, and is an inventor on 11 patent families.

Shane Whitten

Financial Controller

Shane Whitten is the Financial Controller for the U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital and is responsible for all things financial such as accounting, finance, and budgets.

Shane has a Bachelor of Commerce and is CPA. Shane spent 18 years in the automotive manufacturing industry, with last 7 years in a combination of health and education.

Shane’s professional areas of interest include the stock market and measuring things like KPI’s, ratios and anything to do with business performance.

Personal areas of interest include AFL football (Go Cats!) and golf. Shane is also the proud but hopelessly outnumbered father of 3 daughters!