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Pet Anaesthesia - Werribee Vet Animal Hospital

At U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital we have highly qualified and experienced Anaesthetists and Pain Management experts to care for your pet during surgery and recovery from injury. When you bring your pet to U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital, you can rest assured that they will receive the very best attention so that they are not in pain.

We are unique in that all our service areas can access the expertise of our highly trained anaesthetists and anaesthetic nurses.  

We provide the highest level of expert anaesthesia and pain management care for small animal, equine and exotic patients, from the most routine to the most critical and from the time of premedication and preparation, through to their recovery in our wards or intensive care unit.

Meet the team

Dr Thierry Beths

Head of Anaesthesia - Small Animal Surgery, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia

Dr Thierry Beths graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Liege, Belgium, in 2004, and continued his education by completing a one year rotating small animal internship and a one year junior lectureship in diagnostic imaging. During this time, Dr Beths also worked for the out of hours and emergency clinic.

Dr Beths joined Ross University (DeVry) in November 2005, and received the Ron Taylor Award for Outstanding Performance in 2006 and 2008.

Dr Beths completed a residency program in Anesthesiology at the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, in 2000, before graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy in 2008, researching Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) in the canine patient.

In addition, Dr Beths has participated in scientific research studies, including a study to evaluate the safety and performance of the newly developed ZA stents used for iliac artery stenosis.

Dr Beths interests are TIVA, pain management and rehabilitation, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). He has recently received his certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute and China National Society of TCVM, Florida (USA), and is currently studying for his International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management certification.

Dr Sébastien Bauquier

Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia

Sébastien grew up in Paris, France, graduating from the University of Liege, Belgium, in 2005 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He then completed a one-year equine medicine and surgery internship at the large animal veterinary hospital of the University of Montreal, Canada.

Between 2006 and 2009, Sébastien completed a three-year residency in veterinary anaesthesia rotating between the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital for small animals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, and the New Bolton Center, large animal hospital, in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA.

Prior to joining the Faculty, Sébastien was part of the anaesthesia, emergency
and critical care team at Penn’s Ryan Veterinary Hospital. During this time, he also conducted research at the New Bolton Center, George D. Windener hospital for large animals.

Dr Jennifer Carter

Lecturer in Anaesthesia

Jennifer graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She continued her postgraduate training at North Carolina State University with an internship in small animal medicine and surgery before completing a residency in anaesthesia and becoming a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists.

Upon completion of her residency, Jennifer joined Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, where she taught veterinary students anesthesiology, part of which included supervision of students performing anaesthesia for small and large animal surgical laboratories. She also taught respiratory physiology. Jennifer became a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner with the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management in 2012.

Throughout her professional career, Jennifer has authored peer-reviewed publications and has presented at a number of conferences in the USA. Her primary research and clinical interests are in the fields of pain management and haemodynamics.

Jennifer has obtained more than $47,000 in research funding from various agencies over the last seven years and has supervised and mentored several veterinary research students at Ross University.

Dr Leon Warne
BSc(Biol), BBiomedSc(Hons1), BVSc, BVMS, MVS, MANZCVS, Diplomate ACVAA

Registered Specialist in Anaesthesia

Leon graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Murdoch University (Western Australia) in 2009.

Following graduation he undertook an internship in anaesthesia, emergency and critical care medicine. Leon joined the anaesthesia section at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital in 2010 where he completed a three year specialty training program in anaesthesia and pain management as well as a clinical Masters degree in Anaesthesia. In 2015 he completed an externship in paediatric anaesthesia and trauma management at The Austin and Royal Melbourne Hospitals. Leon is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Leon lectures in veterinary anaesthesia and pain management at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on pain-management, and he is completing a PhD in Perioperative Assessment and Management of Pain in Cats. Leon enjoys teaching and empowering others with the knowledge to provide high standards of anaesthesia and pain management to patients of all species.

His clinical interests are intravenous fluid therapy, pain management and wildlife anaesthesia.

Dr Emma Johnson

Resident in Anaesthesia and Pain Management

Emma graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from James Cook University in 2011. She then spent two and a half years in small animal practice prior to commencing a rotating internship at the University of Sydney in 2014, she then continued on as an anaesthesia and critical care intern.

In 2016 Emma commenced a residency in anaesthesia and pain management at the University of Melbourne and anticipates sitting for her specialist examination in 2019. Her research focuses on aspects of regional anaesthesia, in particular the use of the Transversus Abdominis Plane block in canine patients.

Emma has completed a Masters of Veterinary Studies in Small Animal Practice through Murdoch University and is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in anaesthesia and critical care.

Emma is interested in all aspects of anaesthesia, particularly local anaesthesia and enjoys sharing her knowledge in these areas.

Ms Sally Benn


After completing her VCE in 2000, Sally studied at the National Centre for Equine Education in Wangaratta, completing a Diploma of Equine Management. Since then she has held positions at a number of Thoroughbred studs in the Hunter Valley. Most recently Sally held a long term managerial position at Arrowfield Stud. While working at Arrowfield Sally completed a Certificate III in Equine Nursing and was awarded the Scone Veterinary Hospital Nursing Scholarship in 2004. This scholarship gave Sally the opportunity to travel to Lexington, Kentucky where she worked as an ICU neonatal nurse at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

Sally commenced working at the University of Melbourne Equine Centre in June 2009 and completed Cert IV Veterinary Nursing in 2010. Sally has a keen interest in Anesthesiology, especially Equine and has now moved to the Anesthesia Department within the University.

Ms Dionne Smith


Whilst studying a Diploma in Animal Technology in 2003 (completed in 2005) Dionne was employed as an Equine Veterinary nurse with an ambulatory equine practice based in the Western surburbs. Formerly known as Dr. Ray Horsey and Associates, then Horsey Robson and Associates and now WEVS Dionne stayed with them for 5 years then decided to broaden her nursing experience by joining a small animal practice in Werribee in 2008.

Dionne joined the team at the University of Melbourne in September 2009 and in 2011 completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing by RPL.

Ms Siobhan Steven


Apart from the usual menagerie of cats, dogs, guinea pigs and horses, Siobhans' involvement with animal care has included training dolphins and seals at a marine park, strapping for show jumping teams and riding trackwork with young racehorses.

She started her veterinary nursing career in an equine practice and then worked at a large rural mixed practice where patients included koalas, alpacas, horses, calves and small animals.

She gained extensive surgical experience working in a referral practice in the North East of Victoria, before commencing employment at the University of Melbourne in 2009, initially in CSS. She was later appointed as a nurse, working with Dr Wing Tip Wong and Dr Guy Yates.

In 2011, Siobhan accepted a position in the Anaesthesia section, which entails anaesthatising critical cases, exotics, horses, elective surgeries and other cases within most sections of the hospital, all of which provide a diverse and interesting workload.

Her interests lie with pain prevention, patient care and the human animal bond.

Emanuela Scarsato


Emanuela works as a vet nurse at the Hospital where she performs anaesthesia in small animals.
Emanuela is actually a veterinarian from Italy. Emanuela graduated at the University of Padova in 2006 where she developed an interest in physical therapy in small animals.
Since working in Australia, Emanuela’s interest for anaesthesia and pain management has grown.
Emanuela likes cooking, camping in the bush and riding her Ducati motorbike.