Vet profiles

Dr Lucy Collins

BSc (Ag) DVM
Associate Veterinarian


Kyabram Veterinary Clinic

Originally from South Gippsland where her family own a contracting business, Lucy always knew she wanted to work with livestock. She studied agriculture at the University of Melbourne before pursuing a career in veterinary science.

Lucy joined the KVC team in December 2015, and enjoys the variety rural mixed practice has to offer. She has a strong interest in cattle medicine and surgery, as well as pocket pets.

Outside of work Lucy loves playing netball, kayaking, hiking and chilling with her pet rabbit Daisy.

Dr Matt Peterson

B Vet Biol, BVSc
Associate Veterinarian


Matt focuses mainly on working with the local dairy cattle industry and has recently completed advanced cattle reproduction training. He is one of less than 20 people recognised as an advanced InCalf advisor in Australia. Matt also provides mastitis and milk quality advisory services to the dairy industry, and is an accredited Countdown Downunder advisor.

Before coming to Finley, Matt spent 18 months working in a busy small animal clinic in South Australia. Matt was performing a lot of surgery and dealing with challenging medical cases in dogs and cats. His favourite small animal surgery is performing dog caesareans as they are challenging and instantly rewarding.

When asked about his motivation to become a vet he said “every day I try to find new ways to implement the latest research and modern techniques to improve animal health, farm productivity and efficiency.”


Australian Veterinary Association
Australian Cattle Veterinarians
Australian Small Animal Veterinarians
Australian Veterinary Association Practice Management
National Cattle Pregnancy Diagnosis Scheme tester
Advanced InCalf advisor
Countdown Downunder mastitis advisor

Dr Cindy Hayes

Companion Animal Health Vet
Gippsland Veterinary Hospital


Cindy grew up on a large beef and sheep property in Central Victoria close to the rural town of Euroa. After graduating from Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne in December 1998, Cindy worked on her family farm for 3 months before being offered a job at the Gippsland Veterinary Hospital (formally known as Maffra Veterinary Centre). This was a fantastic opportunity as Cindy had a desire to do a large amount of work with dairy cattle and was given the opportunity over the next 6 years to develop her skills in this area.

In 2005 the Maffra Sale Veterinary Centres required a veterinarian dedicated to small animals and Cindy was offered this position. In July 2006, Cindy purchased a share of the Gippsland Veterinary Hospital and enjoyed working with the other 3 partners to ensure that the customers and patients of the clinics continue to receive an exceptional veterinary service over the next 10 years. In 2015 the partners elected to join the exciting new group of rural veterinary clinics and helped to build the foundations of Apiam Animal Health.

Cindy has developed a special interest in small animal medicine and with the help and support of Duncan Runciman they are able to provide a high quality Veterinary service for all dogs and cats in the Gippsland region. Cindy also has a passion for working with greyhounds and has developed her skills in sports medicine with the hope of continuing to further her skills (as well as her nursing teams skills) in this area and provide excellent physiotherapy services to all companion animals. Canine (dog) reproduction is another area that Cindy enjoys as this provides a large amount of satisfaction to the Gippsland Veterinary Hospital team from the joining of the bitch to the eventual caesarian and then vaccinations of the pups. To be successful, all of this work relies on the input and professionalism of the entire nursing and support staff team at Gippsland Veterinary Hospital – of which we are able to prove time and time again.

Dr Erica Schmidt

Mixed practice & equine vet
Warrnambool Veterinary & Southwest Equine Veterinary Group


Erica grew up in a farming community in central California where her family raised black Angus beef cattle. She started riding horses at age 6 by helping her father round up the cattle. Erica’s interest in horses extended to showing in both Western and English pleasure riding during her elementary school years and eventually to her chosen career in Veterinary Science.

Erica studied Animal Science at California State University, Fresno, and gained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in 2016.

With her partner, Ben, also a vet, Erica moved to Australia in May 2016, and commenced working at Warrnambool Veterinary in June 2016. Apiam Animal Health assisted both Erica and Ben through the Visa Application process, ensuring their applications were managed quickly and efficiently.

Warrnambool Veterinary is a mixed-practice clinic based in the southwest of Victoria in prime dairy country. Erica’s work at Warrnambool Veterinary encompasses small animal and large animal clients, including equine, providing her with experience across species in-clinic and on-farm with both routine and emergency cases.

Apiam Animal Health is committed to providing on-going training opportunities for staff and Erica’s attendance at an Equine Dental Training Seminar, a hands on workshop held at Apiam’s Deniliquin practice, Southern Riverina Veterinary, rekindled her keen interest in all things equine. Erica has been seconded, two days per week, to work at Southwest Equine Veterinary Group, also located in Warrnambool and part of the Apiam Animal Health Group.

When Erica is not working she enjoys home DIY projects and hiking and camping with her husband Ben and dog Oliver.

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