Our Team

Vet Team

David Freeman

I have always been passionate about the health and welfare of animals. I am a founding member of the Community Vets group. I qualified as a vet in South Africa and ran my own practice for many years. 

I have always had a special interest in internal medicine, physiology and pharmacology. Accordingly I undertook post-graduate studies in internal medicine and have also lectured in human physiology.  I am also a qualified Financial Planner. Equipped with this background I brings an immense amount of knowledge and experience to Community Vets. 

I am married and live locally. Currently there are no furry animals at home. 

Nicky Berg

I started my veterinary life 30 years ago as a country vet in Sth Gippsland. In those days I enjoyed treating farm animals and believed it was a much more worthy job helping farmers’ livelihoods, than being a small animal vet and just helping pets. Over the years since I have had a large change of attitude with the realisation that helping people’s pets is such an important way to help people themselves. 

I have always been very community minded. I am a volunteer scout leader and life saver, as well as helping at monthly Pets in the Park clinics which provide free vet care to pets of homeless people. I have spent time building houses in the slums of Africa with Habitat for Humanity. I have worked in many practices since those Gippsland days but my past 3 years working in a welfare clinic helped me to find my niche within the veterinary world – helping people of all socioeconomic groups by providing reduced cost care for their pets. The gratitude in a client’s eyes as their beloved pet recovers is what makes my day “a good day” and made me determined to continue our work by establishing Community Vets. 

Outside of work, I enjoy being with my husband and two teenage daughters, as well as our two moggy cats and bitsa dog.

I have a special interest in complex internal medicine cases as well as soft tissue surgery including large tumour removal and eyelid surgery, and many things in between. I really look forward to welcoming all our new clients and their pets to our practice.

David Bell

I am a senior Veterinary Surgeon with experience in both small and large animal practices.  I have worked in my own clinics and overseas practices including Ireland, England, Hong Kong and Indonesia.

I am now very happy to be a founding member of Community Vets and I look forward to being part of this dedicated team of professionals.

In conjunction with my Veterinary Degree I completed a Masters Degree in Mathematics, Psychology and History of Medicine.

I am supported by my wife, daughter and our kelpie Indy.

Nursing Team

Veterinary Nurse

I have always been very passionate about animals and welfare. After working in several vet clinics, I began nursing at a welfare clinic, where I discovered that my true passion was in helping not just the animals, but their human families as well. 

In addition to vet nursing, I am on the committee for Arctic Rescue Victoria, who rescue and re-home Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies and other Arctic breeds. I often have a foster dog at home, in addition to my 4 beautiful rescue Huskies, who were all foster fails.

I am also a wildlife rescuer and carer, and regularly have little furry critters in my care before they are well enough to be released.

The Pets in the Park program is also a passion of mine and I have been involved with them for a number of years. PITP offers veterinary care and assistance to our homeless community and their fur babies.

Veterinary Nurse

I started nursing later in life after many years in retail and as a dog groomer. I then started nursing at an animal shelter.

I grew up in the country with many animals and have a love for them all, great and small. I have a big interest in exotic pets, with all their weird and wonderful quirks.

I’m no longer allowed to foster animals as they seem to always stay. I currently have 3 beautiful senior dogs as well as 3 demanding and loving cats. I also have a habit of bringing home ex battery hens.

Veterinary Nurse

I've been a nurse for 5 or so years after originally starting out as a carpenter, but after a while, I realised my true passion was working with animals. I've been doing this for 13 odd years and hence, have accumulated my share of rescue dogs and cats, as well as fosters along the journey.

I currently have 2 dogs and 2 cats, all of whom are rescued. Outside of work, my time is made up of looking after my 3 young boys, and their many activities and sports which keep me busy. It's a crazy household I live in with kids and animals everywhere, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

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