The Ivanhoe East Vet Hospital, headed up by founder Dr.Robert Gropel, is a purpose built veterinary hospital offering a complete range of services for your loved one. Our dedicated and caring team have the accreditation and expertise to ensure the highest standard of care possible. Our staff are committed to animal welfare and you can rest assured your pet is safe with us; most of our staff are vegan.

We strive to achieve the best possible life for your loved one to enable you both to live an enjoyable and long life together. We aim to educate owners so they feel inclusive in their pet’s health problems and can, therefore, make informed decisions.

Happy pets make happy vets!!


Dr Robert Gropel


Dr Robert Gropel (and his late wife Marisa) founded the Ivanhoe East Veterinary Hospital in Feb 2014.

He is leading the profession with qualifications in:
• Awarded advanced practitioner membership in Small Animal Medicine with MANZCVS.
• Masters of Small Animal Practice.
• 12-month post-grad course in ultrasonography.
• Advanced cruciate repair course.

Dr Rob believes that a combination of ongoing education and experience is the key to providing animals with the best care possible.  Reaching 20 years of experience, there is not much Dr Rob hasn’t seen or done in the veterinary profession.

Dr Rob is a long-time local in the area having grown up in Eaglemont. He played for the Ivanhoe Knights Basketball team for 12 years and worked at the Ivanhoe East IGA supermarket (known then as Knorrs) for a number of years whilst at high school.  Rob always knew he wanted to be a vet and has a strong passion for animal welfare. During university, he spent several months volunteering in animal shelters in Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and Micronesia.

He graduated from the University of QLD in 2005 and worked in mixed practice for 2 years gaining experience in horses and small animals. Since then he has worked at the major animal hospitals in Melbourne including the Lort Smith Animal Hospital, RSPCA and the Animal Emergency Centres where he has gained invaluable experience with a high number of cases in medicine, surgery and emergencies.

Dr Rob spends his spare time going on expeditions. He is the first vegan to climb the seven summits (highest mountain on each continent). He is currently completing expeditions to the north and south pole and finishing up climbing the seven volcanic summits (highest volcano on each continent). You can follow his adventures in the links below.

Dr Rob has the privilege of looking after the two best adopted children in the world (according to him) Comfyshoes and Tinkerbell, who are very much adored and spoiled.



Veterinary Nurse

Brooklyn has been our legendary head nurse and practice manager since 2017. She first started with us part-time in 2015 while she was completing her certificate IV in Vet Nursing.

They say that only 2% of the population can effectively multitask, well, we think Brooklyn falls into this category! Her amazing work ethic and attention to detail has kept our hospital running smoothly all whilst furthering her study with a Bachelor of Biological Science at LaTrobe part-time (Brooklyn hopes to one day be a vet herself).

She brings this knowledge and her leadership skills along with an incredible care for animals to our clinic. We are very lucky to have her!

Brooklyn has five furry family members: Wrenley the GSP, Jasper the Maltese (who frequents the clinic a few times per week), Dobby the Kelpie and Domestic Ginger Cat Blinky. In her spare time, she plays competition basketball and enjoys taking her three dogs for an uncoordinated run.


Veterinary Nurse

Maddi joined the team at Ivanhoe East Vet at the end of 2019 after completing a Bachelor of Science/Arts at Monash University with a major in Zoology.

From a young age, she knew that she wanted to work with animals and discovered her passion for vet nursing shortly after completing University.

For many years Maddi considered herself a ‘dog person’ but had a change of heart after adopting an adorable cat called Lexi from Maneki Neko Cat Rescue.

Outside of work, Maddi loves all things music, whether it’s playing guitar, piano or attempting something new like the harmonica or ukulele, it’s also one of her lifelong passions. Maddi hopes to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in the near future.


Veterinary Nurse

Ash joined the team in December 2021 and has been vet nursing since she left school. She was a locum nurse all over Melbourne just before joining the team and comes with experience in both GP and emergency. 

Ash has two fur babies of her own – Malcolm the Labrador cross and Korra the Domestic Short Hair.

She has a passion for travelling the world and enjoys reading in her spare time. 


Veterinary Nurse

Sascha started her journey with us in November 2022 whilst completing her Cert 4 in veterinary nursing. 

Sascha is now a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse and an incredible asset to the team. 

At home she has her gorgeous 6 year old Great Dane cross Ridgeback “Scooby”, however has always had a soft spot for German Shepherds.

Sascha is a lover of the great outdoors. In her spare time you will find her camping, rock climbing or heading to the beach!

Sascha has been a great addition to the clinic with her consistent positive vibe! She is most likely the one out the back giving your pet the most cuddles before and after surgery! 

Maddie B

Veterinary Nurse

Maddie joined the team as a trainee nurse at the start of 2019. She has 2 dogs; Rommy the Boxer x Staffy and Walter the rescue Greyhound. She also has a 9 year old Turtle named Herb!

Maddie has completed a cert 3 in animal studies and is currently undertaking her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing.

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