Established by Dr Russell Drake our Lead Veterinarian, Frenchs Forest Veterinary Hospital has been in business since 1986. Our highly experienced team are committed to providing you and your family the highest level of professional and compassionate veterinary service. We recognise the significance of your pets and the place they hold in your family. Our animal health care teams will offer education, advice and care to ensure your pet has the longest, happiest and healthiest life possible. We treat cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice and birds. We welcome you and your pet to meet our teams at anytime.

Meet Our Team
Dr Russell Drake
  • BVSc

Russell graduated from Sydney University in 1982 and after spending some time overseas, he set up a practice in Pound Ave, Davidson in 1986. When the practice outgrew the small shop front, Russell moved to the current location on Forest Way in 1991, which was the same year Russell married his beautiful wife Karen. Karen and Russell's two children have inherited their parent's love of animals. They have always had a house full of pets and at one time had 6 cats and Lucy the dog. Currently, Rex the wonderfully obedient Foxie cross and cats, Lila and Klaus, complete the family.

Dr Mary T. McClean
  • BVSc (Hons)

Mary graduated from Sydney University in 1983 and worked at the RSPCA for a year, then headed to England for three years of small animal practice in and around London. Finally blue Sydney sky, beaches and warm climate beckoned. Back in Sydney, Mary worked in many locum Vet positions as well as a seven year position at Sylvania Vet Hospital before heading back to London. Realising Australia was where she wanted to live, Mary returned to Sydney and after 3 more years of locum Vet positions joined a partnership with Russell at Frenchs Forest in 1999.

Jess F
Practice Manager/Head Nurse

Jess started working at Frenchs Forest vet hospital in March 2008 and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2010. She has always had a deep love of caring for animals and that is why she has become a very dedicated and enthusiastic nurse. Jess became our Head Nurse in October 2015, and practice manager in 2018.

Jess has a special love for Golden Retrievers as she has grown up with many but her biggest love (apart from her husband) is her gorgeous dog, Jacket who is a Bull Terrier X Ridgeback. Jacket's best friend is Zippa (French Forest Vet's old client cat), who is very mischievious and keeps them all on their feet.

Vet Nurse

Lauren commenced work at Frenchs Forest Vet Hospital in January 2012. She became a fully qualified veterinary nurse in 2013. For as long as she can remember Lauren has had a love and passion for all types of animals, and being able to care for them on a daily basis, she finds very rewarding.

Lauren and her partner James, are the proud owners of a cheeky but stubborn French Bulldog named Percy and a cat named Woolie, who with his grey hair and bushy tail looks like a possum. Lauren also has a keen interest in native birds.

Vet Nurse

Zoe has been working weekends and covering nurses holidays with us at Frenchs Forest vets since September 2017. She is currently studying Veterinary Medicine at Sydney Uni and will be graduating at the end of 2020. She has learnt a great deal in her time here that she has been able to use in her studies.
Zoe Loves all kinds of animals but has a real soft spot for greyhounds after adopting her sweet grey Misty. She also has a tennis ball loving kelpie x named Tai.

Vet Nurse

Tanja completed her cert IV in vet nursing in 2018 and started working at Frenchs Forest Vets the start of 2019. Her heart is always with the underdog, suffering and animals in dire straights. She has been a Sydney Wildlife member for 8 years specializing in bats.
At home, along with her teenage daughter, she has an array of pets, including a chihuahua called Taco, a Labrador x Springer spaniel called Xanthe, 2 dachshunds Lucy and Sizzle, many rabbits as well as rainbow budgies which she breeds.

Trainee Vet Nurse

Tori started work at Frenchs Forest Veterinary Hospital in February 2019. She is currently completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is throughly enjoying her time here.

Tori has a love and interest for all animals but has a strong passion for wildlife and native animals. She has grown up with a range of pets caring for dogs, cats, horses and is currently a dedicated owner of a sweet Fox Terrier X called Carter.