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 Vet Team
Dr Jeffery Lee
Lead Vet
  • BVSc
  • Dip.Diag.Path
  • MSc
  • MBA

Jeff has had a wide exposure to what and where veterinary medicine can take you. An import from Malaysia who now... “calls Australia home”, is a product of the Veterinary School at the University of Queensland in 1975 under the Colombo Plan Scholarship scheme. Practiced briefly at Nobby’s Beach Veterinary Clinic on the Gold Coast, returned to Malaysia to join the faculty in the newly established veterinary school in Universiti Pertanian  Malaysia(UPM) - Agricultural University.  

Undertook studies at the  Ontario Veterinary College(OVC), Ontario, Canada between 1976-1979 graduating with a Diploma in Diagnostic Veterinary Pathology and a Master of Veterinary Medicine and resumed teaching at the veterinary faculty at UPM in 1980.

In 1983, Jeff transferred from teaching at UPM to becoming the Zoo Director of Malaysia’s National Zoo (Zoo Negara) for the next 6 years, till 1989. During his zoo career he completed an Executive MBA with the Cranfield University in England.

Jeff and his family moved  to Sydney at the end of 1989 in search of the famous Australian sun, sand, sea and surf lifestyle. He quickly woke up to reality in the hustle and bustle of Sydney and commenced work as an AQIS veterinarian but did not last long in the world of abattoirs and export meat. Just was not cut out for it.

Spent 10 years (1990-2000) in marketing in the Veterinary Pharmaceutical Industry with the likes of Coopers, then Pitman-Moore; Jurox; Uncle Bens and finally as Marketing Development Manager for Pfizer Animal Health. During those industry years there must have been a yearning to remain a veterinarian as Jeff also worked as an Emergency Veterinarian attached to the Northwest Emergency Animal Centre in Baulkham Hills which was eventually taken over by the Animal Referral Hospital.

In 2000,  Jeff decided to concentrate on veterinary practice once more and became a partner in Forestville Veterinary Hospital (FVH). Getting back to basics with the accumulated experience from a wider veterinary perspective from academia and research to the business world of the animal industry, Jeff  has a  profound understanding of how the business of caring for animals interacts with people who appreciate and value animals and have pets that are in fact a member of their family.

Jeff says “It is one of the most rewarding feelings to see how pet owner’s eyes light up, young and elderly alike, but especially in children, when they collect their much loved pets after they have recovered from illness or a medical/surgical procedure that provides an improved quality of life for the pet.”

“There are some very advanced and sophisticated technology that is deployed in modern veterinary medicine today” says Jeff,  “and at FVH we have referral access to such cutting edge expertise at any time. However, we pride ourselves with the fact that in most cases we are able to provide a thorough and comprehensive veterinary service to our patients based on our combined and cumulative experience and knowledge and equipment that we have at our practice.”  According to Jeff, “It has been very satisfying and fulfilling providing veterinary services at FVH where there are many clients who have been bringing their pets to this practice for over 3 generations. Such loyalty is rare in these days of high mobility and we appreciate their support in a big way and will always be there for you....we know who you are .... give us a call at anytime”

Dr Roy Matthews
  • BVSc (Hons)

Graduating from Sydney University in 1982, Roy worked at Liverpool Veterinary Hospital, followed by a group practice in Sydney’s inner west, before spending 10 years at Roseville Veterinary Hospital.

Roy joined the Forestville Veterinary Hospital as an assistant in 1996, before becoming a partner in 1998. With a general interest in all aspects of Veterinary Science, Roy enjoys diagnostic challenges and complex medical cases. “What I really enjoy is helping owners to understand what is happening with their pet, and what options they have, so that they can make the best possible decisions – that’s really important to me.”

Roy is married to Rosalie, a veterinarian at Gladesville Veterinary Hospital. A busy work life combined with townhouse living has restricted pets to tropical fish and the occasional adopted bird. Roy and Rosalie are both active in their local church. Roy’s other interests include theological studies, photography, bushwalking and following motor racing.

Dr Gunilla McPherson
  • BVSc
  • MVPH

Gunilla graduated in 1988 from the University of Sydney and her first job was in mixed practice in Albury NSW. In 1992 she moved over to the UK, where she stayed for 13 years, working for mixed, equine and farm animal Practices in Devon and Derbyshire.

She returned to Australia in the mid 2000’s and locumed as an equine and mixed animal vet around Australia (NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania), New Zealand (South Island) and back in the UK again.

One of her ambitions was to gain a Masters degree and she achieved her Master of Veterinary Public Health (MVPH) with the University of Sydney in 2015.

Gunilla has been working at Forestville Veterinary Hospital since September 2015. She enjoys general consultations and interactions with clients and their animals and strives to achieve the best outcomes.

In her spare time, she gardens and is a member of the operational side of the Willoughby/Lane Cove SES unit. She attends the Willoughby Park Anglican Church.

Meet Our Nurses
Tessa Whiteley
Senior Vet Nurse
  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse (Studying Bachelor of Veterinary Technology)

Tessa joined the team in January 2015. She has spent most of her life surrounded by animals and loves learning about the needs of each and every species. Tessa is passionate about internal medicine, veterinary imaging, surgery and dog trick training. She finds it very rewarding to follow the journey of a sick patient and watch them happily go home with their family when they've recovered.

Tessa has 3 beautiful pets at home. A 4-year-old Spoodlier named Calvin, a 7-year-old Birman named Misty and a cheeky 1-year-old DSH named Freddie. 

In her spare time, Tessa enjoys dog walking, horse riding, travelling, seeing friends and studying at university to become a Vet Tech. 

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

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.

Kayley Yip
Vet Nurse

Kayley joined the team in early 2018 having worked at a few different clinics on the north shore and a short stint in retail. Kayley completed her vet nursing certificate in 2016 at Ultimo TAFE straight after she finished school.

Kayley has 3 animals at home; a cat (Pepper), dog (Stevie) and a kitten (Thistle). Two of which were adopted form FVH! Kayley Plans on studying animal Physio in the future and looks forward into helping animals further.

In her spare time, Kayley works with children at a before and after school care and loves to spend time with friends and family.

Vet Nurse

Born and raised on the Northern Beaches, obsessed with the beach and all things to do with animals. I studied my Cert IV in Vet Nursing through North Coast Tafe and I am currently undergoing further study to expand my knowledge in surgery and exotic animals. My at-home zoo over the years has been made up of a number of animals including saltwater fish species, birds, lizards, axolotls, ferrets, and frogs. At the moment it currently contains a Dog, Snake, and whatever Foster Kittens I’m able to help. I love caring for my own, and other people's animals because nothing makes me happier than reuniting an owner with their healthy and happy animals.

Meet Our Client Services Team

Bianca is new to the team being on reception for the last month. She was previously doing dog grooming through the JIMS DOG WASH, and has previously worked in kennel boarding, helping out on weekends.

Bianca has a 7 year old daughter and their favourite thing to do is go on adventures and explore new places. Bianca grew up with dogs most of her life including the breeds Shih-Tsu and Bull Arab X, currently owning Axolotls but planning to get another dog down the track.

In her spare time, Bianca likes to see family and friends and go walking to lookouts.