Our Doctors

Our team of qualified, caring and dedicated Veterinarians

These are the people that start your journey at Southern Cross Vet. They all believe that using their smarts alongside their hearts is important as we know how stressful and scary a visit to a vet may be. Each of our Doctors have a special interest, so reception will endeavour to book you in with the most appropriate Doctor for the species or condition you are visiting us for. Remember that you can always request the same Doctor as they become partners in your pet’s care.

Dr Sam Kovac

BVSc (Merit), 
Chartered member of the Australian Veterinary Assoc.
Member, Royal College of Vet Surgeons, UK, MSGFC

Dr Sam followed his dream of becoming a veterinary surgeon that began at age three. Since that time, he has developed a strong interest in oncology, internal medicine and animal behaviour. Now a Chartered Member of the Australian Veterinary Association, Dr Sam continues his passion of providing the most up-to-date care to his patients and their two-legged family.

Sam founded Southern Cross Vet in the heart of St Peters, bordering on Alexandria to the west, Marrickville to the east and Newtown to the north, to offer pet parents  a new level of service but with reasonable fees.

Dr. Matt Wilkinson


Dr Matt studied his veterinary degree at the Royal Vet College in London. He graduated in 2014 and has worked with small animals in the UK for the past two years. He decided to move over to Australia for new challenges and joined the Southern Cross team.

He was involved in a television show in England called Young Vets on BBC2 which can be found on YouTube! In his spare time, Matt has a passion for photography and cooking and his favourite animal is a monkey!

Matt likes being a vet because he loves animals and loves the variety of each day. He enjoys learning about the ever changing veterinary environment and being able to put his skills into practice. His favourite part of the job is being in surgery and keeping his surgical techniques up to date.

Dr Gianna Zuch


Dr Gianna joined our team in June 2016, returning to Sydney to live after working in small animal practice in Brisbane, the UK and even in Fiji!

Gianna participates in triathlons and is the most athletic in the Southern Cross Team! Gianna enjoys being a vet because it is a different challenge every day. She especially loves soft tissue surgery and also helping first-time pet owners to give their new pets the best start in life!

She also has a special interest in pocket pets and looks forward to meeting all of our rabbit, guinea pig and rat clients. Gianna believes strongly in preventative medicine and really enjoys working with new pet owners to ensure they have all the best knowledge to give their new pet the best start in life to keep them healthy and happy.

Dr. Bethany Richards


Dr. Beth joined our team in 2017. She grew up locally in the Sydney area and completed her veterinary degree at Sydney University. Dr. Beth dreamt of becoming a vet from a young age and aims to treat every patient as if they were her own. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and has a special interest in promoting animal welfare. Dr. Beth is part of the Animal Ethics Committee at the Children’s Medical Research Institute of the Children’s Hospital in Westmead.

In her free time, Beth can be found relaxing on the beach, reading or playing with her much loved pets. Dr. Beth’s ever growing zoo of animals consists of Archie the Golden Retriever (pictured), Gracie and Neko the ex-stray cats and Priscilla the spoilt Siamese fighting fish.


Dr. Ed Bechara

BVSc MANZCVSc (Surgery)

Having grown up and schooled in the Inner west of Sydney, Dr Ed studied a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Sydney University, graduating with second-class honors in 1997. Since then Dr Ed has worked exclusively in small animal practices all over Sydney as well as the South Coast of New South Wales.  With over 20 years experience and an ongoing enthusiasm for all areas of small animal practice, Dr Ed’s main areas of interest are Small animal surgery ( including Orthopaedics and complex reconstructive surgeries), Dermatology, Dentistry, Internal medicine and Imaging.

Dr Ed was admitted to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science in 2005 after successfully completing the examinations of the surgery chapter of the college. Since then Dr Ed has attended many workshops, especially in Orthopaedic Surgery and Dentistry, to stay abreast of latest developments in the profession and help achieve the best possible clinical outcomes for our patients.

In his spare time, Dr Ed is an avid runner, gym goer, and family man. He spends many weekends at the family farm tending a menagerie of various four-legged and feathered critters.

Dr Ed enjoys using his experience to work with the great team at Southern Cross vets and serving the community of the inner west and beyond.


Dr. Benjamin McRae



Born in New Zealand but growing up in Perth WA, Dr. Ben graduated from Murdoch University in 2013. Since graduation he has worked in Adelaide, rural Victoria, Tasmania, Perth and finally Sydney, splitting his time between general practice and emergency work.

His main areas of interest are both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery and is passionate about furthering Dr. Sam’s work in making minimally invasive procedures more available to his patients.

In his spare time, Dr. Ben enjoys cycling, reading, and drinking wine. He has 2 pets, a moderately overweight cat named Couscous and an Alexandrian parrot called Geoffrey.

We team up with only the best specialists

Dr Graeme Allen

Diplomate American College Veterinary Radiologists

Dr Graeme Allen brings a wealth of diagnostic imaging experience to our clinic. He reads and reports CT images and x-rays as well as undertaking interventional procedures such as ultrasound guided biopsies of suspicious looking masses.

He became one of the first qualified specialists in Australia and for the past 10 years has also acted as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney. He conducts undergraduate lectures in radiology and many postgraduate courses.

Dr Neil Hannan

BVSc, PhD, MANZCVSc (Small Animal Surgery)

Dr Hannan is the newest member of our team. He completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney and then obtained a PhD in canine knee surgery.

He currently lectures undergraduate students at the University of Sydney. Dr Hannan performs complex orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery at the clinic and is well known in the veterinary community for his surgical excellence.

Dr Andrew Levien


Dr Levien is double board certified by the American College of Vet Surgeons and the European College of Vet Surgeons which means he can practice high-level surgery in all of Europe, the USA and Australia.

He is highly specialised, but has a warm approach to difficult cases.  He is one of the only specialist surgeons in Sydney to perform Total Hip Replacements, arthroscopy and Spinal Surgery so is a perfect fit for Southern Cross Vet as we approach the pinnacle of veterinary medicine and surgery.

If your pet requires serious orthopaedic surgery, we will call on Dr Levien!