Dr. Rafael Mibelli

Veterinarian at Ringwood Vet Hospital and Emergency

Why did you choose to become a veterinarian?

At the age of 10, I had the opportunity to spend some time with my uncle, who was a vet, and I realised that it was a passion that I shared with him. He used to work with cattle, water buffalo, and horses – it was incredible to my young mind! In 2008, I graduated from theCentral University of Venezuela as a veterinarian and started working in a small animal clinic until 2016. From there, I moved to Australia, completed the veterinary examinations and have been working full time. 

Do you have any pets at home?

Fluffy, my beautiful T-Rex, he likes tennis balls and BBQ shapes on the couch while watching Real Madrid.

What are your interest areas when it comes to veterinary medicine?

My area of interest is orthopaedic surgery, I find it very interesting, especially the healing capabilities of cats and dogs. The outcome of seeing them back to their normal habits and playful selves is incredible.

What is something interesting that we may not know about you?

I was once the anaesthetist for a hippo that escaped from the zoo in Venezuela! One of the vital signs you look for is to tickle his ear hair and see if there is a reaction. The first time I did that, he tried to take my arm off! We had to use a crane to pick him up to put him on the truck to take him back to his enclosure. He woke up fine, definitely the most interesting case I have worked on!