Dr Emma Whiston
BVSc(Hons) CHPV Fear Free Certified Veterinarian
Dr Emma Whiston graduated with Honours from the University of Melbourne and has been a qualified and registered Veterinarian since 1993. Dr Emma spent many years in general practice until 2004 when she established ‘My Best Friend’ in order to provide pets and their families with private, peaceful and dignified care in the last stages of their time together.
Dr Emma has a particular interest in the Human-Animal Bond, End of Life Care including Geriatric Medicine, Palliative Care, Pain Management, Home Euthanasia and Bereavement. She understands and is sensitive to the difficulties and emotions that may be associated with the management of the end of a pet’s life.
Emma grew up the daughter of a veterinarian, Dr Nigel Clayton who was a pioneer in many ways, particularly being instrumental in the establishment of Australia’s first after hours emergency centre in 1976.
Emma’s godmother Dr Margaret (Peg) Goodwin was also a veterinarian who created history when she established Melbourne’s first exclusively small animal practice in Ringwood in 1954.
Dr Emma has pursued further training in the USA and in 2017 became one of Australia’s first Veterinarians to become a Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Veterinarian (CHPV) with the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC). Emma is also a member of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association (ASAVA) and the Australian Veterinary Palliative Care Advisory Council (AVPCAC).