Our team


Our veterinary surgeons

Dr. Jean C. Pfister

Dr. Pfister was born in Basel and grew up in the canton of Bern. He graduated from the University of Bern in 1990. He completed his dissertation in anaesthesiology and obtained a PhD in 1991. He worked as a veterinary surgeon in a mixed practice (large and small animals) in Frutigen (BE) from 1991 to 1993 and then at our small animal surgery in Ecublens from 1993 to 1996. He completed several AO-courses in osteosynthesis in Davos and Courchevel in 1994/95. He then took over the small animal practice from Dr. Pierre Hauser in Lausanne city centre in 1996. In 2014, Dr. Pfister took over Dr. Nidegger’s practice in Ecublens, together with Dr. Pasche. He obtained his ESAVS certificate in dermatology in 2005 and was elected president of the Swiss Small Animal Association in 2008. Besides his interest in domestic pets, Dr. Pfister shows a particular interest in big cats.
He enjoys spending time with his wife, his three children and his Border Terrier, Egna. Besides having a keen interest in art and travel, he thrives on outdoor activities and sport.

Dr. Alexandra Durrer

Dr Durrer was born and grew up in the region of Vevey. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Berne. During her last study year, she completed an internship in the University of Sydney, specialising in anaesthesia. After having worked for a year in our Lausanne practice, Dr. Durrer completed her thesis in diabetology at Zurich University. She then returned to our Lausanne practice in November 2013. She likes rock climbing, practises yoga and enjoys travelling.

Dr. Valentine Jacot

Valentine Jacot comes from the Neuchâtel area. After graduating in 2011, she completed an internship at Zurich Tierspital. She then stayed on to work for another 2 years for the small animal surgery department in Zurich. During that time, and in collaboration with the Zurich musculo-skeletal research unit, she wrote a thesis (PhD) on a new type of hydrogel to support wound healing. Valentine joined our team in April 2016. Her areas of focus are intensive medicine and traumatology. She enjoys sports, travelling and loves spending time with her family.

Our veterinary nurses

Anthony Forcina

Anthony comes from Fribourg. He finished his training as a veterinary nurse in 2008 and joined the team that year. After a year’s break for military service, he returned to our practice with new ideas and skills. In his free time, Anthony enjoys playing football and is a goalkeeper for his local team.

Alice Grandjean

After Alice finished school in 2013, she worked in Germany as an instructor in a horse-riding camp for children with special needs. She joined our team in September 2013 and is now in her last year of veterinary nurse training. She likes assisting the vet during operations and enjoys monitoring aneasthesia. in her spare time, Alice enjoys rock climbing. She is a keen wildlife photographer, accompanied by her dog Corben.

Sandy Cachin

Sandy joined our team in December 2014 and started her training as a veterinary nurse in August 2015. In her free time, she loves looking after her dog Luna and doing dog agility with her.

Diane Oppliger

Diane has been part of our team since October 2014. She went to the German part of Switzerland and to England for language study programmes and started her apprenticeship in August 2015. She loves riding horses in her spare time.

Our receptionists and admin team

Evelyne Crausaz

Evelyne Crausaz comes from Fribourg. She obtained her diploma in business administration and secretariat in 1986 in Gambach. Mum to 2 teenagers and to a cat, she has been part of our team since 2006. She loves animals, particularly cats.
Evelyne is keen on Nordic Walking, trekking in the mountains as well as skiing.

Florence Pittet

Florence Pittet has been working in the practice as a secretary since 2006. She obtained her commercial diploma in business administration in 1983. She is very fond of animals and owns a cat. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing and hiking in the mountains.