Torquay Veterinary Hospital

29 Surfcoast Highway, Torquay


Monday to Friday - 9:00am til 6:00pm

Saturday - 9:00am til 1.00pm



Anglesea Veterinary Clinic

1A Diggers Parade, Anglesea


Monday to Friday - 8:30am til 9:30am

Meet Our Staff

Veterinary Surgeons



Dr Kate Gittings BVSc

Rose, Sunny, Izzy

Kate graduated from University of Queensland in 2001. Being the owner of these clinics was Kate’s destiny. Kate is a 4th generation surfcoast resident and has a long association with the Torquay and Surfcoast Veterinary Clinics. Starting in 1993 with High School work experience, progressing to veterinary placement during university and, following graduation in 2001, to spending her first two years working along-side Neil.


To gain further experience in small animal medicine Kate travelled and worked across the UK for three years. On returning home it wasn’t long before she again came back to the practice in Torquay.


When Neil indicated he would like to take things a little easier it seemed a natural progression that Kate should become the principal Vet and became the practice owner in 2011.


Kate is passionate about companion and native animal health and welfare.


When not at the Clinic she spends time with her family, plus her dog (Clancy), two cats (Sunny and Koki) and her daughters horses.



Dr Meredith McDonald BVSc


After graduating from Massey University NZ in 1994, Meredith started her veterinary career in a small animal hospital on the Gold Coast.  She moved to the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne in 1997 to work in equine and small animal practice.  In 2016, she has come to Torquay along with her cats, horses and a goat who loves biscotti.


Meredith enjoyed the challenge of equine practice, but soon discovered that she had a growing interest in small animal medicine.  She has a particular passion for felines, having bred a litter of Birman kittens from her cat ‘Kimi’ and also having saved her adorable rescue cat ‘Mango’.  In her spare time, Meredith enjoys riding her Stockhorse x Warmblood mare ‘Fleur’ and cooking from her vast collection of recipe books.




Dr Rod Collins BVSc (Hons) MVSc MACVSc

Adoption cat

Having graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1986, Rod has worked at several veterinary clinics in and around the Geelong region for more than 27 years, as both an employee and practice owner. Rod is happy to treat all small animals whether dog, cat, bird, rodent or reptile.


After working at the Torquay and Surfcoast Veterinary Clinic from 2002-2010 Rod took on a full time position at Deakin University as the Aviary and Wildlife Supervisor. He now works at the Clinic on a part time basis.


Living in Torquay with his Bulldog cross Labrador, Frodo, Rod’s other interests are Eastern Philosophy and Chinese Medicine




Dr Matt Deppeler BVSc


Matt Graduated from Melbourne University in 2005.  He started his career working as a dairy vet, in Timboon. 

He has since gained a wealth of knowledge in both small and large animal medicine whilst working across numerous veterinary clinics in Australia, England and New Zealand. 

In December 2018 he moved to the area and began working as part of the team at Torquay and Surfcoast Veterinary Clinics. 


In his spare time he enjoys competing in triathlons.


Dr Claire Lawerence BVSc MANZCVS (ECC)


Claire started in the veterinary industry in 2004 when she became a veterinary nurse. She knew she wanted more and so moved to Sydney to pursue her veterinary degree. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 2010. Her first job took her to Kyabram where she worked with dairy cows and small animals.


In 2014, Claire and her husband decided to move back to Melbourne to raise a family and for Claire to pursue her passion for emergency medicine and surgery and small animal practice.  After juggling kids, work and study, last year Claire completed her memberships in small animal emergency and critical care.


Claire and her family recently moved to Torquay to settle in a small beach side community. You will always find Claire at the beach with her family and fur babies, or grabbing a coffee. 




Catherine Hood

Darcy and Teddy

Catherine has been working with us since 2004 and is a fully qualified veterinary nurse.  She has also completed a Diploma in Surgical Nursing and is experienced in all aspects of running the practice.  She has a special interest in animal welfare and always ensures the patients are happy and comfortable.  Catherine is also a very competent dog groomer.


When she is not nursing, Catherine enjoys gardening and entertaining her pack of 5 Staghounds, which are almost all rescue dogs, most of which have quite a few quirks!

  • Ted - GSHP x
  • Darcy - Greyhound x
  • Tully - Deerhound x Mastiff
  • Marley - Greyhound x Cattle dog
  • Paddy - Staghound x Wolfhound




Flavia Spurling


Flavia has been nursing for the better part of two decades and for her whole life has been raising injured and orphaned animals.


Flavia is the loving mum of a daughter, Lola, plus horses, dogs, cats, rabbits and chickens and has always got room at her property for a life that needs saving.


She is a keen horse rider, gardener and home chef and is proud to eat a mostly home grown diet.





Brittany Gibson


Brittany joined the Clinic in March 2018. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in January 2019. After a break to slow down and enjoy some well-deserved rest, she intends to continue studying focusing on Canine remedial massage and Canine physical therapy.


Brittany has a rescue Golden Retriever – Megs and a Border Collie -  Marley. Both who enjoy the beach as much as she does!



Stacey Barlow


Born and raised in Geelong, Stacey has lived throughout Australia, from Darwin in the far North to having recently returned from Launceston in Tasmania. Stacey comes to us with 5 years’ experience, having graduated Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing at the Gordon in 2013.


Stacey has spent her time working with mostly cats and dogs in general practice, but also your smaller creatures such as rabbits, lizards, rats and mice.  She has a keen interest in dogs having joined the "Dog show" fun with her Tibetan Mastiff and helping with many other breeds for friends.


When not at work, Stacey is busy at home with her 3 children, 2 cats and 2 dogs.  She looks forward to expanding her studies when time and family allows.

Practice Coordinator


Nicola Hyde


Nicola joined the team in 2018 to be our Practice Coordinator, taking care of the business side of the clinic to allow the rest of the team to focus on the animals. 


After completing her degree in business, Nicola's love of travelling took her to the UK where she stayed for 11 years. In 2012 she returned home to Australia with her young family. When she is not in the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog Rocky - a german wirehaired pointer and trying to get some time to read her book!




Gwynne Duff


Gwynne completed the Certificate III in Companion Animal Studies in 2013 and has worked in pet care since graduating.  She is a very skilled groomer with 4 years experience in all types of cuts and puts her clients at ease with her reassuring manner.


At home with her two teenage daughters she shares four cats, two dogs and a hand raised galah.

Puppy Pre-School Trainer



Lynne White

Jazz & Yentyl

Lynne has been training her own dogs since 1986, successfully competing in obedience trials and conformation shows, obtaining various titles for her Gordon Setters, Josh, Kirsty, and German Shorthair Pointer, Jazz.


Now retired from active competition and moving from Melbourne to Torquay in 1993 Lynne commenced as the primary instructor since the beginning of the Torquay Puppy Pre-School in 1994. All training is based on current positive reinforcement methods which are easy for the owner to grasp and fun for both the owner and the dog, results are seen very quickly.