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
Dr Rod Collins BVSc (Hons) MVSc MACVSc
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.
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!
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.
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 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.