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Veterinary Surgeons


Dr Kate Gittings BVSc


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, 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 Katherine Daley BVSc

Kat graduated in 2013 from the University of Queensland and started her veterinary career in a busy practice in Sydney for over 5 years before moving to Torquay to raise a family.

Kat loves all aspects of being a small animal vet but has a particular interest in internal medicine, especially endocrinology, dermatology and oncology.  She has also a completed a further year long course in emergency medicine through the Centre for Veterinary Education and regularly attends seminars and studies to ensure all of her patients receive the most thorough and up-to-date treatment possible.

Outside of work Kat spends her free time either baking elaborate cakes, learning to surf at the beach or going for a hike with her husband, young son and first child, a one-eyed Cavoodle named Sparrow.

Dr Kate Richards BVetBio/BVetSc(hons),BAgSci

Kate graduated from Charles Sturt University in mid 2020. Initially working in mixed practice, she enjoyed working with animals both large and small but has found a passion for small animal preventative health and equine dentistry. 

Kate works for us part time while dedicating the rest of her week to her equine dental business. In her spare time Kate enjoys playing polocrosse, surfing and rock climbing. Kate has two dogs (Nina and Millie), two cats (Mini Puss and Fliss) and 4 horses (Rooster, Whale, Sophie and Ace) 

Dr Luci Ross BVSc

Luci graduated from Charles Sturt university in mid 2019. She started out her career in mixed practice, however has since discovered her love for small animal practice.
Luci grew up in the local area and had moved away to complete her studies, missing the beach and bush she moved back and joined the Torquay and Surfcoast Veterinary Clinics' team. 
Luci has developed her skills and love for surgery and has a special interest in orthopaedics, emergency medicine and dermatology, where she chooses to further her studies.
Luci has 3 dogs, 2 cats, horses and a couple of alpacas.
Luci loves working with both animals and owners and enjoys seeing her patients come back in for visits.

Dr Alice Hicks DVM

Alice graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2021. After making the move down the coast, Alice joined our clinic at the start of 2022. She has become a valuable member of our team.

Alice has a special interest in small animal medicine and endocrinology. 

When Alice is not at work she is at the beach walking her dogs Jessie and Leo. 


Nurses and Receptionists

Vanessa Sciarrone- Veterinary Nurse

Vanessa is a qualified Veterinarian Nurse who started working with us earlier this year in 2021.
She grew up always loving spending time with animals which drew her to Volunteering at the Geelong Animal Welfare Society on her weekends whilst at school. Since then Vanessa has continued to pursue her love for animals, working at a variety of clinics. 
Vanessa is detailed orientated in surgery and compassionate on reception, someone who always has a smile for your furry friends.
She has now recently settled in with us and her new place, and will be looking for some furry additions to her family in the future. 

Rachel Cameron- Veterinary Nurse

Indi and Jacko

Rachel started her vet nursing career in 2009 before taking a break to raise her young family and pursue a business venture and further her education.

Rachel worked for 9 years as an animal technician and research assistant in a cancer immunology laboratory at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute.

Rachel's love for animals developed at a very young age spending time on the family's hobby farm. She is known around town as the Surfcoast Pet Nanny, which she founded in 2003.

Rachel feels very fortunate to be back doing what she loves with the very supportive and knowledgeable team at the clinic.

When not at work Rachel enjoys nothing more than spending time in the outdoors with her husband and kids and caring for her labradoodle Indi, cat Skittles, bearded dragon Jacko and pet fish (Felicia and Marshmellow-Guitar)


Danielle Pietsch- Veterinary Nurse

Dani begun with our team in November 2020. In 2021, Dani undertook her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at The Gordon in which she became a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse in July 2022. Before nursing Dani completed her Bachelor or Zoology and Animal Science at Deakin University. Dani has always loved animals, growing up in the country she had lots of exposure to a variety of animals, large and small, including being a local rescuer for Wildlife Victoria.

Dani has taken a keen interest in Native wildlife, reproduction and neonate care. Her favourite part about working in the clinic is surgery, she also enjoys taking home stray kittens that need some extra TLC. 

In her spare time, Dani enjoys spending time with her husband; Jason, her two cats; Ava and Klaus, and her three dogs; Lucy, Alfie and Mini. She also loves going back home to spend time with her family. 



Kaitlyn King- Receptionist

Kaitlyn is one of our receptionist, who started working with us mid 2022. She grew up surrounded by all types of animals at home as well as volunteering as local shelters in her spare time.

Kaitlyn always has a smile for you and your furry friends. 

When not at work Kaitlyn loves spending time in the outdoors and caring for her cat 'Whiskers' and fish 'Doug' and 'Dog'. 



Zoe Chiovitti- Veterinary Nurse

Zoe has been a veterinary nurse for 5 years now after completing her certificates and the Gordon TAFE. Zoe is extremely passionate about animals and maintaining a high standard of care for our surgery/ anaesthetic patients. 

Zoe has a strong interest in all things reproduction which is why she has a 1 year old Bernese Mountain dog named Azriel who is a part of the pedigree breeding program. 

Nicole Henczel- Veterinary Nurse 

Nicole joined our team at the beginning of 2024 and has been vet nursing for 4 years. Nicole completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at The Gordon then went on to work in Melbourne until recently we she made the decision to move to the Surf Coast. Nicole's passion for animals stemmed from a young age so naturally she pursued a career in vet nursing. Outside of work Nicole likes to read, enjoys cooking and keeps busy chasing after her Labrador puppy, Olive.

Practice Manager


Julia Earle

Julia started working with us as our the Practice Manager in July 2022. She finished her Practice Management Diploma at the end of 2021 and has a background in Veterinary Nursing, Animal Technology and Business Administration.  

Julia always wanted to work in a veterinary clinic and asked for a job at her local clinic when she was in grade 3. Julia grew up in Geelong and moved to Queensland in 2004 where she started her vet nursing career. She instantly fell in love with being a vet nurse. Her favourite part of being a nurse was emergency and critical care.  

When not at work Julia enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 boys, camping, bush walking and hanging out time with her Labrador, Archie and cuddling with her cat, Freddy. 

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.