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29 Surfcoast Highway, Torquay, VIC 3228

1A Diggers Parade, Anglesea, VIC 3230

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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

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


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 35 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 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 Jessica Privett BVSc (Hons) MPH



Jessica graduated in 2008 from the University of Sydney. She has worked in a number of small animal practices in and around Sydney, including at the ‘Bondi Vet’ with Dr Chris Brown.

Jess has a passion for travel which has taken her to veterinary pursuits in the US, Vietnam, Cambodia and Angola. In 2014 she moved to the UK where she worked as a veterinary locum. This is also where she met her fiancé and they decided to make Torquay their home in 2019.

When not at work, Jess enjoys spending time with her young family and rescue cat, Woody.



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.






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.  


When she is not nursing, she enjoys riding her horses, gardening and spending time with her family and chickens.

  • Darcy - Greyhound x
  • Paddy - Staghound x
  • Sullly - Standardbred
  • Jack - Thoroughbred



Jemma MacKenzie - RVN

Kit and Kyah

Jemma graduated from her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Victoria University in 2012 and has completed her Veterinary Nursing Registration.


Jemma completed her course placement within the clinic and continued to work with the clinic for five years. She then went on to another veterinary clinic to widen her skills and became a Clinic Manager.


Within that time Jemma has had two young girls and has decided to come back to Torquay and Surfcoast Veterinary Clinics to get back into Veterinary Nursing.

Jemma enjoys all aspects for nursing, from the front reception through to surgery.

Jemma is currently studying her certificate in Accounting and Bookkeeping, and is also looking at furthering her education within the Veterinary industry.

Jemma has an array of animals including guinea pigs (2), rabbits (2), cats (4), dogs (2) and horses (7).

In her spare time Jemma enjoys competing her horses at local competitions and venturing the local Bellbrae bush trails in her spare time.





Tia Beasley


Tia joined the clinic permanently in 2019, after completing her placement with us and graduating from Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing. She is currently studying a course in animal behaviour and plans to study further into emergency nursing, pathology and critical care.


Tia's favourite thing about being a nurse is being able to help and care for all creatures of many different sizes and species, assisting in surgery and the continued wellbeing of our furry family members. She has a special interest in caring for and fostering kittens that arrive at the clinic and getting them ready for adoption for their forever homes.



Rachel Cameron

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)





Practice Coordinator

Michelle McKenzie BCom


Michelle has joined us as the Practice Coordinator. She graduated in 2012 from Deakin University with a Bachelor Commerce, Human Resources and Management majors. She has since worked for large and small organisations as Human Resources Advisor and HR Coordinator with experience in Office Management in her early career.

Michelle has commenced her Masters in Legal Studies and is looking forward to also studying further in Veterinary Clinic Practice Management.

When Michelle is not at work she will be found taxying her 3 boys around various sporting commitments, out in the great outdoors exploring the beach and bushlands, spending time with her family and friends, both close to home along the Surfcoast and back in the Grampians at their family farm.

Michelle has a weimaraner, Jinx, who also enjoys all of the various outdoors activities. 


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.