Meet Our Team

  

Upeka Nanayakkara

Veterinarian (BVSc,)

Another familiar face to a lot of our clients, Upeka has been here at the clinic since 2006 after graduating from Melbourne University. She took a little break from Corio in 2012, for 18 months to do some traveling.

Due to her experience, vision and dedication to the clinics Upeka has become the Lead Veterinarian and works closely with Kelly. Upeka is currently undertaking a diploma in management and has completed a post graduate course in feline medicine.

Outside of work Upeka is a fan of the outdoors, spending a lot of time gardening, doing the occasional fun-run and also continuing her travel-bug ways with as many trips overseas as she can manage. She is a black cat fan and her spoilt tiny orphaned black kitten called Tuohy is now a big beautiful boy.

Upeka is an integral part of our clinic team and is proving herself to be a great leader to our crew, we are lucky to have her here and are always grateful she did return from overseas.


Emily Turner

Veterinarian (MVB MRCVS)

Emily graduated from Dublin University in 2009. After coming to Australia to do work experience as a vet student, she always wanted to return.  In May 2014, Emily joined our team after four years practising at home in Ireland, and in the UK.  We are happy to welcome Emily to the clinic.


Melissa See

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Melissa is originally from Singapore, and studied Veterinary Science at Melbourne University, graduating in 2011. She has taken special interest in small animal medicine and previously worked at a mixed practice in Moe. Melissa has become a valuable member of our team, and has recently returned from maternity leave, working part time. We are very pleased to see her friendly face around the clinic again.


Zara Meer

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Zara Meer is new to Australia and joined us in the early 2017. Zara graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 2012 and has a special interest in medicine. She is keen to experience all that Australia has to offer and is looking forward to meeting the locals.


Belinda Li

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Belinda is our newest team member, joining us in January 2018 - she graduated in 2013 from the University of Queensland, and originally hails from Hong Kong. Belinda was previously working in a small animal practice in Sydney before coming to Geelong, and has a special interest in animal behaviour.


John Langley

Veterinarian (BVSc)

John is now retired, so he can spend more time travelling and working on the farm. But you may still see him around, as he helps us out with the occasional session.


Kelly

Practice Manager (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

You may know Kelly from her nursing days – starting way back in August 2000! During her nursing career, Kelly gained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, graduating from Box Hill TAFE with an award in Emergency nursing.

At the end of 2011, Kelly took a year-long break and moved to Darwin where she continued to work as a Veterinary Nurse. She re-joined our nursing team in 2013, and has brought back a wealth of knowledge and additional experience to share.

Knowing the clinic back to front and inside out, Kelly has now taken on the role of Practice Manager and is the central platform in our Veterinary team. She is always willing to help our patients, clients and staff and goes above and beyond to ensure things run smoothly in the clinic.

Kelly enjoys spending time with her two staffies and her newest family member, a little rescue pup. She still likes to get back to the warmer weather in Darwin when possible. When Kelly isn't at work she spends a lot of her time volunteering with Geelong Animal Rescue and can often be found at tin rattles or sausage sizzles around Geelong raising money to help out even more animals.

Kelly is pivotal to the running of the clinic, she can answer any question and sort out anything that needs to be sorted, and we are extremely lucky to have such a great leader in her.


Sarah

Head Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Sarah joined our team in April 2018 and is a very valued member of our team. She has learnt the ropes quickly and is very motivated. Sarah has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and continues to further her knowledge with short courses online.

Sarah has taken on the role of head nurse, leading with enthusiasm and a positive energy. She has taken on this leadership role with ease, and is a great role model and mentor to the nursing team.

Outside of work, she keeps busy with her many hobbies from wood chopping to baking and entertaining her two dogs Pippa and Reggie.

You’ll see Sarah’s bubbly face at our Corio and Lara clinics.


Karen

Veterinary Nurse

Karen is our practice's founding Veterinary Nurse with over 30 years experience. She is a Lara local, who these days is our main veterinary nurse at our clinic in Lara. You will find her there working the morning shifts and most evenings.

Karen's experience, willingness to listen to clients and helpfulness, are a great asset to our practice. You will always find Karen a pleasure to deal with.


Miranda

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)

Miranda has been with us since 2004. During her time here, she gained her Veterinary Nursing Certificate IV, and in doing so received an award in Dental Nursing. In 2006 Miranda completed the microchipping implantation accreditation course.

In 2007, Miranda took some time off travelling in Europe, where she gained some more experience honouring her vet nursing skills, in England. She returned to Australia and re-joined our team in late 2008. Miranda now works with us part-time, at both clinics, and enjoys spending time with her family.


Tracy

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Tracy was employed as part of the nursing team in 2009. She has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and balancing her nursing duties with training her race horses. You may be lucky to get a glimpse of Tracy around the Corio or Lara Clinic as she is currently working on a casual basis. Tracy has a friendly demeanour and is always willing to assist in both client and patient needs.


Nikki

Veterinary Nurse

Our long-term clients may remember her familiar face! Nikki has re-joined the clinic as of the start of 2019 after an 11-year break during which she was raising her two beautiful girls and working at other clinics.

She has returned to Corio with lots of enthusiasm and positive energy. It’s as though she had never left! When not at work, Nikki enjoys spending plenty of time on the beach with her beloved dog Ned.

Nikki is always willing to help both staff and clients and we are very happy to welcome her back to the clinic.


Laura

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Laura is one of the central members of our nursing team, and joined us in January 2017. Laura completed Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Victoria University in 2012 and had 7 years clinical experience prior to joining our team at Corio. Laura is now working part time and enjoying motherhood. 


Kellie

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Kellie joined the clinic in early 2018 while studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She qualified at the end of 2018 from Box Hill TAFE. Kellie is currently looking into doing further study in the field of Canine Physiotherapy. 

While in high school, she also took part in a volunteer placement at Australia Zoo in Queensland! This sparked her love for exotic animals. Playing fetch with otters and petting the Rhinos was definitely an experince she will never forget!

Kellie has settled into the clinic with ease and has a cheerful nature. We are very pleased to have her as part of the nursing team at the clinic.


Eleyne

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Eleyne is one of our newer staff members, starting at the clinic in late 2018. After completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2018, Eleyne is already taking on further study in the field of canine massage therapy as a special interest. If she isn’t working or studying, she is enjoying a nice run on the beach with her dog Rosie.

We are glad to have Eleyne here at the clinic and are sure she will be an asset to the clinic, our clients and our patients. You will see her friendly face at our Corio clinic.


Ellie

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)

Ellie is originally from the United Kingdom, but relocated to Australia early in 2010. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Victoria University and joined us in April 2013.

Since then, Ellie has taken some time off to raise her family and has now re-joined our team part-time. You will see Ellie's smiling face at our Lara Clinic.


Jess

Trainee Nurse

Jess is also a recent addition to the clinic. She has always adored animals and had a keen interest in vet nursing from a young age. Jess has joined the team at the Corio and Lara clinics as she completes her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. One year down in the course and Jess is loving vet nursing and shows great potential in her chosen career.

Her future in Veterinary Nursing looks very promising and we are very excited to have her here at the clinic. We wish Jess the best in the rest of her studies and will continue to teach and support her during this time.


Jane

Receptionist

Jane is one of the clinic's newest recruits. She is the first dedicated clinic receptionist! Jane's skills from her previous pharmacy job are being put to great use here at our busy clinic.

She is on the board of directors for Geelong Animal Rescue (GAR) and does amazing work with them including, booking vet visits, organising foster carers and of course, vital fundraising for the charity.

Jane has settled into the clinic so well, it is as though she has been here for years! We are very lucky to have such a great addition to the clinic.


  
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