Meet Our Team


Corio Veterinary Clinic was established in 1978. We are a modern well-equipped hospital, with a caring and experienced team of veterinarians and nurses who are committed to providing the best care for your pets. We are able to offer a wide range of services including consultations, desexing & microchipping, elective and emergency surgery and home visits. Our surgical and medical equipment is kept well up to date to enhance quick and effective treatment of your pets. With good advice and professional care, we strive to give your pet the best ongoing health care.

Our Lara Veterinary Clinic was opened in 1983 to cater for the ever expanding population of Lara and the surrounding districts. The Lara clinic provides a full range of services to our clients and their animals, with extended hours in the evenings for those owners working in Melbourne and travelling home to Lara. We aim to make your pet feel at ease in our Clinic with a caring and gentle approach to our treatments and consultations.

With our modern computer system, all details of your animals histories are available at the touch of a button to both clinics, which are linked on-line.

Take a moment to meet our team and their own pets. We look forward to seeing you and your pet again at your next scheduled visit.


Annie Kennedy

Practice Manager (Veterinary Nurse)

Annie joined us here at the Corio and Lara Veterinary clinics in 2021 and has recently taken on the Practice manager position. She has been nursing for 10 years and has experienced nursing life from the Pilbra to Melbourne.

On her days off you will find Annie exploring in the bush with her 11yr old Rhodesian Ridgeback X Raff.

Annie's friendly face will be seen at our Corio and Lara Veterinary clinic, and she is a very welcome addition to our great 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 travelling.

Due to her experience, vision and dedication to the clinics Upeka has become the Lead Veterinarian and works closely with Annie. Upeka has undertaken 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. Emily has since been a very integral part of the clinic team, she did have a stint back in Ireland for a few months in 2021 but has since returned to the Corio and Lara Veterinary clinics. We are very grateful to have her back and so are many of our clients. 

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, working here for many years as one of our part-time vets.

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.


Head Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

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.

Nikki has been back at the clinics now for about 3 years and has brought a very enthusiastic and positive energy with her its like she never left in the first place!

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 have her here at the Corio and Lara Veterinary clinics.


Registered Veterinary 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.

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

Sarah is currently on maternity leave. 


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. 

Miranda has worked at both the Lara and Corio Veterinary clinics as a part-time nurse since returning in 2008. Miranda is always more than happy to help our clients in any way she can, and she has a keen interest in surgery.

When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


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 motherhood and trainer her 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.


Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

* Laura is currently on Maternity Leave from the Clinic *

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. She is always more than happy to help out both clients and staff. She has a keen interest in surgery in particular dental surgery.

Laura is also interested in teaching and has trained many of our workplace students. And we are sure she will train many more students into becoming exceptional veterinary nurses in the future. 

When not at work laura spends time with her family and her fur children, Arya, an 8 year old Burmese and a lovely retired greyhound, Mavis


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 experience she will never forget! 

Kellie was a part-time vet nurse here at the Corio and Lara Veterinary Clinics but has since cut back her hours to focus on her interested in canine rehabilitation through Advance vet Care in the hydrotherapy department and K9 Fitness Rosewood Farm, however she is still working at both the Corio and Lara veterinary clinics on a casual basis.


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 both our Corio and Lara Clinic.


Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Jess has quickly become a wonderful part of our nursing team. She has always adored animals and had a keen interest in vet nursing from a young age. Jess joined the team at the Corio and Lara clinics while she completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. 

Jess has been a qualified vet nurse here at the Corio and Lara Veterinary clinics for the last 3 years and is a very important part of the team. She has great passion for dental x-rays and is always completing short courses to further her knowledge in surgery and medicine. She is always more than happy to help out with clients with their inquires. 

When jess isn't at work she spends time with her friends and her family and fur babies, Sylvester a 16yr old DSH, Lady a 6-year-old Cavalier King Charles and TJ a 15 yr old Corgi X.

Clients can see Jess's smiling face at both the Corio and Lara veterinary clinics.


Caitlin Hartigan

Veterinary Nurse (Veterinary Nurse)

Caitlin joined the Corio and Lara Veterinary clinic team back in 2020 and has quickly become an important part of the team. Caitlin is a qualified veterinary nurse who has a strong interest in surgery and medicine, in particular hospital patients and orthopaedic surgery. 

Caitlin completed her bachelor of animal science and zoology in 2015 and went on to do her veterinary nursing course in 2018. She has a passion for learning and will take any chance to learn a new skill whether this be through short courses or learning from her fellow co-workers

She is also always more than happy to help out with clients with their inquires. 

When Caitlin isn't at work she spends time with her friends, family and her fur babies, Rufus a 7yr old retired greyhound and Zoe a 9 yr old retired greyhound. 

Clients can see Caitlin's smiling face at both the Corio and Lara veterinary clinics.



Jane 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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