Meet Our Team


Upeka Nanayakkara

Veterinarian (BVSc,)

Upeka graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2006, and joined the clinic in December of that year. She worked with us until April 2012, during which time she completed a post graduate course in feline medicine. Upeka then moved to the UK for a working holiday at a small animal practice, and re-joined our team in July 2013. It is great to have her back at the clinics.

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 is currently on maternity leave.

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.

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.


Practice Manager (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Kelly started as a Veterinary nurse at the Corio clinic in 2000. She worked here for 11 years, during which time she gained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, graduating 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 to share.

Kelly is now our Practice Manager as well as the central platform in our Veterinary Nursing team - she is responsible for coordinating all of the clinic duties, and is an integral part of our team.


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.


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.


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. Tracy has a friendly demeanour and is always willing to assist in both client and patient needs.


Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Diploma of Emergency Nursing)

Sarah works at both our Corio & Lara clinics part time, joining us in late 2016. She has completed Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing & Diploma of Emergency Nursing at Box Hill TAFE. Originally from Melbourne Sarah relocated to the Geelong region in 2015 and has a hobby farm in North Central Victoria. Sarah has returned from maternity leave and is kept busy these days juggling the working and family life. 


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 6 years clinical experience prior to joining our team at Corio.  Currently Laura is on maternity leave and enjoying this well earned break with her family.


Trainee Nurse

Kellie is currently undertaking a nursing certificate with us, in conjunction with Box Hills TAFE.   She is learning the ropes quickly with all aspects of nursing and and is due to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at the end of 2018.

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