Torquay Vets | Our Staff
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Our Staff

Dr Denis Ryan

Veterinarian MVB Dublin Ireland 1984.

Denis graduated in Dublin, Ireland in 1984. He practiced small animals in the UK for 18 months before returning to Ireland for another 18 month stint at a large animal practice in Co. Donegal.

This was a real life Herriot experience. Denis & Darina emigrated to Australia in 1987 with a 10 week old baby. The family started their Australian experience working at Kyneton (80kms north west of Melbourne) where Denis spent the next 6 ½ years in a very mixed practice. In 1993 the Ryan family (now 3 kids) moved to set up a veterinary practice at Torquay and found it to be such a wonderful place they intend to stay there forever! When Denis is not at the practice he is often spending time at continuing education conferences, bringing the wealth of knowledge gained at these events back to the practice to share with all the other staff. Indeed everybody working at the practice is encouraged to keep their veterinary expertise up to date with the latest developments.

For many years Darina worked as nurse, practice manager and receptionist. She has well over 20 years experience in the veterinary nursing field and still is the number one call back nurse for emergency care. This is a part of the job that means she has been ‘on call’ for sick and injured animals for a very long time.

A job she takes great pride in, because she has great empathy for the pets she cares for. She has been involved in many life saving procedures.

Today she owns and manages Torquay and Surfcoast Cattery, but is always available to help at Animal House when the need arises, especially with the after hours surgery, which can be demanding on family, time but Darina never refuses

Darina Ryan

Veterinarian Nurse / Practice Manager

Dr Mark Yee

BvSc Veterinarian

I began my veterinary career working in mixed animal practice on the Bellarine Peninsula before deciding to focus on the care of companion animals. This led me to working in busy urban clinics in Melbourne and then in Sydney where I was the head veterinarian and manager.

I spent 2008 based in the UK where I locumed in a small animal clinic in Romsey, Hampshire and was able to travel within Europe. I started at Torquay Animal House in 2009 and have been able to focus on my interests in surgery, dentistry and care of older pets.  Torquay Animal House is a fantastic team environment and it is a joy to be able to provide high quality pet care with motivated people in a great part of the world. I have a very spoilt 10 year old Kelpie x Blue Heeler, Mack and when I am not at work you can probably find us walking on the Bells track with the kids or surfing at one of the local breaks.

Veterinarian Lara.

Lara has years of experience in the nursing field before completing her Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Lara brings very valuable experience to the team and an enthusiasm for our practice ethics and standards that is very refreshing.

Lara Day


Shanny Stanley

Veterinary Nurse/Receptionist

I decided to become a veterinary nurse when my old girl Daisy became ill. The compassion and care that the vet nurses at Torquay Animal House showed me, really made me believe that I wanted to become a vet nurse myself and make a difference. I have always had a passion for animals, but it wasn’t until my children were old enough that I decided the time was right to pursue my dream of working with animals. I studied my Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing. I feel very preiveledged to be able to come to work every day, to a  place where I can work with a fantastic team.

Veterinarian Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) Melbourne 2001, IVAS (cert)

I started at Torquay Animal House in April 2006. After graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2001 I worked in country Victoria before spending 18 months in the United Kingdom.

During my time there, I locumed at many small animal clinics, which provided me with a wide variety of experience. Upon returning home, I spent 14 months working in small animal practice in Eastern Melbourne, before making the move to Torquay. In 2008 I completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Veterinary Acupuncture course. I continue to enjoy all aspects of small animal practice, with a special interest in canine & feline internal medicine and acupuncture therapy. Here at Torquay Animal House I work with a great team of dedicated people providing the best possible pet care.

Dr Fleur Selkirk


Dr Jess Poulsen

Veterinarian B.V.Sc

Having grown up on the Surfcoast, I moved to Queensland to complete my studies in Veterinary Science. After I qualified I then decided to move to the Central Coast of NSW where I worked in a busy small animal practice for a couple of years, being exposed to various aspects of small animal veterinary medicine and surgery.

Deciding to be closer to family, I moved back to the Surfcoast and am now enjoying working with the team at Torquay Animal House. Having worked in both mixed and small animal practices I am delighted to concentrate all my efforts on companion animals. I have a keen interest in preventative health and dentistry in both dogs and cats. I attend continuing veterinary education conferences in the aim of keeping up to date with the latest treatments and procedures for your pets. I have two beautiful mongrels who just love to go swimming and running on our beautiful local beaches. Lucy is a boxer cross and the latest addition to the family is Arthur, a border collie cross from Geelong Animal Welfare.

Jade started out her career grooming dogs at the Animal House in 2004, but her love for animals saw her excel in the nursing field once the opportunity arose.

The whole grooming experience helped a lot in gaining animal handling skills. Jade has been nursing here for over two years now.
Jade works so hard and is so dedicated that we will all be very proud of her for achieving that milestone of her certificate IV in veterinary nursing.

Jade Vaughan

Veterinary Nurse/Receptionist

Ann Luke

Veterinary Nurse

I have been working at Animal House since 1998 – I began Veterinary Nursing in 1988. My career has been filled with many great experiences – including working in Bali as a volunteer nurse with the Street Dog Foundation and as a locum nurse in England for 2 years.

I made the ‘sea change’ to the Surfcoast hoping to find a clinic with a high standard of care and ethical concern. I found this in the clinic that Denis & his wife Darina were establishing. During my time the facilities have grown from a weatherboard house, into a purpose built extensive hospital. We have a fantastic team of Vets and Nurses and I am proud to be one of them.

Born in Torquay.  I have worked as a veterinary nurse for over 20 years in both Victoria and Tasmania. Off duty I continue my life long love of animals by studying and painting our native fauna.  I returned from Tasmania and  joined the professional high care practice with the great team at Torquay Animal House.
Liz Barker

Veterinary Nurse/ Receptionist