Denis graduated in Dublin, Ireland in 1984. He & Darina came to Australia in 1987. After 6 years at Kyneton (north west of Melbourne) in a very mixed practice the family (now 3 young kids) moved to Torquay in 1993, to set up a veterinary practice from scratch.
They found it to be such a wonderful place they intend to stay here forever! When Denis is not at the vets, he often spends time at continuing education conferences, bringing the wealth of knowledge gained back to the practice to share with all the other staff.
Everybody working at the practice is encouraged to keep their veterinary expertise up to date with the latest developments. Denis has interests in all aspects of veterinary practice – especially diagnostic imaging and surgery.
He is also interested in communicating very well with clients, using available forms of imagery in explaining the diagnosis that the team works so hard to arrive at.
For many years Darina worked as nurse, practice manager and receptionist at Torquay Animal House. She has well over 25 years experience in the veterinary nursing field.
Darina is still involved in the vet practice in an administrative role.
She owns and manages The Torquay and Surfcoast Cattery, and has a particular interest in feline behavior.
Darina attends feline conferences to keep up to date with the latest in feline practices. She loves the fact that Torquay Animal House is a cat friendly practice and is a member of the International Society of Feline Medicine.
However, should the need arise, Darina is always available to help at Animal House.
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.
When I am not working I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife Emma and our rapidly growing kids, Robbie and Chloe. We have a Kelpie cross called Sushi, two miniature goats Tandi and Zola and a cat named Erik.
I competed my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Melbourne in 2017. After high school, I did a bit of travel, then settled in Aireys Inlet.
I began a double degree in Arts and Science, which I never completed as our children arrived on the scene! After some time being a stay at home mum, I started vet nursing in Geelong, and then at Torquay Animal House.
I enjoyed working in a vet clinic so much, that after I finished my nursing qualifications, I decided to go back to uni to study Veterinary Medicine.
After completion of my DVM and doing placement at many different clinics around Victoria, I decided that there really is no place like home, and came back to Torquay Animal House to work full time.
I have an interest in surgery, imaging and echocardiography, but i’m really enjoying all aspects of being a small animal practitioner. I’m currently looking at post graduate study in small animal medicine.
I particularly love working with such an amazing team of caring nurses and vets, and with our lovely surf-coast clients and their gorgeous pets.
When I’m not at work, I’m usually reading veterinary literature, surfing, bushwalking, or ferrying my kids around to various after school sports and activities. I’m the proud owner of one very spoilt rescue cat, Chip, who is currently curled up on my lap as I type.
After graduating from Queensland Uni I worked in a busy small animal practice in NSW for a couple of years before moving back down to the Surfcoast to be closer to family.
I have a keen interest in preventative health and also enjoy both medical and surgical cases. 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 energetic sons and two beautiful mongrels; Lucy is a boxer cross and her brother Arthur, a border collie cross from Geelong Animal Welfare.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne in 2001. After gaining experience in small animal practice in both Australia and the United Kingdom, I moved to Torquay in 2006 and commenced work at Torquay Animal House.
Through a desire to provide the best patient care I started to investigate alternative veterinary therapies. In 2008 I successfully completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), Veterinary Acupuncture course.
More recently, I have become a qualified Emmett 4 Dogs Practitioner (gentle muscle release technique) and have completed a course on Canine Practical Rehabilitation.
I continue to get plenty of practise at home treating my own dog Phoenix (in picture) and two Burmese cats – Nya and Jay. Our recent family addition is a rescued Rainbow Lorikeet – Bertie.
I continue to enjoy all aspects of small animal veterinary practice, with a special interest in canine and feline medicine, behaviour and acupuncture and complementary therapies.
Here at Torquay Animal House I work with a great team of dedicated people providing the best possible pet care.
I grew up in Hobart, Tasmania and following completion of my veterinary science degree in Sydney in 2007 I worked in a large mixed practice in Mount Gambier, SA.
I then pursued my interest in equine work to an internship at an equine specialist hospital. A couple of years down the track I decided a ‘career change’ to companion animal practice and a ‘sea change’ was needed and I have been here ever since.
Having met my husband here in Torquay we have made it our home and welcomed our daughter last year. Upon returning to work from maternity leave the opportunity came up to live the dream and work at Torquay Animal House which is just amazing.
I love the dedication of each and every staff member to providing the best possible care to your beloved pets and the pure enthusiasm for all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery that this team exudes.
My main areas of interest are dermatology, internal medicine and emergency/critical care and I love reading Veterinary textbooks and attending continuing education courses.
My first baby is my golden retriever Sadie, who has been with me since graduation, and we also have Oscar, a border collie and Mabel the ‘naughty tortie’ Burmese Cat.
Outside of work I enjoy swimming, going to the gym and getting out and about with the human and fur family to enjoy our beautiful Surf Coast beaches and bush.
I have been nursing with Animal House since 1998. I have always had a passion for patient care & ensuring owners are well informed of their pets needs.
My Nursing experiences range from University , Welfare, overseas locums & volunteer work. As the clinic has evolved over the years, so too has my role within it.
I continue to attend regular Veterinary Nurse seminars, conferences to keep up with current techniques & advances in the industry.
Being a Practice Manager gives me the ability to encourage the team to also give their best, which in turn creating a wonderful work environment.
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.
I started my career as a dog groomer at Torquay Animal House in 2004 and loved it. Handling the dogs and starting to understand their body language was great.
Then in 2009 an opportunity came up for me to study veterinary nursing at vic uni Weribee part time and also work at TAH and I haven’t left.
I love working with animals and I love the amazing team I work with, so i’m never leaving.
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.
Growing up surrounded by animals, I knew I wanted to work with them since I was 7. I graduated my certificate IV vet nursing in 2016, and began my bachelor degree of Zoology and Animal Science in 2017.
I joined the family at Animal House in December 2017, where I have been given the opportunity to grow my nursing skills as part of one big supportive and nurturing team.
In my spare time you can find me either studying or spending time with my feline furbaby Buster.
Born in Wodonga, Rylee always had a passion for animals which stemmed from her grandfathers love for them.
Making the move to Geelong in 2018 to study her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing she soon joined the Animal House family where she has continued to learn and grow with the help of the amazing team.
Her pride and joy are her two pets, Winston, the tabby cat and Charlie girl her Golden Retriever.
I have always had a passion for animals and animal care and before kids looked at achieving something in this area. My attention shifted when I had my 3 boys and was lucky enough to be a stay at home mum for several years.
But now that they are heading off to school I was given the opportunity to join the awesome team at Torquay Animal House in 2018 and begin my dream of becoming a veterinary nurse.
I’m very much enjoying being a working mum as I have loads of support from my husband, kids and work colleagues. I feel so very lucky to be a part of the team and I always look forward to going to work to learn more and be the best that I can be!
I’m really excited about what the future holds for me at this amazing veterinary practice.