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Welcome to The Veterinary Surgery

Yarrambat and North Warrandyte

We pride ourselves on providing quality veterinary care and friendly service to your household pets, horses and production animals.

The Facilities

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We have plenty to offer for your household pets, including their yearly health checks, surgeries, diagnostics, and an emergency service for when things go wrong operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Equine Hospital

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Our Yarrambat clinic offers a large animal breezeway with a crush, stables, yards and paddocks to provide an ideal area for our vets to perform minor procedures on your horse.

The Vets

Dr. Suzanne Craddock – BVSc

Suzanne is one of the three principles at The Veterinary Surgery and has lived and worked in this area all her life. Her family have strong associations with the equine industry and are well known in many fields including pony club, showing, eventing, racing, breeding and droving.

Suzanne has a passion for equine practice, however she is also a skilled soft tissue surgeon and enjoys both small animal and farm work.  She has completed post graduate training in Equine Dentistry and Ophthalomogy and is a regular part of the Veterinary team at Melbourne 3DE (that is if she is not competing) and at Olympic trials.

Suzanne is an accomplished horse rider, having ridden with success at many Royals, advanced level eventing, FEI level dressage and is a holder of the PC ‘A’ certificate. She lives with her family on a beautiful farm near Kilcunda. Their menagerie consists of cattle, horses (of course), four dogs, two cats, geese and chooks.

Dr. Andy Lynch – BVSc

Andy is the second principle of the practice and has been working at The Veterinary Surgery since 2006.  He came to us after returning from veterinary work in Sheffield, England.  His areas of special interest are small animal orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery, small animal medicine and lameness involving animals of all shapes and sizes.

In 2013 Andy attended an Equine Dentistry workshop in which he furthered his skills in this field.  He has also completed a Post Graduate Foundation course in Equine Medicine.

Andy is a very committed practitioner and always demonstrates a superior level of care and commitment to every one of his patients.

When he is not working he loves spending time with his wife and daughter. He also enjoys sailing and even has a keen interest competitive sailing.

Dr Rob Hilton – BVSc (Hons) MACVSc CertVD MRCVS

Many will know Rob as a long time practitioner from this area. Rob graduated from Melbourne University with first class honours in 1975 before moving into mixed practice, then small animal practice.  He qualified for membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination on Canine Medicine in 1985.

Since 2001, Rob has focused on his long time interest, Veterinary Dermatology.  In 2006 he completed the requirements of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology.  Rob is a member of the Dermatology chapter of the Australasian College Veterinary Scientists and the European Society for Veterinary Dermatology.  We are indeed fortunate to have Rob working part time at The Veterinary Surgery.

He offers an advanced level of service to skin, ear and allergic disease of small animals and horses (www.ozskinvet.com.au). Rob also assists where needed with general small animal cases.

Outside of work hours, Rob has a passion for traveling the world, he loves skiing, walking or mountain climbing with wife Sue and keeps a menagerie of rescued cats and sheep

Dr. Kate Harslett – BVSc (hons)

Kate graduated with honours from the University of Melbourne in 2010, after growing up in country Victoria. She joined The Veterinary Surgery in 2012.

Kate has a passion for working with horses and is particularly interested in equine reproduction and medicine. Her other interests include equine dentistry, soft tissue surgery and emergency medicine. Kate has done an intensive course in Veterinary Equine Dentistry to further develop her skills in this area.

She has also attended conferences in feline medicine and equine podiatry and lameness. Kate has an Australian Stock Horse, Molly, and a big fluffy cat called Maestro who is permanently on a diet.

She lives with her husband, Phil, and three children. She enjoys playing basketball and netball with friends.

Kate is on maternity leave and we look forward to having her back soon.

Dr. Aurelia Verdin

Aurelia started working as a locum at the Yarrambat and North Warrandyte clinics in 2017 and joined as a full time veterinary associate in 2018.

She grew up in the UK and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2009.  Aurelia worked in a mixed practice in Carmarthenshire, Wales for 2 1/2 years before returning to her come country of Oxfordshire, where she was also in mixed practice.

Aurelia moved to Australia in October 2016 with her gorgeous dog Ozymandias (Ozzie) and her husband. She spent the first year and a half working in various practices in Victoria as a locum vet before settling down at the Yarrambat and North Warrandyte clinics in March 2018.

She enjoys all aspects of mixed practice, especially surgery and farm work. She is also a keen baker in her spare time which all the vets and nurse love.

Dr. Phil Downey

Phil started working at The Vet Surgery in 2019.

He grew up in suburban Adelaide where he attended university for far too long. After graduating with a maths and computer science degree, he soon realised his passion did not lie in front of a computer for 40 hours a week. He started the new DVM program and graduated again from the University of Adelaide in 2018. During his studies he spent his weekends working with the South Australian Jockey Club. He went straight in to mixed practice as he was interested in all animals large and small.

Phil has taken a keen interest in small animal ultrasound and other modes of diagnostic imaging.

Phil moved to Melbourne straight out of uni where he lives with his partner and two dogs, Jessie and Eilidh. When not at work he enjoys playing board games and going to the gym.

Dr. Amy Hitchins

Amy graduated from Melbourne University with honours in final year and started at The Vet Surgery in 2019.  She grew up in Eltham – you may recognise her from working at Bunnings Eltham or volunteering at Edendale community farm.

Her main interested is in exotic and unusual pets with her placements at both Werribee Open Range Zoo and Monarto Open Range Zoo. She spent time in South Africa working with a rhino vet and volunteering at a rhino orphanage. Lets just say that her favourite animal is a rhino.

Amy has recently completed a course in backyard chickens, so she would love to meet your feathery friends.

Amy has a keen interested in horses – and had volunteered at the Melbourne University Equine Hospital. She won a scholarship to complete placement in New Zealand at an equine specialist hospital (Matamata Veterinary Services).

Amy loves baking which is great for all her colleagues and has a large interest in  environmental sustainability – always trying to reduce everyday plastic use and make sustainable choices. This knowledge we are hoping she can bring into our clinics.

Her home consists of her lovely partner, a fox terrier called Lana, tortoiseshell cat called Ally and a central bearded dragon called Elvis.

Dr. Shane McCarthy

Shane graduated from the University College Dublin in 2017 after growing up on a dairy farm in the south of Ireland surrounded by all kinds of animals.  He joined the Veterinary Surgery in November 2019 shortly after moving to Australia having spent some time travelling Asia with his partner, with a view to experience life on the other side of the world.

Previously, Shane has spent over two years working as a veterinarian in mixed practice in Kilkenny, Ireland and spent some time in equine and small animal veterinary practices throughout Ireland, the U.K. and the U.S. during his studies. Shane has a keen interest in canine medicine and surgery but particularly enjoys the variety of mixed practice and getting out to do farm work.

Outside of work, Shane enjoys running and playing soccer and hopes to master kicking an Aussie ‘footy’ while living here. Shane also spends his free time travelling, hiking and camping and plans to see as much of Australia as possible.

Dr. Nikkie Chadee

Nikkie is our newest member of our team at The Veterinary Surgery and has come from working in a mixed practice in country Victoria.

Contact Details

Yarrambat Veterinary Hospital

541 Yan Yean Road, Yarrambat 3091
Phone: 03 9436 1699
Fax: 03 9436 1599
Email: nurses{at}thevetsurgery.com.au


North Warrandyte Clinic

274 Yarra Street, Warrandyte 3113
Phone: 03 9844 0781
Email: nurses{at}thevetsurgery.com.au