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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. 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. Nikkie Chadee

Nikkie joined the team at The Vet Surgery in 2020 after working in both mixed practice and emergency / critical care centres in Central Victoria. Nikkie grew up in Canada and New Zealand before moving to Australia to study the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Melbourne.

Nikkie has a keen interest in large animal production medicine as well as diagnostic imaging in animals of all sizes. Nikkie has attended many courses to further her knowledge in both large and small animal medicine and is currently very excited to be completing a course in small animal ultrasonography.

Out of hours Nikkie enjoys hiking, travelling and spending time at home with her partner Matt, and their pets; Bruno the beagle and Lil’ Scabz, a dermatological headache of a cat.

Dr. Simone Hardinge

Dr Simone has spent eight years in practice after completing her Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Melbourne University. She started out in a busy practice in Mildura, then worked in England for two years before heading back to Melbourne. Simone is doing some further training in Small Animal Medicine and Ultrasound this year and is looking forward to all the interesting creatures and cases that come with mixed practice.

Simone has a cat called Bandit who came with a house she once lived in, and a slightly naughty greyhound cross named Amber. In her spare time Simone enjoys hiking, camping and all kinds of travelling and exploring.

Dr. Cara Nestadt

We would like to introduce to you our newest veterinarian, Dr Cara Nestadt, who started with us over the Easter period 2021.

Cara completed her undergraduate science and honours degree with Melbourne University veterinary school. She then travelled across to Murdoch university in Perth, where she completed her veterinary degree. Cara began her career in small animal practice but now has decided to follow her true calling which is to work with all animals great and small.

Cara has a gorgeous Labradoodle called Fuji at home which she adores.

We look forward to seeing Cara grow as a mixed animal veterinarian and can’t wait for our clients to meet her!

Dr. Josh Crouch

Josh started working as a locum with us in 2018 and has continued to work part time for the clinic since then.

He grew up in Melbourne and graduated from University of Melbourne in 2010. He spent a year at a clinic in Maffra before relocating to Newcastle, NSW and worked at a small animal clinic in the Central Coast for five years. However, tiring of the nice weather and lovely beaches, he decided to come back to Melbourne to be closer to friends & family.

Josh lives with his partner Vivien and their two much-loved cavaliers Boggles and Tessa. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, gardening and tending to his fish tanks.

He enjoys all aspects of small animal practice especially dentistry, surgery, radiology and chronic pain management.

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