Meet Our Team



Veterinary Practice Manager

Noelle has been a veterinary nurse since 2011 and is our practice manager. She has a particular interest in animal behaviour and preventative health care. Noelle has a cat, Delilah and 2 dogs, Willow the Chihuahua and Oliver the boisterious Kelpie that you will find sneaking around the clinic from time to time. 


Noelle's number one pet care tip:

"It sounds obvious, but get outdoors with your dog! A tired dog is a happy dog, so form good routine when it comes to outdoor play and adventures. Dogs that are excerted physically are far easier to settle and are less likely to develop behaviour issues associated with bordem and having too much pent up energy"


Head Nurse

Jess is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and we were fortunate to have her join us in April 2014. Always bubbly and loud, she likes to make a song out of everything she does which makes her enjoyable addition to our team. Jess has some grooming experience and will always be happy to talk to you about your furry friend’s needs inside and outside! Apart from fostering beautiful cats and dogs in need of homes; she has Duchess, her cat, who is as chubby as she is adorable!


Jess' number one pet care tip:

"Handling your pets. Making sure you touch their feet, ears, and open their mouths to check teeth regularly. This will make examinations and medication giving less stressful for everyone!"



Veterinary Nurse

Bonnie joined the team in September 2014. She is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and has a keen interest in surgical nursing. She has had many pets of her own growing up including the two cats she has now, Max and Belle who are both 18 years old! She hopes to one day be able to work with animals as big as giraffes, elephants and lions.


Bonnie's number one pet care tip:

"It is important for your pet to be fed the correct nutritional diet. A lot of factors come into play when deciding what food is best for your pet; breed, age, weight and any medical issues. To make sure your pet is getting the correct food check with one of our friendly staff and they can guide you in the right direction. Otherwise if you already have a food you are feeding your pet make sure you are feeding within the recommended amounts for your pet – this will ensure it stays at a healthy weight and will live longer"


Veterinary Nurse

Kayla began her career in veterinary nursing in 2012, having grown up on a dairy farm and sporting a love for animals throughout her life. She qualified in 2016 and now spends time both here in Melbourne and in Gippsland doing what she loves! Kayla has a particular interest in fear free practice and environment enrichment, and is looking forward to completing further studies in these subjects. She has a four year old English Staffy - Roxie, and a six year old tabby DSH - Barry.

Kayla's number one pet care tip

"Never underestimate the importance of walking your dog. Getting them out of the house/yard for even just 20 minutes a day is so vital for a happy, healthy pooch - and provides endless benefits to their mental and physical health (and yours too!)"


Veterinary Nurse

Originally from Ireland, Rachael graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing in 2015 with a particular interest in surgery and post-operative care. She moved to Australia in January 2016 and has been enjoying life here ever since. Rachael grew up on a dairy farm and has been around animals all of her life. Back home she has 3 dogs; two Border Collies, Max & Zak and a Beagle cross named Lily.

Rachael's best pet care tip:

"My best pet care tip would be to check your animal's teeth regularly. They are the most forgotten part of the body"


Veterinary Nurse

Sharnie has been lucky enough to work in the animal industry for over 10 years and has been Veterinary Nursing for close to 8 years throughout different clinics. She joined our team here in 2016, and during this time has gained extra nursing experience in specialist surgical nursing and emergency. Sharnie has a passion for Behaviour, Kinesiology, and Surgery. She is always available to answer any questions about these interesting topics. At home, Sharnie has 4 fur babies: Two Persian Cats, Lilith and Buddha, and Two Rottweilers, Dexter and Cooper; who you may see around the clinic from time to time!

Sharnie's number one pet care tip:

"Never underestimate the power of Crate Training (at any age) and the benefits it can give to not only your family but to your fur baby!"


Dr Justin McKay

Practice Owner (Veterinarian)

Dr Justin McKay took over ownership of the St Kilda Veterinary Clinic in February 2017. He is originally a Queenslander, and has worked all around the world. Justin has a special interest in soft-tissue surgery and has post-graduate veterinary qualifications in Emergency and Critical Care, Ophthalmology and enjoys performing orthopaedic surgery too. He has also developed a reputation around Melbourne as being a bit of a Bulldog guru and has performed corrective surgical procedures in dozens of our brachecephalic patients.

Justin and his beautiful wife Hilary have a daughter and Helise, the gorgeous golden Labrador Retriever you may see around the clinic!

Dr Karen Boyd-Jones


Dr Karen Boyd-Jones qualified in Veterinary Science from Melbourne University (we can’t tell you how long ago, but it was a long time back.) She has practiced in Sunbury, in Ballarat and in England. She has even spent some time working in Kenya with George Adamson and his lions of “Born Free” fame. So if you have a pet lion who needs treatment, Karen can help! After 25 years of owning the St Kilda Veterinary Clinic, Karen has passed the torch on to Dr Justin and will continue consulting on a part-time basis.

Dr Katrina Gregory

Veterinarian (Applied Animal Behaviour and Training Consultant)

Dr Katrina Gregory is a world-class veterinarian and animal behaviourist. She works on Tuesday afternoons and is available for behaviour, acupuncture and regular consultations. Katrina holds post-graduate qualifications in Emergency and Critical Care and has a special interest in birds. Katrina is a member (by examination) of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and encourages the use of this treatment to assist in the management of a number of health issues. Katrina has a very handsome German Shorthaired Pointer by the name of Rumi, who is impeccably trained (of course) and she has trained a number of birds including Jarli, the Barn Owl who is part of the Avian family at the Moonlit Sanctuary on the Mornington Peninsula.

Dr Alicia Kirkby


Dr Alicia is originally from country Victoria and graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011. Dr Alicia has worked in a number of practices around Victoria and the UK. She has a special interest in surgery and care of older pets, in order to make them as happy and comfortable as possible in their later years.  She enjoys spending time with her Tibetan Spaniel named ‘Charlie,’ and her Arabian Horse named ‘Arrow.’

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