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 and Skye, the German Shorthaired Pointer.


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"


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 Rhona Smith

Veterinarian (Veterinarian)

Rhona has been a veterinarian at St Kilda Veterinary Clinic since 2017. Originally from Scotland, Rhona made her way to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa and loved Melbourne so much that she now has her permanent residency!

Rhona Graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 and has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery. She has also worked with the resident pandas at Edinburgh Zoo. 

She lives with her cat, Dusty, whom she adopted after being handed into the clinic as a stray. 

Dr Holly Howes

Veterinarian (Veterinarian)

Holly arrived in Australia at the beginning of 2018 having sailed here from New Zealand with her husband and four children. 

Originally from the UK, she graduated from Liverpool University in 1998 and has worked in a variety of large and small animal practices in both New Zealand and the UK. 

Zoe Sorensen

Veterinarian (Veterinarian)

Zoe has been at St Kilda vets since 2011. Originally from the UK, she graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2005. She has worked in both small and large animal practice in the UK and Australia, and has a keen interest in Internal Medicine. She will often be seen at the clinic with her black Labrador Lily, but is also parent to another dog and cat and 2 little girls!

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