Where animals come first

About Us

Moonee Beach Vets

Our Story

Moonee Beach Veterinary Surgery was established by Dr. Robert Mills in 2005 as a sole veterinary practitioner. Over the years, our clinic has grown to include a wide range of veterinary services in both small and large animal care.

 

Our clinic is the first vet practice to open in Moonee Beach, with our surgery located inside the original commercial complex right next to the Moonee Beach Tavern. The layout of our veterinary hospital was designed by John Hamilton, a specialist within the field of veterinary services. Each section of our clinic is designed to accommodate all of our patients and staff. We assure all of our clients that their pets are always comfortable and safe within our premises.

Call our friendly team today. Moonee Beach Veterinary Surgery: Where animals come first.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Rob Mills

Veterinarian

The practice is currently run by veterinarian, Dr. Rob Mills. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1995. He has worked in the local area since 2000 and is the principal of the practice. Rob is experienced in both small and large animals, working as a cattle vet for a number of years in Victoria before heading over to the UK to focus on small animals.


Rob has previously been a committee member on the NSW Branch of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and is a member of several special interest groups of the AVA, namely the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association (ASAVA), Cattle Vets, and Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA).
Rob has two daughters and an array of pets to keep him busy when not at work. He enjoys fishing and surfing.

Rob
Laura — Veterinarian in Moonee Beach, NSW

Laura

Veterinarian
Dr Laura Bairstow is originally from the tiny town of Dumbleyung in SE Western Australia, where she grew up on a mixed sheep and cropping property. Laura moved to Glenreagh in 2020 from South East Queensland where she was working as a mixed animal vet. Prior to this she has worked on properties throughout Northern and Southern Western Australia, before completing a Bachelor of Science at Armidale and then Veterinary Science at Wagga Wagga.

Laura has a keen interest in equine dentistry and emergency medicine, but also loves her small animal work. She is passionate about preventative health and nutrition in all animals. Laura has carted a menagerie of animals around on her adventures around Australia, including a huntaway cross dog called Quail and a truckload of horses.

Linda

Practice Manager

Linda joined our team in 2006 and is an experienced vet nurse who has nursed in the local area since 2001. Prior to becoming a vet nurse, Linda gained extensive experience with animals as she was raised on a beef, dairy and piggery farm. She later went on to own her own dairy farm.


Linda is an avid lover of animals and always ensures she has plenty of four-legged friends around her. Linda’s experience in office management has been a great win for the practice!

Linda
Vanessa

Vanessa

Vet Nurse

Vanessa has been a veterinary nurse in the local area since 2011, completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as well as the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (General Practice).


Her passion for working with animals was ignited during volunteer projects with animals all over the world including African wildlife in Namibia, elephants in Thailand, orangutang in Borneo and sloths in Costa Rica. She continues to work closely with rescue groups including fostering.


Vanessa has a special interest in animal rehabilitation including canine Myofunctional (Massage) therapies as well as healthcare therapies and strategies for our senior pets.  She is also Fear Free Certified which aims to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety and stress in pets.  
She lives locally alongside her 2 dogs Dijon and Mustard and 4 cats Monkey, Pumpkin, Bumble and Ginger Bear.

Tenille

Vet Nurse

Tenille joined our team in June 2017 after returning back to the Coffs Coast. She grew up in this area but moved to Queensland as a teenager.


She started her career as a vet nurse while living in Queensland. She has experience in all areas of small animal nursing with a special interest in surgery and medical care. Tenille spent 7 years as a vet nurse in Queensland prior to moving back to NSW, where she has continued in the same industry.


When Tenille isn’t working, she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, going camping and hiking, enjoying a good wine or beer as well as going on outings with her Great Dane, Thor.

Tenille
Kayla

Kayla

Vet Nurse

Kayla moved to the Coffs area from Wollongong in 2020 and quickly became a great addition to our team.

 

Kayla completed her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing in 2016 and has acquired a strong knowledge in small animal medicine and surgery. Her special interests are in orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. She is also passionate about avian medicine.

 

Kayla has one bird, a galah called Fairy Floss.

Lisa

Vet Nurse

Lisa moved to the Coffs area a few months before joining our team in February 2018. She is a qualified veterinary nurse, is registered with the WA board and comes with many decades of experience in large and small animals.


Lisa grew up in the Hunter Valley area and knew from an early age that the veterinary profession is where her heart is. She developed her skills in the Hunter Valley and spread her knowledge throughout Australia and as far away as Cape Town, South Africa.


Surgery and anaesthesia are her areas of interest and expertise after working in one of Perth’s specialist centres and emergency critical care centres. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, her Cavalier King Charles, Georgia, and her rescue cat, Tommy.

Lisa
Rachel

Rachel

Receptionist

Rachel started working with our clinic a receptionist in November 2014 but has been assisting us in the clinic for many years prior. Rachel is one of our Puppy school trainers and is a skilled photographer; she somehow manages to take the most amazing images in the midst of their play.


Rachel has a real passion for animals and photography. She enjoys horse riding, motorbike riding, spoiling her kittens, Alex and Marty, and exploring our beautiful coastline.

Hannah

Vet Nurse

Hannah did her Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse training with us throughout 2017 and has graduated in December. It has been Hannah’s long-term passion to be a veterinary nurse and she has continued on with us to gain further experience. Hannah is enjoying learning all the different facets of nursing.


Outside of work, Hannah enjoys playing sports, spending time with her family and her fur babies.

Hannah
Emma

Emma

trainee

Emma joined us in January 2020 to start her training and is currently studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She is thoroughly enjoying all aspects of nursing and working with our team.

 

Emma has always had a love for all animals, big and small.

 

Outside of work Emma loves spending time on her rural property with her menagerie of animals which consists of horses, dogs, chooks, sheep and a pig.  She enjoys a good horse ride and taking her dogs to the beach for a walk.