Meet Our Team

Geelong Veterinary Hospital is a purpose built clinic set in Grovedale. We are situated only 10 minutes from the heart of Geelong, 5 minutes from Warralily/Armstrong Creek and only 60 minutes from Melbourne. Our strengths here at the clinic are our experience, commitment to the highest standard of service and professional veterinary care. We have all the facilities and technical expertise to offer first class care for your pets.

We have been operating for approximately 30 years and are here to ensure your pets receive the best care possible.

The clinic offers treatment on all animals from horses, dogs and cats all the way through to cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas and pigs.

Geelong Veterinary Hospital is a small team made up of our practice manager, three veterinarians and four veterinary nurses. All of our staff are both very professional and knowledgeable and have many years of experience between them. Read our brief biographies below to learn a little about each of us.


James Vanner

Veterinarian & Practice Owner (BVSc)

Dr James Vanner is our fantastic clinic owner and director and has been practicing veterinary for almost 30 years. James has extensive knowledge and experience in horse and small animal work, with a particular interest in surgery including orthopaedic surgery and reproductive work in both dogs and horses.

James also is a registered breeder for high quality German Shorthaired Pointers, suitable for hunting, showing or as family members.

Nicky Ganim

Practice Manager (Certificate IV in Bookkeeping)

Nicky is our wonderful practice manager who joined us in late 2019, and brings with her years of experience running a business. If you can’t find her making sure the clinic is running smoothly, she will most certainly be found cuddling all the cute animals we have in the clinic.

Although Nicky doesn’t come from a veterinary background, her passion for animals is obvious to anyone who meets her. Nicky comes from 15 years of experience in bookkeeping and is always up for a chat with our lovely clients. Outside of work, Nicky spends much of her time with her furry and feathered family including her four cats Simba, Claws, Monty, Tiger & Meika the quaker parrot.

Nicky is the sunshine in our clinic and an absolute asset to Geelong Veterinary Hospital.

Tom Milton

Veterinarian (BVSc (Hons))

Dr Tom began vetting with us late 2020 as a locum and liked us so much he decided to stick around. He graduated from the University and after spending time in mixed practice on the Bass Coast and locuming in small animal clinics in Melbourne, decided to escape COVID lockdown and relocate to the Bellarine.

Tom has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery and enjoys helping clients get on top of their pet’s long-standing medial issues. Away from the clinic, he enjoys mountain biking, SUPing and spending time with his lovely wife Paola and their cheeky young daughter. Before he entered the veterinary profession, Dr Tom was a professional actor and can still occasionally be found gracing your TV screen.

Tom is a fantastic addition to our team and we love having him here.

Kuan-Lun Chen (Chris)

Veterinarian (DVM)

Dr Chris joined us early 2021. Chris was born and raised in Taiwan, and came to Australia to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian. He graduated from the University of Melbourne with his doctorate in 2020. Chris has special passion in surgery and equine medicine and has already performed several complex surgeries such as gastropexy and liver tumour removal surgery.

Outside the clinic, Chris is dad to his two gorgeous rescue cats, Percy and Phoebus, he also enjoys playing musical instruments such as bass and guitar.

If you have any Mandarin speaking friends that need veterinary service, Chris is here to help!

Tyler Baxter

Veterinary Nurse (Bachelor in Veterinary Technology)

Tyler completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Massey University in New Zealand at the end of 2016. She made the move to Australia and joined Geelong Veterinary Hospital in late 2019.  She brings with her a vast knowledge of small and large animal nursing, specifically horses. Her passions include surgical nursing and anesthesia, and she has a love for teaching Puppy Preschool. Tyler enjoys helping and educating clients who are bringing a new fur-member into the family. 

Outside of the clinic Tyler enjoys riding and competing horses in Show Jumping. She also loves the outdoors and travelling, spending her weekends out exploring what Australia has to offer. Tyler currently has no fur babies of her own here in Australia, but volunteers as a Cat Foster Carer for GAWS.


Marie-Claire Marks

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Marie-Claire is a Veterinary Nurse with a keen interest in pathology and horses. Marie-Claire initially started out as one of our fantastic work placement students in 2020. After completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, she joined the team. She is always sure to make both you and your furry family members feel welcome, and will go above and beyond to give you the best knowledge and advice. She loves to spend time with patients, making them feel calm and comfortable during their stay at Geelong Veterinary Hospital. 

Marie-Claire is a wonderful addition to our hospital and we love having her on board.

Gemma Bottrell

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV In Veterinary Nursing)

Gemma started with Geelong Veterinary Hospital in February 2022. She completed her Animal Studies in 2019 and her Veterinary Nursing Cert IV in May 2022. Her favourite thing about being a nurse is cuddling and caring for all the patients that come through the door. She loves to make patients fell at ease while at the vet. She also has a passion for all things horse related and would love to further her career in equine nursing. 

When she is not at work, Gemma loves to spend all her time riding and competing on her horses. She has three dogs, Cleo, Theo and Lilly that also keep her busy!

Madi Dolley

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Madi began her veterinary nursing career in South America in 2007 and returned to Australia to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as well as Animal Studies and Companion Animal Services. She also completed her Microchip Implantation Certificate in 2009. She has a passion for running client education workshops including Fist Aid, Snake Bite Prevention and Dental Disease information. She loves sharing her knowledge and handy tips for dealing with anxious pets with her calm and low-stress handling techniques, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation.

Outside of the clinic she is a Wildlife Rescue volunteer and enjoys surfing and spending time at the beach. You can also find her working on upcycling projects in her free time, with her 70kg Saint Bernard, Hugo, by her side.

Bek Laing


Bek is the newest member of the team, joining us in May 2022. Bek grew up in country Victoria surrounded by many pets, as well as caring for injured wildlife. She has over 18 Years experience in admin and is also a qualified Pathology Nurse/ Phlebotomist. Her love for animals extended to 5 years of volunteering at various animal shelters.

Outside the clinic, Bek is a busy wife and mother of two children and two fur babies cavoodles- Dodge and Jaxon. She enjoys spending time travelling, going to the beach and running her small fragrance business 

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