After hours phone service for non-urgent advice or emergency vet visits

Arrange an emergency vet visit or receive non-urgent advice from qualified vet nurses

Our Vetriage program enables you to get the care your pet needs any time. Simply call your local Fur Life Vet clinic if there is something you are unsure about and speak to one of our friendly vet nurses to determine what action needs to be taken.

The Vetriage team are:

  • Experienced, qualified vet nurses
  • Able to provide non-urgent advice any time
  • In direct communication with vets
  • Able to brief on-call vet prior to visit to enable treatment to begin immediately upon arrival

Our Vetriage Team

Kelly Topham
Team Leader

My career started in small animal GP clinic in 1999 made me whole heartedly realise that this was the career for me. Since this time, I have worked in varied roles from Trainee Veterinary Nurse, Lead Surgical Nurse, Locum Co-Ordinator, Pet Pep Presenter, Puppy Preschool Trainer, New Grad Vet Induction Co-Ordinator, Practice Manager Trainer and Practice Manager.
I have worked in many different clinic environments from general practice through to emergency, critical care, and specialty veterinary medicine. I love everything about the veterinary field, the hustle and bustle of clinic life is my happy place.
My main areas of interest are emergency and critical care, high risk anaesthesia, dentistry, building and supporting happy Veterinary teams and client education.

Alicia Franklin
Warrnambool, VIC
15+ Years of Experience

Alicia has begun her vet nursing career in New Zealand at 17 years old, before moving back to Australia in 2004 and working at Warrnambool Vet Clinic ever since. Alicia has a broad range of experience, both in clinic and on farm, as well as having a Cert IV in Dog Behaviour and Training.

Chloe Law

From as early as I can remember, I knew I wanted to work in the veterinary industry. My passion for animals goes unwavered, and so does my desire to constantly learn everything and better my skills.

I finished school and started my first job in the industry at Samford Veterinary Hospital as a large animal vet nurse. I adored every aspect of this phase of my career, and it is still one of my favourite areas to work in today.

I completed my Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at the University of Queensland in 2018. From there, I went into general practice, where I was fortunate to be given amazing opportunities to put everything I had learned into practice. Most recently, I have worked in the emergency and critical care department. I absolutely love the thrill of the unknown and being able to be a part of something so important for that animal, often at some of the worst times of their lives. This will always be an area of passion for me.

Dana Taskos
Bendigo, VIC
23+ Years of Experience

I am the clinic coordinator at Fur Life Vet Epsom. Super excited to take on this new role. I have 23 years in clinic experience. Mostly in the small animal field. I have an interest in behaviour. Having grown up with many dogs instead of siblings, dogs are my absolute passion.

Emily Baxter
Sunshine Coast, QLD
10+ Years of Experience

Emily begun her vet nursing career just over 10 years ago and says it’s one of the best decisions she has ever made. Based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Emily has worked with both Equines and small animals in mixed practice clinics. Along with her Vet Nursing qualification, Emily also has an Associate Diploma in Animal Husbandry, as well as a Cert III in Telecommunications.

Erin Parkinson
Koroit, VIC
5+ Years of Experience

Erin’s passion for animals has taken her across the globe, having volunteered in countries such as Thailand and Laos. A qualified vet nurse, Erin has also completed a Cert III in Companion Animal Services and is currently undertaking studies in Specialist Nursing of Small Mammals as well as Canine Behaviour and Training. A testament to her dedication to helping animals, Erin also volunteers at her local wildlife rescue shelter.

Holly Firth

I completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing back in 2014 and have worked as a veterinary nurse in general practice, shelter, emergency as well as wildlife rehabilitation.
I pride myself highly in ensuring I give the best possible experience to both clients, their pets and all veterinary staff.

Holly Jones

I was lucky enough to begin my nursing journey doing everything from yearling prep through to foal watch. During this time I completed my Certificate III in performance horse care and equine nursing. I then moved to Brisbane where I gained a cert III in animal studies, then began working in clincs before completing my Cert IV in vet nursing in 2015. Since then I have worked in small animal general practice as a full-time and locum vet nurse.

Melanie Werner
Shepparton, VIC
15+ Years of Experience

My animal health career begun with my love for horses, with 20 years of employment within the equine industry before retraining as a Vet Nurse over 5 years ago. Since then, I has worked in a busy mixed-practice clinic on the outskirts of Melbourne.

Rose Sherlock
Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD
30+ Years of Experience

I live in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, and I have nursed for nearly 30 years in various roles and my passions are emergency/ critical care and training nurses. I enjoy horse riding, gardening, camping, and sharing good food, a glass of wine and laughs with family and friends.

Shauna James
Sunshine Coast, QLD
10+ Years of Experience

Shauna started in the animal industry as an Animal Technician before training as a Vet Nurse with the RSPCA 10 years ago. Where possible, Shauna would volunteer at the Taronga Wildlife Hospital as well as being a WIRES carer. Shauna has since had experience in mixed practice clinics, and is now a Critical Care and Emergency Nurse on the Sunshine Coast in QLD.

Sue Thompson

Up until 2002, I worked with my ex-husband on our dairy farm, becoming quite successful with our Holstein Stud side of the business. Over the years we had and still are fairly successful with showing cattle and we have also bred some bulls that went to the AI companies.
In 2002, I was given the opportunity to become an IVF Embryologist, specialising in cattle reproduction. This is a job that I love!
In 2009, I joined Warrnambool Veterinary Clinic and trained with AIRC in Certificate 4 of Veterinary Nursing.
I not only worked in the nursing department, but also reception, accounts and most recently inventory management as well as on the LA desk, keeping track of LA jobs and vets.
My qualifications include Diploma of Hospitality, Advanced Diploma in Dairy Farming and Cert 4 in Veterinary Nursing.

Tiana Morden
Kyabram, VIC
4+ Years of Experience

Tiana has had a range of experience as a locum Vet Nurse since 2017, travelling between mixed practice clinics across Victoria where needed. Her true passion is in the equine field, particularly with breeding and artificial insemination. Aside from her Cert IV in Vet Nursing, Tiana has also completed a Cert II in Equine Studies, as well as a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Charles Sturt University. 

Trish Wallace
Quirindi, NSW
15+ Years of Experience
I have been at Quirindi Vet Clinic for around 15 years. I have worked in various roles within the clinic including vet nurse, administration, and Clinic Coordinator prior to Maternity leave in 2020. Currently navigating the wonderful world of having a toddler causing me to learn so many life skills in the process.

Vetriage Stories

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Vetriage Case Study: Devon

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Vetriage Case Study: Sasha

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03 5443 9385 (Bendigo)


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Sale 03 5169 7222


Kyabram Veterinary Clinic

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Nathalia 03 5866 2860


Terang & Mortlake Vet Clinic

Terang 03 5592 2111

Mortlake 03 5599 2612


Warrnambool Veterinary

Warrnambool 03 5559 0222

Port Fairy 03 5568 6222

Koroit 03 5559 0260

Nullawarre 03 5559 0270


Border Veterinary Clinic

Barham 03 5453 3159

Cohuna 03 5456 2709

Kerang 03 5452 2094


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Echuca 03 5483 5999


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03 5880 2888


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03 5883 3833


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02 6885 5544


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02 6741 2000


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03 6352 2996


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03 6452 6333


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03 5623 2525


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03 5571 1202


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03 5296 0400


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03 5281 2226


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07 4972 5100


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07 4662 2301


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07 4123 1570


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07 4983 1172


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03 5910 4288


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03 5381 1439


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Privacy Statement
Privacy Policy 
Apiam Animal Health Limited ACN 604 961 024 


Apiam Animal Health Limited and each of its subsidiaries ('Apiam', ‘our’, 'we' or 'us') take your privacy and security very seriously. We respect your rights to privacy under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (“Act”) and we comply with all of the Act’s requirements in respect of the collection, management and disclosure of your personal information.

This policy relates only to the personal information management practices of Apiam.

Personal information means information that identifies you as an individual, or from which your identity can reasonably be ascertained.

This Policy describes how we collect, store, use and disclose personal information and explains your rights to access and correct that information or make a complaint about the handling of your personal information (regardless of the form of the information and whether the information is true or not).

This policy does not relate to personal information held about current or former employees of Apiam.


We only collect personal information if it is necessary for one of our functions or activities. The type of personal information we collect will depend on the reason for collection. Generally, the types of personal information we collect will include name, contact details and records of communication with us.In addition, we collect information relating to:

Veterinary clients and/or retail customers

  • information about your pet or animal ownership details; insurance details (if applicable) for the treatment of your pet or animal;
  • details of the products and services you have purchased from us or which you have enquired about, together with any additional information necessary to deliver those products and services and to respond to your enquiries;
  • marketing preferences, including the type of marketing materials you wish to receive and the method of delivery (email, SMS, direct mail, or other);
  • responses to customer satisfaction, service development, quality control and research surveys and similar activities;
  • any additional information relating to you that you provide to us directly through our websites or indirectly through use of our websites or online presence, through our representatives or otherwise; and information you provide to us through our customer surveys or visits by our representatives from time to time.
  • We may also be required to collect your personal information under State and Territory veterinary surgeons’ legislation.

Job applicants

  • employment and academic histories and the names of referees. We will collect this information directly from organisations that provide recruitment related services to us, and from third parties who provide job applications with professional or personal references.


  • Personal data from students is collected for the purpose of facilitation of placements. We will collect this information directly from education providers or directly from students seeking placement or work experience.


  • Personal data from shareholders is collected for purposes related to their shareholding, including for the purposes of issuing or transacting in shares, paying dividends, regulatory reporting and shareholder communications. Such data may include a shareholder's name, address, shareholding details, tax file number, and bank account details. Shareholder data is collected on behalf of Apiam by the external manager of our share register. From time to time this data may be provided to other external service providers for the purposes of paying distributions or mailing shareholder communications, or to the extent permitted by legislation to authorised securities brokers, persons inspecting the register, bidders for Apiam’s securities, or certain regulatory bodies including the Australian Taxation Office.

We will also collect information, including names and contact details, about:

  • people involved in or through organisation that we support;
  • our suppliers (this information is collected for business-related purposes but contains some limited personal information such as contact details of the people that we liaise with);
  • people who correspond with us, including through our website, in which case we may keep a copy of that correspondence and relevant contact details; and
  • people who request information updates about us through our mailing list.


To improve your experience on our website, we may use ‘cookies’. Cookies are an industry standard and most major websites use them. A cookie is a small text file that our site may place on our computer as a tool to remember your preferences. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of the Apiam website.

Our website may contain links to other websites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.

Our website uses Google Analytics, a service that transmits website traffic data to Google servers. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage. By using our website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described in Google’s Privacy Policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy.


Where it is reasonable and practicable to do so, we collect personal information directly from you when you correspond or register your details with us, when you present your pet or animal for treatment at one of our clinics or provide feedback to us. Depending on the nature of our interaction with you, we may collect personal information from third parties – for example, information about job applications is collected in the manner set out above; when new veterinary practices join the Apiam group; and from organisations with whom we have an affiliation.

Apiam may also collect personal information about individual veterinary surgeons (for example where other veterinary surgeons are also involved in the care of an animal), contractors and other individuals who interact with us. This information is generally collected for administration and management purposes.

We hold personal information in hard copy (paper) or electronic form. If you provide information to us electronically, we retain this information in our computer systems and databases. Information held in electronic form is generally held on servers controlled by Apiam or on servers controlled by third parties under contractual arrangements with Apiam in Australia. Apiam uses physical security, password protection and other measures to ensure that personal information stored in electronic form is protected from misuse, interference and loss; and from unauthorised access, modification and disclosure.

Personal information collected in hard copy (paper) form may be converted to electronic form. Information held in paper form is generally securely stored at our veterinary clinics or our head office. Apiam uses physical security and other measures to ensure that personal information in hard copy form is protected from misuse, interference and loss; and from unauthorised access, modification and disclosure.


We may use personal information for the primary purpose for which it is collected (e.g. the provision of our veterinary services) or for purposes related to the primary purpose where it would be reasonably expected that we would use the information in such a way, or in other limited circumstances as set out in the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act).

We collect, hold and use your personal information:

  • to provide safe and effective veterinary care to your pet or animal;
  • to provide products and services to you and to send communications requested by you;
  • to answer enquiries and provide information or advice about existing and new products or services;
  • to communicate with you about upcoming appointments, health checks, vaccination schedules and other related veterinary care matters;
  • to manage, monitor, plan and evaluate our services;
  • for safety and quality assurance and improvement activities;
  • for testing and maintenance of information technology systems;
  • for product and service development, quality control and research to improve the way Apiam and its service providers provide products and services to us and you;
  • to seek your feedback in relation to customer satisfaction and our relationship with you and perform research and statistical analysis using such feedback;
  • to correspond with people who have contacted us, and deal with feedback;
  • to recruit and assess potential employees;
  • to provide services to shareholders in relation to their holding of Apiam securities;
  • for marketing (including direct marketing), planning, product or service development, quality control and research purposes by Apiam and its related bodies corporate;
  • to maintain and update our records;
  • to comply with any law, rule, regulation, lawful and binding determination, decision or direction of a regulator, or in co-operation with any governmental authority of any country;
  • to answer your questions, provide you with information or advice (including general pet health advice) or consider and respond to requests or complaints made by you.


We may disclose personal information to third parties where we are permitted to do so by law or we have obtained consent to do so. We may disclose personal information for the primary purpose for which it is collected or for purposes related to the primary purpose where it would be reasonably expected that we would use the information in such a way.

Third parties we may disclose personal information to include:

  • Veterinary care professionals (for example, veterinary pathologists) in the course of the provision of veterinary care to your pet or animal (where this is consistent with our veterinary surgeons' legal and professional obligations);
  • Data analysts, IT service providers and our advisors including our professional advisors (including legal and financial advisors);
  • Financial institutions involved with administering billing (including administration of insurance and other third-party payment arrangements) and debt recovery; and
  • Government agencies.

We take steps to ensure that our service providers are obliged to protect the privacy and security of personal information and use it only for the purpose for which it is disclosed.


Unless we have your consent or an exception under the Australian Privacy Principles applies, we will only disclose your personal information to overseas recipients where we have taken reasonable steps to ensure that the overseas recipient does not breach the Australian Privacy Principles in relation to your personal information.

We may use cloud computing services or data storage located overseas in which case information may be stored, under our control, on computer servers located outside of Australia.


You can request access to your personal information held by us, or request that it be corrected, by contacting us at the address below.

Where we hold information that you are entitled to access, we will try to provide you with suitable means of accessing it (for example, by mailing or emailing it to you). There may be instances where we cannot grant you access to the personal information we hold. For example, we may need to refuse access if granting access would interfere with the privacy of others or if it would result in a breach of confidentiality. If that happens, we will give you written reasons for any refusal.

If you believe that personal information we hold about you is incorrect, incomplete or inaccurate, then you may request that we amend it. We will consider if the information requires amendment. If we do not agree that there are grounds for amendment then we will add a note to the personal information stating that you disagree with it.


Apiam takes reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify your personal information where it is no longer required. Personal information which forms part of our veterinary surgeons' treatment records must be maintained in accordance with legislative and professional requirements.


If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or how your personal information has been handled by Apiam, you may contact us at any time. Matters relating to this policy will be received by the Privacy Officer (company General Counsel). The contact details for the Apiam Privacy Officer are set out below under 'Contacting Us'.

We will consider and respond to your complaint within a reasonable period. If you are not satisfied with our response to a complaint, or you consider that Apiam may have breached the Australian Privacy Principles or the Privacy Act, you are entitled to make a complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner can be contacted by telephone at 1300 363 992. Full contact details for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner can be found online at www.oaic.gov.au.


We reserve the right, at our discretion, to modify or remove portions of this Privacy Policy at any time. This Privacy Policy is in addition to any other terms and conditions applicable to the Apiam website. Any updated versions of this Privacy Policy will be posted on our website and will be effective upon posting. Please review it regularly.


You may contact us in relation to this Privacy Policy or your personal information as follows:

Phone: (03) 5445 5999

Email: privacy@apiam.com.au

In Writing: The Privacy Officer
Apiam Animal Health
PO Box 2388
Bendigo DC, Vic 3554

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