Our Story

Over fifty years Tropical Vets have grown from one practice in Innisfail to a family of nine clinics extending from Ayr to Atherton. 

We started in Innisfail in the early 1970s and soon began regular trips to Tully, opening our full-time Tully clinic in the early 1990s.  Over the next two decades we expanded our services to regular day clinics in Babinda, Cardwell and Mission Beach to provide local facilities to those communities.

In 2011, we purchased Dr Paul Rowland's Vet Surgery in Ingham and in 2015 added Dr Ian Merritt's clinic, combining the two into our current Ingham practice.

In 2017, we opened a new clinic at North Shore, Townsville to provide small and large animals services for the Townsville and Burdekin regions, and the following year purchased Dr Fred Murray's business in Ayr to maintain permanent clinic services for the local community.

Our most recent, northernmost and highest altitude clinic is in Atherton, previously operated as Ready Vet by Dr Matt and Cat Robinson. We opened in April 2021 and are excited to grow this lovely clinic with its wonderful local staff.

Tropical Vets now includes 29 veterinarians and over 40 nurses and support staff.  We're lucky to have such an amazing group of professionals with diverse interests and stories.  We value their contribution to our rich tapestry of experience, from new graduates with their state-of-the-art insights to the knowledge that comes from decades of hands-on local practice.

We know animals don't observe office hours, so were here whenever you need us, offering a 24-hour Emergency Service from our main surgeries at Innisfail, Tully, Ingham, North Shore Townsville, Ayr & Atherton.

All our full-time clinics are equipped with in-house blood pathology machines, digital x-ray machines, ultrasounds, endoscopy units and specialised dental equipment so throughout the Tropical North we offer the highest quality services to our communities.

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