Our team is made up of two veterinarians, and five veterinary nurses. Dr Ashley and Dr Jenny Kai took over the practice in 2012 and have enjoyed working with the people of Leopold and surrounds, to give their pets the best possible veterinary care. We aspire to treat your pets like they are one of our own. 


Dr. Ashley Kai

Practice Owner (BSc Post Grad Dip (Education) BVSc (Hons))


Dr. Ashley graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2005 and is the practice owner. Since graduation in 2005 Dr Ash has worked in a variety of clinics, including mixed practice and then settling into small animal clinics. Having worked in the industry both in Australia and the USA, he has gained a wide variety of knowledge. After a year of locuming from Victoria up to Townsville, he has seen a wide variety of cases. Since settling into Geelong he has fallen in love with the region. He regularly attends international veterinary conferences to further develop his skills and allows us to offer leading evidence based options for patients in his care. Dr Ash has one pet currently, a cat named Wosky Dude. Outside of work, Dr Ash is a keen fly fisherman and enjoys the beautiful landscapes and great outdoors. 

Dr. Jenny Kai

Veterinary Practice Manager (BSc BVSc (Hons))


Jenny graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2004 with honours. She worked in mixed animal practice for a few years in both Australia and the United Kingdom. After returning to Australia, Jenny and her husband Ash, locumed along the east coast of Australia, while living in a tiny caravan. After falling in love with the region, in 2010 they moved to Geelong, and Jenny took a full time position at the University of Melbourne in the Emergency and Critical Care department. Once they opened the Geelong Animal Emergency branch, Jenny worked there full time. In 2012 Ashley and Jenny took over ownership of Leopold Pet Hospital, and Jenny balanced working part time at the Emergency Clinic and part time in her management role at Leopold. Jenny is now working exclusively at Leopold Pet Hospital and enjoys routine surgeries. 

Jenny balances work, spending time with their daughters Tamiko and Amaya, and also looking after their four beautiful Burmese cats: Leilani, Lono, Kiana, and Kanani. She also has two horses; Mia and Sana, and 9 chickens: Pearl Blossom, Emmy Emerald, Saffy Saphire, Big Red Henny Penny, Alaska, Blizzard, Tiny, Sugar and Everly.  In 2023 Ash and Jenny also acquired a new pet dog: Kenji who is a little chihuahua that you may see barking at everyone on his arrival to work most days. While small in stature, he is big in personality!


Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV (Veterinary Nursing))


Lauren completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2014 and joined the Leopold Pet Hospital team in May 2022. She spent her childhood in both Victoria and the Blue Mountains. Lauren has always had a love/passion for caring for animals from a very young age. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her partner Ethan and two children Pia and Samuel, along with their two Burmese furr babies; Conrad and Calvin. 


Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV (Veterinary Nursing))


Tarj completed her certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing at the Gordon in 2022, however she has been nursing since 2021. Tarj started her employment with Leopold Pet Hospital in June 2022 while completing her placement for her studies, and has loved every minute of it.

Tarj owns 4 cats, Banjo, Diego, Lilo and Shiloh, a Labrador named Lulu and an English Staffordshire Terrier named Opal.

Tarj has always had a keen interest in animals from a very young age and knew that this was the career path that she wanted to follow. Tarj has a special interest in Australian wildlife and eventually would love to pursue a career in wildlife rehabilitation. During Tarj's down time, you can find her lounging around with her cats or taking the doggos on an adventure with her husband.


Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV (Veterinary Nursing))


Elisha completed her Certificate IV in May 2022, but has been a Vet Nurse for a year prior. Elisha grew up in Colac on a farm where she was surrounded by horses and my family Labrador Meeka.  

Since a young age Elisha knew that she wanted to become a vet nurse as she had always had so much love and care for all animals. 

Elisha loves being a vet nurse because she loves providing high quality care, passion and love for all animals. 

Elisha has 3 cats; Indi, Penny, Poppins, 1 crazy boxer called Jax, and a beautiful Rottweiler called Elsie.


Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV (Veterinary Nursing))


Taylah was lucky enough to do her high school work experience at a veterinary clinic and since then has known she wanted to work in the animal industry. In 2023 Taylah completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at the Gordon and also joined the team at Leopold Pet Hospital. 

Taylah enjoys being outdoors which includes taking her crazy Dalmatian Isla out on walks. Taylah also has two Burmese cats - Bronx and Letti. 



Veterinary Nurse (Delta accredited in Behavioural Dog Training)


Sally is passionate about helping families get started on the right paw. She re-joined the Leopold Pet Hospital Team in 2016 to provide Puppy Preschool classes to the newest kids on the block. 

Sally has a background in Veterinary Nursing and Practice management, with Delta accreditation in Behavioural Dog Training. She has spent the last 15 years teaching Puppy Preschool, as well as being a volunteer trainer at Bellarine Dog Activity Group. More recently, Sally has been helping two children train their own Assistance Dogs. 

At home, Sally shares her life with her husband Wayne, while their children and grandchildren tend to arrive and leave in waves. Other residents include a gaggle of Griffon Bruxellois, "Betty" the Affenpinscher, "Tom" the Dalmatian, the world's wickedest cat and an assortment of feathered friends. She is a registered dog breeder, committed to raising happy healthy puppies from time to time. Sally enjoys showing the dogs at weekends, often camping and traveling to all corners of the country for dog shows. 

For more information on puppy pre-school, please click on the Puppy preschool tab. 

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