Ballina Vet Clinic

VetLove Ballina

Call us on 02 6686 7416

Vetlove Ballina is a full service companion animal hospital in central Ballina, established for over 20 years. Originally Shaws Veterinary Hospital, we are the newest member of the Vetlove team going pink in late 2016. We love pets of all shapes and sizes, so whether you have a dog, a cat, a bird, a rabbit, or any other small animal – we would love to see you.  We are an all-girl team of long term locals who have a strong commitment to providing quality veterinary care to the Ballina community.


Services at this clinic include:




Digital radiography

Emergency and Critical Care

General surgery


Nutrition advice

Orthopaedic surgery

Parasite control and testing

Senior blood tests

Skin disease management

Behaviour and socialization


Wellness blood tests


We are always happy to assist with all aspects of care throughout the life of your pet, from routine preventative care and behaviour advice, to ongoing health and wellness plans, through to the early detection of disease and treatment. Our aim is to provide the highest quality of medicine and surgery with an emphasis on compassion. We will always treat your pet with love, and every time you leave our clinic we want you to feel satisfied that you have received excellent veterinary care.


Our modern, air-conditioned hospital offers a fully equipped surgical facility including soft tissue surgery, fracture repairs and other orthopaedic surgery. We offer dental, x-ray and in-house pathology services and provide an after hours service for emergency and critical care.


Contact Details

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sunday: CLOSED

We do offer After Hours, please call the clinic if you require this service 02 6686 7416. 


Driving Directions & Parking

Ballina Vetlove is at 122 Tamar Street, opposite Centrelink.  We also have a rear entrance on Winton Lane that has dedicated parking.


Directions for Winton Lane Access:

From the South:

Drive down River Street, straight through Kerr St traffic lights, take 1st left onto Grant Street, then 1st left into Winton Lane. Look for the pink building half way down Winton Lane on the Right.

From the North:

Drive down Kerr Street, past Ballina Fair and through 3 traffic lights. Turn left into Winton Lane just after Sportspower. Look for the pink building half way down Winton lane on the left.

From Ballina CBD:

Drive down River Street heading south, turn right into Grant Street, left into Winton Lane. Look for the pink building half way down Winton Lane on the right.


Surrounding Suburbs:

Skennars Head, Cumbalum, Tintenbar, Empire Vale, Keith Hall, Pimlico, Patchs Beach, Coolgardie, Uralba, Teven, Tuckombil, Wardell


Ashgrove Vet Clinic


The local VetLove Team:

  • Dr Julie Barwell -Veterinary Surgeon
  • Dr Toni Kealy – Veterinary Surgeon
  • Jayne Wilson – Practice Manager
  • Brooke Convery – Veterinary Nurse



We were staying at a rest stop 65 kms from Ballina when we noticed our four-legged son, Milo, was not well. Rang the emergency number at 7-40pm and spoke to Dr Toni Kealy, who not only diagnosed correctly over the phone but said she would meet us at the clinic in one hour. On the way there we were afraid he was not going to make it. We arrived at the clinic at 8-40pm, just as Dr Toni turned up. She reopened the clinic and had already called her assistant Jayne for back-up. No time was lost in examining and x-raying our beloved dog. By 10pm he was undergoing life-saving surgery caused by a twisted stomach (GDV). All the while we were advised that he might not make it and, as hard as it was, we totally appreciated her honesty. Surgery was completed around midnight and our pet was still being monitored at 2-45am. He had to stay in post-op care for a couple of nights and we were grabbing every small positive sign optimistically. He is now recovering slowly almost one week later. Each day we see improvement and he is getting back to the fun-loving, cheeky and affectionate 11 year old pup we know and love. We cannot put into mere words the gratitude and respect we have for the staff at VetLove (as it's now called). Without their compassionate, professional and timely actions - our beloved pet would not be with us. Thank you again to Dr. Toni, Practice Manager Jayne Wilson and Vet Nurses Brooke Convery and Kalinda Clarke - your dedication went above and beyond. We thoroughly recommend this practice to anyone who is looking for quality care for their pet. Ingrid, Alan and Milo Taylor. 5 Star Review.