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Indigo Veterinary Services 


Dr Helen Robinson, Principal Veterinarian

Helen Robinson has been working as a country vet for 30 years. After graduating from the University of Melbourne, she was determined to leave the city so she could pursue her interests in farm animal medicine and enjoy the country life. She started her veterinary career in a sheep and beef cattle practice in Kingston SE, in South Australia. Keen to see more of Australia, she then moved to north Queensland, doing locum work in coastal and outback veterinary clinics, before settling in Sarina, south of Mackay. Tropical veterinary medicine provided many new challenges in her work with both cattle and pets.

In 1996, Helen embarked on her most exciting and satisfying challenge, travelling to Guatemala with Australian Volunteers International, where she spent two years training Guatemalan villagers, mostly indigenous Mayan women and men, in the care of their chickens and pigs and other livestock. While there, she wrote six manuals in Spanish to illustrate her training classes.

Upon her return to Australia, Dr Robinson settled back in Tallangatta in Northeast Victoria, working in a mixed and dairy practice, followed by several years of locum work around southern Australia.  While a locum with Ovens and Kiewa Veterinary Centre in Myrtleford, the opportunity arose to purchase their branch clinic in Beechworth from Dr Andrew Colson. Recognising the great potential for developing a business in such a beautiful part of Victoria, Helen established Indigo Veterinary Services in November 2011, and has nurtured the clinic into a busy full time practice.

When not at work, Helen enjoys mostly outdoors pursuits including bushwalking, cycling, gardening, orienteering, and the slightly obscure sport of Rogaining, a long distance cross country navigation sport. She is a graduate of the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program and currently involved in her local Landcare and Chamber of Commerce groups.

Ruth Edwards, Veterinary Nurse

Ruth has been at Indigo Veterinary Services since 2012 and is a certified veterinary nurse.
When she's not working at the vet clinic she is caring for her young daughter, Amber, and her menagerie of pets, which includes 3 dogs, chooks, a rabbit, Guinea pig, lovebirds, gold fish and  a miniature pony.
Ruth also owns her own dog grooming business, K9 transformations, which she runs from home in Barnawartha. 

Kylie Heiner, Veterinary Nurse

Kylie joined Indigo Veterinary Services late in 2015, after 6 years working in a Wodonga vet clinic where she studied for her Certificate IV  in Veterinary Nursing. Kylie travels from Dederang where she is happily involved in the CFA and local Football and Netball club. Kylie has developed a passion for health, fitness and running. After completing her first half marathon in 2016, she has her sights set on the 2017Gold Coast Marathon. Kylie intends to rid the clinic of any chocolate or cake, preferring to see only fruit and nuts as nibbles for the busy staff.

Nicola Sisson, Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Nicola joined  Indigo Veterinary Services in November 2016 as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse. She has commenced her Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing through GOTAFE. Nicola has grown up in Beechworth always loving animals and spends her spare time with her 2 miniature ponies and competing on her stockhorse, Joe, in events. She also has a menagerie of small animals at home including dogs, cat, rabbit, birds and ducks. Nicola is loving her traineeship and learning new things everyday.


Casual Veterinary Staff

As the vet clinic grows, our staff numbers are also increasing. Here are some of the locum vets who you may meet when you come in for a consultation.  

Dr Frances Higgins

Dr Frances Higgins helps out at Indigo Veterinary Services several days each month.. Frances lives in Yackandandah with her veterinarian husband, Iain, and her two kids. Frances also teaches Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing at Go TAFE, in Wangaratta, between playing in ukulele bands and helping organise Yackandandah’s busy Arts Calendar.

Dr Sally Nixon

Dr Sally Nixon, from Mudgegonga, is already well known to many pet owners in Beechworth. Sally is busy juggling motherhood demands from her toddler, John, with occasional locum work, and her private animal behaviour consultation service, called Animal Progress.   

You can read more about Animal Behaviour at Sally’s website


Business Hours
Mon:8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Tue:8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Wed:8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Thu:8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Fri:8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Sat:9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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