About Us

About Veterinary Ophthalmic Referrals (VOR)

Veterinary Ophthalmic Referrals is a dedicated animal eye clinic, seeing animals with eye problems referred from general veterinary practice

Referral cases are seen in Adelaide from throughout South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Victoria and Western New South Wales. There is also a visiting service to North Queensland.

At Veterinary Ophthalmic Referrals we aim to ensure clients return to their referring or usual veterinarian happy that everything within reason has been done to rectify their pet’s eye problem.

Our Eye Vets

Dr Tony Read


Tony Read graduated from the University of Sydney Veterinary School in 1987. After several years in mixed general practice in Tasmania and New South Wales, Dr Read commenced specialising in Veterinary Ophthalmology in the United Kingdom. He completed specialist training at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket and then ran a referral service in Wimbledon, London.

Dr Read returned to Australia in 1996 to establish Veterinary Ophthalmic Referrals. He has British, European and Australian specialist qualifications in Veterinary Ophthalmology.

Dr Gavin Newman

MA VetMB CertVOphthal

Gavin Newman graduated from Cambridge University in 1995. After 3 years in mixed practice in the Yorkshire Dales followed by a year travelling and working around the world, he spent 4 years working with an Ophthalmology specialist in a first opinion and Ophthalmology referral practice in the UK.

Gavin and his family immigrated to Australia in 2004. He achieved the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology by examination in 2007 whilst working in general practice in Adelaide and joined Veterinary Ophthalmic Referrals in 2008.

Dr Kellam Bayley

BVSc CertVOphthal

Kellam Bayley graduated from Massey University in 2006 and spent 5 years in general practice in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He gained his RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2011.

Kellam commenced an ophthalmology specialist training program (‘residency’) with the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2014 under the supervision of Dr Read.

Our Nurses

Our nursing team comprises Emma, Sophie and Michelle who have all worked together for a number of years and have a wealth of experience between them.

All our nurses are friendly and approachable as well as compassionate and caring with their patients. They cover all nursing duties including reception, patient care, anaesthesia monitoring, surgical set –up and assistance.

Emma - Nurse

Emma has a wealth of experience in general and emergency veterinary nursing, honed in part on her home menagerie.

Michelle - Nurse

Michelle has worked as a veterinary nurse for over 13 years with extensive experience in both specialist and general veterinary nursing.

Sophie - Nurse

Sophie has previous experience via the IMVS and the Adelaide Veterinary Specialist and Referral Centre.

Ashlee - Nurse

Ashlee completed her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing in northern NSW before joining the VOR nursing team in 2013.

Jana - Nurse

Jana is the newest member of the VOR team, having recently completed her Diploma In Veterinary Nursing.


B - Practice Cat

Other Roles:-
Clinic Chief Inspector and Regulator,
Human Resource Manager

‘B’ is the resident clinic cat at VOR. At 8 weeks old ‘B’ was a part of a kitten adoption programme at a general practice veterinary clinic. Concerned about his eye sight they brought him in to see Dr Tony Read, who diagnosed congenital cataracts.

Although ‘B’ was born with poor vision, while his eyes have grown his cataracts have stayed the same size, allowing his level of eye sight to improve to the point where there is not much he misses. ‘B’ is now fully grown and has the run of the clinic and his very own personal jungle (the back yard).

Why the name ‘B’?, well what else do you call a Black cat that was Born Blind, Buzzes around the clinic and likes Being a Bit of a Bad Boy from time to time.

Business / Clinic History


VOR is established in Adelaide by Dr Tony Read, Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology, on his return to Australia from the United Kingdom. VOR commences operations from the Adelaide Animal Emergency Centre on Anzac Highway.


Dr Read establishes the Adelaide Veterinary Specialist and Referral Centre (AVSARC) in Norwood, in partnership with Dr Ian Douglas, and operates Veterinary Ophthalmic Referrals from this centre. AVSARC is the first purpose built veterinary referral centre in Australia.


Dr Gavin Newman joins Veterinary Ophthalmic Referrals. Dr Read commences a visiting service to North Queensland, working out of host practices in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton, with trips scheduled every three to four months.


VOR moves from AVSARC to new dedicated premises on Anzac Highway.