Long time local Vet Rod Starr Returns to Port Stephens


MUCH loved and long serving veterinary, Dr Rod Starr has returned to take up residence in Tilligerry.

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The former resident of Salt Ash and Medowie and former owner of Tanilba’s Veterinary Clinic has been very busy since he sold his business.

“My wife Judy Mc Gowan and I travelled to Africa where we got up close with their wild animals,” he said.

“I also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro as part of a challenge which raised some $3000 for research into Motor Neurone disease,” he said.

Back in Australia, the dynamic duo travelled the length and breadth of the continent in their motorhome and Rod has recently been posing as ‘Santa Claus’ with children for photos.

Proceeds of the photo shoots were directed via the local Rotary Club to research into a vaccine to fight malaria.

The couple has recently purchased the waterfront property of the late Jill and Ron Taylor at Mallabula.

Rod still works three days each week at a Maitland veterinary practice.

“I worked closely with Jill caring for sick and injured koalas and always admired their home,” he stated.

“When it came on the market we purchased the property as It suits our needs,” he said.

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