News  (also see her Facebook page - Fiona Kates Animal Chiropractic @kateschiro)

Stage 4 restrictions, August 2020


 Unfortunately, Fiona is unable to see patients from the start of the increased restrictions on businesses on the 6th of August for 6 weeks

By not working, clients will not be travelling to see her and she will not be travelling to horse properties, which will hopefully assist in the reduction of COVID-19 cases in Melbourne and Victoria.

She is very sorry that she is unable to continue the treatment programs in place for her patients, but will pick up again at the end of stage 4.


If you are concerned that your pet or horse is in pain, or their condition is worsening, then please contact your vet. They are still working and available for consultation.

If you would like to talk with Fiona regarding your concerns, please send her an enquiry and she will be happy to contact you


Stay well, and please reach out if you are struggling in any way


 COVID-19 Update, April 2020


Fiona would like to assure her clients (and potential clients) that she is still able to work, with some restrictions, at two of her small animal clinics (Wattle Glen & Lower Plenty) and on equine patients. Unfortunately, she has recently had to stop working at Ringwood Vet Clinic. She will resume her practice there once restrictions are lifted. Ringwood clients can be seen at the other two locations if required.

Social distancing, increased sanitising and the use of gloves during treatments are all being adhered to, in a concerted effort to keep everyone as safe as possible, whilst still providing a service to reduce pain and increase function for pets and horses.

If there are any concerns about how the risks are being managed, or if clients are at increased risk due to their age or poor health / immunity, then please contact Fiona. She is very happy to discuss these issues and work out the best way forward.

Stay well!


Melbourne Gold Rush 2019


 On Sunday, 8th September, 2019, Fiona was fortunate to be included in this fantastic event at the State Dog Centre (KCC Park), Skye, Victoria.

Around 750 golden retrievers and their people gathered together on a cold, wet day. Fiona was holding a chiropractic information and spinal screening stall, and managed to check around 30 dogs before the inclement weather forced an early finish.

The event raised over $10,000 for Golden Retriever Rescue and, although the numbers fell a little short of the 991 that was needed to break the world record for the greatest number of goldies in one place, Fiona will certainly be there next year to see if they break it in 2020!




Animal Chiropractic Returns to Lower Plenty!


After a brief hiatus due to the relocation of Lower Plenty Vet Clinic to brand new purpose built premises, Fiona can now happily announce that she will be available at the new practice on a Thursday afternoon to close (7pm). Dr Avinder Pasricha is known in the area for his holistic approach to animal health, and acupuncture, homoeopathy, tissue salts, herbal remedies etc along with standard veterinary treatments are all offered at this practice.

Lower Plenty Vet Clinic is now located at 164, Main Road, Lower Plenty, 3093, only a short distance from the old location at the corner of Para Road & Main Road. There is ample parking behind the clinic.

Appointments can be made by contacting Fiona, using either the enquiry form attached to this website, or by calling her mobile.

 As always, Fiona is happy to discuss your concerns regarding your pet by phone, if you are unsure whether chiropractic will be of benefit.




Talk to the Schnauzer Club of Victoria


 On the 26th November, 2017 Fiona gave a talk on animal chiropractic to the wonderful members of the Schnauzer Club of Victoria at their Christmas get-together. She got a very warm and friendly welcome from the schnauzers and their people and ended the afternoon by judging the best dressed dog....



 Lower Plenty Clinic Temporarily Closed


Sadly, the Thursday afternoon animal chiropractic clinic has been suspended for now. New and existing clients in the area are invited to attend Fiona's clinic in either Wattle Glen or Ringwood. 



A Third Convenient Location!


Fiona began working at Lower Plenty Vet Clinic in February 2016

Lower Plenty Vet Clinic is known for its holistic approach to veterinary care, and chiropractic fits in extremely well!

Fiona's clinic hours here are Thursdays, from 1pm to 3pm.

The clinic is located at 107, Main Road, Lower Plenty, on the corner of Main Road and Para Road, and services suburbs such as Greensborough, Montmorency, Templestowe, Viewbank, Rosanna & Heidelberg. There is a convenient car park located on Para Road behind the clinic.

Appointments can be made by contacting Fiona, using either the enquiry form attached to this website, or by calling her mobile.

This now means that Fiona Kates' Animal Chiropractic Services can be accessed at three convenient locations - 

Wattle Glen, Ringwood and Lower Plenty!



Dogapalooza Melbourne, 2015


Fiona was at this great music event for dog lovers, on Sunday, 27th September in Burnley Park, Yarra Boulevard, Burnley. It was a great fundraiser for Oscar's Law, with all tickets sold before the event. There was music from, amongst others, Tash Sultana & Harrison Storm, and food and dog-related stalls and services.

Fiona provided information and advice and, for a donation to Oscar's Law, carried out spinal screenings for around thirty owners who wanted their dogs' backs checked at the event.




2015 Nillumbik Pet Expo


Fiona has been a regular stallholder at the Nillumbik Pet Expo for many years, and this year was no exception. Held by Nillumbik Shire Council in Diamond Creek, on Sunday, 25th October it was a free event that aims to promote responsible pet ownership. Aswell as Fiona's animal chiropractic stand (offering advice and free spinal screens for all pets presented), there were dog obedience events, lure coursing that you could try out with your dog, pony rides, pet fancy dress competitions, and more...

Fiona enjoyed meeting old friends there...and making new ones.  



New Small Animal Clinic in Ringwood


 On the 5th October, 2015 Fiona started a small animal clinic at Ringwood Vet Clinic on Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings. Fiona is excited to join the team at Ringwood Vet Clinic and is looking forward to making animal chiropractic more available to people in the area. The location of the clinic is ideal for clients coming from the direction of the City or from the eastern / south eastern suburbs, as it is just off the Eastern Freeway and Eastlink at

1, Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood. 

Free spinal screens are available at this venue for a limited period. Contact Fiona to enquire about a free screen or book an appointment for a consultation.



Important Information regarding the Fire Season 2015-16


Fiona lives and works in areas of high bushfire risk. To keep herself, her clients and her patients as safe as possible she has developed a policy relating to the possible cancellation or postponement of appointments, if the bushfire risk is rated severe or higher.

Click here to view the policy