Nurses & Admin


Administration

Katrina Goodyer – Senior Project officer
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Katrina joined the UVTHS accounts/administrative department in August 2010, she also spends time at reception and in the pharmacy. Katrina gained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2001 whilst working at a small animal practice on Sydney’s Northern Beaches before her horses (and family) drew her to northern NSW where she worked in a mixed animal practice for 4 years. In 2006 Katrina moved to the UK to work and travel for six months but ended up staying for 3.5 years! She worked in a variety of different clinics including a referral hospital in Manchester and the Birmingham RSPCA Hospital. Katrina has 2 dogs a Chihuahua called Alfie and a miniature poodle Max who take up most of her spare time she also has a horse called Wilbur who spends his days eating in a lush green paddock in Nana Glen.


Joanne Zerzvadse – Administration Nurse
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing 2003 State Medal
Certificate IV Companion Animal Services 2009–2010
Delta Accredited Professional Dog Trainer

Joanne joined the UVTHS administration department in March 2013. She has been working in the veterinary industry for over 11 years as a Senior Veterinary Nurse. Joanne enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, but decided to take on a new challenge in administration. Joanne has a special interest in animal behaviour and completed the Delta Certificate IV Dog Training course in 2009–2010. In her spare time, she runs her own business Platinum Pet Care Services conducting dog training classes and in home consultations. Joanne is a financial member of the Delta Professional Dog Trainers Association and committee member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Inc. Australia.

 

Anja Price – Receptionist
 
Anja spent the first 10 years of her nursing career in a General Practice in Sydney’s East enjoying the varied roles of general practice, including running puppy preschool, grooming and all areas of nursing.

More recently she spent the last 3 years in the exciting position of referral surgical nurse at a Specialist Referral Hospital in Sydney’s North loving the challenge of the fast paced emergency and surgical nursing duties. 

Anja joined the UVTHS reception team in May 2011 and is thoroughly enjoying the change. Outside of work Anja is kept busy with her two cats and two mischievous Chihuahuas.


Kathryn Price – Receptionist
Certificate III in Companion Animals and Service
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Kathryn has worked as a veterinary nurse for the last four years in small practices where she obtained her Certificate III in Companion Animal and Services and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Kathryn joined the reception team at UVTHS in June 2013.

In her spare time Kathryn enjoys trips away, snowboarding and spending time with her two Kelpies, Ferret and Budgie.

 

Kathryn Barnett – Receptionist

Kathryn had been in the veterinary industry for over 15 years.  As an experienced nurse she moved into pharmaceutical sales in 2004 and decided she liked keeping her clothes clean! Kathryn joined the Reception team in September 2014 primarily as a weekend receptionist and loves the variety that walks through the door. Outside of work shes kept busy by her 2 young children, her chilled out cat called Bruce & energetic Doberman.

 

Jodie Chellew – Receptionist


Nursing Staff

Jennifer Bonhs – Veterinary Clinical Nurse/Head Nurse

Certificate III in Veterinary Nursing
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Diploma of Veterinary Nursing – Emergency & Critical Care


Jennifer joined the UVTHS team in June 2005 & worked as an ICU nurse for the first three & a half years & then joined the specialist medicine unit where she continues to work as one of our medicine nurses.

Jennifer is a qualified veterinary nurse, completing certificate III & IV in veterinary nursing in 2001 & then completed her Diploma of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency & Critical Care with distinctions, in 2010.

When Jennifer is not supervising the nursing team or looking after her patients, she enjoys spending time with her husband & gorgeous son Jax, as well as her two spoilt fur babies (Ebony the toy poddle & Tiny the cat!).

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Rhonda Foreman – Senior Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary Nursing Certificate
Domestic Animal Care

One of the most longstanding members of the medicine team, Rhonda joined the UVTHS as a veterinary nurse in 1986 & continues to work as one of our general medicine nurses. During her time here she has completed TAFE training in both Domestic animal care and veterinary nursing. Rhonda is also the safety officer at the UVTHS.

Rhonda has a special interest in veterinary dermatology. When not at work Rhonda enjoys taking care of her two sons and her Chihuahua cross foxy ‘Chelsea’.


Joanne Tapp – Veterinary Nurse
Associate Diploma in Animal Technology

Jo obtained her Associate Diploma in Animal Technology from Ultimo TAFE in 2001, and joined the UVTHS as an ICU veterinary nurse in April, 2003. Jo then moved on to work with the medicine specialist team where she continues to work as one of our medicine nurses.

Like most nurses, she has a menagerie, which keeps her busy (a dog, a cat, a rabbit and assorted fish). She also enjoys being outdoors, reading and spending time with her two sons.


Kelly Amaro – Veterinary Nurse
Veterinary Nursing Certificate

Kelly completed her Veterinary Nursing Certificate in 1993 and spent 15 years in a busy private practice as the head nurse and manager of the Burwood Animals Rescue Kennels. The no-kill shelter re-homed abandoned and neglected animals within the Burwood Council district.

As a result of her interest in animal behaviour she has completed her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Service and is an Accredited Instructor with Delta Society Australia.
Her dog training business ‘Love on a Leash’ was established and Kelly runs Puppy Preschool classes and private consultations to manage basic obedience and behavioural issues in dogs.

Kelly spent 9 months in a veterinary specialist centre before joining the UVTHS team in 2005 and can often be heard singing her favourite Prince songs through the corridors.


Nicole Kingston – Veterinary Nurse
Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing
Certificate in Enrolled Veterinary Nursing
Associate Diploma in Biological Techniques


Nicole is one of our surgery nurses. She has been a veterinary nurse for the last 13 years and has worked at various veterinary hospitals in both Sydney and the United Kingdom. Some of these include Kirrawee Veterinary Hospital, University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Camden, The Animal Referral Hospital, The North Shore Veterinary Hospital, RSPCA Putney, London UK and The Julia Boness Veterinary Hospital, Bedfordshire UK.
Nicole has extensive training in both emergency medicine and surgical nursing.
Nicole loves to spend her spare time being outdoors, travelling with her family and being with her little boys!


Emmalene North – Veterinary Nurse
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Emmalene completed Certificate I & II in animal studies and Certificate IV in vet nursing. She commenced her job with Sydney University in January 2009 as an ICU nurse & then moved on to become a general medicine nurse.

Emmalene shares her spare time between – riding horses – Caper and Bunns; playing with Jaydee (miniature pony); looking after 2 birds Monito (a very cheeky Galah) & Aussie (a very playful scaly breasted Lorikeet) and spending time with 2 dogs – Angel (Chihuahua) and Stitch (Labrador).


Rebecca Tuck – Veterinary Nurse
Certificate III Captive animal management
Certificate of Veterinary Nursing (Enrolled)

Rebecca joined UVTHS in early 2010 as an ICU nurse. Before this she worked for a number of years at Kirrawee Vet Hospital, Ku-ring-gai Veterinary Hospital and as the senior nurse at Roseville vet clinic. Rebecca completed her certificate of veterinary nursing in 1996.

In 2004 Bec spent a year teaching Dressage in London's Hyde Park Stables and travelling the UK and Europe. Bec also spent some time volunteering in Borneo with the endanged Sun bears and Orang-utans.

When not working Rebecca surfs, dives, trains in Taikido and spoils her cats Henry and William.


Kathryn Ladd – Veterinary Nurse
Certificate III in Veterinary Nursing
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Kat joined the UVTHS nursing team in May 2010 as one of our ICU nurses.
She completed her certificate III in animal studies & certificate IV veterinary nursing in 2002.

Kat has been a veterinary nurse for the past ten years & has worked in various small animal general practices & specialist clinics throughout Sydney & then moved to the UK in 2006 & worked in a busy RSPCA animal hospital in London for 4 years.
Since returning home to the sunshine Kat enjoys her work in the emergency department helping clients & the patients & nursing the sick & injured animals back to good health.

When Kat is not at work she enjoys all things outdoors, music & travelling.


Alyssa Hanna – Veterinary Nurse
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Alyssa finished her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2007 and started work at the Police Dog unit where she worked with their German Shepherds and Rottweilers. She then moved on after a few years to work in a Veterinary Orthopaedic Specialist. Alyssa gained valuable experience in all things orthopaedics and fell in love with surgery nursing. This then led her to a surgery nurse position here at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in August 2012.

After work, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her 2 dogs Virgil and Shifty.


Jacqueline Harvey – Veterinary Nurse
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Jacqui completed her Vet Nursing certificate III and IV in 2002 at Ultimo Tafe & then she began working in general veterinary practices in the Sutherland shire.

After this she took off north and got her first taste of emergency at Cost Vet Robina. She then locumed for a little bit on The Gold Coast and Brisbane before settling down at QVS (Queensland Vet Specialist) as a Surgery Nurse.

Sick of those cane toads she came back to Sydney to an Emergency and Specialist Centre in Sydney’s West.

Jacqui came to UVTHS in March 2012 as a member of our after hours SAVES team.
Jacqui has a passion for emergency work (and having her summer days off to enjoy time with her family and friends!)


Melanie Hill – Veterinary Nurse
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Mel completed her cert IV in veterinary nursing in 2009. Before joining the team Mel worked at Blakehurst vets and Kirrawee vets where she worked in all areas of veterinary nursing but soon discovered a love for surgical nursing and can't wait to complete her Diploma of surgical veterinary nursing.

Mel is obsessed with dogs and has an interest in training and behaviour. A highlight of her career was going behind the scenes at the dog show at The Royal Easter Show.

When not at work Mel enjoys discovering new restaurants, going to the beach, and running the bay run with all the local dogs.


Chris Burrows – Veterinary Nurse
Cert II Animal studies
Cert IV Veterinary nursing
Diploma of Veterinary nursing (Surgical)
Accredited Veterinary nurse


Chris has been nursing for 7 years with the last two years spent working in a large multidisciplinary specialist hospital in Queensland before making the move to Sydney to work in the anaesthesia department in March 2013.

Chris completed his certificate IV in veterinary nursing in 2010 and a diploma in surgical nursing in 2012 and is currently working towards certification as a veterinary technician specialist in anaesthesia. Chris's interests involve all aspects of anaesthesia and analgesia as well as critical care nursing.

When not at work Chris likes to spend his time exploring Sydney.


Ebanie Cartwright – Veterinary Nurse
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Ebanie started her veterinary nursing career in 2007 at a local private practice in Wollongong where she completed her Certificate II in Animal studies and Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing.

Ebanie joined the UVTHS nursing team in 2013 where she initially worked as one of our General medicine nurses before making the transition to work with the specialist surgery team.

Ebanie’s special interests include emergency & surgical nursing, dog training (puppy school) and animal behavior. She lives with her dog, 2 cats, 4 chickens, 2 rabbits and a goldfish. In her spare time Ebanie loves spending time at the beach with dog Jed and her husband.

 

Joceline Alfaro – Veterinary Nurse
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Joss began her nursing career in a general, 1 vet 1 nurse, practice where she worked for four years before deciding to advance her skills by seeking a vet nursing position within a specialist hospital – SASH. Joss worked there for two & a half years, rotating through the many different departments which she found to be both challenging & rewarding & discovered her interest in Medicine & Critical care.

Joss joined the UVTHS nursing team in June 2015 where she continues to happily work as one of our general medicine nurses.

Joss has a German shepherd named “Esky” & a lorikeet named “Puff Daddy”.

 

Sarah Smith – Veterinary Nurse
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Sarah began her veterinary nursing career in 2008. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2009, and has enjoyed working in busy general practices over the last several years.

Looking for a bit of a change and a challenge Sarah joined the afterhours ICU team at UVTHS in September 2015.

Sarah has 2 fur babies, a very sooky GSP x Weimeraner called Archie and a gorgeous rescue tabby cat called Jonesy. Plus a feisty parrot called Lennie who is generally the boss of the house.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends and being a Northern Beaches girl loves the beach! She also has a passion for interior decorating which her very tolerant housemates have come to accept and not question over time.

 

Lydia Murphy – Veterinary Nurse
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Lydia gained her New Zealand Certificate in veterinary nursing in 2002. For Lydia's first six years of nursing she worked at the busy Auckland SPCA. Since this time Lydia has enjoyed a variety of different nursing roles in New Zealand, England and Melbourne including but not limited to a Specialist Surgical Nurse and Practice Manager.

Having moved to Sydney in September 2015 to join our SAVES team at the UVTH; she is looking forward to learning new skills from her experienced colleagues and all the challenges this role will bring.

Lydia is looking forward to making Sydney her new home and exploring the sights with her energetic Boston Terrier named Pepper."

 

Tiffany Formosa – Veterinary Nurse
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Tiffany began her veterinary nursing career working in small animal vet practice for 4 and a half years, completing Cert IV in veterinary in 2013. Tiffany went on to become head nurse & spent significant time training & coaching junior nurses.

Tiffany joined the nursing team at UVTHS in September 2015 as one of our general medicine nurses & is enjoying providing best practice care to our patients.

Tiffany’s fur family includes a jack russell called "Astro" and two rescue cats "Aladdin" and "Snowy".

 

Catherine Woodcock – Veterinary Nurse
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Catherine grew up on the south coast of NSW and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2009 at Yallah TAFE. After 6 years of working in a mixed (large & small) animal practice, she decided to move to Sydney in 2012 for a change of pace and more exposure/opportunity to advance her nursing carrier. 2 years’ experience as a senior nurse at Ku-ring-gai Veterinary Hospital gave Catherine a refreshed love for her occupation and desire to study further. This then led her to the UVTHS in May 2014. She has had a mixture of roles from causal to General Medicine and Referral Nursing.

Catherine now works as part of our medicine specialist unit and is currently studying her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Specializing in Emergency & Critical Care.

In her spare time Catherine loves to adventure up the coast to the many dog parks and beaches with her 8 year old three legged Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Loui.


Karli Perrin – Veterinary Nurse  
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing      

Karli qualified as a veterinary nurse from Sydney Ultimo TAFE in 1998, since then she has worked in a variety of clinics throughout Australia, the UK and China.

Karli is very passionate about animal welfare and has worked for the RSPCA hospitals in the UK and also spend 3 years in China working for Animals Asia, caring for rescued bears from the bile trade. This was an amazing experience and something she remains very passionate about.

Karli is now enjoying being back in Sydney and working as part of the Anaesthesia department of the UVTHS.

Karli likes to spend her spare time with her rescued Chinese street dog Starvin/Marvin and her adopted cat Billy who both keep her well occupied.

 

Amanda King – Veterinary Nurse
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Amanda completed her Certificate II in animal studies in 2012 and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2014.

Amanda joined the UVTHS team in August 2014 as an imaging nurse.

She is responsible for CR images and Fluoroscopy and is currently learning CT and MRI.

Previous to this Amanda has worked as a veterinary nurse at the North Richmond Veterinary Hospital for 2 years.

Amanda’s spare time is spent being outdoors, shooting target archery or spending time with her 3 dogs.

 

Tayla Bussey – Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Tayla joined the UVTHS veterinary nursing team in August 2014 through an indigenous trainee program. Tayla will be completing her nurse training over three years, rotating through all the different specialty departments within the hospital.

Tayla also studies at TAFE one day a week, completing her veterinary nursing certificates.

In her spare time Tayla loves giving cuddles to her adopted one eyed dog, Iris.

 

Lino Nastasi – Head Animal House Attendant

Lino has worked at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney for the past 15 years undertaking the roles of general maintenance and running the kennels for the hospital.


Mitchell Burns – Animal Attendant