Nurses & Admin


Kathryn Barnett – Practice Co-Ordinator
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing  
Hills Pet Nutrition Adviser

Kathryn has been in the veterinary industry for over 15 years.  She spent time working in general & specialist veterinary practices both here & in the UK.  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.

In 2015 she stepped up to the role of practice co-ordinator & now works weekdays. 

Outside of work shes kept busy by her 2 young children, her chilled out cat called Bruce & energetic Doberman.

Natalia Walden – Receptionist
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Natalia hails from the UK where she qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2011.  Her favourite part of her job is helping organise the day and ensuring appointments run smoothly.  She loves meeting all the different clients & their pets that walk through our door.

In her spare time Natalia enjoys catching up with friends, going to live music events & attemptingf to be creative in the kitchen. 


Anja Price – Receptionist
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
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.

Annette Cicutto – Receptionist

After many years in corporate finance Annette opted for a different environment and worked in another large 24 hours specialist veterinary practice.  Annette joined us in January 2017 and when not busy working is kept entertained by her 2 Scottish folds at home.  


Alex King – Receptionist

Alex brings a wealth of experience to us from the UK. She worked at a busy referral vet practice in England, after graduating in Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology at the University of Salford. She then travelled for a year around South East Asia and Australia before settling down in Sydney. In her spare time she volunteers at the Wildlife Hospital at Taronga Zoo.


Elizabeth Jones – Receptionist

Cathy Emerton - Receptionist
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing 

Jessica Simpson - Receptionist 

Jess has worked in the Companion Animal Industry for almost 8 years. She worked at the RSPCA Yagoona while studying a Bachelor of Science in Ecology at University. After graduating she worked at a Local Government Council in Companion Animal Management, and then moved in to Marine Mammal Husbandry at Sydney Aquarium. After 3 years of doing this she missed working with companion animals so I took up a position at a Sydney specialist hopsital where she worked for 2 years. She really enjoyed this position because it gave me a chance to interact with people that she could relate most to- pet lovers!

Jess started working at the University Vet Teaching Hospital in June 2016.

In her spare time she spends time with her husband, fur babies, Harvey the three legged Shih Tzu, Aayla the Staffy, Tabby the cat and human baby, Charlotte.

Nursing Staff

Lisa Partel – Nurse Manager
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Veterinary Technician Speciality (Emergency & Critical Care)

Lisa joined the UVTHS team in mid 2016 as an emergency & critical care veterinary nurse.  She has now taken on the role as nurse manager looking after a team of 30.  Lisa has had 15 years experience in the veterinary industry having worked in several referral hospitals in both Queensland & NSW.  In 2011 she attained her Veterinary Technician specialty in Emergency & Critical Care and is currently co-chair of the exam committee for AVECCT.  

Lisa lives in the inner west with her ginger ninja DSH cat Andy. 


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.

Pamela Hesford – Veterinary Nurse
Certificate III in Veterinary Nursing
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing


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.


Alicia Clibbens - Veterinary Nurse
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing


Vokina Ng - Veterinary Nurse

Catherine Hay - Veterinary Nurse

Sophie Colville - Veterinary Nurse
Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (New Zealand)

Sophie began her veterinary nursing career in a small general practice vet in New Zealand, before crossing the ditch to Perth in 2013. She worked at a large 24 hour general practice, emergency and surgery specialist hospital there while exploring what WA had to offer. It was at this hospital Sophie discovered her passion for emergency and critical care. After a couple of years, Sophie decided WA was too far away and moved east. She worked in the ICU department at SASH before joining the SAVES team at UVTHS in April 2016.

In her spare time, Sophie enjoys spending time with her dog, a rescue from northern WA called Darcie and exploring Sydney.

Lauren Comerford – Veterinary Nurse

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 20 years undertaking the roles of general maintenance and running the kennels for the hospital.

He is a mad keen NRL supporter and will happily talk about sports of any kind. In his spare time you could find him watching his beloved Manly sea eagles play and caring for his elderly cat Di-Di. 

Mitchell Burns – Animal Attendant

Mitchell has worked here at UVTHS for 15 years. He is the best friend to all our boarding cats and dogs as is responsible for their care.  He helps keep the hospital clean and tidy & is the go to man for any maintenance requests.   

In his spare time he's kept busy with his wife and daughter & pet yabbie!

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