Mara Hickey, DVM – Head Emergency and Critical Care Service

Mara has been in the field of emergency and critical care medicine since 1995, first working as a veterinary assistant, and later obtaining certification as a veterinary technician. She graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Wisconsin in 2008 and pursued additional training at a private practice emergency referral hospital as well as at the University of California at Davis. In 2014, she completed a residency in emergency and critical care at a private practice in Los Angeles. She moved to Australia in May 2015 to head the emergency and critical care service. She has published articles on septic peritonitis, renal thromboembolism and cardiac disease, and toxicity associated with a urinary acidifier. Mara's interests include trauma, electrolyte and acid-base disturbances, respiratory emergencies and mechanical ventilation, and septic shock and vasopressor use. She has a goal of conducting clinical studies which will directly help private practitioners provide excellent care for emergency patients.

Dr Michelle Joffe – Resident in Small Animal Surgery

BVSc (Hon)

Michelle graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012. She spent 18 months in general practice in Sydney’s west before returning to Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for a rotating internship. Michelle enjoys the university environment and has remained at Sydney University for a surgical residency. She has always had an interest in surgery particularly neurosurgery and minimally invasive techniques. At home, Michelle enjoys the company of her cat Aurora, who she adopted as a stray from her first job in western Sydney.

Dr Lucia Yu – Staff Veterinarian

BVSc (Hons)

Dr Emma Johnson – Staff Veterinarian


Dr Stacey Brady – Staff Veterinarian


Dr Stephanie Conroy – Staff Veterinarian

BVSc (Hons)