Nurses & Admin 2018-07-10T14:56:41+00:00

Nurses & Admin

Administration

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.

Cathy Emerton – Receptionist

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Cathy worked in Customer Service in Local Government for 7 years but wanted a change & decided to pursue her love of animals. Cathy completed her Cert IV Veterinary Nursing in 2014 at Ultimo Tafe, then after finishing her training at Long Jetty Vet Hospital on the Central Coast, she moved to Sydney to work at Hornsby Heights Vet Hospital as a senior vet nurse. Cathy joined our reception team in 2017 & loves the change of pace and everything she is learning whilst working in a specialist vet industry. Cathy use to show pet rats and won the Sydney Royal Easter Show twice! However, now she just has Arthur the rat & 9 long coat rex mice as pets, alongside her doting mini foxie cross, Ally.

Jessica Simpson – Receptionist 

BSc

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

Sally Lee – Nurse Manager 

CIV Veterinary Nursing
CIV Training & Assessment
DIP Leadership & Management

Sally has been nursing for over 13 years, in that time she’s worked in general practice, specialist & emergency. Sally has also worked in a number of Colleges helping to develop and teach the CIV Veterinary nursing to students nationally.

During her career Sally has developed a passion for Emergency & Critical Care, teaching and leading teams. There are over 40 talented nurses employed at UVTHS; which keeps her very busy!

Sally has 2 rescue cats; Zeke & Zip, and a cheeky wolfhound X named Zeeva.

Rhonda Foreman – Senior Veterinary Nurse 

Veterinary Nursing Certificate
Domestic Animal Care

One of the most longstanding members of the UVTHS Nursing team, Rhonda joined the UVTHS as a veterinary nurse in 1986 & continues to work as one of our Primary Care nurses; her special interest is veterinary dermatology. During her time here she has completed TAFE training in both domestic animal care and veterinary nursing. Rhonda not only looks after the patients at UVTHS, she also looks after the people employed here, as she is our WHS Officer.

Rhonda has a Chihuahua cross foxy ‘Chelsea’ and has recently adopted one of the UVTHS retired feline blood donors ‘Bruno’.

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.

Alecia Clibbens – Veterinary Nurse

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing Diploma Emergency and critical care 

Alecia is a certified veterinary nurse who has been working in the veterinary Industry for 11 years. Alecia has extensive knowledge and experience in medicine, oncology and emergency and critical care nursing and has completed a diploma of Emergency and Critical Care at TAFE in 2013. Alecia has a special interest in the compassionate care of pets with cancer.

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.

Joceline Alfaro – Veterinary Nurse 

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Joceline is a certified Veterinary Nurse who has been working in the Vet Industry for approx 10 years. She joined the UVTHS team in 2015. Her favourite part of vet nursing is dentistry, working alongside vet students and of course cuddling animals.

When not busy, Joceline loves to spend time with her German Shepherd named Esky and her Insta-famous cat Michael.

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.”

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.

Natalia Sen Gupta – Veterinary Nurse, ECC Unit Coordinator

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
BSc Med Sci

Natalia started nursing because she loved her local vet and admired how they were able to combine their love of animals and compassion into something constructive and tangible, which made her want to do the same.

Having spent the majority of her career nursing in general practices, she was looking to improve her skills whilst challenging herself, so she joined the ECC team in 2014 whilst studying and never looked back!

Natalia loves going to see live music, reading, the beach, sunshine, competitive games of Trivial Pursuit and loves cats and dogs equally.

Vokina Ng – Veterinary Nurse

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Vokina completed her Certificate II in animal studies in 2012 and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2014, she joined the Animal Dermatology Clinic team at UVTHS as Dermatology Nurse in 2015.

Previously, Vokina has worked as veterinary nurse in a General Practice at North Sydney for 2 years.  In her spare time, she loves to do gardening, knitting and crochet. She also enjoys spending time with her three chickens, Ally, Juliet and Daisy, and her two cats Finnegan and Juno.

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.

Amy Draper 

BASc (Ext. Major in Vet Tech)

Amy graduated from the University of Queensland in 2011 after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Extended. Major in Veterinary Technology). She has since gained much experience from her nursing roles in general practice as well as in the specialist surgical and medicine fields. At the end of 2017, Amy returned from the UK after 2 years of locum work and travelling Europe.

Joining the Medicine & Surgical teams at UVTHS in January 2018, Amy is excited to explore her new home of Sydney and soak up all the sun she missed out on whilst living in the England!

Melissa Fangmeier – Trainee Veterinary Nurse 

Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (Honours)
Currently Studying CIV Veterinary Nursing

Melissa graduated from the University of Sydney with an Animal and Veterinary Bioscience degree in 2014 and began her career in veterinary nursing in 2015. She has a special interest in exotic companion animals and will always be the first to volunteer when there is a rabbit or guinea pig around. At home, she takes care of four guinea pigs, two giant rabbits, two cockatiels, two eastern snake-necked turtles, a rescued Shih Tzu-X named “Chicken” and a new dachshund puppy named “Harlee”. She also has interests in drawing, photography, and graphic design.

Melissa joined the UVTHS primary care team in April 2018. She is excited to be learning from our team of highly skilled veterinary professionals within the different specialist departments while she is studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

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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