Specialty  Services

Anaesthesia Staff

Dr. Fernando Martinez Taboada – Specialist in Small Animal Anaesthesia

LV CertVA PGCert(Biostats) DipECVAA

Head of Anaesthesia

Fernando graduated in Spain and worked for a number of years in small animal practice and research both in Spain and the UK. He did an internship and then a residency in anaesthesia and analgesia at the University of Bristol. He obtained the Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia by the RCVS in 2007 and became a European Diplomate in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2011 (ECVAA).
Over the years, Fernando has worked as an anaesthesiologist at both private and university teaching hospitals in the UK and Australia (Cambridge University and the University of Sydney), and he was head of anaesthesia and analgesia at various referral hospitals in the UK. He returned in 2017 to the University of Sydney to lead the anaesthesia and analgesia service. His areas of interest are;
• Local anaesthetics: Epidural and spinal anaesthesia, development of novel technical approaches and anaesthetic combinations, electrical and ultrasonographic nerves location, perineural and wound soaking catheters.
• Analgesia in chronic and oncological pain, including interventional pain management.
• Intensive care, especially ventilation (physiology, practical aspects, uses in anaesthesia and ICU, and equipment).

Dr. Mara Schier- Clinical Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

BSc/BVMS MANZCVS (Anaesthesia and Critical Care) Dip. ECVAA

Mara graduated from Murdoch University in 2007. Following a brief stint in mixed practice in north-eastern Victoria, she completed a rotating internship at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. This led to a residency in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia at Murdoch University, which was completed in 2013. She stayed on at Murdoch as an anaesthesia registrar before moving to Sydney to join the UVTHS in February 2017. She obtained membership in the Anaesthesia and Analgesia Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2011 and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2018. Mara enjoys all aspects of veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia but has a particular interest in the cardiovascular effects of different drugs used during general anaesthesia. She also enjoys working with students and helping them gain practical skills and experience in anaesthesia during the final parts of their veterinary degree.

Dr. Mathieu Raillard- Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

DVM, MRCVS, Dip. ECVAA

Mathieu graduated from the University of Bologna in 2010. He has completed a rotating internship at the ‘Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Maisons Alfort’, an anaesthesia internship at ‘ONIRIS-Nantes’, a residency program at the University of Bristol and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2016. He spent 4 years working at the University of Bern before moving to Sydney in June 2019.

Mathieu is a member of the executive committee of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists (AVA) and associate editor of the Journal of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. His main areas of interest are mechanical ventilation, anaesthesia equipment and anaesthesia safety. He enjoys working with students and clinical teaching.

Dr. Scott Cumming - Resident in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

BVSc (Hons) MCom MANZCVS 

After graduating from the University of Sydney in 2005, Scott started in private small animal practice in Sydney and the United Kingdom. Completing a Master of Commerce in 2010, Scott moved into the Animal Health Industry discovering an interest in anaesthesia, and in 2013 achieved membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Anaesthesia and Critical Care. Since 2018 Scott has been a Resident in Anaesthesia and Analgesia at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney (UVTHS).

Dr Chris Sun – Resident in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia 

BVSc MPhil

Chris graduated from the University of Sydney and started his veterinary career in equine referral practice in Melbourne. He undertook an internship at the Hong Kong Jockey Club in 2011 and stayed on as an equine registrar. After two stud seasons and a year in mixed practice in Western Australia and Victoria, he returned to Sydney to work for the RSPCA. In 2016 he completed a Master of Philosophy in veterinary epidemiology at the University of Queensland. He made the transition into small animal practice and became interested in anaesthesia and pain management. He has completed a Graduate Certificate in small animal emergency and critical care and started his residency in veterinary anaesthesia in 2019. He enjoys working as an anaesthetist, teaching students and assisting them with the transition to graduate as veterinarians.

Behaviour

Dr Andrew O’Shea – Veterinarian in Small Animal Behaviour

BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary behaviour)

Having graduated from The University of Sydney in 1989 he established Camden Valley Animal Hospitals soon after. He has a keen interest in Animal Behaviour, completing further study in 2008. He is the immediate past president of the Australian Veterinary Behaviour Interest Group and has organised many Veterinary Behaviour Groups as well as presenting in Australia and overseas. He is also currently serving on the Pet Advisory Board for Camden Council which is aimed at improving the lives of pets in the community and raising awareness of responsible pet ownership. In July 2013 he established the animal behaviour service at the University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital which has been very successful. He is the proud owner of 2 German Shorthair Pointers, 1 Burmese and 1 very talkative Cockatoo.

Dermatology Staff

Dr. Beth McDonald – Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

BVSc (Hons) MVetStud MANZCVS (SA Medicine) Dipl. ACVD

Awarded the University Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award 2017

Dr Beth McDonald is a highly qualified and experienced Veterinary Dermatologist. She holds many qualifications, including: BVSc (Hons) 1988; Master in Veterinary Studies 1993; Member, ANZCVSc in Small Animal Medicine,1994; Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology 1998 and has been a registered Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology for many years. She enjoys the challenges of clinical dermatology and supports education of both undergraduates and practicing veterinarians. Dr McDonald has particular interests in the management of allergic dermatitis in the dog and cat; responsible use of antibiotics; autoimmune skin disease and management of diseases in our geriatric pets! Dr McDonald and her technician, Vokina Ng offer a compassionate and caring service to the community and their pets.

Dr Nicola Martinez – Intern in Veterinary Dermatology

BVSc MRCVS

Dr Nicola Martinez graduated from the University of Bristol in the U.K. in 2007 and worked in small animal general practice for 10 years. She has worked in a mix of private veterinary clinics as well as spending time at an RSPCA veterinary hospital.  She has always had an interest in dermatology so now she works part time alongside Dr Beth McDonald as a dermatology intern. She is really enjoying her time working in dermatology and hopes to pursue further training to eventually become a specialist.

Emergency & Critical Care

Dr Erin Mooney – Specialist in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

BVSc, DACVECC

Head of Emergency & Critical Care

Dr Erin Mooney graduated with honours from the University of Sydney in 2007. Following graduation she undertook an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at a referral hospital in Connecticut, USA. This was followed by a residency in small animal emergency and critical care (E/CC) at Tufts University in Massachusetts, a world-leading centre for E/CC training and clinical research. Erin became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2012. Following stints at the University of Melbourne and the Small Animal Specialist Hospital, Erin is thrilled to be back in academia and at her alma mater – it feels like coming home! Erin’s clinical interests lie in pulmonary disease, mechanical ventilation, trauma, transfusion medicine, and peri-operative care.

Dr Mara Hickey – Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care

DVM, DACVECC

Mara graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2008. Following completion of a residency in emergency and critical care in Los Angeles, she moved to Australia to join the University of Sydney. Mara became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2016. 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 systemic inflammatory response syndrome. She has a goal of conducting clinical studies which will directly help private practitioners provide excellent care for emergency patients.

Dr. Sophia Morse – Resident in Emergency and Critical Care

BVSc (Hons)

Sophia graduated from the University of Sydney in 2013. Sophia started work as a small animal veterinarian in a busy clinic in Western Sydney where she developed an interest in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. After completing a rotating internship at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2017, Sophia started her training as a resident in Emergency and Critical Care medicine in 2018 under the supervision of Dr Erin Mooney and Dr Mara Hickey. Sophia’s areas of interest include shock, sepsis and transfusion medicine. Sophia has a very mischievous, overfed little cat called Omar.

Dr Corinne James – Resident in Emergency and Critical Care

BVSc(hons) MVS GradCertSAECC MANZCVS(Medicine)

Corinne graduated with honours from the University of Sydney in 2002 and since then has spent time working in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Over this time, she fell in love with, and focused on, Emergency and Critical Care work and began her residency in 2019. She enjoys the complexity and variety of cases that are seen in this discipline and being able to make a significant difference to the lives of her patients. Her research interest lies in snake envenomation, having previously worked in a heavily snake populated area in South-West Sydney. Snake envenomation cases can be very rewarding but there is still so much we do not know!

Dr. Rachel Soh – Resident in Emergency and Critical Care

BVSc 

Rachel graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014 and relocated back home to Singapore, where she worked for 3 years in a busy general practice. She developed a keen interest in emergency work and made the move back to Sydney to undertake a rotating internship at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which cemented her passion for emergency and critical care! After a stint as the E&CC department's specialty intern, Rachel commenced her residency training at the start of 2020. She is interested in all aspects of emergency and critical care, in particular SIRS/sepsis and respiratory emergencies.

In her free time Rachel enjoys rock-climbing, going on adventurous holidays and discovering new places to eat.

Dr. Samantha Day – Intern in Emergency and Critical Care

BVSc (Hon)

Sam graduated from the University of Sydney following completing her Honours project in Cambodia in 2016. Following graduation, she started work as a small animal veterinarian in Sydney where she developed an interest in emergency medicine and surgery. Sam recently completed a rotating internship at the University of Sydney Teaching Hospital in 2019, and has now taken on an internship in Emergency and Critical Care in 2020 under the supervision of Dr Erin Mooney and Dr Mara Hickey. Sam’s interests include acute kidney injury, trauma, SIRS and sepsis. At home she has a very loved and entertaining cat with cerebellar hypoplasia named Richter.

Imaging Staff

Dr Mariano Makara – Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging

Dr.med.vet. Dipl. ECVDI

Dr Makara earned his veterinary degree at the University of La Plata, Argentina. In January 2005, he began a radiology internship with Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine, under the guidance and direction of Dr. Joe Morgan where a significant part of his responsibilities included reading radiographs and performing ultrasound examinations. He then moved to the University of Zurich in Switzerland where he completed a residency program in diagnostic imaging and passed his certification exams for the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in March 2010. Following this he was promoted to Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich where he was responsible for each of the diagnostic modalities including diagnostic radiology, ultrasound, and CT in both small and large animals.

Dr Makara has also completed externships at the University of Bern and University of Wisconsin in order to gain additional skills in MRI and Nuclear Medicine. Since January 2011 he has served as an Associate Professor at St. George’s University.

His research interests have centred around computed tomography angiography, and he has completed research projects in thoracic computed tomography angiography contrast medium injection technique and use in diagnosis of infections with Angiostrongylus vasorum in dogs.

Dr Jennifer Chau – Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging

BVSc (Hons) MVetStud (Diagnostic Imaging) FANZCVs (Radiology)
Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Jennifer Chau graduated from vet school at the University of Sydney in 2007. She spent 3 years in private practice and developed an interest in ultrasound. Jennifer went onto obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Studies during her internship at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney. This led to a 3-year Masters degree and residency program in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. Jennifer obtained Fellowship to the Veterinary Radiology Chapter of the ANZCVS in 2017. Her current PhD topic is on hepatobiliary imaging using contrast enhanced computed tomography.

Jennifer enjoys working in a veterinary teaching hospital and helping undergraduate veterinary students to achieve their learning goals. She also appreciates the opportunity to be amongst other experts in the field to engage in a multi-disciplinary approach to veterinary science.

Dr Juan Podadera – Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging

Med.Vet. BVSc FANZCVS - Radiology

Juan graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 from La Plata University, Argentina. In 2002, after spending some time practicing in Argentina, Juan was granted a scholarship to work and further develop his skills in Australia.

In 2006 Juan fulfilled all requirements and passed the national veterinary examination allowing him to practice in Australia.

Juan underwent a Radiology residency at the University of Sydney and became a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2015. Juan is currently an active clinical radiologist providing services to private and academic institutions and pre and postgraduate teaching in veterinary diagnostic imaging at Sydney University.

Juan has trained in MRI physics and technical applications during 2006-2007. In 2008-2009 he underwent accredited training in nuclear medicine and radiophysics with the Royal North Shore Hospital.

Juan is actively involved in clinical and academic research. His areas of interest included all aspects of musculoskeletal imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine. Juan has been involved in a number of publications associated with the application of MRI to improve planning and identification of musculoskeletal injury in canine and equine patients, abdomen angiography and use of nuclear medicine for skeletal disease in canine patients.

Juan currently resides in Australia with his family including his partner, two daughters and Diego (their horse). He enjoys all forms of sports, in particular football (soccer), horse riding and rugby union

Dr Michelle Lau – Resident in Diagnostic Imaging

BVSc (Hons I)

Michelle graduated from the University of Sydney in 2015. She completed a rotating internship at Queensland Vet Specialists//Pet Emergency in Brisbane. She then started a rotating internship at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney before starting her diagnostic imaging residency. Michelle is interested in all aspects of diagnostic imaging, particularly ultrasound and computed tomography and is currently working on a research project involving ventilated post mortem computed tomography in dogs and cats. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her adorable fur-child, Rocky.

Helen Laurendet – Senior Radiographer

BaApSci MedIm

Helen has been employed by the Sydney University for the last twenty years. Her prior training covers St Vincent’s Hospital and several years spent at the St George Hospital. Helen is involved in teaching both, undergraduate and postgraduate students in diagnostic imaging. Helen is largely responsible for the radiography and fluoroscopy of both clinical and research cases; as well as quality control of images.

Dr Jia Wen Siow– Resident in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

BSc(VB) DVM GradCert(SAUA)

Jia Wen graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2015. She then completed a small animal rotating internship where she discovered her passion for diagnostic imaging.

Prior to beginning her diagnostic imaging residency, she gained experience in shelter, emergency and referral hospitals whilst completing continuing education in imaging. Jia Wen enjoys all aspects of diagnostic imaging and is currently researching contrast-enhanced computed tomography of the canine gastrointestinal tract.

Medicine Staff

Dr. Christine Griebsch – Specialist in Small Animal Medicine

Dr med vet DipECVIM-CA

Head of Small Animal Medicine 

Christine graduated from the Justus-Liebig University Giessen in Germany in 2003. She then started an internship and a residency of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM) at Free University Berlin, Germany. During her residency she finished a doctoral thesis about immune mediated haemolytic anaemia in dogs. In 2009 she went to a private practice before returning to Justus-Liebig University in 2011 as a clinical instructor/supervisor. In 2010 Christine became a specialist of internal medicine for small companion animals and since 2012, she has been a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM-CA). She joined Sydney University in April 2013. She is very passionate about dogs and consults in the canine medicine referral service. Her main research interests are endocrinology and haematology.

Dr. Lara Boland – Feline Medicine and Small Animal Medicine

BVSc (Hons I) FANZCVS (feline medicine) DipECVIM-CA

Lara graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004 and initially worked in feline and general small animal practice in Brisbane and Canberra. She has completed internships at the Animal Referral Hospital in Sydney and the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. Lara completed an International Cat Care sponsored residency in small animal medicine at the University of Bristol and then returned home to Australia in 2013 to work as a specialist at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney. Lara is both a European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist in Small Animal Medicine and an Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Fellow in Feline Medicine. In 2018 she became a senior lecturer in small animal medicine. Lara has always been fascinated by all things feline including endocrine, urinary tract and geriatric diseases of cats.

Dr. Jane Yu – Resident in Small Animal Medicine

BVSc MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine)

Jane graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011. She started working in a mixed practice in Central Victoria after graduation. She then relocated to Melbourne and has completed a small animal internship at Advanced Vetcare. Following her internship, she worked in several referral practices in Melbourne before co-founding an emergency centre in Central Victoria. She was awarded her memberships from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in small animal medicine in 2016. In 2017,  she commenced an academic position at the University of Adelaide as small animal medicine lecturer and clinician. Jane joined the medicine team here in 2019 as resident in small animal medicine.

Jane is a workaholic and has no life! But when she is not at work, you may spot her shopping in the mall. She is the owner of a Dingo cross, a bossy sphynx and a cute ginger and white cat. 

Dr Elizabeth Jenkins – Resident in Small Animal Medicine

BVSc (Hons I) PGCertVS MVS (SA Practice) MANZCVS (SA Medicine)

Liz graduated from the University of Sydney in 2010. She started her veterinary career in general practice, working with both large and small animals on the mid-north coast before moving into small animals only in Tamworth. Liz has completed a Masters of Veterinary Studies in Small Animal Practice at Murdoch University and achieved Membership to the Small Animal Medicine Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2016. After undertaking a rotating internship in Sydney, Liz joined our team in 2017 as a resident in Small Animal Medicine, under the supervision of Dr Christine Griebsch and Dr Peter Bennett. Liz is particularly interested in infectious diseases and neurology. She is the proud owner of two gorgeous and very spoilt Labradors, Daphne and Wilson.

Dr Matteo Bordicchia – Resident in Small Animal Medicine

DVM, MSc, MANZCVS (Small animal medicine), MRCVS

Dr Bordicchia is a graduate of Camerino University in Italy. After a few years of experience working with horses, he started developing his interest in small animal medicine. He was granted a scholarship to spend 6 months at the Eccole Veterinarie in Toulouse before completing a one –year internship in Sweden.

On his return to Italy he worked in several private practices before setting up his own hospital in partnership with 3 other colleagues. He worked in his own clinic for 8 years during which he completed an international master’ s degree in diagnostic imaging. Matteo is enjoying life in Sydney and in his spare time he loves cooking, travelling and spending time with his Dachshund Trilly.

Neurology

Georgina Child – Specialist & Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Neurology

BVSc , DACVIM (Neurology)

Georgina is a graduate of the University of Sydney(1980).  After2 years in general practice  in Perth and the UK she completed  residency training in the specialty of neurology (and neurosurgery) at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of California Davisin 1985 and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of neurology in 1987.   She was a research associate in the Department of Clinical Studies and Biological Sciences, Colorado State University untilshe returned  with her family to Australia and has been consultingin specialist practice in Sydney since 1995. Georgina has been a consultant specialist at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney and a  lecturer  in small animal medicine  since 2008.

Georginagives regular presentations to veterinarians as part of continuing education programs throughout Australia , mentorsstudents, interns and residents in small animal practice and provides advice to many general  practitionerswith the aim of helping them provide better information  to owners regarding diagnostic and treatmentoptions for companion animals with neurologic disorders.

Oncology

Dr Peter Bennett – Specialist in Veterinary Oncology & Internal Medicine

BVSc FANZCVS (Canine Medicine) DACVIM (Oncology, Small Animal Medicine)

Hospital Director

Peter is a graduate of the University of Melbourne.  After a period working in general practice, he undertook training in small animal medicine via a non-traditional route.  His training was undertaken at Massey University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Tennessee and the University of Georgia.  He then attained Fellowship status from the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists as well as Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  Peter then moved to Purdue University in Indiana as a clinical instructor and in his time there attained his speciality qualification in Oncology.

On his return to Australia, Peter was one of the founding specialists of the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre.  He has been involved in training residents in both Small Animal Internal Medicine and Veterinary Oncology.   He is a tutor for the Centre for Veterinary Education at the University of Sydney as well as for the Masters of Veterinary Medicine program at Massey University.

Peter has moved to the University of Sydney to establish a comparative oncology program.  To help establish collaborative research he has a part time appointment at the NHMRC clinical trials centre.  Peter is an established author in the veterinary literature and presents at national and international meetings as an invited speaker.

Peter’s main interest is in advancing the compassionate care of pets with cancer and to improve their quality of life for as long as possible.

Dr Katrina Cheng – Specialist in Veterinary Oncology

BVSc (hons) FANZCVS (Vet Oncology) MANZCVS (SM medicine and Radiology)

Katrina graduated from the University of Sydney in 2011 and has worked in general and referral practices in Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. In 2015, she commenced a three-year veterinary oncology residency at the University of Sydney. Katrina is a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Radiology and Small Animal Medicine. She became a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Oncology in 2019. Katrina enjoys all aspects of small animal oncology, particularly in lymphoid cancers and novel cancer treatments. Her research interests include genetics in canine lymphoma (Border Collies) and immunotherapy.

Ophthalmology

Dr. Jeffrey S Smith – Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology

BVSc, FACVSc, DACVO

Jeff graduated from Sydney University in 1970 and after 3 years in general practice completed a residency in Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology at Cornell University and was granted Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1977. Returning to Australia in 1978 Jeff gained Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Canine Medicine and in 1983 become a Fellow of the ACVSc in Veterinary Ophthalmology.

Jeff currently provides lectures and tutorials for students at Sydney University in ophthalmic medicine, surgery and pathology as well as providing specialist ophthalmology services to small, large and exotic animals in Sydney and regional areas of NSW.

Dr. Cameron J G Whittaker - Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology

BvSc, MACVSc, DVCS, DACVO

Cameron graduated from Sydney University in 1989. After spending time in mixed animal practice he completed an internship at Sydney University in 1992 and the following year commenced a residency in Veterinary Ophthalmology at the University of Florida and was granted Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1996. He then worked at the Ohio State University as a visiting Assistant Professor before returning to Australia in 1997 to join Eye Clinic for Animals and providing specialist ophthalmology services to both small and large animals in Sydney and regional areas of NSW.

Cameron also has served the NSW Division of the AVA and currently provides medicine and surgery lectures and practical sessions to Sydney University students.

 

Dr. Kelly Caruso - Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology

BSc, VMD, DACVO

Kelly graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She then completed internships in Equine Medicine and Surgery, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Ophthalmology and Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. Kelly then completed a residency under the tutelage of Professor Seth Koch – one of the founding members of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists – and was granted Membership of that body in 2007.

 

Surgery Staff

Dr Laurencie Brunel – Senior lecturer and registered specialist in Small Animal Surgery

DVM, CEAV (Internal Medicine), MVSc, Dipl. ECVS

Head of Surgery 

Laurencie is a graduate from the University of Nantes (France) and registered specialist in small animal surgery.  She completed a one-year rotating internship in Paris followed by a one-year surgical internship in Lyon. She completed her specialist surgical training in Belgium and was admitted as a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2013. During her residency, she also obtained a Master Degree in Veterinary Sciences.  In 2014, she moved to Sydney to work at the UVTHS as a clinical specialist, then as a senior lecturer in small animal surgery.

Laurencie enjoys being involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate surgical training. She has co-authored several publications and is enrolled in a PhD on the mitral valve. Her research contributes to improving surgical treatments for mitral valve disease in people, which ignited her interest for canine mitral valve repair.

Laurencie is experienced in all aspects of surgery with a particular interest in complex abdominal and thoracic surgery, minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy, interventional radiology) and neurosurgery (especially Wobbler disease).

In her spare time, Laurencie enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her British Shorthair cat named Donut.

Dr Rui Sul – Small Animal Surgeon

Rui graduated from the University of UTAD in Portugal in 2003. He then moved to England to work as a small animal general practitioner for 6 years. He continued up north and did his rotating internship followed by an ECVS-approved surgical residency at the University of Glasgow, in Scotland. After his residency, Rui worked in a large private referral hospital in London for 3 years, covering Orthopaedics and Soft Tissue surgery. Outside work, he enjoys travelling, cycling and surfing.

Dr. Rachel Basa – Registrar in Small Animal Surgery

BVSc PGCertVS MVCS MANZCVS PhD candidate 

Rachel graduated from the University of Sydney in 2009 and worked in private practice for 3 and a ½ years at various clinics in Sydney including the RSPCA Yagoona. She then started an internship at UVTHS before beginning a surgical residency. Rachel completed her memberships in small animal surgery in 2014, and finished her surgical residency at UVTHS in 2018. Her research interests include feline orthopaedics and musculoskeletal imaging. 

Dr. Philip Inness – Resident in Small Animal Surgery

BSc, BVMS, MANZCVS

 

Dr. Jason Hoon – Resident in Small Animal Surgery

BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery)

Jason originally grew up in Singapore and graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014 with first class honours and the University Medal. Upon graduation, he started his career in small animal general practice in coastal South Australia before moving to Queensland, where he completed a rotating and surgical internship with the Veterinary Specialist Services team in Gold Coast and Brisbane. Jason attained Membership to the Small Animal Surgery chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2018 and was also awarded the Paul Gotis-Graham Award. He has since returned to his alma mater where he is undertaking a clinical Masters degree and residency program in small animal surgery. Jason is passionate in all areas of veterinary surgery especially in orthopaedics, oncologic surgery and trauma management. Outside of work, Jason is an ardent supporter of Arsenal Football Club and is accompanied by his fluffy smoochy cat, Tofu and mischievous dog, Popcorn.

 

Dr Nikola Heblinski – Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Dr med vet, Diplomate ECVS

Nikola graduated from the Freie University Berlin, Germany in 2007. Starting from 2007 until 2010 she did her doctoral degree at the Department of Veterinary Pathology at the Freie University Berlin, Germany. She then moved to south Germany where she did a rotating internship followed by a surgical internship. Nikola continued to work in different small animal referral hospitals before starting her ECVS-approved surgical residency in 2015 in a small animal referral hospital in Stromsholm, Sweden. In February 2019, she successfully passed her board-certifying exam to become a member of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons.

In September 2019, she moved to Sydney and started working at the UVTHS. She enjoys being involved in clinical work as well as teaching activities.