Specialty  Services

Anaesthesia Staff

Dr. Scott Cumming – Resident in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia


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.


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 – Resident in Veterinary Dermatology


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


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


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


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.