Support Staff


Dr Mark Lawrie – Chief Executive Officer 

BVSc (Sydney) MANZCVS (Animal Welfare) MAICD

Dr Mark Lawrie joined us as the new Chief Executive Officer of the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney in late 2017.

A 1983 University of Sydney Veterinary Science graduate he has worked in different veterinary roles including public health, pig medicine, mixed practice, small animals and animal welfare.

Mark has had a number of high level management roles before coming to Sydney University this time, including Chief Veterinarian at RSPCA NSW, National President of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), Hospital Director of Murdoch University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and General Manager-Asia Pacific for a veterinary technology company-RxWorks.

Mark has worked as a consultant in animal welfare for a number of organisations-including RSPCA, AWL, IFAW and in a number of different countries. He has been a board member of Vets Beyond Borders and Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC).

He is very happy to be back at his alma mater and is married with 5 children (one of which is 15 year old Laura, a cross maltese ex RSPCA dog).

James Christie – Business Refinement & Services Manager

Cert IV VN, Dip Project Management

James has worked in a most fields in the animal industry, beginning his career in the captive animal field at zoos and wildlife parks. He then moved into the lab animal and research field before finding his home in veterinary nursing in 2008. In 2013, James began work in a private specialist hospital where he worked across many services including; Emergency, Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Avian and exotics and Internal medicine. While still nursing, James began working with specialist veterinary software systems and high-end veterinary hardware. This is when he found a way to combine the roles and began work as Technical Resources Manager before he joined UVTHS in 2019. As well as day to day operations of the hospital, James heads up the technological improvement projects at UVTHS.

James shares his home with 2 cocker spaniels and a cat named ‘Little Girl’.

Louise McGregor – Nurse Manager

Cert IV VN, Dip ECC

Louise began working at the University of Sydney in 2007 where she specialized as a small animal anaesthesia nurse. She also holds a diploma in emergency and critical care. You’ll find her most days running the show in our surgery department, keeping all the little creatures safe while they’re under general anaesthetic.

Her love for all animals (but especially cats!) is inspiring, and she ensures that every patient is comfortable, well-fed and well-loved while they’re in our care. When not at work, she enjoys spoiling her adorable cat Boombalina.

Anja Price – Reception Manager

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.

Caitlin Seager – Hospital Administration Officer

Bachelor of Animal and veterinary bioscience (Hons 1)

After completion of her degree at The University of Sydney in 2020, Caitlin joined the UVTHS team as veterinary receptionist. Caitlin completed her certificate II in animal studies at RSPCA in 2015. She has also volunteered at Riding for the Disabled for a number of years where she developed her passion for horses. During her degree she undertook multiple placements, where she aided in the delivery of a calf and a foal.

Now, Caitlin gets her animal fix from playing polo and greeting the animals at reception.
Caitlin owns a lovely little West Highland White Terrier named Evie.

Nursing Staff

Alex Philp – Veterinary Nurse – Anaesthesia

Alex has been nursing since 2015 and previously worked at a 24hr emergency clinic in Western Sydney as the Head of Surgery and Anaesthesia. Now working in the Anaesthesia department at UVTHS he is continuing to hone his skills in Anaesthesia with the intention to complete his VTS in Anaesthesia and Analgesia over the next few years.

Charleyne Scott – Veterinary Nurse – Anaesthesia

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing, Diploma of Emergency and Critical Care

Charleyne joined the nursing team at UVTHS mid 2018 after 10 years of experience as a veterinary nurse. She has worked in many practices throughout Port Macquarie, Sydney, remote South Australia and Melbourne. Over the years her focus has grown from general practice nursing and canine behaviour; to more recently, emergency nursing and international volunteering projects.

In addition to joining Emergency & Critical Care nursing team, Charleyne is also studying to become a Vocational Education Trainer & Assessor.

Melissa Shoard – Registered Veterinary Nurse – Emergency & Critical care

RVN, Dip VN (ECC), Cert IV TAE, Cert IV VN

Melissa completed her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing qualification in 2014. She gained experience working in general practice before moving to a specialist hospital working in a range of areas including medicine, diagnostic imaging, exotics but found her love and passion for emergency medicine where she went on to complete her diploma in veterinary nursing (ECC). Melissa joined UVTHS in November 2019 in the emergency critical care service.

Kate Caporale – Registered Veterinary Nurse – Emergency & Critical Care

Holding a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Kate has worked in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney in general practice since 2014. Ready for a new challenge, she transitioned to our Emergency & Critical Care team in April 2020 and hasn’t looked back since!

Plunged into the fast-paced, exciting world of Emergency, Kate has found her passion. She especially enjoys the team aspect of Emergency work, and providing the best patient care.

Outside of work, Kate is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and is the former Australian National Champion. You can always find Kate with her trusty yellow Labrador, Belle, not far behind!

Cindy Phan – Veterinary Nurse – Emergency & Critical Care

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Cindy completed her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2018 and worked in multiple different general practices before delving into the world of emergency & critical care nursing at UVTHS in October, 2020.

She especially enjoys watching critical patients transform back into their bouncy healthy self with the love and care provided by the team. The fast-paced thrilling environment of emergency nursing  is the place to be!

In her spare time, Cindy is hanging out with her Pomeranian Teenie or catching crickets to feed her smooth knob-tailed gecko Mudkip.

Matthew Norton – Veterinary Nurse – Emergency & Critical Care

BSc., MAnimSc.

With over 10 years’ experience in animal husbandry, Matthew has spent the previous 4 years working as a veterinary ophthalmic nurse at Animal Eye Care and also much of 2017 in ICU at Advanced Vetcare in Victoria. He has completed a GAP course in Animal Husbandry at the Box Hill Institute, a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Geology and a Masters in Animal Science at the University of Melbourne. Matthew has just transferred from the University of Adelaide to undertake the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Sydney.

In his spare time Matthew enjoys photography, videography and scuba diving. He has a keen interest in surgery and wildlife conservation.

Catherine Quirk – Veterinary Nurse – Emergency & Critical Care

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Catherine started nursing in 2011 and earned her Certificate IV in 2013.

After some time in general practice she moved over to live in the UK which enabled her to spend plenty of time traveling around Europe. She was a locum nurse at various vet hospitals around London and Surrey for 2 years. Catherine joined the UVTHS team in mid 2017 as a rotating nurse which allowed her to gain experience in various departments, she soon settled comfortably into a permanent role in the Referral Medicine department.

Catherine has two adorable Miniature Schnauzers named Hugo and Lily.

Rebecca Tuck – Veterinary Nurse – Emergency & Critical Care

Certificate III Captive animal management, Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

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.

Lydia Grant – Veterinary Nurse – Emergency & Critical Care

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.”

Vincent Wan – Veterinary Nurse – Emergency & Critical Care

Cert IV Veterinary Nurse

Don’t be fooled by his young and charming face! Vincent is a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse who came in as a TAFE work placement student. His work ethic and attention to detail surprised us – which landed him a full time Primary Care Nursing role. Vincent is a valuable part of our nursing team!

Vincent enjoys all aspect of nursing and is working toward obtaining his Diploma in Emergency and Critical Care.

Rhonda Foreman – Veterinary Nurse – Dermatology

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’.

Amanda Knox – Veterinary Nurse – Diagnostic Imaging

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Amanda has worked in the animal industry for 8 years. She started her Veterinary Nursing career in a small practice North West of Sydney. She joined the Imaging department at UVTHS in August 2014 after gaining her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She is responsible for DX images, Fluoroscopy and has a special interest in training future veterinarians. Amanda’s spare time is spent being outdoors, shooting target archery or spending time with her 3 dogs.

Sophie Colville – Veterinary Nurse – Oncology

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. After a couple of years, Sophie decided to move east to Sydney so her journeys back home to New Zealand were quicker! 

Sophie worked at several specialist referral hospitals, including UVTHS as an Emergency and Critical Care nurse for 6 years, before moving to Referral Medicine and finding her niche in our Oncology department where she loves the bond she creates with both patient and their owner as they go through their cancer treatment. Sophie also helps to manage our canine blood donor program. 

Sophie has a special interest in animal behaviour, which started after adopting her own rescue dog, Darcie who suffers from anxiety. She is an advocate for fear-free practice and always tries her best to make each patient feel as comfortable as they can while in hospital. 

Joanne Tapp – Veterinary Nurse – Pharmacy

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.

Melissa Fangmeier – Veterinary Nurse – Primary Care

Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (Honours I)
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Melissa first completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (Honours I) in 2014 through The University of Sydney. From there, Melissa began her first job as a veterinary nurse with her local GP veterinary hospital, and quickly fell in love with everything that general practice had to offer. Melissa joined the Primary Care team in 2018. Her favourite role is teaching DVM students everything about veterinary dentistry, from dental radiography to prophylactic treatment. In 2020, Melissa became a Puppy Preschool Instructor for UVTHS. She loves nothing more than supporting new puppy owners through the ups-and-downs of owning a new puppy, and seeing once timid puppies play with confidence!

Melissa adores all animals, but especially loves wildlife, exotic and unusual pets! Melissa is a proud fur-mum to three guinea pigs, two cockatiels, two Eastern Snake-necked Turtles, and a Shih Tzu X named Chicken.

Vokina Ng – Veterinary Nurse – Referral Medicine

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.

Amy Draper – Veterinary Nurse – Surgery

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.

Amy joined the Medicine & Surgical teams at UVTHS in January 2018, she also help to coordinate our Canine Blood Bank; which saves many doggo lives!

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!

Eugenie Thompson – Veterinary Nurse – Surgery

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing, Certificates I, II, III Horse industry Management

Eugenie started her career in veterinary nursing 15 years ago, 13 of which were in general practice where she progressed to the role of hospital administrator.

In March 2017 she joined the UVTHS general practice team, in 2018 the specialist surgical team. Eugenie says she feels “really fortunate to work with a group of professionals and students who really care about their patients and the quality of care they provide”.

Alecia Clibbens – Veterinary Nurse

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing Diploma Emergency and critical care 

Alecia is a certified veterinary nurse who started her career in a referral hospital in 2006. She 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.

Alecia is our Oncology Nurse and also helps coordinate the canine blood donor bank at UVTHS.

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.

Tamara Riquelme – Veterinary Nurse – Emergency & Critical Care

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Tamara began her career in the year 2007 at a busy 24/7 private hospital. She was initially employed as an animal attendant but quickly found her passion in caring for the sick and injured animals.
Tamara began working as a trainee nurse in the Internal medicine team and gained necessary experience while completing her certificate. Once graduated Tamara rotated through many services including; Diagnostic Imaging, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Avian & Exotics and Emergency & Critical Care.

Joining UVTHS in 2020 on our Primary care team for a short while before finding her home on the Emergency & Critical Care service.
Not only does Tamara love the patients, but she loves interacting with clients, so you will see her smiling face if your pet needs to be triaged at the hospital.

Outside of work Tamara loves spending her time with her family and many animals.
She shares her home with 10 cats, 3 dogs, a small human and a husband.

Rebecca Foster – Veterinary Nurse Educator

Cert IV TAE, Cert IV VN

Beginning her career in 2005, Rebecca has nursed across multiple disciplines including; Avian & Exotics, Emergency & Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology.

Rebecca has a passion for education and enjoys all aspects of teaching the newest veterinary nursing generation.

Rebecca joined UVTHS in 2021 as one of our nurse educators.

Our nurse education team assists the management team with the ongoing education to our nursing and support staff.

Rebecca has 2 tuxedo cats named Socks and Boots (with the fur).

Rebecca Banham – Nurse Educator

MSc, BSc (hons) RVN

Rebecca completed her BSc (hons) in veterinary nursing in 2010 at the Royal Veterinary College, London. After graduating, she began work at the University’s referral hospital in the internal medicine department for 5 years.
During this time, Rebecca also completed a MSc in veterinary nursing, becoming the first nurse to hold this qualification. Rebecca then broadened her skill set working at Bristol University’s hospital for one year in the theatre, anaesthesia and medicine teams.

Rebecca then packed her bags for a year of travelling around Australia’s stunning red centre and scenic coastlines. Rebecca worked at multiple practices and volunteered at a desex clinic in the Gili Islands, Indonesia.
Ending her year in Sydney, Rebecca found herself at UVTHS and this is where she found her new home as an ECC nurse and nurse educator.

Rebecca has a havanese dog named Billie.


Ashleigh MacGibbon – Receptionist

Ashleigh has been a part of the reception admin team for over a year after moving to Australia from London where she worked on reception at the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal hospital. She participated in some Veterinary studies over in New Zealand but put this on pause to go travel over sea.

Ashleigh comes from a small town in New Zealand with a farming background of sheep and dairy. She has always worked in the animal industry and is very passionate about the care of animals.
She shares her home with 4 other animal lovers and two spoilt lazy cats, Triffle and Muffin.

Neesha Das – Receptionist

Dip Psychology

Originally from Malaysia, Neesha moved to Australia in 2014. She lived in Perth and Brisbane before finding her home in Sydney in 2019.

Neesha has extensive experience in the human medical administration field. At home in Malaysia Neesha obtained her diploma in psychology in 2013 before completing certificates in childcare and individual support.

She is currently enrolled in a diploma in mental health.

Coming from a country with multicultural background, Neesha is fluent in English and Bahasa Malaysia. Neesha enjoys spending quality family time during her off days.

Neesha is a mother to a young family with a daughter and 2 sons. She also has 2 bunnies named “Sassy” & “Fluffy” and a gentle giant “Juno” (Great Dane).

Natasha King – Receptionist

Natasha has an array of administrative experience under her belt including reception and personal assisting. Previous to joining UVTHS she was working for a pet insurance company in Sydney.
Getting her interest in veterinary admin from her previous role, she decided to jump into the veterinary reception role at UVTH is 2021.

Natasha shares her home with a cat named Quinn.

Animal Attendants

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.

James Hudson – Concierge

James commenced work at the Sydney vet clinic in early 2017 as the first veterinary concierge.  James loves meeting people and assisting them and their pets.  James enjoys all aspects of his job especially helping all the staff at the clinic.

Prior to commencing work at the clinic James worked in after school care sports, making good use of his Certificate IV in in Personal training and Fitness.  James has several qualifications under his belt including a Certificate III in Fitness and Aged Care and a further 2 Certificate IV’s in Massage and Aromatherapy.

In his spare time James loves to go to Bondi beach and swim, he enjoys the theatre, movies, ballroom dancing and spending time with friends.  Although James does not have a pet at present he plans to have either a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel or a German Shepherd dog.