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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE More Info

Northside Veterinary Specialists are here for you and your pets during COVID. As of Monday 28th February we will return to socially distanced consultations, in line with NSW Health Guidelines. We welcome a maximum of two adults, and we request for masks to be worn at all times when in the building. Please call on 9452 2933 with any questions.

We thank you all for your support and patience.

COVID-19 CONSULTING HOURS 6am - 6pm, Monday - Friday
24 HOURS PER DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK in case of emergency

Sheree Giffin

HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR & FACILITIES MANAGER

Originally from Perth, I have been in the Construction & Property Industry as an Executive Assistant for the past 17 years. During my career I have continued my professional development by obtaining my Certificate IV in Human Resources, Cert III in Business and completed various units within Business Administration Cert IV.
Prior to joining NVS my roles have included Office Management, Marketing & Communications, Event Management, Finance, Systems Compliance and Administration.
I have a real passion for animals, hence why my own family of pets include 2 horses (one who thinks he’s a dog), 2 dogs, 2 cats (one who thinks he’s human), 3 chickens and a rabbit (who thinks she’s a cat). Life is anything but boring and there’s always a laugh to be had with them all around. I live on the Central Coast with my husband and 2 young children. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with the children exploring, horse riding, playing netball and relaxing when I get the chance. Growing up I always wanted to become a vet, or a vet nurse so I am really looking forward to a career with people that share my passion.

Lisa

CLINICAL TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Originally from New Zealand, Lisa has been working in the veterinary industry for the last 19 years initially in general practice and then moving to speciality practice 6 years later. Lisa is a AVNAT registered Certificate IV VN and in 2011 obtained her qualification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care. Over the last few years she has spent time in management and is looking forward to
taking to the role of Clinical Training and Development Coordinator as empowering staff with knowledge is one of her passions. Lisa has lectured in Australia and the US and looks forward to presenting at this year's VNCA National Conference in June. Lisa lives in the inner west with her rescue fur family, Andy and Shaz.

Mel Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

RADIOLOGY COORDINATOR

Mel completed her Certificate III & IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2002 , and for the last 18 years she has gained experience in all facets of nursing - you name it and Mel’s probably done it!
Mel enjoys working in the large team at NVS, and thrives on the complicated nature of the cases that come through our doors.
Having previously been the practice manager of a very busy clinic, Mel joined NVS in 2019, and has brought along with her a phenomenal skill set and positive attitude.

Lani Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

BOOKINGS COORDINATOR

Lani has over 12 years experience as a specialist nurse, and has worked in all fields including medical, surgical, ophthalmology, oncology, and management. Lani took up the position of head nurse when we started business in October 2015, and her wealth of experience and love of animals have made her an absolute asset. Lani has 2 cats at home (with 7 legs between them), called KC and Gregan that keep her on her toes. Sunny the budgie taunts the cats constantly, just to add to the mischief in the house.

Mel BAVBSc (Hons 1) and Cert II in Animal Studies

CLIENT SERVICES COORDINATOR

Mel’s love and passion for animals began growing up alongside a menagerie of animals including dogs, cats, chickens, horses, ducks and fish whilst living on a semi-rural property on the Central Coast.
In 2016 Mel completed her Animal Studies Cert II and graduated from the University of Sydney in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience majoring in Wildlife Conservation and Management with First Class Honours.
Mel is very passionate about providing high quality, compassionate customer service and loves that she can combine her love of animals and helping people within her role at NVS. On her days off Mel can be found outdoors swimming in the ocean, fishing, surfing and jet skiing into waves!

Joanne

CLIENT SERVICES

Jo has vast administrative and customer service experience, and has worked in many different industries including aged care, real estate, hospitality, human resources, legal, as well as having owned several businesses.

Coco, a Maltese X is co-owned by Jo, her son and daughter-in-law. Having moved in with Jo several years ago to save for their wedding Coco ended up staying permanently because she loves frolicking in the garden and moving back to a small apartment wasn’t going to cut it!

Having worked in aged care, Jo understands the compassion, empathy and care required to work in the veterinary industry. Outside of work, Jo loves reading, long walks and spending time with family and friends

Beth

CLIENT SERVICES

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Grace

CLIENT SERVICES

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Emma

CLIENT SERVICES

Emma has been heavily involved in the client services for the past 12yrs working for various veterinary, financial and travel organisations.
Her main focus and drive is to help people and their pets find the best treatment along with the best support to help alleviate the stress of having a sick animal.
Em is always there to listen to any fears or concerns our clients might have while their animals are with us and she is there to offer moral support and guidance when the really hard decisions have to be made.
The second love of Em’s life is travel and she has done a lot of it. She is always interested in the places people have been to and places they’re planning to visit. If you are looking for travel destinations or recommendations Emma is your lady so feel free to….ask away….

Olivia

SURGICAL COORDINATOR

Olivia joined the NVS team in 2019 and since then has discovered her passion for working in a veterinary clinic. She has always been an avid animal lover and is currently undergoing a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced studies in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Sydney. After completing her course Olivia hopes to continue her dream career in the veterinary industry.
In her spare time you will most likely find Olivia at the beach or hanging out with her dog Zali.

Eve Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

SURGICAL NURSE

Eve graduated as an equine nurse in 2011 starting her veterinary career within an equine hospital.
She completed her certificate in veterinary nursing in 2012 and moved on to work in a mixed practice with both small and large animals before moving to Sydney to work in a small animal practice.
After many years within the industry Eve found her calling when she joined the surgical team at NVS in 2016. The skills and knowledge she brings to our surgical department are exceptional and she always holds herself to the highest standards when it comes to patient care .
Eve gained her vet nurse registration in 2019 and when she is not working you will find her horse riding, 4-wheel driving, camping and spending time with her pearly conure ‘Carlos’, cockatiel ‘Queso’ and her paint horse Pablo.

Clerinda Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

SURGICAL NURSE

Clerinda joined our nursing team in 2017 and has never looked back.
Clerinda started out as a treatment nurse in ICU in 2014 but quickly gained the skills and knowledge required to join our team of amazing surgical nurses. Since joining the team she has become a valued member of the surgical department demonstrating unwavering enthusiasm and passion for patient care.
She is known for her quick witted humour, Mad Max references, and is always looking for ways to make the team smile.
Outside of the clinic Clerinda can be found reading, watching every single movie ever made and practising her handstands in a pilates studio

Bec Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse, AVNAT Accredited

SURGICAL NURSE

Bec is a fully qualified and registered vet nurse who has been working within the veterinary industry since 2016. She started her nursing career in a small GP clinic but throughout the years found her true passion lay in the field of surgical nursing.
Bec is a wonderful addition to the NVS team and she is always looking for projects and courses that allow her to expand her skills and knowledge to improve surgical practices within our clinic.
Bec owns a mini-lop rabbit named Lulu and a family miniature schnauzer named Riley. In her spare time Bec likes to stay active and you will find her either playing soccer or going for coastline runs with friends.

Vicky Higgins

SURGICAL NURSE

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Rebekah

SURGICAL NURSE

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Chellan Registered Veterinary Technologist, AVNAT Accredited

INTERNAL MEDICINE COORDINATOR

Chellan is an important member of our Internal Medicine team and was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada.
In 2012 she completed a diploma in Animal Health Technology and became a Registered Veterinary Technologist.
Since then she has spent her time working in general practice, emergency and critical care and marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation.
She completed a Nutritional Consultant course though Hills Pet Nutrition and is now working towards becoming a specialty technician in Internal Medicine.
She is an avid hiker but avoids any trail that may be inhabited by spiders.

Sami Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

DEPUTY MEDICINE COORDINATOR, MEDICINE NURSE

Sami is one of our Internal Medicine Nurses and has been working as a Veterinary Nurse since 2014.
She is passionate about the welfare of dogs and cats and has a keen interest in internal medicine and providing non- invasive procedures made available through endoscopy. Although she is originally from the Northern Beaches, Sami has worked extensively throughout the world with various animal and wildlife organisations. Earlier this year she travelled down South to volunteer and assist in the disaster relief projects for those animals which had been impacted by the fires. Among many other accomplishments Sami is also a certified carer for Sydney Wildlife and regularly assists in the rehabilitation of those injured patients that come through our doors.
Sami has a strong belief in providing gold standard practices in the specialist field of small animal medicine. This is evident in her dedication and drive to always provide the best standard of care for your pets during their stay with us.

Nicole Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

MEDICINE NURSE

Nicole has been a qualified vet nurse since 2014, working as a senior nurse at a local GP clinic. Nicole joined NVS in October 2020 before moving into the Internal Medicine team in 2021.
Since moving into this specialty area, Nicole has strengthened her passion for nursing and is excited to take on the new challenging cases that come with it. Outside of work Nicole loves to indulge in all things food and wine, whether that’s cooking up a storm or traveling overseas to find it. And though she does not currently have any pets to call her own there is a shortlist (that keeps getting longer) for the future.

Nina Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse, AVNAT Accredited

MEDICINE NURSE

Nina started her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2018 and quickly discovered this was the career for her!
She joined NVS in April 2021 initially as an ECC nurse, however soon progressed to the role of Medicine nurse. Nina loves working in the Medicine department. Her favourite things at work are blood transfusions, complex medical cases and seeing critically ill patients go home and back to their families.

At home, Nina has 4 very fluffy cats and 5 pet rats that keep her very busy!

Nina is also an AVNAT Accredited Registered Veterinary Nurse.

Kait Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

ECC NURSE

Kait has been an integral part of the NVS nursing team since January 2020.
After completing her Cert IV in veterinary nursing in 2018, she left general practice to pursue her real passion for emergency and critical care and now splits her time between working for NVS and Sydney University Vet Hospital.
Kait is always looking to broaden her skills and knowledge in the nursing field and is currently studying her Emergency and Critical Care certificate which is due for completion in September 2020. In her spare time Kait enjoys bushwalking with her two dogs ‘Odie’ and ‘Alfie’ and tending to her indoor plant family.

Fynn Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

ECC NURSE

Fynn is a fully qualified Cert IV Veterinary nurse who has been nursing in a GP clinic for the last 2 years. She recently joined the team at NVS wanting to further her nursing skills by gaining knowledge and experience in the emergency and specialist field which is where her real passion lies. Fynn has a keen interest in our Native Wildlife and is commencing a course which will enable her to treat and care for the injured natives which come through our doors. She has a rescue dog named Chia Louise who likes to accompany her whilst on bushwalks or camping adventures up and down the coast. She is passionate about nature and has recently found a new love for surfing.

Vanessa Certificate III in Captive Animals

ECC NURSE

Having completed her Certificate II in Animal Studies and Certificate III in Captive Animals at Taronga Zoo, Vanessa joined NVS in 2019 and has quickly become an invaluable member of the team.
Her bubbly, supportive and loving nature brings warmth to the clinic and our patients, ensuring that no animal is left without a cozy bed, a yummy meal and a comforting cuddle.
Vanessa not only cares for the needs of our patients but regularly assists both our nurses and veterinarians wherever she is needed whilst maintaining our hospital hygiene standards to the highest level.
She has a keen passion for our Australian wildlife and plays an integral role in the care and rehabilitation of our native patients.
Outside of the clinic Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family, keeping active at regular gym sessions and taking her Kelpie, Rusty on lots of exciting adventures.

Belle Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

ECC NURSE

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Sofia Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

ECC NURSE

Sofia is originally from Sweden and
has worked in the veterinary industry for 8 years. She recently took a break while raising her 2 young boys. She is a certificate IV qualified
veterinary nurse and also a qualified dog groomer. Sofia’s love for animals started early as she grew up surrounded by dogs and horses. Sofia has won many horse races as a jockey in Sweden and enjoys local competitions in show jumping and dressage.
At home Sofia and the family love spending time with their toy cavoodle Levi.

ALYSSIA

ECC NURSE

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Perri

ECC NURSE

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Fran Registered Veterinary Nurse, Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

INPATIENT NURSE, REHABILITATION THERAPIST

Fran is a qualified veterinary nurse and certified Canine Rehabilitation practitioner who has been practising in the veterinary and physical rehabilitation industry throughout the UK, USA and Australia for the last 15 years.
After performing rehabilitation on her own rescue dogs Fran realised the importance of the role that physical rehabilitation plays in the animal industry and in doing so she established her mobile practice ‘3 monkeys Canine rehab’, something that is very close to her heart. This enables Fran to offer rehabilitation to all our patients who require a little extra support, particularly those who have undergone orthopaedic surgery. By working closely alongside our specialist surgeons Fran is able to provide our patients with the best supportive care possible during their recovery.

​She is a loving mum to 3 very special fur babies, Angel a collie who is partially deaf and blind, Bongo a cross breed who is also visually impaired and Alfie a Springer Spaniel who has degenerative disc disease.

Megan Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse, AVNAT Accredited

EXOTICS HEAD NURSE & MANAGER

Megan works at NVS with our amazing Exotics vet Dr Izi. Megan began her vet nursing adventure 6 years ago when one of her beloved guinea pigs fell ill and she learned that exotics vets existed. She promptly packed in her boring office job and hit the books!
When Megan isn’t cuddling small creatures at work she is either cuddling them at home, jumping in puddles with the less furry creatures in her house or experimenting with new recipes in her adored kitchen.

Aimee

EXOTICS & ECC NURSE

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Tori

EXOTICS NURSE

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Janie

EXOTICS NURSE

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Charlie

ANIMAL ATTENDANT

Charlie loves all things involving animals and recently decided to pursue a career in the animal industry after working as a joiner for the last six years. He has a special interest in reptiles and amphibians and owns a 16-year-old Centralian Carpet Python called 'Ekans' along with two small sausage dogs. Charlie loves caring for our patients while they are in hospital with us and always provides them with plenty of love and affection while they are away from their families. In Charlie's free time he enjoys mountain biking and spending time with friends.

Pascale

ANIMAL ATTENDANT

Pascale has always loved animals and from a young age has dreamt of working in the animal industry. At NVS she enjoys caring for all kinds of patients and assisting nurses and vets. She is currently studying her second year of animal science at the university of Sydney majoring in animal health/ disease and wildlife conservation. After this degree, Pascale is keen to keep learning and pursue her goals in the veterinary industry. She is passionate about wildlife and last year spent a few months volunteering at an animal sanctuary in Africa where she gained valuable experience caring for animals. In her free time Pascale loves hanging out with her rescue pets: Juno the dog and Monte the cat. She also enjoys horse riding and spending time at the beach.

Ella

ANIMAL ATTENDANT

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Zac

ANIMAL ATTENDANT

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Matthew

ANIMAL ATTENDANT

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Laura

ANIMAL ATTENDANT

Since Laura could talk, she has
always dreamt of being a vet, and is currently completing her veterinary degree at the University of Sydney.
At NVS Laura can be found giving all the animals extra cuddles and making sure they are all well cared for. Laura was super eager to join the team and gain as much animal handling experience as possible. She hopes to one day be a country vet, seeing a bit of everything from horses to ferrets!
Laura has gained her calm and confident nature through volunteering in local veterinary practices, as well as working at horse-riding schools and boarding kennels.
In her spare time, Laura enjoys baking cookies and cakes, painting and watching movies with her dog Bacon.

Micaela

ECC NURSE

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Maxine

ANIMAL ATTENDANT

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Caitlin

ANIMAL ATTENDANT

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Lucy

ANIMAL ATTENDANT

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Neve

ANIMAL ATTENDANT

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Jami

ANIMAL ATTENDANT

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