CONSULTING 8:30am - 6:30pm, Monday - Friday
24 HOURS PER DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK in case of emergency

Dr Dave Collins BVSc FANZCVS Small Animal Medicine

Small Animal Medicine Specialist

A Northern Beaches native, Dave graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995. He has 20 years veterinary experience, the last eight of them in referral medicine, and he earned his specialist qualification in 2013. Dave’s been an examiner for the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists on several occasions, and a speaker and convener of veterinary conferences in New Zealand, Japan and Italy for more 10 years. Dave is committed to ensuring the Northern Beaches has its very own quality veterinary care provider, and gets to know the local pets with his dog, Kirby, a frequent visitor at local clinics and dog parks.

Dr Anna Dengate BMedSc BVSc FANZCVS Small Animal Medicine

Small Animal Medicine Specialist

Anna also grew up on the Northern Beaches, graduating from Sydney University in 2008 and progressing to a scholarship to Cornell University in America. After researching canine coagulation disorders during her undergraduate studies, she now collaborates with haematologists at North Shore Hospital to optimise care for dogs and cats with clotting problems. Anna also organises case discussions between specialist hospitals and has presented at several local and international conferences. She sat membership exams in small animal medicine in 2012, and qualified as a specialist in 2016. Anna enjoys time out with her two dogs (Penny and Ginny), two kids and family when not working.

Dr Elizabeth Thrift

Small Animal Medicine

Photo & Bio Coming Soon :)

Eugene Buffa BVSc MMedVet Surgery

Surgical Specialist

After qualifying as a veterinarian from the University of Pretoria in 1985, Eugene spent 5 years practicing in England and South Africa before completing a surgical residency and qualifying as a specialist surgeon. He has published veterinary papers, presented at international congresses, researched wound healing and pioneered canine hip replacement surgery. Eugene also worked with VetMed, a satellite TV channel providing continuing education to vets throughout Africa. Since moving to Australia, Eugene has spent 2 years at Sydney University, Camden campus as head of small animal surgery, and subsequently 3 years at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital. Over the last 5 years Eugene has been performing surgery in local veterinary practices to improve the availability of specialist procedures in general practice. As an experienced and passionate surgeon, Eugene is committed to providing your pet with the best possible care.

Dr Ross McGregor BVSc MANZCVS Small Animal Surgery

Small Animal Surgery

Ross graduated from veterinary science in South Africa in 1989, and ran a successful equine practice. Since moving to Australia in 2002, he’s spent several years as a small animal general practitioner at both
Sydney University and his own local clinic. Ross is scheduled to complete his formal specialist surgical training in late 2016, and will most likely sit his exams in 2018. He loves working with animals in his adopted home of the Northern Beaches, and has his own two dogs and cat who thankfully don’t have to spend much time at the clinic.

Dr Rita Singh BSc BVMS DipVetClinStud FANZCVS DipACVIM

Cardiology

Dr Rita Singh is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Cardiology and is the only registered specialist in Veterinary Cardiology in NSW.

Rita loves all aspects of veterinary cardiology and is devoted to providing quality and compassionate care for your family members. While the majority of our patients are dogs and cats, Rita has also been trained in cardiology of horses and exotic species including ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, turtles, snakes, iguanas, monkeys and large cats. Rita is also experienced in providing surgical and interventional procedures including pacemaker placement and correction of certain arrhythmias.

Dr Rita Singh is available for consultations at Northside Veterinary Specialists or at your regular veterinary hospital by request.

Dr Izidora Sladakovic BVSc (Hons I), MVS, Dipl ACZM

Avian & Exotics

Dr Izidora Sladakovic is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine with a sub-specialty in zoological companion animals (exotic pets) and is the only registered specialist in this field in NSW. Izi has published journal articles and book chapters, undertaken research projects to improve our knowledge of exotic pet medicine, and regularly presents at conferences and continuing education seminars. We are fortunate to have her based here with us at Northside Veterinary Specialists.

Izi provides a comprehensive service for all exotics (birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats, mice, reptiles and amphibians), including health checks, nutrition and behaviour advice, diagnostics, endoscopy, dentistry and medical, emergency and surgical care. Izi is dedicated to providing the best possible care for exotic pets and is available for consultations at Northside Veterinary Specialists or at your regular veterinary hospital by request.

Dr Kathleen Chow BVSc (Hons I) BSc(Vet) MVS FANZCVS

Radiology

Kathleen graduated from the University of Sydney in 2006. After working as a small animal veterinarian she undertook an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. Her interest in veterinary imaging developed during this time and she went on to complete a residency in Veterinary Radiology at the University of Melbourne in Victoria in 2014. Kathleen is a Member and a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Radiology. She has published in internationally recognised journals and spoken at multiple international and local veterinary conferences. Kathleen has been working solely in the field of Veterinary Radiology for 7 years.

Here she is pictured with her beloved dog, Kirby.

Dr Jennifer Smith BVSc (Hons)

Medical & Surgical Hospital Veterinarian

Bio coming soon :)

Dr Stephanie Conroy BVSc

Medical & Surgical Hospital Veterinarian

Steph has recently returned to the NVS team from maternity leave, and is one of our highly qualfied emergency and hospital veterinarians. Steph has undertaken several years of general practice, 2 rotating internships, and subsequently managed an emergency service at another veterinary hospital. She works to provide consistency in case management between specialist services, and manage our more intensive hospital patients to facilitate availability of specialists for procedures in local clinics. Steph’s extensive
knowledge and thoroughness have enhanced our patient care greatly, and we are very happy to have her on board.

Dr Helen Paris BVSc MANZCVS Small Animal Medicine

Medical & Surgical Hospital Veterinarian

Helen is an integral part of our hospital vet team. Helen has extensive experience as an emergency vet, and is rapidly becoming our expert in ventilation to improve management of tick paralysis (a huge problem for Northern Beaches pets). When not caring for the hospitalized pets, Helen is at home with a very naughty Border Terrier (or Border “Terrorist” as he is affectionately called) “Brambles”, and her 3 kids, Ruby, Ava and Charlie.