Kate completed her advanced nursing course in 1999 and spent several years as head surgical nurse at a specialist veterinary hospital in Sydney. She has returned to the coast and joined our nursing team in 2006.
Kate has special interests in surgical and emergency nursing and nursing exotic species.
She owns two mad whippet dogs called Jelly and Devo.
Michelle has been with the practice since 2002. She started as a trainee and is now one of our senior veterinary nurses having been fully qualified since 2003. Michelle now teaches future vet nurses at Tafe and has a keen interest in advanced anaesthetics, client and patient care.
Michelle has an exuberant Staffy called Penny, Minty & Harmony the rescue cats, Georgia & JoJo the Guinea Pigs and a quarter-horse named Ginny.
Kevin moved from the hospitality industry in Bermuda to join Doyalson Animal Hospital in 2004. Kevin is a caring and excellent nurse, having obtained his certificate IV in veterinary nursing in 2007.
He spends his non-working life being run around by his brood of six Boxer dogs – Hope, George, Winnie, Maybel, Rubi-Dubi & Wally.
Kate qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1999 and has many years experience. Kate started her career in veterinary practices in the beautiful Blue Mountains where she grew up and further in Sydney and Newcastle. Kate started working at Doylo in 2008 and has since completed an Advanced diploma in Practice Management and leadership. She has two gorgeous human babies named Nathan and Rohan and together with her husband share their home with Louis the blue English Staffy, slinky and leia the cats and Fiona the chook.
Celia has a diploma in veterinary nursing and has been part of Doyalson Animal Hospital since the days at San Remo, having joined the practice in 1996.
Celia has a strong interest in wildlife care and has fostered many kangaroos and possums over the years. She also works at Waterfall Springs wildlife sanctuary and teaches the next generation of veterinary nurses at Kurri Kurri tafe.
She lives with a menagerie of dogs, cats, birds, horses, a goat, lizards and chooks.
In December 2008 Vanessa started full time with Coreen Ave Vets/Western Sydney Cat Hospital and in 2015 moved to London for 2 years to work in the UK and travel Europe. During this time she worked as a vet nurse in central London and helped out with some locum shifts at an emergency referral hospital.
Vanessa moved back to Australia in August 2017 and decided to move from Western Sydney to the Central Coast.
Vanessa has a keen interest in emergency nursing, surgery and grooming and has grown up with many animals: horses, cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, green tree frog, birds, fish and walking fish.
Although she loves all animals Vanessa couldn’t live without a cat in her life.
Carroll spends his time in the office, paying bills and looking after the business accounts. He also does all the handyman fix-up jobs as required.
Brooke joined Doyalson Animal Hospital in 2013 and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2015. She thoroughly enjoys meeting clients and patients at reception, and nursing during surgical procedures.
Brooke has two rescue dogs, Dexter & Darla and Donny the French Bulldog.
Sarah started working at Doyalson Animal Hospital in 2013 whilst undertaking her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She has since completed this, and has a special interest in surgical cases and dentals.
In conjunction with looking after her small clan of pets: 2 dogs Rupert and Ludo, and 2 cats Dora and Vino, she is also a foster carer with Claws n Paws.
Tonielle began her first job as a dog/cat groomer in 2009, and gained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2010. After taking a break from nursing at the end of 2012 to work in pet retail, she has returned to nursing in 2017 and is delighted to be part of the team at the Doyalson Animal Hospital.
She shares her home with friends of various species including dogs, parrots, pigeons, chickens and fish. Tonielle likes to think she loves all animals equally, but she does have a particular fondness for birds. Her eldest bird, Ploppy, is an Indian Mynah whose intelligence and cheekiness never fails to make her smile.
Rhi joined the team back in 2010 as our regular Saturday dog hydrobather, in 2015 she started nursing and has now completed her Cert IV in Vet Nursing whilst also studying Animal Science at The University of New England. She looks forward to continuing to meet new clients and looking after their beloved fur-family when they are staying with us in hospital. Rhi loves spending time with her cheeky dog Amber (Lab x Border Collie).
Bec began her nursing career in 2009 and since completing her certificate IV in 2011 has worked at a small animal hospital on the Central Coast for 2 years before heading up to Newcastle to gain experience working with avian and exotic animals for another 3 years. Bec has a special interest in canine behaviour and critical care nursing and one day hopes to further her education in those areas.
She is a very proud mum to her Border Collie “Jovi”, who is always full of beans and will never say no to a game of fetch or a swim no matter how cold it may be!
Jenny Head is our puppy preschool, basic manners and advanced dog training teacher. She also conducts private dog training lessons for puppies and adult dogs. Jenny is a Delta-qualified dog trainer with over 20 years experience in puppy and dog training. Previously Jenny worked with Veterinary Behaviour specialist Dr Kersti Seksel in helping dogs with behavioural problems. She enjoys getting puppies onto the right track to training and to become good canine citizens in society. Jenny also breeds and shows Standard Poodles.
Visit the Behaviour and Training section on our website to find out more information on the classes we offer at Doyalson Animal Hospital.
Casey grew up with animals of all sizes and shapes filling the house as her Mum is a vet nurse and wildlife carer. Casey studied her veterinary nursing with us through Tafe and qualified in 2017. Casey has an interest in surgical nursing & wildlife care and has a full of beans Border Collie called Nina & a naughty but nice cat called Bruno.
Raz joined us in 2016 as a Tafe student and join the Doyalson family as a vet nurse in 2017. Raz has a love of all animals especially dogs & horses. She is often found on the farm at the weekend riding and mustering cattle.
In 2001 Sarah started working at St Ives Veterinary Surgery whilst completing certificate 4 in vet nursing, she was there until the end of April 2017, a total of 16 years. In 2014 Sarah & her partner moved to the Central Coast and commuted to work everyday until she fell pregnant. Sarah left St Ives vet surgery to give birth to her baby girl Ivy Rose in June 2017 and find a job closer to home.
Sarah also did some nursing at Northside emergency vet when it was at Forestville as a casual for 3 years and has a keen interest in emergency and surgical nursing.
At home Sarah has 2 rescue cats Pancake and Waffles.
Jess first joined the Doyalson team back in 2014 before heading off for a year travelling around the world in 2018. Now back with us Jess is looking forward to getting her teeth into some surgical cases while studying for her Diploma.
Jess’s beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Benni was very happy to see her when she returned home.
Dani started her vet nurse training with us in February 2018 and will complete her training through Tafe in July 2019. Dani officially joined the Doyalson team in late 2018 taking on the Saturday morning shift and is going from strength to strength. Dani is enjoying all aspects of nursing and meeting clients. At home she has a full house including her Boarder Collie Tess, Bohdi her Thoroughbred horse and 2 Grass Parrots called Sanchez and Theo.