Our Nurses

Kate W

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 as part of the nursing teams for 5 years. She started as a trainee and is now one of our senior veterinary nurses having been fully qualified since 2003.

She has a keen interest in customer service and patient care.

Michelle has two exuberant Staffy dogs, Nikki and Buster, a very badly behaved cat, Archie and a quarter-horse named Ginny.


Kevin moved from the hospitality industry in Bermuda to join Doyalson Animal Hospital 10 years ago. 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 F

Kate has been a veterinary nurse for the past 9 years and joined our team in 2008. She has nursed in practices in the Blue Mountains, Sydney and Newcastle. She has a large amount of experience in nursing exotic species (birds, rabbits etc).

Kate has an exuberant Staffy dog named Louie and two cat’s named Slinky & Leia.


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 four rescue animals, Dexter & Darla the dogs & Dog & Dandy the cats.


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 and is our regular Saturday dog hydrobather. She 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 9 year old 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

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 is currently studying vet nursing at Tafe and a Bachelor of Science double majoring in animal science/veterinary studies and zoology through the University of New England. Over the years Casey has retrained/rehomed many racehorses and has 2 Australian stock horses Skip and Romeo, a Rainbow Lorikeet called Birdie and a Border Collie called Nina.


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.

Sarah S

In 2001 I started working at St Ives Veterinary Surgery whilst completing certificate 4 in vet nursing,

I was there until the end of April 2017, a total of 16 years. In 2014 my partner and I moved to the Central Coast and commuted to work everyday until I fell pregnant. I left St Ives vet surgery to give birth to my baby girl Ivy Rose in June 2017 and find a job closer to home.

also did some nursing at Northside emergency vet when it was at Forestville as a casual for 3 years. I have a keen interest in emergency nursing and Surgical nursing.

At home I have 2 rescue cats Pancake and Waffles and 1 old rabbit called Stew he is 10years old. 

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