Our Vets

Our vets are passionate about veterinary science and committed to excellence. We have seven highly qualified veterinarians with over 60 combined years of experience in veterinary practice. The vets in our practice have worked in a range of quality veterinary hospitals in Australia and overseas.

Dr Sally Smith

BVSc (Hons), MVSc

Sally is a ‘northerner’, graduating with honours from the University of Queensland in 1992. She chose Canberra to do her apprenticeship and spent 12 years in 2 large small animal hospitals there before travelling to the UK to work for a year. Sally has returned to settle on the Central Coast.

Her special interests are Ophthalmology and internal medicine. She has a Masters of Veterinary Studies from Murdoch University and owns a well behaved Staffy called Willow and two crazy British Shorthair cats called Minx and Angus. She enjoys camping and bike riding.

Dr Uzair Carrim


Dr Uzair Carrim is from South Africa and decided to move to Australia to learn more about veterinary medicine and to explore the wild ‘outback’ (He thought he would see more kangaroos!!) In his spare time he loves to travel, hike & rock climb, also loving to try new restaurants and to cook. Uzair enjoys working with a wide array of animals, particularly birds and has a passion for surgery & animal welfare. 

Dr Kate Anderson

BVSc (Hons)

Dr Kate comes from the south, graduating with honours from Melbourne University in 2007. Kate has spent time in mixed practice in Victoria before heading overseas to locum in the UK. On return to Australia she has done some emergency work in Newcastle making her a fantastic medicine and critical care veterinarian.



Dr Melissa Paragreen


Melissa is a true Queenslander at heart, growing up in Brisbane and then moving to Townsville to study Veterinary Science where she graduated from the James Cook University in 2013. Since then she has settled on the Central Coast to work, and joined the Doyalson Animal Hospital in 2017. Melissa thoroughly enjoys working with her clients to improve the life of their furred (or feathered) family member and harbors a special interest in internal medicine and ultrasound. Outside of work Melissa spends her time playing tennis, hiking, painting or playing the harp.

Dr Mel is currently on maternity leave until later in 2022.

Dr Shana Doughney


Dr Shana graduated from Charles Stuart University, Wagga Wagga in 2016, moved to the Central Coast and has worked with mostly companion animals ever since. Dr Shana has special interests in small animal surgery, musculoskeletal disorders and post–surgery and injury rehabilitation. Outside of work enjoying a variety of outdoor activities, most prominently surf lifesaving and surf boat rowing in the summer and playing and umpiring AFL during rest of the year. Proud owner to a very friendly and ball-obsessed Kelpie, Finn.

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