193 High St, Willoughby NSW 2068

  02 9958 8775

Willoughby Veterinary Hospital

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Phone 02 9958 8775
Address 193 High St,
Willoughby NSW 2068

Mon - Fri
Sat
Sun

8.00am - 8.00pm
9.00am - 4.00pm
10am-12pm

Pub Hols 10am-12pm
Closed Christmas Day & New Years Day
Next
Public Holidays
Wed 26 Dec Boxing Day
Sat 26 Jan - Australia Day
Mon 28 Jan - Australia Day Extra

After Hours
Emergencies

02 9452 2933
Northside Emergency
Vet Services (NEVS)
335 Mona Vale Rd, Terrey Hills

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Our Staff

Veterinary Staff

Dr. Peter MacKenzie-Wood, BVSc

I am the practice principal of Willoughby Veterinary Hospital. What this means is that I am responsible for the quality of care provided to all our patients. To do this I ensure I employ highly skilled and empathetic staff, and make sure they have the right training and support to deliver the quality of care that all our patients deserve. I have over 20 years of experience and I have completed a post graduate course in surgery. This has given me the ability to perform an array of more complicated surgical procedures. One of my own dogs, Bella, was surrendered to me from a breeder because she has a congenital heart defect. We, as a team, successfully corrected this defect and she has been a part of my family since.

Outside of work I coach my son's Norths under 12's rugby side - training kids is definitely more challenging than puppies!! I am also a keen cyclist, every year I ride in the ‘Tour de Kids’ which has raised millions of dollars for children’s charities.

Dr. Hope Richards, BVSc

Dr Hope is a Veterinarian with nearly 20 years experience. She currently owns a Greyhound, a rescue Bichalier, a rescue Burmese and 4 rescued chickens. Despite a few issues they are all very adored and her family life revolves around them.

On graduating Hope worked in the UK for 4 years, then returned to Sydney to focus on small animal practice. She has been at Willoughby for 12 years now and really loves and appreciates spending all day surrounded by people's best friends.

Dr. Jennifer Millar, BVSc

Jen graduated from Sydney University in 2013. She then spent two years in mixed practice on the mid north coast of NSW where she treated everything from red-belly black snakes to donkeys. She has been working with us since 2015 and has recently completed a continued education course in small animal imaging. She is just beginning her studies for her small animal surgery memberships.

She is a working-dog lover and has always had kelpies. You may even meet her little, black kelpie 'Peach' when you come to the clinic. Jen loves to fill her spare time with anything outdoors and adventurous - going to the beach, hiking, camping.... as long as it's dog-friendly!

Dr Nicola Kynoch, BVSc

Nicola joined Willoughby after graduating from Sydney University in 2015. She is absolutely loving each day as a part of the team, learning from the wide variety of cases we see here. She is particularly interested in ultrasound and surgery, hoping to pursue further studies in both these areas. She recently went on a veterinary experience to South Africa, working with giraffes and the dogs in the local communities. 

She has a particular soft spot for any kind of "oodle" dogs, owning a Moodle herself. Her favourite thing about working as a vet is seeing the special bond humans and animals share. 

Dr Eloise Ewen, BVSc

Eloise graduated from the University of Sydney in 2013. She spent 4 years in a busy small animal practice in the Sutherland Shire before spending 8 months as a locum vet in Sydney while travelling around America and Europe.

Eloise joined the Willoughby Vet team in 2018. Her special interests lie in canine and feline internal medicine, dermatology and emergency medicine and is preparing to sit her small animal medicine membership exams.

Eloise grew up in Sydney surrounded by a menagerie of animals including dogs, cats, chickens, turtles, rabbits and axolotls. She currently has a very vocal, 3-legged rescue cat called Linka and three green tree frogs called Jean-Marc, Jean-Louis and Jean-Pierre. In her down time, she enjoys going on road trips, camping, skiing and reading a good book.

Dr Felicia Tam, BVSc BSc (Vet)

Since graduating from Sydney University in 2012, Felicia spent some time working in veterinary research and in technical services before joining the team at Willoughby Vet in 2017. Her special interest lies in pharmacology because she believes that understanding the relationships between medications and patients is crucial to practising good medicine. She is preparing to sit her membership exams in veterinary pharmacology in 2020.

Felicia has a soft spot for cats with cheeky personalities, like her cat Cooper, and for big dogs like her lovely rescue greyhound Nala. Since starting at Willoughby, she enjoys seeing the strong bonds between owners and their furry best friends, and loves being able to support that bond through preventative medicine, veterinary care and education.

Practice Manager

Deanna Sorensen, Grad Cert Mgt, Vet Nurse Cert. IV

After growing up in Canada, Dee spent 10 years travelling the world, working in Japan and running businesses in Hong Kong before undertaking a six-month solo walk from Perth to Sydney, then migrating to Australia permanently in 1999. She has been a mentor for Women in Business and was one of Australia’s first qualified Life Coaches, managing various business operations before finding a new focus as a wildlife carer, veterinary nurse and subsequently practice manager, joining Willoughby Vet Hospital in 2014. She lives on the Northern Beaches with her husband Jez and three-legged Labrador Emerson.

Groomer

 

Toyota

Toyota has been grooming dogs for us for the past 18 months but came to us with over 8 years’ experience; three years in Taiwan, five years in Australia, and a couple of awards - second prize in a poodle grooming competition in Taiwan in 2009 and third prize in 2014 in Australia with her favourite breed, a Bichon. She also adores French Bulldogs. She doesn’t have a dog at the moment but owns a mini lop eared rabbit called Champion with her partner May who is also a dog groomer. 

Nursing Staff

Nicole, Senior Nurse, Veterinary Nurse Cert. IV

Nicole is a senior Veterinary Nurse at Willoughby Veterinary Hospital and has been an active team member for six years. Having always had a passion for animals, her interest has progressed to seeking to understand them from a behavioural/cognitive perspective. She feels this has enabled her to view the animal in its entirety. Nicole has been teaching Puppy and Dog Training Schools for four years and is currently completing her Certificate IV in Delta Dog Training and Behaviour.

Amy, Senior Nurse, Veterinary Nurse Cert. IV

Amy came to Willoughby Vet almost 4 years ago after a total career change, and hasn’t looked back! She is now one of the Head Nurses here alongside Nicole, and is really enjoying the challenge. Amy has completed a Bachelor of Human Movement and a Bachelor of Secondary Teaching in PDHPE (very different to where she’s at now!), and then completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing a couple of years ago. She is now looking to do a Diploma in General Veterinary Nursing to further improve her nursing knowledge.

Amy recently rescued a Kelpie x Border Collie called Piper (pictured!). She’s such a gorgeous, adventurous dog who loves to play with her toys -- though her favourite thing to do is chase shadows! Amy’s family also have 2 other rescue dogs, Holly (7 years) and Miki (16 years) who eagerly greet her every time she goes home.

   

Emma, Veterinary Nurse Cert IV and Captive Animals Cert III - Currently Studying

Emma started here with us in January whilst studying her Cert. IV in Veterinary Nursing which she is due to finish in mid 2016. She is also studying a Certificate III in Captive Animals at Taronga Zoo due to a shared love of companion, wildlife and captive animals.

She enjoys every aspect of working at Willoughby vets, however her particular interest is caring for very sick or injured animals and wildlife, which is how she fell in love with the kitten in her photo, Monty, who was presented to the clinic as a stray with a broken leg. Monty is doing well and has settled in extremely well with Emma.

Maddie, Veterinary Nurse Cert IV - Currently Studying

Maddie is one of our newer members to the team here at Willoughby. She is currently studying Cert. IV in Veterinary Nursing after her gap year around Europe last year. Her passion has always been to get into the veterinary industry and knew vet nursing was her starting point. Maddie loves surgery and is excited to learn more about it. She loves all animals but especially small dogs and cats!

Marta, Veterinary Nurse Cert. IV

Marta decided to come to Sydney, from Milan, Italy, two years ago, for a new experience. Her love of animals prompted her to study vet nursing. She loves assisting in surgery and managing recovering patients. Marta loves cooking, reading biographies, and spending time with friends. She also loves spending time with her giant dog, a bull mastiff x Irish wolfhound named Dino, who she adopted from the RSPCA. 

Rachel, Veterinary Student

Rachel has been working at Willoughby Vets since 2010. She completed her Certificate 2 in Animal Studies, and Certificate 4 in Veterinary nursing and worked full-time as a senior nurse. In 2015, she began studying Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Sydney, and intends to commence the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from 2019. She has attended the practice as a client since 1998 with her first dogs, and continues to do so with her current 4 dogs and 4 cats. She has a keen interest in all things related to animal health and disease, diagnostics and medicine.  

Meghan, Veterinary Student

Meg is one of our very talented Veterinary Nurses who traveled all the way from Canada to Australia several years ago, and settled here at Willoughby Vet. She works very hard and was recently accepted to work at the bird show at Taronga Zoo! This is Meg pictured here holding "Nangaw", the Powerful Owl.

She has a passion for our native wildlife and has become our resident wildlife nurse.

We are so proud of all her achievements. Next time you visit the zoo, pop in to the bird show and say hello. She is full of wonderful facts about the birds and would be happy to answer all of your questions smile emoticon

Amanda, Veterinary Nurse Cert. IV

Amanda spent many years working in the corporate world, before pausing from work to raise her two beautiful daughters. She has now joined the team at Willoughby, turning her passion for animals into a new career and is absolutely loving the change.

Amanda has a particularly soft spot for rescue cats. She owns a cheeky boy called Gibbs, and a big, adorable  greyhound called Alfie. 

Claudia, Veterinary Nurse Cert. IV

Claudia completed her cert IV veterinary nursing in 2016 and is now studying bachelor of medical science at UTS. She has a special interest in nursing exotic animals, especially rabbits. She enjoys spending time with her Moodle which she adopted though our hospital in 2017 and her two mini Lop X Dutch rabbits.

 

 

 

Amy, Veterinary Student

 

Mia, Veterinary Student

Finn, Veterinary Nurse in Training

Finn has just started working at Willoughby Vets, after years of bringing his family pets to the clinic. He is about to complete a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism, with plans to then commence as a veterinary student.

He has two Labradors, Murphy and Bruno, both rescue dogs, who keep him very busy outside the clinic. He has a keen interest in conservation and wildlife.

 

Yuki, Veterinary Nurse Cert. IV 

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