Dr Tracy Kloos BVSc (hons) MVS
Tracy grew up on the land but has chosen to focus on companion animals in her veterinary career. Tracy graduated with honours from Sydney University and went on the complete a masters in veterinary science. Tracy's special interests include cardiology and endocrine disease such as diabetes, thyroid and adrenal gland problems. Through Tracy's efforts we now have very comprehensive cardiac diagnostic and treatment protocols that include ECG and cardiac ultrasound. Tracy has completed additional ultrasonography training through the Centre for Veterinary Education at Sydney University as well as recently additional study in pain management.
The Kloos family includes Boss the schnauzer, Ruby the Beagle, Squiggles and Rio, the cats. In her spare time you will find Tracy running around after kids sport or mountain bike riding. .
Dr Cathy O'Neill BA BVSc Dip Ed
After a detour training as a high school teacher Cathy graduated in Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney. Skilled in both medicine and surgery, in recent years Cathy has completed additional study in soft tissue surgery, management of orthopaedic cases, cat medicine, animal behaviour, animal nutrition and opthalmology as part of ongoing professional development. Cathy's focus has always been on companion animal however she also enjoys pocket pets: mice, rats, ferrets, rabbits guinea pigs. It is also rewarding working with Australian native animals helping the Native Animal Trust Fund with flying fox rescue, kangaroos and possums with broken legs and what ever else needs care. Two adult sons, four cats and one husband along with occassional attempts at exercising, keep Cathy busy at home.
Dr Tahli Foster BSc DVM
Tahli grew up in country Victoria where her love of animals began. Tahli graduated from the University of Melbourne, firstly completing a Bachelor of Science and then a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, finishing in 2014. After graduation Tahli worked for 2 years in mixed practice in country Victoria. She then worked for 2 years in a busy 24-hour emergency centre in Melbourne. Tahli has recently moved to Newcastle and is appreciating the joys of small animal general practice. Tahli enjoys the challenge of diagnosing and treating complex medical conditions and soft tissue surgery.
Albie, the ginger ninja, has also made the move to Newcastle.
Outside of work Tahli likes to keep fit, bake and during the winter season go whale watching.
Sharlene (Shar) has been working in the animal industry for many years. She is the one most likely to answer the phone when you call and with her vast experience will be able to help quickly assess the best way to handle any queries. Along with keeping all running smoothly here at Vetz Shar is mum to three humans, one dog and two Axolotl's (named Axel and Fred)
Rebecca Manthorp Cert IV VN Veterinary Nurse
Rebecca is a highly skilled Certificate IV qualified veterinary nurse. She enjoys all animals the more exotic the better, ideally a mini pig but has settled with "Mater", a cat who arrived here as a pregnant stray, and her wonderful rescue greyhound, "Elroy". Rebecca is working a shorter week these day as she is now mum to two human boys.
Jess Pavlidis Cert IV VN
Jess is qualified with a Certificate IV in veterinary nursing. Jess genuine caring nature make her a pivitol member of the Vetz team and every day proves how well suited she is to a career with animals. Jess has excellent clinical skills and never stops seeking more knowledge.
Emma Howell Cert IV VN
Emma is a Certificate IV qualified veterinary nurse currently undertaking university studies in science as well as working here at Vetz. Emma has a great love of native animals as well as dogs and cats. Like all our staff Emma is highly skilled and passionate about giving the best care to all our patients and their families.
Penny Clerke Cert IV VN
Newest member of our nursing team, Penny finished her Cert IV last year and is finally working with animals, the career change she has always wanted
A couple of very cute boxer mix dogs and two cats keep Penny on task at home. Here at Vetz, Penny is rapidly absorbing practical knowledge and putting it into practice, enjoying both surgery and medicine as well as discussing best care practices with pet owners.
Debbie is our fabulous animal attendant and cat "den mother" in boarding!
As well as making sure our visiting cat are happy Debbie is busy behind the scenes so the hospital runs smoothly. Deb helps in lots of little ways so that everyones day is just that bit easier.
Debbie is also a busy mum to two young children and four cats. (PS Deb would be a crazy cat lady if her partner let her!)