Geoff Golovsky – Director
Vet HQ was a dream of mine for many years. On Boxing Day 2006 we opened our doors for the first time. This year we will be celebrating 12 years of Veterinary Service to the Eastern Suburbs, what a ride it has been. My wife and I still joke about the first staffing decision we made – 2 nurses not one. Now with a full time team of 37 in Double bay and 5 in Darlinghurst, Vet HQ has exceeded all of my expectations.
It is with thanks to everyone on my team that we continue to provide you our clients with highest quality pet care and be an integral link in the bond with your pet. Several years ago the team came up with some core values that dictate the way we go about our work.
- We provide your pets with the highest standard of professional and ethical Veterinary care
- We offer a complete, balanced and individualised health care service to you and your pets
- We provide supportive and clear communication to you
- We maintain the highest level of learning and continuous education for staff and clients
And what about me? I grew up here in the heart of the Eastern Suburbs. I am an Old Boy of Bellevue Hill Public School as well as an Old Cranbookian. I graduated with honours from Sydney University in 1998. My first job was in mixed animal practice on the South Coast of NSW. I then went to Thailand and worked as a Veterinarian at the University of Khon Kaen on an AUSAID/AYAD development program. After that I worked in London for 2 years. Upon return to Sydney I spent three years at North Shore Veterinary Hospital ( Specialist Hospital and Emergency Centre) refining skills to be able to accomplish my Memberships in Small Animal Surgery.
I have a keen area of interest in Surgery of all shapes and sizes. However, my passion as most of you know is my general practice talking with people (often too much) and having a laugh.
When I am not at work I get to spend time with my family. My wife Tammy and I have been very lucky to have 2 wonderful boys Zac and Sol, and daughter Talia who keep us entertained. Of course you all know Snap the goofy blond boof head dog of ours that makes the family complete (although my wife may say not quite!).
I hope to see you all soon.
Kate Fahy – HR Manager
I am the HR manager at Vet HQ. I have been in the veterinary industry for 25 years and at Vet HQ going on 10 years. Born and bred in the eastern suburbs, I have worked in multiple small animal practices including working at the University of Sydney Vet Teaching Hospital. I started at Vet HQ as head veterinary nurse when there were 9 staff members. Since then the practice has grown and between the two practices we now have 40+ staff members. I decided to do a degree in HR and I now deal with the staff on a daily basis.
I am the proud owner of a rabbit called Princess Sophia Bananahammock and a cat called Meesha, both who were strays that I adopted through the practice.
Megan Livingston – Operations Manager
Hi my name is Megan Livingston
I’ve been working in the veterinary industry for the past 12 years as a Business Manager. I came across to Vet HQ in 2018 as Geoff’s Executive Assistant, and I am loving my new role. I’m passionate about animal welfare and am the proud owner of 3 cats – Moo, Milly and Emmy. Moo and Milly I both hand raised from when they were 7 days old. They are now happy and healthy 3 year old bundles of mischief. In my spare time I enjoy running, HIIT, cooking and reading.
Dr. Caryn Wun – Senior Vet
Hi, my name is Caryn Wun.
Hi, my name is Caryn Wun. I graduated as a Veterinarian from Sydney University almost 30 years ago. After starting my Veterinary career in Port Macquarie in mixed practice, then working in the UK, I have spent the last 22 years working exclusively for the pets of the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. During that time I have amassed a great deal of clinical experience in the diseases seen both locally and nationally. I have completed two post graduate courses in Internal medicine and one in radiology and continue to stay abreast of current changes and updates in Veterinary medicine with interest and enthusiasm. I have a keen interest in Internal Medicine, dentistry, radiology and animal behaviour. I am committed to the ongoing development of younger Vets through the Sydney University Mentor program. During my spare time I like to stay fit, swimming, running and pretending to surf. I love food, cooking, my little furry friend Marlo and my wonderful husband Frank.
Dr. Nicky Goldberg
(Currently on maternity leave)
Hi, my name is Nicky Goldberg.
I graduated with merit from the University of Sydney in 2012. I’ve been part of the Vet HQ family since 2008 when I started working as a student and have always been passionate about the health of animals.
After completing a year-long post-graduate course in Small Animal Medicine through Sydney University, I attained my membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination. During this period, I spent time with and was mentored by a number of specialists and have been able to bring many new skills, experience, and knowledge to general practice at Vet HQ.
I enjoy the challenge of complex medical cases, dermatology, soft tissue surgery, and my role in mentoring our newer vets and educating our wonderful nurses.
In my spare time I enjoy exercising and spending time with my husband, sons, and 2 very spoiled miniature schnauzers, Rocky, and Chelsea.
Dr. Tony Knapp
Hi, My name is Tony, I graduated with distinction from Liverpool university in the UK in 2010, I spent 3 years working in the Lancashire hills before moving to Australia in late 2013. I worked in Penrith for 2 years before settling closer to home at VetHQ in 2016.
I have an interest in cardiology, soft tissue surgery and feline medicine, the latter in no small part due to my 2 little terrors at home Luna and Malachi who managed to worm their way in on a fostering gone wrong (aren’t you meant to give foster animals back?!)
In my own time, I love to travel, I am a mediocre climber, dangerously experimental baker and compulsive winter knitter.
Dr. Liz Rowland
Hi, I’m Liz. I graduated from Veterinary Science with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland. I have been working in Small Animal General Practice ever since and am lucky enough to call VetHQ home.
My previous career was in law, where I worked in a large corporate firm, but since moving into vet science, I’ve never looked back.
My special interests are in Ultrasonography, Behaviour, Feline Medicine and General Surgery, and as a GP vet I’m lucky enough to do it all!
I love working with owners to find solutions to medical problems that meet both the pet, and the owners, needs and expectations.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me swimming laps at Bondi icebergs, reading historical fiction and spending quality time with my Siberian Forest Cat, Ziva (named after Agent Ziva David from NCIS, of course).
Dr. Karmen Fong
Hi I’m Karmen. I graduated from University of Sydney in 2016, and have spent the last 3 years working at Doyalson Animal Hospital. I have 2 adopted greyhounds and I love surgery! I look forward to meeting you and looking after your pets.
Dr. Ashley Harrison
Hi, my name is Ashley Harrison.
I graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Guelph in Ontario Canada in 2019.
Upon graduation, I moved across the world to Sydney Australia alongside my partner who is an exercise physiologist in the Edgecliff area.
For the past year, I have been working at a veterinary clinic in Penrith and am excited to move into the city and join the Darlo team!
In my spare time, you can catch me at the gym, the beach or exploring new trails with my golden retriever puppy Murphy
Dr. Polina Tan
Hi, my name is Polina Tan. I joined the Vet HQ team in July 2020, and I am absolutely loving being with such an enthusiastic and passionate team.
A little bit about me……since nine years of age, and a few “A Country Practice” episodes (a show in the 1980s), I knew I wanted to be a vet. So, after some mixed practice experience and four years in the UK, I have practiced in the Eastern Suburbs for the last 13 years. I love all aspects of being a vet- but my main priority is helping families give their pets the best quality of life that is possible.
My husband is also a vet so we have an assortment of rescue cats, ‘Zara” and “Mr. Darcy”, and a rescue Cavalier King Charles Spaniel “Gypsy”, who is a great dog with kids and very patient.
Outside work you may find me down at Coogee nippers, cheering on a netball court or jogging through Centennial Park. Make sure you come and say hello!
Dr. Jessica Green (Darlinghurst)
Dr. Jessica Green will be heading up the VetHQ Darlinghurst Team. Jess Graduated from the University of Sydney in 2008. She has worked in New York, Melbourne- and now is finally back Sydney where she was born and bred. She is a motivated, dynamic veterinarian with a special interest in top level medicine. She has completed further education in internal medicine through the University of Sydney and is sitting her membership exams in 2018. Jess is really excited about managing her own practice and excited to become an integral part of the pet loving community in Darlo. In her spare time she loves to spend time with family and friends, travel and hit the beach. Often you’ll find her enjoying the cafes and shops around the Victoria street clinic with the apple of her eye – a geriatric 3 legged rescue Chihuahua named Foxy-Lupe, who she saved from euthanasia as a senior pet.
Dr. Cara Rinaldi (Darlinghurst)
Hi, I’m Cara. I was born and bred in Glasgow, Scotland, and studied at the University of Glasgow Vet school for 5 years, graduating in 2008. My first job as a new graduate vet was in the wilds of North Yorkshire, England, where I treated all creatures great and small. After 3 years of countryside life, it was time to explore the world and I went on a globetrotting adventure, travelling and also doing voluntary vet work in both India and Thailand.
I landed in Australia in 2012, and have lived here ever since. I worked a locum position in a mixed practice close to Melbourne for 6 months, then settled in Sydney and have been serving the pets of the Eastern suburbs and inner city for the last 6 years. My areas of interest include dentistry, internal medicine, and diagnostic imaging.
I love the Darlo clinic- such a vibrant, eclectic mix of people and pets, it’s so much fun! I feel very privileged to be part to the wonderful community of Darlinghurst.
In my free time, I meditate and study the Dharma, as I am a practicing Buddhist. I’m also engaged with climate activism, and feel it’s part of my duty as a human being to help the planet as well as my patients. Travelling in my campervan and seeing the beauty of Australia keeps me grounded in between juggling a busy city life.
I have a passion for Italian cooking and love to spend time with my friends and family, appreciating the times I get back home to Scotland.
Dr. Courtney Turner (Darlinghurst)
I graduated from the University of Sydney with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. Prior to that, I graduated with a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience with First Class Honours also from the University of Sydney. While studying I worked at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital where I assisted in a variety of interesting and complicated cases and gained a passion for emergency medicine and ophthalmology. I started my veterinary career at the RSPCA in Yagoona on a 6-month new graduate position and moved to Vet HQ after completing the program. I have continued to have a passion for small animal emergency medicine, ophthalmology, and surgery.
I am originally from Lord Howe Island where there is no veterinarian, so in my holiday time, I head home to look after the island pets (and escape the hustle and bustle of city life!). On the island, I have a Golden Retriever, Donnie, who spends his life trying to catch fish in the lagoon, two cows, many chooks and budgerigars.
In Sydney, you can find me every few Saturdays at Randwick racetrack working with the Thoroughbreds. In my spare time, I love soaking up the sun at Bondi and enjoying a cocktail or two at a local bar.
I love being part of the Vet HQ team, and have loved getting to know, and working with, the wonderful clients and pets of Vet HQ. I look forward to taking care of your furry friends in the future!
Customer Service Representatives
Meghan Kope – Receptionist
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Kayleigh Leadbetter – Receptionist
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Deborah Joyce – Receptionist
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Veterinary Nurses Double Bay
My name is JJ. I am a senior nurse at Vet HQ. I have been at Vet HQ since 2013. I have been a nurse for over 13years, I have always had a passion for animals. I have completed a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in Critical Care & Emergency Medicine. I have five cats and one dog.
Hi, my name is Elle Wright.
I have been working for Vet HQ since mid-2013. My background pre-Vet HQ has been focused on customer relations. I made my move into the animal care industry by enrolling into a certificate four in veterinary nursing. I have grown up with animals of all shapes and sizes and currently have a beautiful moodle called Max and a cat called Miles. Both are rescued pets which is something I am very passionate about. I love meeting and greeting our beautiful patients and their owners. In my spare time I play netball, continue my studies and enjoy travelling.
Tessa Carroll – Nurse/Receptionist
Hi, my name’s Tessa Carroll. I started working at Vet HQ in 2012 after finishing high school a few months earlier. I have grown up surrounded by pets including dogs, cats, mice, ferrets, snails, axolotls- you name it! Throughout my senior high school years, I worked as an animal attendant every weekend at the Animal Welfare League which helped to confirm that working with animals was my passion and what I want to do for the rest of my life. I have completed my Certificate II in Animal studies and am close to completing my Certificate IV in Vet Nursing. I will then be studying a course in pet nutrition. When I’m not at work, my favourite thing to do is spend quality time with my dog, Charlie and my cat, Sebastian.
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Hi, my name is Mariko Shimizu.
I am a Veterinary Nurse at Vet HQ. I have been a grooming assistant since 2012 and a vet nurse for nearly nine years. I am originally from Japan and have worked as a vet nurse in Japan and Vancouver, Canada. I really enjoy working with animals and that was my lifetime dream. I have joined the team at Vet HQ in 2012.
Samantha Lintott – Head Veterinary Nurse (Darlinghurst)
Hi my name is Sam Lintott
I joined the team at Vet HQ Darlinghurst initially as a Veterinary Nurse, and in early 2020 I was promoted to the position of Head Nurse.
I have over 8 years’ experience in the veterinary industry and have worked in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and overseas in the United Kingdom where I lived for 3 years.
I love being a Veterinary Nurse and particularly enjoy bonding with patients and their owners.
Outside of work I love to travel, I have visited 25 countries around Asia and Europe and love seeing wild animals in their natural habitats.
Georgia McCarthy – Veterinary Nurse (Darlinghurst)
Hi, my name is Georgia McCarthy,
I started my Veterinary Nursing education at Vet HQ just over a year ago as a trainee nurse. I have completed my Certificate II in Animal Studies and am now not far off from graduating from my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
Ever since a young age I have had a passion for animals, bringing home weird and wonderful animals that needed care. I am passionate about conservation and the environment, my favourite animal is an Orangutan, and one day I hope to visit The Orangutan Sanctuary in Borneo.
I have a dog at home called Vinnie, as well as a rescue racehorse called Jack who lives out in the Hawkesbury area, I rescued him when I was 15 years old and he has been enjoying his retirement ever since! In my spare time I enjoy exploring nature walks around Sydney with Vinnie, and travelling absolutely anywhere! I love my job and feel so blessed to find a career that truly matches my passion.
Samantha Melamdowitz – Trainee Nurse
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Day Care and Animal Attendants
Hi I’m Kristie, I started working at Vet Hq in 2015, my roles at Vet HQ are managing our beautiful cattery and doggy day care.
I have completed my Animal Studies Cert 2, Companion Animal Studies Cert 4 and a diploma in Crazy Cat Lady Studies.
I have 2 cats named Tilly and Tofu and in my spare time I do pole dancing for fitness!
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