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 16 and an even bigger part time and casual team 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
What and 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.
Alyssa Carter – Office Manager
Hi, my name is Alyssa Carter.
I have been working in the veterinary industry since 1998, started working at Vet HQ in 2009 and am now the practice manager (I speak fluent Geoff). I love working with animals so much so that even my allergies cannot hold me back! Whenever I am caught in reception I never turn down the chance to say hello to my furry clients. I own 3 four-legged children (Buzz and Annie the cats and Pixel the Jack Russel cross Staffie) and 1 two-legged child called Nyah.
Kate Fahy – HR Manager
Hi, my name is Kate Fahy.
I am head veterinary nurse at Vet HQ. I have been a veterinary nurse for the past 17 years. In this time I have worked in private practices and also at the University of Sydney where I spent four years in the anaesthetic department. I am the proud owner of two moggies called ‘Fattie’ and ‘Harley’ who take over my house.
Megan Livingston – Executive Assistant
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.
Jenn Dodd – Receptionist
Hi, my name is Jenn Dodd.
Before moving to Sydney 4 years ago I completed a Diploma in Animal Care in the UK. I started in the industry back in 2010 as an animal attendant, dog groomer and trainer at a Sydney based Doggy Day Care. I started at Vet HQ as part of the reception team in February 2013 and as the regular clients and other staff members will tell you I am a crazy dog lady! I have a particular interest in K9 behaviour which I hope to pursue in the future .
Chescia Tunley – Receptionist
Hi my name is Chescia, I am a receptionist at vet hq and relatively new to the animal industry, having finished my cert 2 in animal studies in 2016, and I am absolutely loving it! My background is in customer service management, I am incredibly passionate about animals and I look forward to
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 Green
*We would like to congratulate Dr Nicky and her husband on the recent birth of baby Noah! Nicky is currently on maternity leave and enjoying time with her new addition*
Hi, my name is Nicky Goldberg.
I graduated with merit from the University of Sydney in 2012. For four years I worked at VetHQ in dog day care, reception and as a nurse and couldn’t be happier to now be working here as a full time veterinarian. Having spent a significant proportion of my university years with my arm up a cows you-know-what, I’m enjoying settling back into the eastern suburbs where I’ve grown up and working with the animals I love and am most passionate about. I have a keen interest in surgery and like the challenge of difficult cases. In my spare time I enjoy playing sport, in particular touch football and walking my two spoiled miniature schnauzers, Rocky and Chelsea.
Dr. Troy Jackson
Hi, my name is Troy Jackson.
I’m originally from England, having previously completed a degree in Biology from Cardiff University (where I focused on cancer research), I subsequently graduated with honours from the Royal Veterinary College London. I moved to Australia two years ago and am in love with the culture and way of life I’ve experienced over here. I have a keen interest in internal medicine, ophthalmology and emergency and critical care and am excited to be working at Vet HQ. I am slave to my rescue British Shorthair cat; Tobias, even though his loyalty lies with my partner, who supposedly dislikes cats but can always be found snuggling up to him! In my spare time I enjoy bush walking, surfing and camping.
I look forward to meeting you all!
Dr. Tammy Poon
Hi, my name is Tammy Poon.
I graduated from the University of Sydney in 2010. I have worked in the animal industry for the last 8 years including volunteer work at Taronga Zoo and nursing in a clinic on the lower north shore. Whilst I enjoy all aspects of veterinary practice, my keen interests are in dermatology and surgery. I am the proud owner (read: slave) to a lovely beagle Coco and a rescued cat Kiki who keep me entertained on my time off from VetHQ.
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.
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 Haley Vanderhilst.
I am a New Zealand born Vet Nurse (don’t hold that against me), graduating in 2010. Since then I have been working with small and very large furry friends, including lions, tigers and chimpanzees. I also two animals at home, a four legged torti named ninja and a two legged one named Martin. I love them both dearly. I have only been with Geoff and the team for a short while but I am loving every minute of it.
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.
Hi, my name is Amy Butler
Originally from Ireland I arrived in Australia in April 2014. I started working at Vet HQ in the July, and I’ve been here ever since. I’m part of both the nursing and grooming teams. I hold a BSC degree in Veterinary Nursing but I learned all my grooming skills from the fantastic grooming girls here at Vet HQ. I have one little fur baby, a cat called Mia, whom I adore.
Hi, my name is Mariko Shimizu.
I am a grooming assistant and vet 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 life time dream. I have joined the team at Vet HQ in 2012.
Hi I’m Jess Brogna,
I started working at Vet HQ in 2015, I’m an animal attendant in the Dog Day Care.
I’ve had a life long passion for animals, I own a horse, dog and rabbit. In my spare time I love riding my horse and doing show jumping competitions.