Meet Our Team
Dr Jennifer CormackBVSc, BVMS
Director / Veterinarian
“Being a vet combines her two loves – pets and people”
- Graduated from Murdoch University (WA) in 1992
- Moved permanently to Tasmania and joined NHVH in 1996
- Hobart City Council customer service award 2009
- Provision of retirement home for 15 year old Magic the devon rex cat. Callum has moved next door with the neighbours
- Loves the challenge of a busy work place
Dr Manty ArnottBVSc. (Hons)
Director / Veterinarian
“Loves all animals but especially enjoys rabbit medicine and surgery”
- Graduated from Queensland University in 1994
- Worked in Hong Kong as a vet from 1996-2006
- Joined NHVH in 2006
- Completed dermatology and ophthalmology 12 month distance education courses
- Has a very soft spot for Labradors and rescue kittens
Dr Kate WardBVSc (hons) MVS MANZCVS
- Originally from Melbourne, Kate joined the team in 2018, after fulfilling her dream of moving to Tasmania
- She is a lover of all cats and owner of two rescue cats, Dougie and Professor Paws
- Kate enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and gained Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2012 in Small Animal medicine
- Kate feels lucky to spend every day doing a job she loves, and we love having Kate as part of our team!
Dr Deb KerstenBVSc, BVMS
- Graduated from Murdoch University, Western Australia in 1994
- Has worked in mixed and small animal practice in Western Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory
- Moved to Tasmania in 2016 and worked at AHVEC (After Hours Veterinary Emergency Centre)
- Joined the team at North Hobart Veterinary Hospital in 2018
- Special interests in surgery and emergency medicine, and loves working with dogs
Dr Roshan FantiniBVSc. (Hons) MACVS (Feline Medicine)
“Strives to provide cats with exceptional care – drove the Cat Friendly Practice Gold accreditation”
- Graduated Sydney University 2001
- Began work in mixed practice in Tasmania and in the UK before joining NHVH in 2006
- Devoted to our feline friends and strives to make their lives as healthy and happy as possible
- Gained Membership of the ACVS in feline medicine in 2008
- Has a family cat called Miss MoppIt
Dr Miriam RustemeyerBVSc, Cert Vet Acupuncture (IVAS), CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner - University of Tennessee)
“Believes in proving that Eastern and Western medicine compliment each other successfully”
- Graduated University of Pretoria, South Africa 1997, Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture 2013
- Worked in the Blue Mountains,NSW for 15 years. Relocated to lovely Hobart in September 2015 to join NHVH to offer Rehabilitation, Trigger Point Release, Massage and Acupuncture
- Provides an extensive range of Fitpaws USA rehabilitation Fitballs and other equipment , Rocktape, ‘no shave’ TENS, Dr Busby’s Toe Grips
- Lives down the Channel on a 12 acre property with a couple of indoor feline ‘kids’, and a range of other avian and mammalian friends.
- Strives to offer treatment option discussions to suit all patients and has a special interest in multi modal pain relief for the elderly feline/canine/pocket pet
Dr Henry SealyDVM
- Hobart born and raised, Henry studied and worked in Adelaide, before coming back home to work at North Hobart Veterinary Hospital.
- He is passionate about caring for his animal patients (as well as their humans!) and loves building a relationship with both client and patients.
- Henry loves animals of all shapes and sizes but has a soft spot for dogs of all shapes and sizes.
- He is interested in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery and always keen to learn more.
- In his spare time Henry enjoys the Tassie outdoors biking, hiking, kayaking, climbing, 4wding, camping and going for a swim.
Dr Philippa KellettBBus BVetBiol BVSc(Hons I)
We are delighted to recently welcome Pip to the team. Pip attended Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga completing her veterinary studies in 2019. Prior to undertaking a vet degree, Pip completed a Bachelor of Business, travelled around Australia and tried multiple different jobs including working on cattle stations and riding show jumping horses.
During Pip’s first graduate year she worked in mixed practice in Wagga Wagga. Although she enjoyed working with large animals it was during this time that she realised companion animal medicine and surgery are her passion.
Pip and her partner have two dogs, Tilly a kelpie and Tess a border collie. As well as two cats, Big Pud (who is actually very small!) and Winston, both DSH’s.
Outside of work Pip enjoys creating jewellery, painting, road cycling and ‘trying’ to have a crack at triathlons. She is pictured here with Nurse Amber’s smiley fur baby Gracie.
Dianne NellisCert IV Veterinary Nursing & Cert IV Business (Human Resources)
“Can’t ever imagine doing any other job, been in the industry for over 30 years and still love it!”
- Joined the NHVH team in 1997 as a veterinary nurse
- Achieved her nursing certificate then turned her talents to the business as well
- Successful exhibitor and passionate breeder of Boxer dogs
- Has a menagerie of pets including donkeys, cats, dogs and sheep
- Loves how good veterinary care can make a huge difference to the lives of our pets
Craig GlennonBBus (Acc) MBA
“Wouldn’t want to work anywhere else”
- Third generation Tasmania
- Graduated with Bachelor of Business from University of Tasmania followed by a Master of Business of Administration from Deakin University
- Worked in a variety of industries including accounting, vocational education and aged care before joining the NHVH team in 2011
- Have been a Dalmatian family for many years with two daughters who have carried on the tradition as they both have Dalmatians
- Enjoys home renovating and spending time with family and friends
Cassie Jago HouseDiploma in Veterinary Nursing (surgery)
Senior Veterinary Nurse
“Being a veterinary nurse fulfills my passion for working with and caring for animals”
- Started work at NHVH in 2001 after previously being a bakery assistant in Burnie.
- Has always had a love for animals and decided in Primary School that she was going to work with animals when she “grew up”
- In 2008 completed her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) becoming the first veterinary nurse in Tasmania to do so
- In 2012 was nominated for the Hills Veterinary Nurse of the year & was a top 3 finalist
- At home she has Jimi the Smithfield, who keeps her busy taking her for walks and demanding that life revolves around him!
Melissa AmorCert IV Veterinary Nursing
“There is no greater joy then helping other bunnies jump higher then they ever thought they could” 💙
- Mel came to Veterinary Nursing in 2015 from a background in retail after rabbit ownership reignited a desire to work with and care for animals.
- She completed Certificate IV in veterinary nursing in August 2017.
- As a proud parent of two bunnies Ronnie and Rory, she has a particular interest in working with rabbits.
- Mel also has a cat named Sassafras and is interested in pursuing further studies including a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing.
- Mel says “I am proud to work for a veterinary hospital that is so committed to excellence in every aspect of patient care”.
Kylie BerryCertificate II in Animal Studies
“I love working with animals and being involved with making a difference to their health and wellbeing”
- Has completed Adult Ed – Snake Handling and Adult Ed – Wildlife Rehabilitation Course
- Joined us in 2012 after owning her own business.
- Has a keen interest in wildlife rehabilitation
- Lives with a crazy border collie cross called Tucker, way too many cats to count and several fish, spends her down time camping & fishing
- Hobart City Council Individual Award for Excellence 2015
Kerry CullenCertificate II Animal Studies
“Do what you love and love what you do”
- Studied Fine Arts at RMIT, Melbourne
- Has travelled extensively and lived in Ireland, England, New Zealand and America
- Joined the NHVH Reception team in 2013 and thrives in our busy & varied environment where no two days are the same!
- Proud owner of two beautiful horses Jess & Vesper
- Shares her very small flat with two very bouncy pups, Bronte and Arlo
Kendall MansonCertificate IV Veterinary Nursing
“Being able to help those who can’t help themselves is what I love about my job”
- Kendall started working as a veterinary nurse in 2010 and joined the NHVH team in 2011
- Is one of our nominated Cat Advocates in our ISFM Cat Friendly Clinic accreditation
- Lives with a Kelpie X called Asta and a cat named BMO
- Particularly enjoys the challenges of working with specialist surgeons
- Loves working with a team of people who feel like a second family
Jessica FoxCertificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Diploma in Event Management
“The best part of my job is returning happy, healthy pets into the loving arms of their owners”
- Started working in the animal industry in New South Wales at a dog rescue centre
- Moved to Hobart in 2013 and joined the NHVH team
- Has a keen interest in emergency and critical care nursing’
- Is the veterinary nurse for the visiting specialist dermatologist
- Has two beautiful Border Collies at home – Arnie and George
Amy LogueCertificate IV Veterinary Nursing & Certificate IV in Training and Education
“A passion for emergency and critical care”
- Amy has 20 years nursing experience
- She has worked in a specialist referral hospital, as well as University Teaching Hospital
- Has experience in small and large animal practices – Equine ICU/NICU & after hours ICU and Emergency
- Has travelled to Borneo and Uganda for Great Ape Conservation Projects, & to Thailand & Cambodia with veterinary teams for de-sexing & rabies vaccination programs for street dogs and cats in remote communities.
Helen HeazelwoodCertificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
“Feels blessed to be able to do what she has always loved, and continues to strive to produce the highest standard of both client and patient care”
- Started her veterinary nursing career over 30 years ago in Victoria
- Moved to Tasmania in 2012 and joined NHVH in 2013
- Has completed Nutritional consultancy and currently finishing an advanced certificate in feline behaviour.
- Has a small menagerie at home including cats, dogs, chickens, rabbits and a cockatiel
- Feels especially rewarded when helping patients through their journey of illness and back to health and their loving families
Sevgi NegisBachelor of Veterinary Medicine
- Sevgi is from Istanbul, Turkey where she studied and worked as a Veterinarian.
- She has been in Australia for 3 years, in the Northern Territory and has worked with horses, goats, small animals and even exotics.
- Sevgi moved to Tasmania in January 2019 to study aquaculture at UTAS.
- She loves travelling and has lived in Slovakia and Italy.
- Her well rounded and extensive experience has made her a hit with our clients.
- In her spare time Sevgi enjoys meeting different people, animals and rock climbing – plus thanks to this great nation she is quite partial to meat pies and BBQ’s!
Courtney PowellCertificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
“Could not imagine a day without animals”
- Joined NHVH in 2014
- Completed Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2016
- Her best mate is gorgeous golden retriever Wilson
- Loves coming to work each day – it is more like a hobby than a job
- Loves the care and devotion we can give to all animals
Jo WhatleyDiploma in Veterinary Nursing (Surgery)
“Brings humour, practicality and a wealth of knowledge to the workplace”
- Joined NHVH In 2003
- Completed her Surgical Diploma in 2012 and recently completed a double degree in business and economics
- Has worked extensively in the UK as a veterinary nurse
- Particularly enjoys the more complex anaesthetics and surgeries
- Recently began a Degree in Business at the University of Tasmania
Emily Van LieropCertificate II in Work & Training, Certificate II in Business Studies
Veterinary Nurse -Trainee
“Passionate about ensuring a long & healthy life for all pets”
- Emily worked as a kennel hand at NHVH before coming on board full time in 2016
- Loves the variety of animals that this job offers
- Enjoys the facet that every day is a little different
- Has a dog called Reg and would like a new puppy as well
- Currently studying for Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Erin BellCert II Animal Studies, Cert II in Retail & Business
Veterinary Nurse - Trainee
”I am passionate about helping care for animals and making a difference in the animal world.”
- Erin previously worked in retail management but left to pursue her dream of working with animals.
- She studied Certificate II Animal studies at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and says it was one of the most amazing experiences of her life.
- Erin is busy studying her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is especially interested in medical nursing.
- Her happy cat Alfie was adopted from Ten Lives.
Louisa SmithDouble Bachelor Degree in Zoology & Psychology
“I love learning new things, so I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge and skill base with the team at North Hobart Vet”
- Louisa has worked in customer service for over 10 years and
- Previously worked for a pet sitting company. Louisa has also managed a pet store and is always up for a challenge.
- She has a love for all animals, but a particular affinity for rabbits. She believes we have more to learn from animals than animals have to learn from us.
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart”
- Grew up in the Barossa Valley, SA, before moving to Adelaide to complete an Honours degree in Psychology
- Loves travel and has explored and lived in Canada, the US, Europe, the UK, SE Asia and New Zealand
- Started in the animal industry volunteering for Seeing Eye Dogs Australia in Melbourne, then working for an animal rescue and rehoming centre in Canada
- Moved from northern NSW to join the NHVH team in Tassie after wanting to live here for years!
- Has a lovely cat named Cosmo, who only responds to “Puss” or food offerings
Amber recently graduated from Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and during her study and placements found her passion for low stress handling of our feline friends.
Amber loves caring for and making a difference in all animal’s lives. Since being a part of Ten Lives, Amber has begun fostering (mainly kittens) and absolutely loves how rewarding it is to see them recover from illnesses, grow and find their forever homes.
At home, Amber has two crazy staffys, Eva and Gracie, who keep her on her toes. Amber has recently bought a house with her partner Matt and loves spending weekends at the family shack kayaking, playing board games and exploring the outdoors.
Ahli den Exter
Ahli began her nursing career in 2017 after completing year 12 and her Certificate II in Equine Studies and has been working as a full time Veterinary Nurse ever since. Having graduated from Certificate IV in 2019, Ahli now has aspirations to begin her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care) in the near future.
Ahli has always known that she wanted to work with animals as long as she can remember and counts herself lucky to be able to say that she truly loves the job that she doing.
Ahli has three border Collies, Kiara, Chester and Buddy, as well as a cat and three horses. Ahli loves to spend her spare time outdoors riding horses both competitively and for fun, camping, exploring, or at her block that she will be building on very soon with her partner.
Dr Guy YatesBVSc (Hons) MVS FACVSc (SA Surgery)
Guy is a Melbourne-based specialist small animal surgeon and consultant surgeon at the University of Melbourne. He is a fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists who maintains active interests in both soft tissues and orthopaedic surgery. Guy has conducted clinical research in soft tissue reconstructive and minimally invasive surgery, and has current international orthopaedic collaborations. He is strongly focused on optimising veterinary surgical practices and outcomes through the application of available evidence and a structured approach to continuing education. Dr Yates will be holding weekly consultations and surgery at both Tasmanian Animal Hospitals (Bellerive) and North Hobart Veterinary Hospital, beginning 13th February 2020. For any inquiries email email@example.com
Dr Andrew TurnerBVSc (hons), MANZCVS, FANZCVS
Veterinary Opthomologist (Eye Specialist)
Dr Andrew Turner travels to Hobart every 6 weeks to offer animals his specialist service in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease and injuries.
Andrew also performs examinations for the Australian Canine Eye Scheme (ACES), Checking breeding dogs and puppies for a range of congenital and inherited eye conditions.
Andrew is a founding partner in: All Animal Eye Services, 5 Andrew Street, Mt Waverly 3149.
Dr David RobsonBVSc (Hons), MACVSc (Canine Medicine), FACVSc (Dermatology)
Veterinary Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)
Dr David Robson travels to Hobart every month to conduct dermatology consultations.
David also performs skin allergen testing and blood testing for skin allergies. Using these results David is able to arrange an allergy desensitisation program for your pet.
David is based at the:
Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre, 70 Blackburn Road, Glen Waverley 3150.
Dr Geoff NicolsonBVSc (Hons I) MVETSTUD Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
Veterinary Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)
Dr Geoff Nicolson completed his undergraduate veterinary training at the University of Queensland. In 2012 Geoff completed a 1-year rotating internship at the University of Queensland Veterinary Training Hospital followed by a 3-year ECVIM approved cardiology residency training program at the University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital under the supervision of European-boarded cardiology specialist Dr Niek Beijerink.
Early in 2017 Geoff successfully completed the examination to obtain Diplomate status in the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Companion Animals, in the subspecialty of Cardiology. Geoff then spent 12 months working for Dr Richard Woolley in Melbourne before deciding to begin his own cardiology referral business. Geoff now operates as a mobile cardiologist seeing cases in multiple clinics and cities throughout Australia. When not working Geoff enjoys running, hiking and sampling the local wine and cuisine.
Dr Sam LongBVSc, MVM, PhD, DipECVN
European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
Sam Long is a European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology practicing at the Centre for Animal Referral and Emergency, in Collingwood, Melbourne. Sam entered private practice after spending 8 year establishing a neurology section at the University of Melbourne’s veterinary teaching hospital, a section which had grown to employ two neurologists and three residents when he finally left academia in 2017.
Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, an academic position he held for 3 years following 7 years in Glasgow, Scotland, during which he completed a residency in veterinary neurology before fulfilling a PhD in canine cancer activity. His research interests include spinal cord trauma, degenerative myelopathy, epilepsy and canine brain tumours. He is currently running a clinical trial investigating a novel anticonvulsant and a trial exploring combined PET-MRI scanning for the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours in dogs.