Dr Maree Richards BVSc. (Hons) – Retired — DIRECTOR/VETERINARY SURGEON
Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1972, Dr Maree first worked in a mixed animal practice in Launceston before moving to NHVH in December, 1974. She believes that growing up on a farm is what gave her a love and desire to work with animals.
Dr Maree became a partner in NHVH in the 1980's and has enjoyed guiding the hospital through the evolution to the standard of care it now represents.
Maree officially retired from the Practice at the end of June 2016. This is sad news for us at NHVH but great news for Maree who can now focus on new things like grandchildren
Dr Manty Arnott BVSc. — DIRECTOR/VETERINARY SURGEON
Loving animals and the human-animal bond were what drew Dr Manty to the Veterinary profession. Before being employed by NHVH she spent 10 years at a small animal practice in Hong Kong. Coming back to Tassie with 3 children and Mr Ed the Labrador in 2007 she joined NHVH and was welcomed as a director of the hospital.
Dr Manty believes that the work environment should be professional, stimulating, supportive and fun and continues to work towards this with NHVH.
Away from work she likes spending time relaxing with her kids, walking the dog, reading and playing the piano.
Dr Jennifer Cormack BVSc, BVMS — DIRECTOR/VETERINARY SURGEON
When she started her veterinary studies Dr Jen was drawn to the wonder and intricacies of the body. Dr Jen now realises that she enjoys being a vet because it combines her two loves - people and animals. After graduating from Western Australia she worked for 2 years in Tasmania before returning to her home state to locum for a year. The draw of Tasmania never left and she found herself joining NHVH in 1996.
When she gets a bit of time off from being a vet Dr Jen likes to get out in her garden or go fishing. Jen's pets at home include Callum the three legged cat, three chickens – Gizzi, Spot & Fuzz and Ruby the Kelpie x who joined the family from her Dogs Home Foster Carer.
Dr Miriam Rustemeyer — VETERINARY SURGEON
Miriam is an enthusiastic veterinarian, qualified originally in South Africa, with a passion for small animal medicine, oncology , acupuncture and rehabilitation for pets.
She has completed her IVAS certification in veterinary acupuncture and loves combining western diagnosis and treatment with eastern medicine in multi modal pain control.
She is currently completing her certification through the University of Tennessee by having mostly completed the canine rehabilitation certificate program that included an externship at a rehabilitation clinic overseas. This is currently not offered in Australia and there are few Australian veterinarians qualified to design and implement physiotherapy related programs for pets.
Dr Mark Hynes B.V.Sc. — VETERINARY SURGEON
Dr Mark joined the NHVH team in March this year. He grew up in Brisbane with a curiosity for all things science, but also a passion for animals and their place with people.
Prior to graduating from the University of Queensland in 2000, a visit to Tasmania forged a love for the island state. He then worked in a mixed practice in Ulverstone for 3 years, followed by a 2 year veterinary sojourn through the UK.
A return to Tasmania followed, moving to Hobart and working for 9 years in Kingston, predominately with dogs & cats.
Mark enjoys running, astronomy and exploring Tasmanian highways with his wife and 3 children.
Mark makes regular appearances on ABC local radio.
Dr Hilary Bugg BVSc. (Hons) — VETERINARY SURGEON
Dr Hilary grew up with pets that were treated at North Hobart Veterinary Hospital and worked here as a Veterinary Nurse in 1996 before moving to Sydney to start her Veterinary Science Degree. After graduating she worked in a rural, mixed animal practice in Northern Tasmania, luckily she moved south to Hobart in 2004 where she started work at NHVH.
She is particularly interested in arthritis management in older pets to keep them pain free and enjoying life as long as possible.
Dr Roshan Fantini BVSc. (Hons) MACVS — VETERINARY SURGEON/MEMBER OF FELINE MEDICINE
Starting her veterinary career in Launceston working at a mixed practice Dr Roshan then moved to England where she was employed as a locum vet on the Isle of Wight – a tiny little island at the bottom of England. Coming back to Tasmania she joined NHVH in February 2006.
Passionate about felines, Dr Roshan is devoted to making them as healthy and happy as they can be and with this in mind she has recently completed her membership for MACVS in Feline Medicine.
She lives with a rather feisty cat called Zebbity who started off life in a chicken coop!
Dr Prue Waters B.V.Sc. MRCVS — VETERINARY SURGEON
Dr Prue joined NHVH in 2006 after working in the United Kingdom as a Vet. She also participated in some volunteer programs in Morocco and Thailand before coming back to Australia.
Passionate about conservation, Dr Prue enjoys participating in cycling, climbing, bushwalking and belly dancing when she isn't at work.
Craig Glennon — PRACTICE MANAGER
Craig joined NHVH in 2011 after working for several years in the aged care industry. He has a background in finance, accounting and management. Craig is also a qualified accountant and CPA.
Having had dalmations for many years Craig currently has two fur grandchildren Mishka & Milla who are also Dalmatians. Definitely a glutton for punishment. Even more so now that a grandson has been added to the clan
He enjoys time with family, finishing off their recently built home, travel, and getting out & about in his 40+ year old Celica.
Kylie Berry — SENIOR RECECPTIONIST
Adult Ed - Snake Handling, Adult Ed – Wildlife Rehabilitation Course
Certificate II in Animal Studies
Kylie joined us in 2012 after owning her own business. These days she loves rehabilitating wildlife and has even completed her snake handling course.
Living with a crazy border collie cross called Tucker, way too many cats to count and several fish, Kylie spends her down time camping & fishing.
Janine Cornish — CLIENT SERVICES/MARKETING
Certificate IV in Business Management, Certificate IV in Human Resources
Janine came to NHVH in February 2002 after a varied working career. Her love for and respect of animals is what drew her to NHVH and the animals, great clients and family environment, as well as never knowing what each day will bring are what keeps her here.
Janine lives with Finn the Greyhound, Casey the Border Collie x Tasmanian Devil and Anessa the Saulki.
Kerry Cullen — RECEPTIONIST
Certificate II in Veterinary Nursing
Kerry joined the NHVH reception team in July 2013 and has a strong background of customer service experience in many varied environments. Her position here fulfills her life-long dream of working with animals.
Kerry is horse mad and spends most of her non-work time happily covered in hay, straw, mud and other less-mentionable horsey mess! She is the proud owner of two beautiful horses, Jess and Vesper, and shares her very small flat with her beloved and delightfully silly spaniel's Bronte and Kip.
Dianne Nellis — OFFICE MANAGER
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing, Certificate IV Business (Human Resources)
Starting her veterinary nurse career in 1984, Di joined NHVH in 1996. Over the years she has moved from veterinary nursing to being our Office Manager but still likes to keep current with nursing trends and education.
When she does get some free time she likes to show her Boxer dogs. Di’s animal family includes Fred, Diva, Chats & Wiggle the Boxers, Plum the cat (otherwise known as Plump - for good reason), and Gizmo & Squirt the ponies.
Joanna Howie — ADMINISTRATION
Before coming to NHVH in August 2004 Jo worked in film and television preparing sets and props. She also spent some time working in an arts and crafts gallery. A passionate believer in the work of Amnesty International Jo also cares greatly for the rights of both humans and animals. She also enjoys the special relationships that people form with their pets.
Interested in bushwalking, camping and travel Jo and her husband Steve are often off exploring Tassie & the rest of Australia.
Cassie Jago — HEAD VETERINARY NURSE
Certificate II in Veterinary Nursing, Certificate III in Veterinary Nursing,
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Surgical)
Cassie started work at NHVH in 2001 after previously being a bakery assistant in Burnie. She 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 Cassie completed her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Surgical), becoming the first veterinary nurse in Tasmania to do so.
In 2012 Cassie 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!
Blair Gannon — HEAD VETERINARY NURSE
Certificate II in Veterinary Nursing, Certificate II in Business
Joining the NHVH team in April 2005 Blair soon completed her Certificate II in Veterinary Nursing.
Having a love for animals since being a small child Blair was always bringing injured wildlife home - working in the veterinary industry has been one of her dreams.
At home Blair has two cats, Murphy & Monty, and a three legged Dogs Home special called Hendrix.
Jo Whatley — VETERINARY NURSE
Diploma Of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical)
Returning to NHVH in 2014 after a two year sojourn to England, where she continued to work as a veterinary nurse, Jo originally joined us in 2003.
Coming home she has fitted right back into the team at NHVH, although she has now been bitten by the travel bug and is always on the look out for her next adventure.
Although Jo is currently living in the city, at home she has Jip the Kelpie who is a hard working sheepdog.
Kendall Healy — VETERINARY NURSE
Certificate II in Animal Studies
Kendall has a particular affinity for cats and has two of her own – Bentley the Ragdoll and Luca the domestic medium hair.
She is looking forward to continuing her education as a veterinary nurse with the goal of eventually completing her Diploma of Veterinary Nursing.
Helen Heazlewood — VETERINARY NURSE
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Helen joined NHVH in February 2013 after working for 28 years in the veterinary industry. Originally from Portland in Victoria Helen moved to Tassie with her husband and children in 2012.
Helen credits her passion for veterinary nursing as the reason her career has lasted for nearly 30 years. She enjoys working with wildlife and loves nursing animals back to health. She has had the privilege of working with some of natures more unusual animals such as koala’s, dolphins, penguins, snakes, pygmy possums and much more!
Helen has a bit of a menagerie at home including Louie the Heeler x & Ooopie the Bull Arab x who were both cruelty cases from the RSPCA. She also has Neil the tame cockatiel who sings Waltzing Matilda and several rabbits – Bambi, Peter Rabbit & Fudge.
Elise DeJonge — VETERINARY NURSE
Certificate II in Animal Studies
Elise joined us in February 2012. Before coming to NHVH Elise was a part time Vet Nurse at Wynyard Veterinary Clinic. The other two days of the week she worked at the Stanely Seaquarium, educating people about southern Australian sealife.
At home Elise has Bindi the Heeler x Kelpie who she adopted from the Dogs Home and two chickens called Wharn & Spazzy. Unfortunately she had to leave her 2 kelpie x whippets back in Stanley with her parents, as well as her cockatiel Uncle Feather and her Dwarf Lop rabbit Sooty. However, she does get to visit them often, and one of her favourite things to do is to walk the dogs along the Stanley beaches when she goes home.
Growing up in Stanley, Elise has a keen interest in birds, the environment and marine life.
Jess Fox — VETERINARY NURSE
Certificate II in Animal Studies, Diploma in Events Management
Currently studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing Jess joined us in August, 2013. Before coming to NHVH she worked at a dog rescue in Sydney.
With a special interest in emergency medicine Jess is looking forward to expanding her role at NHVH.
At home Jess has Arnie the Border Collie who is very good at keeping her busy!
Jocelyn Dudgeon — TRAINEE VETERINARY NURSE
Jocelyn joined the NHVH team in 2014 and is currently studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
Being interested in both biology and animals veterinary nursing was an obvious career choice.
Jocelyn loves the team environment at NHVH and also loves interacting with the animals.
When she gets some spare time away from study she goes horse riding, works on her parents farm, plays netball and volunteers as an ambulance paramedic.