Meet Our Team



Director / Veterinarian

  • Joined NHVH IN 1996 after moving to Tasmania
  • Jennifer Graduated from Murdoch University (WA) in 1992
  • Loves the diversity of the profession and the opportunity to develop relationships with people and their pets
  • The pets of the family include 3 chickens, Hazy the rescue Kelpie X and Sir Romeo Burmese X
  • Outside of work loves the challenge of her garden and loves growing food!


BVSc. (Hons)

Director / Veterinarian

  • Joined NHVH 2007
  • Manty graduated from the University of Queensland in 1994
  • She practiced in Hong Kong from 1996-2006
  • Interests include Dermatology and Ophthalmology CVE courses, extensive post graduate learning in all things rabbits and brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS)
  • Has a deaf dog and two rescue cats at home


BBus BVetBiol BVSc(Hons I)

Director / Veterinarian

  • Moved to Tasmania in 2020 with partner Lachie (also a vet) and their two dogs Tilly & Tess and two cats Big Pud & Winston, in tow
  • Has a passion for all things surgery related! In particular orthopaedic and oncological surgery. Also enjoys unusual medical cases
  • Enjoys exploring Tasmania, in particular hiking in winter and finding cold water to swim in!
  • Loves developing client relationships and feels privileged to be part of their lives and able to help in times of need
  • Loves music, live music in particular! Best live bands Pip has seen would have to be The Eagles and Crowded House!


BVSc (hons) MVS MANZCVS (small animal medicine)


  • Joined NHVH in 2018 after moving from Melbourne
  • Kate loves Tasmania for its natural beauty and sense of community
  • Her professional interests include small animal medicine, ophthalmology and ultrasound
  • Cohabits with a tuxedo cat named, Professor Paws
  • Enjoys cooking, gardening, reading and camping


BVSc. (Hons) MACVS (Feline Medicine)


  • Joined NHVH in 2006 and thoroughly enjoys working here. Roshan completed her Membership in Feline Medicine in 2008
  • Enjoys complicated medical cases and juggling multiple conditions. She believes the bond between people and their pets is very special and feels honoured to be able to help preserve that bond. Roshan has a very special spot in her heart for feisty old felines
  • Being a veterinarian was a life time ambition after reading James Herriot at a young age, and while not currently tending ill sheep on a windy moor, she enjoys every minute of it
  • Outside of work she enjoys bushwalking, jumping out of aeroplanes, gardening and pretending she can paint



Currently on extended leave


  • Graduated in South Africa in 1997, Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2013 through IVAS and has been certified as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee since 2016.  Previously worked in the Blue Mountains, Western Sydney, for 15 years.
  • Relocated to lovely Hobart in September 2015 to join NHVH to offer Multimodal pain relief, Rehabilitation, Trigger Point Release, Massage and Acupuncture
  • Finds the treatment of pain in chronic and debilitating conditions with Multimodal pain relief for elderly, feline, canine and pocket pets very rewarding
  • Strives to offer treatment option discussions to suit all patients and believes that Eastern and Western Medicine compliment each other very well
  • Has a keen interest in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation




  • Hobart born and raised,Henry studied and worked in Adelaide, before returning back home to work at NHVH in 2019
  • Henry is passionate about caring for his animal patients (and their humans!) and loves to build a relationship with both his clients and patients
  • He loves animals of all shapes and sizes but has a particular soft spot for dogs
  • Is interested in all aspects of small animal medicine and working with clients to formulate the best treatment for their furry family members
  • In his spare time Henry enjoys the life style Tasmania provides and enjoys being outdoors, climbing, biking, hiking, kayaking and 4wding. Henry and his partner have three cheeky and cute rats called Blossom, Penelope and Wendy and will likely get a dog soon!




  • Began her career as a zoologist working on Quolls and Tasmanian Devils
  • Studied veterinary medicine at the University of Sydney graduating in 2014 then packed the car and moved to Hobart
  • Primarily works in small animal practice with a special interest in medicine cases and building trusting relationships with clients
  • Loves hiking and bird watching, both with a good bag of snacks and a cup of tea
  • Kept busy by her collection of elderly pets including a diabetic Burmese cat called Meisha, a diabetic Maltese Poodle called Henry and a hypothyroid Maltese x Shih Tzu called Mochi

Dr Tim Luke

BVSc(Hons) PhD


  • Tim joined NHVH in 2021 after moving to Hobart from regional Victoria
  • He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2006, and has worked extensively in mixed practice in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
  • Enjoys the constant variety and challenges that veterinary practice provides and loves having the opportunity to build relationships and connections with pets and their owners.
  • Is kept busy by an ever-growing menagerie including four baby doll Southdown sheep, four Australian miniature goats, more chickens than he can count, and Alexis the Persian cat.
  • Has a PhD in computational biology, and also works as a research scientist investigating the genetic basis of animal health & welfare.

Dr Zhong Mei Russell

BVSc, BVetBio BSc


  • Dr Mei was born and raised in Singapore and graduated from University of Melbourne in 2008. Mei has been practicing in Hobart since 2009, except for a brief period of 8 months were she practiced in Singapore.
  • Mei loves the diversity of Tasmania’s flora and fauna and just couldn’t stay away!
  • Mei enjoys being of service to people and the animals in their care.  She strives to make a positive difference to the lives of her patients and clients, as well as those she works with.
  • Mei’s professional interest include learning new surgical techniques, working through complex medical cases and diagnostic imaging
  • In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing badminton and spending time with her family and fur child, Sven (the ball obsessed German Wired-haired pointer pictured with her)
Amy Moorfield

Dr Amy Moorfield

BVSc, BVetBio BSc


  • Amy originally hails from Tasmania, having grown up on a small farm in the north west coast.
  • She graduated from CSU in Wagga Wagga, NSW in 2020. She then worked in Victoria before returning home to Tassie.
  • She shares her home with her hungry cat Noni.
  • Amy joined the NHVH team in the second half of 2022 and is committed to providing a high level of care for all animals.
  • In her spare time she enjoys soaking up the sun, spending time with friends and family, travel, hiking and yoga.

Dr Sarah Bassett



  • Sarah joined the Vetbiz team in January 2022 and has enjoyed working at North Hobart Veterinary Hospital, Tasmanian Veterinary Hospitals, and Huon Valley Veterinary Hospital.  Sarah now works between North Hobart and Huonville.

  • Sarah grew up in Tasmania and fell in love with nature and its wonderful wildlife. From a young age she adored animals and knew that she wanted to incorporate them into her career in some way. It wasn’t long until Sarah had her heart set on being a vet and worked hard in high school to get a spot in a veterinary degree.

  • Sarah studied at the University of Adelaide completing a bachelors in Veterinary Bioscience and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Sarah has a broad focus on all facets of veterinary science with a keen interest in medicine and diagnostic imaging. 

  • In her spare time, Sarah loves hanging out with her dog Florence pictured. Sarah loves all things outdoors including mountain biking, bush walking and playing football.

Dr Jasmine Thompson

Dr Jasmine Thompson

BVetBio BVSc (Hons)


  • Jasmine was born and raised on Lord Howe Island, a tiny world heritage island off the east coast of NSW in the Tasman Sea.
  • Since graduating university, Jasmine has been working in mixed practice on the far south coast of NSW and more recently a small animal/equine clinic on the mid north coast of NSW.
  • Relocated to Tasmania early 2023 with her fiancé, their 3 horses, dog ‘Kuta’ and feline friend ‘Lentil’.
  • Joined North Hobart in May 2023.
  • Jasmine loves the challenges that being a veterinarian presents and that it gives her the opportunity to help animals & their owners alike. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and has a keen interest in emergency care, surgery, pain management and preventative medicine.
  • To wind down outside of work, you will find Jas horse riding, hiking, gardening or at the beach with the pooch.


Certificate II Animal Studies

Practice Manager

  • Has over 20 years customer service experience and has worked in a range of jobs from being an au pair, managing cafes and restaurants and working as a horse-riding trail guide.
  • Has travelled extensively and spent time living in Ireland, England, New Zealand and America.
  • Joined the NHVH team in 2013 and thrives in our busy and varied environment where no two days are the same!
  • Shares her very tiny flat with two very bouncy pups – Bronte and Arlo
  • Has a very sweet horse called Vesper, who now lives a life of retired luxury.


Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing, Certificate Low Stress Handling

Currently on Maternity Leave

Veterinary Nurse

  • Joined NHVH in 2010
  • There are so many aspects Kendall loves about her job. She loves being able to care for and comfort our patients. Meeting new beautiful furry faces every day. She loves getting to watch our patients get better and be reunited with their loved ones. She also loves being part of the NHVH team, it really is like a family and she wouldn’t want to work anywhere else
  • Loves that there is so much to learn in this job and has a passion for continuing education. She loves to challenge herself to learn new skills and share this knowledge with others
  • Has a cat named BMO and 3 chickens Bundy, Gacey and Dahmer
  • Has a soft spot for Kelpies, tabby cats and chickens

Frankie Paterson

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing, Bachelors in Medical Radiation Science – Diagnostic Radiography

Currently on Maternity Leave

Veterinary Nurse / Imaging Technician

  • Joined NHVH recently after moving from Perth and is already loving the job and everyone
  • Frankie is a qualified diagnostic radiographer and can perform advanced imaging on veterinary patients
  • The best part about work for Frankie is being able to follow hospitalised patients from admission to discharge and seeing them come back healthy for their rechecks
  • Owns some very spoiled pets, a greyhound, a Labrador and a cat called Egg
  • Outside of work she likes hiking and rock climbing


Bachelor Degree in Veterinary Medicine (Turkey), Masters Degree in Veterinary Medicine (Turkey), Associate Degree in Applied Science (Australia)

Veterinary Nurse

  • Moved to Australia in 2015 from Turkey and became an Australian citizen in January 2020
  • Sevgi is from Istanbul, Turkey where she studied and worked as a Veterinarian
  • She can speak very good Aussie English and has been able to speak English since she was 9 years old
  • Has two pet gold fish, named Sundance and Copper
  • Was a business partner at a Veterinary Clinic in Turkey


Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Veterinary Nurse

  • Joined NHVH 2014. Completed certificate IV in Veterinary nursing in 2016, and continued on to study Diploma of Veterinary Nursing – Surgical.
  • Has two lovable pooches, Wilson the Golden Retriever and Harvey the Bichon Frise x Shih Tzu
  • In her spare time, enjoys walking the dogs, Pilates, and exploring the Tasmanian outdoors. Loves a home renovation, and forever working on something new and exciting.
  • Enjoys a challenge, and loves the high-paced, busy atmosphere we work in each and every day. Admires working hard towards gaining the trust and love from the gorgeous animals we get the privilege to see and care for.
  • Enjoys being able to put the love and devotion into every single animal, as if they her own. Love being able to understand some of the needs and desires of our pets each day.


Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Veterinary Nurse

  • Completed work experience at NHVH and following this became a kennel hand, this led to the role of Veterinary Nurse Trainee in 2016
  • Emily completed her Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing in 2020
  • Passionate about ensuring a long and healthy life for all pets and loves working with a variety of different types of animals
  • Enjoys that every day is different, facing challenges, rewards and gaining knowledge
  • Reg the Red Heeler is her companion fur soul mate


Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing, Certificate Low Stress Handling

Veterinary Nurse

  • Joined NHVH in July 2020 after doing placement at Ten Lives Cat Centre and fostering kittens!
  • Amber completed her Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing in 2019 and during her study and placement found her passion for low stress handling
  • Has a special interest in canine and feline physical therapy and rehabilitation and hopes to complete studies in this area soon
  • Has one crazy staffy at home Eva and a sassy ginger cat Ray, who was a foster fail
  • Loves how every day is different with a chance to learn new things and build trusting relationships with clients and their pets. Also loves being part of the NHVH team because it really does feel like a second family and wouldn’t want to work anywhere else

Melanie Black

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

Veterinary Nurse

  • Joined NHVH in Jan 2022. Mel is originally from bonnie Scotland and has called Australian home for the past 10 years.
  • Mel decided to follow her heart and change careers from an early childhood director and trained to be a vet nurse. It has been her best decision to date.
  • Animal welfare and treatment of animals is very important to Mel and she strives to work to the highest standard providing the best care possible.
  • In her spare time Melanie enjoys anything outdoor from bush walking, chasing waterfalls, beaches and of course anything to do with nature and animals.


Bachelor of Zoology, Dual qualification Companion Animal Services & Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Veterinary Nurse

  • Joined NHVH in 2020 after returning to Tasmania after spending some time in Melbourne working and completing studies
  • Tammy loves that the industry allows her to combine her passions for animal care and strong customer service
  • Has 7-year-old Border Collie X sisters, Dusty and Diamond and 2 young girls at home keeping her on her feet
  • Born and raised in Tasmania
  • 10+ years in hospitality/retail industry in management positions

Georgia Ottway

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

Veterinary Nurse

  • Georgia joined NHVH in April 2023.
    Georgia was born and grew up in Tasmania by the beach.
  • She has always enjoyed being out on the water and currently enjoys sailing on the weekends. 
  • Georgia started working in the veterinary industry in 2017 and obtained her certificate IV in veterinary nursing in 2021. 
  • She loves learning and developing her skills and is currently working on completing her Bachelor in Veterinary Technology. 
  • Georgia has a cat, Muffin, who was dropped off at work. Georgia fell in love with her weird toe sucking habits and her forever grumpy expression they now have their happy ever after.

Amelia Howell

Veterinary Nurse

  • Amelia joined the team in January 2023. Amelia completed her cert 3 in animal studies 2019 and is currently studying her Cert IV. 
  • Amelia is an avid reader and painter and loves to go on hikes her friends. 
  • She has loved animals ever since she was a young girl, helping hand raise baby chickens and running around with dogs and cows all day.
  • Amelia feels very fortunate to be able to help care for someone’s special, nothing quite beats seeing a beautiful reunion at the end of the day of fur friend and owner. 

Sara Short

Veterinary Nurse

  • Sara has been nursing for over 8 years and enjoys her work immensely.
  • Animals are and have always been a large part of Sara’s life.
  • One of Sara’s passions is the joy of being able to help both animals and their owners in good times and bad. Nursing involves such dedication and Sara believes it is just so important to be working well as a team.
  • Sara has 3 greyhounds, an Irish wolfhound, a Cavalier,  2 cats, a whole lot of birds, a horse, a pony and chickens. You could say she is lucky enough to have her own mini zoo!
Hannah Clark

Hannah Clark

Veterinary Nurse

  • Started working as a Veterinary Nurse in February 2018 and started at NHVH in August 2022
  • Has had a love for animals as long as she can remember and has always had lots of family pets growing up.
  • Has a German Shepherd, a Smithfield and a kitty cat.
  • Hannah loves helping animals and finds it so rewarding to see animals receive the help they need and make full recoveries. Building client relationships and supporting the owners along the journey is also hugely rewarding to her.
  • In her spare time, she likes to cuddle with her fur family and watch tv or spend time with her friends and family.

Isabelle Wilson

Veterinary Nurse

  • Moved to Hobart from Melbourne in October 2022 and joined the team at NHVH who welcomed her with open arms.
  • Isabelle previously worked as an animal attendant at RSPCA where her love for animal care began.
  • Isabelle graduated from latrobe university with a bachelor of veterinary and animal bioscience in 2021 and from there started working as a veterinary nurse in an emergency animal hospital.
  • Sadly, she had to leave her beloved cats Poppy and Koko with her family in Melbourne, although since moving has taken up fostering kittens with ten lives.
  • Isabelle loves working in the industry as every day is different and it’s always fulfilling seeing patients make a full recovery and  help them in any way she can.


Certificate II & III Animal Studies

Veterinary Nurse

  • Joined NHVH in October 2020 as a Kennel Hand and then become a Veterinary Nurse Trainee in February 2021
  • Lexi has completed her Certificate II (2018) & III (2020) Animal Studies and wishes to continue and do her Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing
  • She has dreamed about working with animals her whole life and feels it is definitely more of a passion than a job
  • The job is never boring as every day is always different, has made some of the best animal friends
  • Has a handsome Kelpie called Spartan and is pictured here with very photogenic boy Blue


Certificate II Animal Studies

Veterinary Nurse

  • Joined NHVH in September 2020
  • Jade is currently studying her Certificate IV Animal Behaviour and Training
  • She has two beautiful dogs, Willow and Joey, two beautiful cats Miggy and Jensen and one beautiful rabbit, Snow Pea
  • Loves learning new things
  • Lived overseas in England on a working visa for 2 years


Certificate II Animal Studies

Veterinary Nurse

  • Started work as a kennel hand at NHVH in January 2019 and began a traineeship in early 2020, became full time later that year and couldn’t be happier.
  • Josh loves all things to do with animals of any type and the joy they bring himself and those around him
  • Feels very lucky to be in the field and loves continuing to grow his knowledge and better his abilities to make a positive difference to any animal’s and owner’s well-being and quality of life. He couldn’t be surrounded by a better team of people to help him achieve this.
  • Is a cat lover and a dog lover, couldn’t choose between the two if he had to! Although, he does have a particular sweet spot for his deaf rescue cat Walter, he and Josh are inseparable.
  • Outside of the workplace, Josh enjoy anything that gives him a sense of adventure. whether snorkelling on a reef, driving afar or seeking good camping spots, Josh is all for it, rain or shine.

Samia Provan

Hospital Assistant

  • Samia joined NHVH in 2022 as a Kennel hand and as of January 2023 started her full-time position as a Hospital Assistant.
  • She is currently studying her Certificate II and planning on going on to do her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in the future.
  • Becoming a Veterinary Nurse has been her dream job since she was little, she can’t be happier getting all the experience at NHVH.
  • She falls in love with every animal, big or small, that enters the clinic, always making sure they all get cuddles.
  • Samia has 6 dogs at home, 2 of which are Kelpies named Bundy (pictured with) and Whiskey that are her babies.

Jack Williams

Hospital Assistant 

  • Jack joined NHVH in 2023 as a kennel hand, and then started hospital assistant work towards the end of 2023.
  • He is aiming to look at doing his certificate II and IV in veterinary nursing.
  • Becoming a veterinary Nurse is his dream job as his love for all animals is substantial. He loves all animals equally but has a soft spot for dogs, ferrets and birds. 
  • Jack has 3 dogs named (Lulu, West Highland Terrier) (Clyde, German Shorthair Pointer) and (Molly English Staffordshire Bull Terrier). He also has two ferrets named Minty and snowy. Plus his bird Flash which is a green cheek conure. (Lulu and Clyde are pictured at the top)


Certificate II in Animal Studies

Senior Client Services

  • Joined NHVH 2012
  • Kylie has a keen interest in wildlife rehabilitation
  • She is a busy mum to 3-year-old Jacob and 1-year-old Joel
  • Hobart City Council Individual Award for Excellence 2015
  • Live with a crazy Border Collie X called Tucker and two beautiful cats


Certificate II Animal Studies

Client Services

  • Loves working at NHVH because every day is different and another opportunity to learn something new. She is also proud to be part of a team that values the care of all animals equally
  • Louisa has over 10 years of customer service experience, including working as a pet sitter and manager of a local pet store
  • She has a double Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Zoology
  • Owned by a cat, 2 dachshunds and over 10 rabbits and guinea pigs and loves each one of their personality quirks!
  • Outside of work loves to tinker in the garden, bake and sew

Ashley Caulfield

Client Services

  • Joined NHVH in April 2021 and enjoys meeting new people and their beautiful fur friends and family every day as well as working with a fantastic team of people.
  • Before this position was a travel agent for a few years and prior to that still working in the travel industry in roles such as airline ground crew at Hobart airport and car hire
  • Ashley has a Kelpie X fur sister at home named Roxie and her fur nephew, Boris the pug
  • Has always loved Greyhounds and hopes to adopt one of her own in the future
  • Grew up and spent most of her childhood on a little hobby farm so has always had a love for animals, big and small!

Jo Pavlinovich

Client Services

  • Jo relocated to Tasmania in 2022 after a long stint living remotely in Kununurra, WA and joined the North Hobart team in August 2022. Moving to Tasmania to discover a fresh new climate, with its diverse ranges of flora and fauna.
  • Jo has over 10 years experience in varying customer service roles and loves the combination of animals, spreadsheets and the dynamic workplace at NHVH.
  • Jo spent her life growing up with animals and this has carried though to her adult life. When asked if she is a dog or cat person, she likes to remind people of the chicken option!
  • Jo has a passion for all things outdoors and enjoys bushwalking, gardening, squash, seeing live bands and playing tourist in Tassie. 


Dr Karen Staudte


Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Karen is a registered Small Animal Specialist Surgeon. Karen graduated with a Bachelor of Vet Science in 1989 from the University of Melbourne.

After 8 years of general practice and working in the USA and England she completed a Residency in Small Animal Surgery at Murdoch University and obtained her Fellowship in Small Animal Surgery in 2006.

She is a registered specialist and has worked for the last twelve years at Perth Veterinary Specialists, W.A. Karen is experienced in all soft tissue, oncology (cancer) and spinal surgery.

She is passionate about providing compassionate, informed and skilled care topatients and their owners. She is a down to earth, approachable and caring clinician. Karen is excited about providing referral services to Tasmanian vets and helping train her local colleagues in advanced surgical techniques.



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.



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.


BVSc (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 Danielle Hoolahan


Dermatology Specialist

Dr Dani graduated from Murdoch University in 2007 with honours. She worked in busy, small animal general practices both in Sydney, Australia and Portland, Oregon before completing a dermatology internship in Perth, Western Australia and then moving to the University of California, Davis to join the dermatology service at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital as a resident.
She completed her residency in 2013 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in the same year. She has worked in busy dermatology referral practice since 2014 and is the founder of the Veterinary Dermatology Clinic

Dani visits Tasmania approximately every 6 weeks.