About Us

Welcome! Rose Bay Vet Hospital is a well-established veterinary facility located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. The hospital employs two full time and two part time veterinarians as well as four nursing/ancillary staff.

The hospital aims to provide the highest quality care for any animal visiting the clinic whilst being compassionate to the needs of owners.

Dr Jo Smaller

Practice Vet Director

Jo Smaller graduated from the University of Sydney in 2005 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and a Honors in a particularly peculiar disease called ‘rat lungworm.’

She took her first job in North Queensland where she was lucky enough to treat all kinds of native wildlife from Kangaroos to Cockatoos and Taipans. Since then she has worked in small animal practice in Sydney and completed a Masters in Small Animal Practice.

Jo is particularly interested in ophthalmology, medicine, soft tissue surgery and imaging.

Outside of work Jo is kept busy by Mr T the cat. Mr T is a charmer, Jo took him home after he was abandoned in the clinic cattery.

More recently Jo is kept busy by her two human babies Zola and Archie.

Jo works Tuesday to Friday.

Dr Howard Smyth

Veterinary Surgeon

Howard has over 30 years experience as a veterinarian.  Howard trained in South Africa and has gone on to run successful practices in both South Africa and in the UK. He is passionate about all things veterinary, although he is particularly interested in surgery and is currently undertaking training in laparoscopic-guided surgery.

Outside of work you can find him exercising, riding his horses or relaxing with his family.

Howard consults every week day apart from Wednesday.

Dr Claire Petit

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr Claire Petit graduated in 2006 from the University of Edinburgh and also has a degree in Biological Sciences. She started work with Rose Bay Vet in early 2015.

She began her career in London before she made the move to Australia in 2008 and has worked in small animal practice in Sydney since then.

Her main areas of interests are in diagnostic imaging, internal medicine and soft tissue surgery and she has completed a postgraduate course in Emergency Medicine.

Out of work she is kept busy chasing after her two sons and gorgeous Hungarian Vizsla, Winston, who can often be found obsessively looking for fish at Rose Bay Beach.

Claire works every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Dr Jaclyn Jarvis

Veterinary Surgeon

Jaclyn is a small animal veterinarian that joined our practice early in 2015. She originally graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Her final year was completed at the University of Florida in the United States, where she was able to work with many exotic animals including tigers, tortoises, and alligators. She then completed a rotating small animal internship at a busy, 24-hour emergency hospital in New York City. It was there where she completed extra training for cats and dogs in dentistry, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery. Jaclyn then continued working in Manhattan as an associate veterinarian at a busy small animal private practice. She also continued work at two other emergency animal hospitals, and worked as a house-call veterinarian, providing care to pets in their homes around the city. She then made the exciting move to Sydney with her dog early in 2015, where she began work with us.

Her interests include preventative and internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and she has a special interest in geriatric pet medicine. Jaclyn loves continuing education, teaching and training nursing care, and working with pet rescue and organizations.

Jaclyn is also trained in veterinary acupuncture.

Outside of work, she is happily busy with her new daughter Rose, her very friendly Cavoodle Lucy, and her rescue cat, Finn.

Jaclyn Works Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Dr Rafael Perez-Dye

Veterinary Surgeon

Raf grew up in rural New Zealand, in a house full of animals inside and out. “Animals were an integral part of daily life, and as important as the humans in the household..” . His dad is a vet so from an early age he was also in the clinic, helping out, and developing a love of science.

His interests include surgery, anaesthesia, old age and palliative care. “There is something deeply fulfilling about helping out an old dog to feel more comfortable and able to enjoy life a bit more.”.
He consults at Rose Bay on Monday and Tuesday nights, and runs a mobile vet service the rest of the week. “Being a vet is a daily gift, being able to connect and contribute to the lives of people and animals in this way..”.

Raf lives on bondi beach and enjoys daily yoga and playing the violin and guitar.

Dr Sarah Wheeldon


Sarah started at Rose Bay Vet Clinic in September 2019. Originally from Newcastle, she graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014.
Since then Sarah has travelled quite a lot being a vet in Gloucester NSW for 2 years, then locuming in London, New Zealand, Newcastle and Sydney.

Sarah’s looking forward to meeting all your fur babies, she enjoys getting to know her patients during consults, making sure to reward any needles with plenty of treats! Special veterinary interests include opthamology, soft tissue surgery and dentistry.

Outside of work Sarah enjoys spoiling her newly adopted cat Harris and exploring the coastline now she’s settled in Coogee.

Sarah works everyday except Tuesdays.

Rachael Oatway

Practice Manager

Rachael has been a qualified Veterinary Nurse for over 10 years. She joined our team in January 2019 as Practice Manager and we are delighted to have her with us. Rachael works around the clock, behind the scenes to ensure our hospital runs smoothly.

Outside of work Rachael enjoys her Boston terrier called Coby.

Rachael works Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.


Emmi Purhonen

Veterinary Nurse

Emmi is originally from Helsinki, Finland and moved to Ireland in 2006. She graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing and Toxicology in 2011. Emmi worked in a busy small animal hospital in Dublin for 7 years then decided to challenge herself and started a new adventure in Sydney. She joined the Rose Bay Vet Hospital in 2015.

Currently Emmi shares her home with two lovely cats Marcus and Bowie. She is passionate about her work and loves caring for your pets.

Emmi works every weekday and alternate weekends.

Amy Morris

Veterinary Nurse on Reception

Amy Has worked in the veterinary industry for over 20 years. She graduated from Lincoln University England with a Bachelor of Equine Sports Science (Hons). She loves horses. Amy came to Australia to teach dressage at Centennial Park Equestrian Center ten years ago, fell in love with a local and made Sydney her home.

You will find Amy at reception giving cuddles to all our patients. She genuinely enjoys customer service and all animals, especially dogs. Amy has three! Oliver the Cavoodle, Millie the Pug, and Buffy the Boxer Dog.

When Amy is not working at Rose Bay Vets you will find her wrangling her twin boys whilst walking her dogs in Centennial Park. She also loves to practice yoga. As often as she can she goes riding her friends horse Evie in the Blue Mountains.

Amy works every Monday and Thursday.

Charlotte Mercer

Veterinary Nurse

Charlotte joined our team in July 2016 after achieving a life long dream to travel Australia.
Qualifying with the Royal veterinary college as a registered veterinary nurse, Charlotte has been nursing since 2011 and has a particular interest in Exotics and wildlife. She also enjoys assisting in surgery and caring for the more compromised patients.

When Charlotte is not at work she can be found down at the beach with her energetic Border Collie Summer or wrangling her naughty cat Luther.


Veterinary Nurse

My name is Mel I’m originally from Scotland but I have been living in sunny Bondi beach for 7 years and its now where I call home.I have always had a strong passion for animals. After 20 years of working in early education and countless hours or volunteering at animals sanctuaries I decided to follow my heart and train to be a vet nurse. I am learning so much here at Rose Bay veterinary hospital. The team is full of knowledge and wisdom and the animals are pretty amazing too!


Veterinary Nurse

Ellie has been vet nursing for the last five years working in small animal clinics. She has a very strong passion for caring and loving animals.

We were very lucky to have Ellie join our team in early 2019 she has been a fantastic addition whether that be her level of attentiveness to our patients and clients, her bubbly & friendly personality or her skill set and knowledge.

If you’re not lucky enough to see Ellie at the front desk of the clinic, she’s providing the utmost care for all our furry patients. Ellie has a strong love for all animals and if she’s not cuddling or having a chat with one of yours, you’ll find her spending time with her three pet cats Pancake, Fanta & Olive and one very cheeky rainbow lorikeet named Marlyn.


Veterinary Nurse

Francesca is originally from East London but decided to move across the pond to spend a few years working in Sydney and living the dream in Bondi. She has 5 years experience in veterinary nursing and has particular interest in emergency and critical care. Fran also loves marketing and social media so be sure to check out Rose Bay Vets Instagram/Facebook page to see frequent updates.

Fran works full time at the hospital but outside of work is a hardcore fitness freak with a huge passion for Crossfit. When she isn’t at work you can catch her in the gym or on the beach.


Veterinary Nurse

Cat is one of our full time qualified vet nurses, she has always had a love for all animals and has been working within the industry for the last 4 years.

True to her name Cat is a cat-person, and became a cat-Mum to her cat-son, Frank, a sickly rescue kitten who she has loved back to life.

Cat loves all aspect of working within the veterinary industry and you can find her in the clinic Monday – Friday and alternate weekends.

Outside of work Cat loves rock n roll, beauty and learning new skills; whether that’s lifting weights or knitting while watching crime stories.


Veterinary Nurse

Bio to come.

Sammy Smith

Veterinary Student

Sammy has always loved animals of all kinds (although he has a special place in his heart for dogs) and dreamed of being a veterinarian. This dream was made a reality when he was accepted to study a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney straight out of high school in 2015.

After having taken a year off from his studies and working at various vet hospitals around Sydney, he continued his degree in 2017 with a reinvigorated passion for the veterinary industry.

Sammy has always lived in the eastern suburbs and loves going to the various beaches in the area as well as hanging out with his menagerie of pets at home; including 3 dogs, 5 cats and a snake.

Bridget Webster

Vet Student

Bridget is originally from Adelaide, however moved to pursue a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney in 2016. Ever since her year 10 work experience, Bridget has had the dream to become a Veterinarian, and a few months later at the age of 15 she started her first job at a vet clinic in Adelaide. She is currently in the Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience program at the University of Sydney, and aims to do the postgraduate doctorate soon after. Because of her degree she gets to work with multiple species, with a special passion for marine mammals, especially dolphins.

Back in Adelaide, Bridget owns a Birman called Mila, and looks forward to going home to spending time with her. Unfortunately can’t get a pet in student accommodation so she looks forward to getting her puppy fix at work!

Bridget is someone who likes to keep busy, and hard to keep still! In between attending university full time, working at Rose Bay, and pet sitting she likes to play tennis, go bouldering and hang out with friends. She is a dessert freak and has a huge sweet tooth, guaranteed to give anyone recommendations on dessert bars in Sydney.

Bridget has been with us since August 2017, you can see her working on alternate weekends, and sometimes the odd shift during the week!


Animal Attendant

Taylah has been working in the animal industry for four years. Her dream is to become a Veterinary Surgeon will begin in 2020. Taylah lives in South West Sydney with her three cats Dumpling, Simba and Boots.


Animal Attendant

Elsa is new to the animal industry, she is currently undertaking a veterinary nursing course with the dream of becoming a veterinary nurse when she graduates at the end of 2020.

She is passionate about the welfare of all animals and loves spending time cuddling up to all our patients.

Elsa works every weekday in the evenings but you can find her during the day serving up drinks at Boost Juice, on the beach or doing ballet!

Marmalade Cat

Hospital Resident Caretaker

Marmalade was born in the Blue Mountains, south west of Sydney. She spent her first months of life homeless wondering the streets before being taken in by an animal shelter. It was then that she was transferred to the Rose Bay Vet Hospital. It didn’t take long before she was promoted to the position of hospital caretaker.

She holds a very important job at the clinic. She is responsible for ensuring that the clinic treats are still delicious in addition to making sure everything runs smoothly and that anybody that walks past the clinic is tempted to come in to give her a chin scratch.

In her spare time she loves raiding the food cupboard, chasing her tail and of course sleeping.

Open Hours

Monday - Thursday 8am - 8pm
Friday 8am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 12pm
House Calls Mon - Fri 12pm - 4pm

8 Newcastle St,
Rose Bay, NSW 2029

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