About Us


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.

“Staff were friendly and attentive. Joanne was thorough and empathetic. Very good!”

– N. Balkin

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 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 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.

Dr Cleo Lumley


Cleo graduated from the University of Sydney in 2017 after undertaking rotations throughout country NSW and the UK. After graduating she moved to Kiama where she worked as a mixed practice vet in the Illawarra region – treating a mixture of horses, goats and cattle in addition to small animals. She briefly locummed around Sydney before officially starting work at Rose Bay Vet Hospital in February 2020.

Cleo has a keen interest in small animal medicine and dermatology. She loves meeting new puppies and kittens, although has a big soft spot for treating and caring for older patients.

When not working Cleo enjoys good food, travelling, skiing, and has a love for horse-riding and eventing.

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.


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

Melanie is originally from Scotland and joined the Rose Bay team as a vet nurse prac student last year after 20 years of working in Early childhood. Melanie has a strong passion for animals and animal welfare and spends her spare time helping out at the local animals sanctuaries. Melanie  qualified as a vet nurse at the end of last year and is now working at the clinic 4 days a week. 


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

Diba joined our team in February 2019 and has been in the animal industry for 4 years.
She has always been passionate about animals and has cared for their well-being from a young age. She has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is further following her passion for animals and is studying Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science) at Western Sydney University.

Diba has three cats; Leo, Mila & Gigi and indian ringneck parakeet; Snowy, that she loves very much and spends most of her time with.


Veterinary Nurse

Emma is an Irish Veterinary nurse who moved to Australia in 2019. She qualified from Letterkenny institute of technology in 2015 with a Bachelor of science in Veterinary Nursing. She has had a passion for animals from a young age and loves caring for them. Emma loves living by the beach in Australia and in her spare time enjoys exploring.
Emma loves meeting and caring for pets everyday.

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!


Vet Student

Maddie is a veterinary student currently pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinary surgeon at the University of Sydney. Maddie’s passion for the industry was sparked at a young age when her family first adopted their cats. As a child Maddie loved tending to them, often wrapping their pretend injuries up with bandages.

She joined the Rose Bay Team in 2018, working as a kennel hand on Sunday afternoons while completing her HSC. After spending some time abroad earlier this year she came back to work with us full time. She’s highly devoted to providing love and care to all our patients and can often be seen handing out treats and cuddles to all the patients in reception.

Outside of work she can be found at the beach, with friends or taking her handsome pup Dexter on adventures.


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.

Opening Hours

Mon-Thurs 8am-8pm
Fri: 8am-7pm
Sat: 9am-4pm
Sun: 10am-12pm
House Calls: Mon-Fri 12pm-4pm

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