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 her two fur babies Mr T and Zak. Mr T was adopted after being abandoned in the clinic boarding facility, hard to know why, he is a real charmer who loves a smooch. Zak is Jo’s a naughty Labrador who loves to raid the treat bar. He was adopted because lacked the brains to make it as an assistance dog, but he does make up for it in character

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

Jo works Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

Dr Sarah Wheeldon

Veterinarian

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

Veterinarian

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.

Dr Cleo works Monday Tuesday Wednesday and Friday 

Dr Alex McGrath

Veterinarian

Alex graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014 with honours. Since graduation, she has dedicated herself to family pet wellbeing throughout her time in small animal general practice.

She has become a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Small Animal Radiology, and has a special interest in ultrasound examinations.

Most recently, she has been working in 24 hour emergency practice managing after hours and urgent cases.

Outside of work Alex is an ocean swimmer with hopes to find Nemo!

Dr Alex works Wednesday Thursday and Friday.

Dr Amelia Fung

Veterinarian

Amelia has been working as a general practice vet for over 15 years, graduating from the University of Sydney. Her first job was in a busy small animal and practice on the Central Coast and since then she has worked in a various different hospitals throughout Sydney, London and Melbourne. Her career highlights include volunteering for Vets Beyond Borders projects in Timor Leste, Sikkim (North India) as well as Bylakuppe (South India) where she was involved as the project manager in their street dog population control and sterilisation program.

Amelia enjoys all aspects of her profession, and has particular interests in both feline and canine internal medicine and animal welfare.

When she is not at work doting on her patients, she is a full time carer for her 9 month old Labrador Eadie, rescue cat Betsy, three hens Martha, Maude and Nancy and two beehives.

Dr Amelia is currently on Maternity leave until May 2022.

Dr Melissa Bridges

Veterinarian
Mel graduated from the University of Sydney in 2016 with first class honours and has since been working at a variety of small animal clinics around Sydney. Mel’s interests include surgery, dentistry and feline medicine. Mel is Fear Free certified and strives to make veterinary visits as stress-free as possible for our patients.
Outside of work Mel is kept busy doting on her 3 cats, Aero, Tux & Pepperoni and dalmatian Nacho.
You Can find Dr Mel in clinic on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

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. 

Mel

Head Veterinary Nurse

Melanie is our Head Nurse originally from Scotland. Melanie joined the Rose Bay team as a vet nurse prac student in 2019 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 works at the clinic 4 days a week and can often be spotted at the local beach after work playing with the local dogs.

Ellie

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.

Emma

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.

Phoebe

Veterinary Nurse

Phoebe qualified as a veterinary nurse in early 2020 after working in the veterinary industry for over two years. Before that, she spent time volunteering at Taronga Zoo, where she also gained her Certificate II in Animal Studies.

While studying, Phoebe worked at one of Sydney’s leading cat hotels, providing TLC to cats at all stages of life. It was there that Phoebe adopted her own fur-baby, Cordelia.

Phoebe is particularly interested in imaging, animal nutrition and looking after Australian wildlife, even caring for her own native python, Montague.

Katie

Veterinary Nurse

Katie is a veterinary nurse from Cork, Ireland. Katie joined our team full time in september after making the big move to Australia in February 2020. 

Katie brings a wealth of knowledge to our team after qualifying as a veterinary nurse in 2016. She is currently continuing her studies by completing her degree in animal science through the Napier University of Edinburgh, Scotland. 
Outside of work you can find Katie exploring her new Sydney lifestyle.

Jasmin

Veterinary Nurse

Qualifying as a veterinary nurse in 2019, Jasmin worked at a vet nurse in her hometown of Bowral for three years before joining us in early 2021.

She is currently studying biology and Spanish at the University of Sydney and hopes to be able to combine the two by working with animals overseas in the future!

Outside of work Jasmin enjoys days at the beach, bushwalking and playing violin.

Amanda

Veterinary Nurse

Amanda grew up on a farm in the south of Brazil surrounded by animals. Following her family tradition she completed a degree in Veterinary Medicine in Montevideo, Uruguay.

In 2017 she came to Australia for a holiday but never left, she has now been here for four years.  
During her time here is Aus she has enjoyed many adventures, including working in a Queensland outback cattle station.
 
Amanda loves the family atmosphere at Rose Bay Vet. She first joined as a volunteer, and now she is currently working as a Junior Veterinary Nurse while pursuing validation of her Veterinary degree in Australia.

Stacy

Receptionist

Stacy is originally from England and came to Australia in 2016. Stacy has extensive knowledge regarding horses and previously worked in a local equestrian centre teaching.

Stacy has an ex racehorse called Eddie and a jack Russell puppy called Ernie in whom which she adores! Stacy can be found on reception 5 days a week.

Bridget Webster

Vet Student

Bridget has been working at Rose Bay Vet since August 2017!

Bridget is currently studying the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney, and moved from Adelaide to complete her undergrad, Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (Hons) to allow the best opportunity to get into Vet School, and succeeded! Bridget has had the dream to become a Veterinarian from a young age, starting her first job at a vet clinic in Adelaide at the age of 15.  

Bridget has had huge amounts of hands on experience with a range of species, specifically marine mammals being a personal favourite, with her honours project focused on E. Coli in Australian seal pups.
Back in Adelaide, Bridget owns a Bernedoodle called Maisy, and a Birman cat called Mila, and looks forward to going home in the holidays to spending time with them. 

Bridget is someone who likes to keep busy, and hard to keep still! Most of her time is spent attending university full time, working at Rose Bay, and socialising with friends. 

You can find Bridget working on alternate weekends, and sometimes the odd shift during the week!

Maddie

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.

Imogen

Vet Student

Imogen joined the Rose Bay team in 2021 after moving from Melbourne to study the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Sydney.

Imogen’s veterinary career commenced at a Melbourne vet clinic, where a volunteer role soon turned into a regular position as a kennel hand, and assisting the vet nurses with general duties

In her spare time, Imogen enjoys playing the trombone, surfing and taking her border collie for walks on the beach. She also enjoys holidays with her family on the South Coast of New South Wales. You can find Imogen working at reception two days a week. She looks forward to meeting you and your much-loved pets!

Kealie

Animal Attendant

Kealie joined the Rose bay team in 2020 and she is currently undertaking a veterinary nurse course. Growing up she lived in the Hawkesbury region on a large property where she was lucky enough to be surrounded by many different animals.
In her spare time she enjoys travelling, cooking, being at the beach and looking after her cheeky ginger cat Nala and Frankie her American staffy.

Kealie loves coming to work to provide the best care to your fur babies!

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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