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To ensure Erina Heights Vet Hospital provides the highest level of professional care for your family pet, continuing veterinary education is essential for both our vets and nursing staff. Our vets regularly attend annual postgraduate veterinary conferences within Australia & overseas.

And our highly trained and experienced nursing staff attend a variety of courses. EHVH currently has six nurses with Certificate IV accreditation in nursing & surgical procedures. 


Michael Jones BVSc Hons (Syd) - 38 years in this practice with extensive experience in small animal medicine and surgery. He is the longest serving fulltime veterinarian on the Central Coast. Interests include orthopaedic repairs, dentistry, reproductive and breeding medicine, and skin diseases. Post graduate certification in radiology (including PennHip registration) and regular attendance at post graduate continuing education courses in orthopaedics, echocardiography, reproduction etc ensures the latest advances in treatments and surgical techniques are applied to your family pet.

Michael attends orthopaedic conferences in Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide  & Wagga regularly, studying specific conditions of cruciates, canine hips & pelvis. An opthalmic surgery workshop at the Gatton Campus of QLD University over two days with three of Australia’s top specialist opthalmologists was very rewarding. In 2016, Michael attends the AVA conference in Adelaide, and surgical workshop for Ossability TTA for canine cruciate ligament disease. Away from work Michael’s main passion is scuba diving (both he & his son are rescue divers) followed by a close second is the leisurely intensity of gardening.


Melissa Kozaruk BVSc Hons (Syd) - Melissa graduated with first class honours from Sydney University in 2012. Originally from the Central Coast, Melissa returned to her home town after graduation to join the team at EHVH. Her veterinary interests include emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery and orthopaedic surgery. Melissa recently attended a workshop on Stifle Surgery and Tibial Tuberosity Advancement. She is also part way through a Masters Degree in Veterinary Medicine (Massey University, New Zealand), undertaking further post graduate training in soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine and endocrinology. Melissa competes in many dog sports with her Australian Shepherd “Evie”, including showing, obedience, agility and Dock Dogs. Melissa and “Evie” are also an accredited DELTA dog team, visiting nursing homes and hospitals in their spare time.


Natalie Adby BA Psych Hons BVSc Hons (Syd) - Following tertiary studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a career as a registered psychologist, Natalie achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian in 2008, graduating  from the University of Sydney with first class honours.  Since that time, Natalie has worked on the Central Coast in both rural and companion animal practice.  Natalie enjoys treating animals of all species but has a special interest in dog and cat internal medicine, having completed a course in this area in 2012.  Natalie is passionate about wildlife and conservation biology.  She was fortunate to complete a wildlife capture and chemical restraint course in South Africa during 2006 and attend multiple zoo placements during her veterinary training.  Natalie is actively involved with the Central Coast Symphony Orchestra, both as a performer and committee member.   She loves living by the beach with her rescue greyhounds and cheeky tabby cat Pretzel. Natalie enjoys being a member of the EHVH team.   


Alice Dunn BA Hons BVSc (Syd) - Alice graduated from Sydney University in 2008. She joins Erina Heights after working in mixed practice in the Hunter Valley and small animal practice in Sydney. Alice is working part-time with us, balancing her passion for veterinary care with her young family. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery, internal and emergency medicine, dermatologies and clinical pathology. Alice owns the 'perfect dog' - her rescued greyhound and enjoys reading & spending time with her family.


Laura Piddington BVSc Hons (Syd) - Laura graduated from Sydney University with first class honours. She joins the team of Erina Heights Vets after working in mixed practice on the far north coast of NSW and a small animal hospital in Sydney. She enjoys all aspects of being a veterinarian and is currently undertaking a course on feline and canine internal medicine. Laura is a proud owner of a very attractive and mischievous Ragdoll called 'Leon'.


Jesse Hughes BVSc Hons (Syd) - Jesse graduated with honours from Sydney University in 2007. Originally from Tasmania, he moved to the Central Coast following graduation and now wouldn't live anywhere else. His special interests include both soft tissue surgery and orthopaedics, opthalmology and reptile medicine & surgery. His interest in opthalmology was further cemented after a post graduate conference in 2013. And recently he completed further postgraduate studies in rabbits, guinea pigs and other pocket pets, and loves to see these animals at EHVH. Outside of work Jesse loves to spend time with his wife & young daughter, two dogs and two cats. He is  also a passionate football fan and Mariners' supporter!


Jade Bridge - Cert IV Veterinary Nurse - Jade completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Kurri Kurri TAFE with flying colours in November 2011 & now joins the EHVH team full-time, providing our clients with the latest in pet care advice. Previously she graduated with first place in her Certificate II Animal Studies. Jade is qualified in animal physiotherapy with emphasis on treadmill therapy and her work with patients on the treadmill is greatly appreciated by their owners, who witness remarkable results in their family pet's mobility. Jade is a mother to "Rocky" a DSH Cat, "Shelby" a Murray River Short Neck Turtle and "Monty" a Stimsons Python.


Leah Stewart - Cert IV Veterinary Nurse - Leah joined our team in 2012 with 3 years experience in veterinary nursing & also training in pet grooming. She will be more than likely, the first 'smiley' face you see as you're welcomed  in reception at EHVH. Leah also runs our Puppy Preschool course at the hospital during the week with small classes, which are so essential for socializing young puppies.She is particularly interested in animal behaviour. In her daily schedule at Erina Hts Vet she enjoys anaesthetic monitoring and surgical assistance. Both her Staffordshire terriers ‘Bali’ & ‘Scar’ keep her busy away from work; as does her favourite pastimes of bush walking, beach going & camping.


Jacqui Collins - Cert lV - Veterinary NurseWe welcome Jacqui's return to Erina Heights Vet Hospital after a short secondment in Sydney, where she worked in a northern suburbs veterinary hospital. Jacqui loves all aspects of veterinary nursing with a bias towards surgical nursing and the rehabilitation of pets following injury or surgery. In particular, the use of our heated underwater treadmill for arthritic canines or post orthopaedic surgical patients. Jacqui is mum to a pug x cavalier called "Brutus".


Angela Terlato - Cert IV Veterinary Nurse - Angela completed her Certificate lV in Veterinary Nursing in 2012. After studying & working in Perth for two years at a busy small animal practice, she recently joined the EHVH team in 2013 after a move back to NSW to be closer to family. Angela enjoys all aspects of Veterinary nursing and plans to expand her knowledge commencing a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 2014, whilst working part-time at EHVH. Angela's furry family include an affectionate Cavalier King Charles Spaniel "Bethany" and a shy rescue DSH cat "Eliza".


Kelsie White - Cert IV Veterinary Nurse - Kelsie joins EHVH with a wealth of experience as a Cert lV veterinary nurse. She is passionate about providing the best possible outcome for 'happy' pet owners & their beloved 'healthy' pets. Keen to assist in strengthening that special bond with your family pet. Kelsie is a keen animal rescue volunteer, fostering cats including three moggies under her own roof - Splash, Ebony & Mdog.


Katrina Lavictoire - Cert lV Veterinary Nurse  Our most recent Cert lV graduate, passing with flying colours in November 2015! She loves nursing, so much so, her menagerie at home includes two dogs, two cats, four finches, two parrots, two budgies, one rabbit & three chickens. Yes she owns a zoo! She looks forward to meeting you & your pet when you next visit us at Erina Heights Vet Hospital.


Kali Gordon - Veterinary Nurse - Following a lifelong dream to work in the veterinary industry, Kali is currently completing her final year of Cert lV nursing. Growing up with birds, pocket pets, cats & dogs, she has always had a passion for animals. Recent years have seen her volunteer at the Australian Reptile Park and the Doggy Day Care Centre, prior to joining the team at EHVH. Kali enjoys walks on the beach with her fur babies 'Kiari', a very energetic & loving labrador and 'Axle' an over friendly, mischievous rottweiler puppy.


Cody Gilmore - Veterinary Nurse  Cody has recently joined the team at EHVH. Originally from Gladstone Queensland, with a stint working with crocodiles in Darwin. Cody has managed a regional pound liasing with the RSPCA; and then merged into veterinary nursing where she seems to have found her niche. She is trained in behaviourial assessment in dogs for rehoming; and is comfortable with the large and not so friendly dogs. She has settled on Central Coast with her partner & blue heeler "Trip" and has an interest in ferrets to wean her off crocodiles as they are few & far between at this latitide.


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Erina Heights NSW 2260
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