Meet Our Team
Dr Angus Martin
Vet
  • BVSc

Dr Angus graduated from Sydney University in 1984. He worked for 5 years at Ku-ring-gai Vet Hospital then at several different hospitals as a locum before purchasing Hornsby Veterinary Hospital in 1992. Angus has a great love for animals, people and life. He loves spending as much time with his family snow skiing, surfing, playing golf and tennis. He loves mountain bike riding and plays cricket for the NSW Cricketers Club. He would like to have more time to draw and paint and loves framing bits and pieces of memorabilia that he picks up around the place on his many shopping sprees.

In the Veterinary field Angus enjoys all types of soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. He is interested in reproduction and dermatology.

Angus also loves the company of his three canine companions, Kali (Schnauzer x Labrador), Levi (Schnauzer x) and Sherbie (Terrier x). Angus is also very interested in the benefits of acupuncture having studied Acupuncture for animals at Wesley University in Victoria over 10 years ago. He saw his old dog Freeway at 15 years old go from not being able to jump onto the lounge any longer, to then being able to jump happily after a course of acupuncture.

Dr Penny Mead
Vet
  • BVSc (Hons)

Dr Penny started at Hornsby Veterinary Hospital in 1994 after graduating with Honours from Sydney University in 1993. Hornsby Vet was a one person Vet Hospital before Penny started and she has seen the practice grow and change enormously.

Penny was the little girl who grew up always wanting to be a Vet. She started studying Speech Pathology and changed to Veterinary Science working as a Veterinary Nurse throughout her studies. Penny is enormously dedicated to her passion of looking after all pets and clients to the absolute best of her ability.

Penny has two Border Terriers called Callum and Jerry. She enjoys and is very active in agility training having won many accolades.

Penny loves Veterinary Science and the never ending advances she has seen while she has been a vet.

Dr Jill McAlister
Vet
  • BVSc

Dr Jill graduated from Sydney University in 1981 and started work in small animal practice at St George Animal Hospital in Carlton. She then worked at Forest Animal Hospital for a couple of years before leaving to start a family.

Since then Jill has worked part time at several small animal clinics but mostly here at Hornsby Vet Hospital. In fact, she has the dubious honour of having been here the longest - even longer than Angus!!

At home Jill is kept busy by her husband, three children, their two very lively spoilt cattle X dogs named Spike and Dave, and a pet rat called Tippy that they had rescued.

Dr King Mak
Vet Surgeon
  • BVSc

King graduated in 2015 from the University of Queensland having spent five years in Gatton – a little town halfway between Brisbane and Toowoomba boasting a world-class purpose-built veterinary school, a collision of students, farmers, and backpackers, and the obligatory highway drive-thru. He came back to Sydney after graduating with the intention of returning home but was drawn to the Central Coast for the first three years of practice where he served family pets and rescue animals alike. There, he came across Congee, a spirited little Poodle cross in need of a home one afternoon and on his couch by that evening.

King finally came home in 2019 to join the team at Hornsby Veterinary Hospital where he is thoroughly enjoying his work with all the pets and pet parents in the community. In his spare time, when he is not reading articles or listening to podcasts about veterinary practice, King likes to take walks and naps with Congee, play tennis, or escape into a long evening of board games. He wishes half his canine patients aren’t nearly his size, but accepts this, and is thankful he doesn’t work with livestock.

Dr Michael Grima
Vet Surgeon
  • BSc (Hons I)
  • GraCertvetStud DVM

Michael Joined the team in early 2020 after working in a number of practices around Sydney. Michael studied veterinary medicine at the university of Sydney. He has a Graduate certificate in veterinary studies (wildlife health and population management) and a Bachelor of science (honours class l) having majored in immunology and microbiology and has worked as a scientist at a number of medical research institutes in Sydney.

He has a particular interest in pathology, as well as internal medicine, dermatology, oncology, ophthalmology, exotics, wildlife and aquatic medicine. he would be delighted to see your scaly, feathered and slimy friends.

Michael is a family man who loves to fill up his free time with bush walks, cooking, gardening, singing and caring for his tropical fish, tree frog and his cheeky feline son Chartreuse.

Rochelle
Vet Nurse

As a young girl Rochelle has always dreamed of becoming a Veterinary Nurse and working with animals. During the school holidays she would help her grandparents on their property with their cattle, Himalayan Persians and chickens. Rochelle's very first pet was a red Cattle Dog named OJ who she loves and misses him very much. She is now a fur-sister to Bella the Cavoodle and a fur-mum to Aria and Cooper the Cavaliers.

In 2014 Rochelle completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and has loved every challenging and joyful step of the way.

Sarah
Vet Nurse
Amber
Vet Nurse

Amber became a member of our team in 2020 just over a year after completing her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. She realised her love and passion for animals at a young age as she was surrounded by her loving pets Smooch the kelpie/lab and her birds Harold, Pikachu, Bud, Rosie, Freya and Odin. Her interest in animals also extended into school-based agricultural programs and volunteer work caring for stable horses as a teenager.

This love and passion for animals has translated strongly into a career which cements highly held values of animal welfare and companionship and strongly motivates Amber in striving to provide the highest quality care possible for patients and clients alike in her clinical role as a vet nurse.

Amber now has two lovely cats of her own Casper + Theo and a rescue Lorikeet named Rosie. She enjoys spending her spare time with her family, playing games with friends and bringing her mum's dog Oscar (pictured) over for walks and sleepovers.

Holly
Weekend Vet Nurse
  • BVBiology

My journey began when my two bunnies hopped their ways into my life. Soon afterwards I knew I wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

I began by volunteering at vet clinics and before long I progressed to become a vet nurse. Loving my work I pursued more opportunities to work with animals. This eventually led to me joining the team at Hornsby Veterinary Hospital in 2019.

Having completed my Bachelor in Veterinary Biology, currently I am studying my Doctor in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney. When I'm not studying, I like to snuggle up to my rabbits, play a bit of soccer and badminton with friends.

Karin
Receptionist

Karin has been one of our receptionist for 11 years. She comes from a farming background having had a commercial egg farm for 20 years and running a few cattle on the side. Other small ventures were worm farming , shipping thousands all over the country to gardeners and other growers and milking her own goats for the family supply.

She loves being at the front desk greeting all the pets and  their wonderful owners.

Nikki
Receptionist

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