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Our Veterinarians
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Our Veterinary Nurses
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Dr Matt O'Donnell BVSc MANZCVS (Small animal surgery)

Veterinarian and Hospital Owner

Matt graduated from the University of Sydney in 1992 and has been working in the Illawarra for over 20 years. His early career was spent in mixed practice and more recently Matt has developed a keen interest in small animal surgery becoming a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal Surgery Chapter) in 2008. He also enjoys delving into radiology and ultrasound. 
When not working, Matt is kept busy with 3 children and Pepper the Cavoodle! He also likes to sneak out for a bike ride or maybe the odd surf when he can.

Dr Sarah Anderson BVSc 


Dr Sarah graduated from the University of Sydney as a veterinarian in 2011 and has worked extensively in veterinary specialist centres in Sydney. She brings this knowledge and experience to NIVH, as well as her interest in animal welfare, health and behaviour.  Dr Sarah lives locally with her husband and new baby son Bodhi and outside of being a vet, she has an amazing musical background and an interest in sailing, camping, bush walking, mountain biking and yoga.  


Dr Lisa Kavanagh BVSc 


Dr Lisa graduated from the University of Sydney as a veterinarian in 2007 and gained a Master of Veterinary Studies in Small Animal Practice from Murdoch University in 2016. Dr Lisa has worked extensively in veterinary practices in the Sydney region and comes to NIVH with a wealth of experience and knowledge. She was most recently employed as a senior clinician in a busy practice in south west Sydney.
When not at work, Dr Lisa enjoys yoga, vintage treasure hunting, cooking, reading, music and hanging out with her Great Dane, Floyd and her gorgeous birds, Goose and Kermit.


Dr Sharon Tan BSc BVSc 


Dr Sharon graduated from the University of Sydney in 2006 though she had previously obtained a degree in Conservation Biology in Canada before deciding to pursue her dream of veterinary science in Australia. She returns to the workforce after a year on maternity leave with a renewed passion for all areas of clinical practice and endeavours to be a well-rounded general practitioner.  Dr Sharon is thrilled to be joining the very capable NIVH team and is looking forward to meeting our wonderful clients. 

When not at work,  Dr Sharon is mum to two kids and a Devon Rex who loves a smooch. She loves hiking and swimming, but would very much prefer to be chilling with Netflix or enjoying a good meal these days.


Dr Matt Leong BVSc 


Dr Matt completed his veterinary studies at the University of Sydney in 2007. After working in mixed practice for 5 years on the outskirts of Sydney, he worked in the UK for 2 years, before returning to Australia. Dr Matt has practised in over 40 clinics between New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the UK.

His clinical interests lie in soft tissue surgery and dentistry, though he enjoys all aspects of general practice. Matt has been helping out the Northern Illawarra Veterinary Hospital team since 2018 and loves helping people help their pets.


Dr Jackson Conarty


Dr Jackson grew up in Western Sydney with his dog and many pet lizards. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 2019 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Jackson became a vet because of his love for science and medicine, especially in relation to animals. He enjoys getting to help people and their animals every day.
When not at work you will find Jackson with his wife, Kate (who is also a vet) and his two cats, Flo and Squash. He enjoys a good book, cooking, spending time with friends and family, and eating out at a nice restaurant.

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Dr Jenny O'Donnell BVSc MVetClinStud

Veterinarian and Hospital Co-owner

Dr Jenny graduated from the University of Sydney in 1992 where she met her husband Matt and also completed a Masters Degree in Veterinary Clinical Studies in 2001. She has worked in both mixed and small animal practice and in more recent years, in between having three children, has spent time as the Executive Office of veterinary charity Vets Beyond Borders and is now Head Teacher of Veterinary nursing at TAFE NSW. Dr Jenny loves helping out at NIVH and supporting Matt with the hospital management.

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Rebecca Geloven

Practice Manager and Head Veterinary Nurse

I have worked as a veterinary nurse since 2000 at several local hospitals, an emergency centre in Sydney and in the UK. I have a special interest in medical nursing, radiology and animal behaviour and am currently studying Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services with The Delta Society, which focuses on training and behaviour. I am a local girl with a young family and two fur babies -15 year old Leroy, a Border Terrier, and 10 year old Huey, a cross breed. I enjoy spending time at the beach, going on holidays and being with family and friends.


Kate Shoobert

Head Veterinary Nurse

My veterinary adventure started when I completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing in 1999. My 20+ years of nursing have given me the opportunity to work in a small animal specialist and emergency hospital, locally in general practice as well as multiple mixed practices in Canada. I am a mum to two wonderful humans, a Jack Russell Terrier named Winnifred and a quirky cat named Graham. I look forward to each day at NIV​​H as our job presents opportunities to learn new things, be challenged and work together to improve the standards for our patients and clients. When I'm not with the NIVH family, I spend my time renovating a truck to hopefully go on holidays in sometime in the future.

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Jenna O'Brien

Senior Veterinary Nurse

I have been a veterinary nurse for over 20 years and still love it as much as the day I started. I love working with both the clients and their fur  babies, forming the best relationships with both to create the best care possible.

My career began with a love for wildlife care and rehabilitation starting out as a zookeeper at Symbio Wildlife Park.

When not at work I am kept very busy with three small human children, a galah called Jack and a cattle dog x staffy called Juno.

Abbie Lovell

Veterinary Nurse


I have been working in the veterinary industry since 2017 and recently completed my Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing at Yallah TAFE.  With a love for all creatures great and small, it was after  my move from the UK to Australia that I embarked on a lifelong dream to become a veterinary nurse.  Previously I was a human sports therapist with a keen interest in rehabilitation.  With my two qualifications my passion is to give every patient the best quality of life, with my specific areas of interest being orthopaedic rehabilitation, weight loss and geriatric care.  I am also mum to two human daughters and three cocker spaniels and a keen soccer player!


Jess Gombi

Senior Veterinary Nurse

My veterinary nursing career started in 2009 while I was still in high school. I studied Animal studies as part of my HSC and then went on to graduate from Veterinary nursing in 2011.  I joined the wonderful NIVH team in early 2021 after some time out having my four kids, and I am now also working as an emergency nurse at a specialist centre. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing but I do have a special interest in surgical nursing and anaesthesia. I am also super passionate about animal rights and being their voice when they can’t speak for themselves. 
When I’m not at work you will find me running around playing sport with my human children or at the beach with my 'fur' children, a Labrador and Golden Retriever, or riding my three beautiful horses. 


Sarah Godfrey

Veterinary Nurse

I started volunteering with the NIVH team in 2019 while studying my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Yallah TAFE. I have always had a passion for caring for animals and knew that I would be happiest when working with them. Since graduating in December 2020, I now work as a veterinary nurse at NIVH where I am always learning something new and each day is unique.

The NIVH team is incredibly supportive and we are all like a big family, and I am very grateful to part of it. In my free time, I spend time with my partner and our two miniature dachshunds, Martini and Chaser, who are always keen for an outdoor adventure. 


Maddy Cooper

Veterinary Nurse

I started volunteering at NIVH at the start of 2022 while completing my certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. I am now lucky enough to be welcomed into the NIVH team as a junior Veterinary Nurse. The NIVH team are so incredibly supportive and have always made me feel welcomed from day one.

I have always had a passion for caring for animals and was lucky enough to grow up with a variety of species; from dogs to chickens to alpacas! In my free time I enjoy visiting local cafes and spending time with my mini lop rabbit, Ollie. 


Emily Forbes

Veterinary Nurse

I started my career at NIVH in 2020 as a work placement student while I was studying at TAFE NSW. I completed my Certificate III in animal studies, and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing graduating at the end of 2021 to become a fully qualified veterinary nurse. I’ve always had a love and passion for animals and didn’t see myself doing anything else.
Every day at NIVH is new and exciting and that’s what I love about the job.  In my free time I love cooking, exercising and spending time with my fur baby Pippa.

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