Staff Members

Dr Peter Britton     Veterinarian


Peter's experience over 30 years as a practicing veterinarian has moved him from post graduate training in orthopaedics in Bern, Switzerland to alpine practice in Europe and on to small animal work in China, Hong Kong and Japan.

After completing studies at Monash University in Embryonic Stem Cells he became the first veterinarian in Australia to do successful stem cell therapy in dogs.

Peter established and supports the Sydney Cats & Dogs Home, a large charity for stray and abandoned animals. He has also been a founding member of the Australian Foundation of Veterinary Conservation Biologist and helped establish a clinic for elephants in Chitwan National Park in Nepal.  Peter has also contributed to veterinary work in remote areas of rural China.

His current research interests are diseases of blindness in dogs and kidney failure in cats.


Dr Shelton Smith     Veterinarian


Shelton was born and raised in the local area.  He graduated from Sydney University in 2000 with first class honours. Shelton has extensive experience in small animal medicine and surgery.  Over the past 9 years, Shelton has been located in the UK where he obtained post graduate certificates in Small Animal Medicine and Veterinary Business & Professional Studies.

Most recently Shelton has been working in Scotland with canine cruciate surgeries and keyhole surgery. 


Dr Louise Dawson     Veterinarian


Louise graduated from Sydney University in 2003 and began her career at St George Animal Hospital.  Leaving in 2008 to start a family, she has returned this year with a renewed passion for the practice.  Louise is currently furthering her knowledge in cardiology and respiratory medicine through a post graduate course at the University of Sydney.


Dr Pauline Phan     Veterinarian


Pauline has been a part of the St George Animal Hospital team since 2010.  While studying, Pauline worked as a permanent weekend Nurse so she is very much "at home" here.  We were delighted to offer her a fulltime Veterinary Surgeon position immediately upon her graduation from Sydney University in 2014.

Pauline is dedicated to continuing to develop her knowledge and skill in Small Animal medicine and Surgery.  She has a particular interest in feline kidney disease and managing diabetes in both dogs and cats.

Her favourite pastimes include outdoor water activities and spoiling her 1 year old rescue DSH cat, "Benjamin".


Dr Linda Back     Veterinarian


Linda Back, previous owner of Bexley Veterinary Hospital for many years, is now back consulting and operating in St George Animal Hospital regularly each week.  Many of Linda's older clients are delighted to see her again as her reputation as a caring and vastly experienced veterinarian is well known throughout the district.