Dr Shelton Smith - Veterinarian
Dr Shelton graduated from Sydney University Veterinary School with first class honours in 2000.
He was born and raised in the local area, however he has spent many years travelling to parts of Australia and abroad in order to further his Veterinary skills.
Working in both Australia and the UK, Shelton has gained extensive experience in veterinary medicine and surgery.
In 2008/2009, Shelton obtained the further postgraduate qualifications in Small Animal Medicine and Veterinary Business and Professional Services from the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies.
In 2010 Shelton travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland, where he worked in a specialist veterinary hospital and obtained extensive training in his areas of interests in endoscopy, laparoscopy and surgery in general.
Shelton also has a keen personal interest in reptile medicine and surgery. He has kept many species of reptiles and currently has several pythons at home.
In the UK, Shelton completed courses in Advanced Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery. He has had the pleasure to have treated everything from chameleons, tortoises, snakes and caimans Shelton is the new partner at St George Animal Hospital and is working hard to provide gold standard care to all the patients. When not working, Shelton enjoys spending time with his wife and three small children, being bossed around by the family cat Ginger and walking his Great Dane Digby.
Dr Louise Dawson - Veterinarian
Dr Louise graduated from Sydney University Veterinary school in 2005. Louise has been a long term member of the team at St George Animal Hospital, where she initially worked as a veterinary nurse whilst studying to become a veterinarian
Louise is a highly communicative and empathetic veterinarian, who has keen interests in small animal medicine, radiology, dermatology and cardiology. In her spare time, Louise enjoys being a book club member, doing Yoga and spending time with her husband and two children. She also has a character of a rescue cat called Chester.
Dr Pauline Phan - Veterinarian
Pauline has been a part of the St George Animal Hospital team since 2010. She started as a veterinary nurse whilst studying veterinary science at Sydney University.
Since graduating in 2014, Pauline has developed impressive skills in both small animal medicine and surgery. She has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery and has recently been trained in laparoscopic desexing.
Pauline has a one year old rescue cat called Benjamin Button and is a foodie who enjoys travelling and tasting new cuisines.
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 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.
Rebecca - Veterinary Nurse
Rebecca is a Senior Nurse and a valued member of the SGAH team. She is an extremely experienced nurse and has been nursing for over 25 years.
She provides a substantial level of knowledge and skills to the clinical team and can be relied on in all aspects of veterinary nursing and patient care.
Rebecca also helps mentor our trainee nurses and supervises their completion of the nursing course requirements.
As our Puppy School Manager, she runs multiple classes every week, ensuring every new class of puppies has a fun and enriching learning experience.
She has a range of pets at home, including her French Bulldogs Brax and Betty as well as a range of different parrot species. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and entertaining.
Ashleigh - Veterinary Nurse
Ashleigh is a Senior Veterinary Nurse, with almost 10 years of nursing experience. She hails from New Zealand, where she gained her Veterinary Nurse qualifications. Ashleigh is a passionate animal lover and lives with 7 rescued cats , Spencer, Swiper, Tails, Houdini, Jenkins, Mike Wazowski, Mumma and two rescue dogs , Phoebe and Honey. Although Ashleigh cares for all animals, she is our resident cat nurse and has a strong interest in feline care/behaviour and has extensive feline handling skills.
Samantha - Veterinary Nurse
Samantha is a Senior Veterinary Nurse with almost 9 years experience.
Originally from New Zealand, Sam gained her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing working and training at a mixed animal practice.
With a strong passion for animals of all shapes and sizes, Sam is a valued member of our team with excellent knowledge in surgery, anaesthesia and radiology.
Sam is a proud new mum to baby Olivia and has two fur-baby rescue cats.
When not at work she enjoys outdoor activities, playing sport and spending time with her family.
Prudence - Veterinary Nurse
Prudence is a young and enthusiastic veterinary nurse and has just successfully completed her training. She is an extremely competent veterinary nurse that shows great potential in her career, exhibits a willingness to improve her skills and a shows great compassion to all our patients.
Prudence has a keen an interest in surgery and anaesthesics. She wishes to advance her skills and continue education in anaethetic medicine.
During her time off, she spends time with her nine year old french bulldog named Hero and occasionally volunteers at dog rescue.
Michelle - Veterinary Nurse
Michelle has been veterinary nursing for eleven years and is an experienced member of our team. Michelle completed her Cert IV Veterinary Nursing at Bankstown TAFE in 2010 and has been working at St George Animal Hospital for the past six years. Michelle has one dog, Daisy, the epileptic pug, and two rescue cats Oliver and Milo. In her spare time, Michelle takes part in volunteering for the local community by rescuing and rehoming stray kittens and cats.
Debbie - Receptionist
Debbie has worked in the Veterinary Industry since 2005 (in between having 2 children), starting her career as an ambulance driver in Queensland and then working as a Vet Nurse and Practice Manager. Debbie first joined our team in 2014 in a fill-in position and we were happy to welcome her back early this year after her youngest son started school. When she’s not at work she is studying her Diploma of Business Administration and loves spending time with her sons. Her furry kids include a gorgeous German Shepherd and two adopted cats.
Sarah - Receptionist
Sarah is the newest member of our team and our evening receptionist. After graduating from The University of Sydney she began her working life as a practice manager and medical receptionist at St Vincent’s Clinic in Paddington.
During this time Sarah built on her previous degree in English and Sociology and gained a Graduate Diploma in Teaching.
This lead to her travelling to country Australia to begin a High School teaching career. After several years teaching high school children in rural NSW, Sarah moved to the UK and continued teaching in London, Essex and Sussex for over 10 years. During this time, she also travelled extensively through Europe, Africa, Asia and South America After having children, Sarah left teaching and spent time raising her family. Her return to work for us has seen her return to medical reception and a chance to balance her work and homelife.