Our Team

Carrie Hawthorn


Dr Carrie is both a super vet and a super mum. She is our “go to” for complex skin and ear cases as well as native animals, birds, rabbits and pocket pet problems. Dr Matt calls her “the most expensive surgical instrument in the hospital”. Her steady hands and cool under pressure manner, makes her the perfect surgical assistant. When not super vetting or mumming she likes to go deep deep deep into “craft/sewing world”.

Matthew Tay

BVSc MACVSc small animal surgery

Dr Matt likes surgery, there is no denying this. His other veterinary interests include critical care, complex anaesthetics, behavioural problems, dentistry and multi modal pain relief particularly in relation to arthritis and spinal pain. He also dabbles in regenerative medicine using platelet rich plasma therapy and of course he is our resident reconstructive soft tissue and orthopedic surgeon. When not at work he likes to cook, kayak, fish and body surf with the help of some old school retro hand skis.

Hannah Beasley

Hannah has her Certificate 4 in Veterinary nursing and is the hospital’s senior nurse and trainee practice manager. Hannah worked at Orange and Sydney University veterinary hospitals before returning home. She is also a super mum with her toddler daughter Taylor filling in the rest of her time when she is not at work.

Lara Bennett

Lara also has her Certificate 4 in veterinary nursing and came back to veterinary work after taking time off to raise her two kids on her own. She is our customer services manager and resident chocaholic. On her days off she can be found on the tennis court.

Ashleigh McDonald

Ash is our trainee vet nurse and Delta accredited Polite Puppy Preschool trainer. Ash has finally found her niche within the veterinary world and is evolving into an excellent veterinary nurse. Her friendly smile and laugh calms even the most nervous patient and parent. On days off she rides her beautiful horse Scarlet.

Nicole Jones

Nicole Jones

Nic runs our Country Clippers doggy day spa and has been with us for over 8 years. Nicole makes “clip time” fun and her ability to gain the trust of her sometimes unwilling participants is a tribute to her patience, calm manner and skill. From short back and sides to immaculate breed standard clips please call the hospital for an appointment. When not covered in dog hair Nic can be found in the surf or off piste in the back country ski slopes behind Perisher.