At Pittwater Animal Hospital our core purpose is to be advocates for the care and well-being of the pets entrusted to us.
We have a strong professional work ethic and take pride in our hospital and its reputation.
We endeavour to KNOW our clients and their pets.
As a team we trust, rely on and support each other.
Why is Pittwater Unique?
We are unique in the longevity of our quality service in our community.
Our team has experience, skill and compassion and has matured as a group over decades to provide a wide range of services.
The Pittwater Team
We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have a great group of people at Pittwater Animal Hospital, who not only enjoy their work, but also get on with each other wonderfully well. We want you and your pet to sense the positive vibes as soon as you walk through the door.
The partners of Pittwater Animal Hospital are Dr Eamon Grattan-Smith, Dr Jill King and Dr Heidi Furber. Bryn Lynar partially retired in 2017 with Heidi and Jill stepping in to share the management with Eamon. It has been an exciting start to 2018 with Heidi, Eamon and Jill aiming to continue improving this fabulous family practice.
Some veterinary clinics are moving down the corporate route, where a big company runs a pet-shop type practice. At Pittwater we feel we have been a trusted place for your family, in some cases for over 50 years, where your pets receive superior care with really honest, helpful advice. As partners we want to build on this great relationship we have with the community, but then strive to make our hospital even more customer and patient friendly.
The practice employs six veterinary surgeons. Dr Eamon Grattan-Smith, Dr Jill King and Dr Heidi Furber are the principal partners and have all been at Pittwater for well over 10 years. They are all excellent practitioners but also have varied special interests. This means more complex cases can be referred in-house to give your pet the best care.
Eamon has a keen interest in internal medicine and oncology. He utilizes careful analysis of pathology results, ultrasound analysis to prescribe the most up-to-date medications to help your unwell pets.
Jill is a very experienced soft tissue surgeon and with years of experience in emergency medicine she manages our acute care protocols. Jill also has a particular interest in dentistry and behavior.
Heidi has a special interest in dermatology and loves the challenge that difficult skin and ear cases provide. A very capable and careful surgeon, Heidi combines her interest in rabbits and cats, with excellent surgical skills in these and other animals.
Pittwater has been extremely pleased to employ Dr Jennifer Stewart who works full-time and is extremely capable in both medicine and surgery. Jen has had extensive experience in country practice which helps with her ability to rise to any challenge.
Dr Bryn Lynar retired as principal partner in 2017. We have been fortunate to encourage Bryn to remain at the practice in a part-time capacity to help with his loyal long-term clients. Bryn has amazing abilities with bird medicine and surgery and is a very capable orthopaedic surgeon. Bryn was the first to qualify as an AQIS veterinarian in this area and has established Pittwater Animal Hospital as the “go to” place for animal export.
Dr Juliet Smithyman has been a fabulous addition to our team and is a very thorough diagnostician. Her zoo work in the UK has meant we can follow on the tradition of Pittwater Animal Hospital being the place to bring exotics, reptiles, rabbits and birds.
As a team we meet regularly to discuss advances in techniques and medications and to decide on protocols for treatment. When you bring your pet to Pittwater Animal Hospital, they will be in the care of a great team of Veterinarians and Nurses.
Our Practice Manager Jennelle Ferrier has a veterinary degree and has worked as a veterinarian, but has most experience in industry and managing large veterinary practices. Jennelle has the skill to disseminate important information and organize the running of the hospital, so that we remain efficient and can focus on caring for your pet.
Our clients have been rewarded by Jennelle’s good work with efficient reminder systems, better communication and through liaising with various suppliers to offer discounted medical and surgical programs throughout the year. These discount schemes have been extremely well received and have meant pets can receive really top class treatments, at a more affordable price.
Our full-time nurses are all qualified veterinary nurses. Lisa Cornelius is our Head Nurse and has had excellent experience both at Pittwater Animal Hospital and at Northside Emergency Veterinary Service (NEVS). Her NEVS work has given her particular skills in acute care plus the management and nursing of very sick animals. Lisa organizes our hospital protocols for patients and trains the nursing staff to give the best level of care.
Sarah Yelavic is Pittwater Animal Hospital’s new Customer Care Manager. Sarah is an excellent veterinary nurse, but is now in charge of the smooth running of the “front of house” including reception and the appointment system. Sarah has been training the other staff in customer care, to fulfill our aim to give you the very best possible service.
Our full time nurses are a great team. Gen Uren, Jo Smith, Ella Vieni and Ellen Lydiate. Their dedication to your animals means you always know they will be well cared for. The girls pride themselves in their nursing skills and carry out in-house training and practise their practical skills.
Louise Colombari is our puppy trainer and part-time vet nurse. Louise is delta-trained and is interested in Fear Free veterinary treatment. Louise’s puppy classes are highly regarded on the Northern Beaches and in addition she also runs seminars through Canine Kindergarten at Narrabeen, with Barbara from GooDog training on the joys and responsibilities of dog ownership.
Pittwater Animal Hospital also has some wonderful part-time nurses. Loreto has been working part-time for some years, since the birth of her daughter. Jordan, Samantha and Beth are our 3 weekend nurses. They are all vets in training so are keenly interested in the veterinary side. Pittwater has had numerous training vets work for us over the years (Dr Jen Stewart included) and we have been extremely proud of the fine veterinarians they have become.