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Core Values

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.

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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

Elle, Genevieve, Dr Jen, Dr Jill, Ellen, Dr Heidi, Dr Eamon (Santa), Jennelle, Renee, Steph, Abi, Sarah and Obi the dog.

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 journey since 2018 with Heidi, Eamon and Jill aiming to continue improving this fabulous family practice.

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Dr Jill King. Dr Eamon Gratton-Smith, Dr Heidi Furber

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.

Dr Eamon has a keen interest in internal medicine and oncology. He utilizes careful analysis of pathology results with varied investigations including ultrasonic scanning to prescribe the most up-to-date medications to help your unwell pets. He also has the best bedside manor….all the pet’s love Eamon.

Dr Jill is a very experienced soft tissue surgeon and with years of experience in general practice and emergency medicine. She manages our acute care protocols. Jill also has a particular interest in dentistry and behavior. After 25 years as your local vet, Jill really understands the needs of the local pet-loving community. 

Dr 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. Heidi’s aim is for all our clients to have the best possible level of care.

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 Jen is studying her surgical memberships in 2020 and runs our very busy canine cruciate program.

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.

Dr Trudie Vestey joined the PAH team in 2020. Her practical approach to veterinary consultations and surgery has already won her alot of fans.

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.

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.

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Dr Jill King, Dr Eamon Gratton-Smith, Jennelle Ferrier, Dr Heidi Furber

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.

Sarah Yelavic is Pittwater Animal Hospital’s Customer Care Manager and Pound Officer. Our main front of house person is the delightful Steph Lenert. The reception team is now well established with Renee Weibe and Katharine Cornelius also helping you with all your needs. This experienced team aim to give you the very best possible service while still maintaining the friendly Northern Beaches atmosphere you have learnt to expect.

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.

Lisa along with our other full time nurses make a great team. Gen Uren, Ella Vieni , Zia Vaughan-Johnson and Ellen Lydiate. Their dedication to your animals means you always know they will be well cared for. The nurses pride themselves on their skills and carry out in-house training to perfect their practical skills.

Pittwater Animal Hospital also has some wonderful trainee and part-time nurses. Abbi James and Cara Clapham are both completing their veterinary nurse qualifications at the same time as training and working part time at Pittwater Animal Hospital. Both Abbi and Cara have shown excellent attention to detail which is a credit to them both.

Louise Colombari is our puppy trainer and behaviour trainer. 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.

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