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Dr Juliet Smithyman. Pittwater Animal Hospital

Juliet grew up on the Northern Beaches and graduated from the University of Sydney in 1998. After graduation she set off with her backpack for a 2 year working holiday in the UK. 14 years later she returned- with a husband, baby boy, 3 dogs and shipping container. Juliet combined travelling the world with working in several busy small animal practices in England, before undertaking a Masters degree at London Zoo. A three year residency in Zoo Animal Medicine at the University of Cambridge and Jersey Zoo then followed. Although she loved zoo work, Juliet learnt to appreciate patients that didn’t want to bite, scratch or attack her and returned to small animal and exotic practice.

After the birth of her son Charlie, the draw of the Northern Beaches as the perfect place to raise her family was too strong, so to the delight of her parents she moved back to Collaroy. Juliet worked as a locum in a couple of local practices before having her daughter Isla in 2015. After maternity leave Juliet joined the Pittwater Animal Hospital team in early 2016, again delighting her parents since they’ve been clients here for over 10 years.

Juliet loves getting to know both her patients and her clients in equal measure. Juliet has a strong interest in exotic pets (particularly the furry or scaly ones), but enjoys all aspects of general practice. Juliet works part-time, juggling work with 2 small children and three unruly dogs:- Ralph and Rufus the miniature schnauzers, and Matilda, the very small, but very naughty, miniature pinscher. In the little spare time she has, Juliet enjoys being active and being outdoors. Our vet Heidi has recently introduced her to joys of long distance walks along our beautiful coastline.  Most weekends, Juliet and her husband also try to find time to renovate their retro styled home and drag it into the 21st century, so she can often be spotted at the local Bunnings store.

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