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THE NORTHERN DISTRICTS VET TEAM

GREG COVARR

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Veterinarian

Greg graduated from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1985. He spent two years in the dental department at the University of Pretoria doing research on guard dogs' canine teeth, when he then decided to seek his fame and fortune in London. It was there he met his wife Bronwyn, whereby together they set up three successful veterinary practices.

Greg has a special interest in Diagnostic Ultrasound and has completed a one year long distance learning course in Diagnostic Ultrasound run by the Continuing Veterinary Education department at Sydney University.

Greg now enjoys living on the Northern Beaches of Sydney with the menagerie of pets his wife and children have collected.
 

When Greg is not working as a vet he can be seen playing golf at Long Reef or enjoying the challenge of Bridge with his regular Bridge partner.

BRONWYN COVARR

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Veterinarian

Bronwyn graduated from the University of Queensland in Brisbane in Dec 1985. After 18 months in small animal Practice in Ipswich she headed over to the UK for some locuming and traveling adventure.

In London, Bronwyn established the Park Veterinary Practice with her husband Greg. Together they ran a successful practice in West Wimbledon, London for 10 years. In 2002 they returned to Sydney to raise their family of three children: Leah, Hannah and William, and to also be closer to family.

Bronwyn's veterinary interest includes feline medicine and she successfully completed a Feline medicine run by the Continuing Veterinary Education department at Sydney University in 2010.

Bron, Greg and Family love their furbabies, Raja the slinky Siamese, Archie the adventurous kitten, crazy Daisy the lovable dog and a small flock of chickens. She also enjoys playing tennis, taking her dog Daisy for long walks and reading.

LISA MILHAM

Operations Manager/ Vet Nurse

Lisa has been with Northern Districts for 24 years. She began her career as a trainee vet nurse and has enjoyed furthering her knowledge and skills. She has invested a great deal of time in further education such as her Certificate in Vet Nursing, Vet Technician and Veterinary Practice Management.

Lisa founded the Squinty's Hope Foundation charity in 2014 which helps fund and care for stray animals in need. As a result she has raised hundreds of kittens of various ages, bunnies & birds. She finds it extremely rewarding seeing her babies find forever homes and looks forward to seeing them visit with their happy families.

Lisa spent 2 unforgettable amazing months in Africa in 2017 volunteering in a Rhino Orphanage in South Africa and a Wildlife Sanctuary in Zimbabwe. This renewed her passion for conservation and protection of animals all around the world.

Lisa is owned by her 5 gorgeous but demanding cats Moeesha, Myrren, Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater Yohan Murray, boisterous brothers Onesie & Tupac and usually many other freeloaders waiting for their forever homes.

SHANNON CUSHMAN

Head Vet Nurse

Shannon was born in South Africa and grew up travelling around Southern Africa and England. 

 

She found the love of animals very early and decided to follow her passion and become a veterinary nurse.  She has over 3 years experience working as a nurse in South Africa where she studied her nursing at University of Pretoria. 

 

Shannon and her partner decided to emigrate to Australia over 2 years ago.  We are now lucky to have her here at Northern Districts Vets as part of our family and has definitely put a spark to the place. 

 

Since being at NDV she has been unable to resist and has acquired 2 kitties name Tony and Daphne who she now can't live without.

DANI GANE

Vet Nurse

Dani is a young, vibrant and passionate nurse who has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Dani initially started as a volunteer in 2014 and showed great promise, so not long after this she joined the team.

 

Prior to working at Northern Districts Vets, Dani worked at the Animal Welfare League at Ingleside whilst completing her work experience at Forest Animal Hospital.

At home, her fur family consists of three cats; Lola, Pixi and Kyra, and Melody the rescue dog.

Dani has a big heart and thrives when nurturing our sick patients back to health. She looks forward to continuing her career as a vet nurse and is always willing to lend a helping hand to any animal who crosses her path. 

 

Dani is a big part of a charity, Squinty's Hope Foundation by being a board member and raising many kittens in need

JASMINE BAIN

Vet Nurse

Jasmine is a bright, passionate and dedicated nurse who initially started volunteering with us back in 2018 whilst completing her Certificate II in Animal Studies.  Jasmine joined our team and is now currently studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Before pursuing her dream to become a Vet Nurse, Jasmine hit the dirt roads and travelled around Australia. Coming across never-ending Australian Wildlife on her travels, her passion for wildlife grew. 

Jasmine has little Lexi, the Portuguese Podengo and Bailey the ginger cat. Bailey was one of Lisa's Squinty's Hope Foundation kittens that Jasmine rehomed back in 2010.

In her free time, you'll find Jasmine at her local beach, camping along the coast or walking with her dog Lexi.

HELEN WOODS

Vet Nurse

Helen began at Northern Districts Vets as a volunteer studying her Certificate III in Companion Animal Management. It took her no time at all to realise that instead of being a kennel hand, she wanted to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of animals, so she followed her Certificate III studies with a Certificate IV in vet nursing which she has recently completed.

Helen has two perfect rescue cats named Trapper and Marvin who keep her warm in winter and warmer in summer!

 

When she’s not waiting on her cats, Helen is often walking around the tracks and headlands of the Northern Beaches, enjoying time with friends or reading murder mysteries.

Marmie

Custom Food Officer

Marmie is a long-term resident who came to us from our previous sister clinic at Forestville in 2010. She was brought to us by a member of public with four of her newly born kittens and very quickly made herself at home, letting everyone know she was part of the family from day one.

 

She will round you up for endless pats and her daily greenies, calling her 'extremely demanding' is sometimes an understatement but we love her nevertheless.

 

When she is not making her daily rounds for attention from either staff or clients, she'll either be soaking up the sunshine on whatever surface she pleases, eating her dental food, waiting at the door in hopes of a pat from the next person who enters, checking documents (A.K.A making herself comfortable on them) or just ensuring everyone is aware of her forever alluring presence in general.

 

Some may call her spoiled, when really she's just a (not-so) independent fluffy bundle of love that knows what she wants and when she wants it.

RIP BAGHEERA (aka Baggie)

Food Quality Executive

Bagheera, affectionately known as Baggie, came to us in 2016. He was dumped in a crate one day on our doorstep. And since that day he has been a part of the NDV family.

Baggie looked like a grumpy cat but he was the most sweetest and affectionate boy who loved being with his humans, especially when they had food!

His favourite pastimes included eating, hissing at dogs and laying on the computer when his minions were trying to work. He also enjoyed short walks in the garden and head pats.

RIP our special man, Baggie

RIP MIKEY (gone but never forgotten)

Prince Michael of Narraweena

Mikey was part of NDV for 21 years. 

 

He had been brought to the practice as a kitten after he was hit by a car. Sadly, in 2018 we had to say goodbye to our much loved master and friend due to his old age.

 

During his magnificant life at NDV he made many of us grow, laugh and cry. He had many admirers and friends who often stopped by just to give him a pat.

 

We will miss his demanding ways.

 

RIP our special boy, Mikey.