Homebush NSW 02 9758 8666 250 Parramatta Rd Homebush, NSW, 2140 250 Parramatta Rd
Homebush, NSW, 2140

02 9758 8666

Baulkham Hills NSW 02 9639 7744 19 Old Northern Rd Baulkham Hills, NSW, 2153 19 Old Northern Rd
Baulkham Hills, NSW, 2153

02 9639 7744

Gosford NSW 02 4323 3886 U3, 401 Manns Rd West Gosford, NSW, 2250 U3, 401 Manns Rd
West Gosford, NSW, 2250

02 4323 3886

Canberra ACT 02 6280 6344 2 Yallourn St Fyshwick, ACT, 2609 2 Yallourn St
Fyshwick, ACT, 2609

02 6280 6344

Brisbane QLD 07 3172 0593 532 Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd Sinnamon Park, QLD, 4073 532 Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd
Sinnamon Park, QLD, 4073

07 3172 0593

Essendon VIC 03 9379 0700 72 Hargrave Ave Essendon Fields, VIC, 3041 72 Hargrave Ave
Essendon Fields, VIC, 3041

03 9379 0700

Point Cook VIC 03 8368 7400 6 Wallace Ave Point Cook, VIC, 3030 6 Wallace Ave
Point Cook, VIC, 3030

03 8368 7400

Emergency & Critical Care Staff

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Homebush NSW
250 Parramatta Rd
NSW 2140

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02 9758 8666

Baulkham Hills NSW
19 Old Northern Rd
Baulkham Hills
NSW 2153

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02 9639 7744

Gosford NSW
U3, 401 Manns Rd
West Gosford
NSW 2250

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02 4323 3886

Canberra ACT
2 Yallourn St
ACT 2609

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02 6280 6344

Brisbane QLD
532 Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd
Sinnamon Park
QLD 4073

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07 3172 0593

Essendon VIC
72 Hargrave Ave
Essendon Fields
VIC 3041

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03 9379 0700

Point Cook VIC
6 Wallace Ave
Point Cook
VIC 3030

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Dr Merrin Hicks


Dr Merrin Hicks, Head of Emergency, Specialist in Emergency & Critical Care Medicine


Dr Merrin Hicks

Dr Merrin Hicks is a Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care with over 10 years experience in this field.

Originally from Melbourne, Dr Hicks undertook specialist training at Melbourne and Murdoch Universities, as well as 2 years of advanced surgical training in the US. She successfully passed Fellowship Examinations through the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and became a registered specialist in 2012.

Dr Hicks has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, presented at conferences both in Australia and overseas, completed a Masters of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne, and taught both students and graduate veterinarians in Universities in Australian and the US.

For 4 years, Dr Hicks was a founding director at Centre for Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE), now one of the largest specialist hospitals in Melbourne, before joining the Animal Referral Hospital in 2016. Dr Hicks enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine and critical care, in particular surgical emergencies, trauma, and blood gas analysis.

Dr Hicks lives with her partner, young daughter, 2 dogs and a cat and enjoys surfing in her spare time.



Dr Natashia Evans

Dr Natashia Evans, Emergency Veterinarian

BVSc (hons) BSc (vet) MVetClinStudies Diplomate American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care

Dr Natashia Evans


Natashia Evans, BVSc, Diplomate ACVECC is a board-certified Veterinary Specialist in Emergency & Critical Care. Dr. Evans attended the University of Sydney where she earned a Bachelor of Science, Masters of Science, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Following her graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Evans spent time in feline only practice for three years, then completed a yearlong internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Referral Hospital, Sydney, Australia, a three-year residency in small animal internal medicine at The University of Sydney, and a three-year residency in small animal Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Evans has completed research on infectious diseases, urethral defects, and focal pulmonary granulomas. Her findings have been published in multiple journals including Australian Veterinary Journal and Medical Mycology. She has been invited to lecture on feline uretheral obstructions at the University of Sydney in Brisbane, Australia. In 2012, she was granted the Cancer Research Network Travel grant which enabled her to present her research at the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Dr. Evans is experienced in all aspects of small animal emergency and critical care with particular interest in management of sepsis and septic shock, infectious diseases (fungal diseases in particular), and mechanical ventilation. Her favourite part of practicing veterinary medicine is seeing patients that have been critically ill so excited when they are reunited with their owners. When not treating patients, Dr. Evans enjoys travelling, exploring new places, and ice hockey.



Dr Scott Smith, Clinical Director at Animal Referral Hospital Homebush, Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian

BVSc (Hons)


Dr Scott Smith graduated from the University of Queensland in 1995. After spending 2 years in a very busy mixed practice in rural NSW , Scott spent several years travelling across the world. When he was not vetting you may have found him on a mountain somewhere in the world either hiking or playing in the snow.

Scott’s passion for emergency medicine and surgery developed working in dedicated emergency clinics in the United Kingdom, from Edinburgh to London.

Scott has over 15 years experience in emergency practice with 12 yrs at the Animal Referral Hospital. Scott is the Clinical Director of the Emergency Service in Homebush, Sydney. His passion for all aspects of veterinary emergency and critical care remains strong but most of all Scott enjoys being able to help and nuture those new to the field in a hope to impart his knowledge and experience.

Outside of work Scott still loves spending time in the outdoors, whether it be on the snow, beach or on a mountain bike but most of all spending time with the family and furries.


Dr Karyn Wesselingh


Dr Karyn Wesselingh, Emergency Veterinarian


Dr Karyn Wesselingh


Karyn graduated from Massey University, New Zealand with distinction, in 1988. Karyn spent the next 20 years in small animal practice in Australia and in the UK. She has been involved in all aspects of small animal practice from emergency to routine surgery. Karyn has gained her MANZSC in small animal medicine and also her Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons -Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology.

She joined the emergency team at ARH about 4 years ago and is currently working as the clinical director at our Baulkham Hills site.

Karyn lives with her 2 young daughters, 2 dogs and 2 cats. In her spare time she has a keen interest in archaeology and spends a few weeks every 2 years in the Middle East, looking at animal bones.




Dr Ingrid Nash, Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian

Ingrid graduated from the University of Sydney in 2006, and after a few years in general practice, joined the ARH Emergency team in 2011. She has since completed her membership examinations in small animal medicine, and later in emergency and critical care after realising this is where her true passion lies. When not tending to animal emergencies at ARH, Ingrid enjoys yoga, being in the ocean and spending time on her stand up paddleboard with her border collie.



Dr Ashvin Vasuthevan

Dr Ashvin Vasuthevan, Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian

Dr Ashvin Vasuthevan



Dr Ashvin Vasuthevan is veterinarian working as part of the Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) team. Dr Vasuthevan graduated in 2012 from the University of Sydney, and spent his first two years in a busy general practice in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. He then moved to work at the Animal Emergency Centre in Adelaide and spent about 2 years working in the ECC department alongside a wonderful team of vet. Dr Vasuthevan has recently moved back to Sydney to be closer to family and friends, and has joined the team at the Animal Referral Hospital. Dr Vasuthevan lives with his two cats, one of which has only 3 legs. He enjoys listening to music, exercising, going out with friends and gardening in his spare time.






Dr Elvany Luswanto, Senior Emergency Veterinarian



Elvany has always wanted to become a vet for as long as she can remember. She fulfilled her childhood dream when she graduated with first class honours from the University of Sydney. After graduation she spent a year doing a mixed of emergency and general practice work in Sydney before moving to Canberra to join the ARHC Emergency in 2014.

Helping and treating animals have always been Vany’s calling but it wasn't until she joined the highly skilled and supportive team at the ARHC that she realised her passion in Emergency and Critical Care. She has since continued to further her development in this area, recently achieving her ANZCVS membership in Emergency and Critical care by examination in 2016. To her, the most rewarding part of the job is seeing animals recover and go home to their family. Vany also finds it really hard to say no to fostering stray kittens. At one point she somehow found herself amongst 6 kittens in her one bedroom apartment.

Outside of work she enjoys going for boxing and yoga classes and obsessing over her pomeranian, Chiko. She also loves a good buffet breakfast and is a bit of a chocolate and coffee addict.



Dr Vickie Saye, Senior Emergency Veterinarian - Clinical Director

BVSc (Hons I) MANZCVS (ECC, SA Radiology, SA Surgery)


Vickie graduated from Sydney University in 2003. Following graduation she returned to her hometown, Canberra. She has worked at several clinics here, including a 7 year stint as senior surgeon at one of the large veterinary hospitals. Vickie has since relocated to emergency practice as of 2013, pursuing one of her career long interest having overlooked an opportunity to enter the emergency field in 2007.

Not being afraid of hard work, Vickie has gained membership to the Australia / New Zealand. College in small animal Surgery (2008), Radiology (2015) and Emergency & Critical Care (2016). Her next goal is to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in ECC. Her current areas of special interest include sepsis, coagulation, ventilation and the role of sleep in healing. When she is awake during the day, Vickie enjoys archery (of targets, not animals!). Having previously represented Australia in Ultimate Frisbee, she finds this much more ankle friendly on her worn out joints. Other interests include running a blood donor program, science fiction and the occasional game of StarCraft. Vickie lives with a tiny cat called Elspeth and an overexcitable cocker spaniel called Ginny.



Dr Michelle Keatley, Emergency Veterinarian

BVBiol BVSc (Hons I)


Michelle grew up on her family farm on the shores of Lake George, near Tarago. She then relocated to Wagga to pursue her lifelong dream, studying Veterinary Medicine at Charles Sturt University. During the last two years of her degree Michelle worked in emergency as a nurse and never left, becoming part of our veterinary team when she graduated.

Michelle thoroughly enjoys emergency work and thrives on the fast paced environment and ever changing case load that it provides. She will begin her Post Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care in 2017. Michelle’s special interests include management of snake

envenomation, ventilation and toxicities.

Outside of the veterinary world, Michelle enjoys dressage riding, training and coaching. She also loves spending time with her family and helping out on their farm.



Dr Frazer Boneham, Emergency Veterinarian



Frazer graduated from James Cook University in 2011. On gaining his degree, Frazer began work in general practice. After nearly three years experience he then moved into the field of emergency medicine in Townsville. Here he gained considerable experience under renowned emergency clinician Dr Philip Judge. Finally, Frazer has joined the Animal Referral Hospital team in 2015.



Dr Sunishka Hughes, Emergency Veterinarian

BVSc (USyd)


Sunishka has lived and worked on the Central Coast since she graduated from the University of Sydney in 2009.

She originally started in general practice but then found that she enjoys and has a passion for Emergency Medicine and joined ARH Emergency in 2015. She likes the excitement that emergency medicine involves and being there for people's pets to stabilise them in their critical time of need. Her favourite aspects of emergency and critical care include transfusion medicine and stabilising the critical patient and she is part of the ARH Gosford Blood Bank. She is also involved in working at the emergency and ICU service at ARH Homebush to help further her knowledge and skills that she can bring back to the sick pets of the Central Coast.

She is currently working towards completing her Membership examinations in Emergency in Critical Care.

In her free time she enjoys spending time at the beach with her deaf whippet, scruffy dog and with her young family.



Dr Jake Fountain, Emergency Veterinarian

BVBiol BVSc (Hons I)


Jake is the newest member of our veterinary team. He comes to us from Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Jake also received first class honours for his research on the biosecurity and communication practices of NSW sheep producers. He has a keen interest in small animal emergency medicine, as well as small animal surgery and imaging. Jake also enjoys working with pocket pets and birds when he’s not spending time with his own cockatiel at home.

When he’s not at work, Jake keeps himself preoccupied with running. He is currently training for a half-marathon and takes the opportunity to soak up some well needed sun. When it’s raining, he keeps himself busy with his bass guitar, which he has enjoying playing for the past 13 years. Cooking is also one of Jake’s passions. He started cooking back at university and went from two minute noodles to making pasta from scratch. To relax, he enjoys playing video games and owns a large collection of classic films.



Dr Sarah Anderson, Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian



Dr Yue Gong, Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian



Dr William Park, Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian



Dr Elizabeth Druce, Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian



Dr Winny Tsang, Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian



Dr Michelle Jelley, Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian



Dr Kathy Lin, Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian



Dr Mel Stead, Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian



Dr Jun Loh, Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian



For further information or to book an appointment contact your nearest Animal Referral Hospital