250 Parramatta Rd
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Cnr Kessels Rd & Springfield St
Cnr Kessels Rd & Springfield St
Macgregor, QLD, 4109
John graduated in 1988 with honours from the University of Sydney and worked for 5 years in small animal practice in Canberra, before completing a small animal medicine residency at the University of California at Davis. He then spent 4 years as lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at the University College Dublin prior to joining the Animal Referral Hospital in 1993.
John has advanced training in veterinary immunology and genetics, and extensive experience working with dog and cat breed clubs in Europe and the USA. He was awarded a PhD in Comparative Pathology in 2005 by the University of California at Davis, investigating causes for autoimmunity in dogs. John has published extensively in both veterinary and medical literature. His current research is directed at molecular causes for diseases in dogs and cats, with specific emphasis on mitochondrial DNA defects, haematologic diseases and breed-associated autoimmunity.
John is a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM and ECVIM). He receives referrals in all aspects of canine and feline medicine including gastroenteric, cardiothoracic, haematologic, neurologic, genetic, immune and endocrine disease.
Narelle graduated with first class honours from the University of Melbourne in 1988 and worked for 16 years in small animal practice in Melbourne. During this time, she completed memberships of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in both Small Animal Medicine and Radiology, and obtained a Master of Veterinary Studies (Small Animal Practice) from Murdoch University.
Narelle completed a residency program at the University of California at Davis in 2007, and passed the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine board exams that year.
Her research during this time involved the evaluation of acute kidney injury in dogs, and renal physiology is her special interest.
Katherine graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003, graduating with first class honours and the University Medal. Kath worked in private small animal practice in Sydney for two years before travelling to the United Kingdom and working as a locum in private practice. In 2006, Kath completed her internship in small animal medicine at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney after which she completed her specialist training program in feline medicine.
In 2008, Kath attained membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in feline medicine. During her residency, Kath completed a research project on the pathology of feline low grade alimentary lymphoma and inflammatory bowel disease. Kath has a keen interest in all aspects of canine and feline medicine, including haematology, immunology, oncology, endocrinology, cardiology, gastrointestinal and renal medicine.
Kath worked at the University of Sydney for five years and joined the team at ARH as a registrar in small animal medicine in 2011. Kath passed her specialist examinations in June 2012.
Dr Sarah Helmond joins us after recently moving to Sydney from the United States of America, where she has been living for the past 9 years.
Sarah graduated from Melbourne University in 2001 and worked in private general practice for 5 years. In 2006 she moved to Minnesota, USA to undertake a residency in small animal internal medicine.
During her residency she undertook a research project in Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia which led to a love of hematology and coagulation disorders.
Following completion of her residency and certification as a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, she moved to Cornell University, where she was a Clinical Research Fellow. At Cornell she worked in the Comparative Coagulation laboratory, performing research into the causes of hypercoagulability in IMHA and inflammatory diseases.
In particular, Sarah researched the role of platelet-derived microparticles in both healthy and sick animals, an area of research that is very new in veterinary medicine.
Following this, Sarah moved to California worked in private specialty practice in the East San Francisco Bay area for several years, while also growing her family with the addition of two children, who are now 1 and 4 years old.
Sarah joined ARH in February to move back to Australia and be closer to her family. She is excited to build on the skills and experiences she gained from living in America and work back “home” again. Sarah enjoys all aspects of internal medicine, but particularly likes coagulation disorders, transfusion medicine, immune-mediated diseases, endocrine and renal disease. She also has undertaken courses in tracheal and urethral stenting and is interested in adding this procedure to the internal medicine service. When not at work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her children and exploring Sydney.
Jody graduated with first class honours from the University of Sydney and worked in a private small animal practice in the inner city for a number of years before returning to the university for an internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery and Postgraduate Diploma of Veterinary Clinical Studies.
She continued at the University of Sydney as a Resident in Small Animal Medicine and completed a Masters degree (Thesis: Investigation of some alternative therapies for management of pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism in the dog) and a Fellowship training program.
Jody then worked at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney as a Senior Registrar before taking up a position at the University of Sydney as Lecturer in Veterinary Medicine 2002 - 2005.
She attained Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 2004 and is a registered specialist in Canine Medicine.
Jody has been in private referral practice in Sydney for the last 10 years and has continued her clinical research - now into the long-term effects and outcomes of trilostane treatment and other medical aspects of treated and untreated hyperadrenocorticism in dogs. She has many publications in this and other areas of canine and feline medicine.
In addition to clinical practise, Jody works as a consultant to a leading diagnostic laboratory service, providing veterinarians of the east coast states and Tasmania with interpretation of laboratory results and clinical support. Her clinical interests include all areas of canine and feline medicine, especially endocrinology, gerontology, pharmacology and clinical pathology.
Jody joined the Animal Referral Hospital’s Medicine service in November 2015, as part the outstanding multidisciplinary team in continuing to look after referring veterinarians, their valued clients, and cherished pets by providing the very best in diagnostics and care, professionalism, and personal service. Many referring veterinarians will already knew Jody from University days, continuing education seminars, or by regular contact through the pathology consultancy service.
Feel free to contact her at the Animal Referral Hospital to discuss your difficult case, or to seek general advice.
Following graduation from the University of Queensland in 1982 Elizabeth completed an internship in small animal clinical studies at the University of Sydney. Her specialty training in small animal internal medicine was undertaken in the USA with a residency at the University of Florida followed by a year as a clinical instructor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Subsequently she worked as a small animal medical registrar at the University of Sydney for eight years before becoming one of the first internal medicine specialists and directors of the Animal Referral Hospital in Sydney.
Over the last seven years she has lived overseas with her husband and Morris, their cat, working in Switzerland, at the University of Bern’s veterinary hospital, and at a private specialist and emergency hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Excited to be back in Australia again, she will be one of the partners at the new ARH Brisbane.
Elizabeth is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.
Elizabeth graduated from the University of Sydney with honours in 2007 and worked in private small animal practice in Sydney for three years. In 2011, Liz completed a multi-discipline internship in medicine, surgery, ophthalmology and emergency/critical care which confirmed her interest in small animal internal medicine.
Elizabeth then went on to complete an internal medicine internship and subsequently an internal medicine residency. During her residency, areas of research included ‘Canine Stress Syndrome’ as a possible genetic disease in English Springer Spaniels, Pneumocystis pneumonia in dogs, atypical presentations of primary lung tumours in cats (‘Feline lung-digit syndrome’), as well as collaborating with a Sydney University Honours student to assess the prevalence of Neuroangiostrongylosis in dogs in Sydney.
Elizabeth attained membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2012 in small animal medicine. She has been involved with continuing education for veterinarians as a tutor with the CVE feline medicine distance education program. She has also collaborated with pathologists at Westmead Hospital to develop a diagnostic test for Pneumocystis infection to try and improve our ability to diagnose this disease in our canine patients.
In February 2015, Elizabeth joined the medicine team at the ARH as Senior Registrar in small animal internal medicine.
Rebecca began her career as a veterinary nurse in November 1999 and became fully qualified in December 2001. In 2002, she became only the sixth Accredited Veterinary Nurse in Australia through the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia. In late 2005, Rebecca became the third veterinary nurse in Australia to pass her exams in Atlanta, Georgia to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency & Critical Care Medicine.
In 2005, Rebecca spent time in the intensive care units at the Animal Medical Centre in Manhattan, New York and at the University of California at Davis.
She has been at ARH since March 2001 and manages the Internal Medicine nursing team at the Homebush hospital. Rebecca has a family of 4 dogs and 5 cats at home who are great company to her and her husband Mark.