Our team

Our team of vets and nurses have trained hard to be the best in our fields, and we continue to maintain and expand our knowledge and skills at every opportunity. 

Dr Jenny Warland – Head Veterinarian

I have a special interest in surgery, and also love getting to know both clients and their beautiful pets. Animals have always brought me so much love and joy, so I feel very blessed to be able to spend my life caring for them.

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Dr Joyce Lee – Veterinarian

I’m relatively new to Dr Paws but have fitted in really well with the team here. I do see dogs and cats here however I have a keen interest in exotics. I love to cater to the needs of all pets including lizards, turtles, ferrets, birds and even snakes! 

Dr Chloe Hamilton – Veterinarian

I’m a new staff member at Dr Paws Kotara, starting in December 2023. I graduated from the University of Sydney in 2023 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. I have a keen interest in animal nutrition having worked in pet retail for over 10 years while completing my studies. I also have a particular love for our feline companions.

Dr Joyce Lai – Veterinarian

I joined the Dr Paws Kotara team in Dec 2023 after previously working in a busy shelter and clinic in Sydney. I have a special interest in internal medicine, behaviour, dermatology and animal welfare. I also have a soft spot for cats and anxious pets. Outside of work, I like to spend time with my husband and our RSPCA rescue cat, Mr Chonky Cheeks.

Eleanor Foley – Practice Manager

I have a keen interest in some of the more weird and wonderful animals that come into our clinic as I have owned exotics in the past. I’m looking forward to what the future holds with me here at the clinic and getting to know more of the Newcastle area along with the amazing locals and all their lovely pets. 

Robyn Richardson – Nurse Manager

I have been working in the veterinary industry for over 20 years and couldn’t imagine working in any other field. I have always had a passion for animal care, meeting and helping owners with their beloved pets.

Emelie Pollard – Veterinary Nurse

I enjoy all aspects of nursing but I have a particular interest in hospital and treatment nursing, where I can spend the time comforting our sick and injured animals.

Georgia Sexton – Veterinary Nurse

I have been a nurse in the Newcastle and Maitland area for 9 years. My special interests include orthopaedics, dentistry and behaviour. I love being able to be there for animals because they have always been there for me

Samantha Hedges – Veterinary Nurse

I love working at Dr Paws and enjoy meeting and caring for all of the animals that come into the practice. I like to make each one feel safe and comfortable on their visit.

Libby Pengelly –  Trainee Veterinary Nurse

I am new to the veterinary industry but have always had a passion for animals. As a kid I took every chance I could to spend time with every animal I came across, big or small. I love meeting new patients and learning about all the weird and wonderful things that come with veterinary nursing! 

Virginia Evans – Receptionist

I came into the veterinary industry in 2006 after a long career in the police force. 
I have always loved animals and had completed a research paper re human/pet relationships as part of my social welfare degree. This increased my interest.
In 2007 I was awarded a TAFE medal in veterinary nursing, however I had no intention of actually working in the field at the time. 

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