Macarthur Veterinary Group
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Aleena Johnston

Aleena JohnstonAleena is our Nurse Liaison Officer and is responsible for ensuring the right staff is available at the right time at the right place, no easy feat in such a large practice. Prior to this Aleena was our Head Nurse at the Camden Clinic after joining MVG in 2003. Aleena has completed Certificates in Kennel & Cattery Operations, Animal Studies as well as Vet Nursing and can also turn her hand to grooming when the need arises.

Aleena is a life long learner and the support provided by MVG for ongoing education is of particular interest to her. She is always looking for ways to challenge herself and to further her knowledge. Aleena has a particular interest in Client Relations and Surgical Nursing.

Aleena attributes much of her professional success to the support provided to her by her husband Robert and children Jasmine and Cooper. The Johnston family live locally and share their home with “Bailey” the Labrador, two cats, “Megsie” and “Byron”, “Daisy” the Rabbit (all of whom were strays) and five chickens.

Brooke Meier

Brooke MeierBrooke joined MVG in 2011 after completing her Certificate II in Animal Studies the previous year during which she undertook work experience at our Mt. Annan clinic. Brooke works as a Veterinary Nurse at our Mt. Annan clinic and is completing her Cert IV in Vet Nursing.

Like many of our nurses, Brooke has a passion for animals and is motivated each time animals in her care return to their family, fit and well (with a bounce in their step and a waggy tail). She has a particular interest in emergency nursing and behaviour and plans to complete further training in these areas in the future.

Brooke lives at home with her mum, her Bull Mastiff x “Codie” and 2 moggies, “Mischa” & “Samson”. Brooke has been riding since 1996 and has her own Quarter Horse named “Bella” with whom she competes very successfully in various events around the area. Prior to joining Macarthur Veterinary Group, Brooke worked in a riding centre.

Chloe Ryan

Chloe RyanChloe joined us in 2012 as a volunteer at Mt Annan while completing her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing at Yallah TAFE. Following graduation Chloe then joined us officially, in 2013.

Chloe first started exploring her passion for animals at the age of 16 with volunteer work on the weekends at the Illawarra RSPCA where she continued for 18months, only stopping to focus on her year 12 studies. During her HSC Chloe completed her animal studies certificate II via TVET. This allowed her to jump straight into vet nursing immediately after leaving school.

As well has working at Macarthur Veterinary Group, Chloe holds a casual job at Collegians Rugby League Football club, but more excitingly, volunteers at Symbio Wildlife Park where she works in the primate and carnivore sections, caring for little monkeys, red pandas, meerkats, dingos, and often helps out with native and farmyard animals.

Chloe currently lives in Thirroul with her partner Daniel. Together they own an extremely cute eastern long neck turtle called ‘Nelson’, and many of his fish friends. As well, Chloe and Daniel are the proud guardians of a newly adopted rainbow lorikeet who arrived as a stray at the clinic, he is extremely clever and they have named him Ridley. Chloe and Daniel both own childhood pets (which currently live with their respective parents). Chloe’s 12yr old Jack Russell cross is called ‘Rusty’ and her 12yr domestic short haired cat is called ‘Sassy’, both were adopted from the RSPCA. Daniel has a 3year old Kelpie cross Staffy called ‘Leo’, who hopefully will be joining their young family soon.

Chloe enjoys being part of the team at MVG where she is able to be herself and grow within her career.


Kasey Moase

Kasey began working with MacArthur Vet Group in early 2015.

She qualified with Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2001 and soon after made the move across the ditch from New Zealand to follow her passion and begin her career as a Vet Nurse.  Kasey is currently studying Emergency Veterinary Nursing.

Kasey shares her home with her young son William (who shares his mummy's love of animals) as well as their Ragdoll cat, 'Mordecai', a domestic short haired cat 'Rigby' and a Macedonian Shepherd called 'Poppi'.


Kate LoBassoKate, like many members of staff, grew up in the Macarthur Region and now lives in the area with her husband, Stephen. One of the things Kate particularly enjoys about working at Macarthur Veterinary Group is catching up with people with whom she grew up when they bring their pets in for treatment.

Kate took a while to find her vocation as a Veterinary Nurse. After completing a degree in Environmental Science Kate worked as Waste Education Officer in local government. Fortunately for us, Kate was keen to try new things and took some time out to reflect on what she wanted from her career and life in general. It was during this period, spending time with her much loved pooch, Molly (a rescue pet from the Animal Welfare League) that Kate realised her future lay working with and helping animals.

Kate joined Macarthur Veterinary Group in April 2010 at our Camden branch and has fitted in perfectly from day one. Kate’s cheery, helpful, enthusiastic manner has endeared her to clients and pets alike.

Since her arrival, Kate has joined the ranks of our nurses who have reared a litter of kittens (found abandoned in a box), an experience she very much enjoyed and one of which she is very proud. Needless to say one of those kittens, now named “Checkers” has joined Molly at Kate and Stephen’s home.

Naomi Ferguson

Naomi FergusonNaomi joined Macarthur Veterinary Group in 2006 and currently works fulltime at our Mt. Annan clinic as a Veterinary Nurse. She completed her nursing training in 2009. Like so many of our nurses she entered the veterinary industry to make a contribution towards the wellbeing of animals and to encourage responsible pet ownership within the Macarthur community. Naomi is also one of our puppy pre-school teachers at Mt Annan.

Naomi’s special interests include osteoarthritis – particularly how the onset of this debilitating disease can be prevented and how those animals most at risk can lead long, active, healthy lives. Naomi is also interested in dental health, and believes educating clients on the impact of poor dental care and its impact on many aspects of their pet’s life is a very important part of her role.

When not working, Naomi and her husband, Rowan, spend a lot of time racing after two very active little boys, Joshua and Tyler. They share their home with their pet whippet "Mr Whippy".


Naomi IvsicNaomi joined Macarthur Veterinary Group at our Bradbury clinic in late 2010 and has since completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Naomi has always been passionate about animals and also has a particular interest in pathology and hopes to undertake training in this area in the future.

Naomi has two moggies, “Lucky” and “Piper”.

Rebecca Matthews

Rebecca RyanRebecca joined Macarthur Veterinary Group in April, 2010 as a Veterinary Nurse. She comes to us with five years nursing experience and is fully qualified with her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, (2006). Rebecca is particularly interested in critical care, emergency and surgical nursing and has recently completed specialist training in these areas. In 2010 Rebecca was promoted to Head Nurse at our Camden clinic.

Like many of our staff, Rebecca’s “family” contains a number of dogs “Scruffie” and “Monty” as well as the “boss” – “Cooper” the cat who rules the house with an iron paw and is very spoilt as a result.

Samantha Tassone

I started my TAFE work experience placement at MVG Camden in July 2012 and was offered casual employment in February 2013.

In June 2013 I completed my Cert II in Animal Studies via correspondence at Moss Vale Tafe, and promptly started my Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing at Bankstown Tafe.

Prior to joining MVG I worked in the banking industry for approximately seven years, however my passion was always to work with animals and I decided to finally start doing something that makes me happy.

I was brought up in a family that loves animals and rescued animals were regularly brought home to recuperate – so much so that my parents purchased a small farm to accommodate everyone. Now we have over 30 animals including two dogs (Broc & Misty), 3 cats, 2 horses (one a Shire Horse who came third at his first Sydney Royal Easter Show), 1 pig, 3 sheep, 1 goat and the list goes on....

I married my best friend Paul in March 2013 and he is settling into “life down on the farm”.

As well as loving animals I am eager to learn as much as I can in Veterinary Nursing to better assist all animals in need.

Tammy Norman

Tammy NormanTammy grew up in Young and spent many of her school holidays helping out at her grandparent’s Cherry Orchard.

Tammy’s early career was in tourism and event planning, both in her home town and later for Qantas following her move to Sydney in 2008. Tammy joined Macarthur Veterinary Group in 2010 because we offered great support for her training and the practice is closer to her hometown.  Since joining us, Tammy has completed her Certificate II in Animal Studies and is currently undertaking her Certifice IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Like many of our nurses, Tammy is passionate about animals and loves to watch her patients progress and return home. Tammy believes very strongly that part of her job is to ensure every pet receives the same love and care while they are with us that they receive at home, she likes to “make them feel the best they can in hospital and to keep their spirits up”.  Tammy currently shares her home with Daisy a Jack Russell Terrier she adopted from the local dog pound.

Renee Burke

Renee joined Macarthur Vet Group in September 2015 as an Experienced Vet Nurse.

Renee lives with her husband Damien and son, Jacob in the local area.   They share their home with a rescued stray domestic short haired cat, Violet, a Cocker Spaniel x, Bailey; a Chihuahua x Foxie, Suzy who was rescued as a stray pup after being found in the middle of the road at Bankstown, and a Jack Russell Terrier, Buddy who was also rescued as a young dog after suffering terrible abuse.

Renee has been a vet nurse since 2009 and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2010.  She describes how long she has wanted to be a vet nurse …

“I always wanted to be a vet nurse. I remember talking to a vet when my dog was getting her vaccinations, I was 5 years old, and I told the vet that I wanted to be a vet nurse.  He asked me why I didn’t want to be a vet. I replied "because I don't want to put my finger up dog’s bums!" He laughed and said nurses have to do that too. I didn't believe him! (I should haveJ!)  I still love my job … dog’s bums and all!


Amanda Elms

Amanda ElmsAmanda began volunteering at MVG Camden in August 2011 while completing her Animal Studies Cert II at Campbelltown TAFE and in April 2012 joined as a casual Vet Nurse at our Camden and Bradbury clinics. She is currently undertaking her Veterinary Nursing Cert IV at Bankstown TAFE, which will be completed at the end of 2013.

After completing her HSC, Amanda worked in travel and in call centres, however found that she was never really passionate about her work. She says ‘I always thought that one day I would be working with animals, however when I finished school I didn’t have the passion for further study, so I continued working and travelling overseas. It wasn’t until I came back from Europe and went back to work that I realised what I should be doing and now it’s a career I can see myself in for the rest of my life. Every day is a new challenge for me and it’s exciting to finally be working in an area that I’m completely passionate about’.

Amanda lives at home with her parents, one of her sisters, her two cats - ‘Bella’ and ‘Nemo’ and her two dogs ‘Molly’ and ‘Maddy’. While volunteering at our clinic, Amanda reared a litter of three kittens that were found in a paddock at only 3 weeks of age. All three kittens are now happy and healthy in their new homes.

Cassandra Newman BSSc

Cassandra NewmanCassandra has a Degree in Social Science (majoring in Psychology) from UNE, Armidale. Prior to joining MVG in 2009 Cassandra worked in the dental industry, most recently as Practice Manager of a family clinic in the inner west, requiring 4 hours travel every day. The move to MVG resulted from a re-evaluation of her career and the knowledge that animals are extremely important in her life.

Cassandra’s role of Receptionist at our Bradbury clinic enables her to incorporate that passion with her first class customer service and management skills. Cassandra loves to see the joy on the faces of clients when their animal is returned to them after illness, much happier than when it arrived for treatment.

Cassandra shares her Narellan Vale home with her husband Brett, daughter Keighly Shaye, crazy Spoodle, “Honey Sparkles”, five cats (all originally from Bradbury Clinic): “Shadow, Bella, Custard, Kahlua and Grumbles” and two hermit crabs: “Nip & Spike”. In her spare time Cassandra enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, craft and chasing after her daughter and pets.

Kates Parkes

I've lived in the Bradbury area my whole life and I've been vet nursing around the Macarthur and Liverpool areas since 2004.  I enjoy all aspects of nursing and particularly enjoy emergency, critical care and exotics (birds and pocket pets, such as mice, guinea pigs) nursing.

I have three cats, Fluffy, Squirt and Girlie; two dogs, Max a Jack Russell Terrier, and Cooper, a Kelpie x and two Eclectus Parrots: Leeroy (aka Green Chicken) and Frankie (aka Demon Bird).

My hobbies are horse riding, fishing and riding my dirt bike.

Crystal Cash

Crystal BourkeCrystal, like many of our Nurses came to us for work experience, unlike others she came with 6 years experience in the hospitality industry. (After six years in hospitality Crystal’s desire to work with animals could no longer be ignored.)

Crystal’s potential was quickly spotted by Management and she joined us as a student nurse later in 2009. Crystal is now fully qualified, having completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2010.  Crystal  loves to see the results of her care as animals return happy and healthy to their owners.

Crystal and her husband, Nathan have two children, “Georgia” and “Boadie” together with two cats “Kia” and “Punkin” and two dogs, “Bobo” and “Mez”. Because of her commitments at home Crystal is currently working part time and shares her time between all our clinics.

Chantelle Norling

Chantelle joined MVG in early January, 2011 and worked at our Camden clinic as a Veterinary Nurse for a few years until she moved to Townville due to her husbands work. But now she's back and is our Senior Vet Nurse at Gregory Hills 

 She has a Deerhound named "Benzo" and two cats, Xanex and Dex

Kelsey Ray

 From a young age I knew animals were going to be in my future. I brought many injured birds home to care for (much to Mum’s horror!) When I was younger I wanted

to be a vet, but as I got older I realised I wanted to be more involved with their care as opposed to their diagnosis, at which point I decided vet nursing was my perfect match.

I am very passionate about animal rights and see a career as an RSPCA inspector in my future.

After completing my Cert II in Animal Studies in June 2014 I immediately started my Cert IV in Vet Nursing which I hope to finish in late 2015.  MVG Bradbury became my local vet when I moved into the area in 2007, and I admired how warm and friendly all the staff were. From then on, I hoped to join their ranks, and in August 2014 I started work placement at MVG, Bradbury, and have since moved to the Camden clinic, where I began casual work in December 2014.

I live at home with my Mum, brother and 7 pets: 3 cats (Mia, Gizmo and Merlin), 2 dogs (Buddy, a Pug and Maggie, our Border Collie cross rescued from RSPCA Illawarra), Paulie the Cockatiel, and Stumpy, the Blue Tongue Lizard(who got his name because he has no tail). 

Renee Gard

ReneeRenee is the Head Nurse at our Mt Annan Clinic. She has worked for MVG since 2006, initially at Bradbury before moving to Mt. Annan in 2009. Like all our experienced nurses, Renee has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Renee is also one of our most experienced puppy pre-school teachers and runs our Mt Annan classes.

Renee’s career has always been focused on the care of animals since completing work experience at Mt. Annan while in Year 12. Her love of animals developed while growing up on a farm and helping her grandfather care for his racing greyhounds – which included regular visits to the local veterinarian.

Renee has considerable experience in all facets of veterinary nursing but is particularly passionate about looking after animals while they are in hospital, nursing them back to health and being reunited with their owners. Renee also enjoys educating new pet owners about all aspects of responsible pet ownership.

Renee and her partner Brian share their home with five cats (“Cooper” a beautiful Ragdoll - pictured, "Abby" a gorgous Himalayin and three moggies, “Abbie, Bailey and Toby”); 2 dogs – “Bandit” the whippet and “Ky” the border collie.

Renee is an avid photographer and many of her photos grace the pages of our website. She operates her own photography business in her spare time, specializing in newborn, family portraits and wedding photographs (and animals of course!). Renee is also busy planning her October 2014 wedding!)

Stacey Laws

Stacey LawsStacey Laws is fully qualified veterinary nurse with over 10 years experience. She is our Nurse Educator responsible for the technical development of the nurses at all our clinics. Stacey’s primary role is to educate and manage the ongoing training of all our nurses to ensure they remain at the cutting edge of their profession. Stacey is also responsible for inducting new nursing staff to ensure they too reach their full potential.

Stacey is dedicated to the development of all our nurses and helps to maintain the high standards of care expected by our clients. As part of her nursing role, Stacey gains a great sense of achievement caring for animals in hospital, assisting them back to health and watching them return home to their families - happy and healthy.

Stacey currently works 2.5 days a week while caring for her young children, Noah and Hayley. In addition to her children and their dad, Stacey’s family includes a fluffy ginger cat named “Ella” and “Tiger” the German Shepherd.

Serina Fleming

Serina is due to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in November, 2015.  She joined Macarthur Vet Group in January 2015 to fulfil a life-long dream to work in an area of her passion: veterinary nursing. Serina shares her home with Bailey, her elderly Poodle; Christoph, a young cat she adopted from MVG, Mt. Annan and four boys Caleb, Brody, Noah and Jordan.  Serina loves the mental stimulation vet nursing offers and feels a part of the extended MVG family.

Kimberley Hartman

Kimberley HartmanAfter completing her Certificate II in Animal Studies, Kimberley joined our TAFE work experience program in August 2013 while studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Bankstown TAFE.  In February 2014 an employment opportunity arose and Kimberley joined the Macarthur Veterinary Group team.

Kimberley was drawn to vet nursing because of her life long love of animals. She grew up on acreage with lots of race horses, which she helped her dad train and feed.  She would attend race meetings as his 'strapper' and help get the horses ready to race.

Realising that her love of animals extended well beyond horses, Kimberley felt that vet nursing would be a perfect way to work with all animals and to make a positive difference in the lives of both pets and their families.  Kimberley’s ultimate goal is to further her education in animal behaviour.

Kimberley and her partner Rhys share their Campbelltown home with 5 ferrets- (Summer, Zeke, Oliver, Winter and Sheldon), two beautiful Siberian Huskies, mischievous “Mishka”, and mummy's boy “Esky”, who Kimberley describes as “ the light of my life”.

Amy Bartlett

Amy’s potential first came to our attention when she volunteered at our Camden clinic as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award commitment back in 2012.  She enjoyed the experience so much she continued to volunteer right through until 2014.  Since then Amy has completed her Cert IV in Vet Nursing during which she undertook work experience at Camden.  In early 2015 Amy’s commitment and enthusiasm was rewarded with an employment offer. 

 Ultimately Amy would love to work as a Zoo Keeper and has completed her Cert III in Captive Animals to further her chances of achieving this goal. In the meantime Amy is gaining a great sense of personal achievement as a vet nurse and is thoroughly enjoying working with and caring for domestic pets.

Amy is still actively volunteering: once a week at Taronga Zoo (in the Wildlife Hospital, and has previously helped out in the Primate and Ungulate division), as well as at Symbio Wildlife Park (in the Primate and Carnivore division).

In her spare time Amy enjoys playing the oboe and managing three tropical fish tanks.  She shares her family home with two dogs, Maisie (a black Beagle x Cocker Spaniel) and Buddy (a Staffy x Kelpie), both of whom were adopted from rescue organisations.

Kendell Hunt

Kendell joined MVG in November 2015 after receiving glowing recommendations while undertaking work experience at our Mt. Annan clinic as part of her Cert IV in Vet Nursing.  Kendell has been passionate about all things animal since volunteering at Greyhound Rescue some years ago.  She loves working with, caring for and helping animals (she also has qualifications in Dog Behaviour).  Kendell also enjoys helping to educate people about caring for their pets.  She loves the daily challenge of vet nursing, where every day is different.

 Kendell currently lives at home with her family and four “fur babies”.  As you would imagine, Kendell has two Greyhound rescues, Nala and Rhett; a Whippet called Willow and a Maltese cross named Pixie who joined the family after being abandoned at MVG, Mt. Annan.