DR RICHARD NAYLOR B.V.Sc (Hons II) B.Sc (Agr) Dip.Surg (Guelph)

Richard is the practice principal and completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science before graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Sydney University. He attended the University of Guelph in Canada where he gained a Diploma in Small Animal Surgery in 1978. His work interests include orthopaedic and spinal surgery, neurology, radiology and ophthalmology. Outside of work Richard enjoys golf, the beach, performing in shows to raise money for charity, and spending time with his family (wife, 3 daughters and 9 grand children).

DR MAX SLEEMAN B.V.Sc (Syd)

Max is a partner of the practice and veterinary director. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014 and has worked at Castle Hill Veterinary Hospital ever since. Max’s medical interests include endocrinology and oncology. Also a keen surgeon Max has sought advanced training in both orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. Max’s real passion still lies in general practice and working with the local community to achieve the best outcomes for their pets. In spare time you’ll often find Max on the golf course or cricket pitch and during the winter months he is an avid skier.

DR KATIE JONES B.V.Sc (Syd)

Katie has worked at Castle Hill Vet since early 2012. She worked as a kennel hand and receptionist throughout her veterinary science degree and has been working as a vet for the last several years. Outside of work, she enjoys waterskiing, bouldering, travel, and spending time with her family including Koby, her dog and Frodo, her cat.

DR AMELIA TENNENT B.V.Sc (Massey)

Amelia graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2004. After three years in mixed practice in New Zealand she moved to the United Kingdom and spent five years working as a small animal veterinarian. Amelia moved to Australia and started at Castle Hill Veterinary Hospital in 2011. Amelia enjoys all aspects of her work as a veterinarian, especially the challenge presented by complex medical cases. Outside of work she can be found chasing her three small, energetic children around or pottering in the garden.

Dr Tanya Bates BVetMed MRCVS (London)

Tanya graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (University of London) in 2019. She enjoyed two busy years working as a mixed practitioner in her rural Northern Irish hometown of Ballymena, before joining the Castle Hill Veterinary Hospital team in December 2021 to pursue further development in small animal practice. Her clinical interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and ultrasonography. She will always hold a fondness for large animal work, and hugely misses the three donkeys she keeps on her family’s sheep smallholding back at home. Outside the hospital, Tanya’s been enjoying experiencing life in the Southern Hemisphere and exploring Australia!

NATALIE HECKMANN

Natalie has worked in all areas of the hospital for over 25 years. Her current role is that of Practice Manager. Her interests include animal welfare, staff wellbeing and education.
Natalie started up our kitten adoption program many years ago which has seen hundreds of kittens being rehomed.
Outside of work, she likes to spend time with her family and all her special rescue pets.

JIMEIL CORCORAN – VN

Jimeil is our senior registered Veterinary Technician and has been at Castle Hill Veterinary Hospital since 2004. She is a well loved and respected part of the Castle Hill team. She is highly trained and proficient in all aspects of Anaesthetics and Radiology which is her passion. Jimeil has a crazy Burmese cats Tarzan and a beautiful Staffy pup Daisy.

SALLY HARVEY

Sally is our Kennel Manager and Senior Veterinary Nurse who has been with the hospital since 1999. In 2012 she went over to the UK to work and travel. Whilst over there she worked in 13 different practices and discovered a love for hamsters. Sally has a special interest in surgery, dog behaviour pain management and rehabilitation but loves every aspect of the job. She has furthered her studies in analgesia and rehabilitation, where she offers physio and laser therapy. She has a clumsy rescue little maltese cross named Penny.

SARA NAJAFIPOUR

Sara studied Veterinary Science at Shiraz University in Iran. In 2012, Sara and her family moved to Australia permanently and while she was preparing for her NVE exam, she also applied for the vet nurse position at Castle Hill Veterinary Hospital. She finds working in such a friendly environment an incredible blessing which helped her to settle down in a new country much more easily. Sara is married and blessed with two children. When leaving Iran to move to Australia, Sara had to rehome her fur baby which was heart breaking. However, she was lucky enough to adopt the most beautiful poodle Lola, which was one of Castle Hill Veterinary Hospital’s leukaemia patients at the time. Another addition to her family is Leo the handsome dachshund cross which she rescued in 2016 and Mr Luke a cheeky kitten from our kitten adoption program. She enjoys spending her spare time doing courses on small animal nutrition and is passionate to help clients to get the right diet for their furry friends.

NATASHA TAN

Natasha started working at Castle Hill Veterinary Hospital in April 2008 as an Animal Attendant after work experience for Certificate II in Animal Studies. She then went on to complete Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and has been a nurse at the hospital since 2012. She still enjoys working as an animal attendant on weekends. During her spare time she enjoys baking morning tea treats for the other staff members and spending time with her husband at the beach and bushwalking.

NATALIE SALE

Natalie is one of our veterinary nurses and has been working at Castle Hill Vet Hospital since 2015. She is very passionate about conservation and sustainability and is currently undertaking extra training with Vets Beyond Borders in native wildlife care and rehabilitation. At home she has a three-legged cat named Ollie and two Jack Russell Terriers named Ginny and Harry 💕

JULIE WARD

Julie started at castle Hill vet hospital in 2008 as a kennel hand, she then moved into dog grooming before gaining her certificate 4 qualification in veterinary nursing. Julie has a special interest in imagery and would like to further her studies in radiography. She has a a beautiful 4 year old kelpie mix named Luca and a 6 year old tabby cat called Kitty (creative). Julie likes to take Luca out for adventures bush walking and to the beach when she has a day off.

NINA REDFERN

Nina has been in the Veterinary Industry for over 20 years and has completed her Vet Nursing Certificate. Previously she worked at Parramatta Vet, before joining Castle Hill Veterinary Hospital in 2008. As a receptionist she believes in giving a high level of customer service. When not working Nina enjoys catching up with friends over a movie or coffee and looking after her own pets.

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SHALINI MOHAN

Shalini started at Castle Hill Veterinary Hospital in 2011 shortly after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She was initially employed in the kennels caring for all the beautiful fur babies, but soon found herself working on reception which she equally loves. In her spare time she loves browsing through the aisles of antique stores, and spending time with her family. She is the proud owner of three beautiful dogs, a cat, a turtle and numerous feathered friends.

CAITLIN CREAK PhD candidate at UNSW, B.Sc. (Hons I) & B.FA. (UNSW)

Caitlin began working at Castle Hill Vet hospital in 2015 to pursue a career in animal sciences. After completing a biological sciences degree, she made the decision to continue her career in biological sciences by doing a PhD at UNSW researching venom variation and evolutionary ecology in the Sydney Funnel Web Spider. Although she works full time as a scientist, Caitlin still works at Castle Hill Vet Hospital on the occasional weekend. Her love of Dogs, Cats and everything in between has remained the same over the years. Caitlin enjoys spending her down time with her family, including three dogs and a cat.

CAITLIN GIAM

Caitlin Started working at Castle Hill Veterinary Hospital in April 2014 in the kennels. She is currently studying Animal & Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Sydney with hopes to train in Animal Physiotherapy in the future.

BELLA FRANICH

Bella started working as a Kennel Attendant in September 2020. She plans on completing her Vet nursing qualifications, then continuing her studies into a Bachelor of veterinary science. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and cooking, and playing with her adorable and crazy rescue kitten, Calla.

TASHI GREGG

Tashi is currently studying Advanced Animal Science with the plans of pursuing a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She is passionate about global social justice and wildlife conservation. When not working in our kennels she can be found hanging with her dog Merlin or making plans to travel the world.

ALEXANDREA COSTANZA

Alexandrea grew up surrounded by animals in snowy upstate New York and moved to Australia in 2018 after graduating from university. Alex began working at Castle Hill Veterinary Hospital in the kennels in August 2019. She is currently studying a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney and is interested in mixed practice and livestock medicine. When she’s not studying, she is probably hiking, reading, or spending time with her flock of silky chickens or her cheeky black cat, Dragon.

Lily Wilson