Dr. Nina Sweaney - owner
Nina first started working at Katoomba Veterinary Clinic in 2005. She graduated from Sydney University with Nikki and Rhys in 1999 and has worked as a general practitioner, here and abroad, ever since. Her work in England has fostered an enthusiasm for rabbits and pocket pets, in addition to her interest in general surgery. She has completed post graduate training in ultrasonography and enjoys this aspect of her work.
Away from work she and her husband are keen canyoners and mountain bikers. They have been know to dabble in the odd adventure race or open water swim.
Dr. Rhys Sweaney - owner
Rhys was born and raised in the mountains. His first job as a veterinarian was at Springwood Veterinary clinic and it was here that his interest for wildlife and unusual pets was first fostered.
He has completed a Masters degree in conservation medicine and has expanded our capabilities for treating wildlife as well as birds, reptiles, rabbits and other unusual pets. Other areas of interest include orthopaedic surgery and oncology.
Dr. Michelle Marquardt
Michelle worked in the UK after graduation from University of Sydney then for many years at Sydney Animal Hospitals Newtown. Michelle was admitted to the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal Medicine in 2006 and has a particular interest in pocket pets [rabbits, rodents, ferrets].
Michelle is a proud co-parent of Joshua and Lauren; and is also a published novelist.
Dr. Lucy King
Lucy joined us as a locum from the UK in 2015. We were excited to have her stay on permanently as she is a well-liked member of staff. She is enthusiastic about all aspects of general practice but has a particular interest in emergency and critical care. In the UK, she worked as the senior veterinarian in a veterinary emergency centre for the last two years before deciding to emigrate to Australia.
Outside of work she enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her dog Tex who emigrated with her. Lucy is an active person who enjoys attending the gym and running.
Dr. Kailiea Goyen
Kai is the newest member of staff, joining us in January 2016. She has settled in quickly and brings with her plenty of equine experience in addition to her strong small animal base. Originally from Armidale, Kai is an avid horse rider and has competed at the national level in dressage. She worked at the University of Queensland Equine Specialist Hospital whilst completing her veterinary science degree.
In her spare time she enjoys physical activities such as hiking, horse riding (especially dressage and jumping), rockclimbing, skiing and walking her dog.
Dr. Nicole Allison
Nikki first began working for Katoomba Veterinary Clinic in 2006. Shehasworked for 16 years as a general practitioner, both in Australiaandoverseas. This time has seen her in various roles ranging frommixedpractice in the Hunter to one of the Queen ofEngland'sveterinarians. Complementing this broad level of experience,shehas undertaken further study in internal medicine and dermatology.Wewelcome the knowledge she brings in these fields.
Nikki has returned to part time consulting after the birth to her first child last year. Outside of work she leads an active lifestyle and is often out hiking, climbing or swimming.