Our Nurses

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Struggletown Veterinary Hospital
148 Barker Street
NSW 2031

(02) 9398 8000
  • Mel
    Head Nurse

    Mel has been working as a nurse for the last 10 years and has been part of the team for the past Six years. Mel is currently completing a course in Cat Psychology and Training she lives with all her adopted animals which include 4 dogs, 6 cats, 5 Guinea Pigs, two kids, Oh and also her partner. Mel is our kitten/cat adoption manager and tries to rehome all our feline companions with the appropriate family. All her adoption kittens are fully socialised spending every night with her at home. When Mel finds a moment to herself she enjoys reading Australian true crime books and photography.

  • Courtney O

    Courtney began working at Struggletown in 2010 after working in the fashion industry for many years. Courtney is a qualified nurse after completing a certificate III and IV of Veterinary Nursing and has a special interest in Rabbits and Guinea pigs. Courtney loves coming to work everyday and seeing the patients as well as working with such a compassionate and dedicated team. You will often find Courtney teaching Monkey our clinic cat new tricks.

    Courtney shares her home with her Birman cat “Lord Caesar Schnitzel Von Crumb” and a Dogue De Bordeaux Called Augustus who has over 22.5k followers on Instagram. In her free time enjoys spending time with her family, friends and travelling.

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  • Nicky
    Practice Manager

    Nicky began running puppy school four years ago but after years in the boating industry decided to follow her passion. Nicky completed her certificate IV in companion animal services through the DELTA society and joined the team in 2011.

    Nicky is always easily found by her bright pink top and chirpy personality. Working along Nicky is her baby “Harley” the Beagalier. Nicky also shares her home with 4 budgies. When Nicky is not working she spends her free time paddle boarding, running our good manners class and spending time with her furry and feathered family.

  • Courtney B

    Courtney who is originally from San Diego, California started with the Struggletown team in 2012 after a career at Chanel. Having completed her certificate III and IV in veterinary nursing she has not looked back. Passionate about animal care, Courtney is also in charge of our weight loss program for our ‘much loved’ patients. With a soft spot for terriers, Courtney is kept busy outside of work by her Jack Russell “Ella”, a Shih Tzu cross “Franklin”, “Barry” a Terrier Cross, who you can find roaming Struggletown hallways and her domestic short hair cat “Ollie”. When Courtney is not at work she loves to spend time outdoors with her furry family.

  • Alison

    Alison has been working at Struggletown vets since 2011. Having always grown up with animals it was only natural for Alison to have a career in the animal care industry. Alison has a special interest in our exotic patient and our native wildlife. Alison comes to work every day with a smile on her face and enjoys nothing more than nursing the animals back to health. In her free time Alison loves nothing more than to kick back with her daughter Savannah and her pets, “Storm” a Rottweiler x Shepherd, “Harley” her Staffy and “Rocky” the Sphynx and watch a movie.

  • Cindy

    After 25 years co-ordinating services for people with disabilities, Cindy decided to follow her passion to work with animals. She joined the team at Struggletown in 2015 after completing the cert IV in Veterinary Nursing and also attained a cert IV in Companion Animal Servics and a Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviours. Cindy hopes to continue her studies in order to widen her knowledge in small animal care. Cindy shares her home with her beloved paraplegic Chihuahua cross, Marnie, Lovable Chi, Taco and her five rescue cats (Beastie, Billy, Loki, Munchkin and Swish) as well as various foster kittens and her long-suffering husband, Steve! Her free time is spent with family (both two and four-legged), cooking, making yummy pet treats in her hehydrator and trying to master the art of cross-stitch.

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  • Naomi

    Naomi joined us in early 2015 after she moved to Sydney from Townsville, Queensland where she worked as a nurse in a small and large animal clinic. Naomi is currently completing her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is looking to further her knowledge in animal anaesthesia. Naomi loves all cats regardless of shape and size and holds a soft spot for giant breed dogs as she owns one herself, Ragnar, her wolfhound. Ragnar and Naomi also share their home with a chilled out DSH cat called Nutmeg. Ever since making the move to Sydney, Naomi has been fascinated with rabbits as they are highly illegal in QLD and incur a $40,000 fine! So naturally when we had a sweet little stray bunny brought in she jumped at the chance to “care” for it…she has now adopted the bunny whose name is Sassy Bun. Naomi is well known for her love of Mexican food and can be found eating it every Tuesday, and spending her free time at the beach.