at Struggletown Vet Hospital
Simon is one of the principal vets of Struggletown. He is a 1989 graduate of Sydney University, has worked in the Hunter Valley, 4 years in the UK, and then joined Struggletown in 1996. He enjoys all areas of general practice and sees pet ownership as one of the best experiences life has to offer. Simon’s wife Sarah runs our puppy classes and they have two daughters, Tully and Skye and a son, Toby. Their house is run however, by Cargo ( a 55kg Wolfhound cross ), Bingle (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) and 4 naughty cats, Oscar, George, Lenny and Lilly.
Outside of practice, Simon spends most of his time as a bus driver/supporter for his kids, dog walker for Cargo and Bingle and surfing when possible.
He works Monday, Tuesday evenings, Wednesday, Friday and one Saturday per month.
BVSc (Hons 1)
Antony is one of the principal vets at Struggletown. After graduating from the University of Sydney in 1999, he worked in mixed practice in the hunter valley for 2 years, 2 years in the U.K and then returned to Sydney to eventually join the Struggletown team in 2007. Antony really enjoys the huge diversity offered by working as a veterinarian and he has a special interest in oncology, neurology and opthalmology completing further studies in all these areas. Antony is very busy at home with his 2 young children Ivy and Jared, as well as his 2 mischievous cats Drama and Turtle.
Lucy is a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College, London. She worked in a mixed practice in England before migrating to Australia. She worked in mixed practice on the Central Coast before joining us at Struggletown and has now been part of the team for 12 years.
Lucy has a keen interest in small animal medicine and has completed a distance education course in this area.
Her hobbies include riding, swimming and walking her Jack Russel Terrier ‘Georgie’.
Originally from Israel Maayan moved to Melbourne with her husband and Boxer “Bruno” in 2006 to study veterinary science at Melbourne University. After completion she worked in a busy small animal practice for two years before having two beautiful daughters.
Her and her family relocated to Sydney in 2013, and after locuming at vet clinics around the eastern suburbs Maayan joined the Struggletown team in 2013. Maayan has a keen interest in pathology and has a soft spot for Boxers.
Maayan is kept very busy by her daughters Noam (4) and Maya (2) along with her husband Yoav and Irish Wolfound mix “Rutie”. In her spare time she loves nothing more than spending time with her family and cooking.
Maayan is fluent in Hebrew and English.
Raf grew up in rural Auckland surrounded by pets, including dogs, cats, donkeys, goats, ducks, chickens, rabbits, fish and a paddock full of horses. Graduating from Massey University in 2006, he started out working in the Latrobe Veterinary Group in Surgery and Emergency Practice. Since moving to Sydney in 2010, hes worked in many clinics including North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre, and the Sydney University teaching hospital in Camperdown. He has a special interest in the field of surgery, anaesthesia, and anything to do with hearts. He also runs a house call service for clients in Bondi.
BVSc (Hons 1), MANZCVS
Dr Irene Ellis graduated from Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Honours Class 1 at the University of Sydney in 2004. Irene has gained 15 years experience by working at the RSPCA Yagoona prior to joining the team at Struggletown Veterinary Hospital. Irene is a Member of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientist (Small Animal Medicine) by examination and is experienced in small animal diagnostic imaging, medicine and surgery.
Irene enjoys spending time with her family and her West Highland terrier Molly who was rescued from a puppy farm. She also owns 4 cheeky rescue chooks.
Dr Claudia Marescotti
Claudia graduated in 2007, at the University of Milan, Italy. Soon after, she started working as equine vet, with a major interest in internal medicine. After few experiences abroad, in 2013 she was offered a job opportunity and moved to Australia where she recognised her degree in 2014.
After taking a maternity break Claudia decided to start as a small animal vet loving all the aspects of internal medicine.
In her free time she loves spending time with her family, including her dog Cooma and a very sweet cat named Squash.
Dr Jaclyn Shaw-Jarvis
Jaclyn graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. The following year, she completed a specialised small animal internship at a busy, 24-hour emergency hospital in NYC. Jaclyn then continued working in Manhattan in private practice, at two other emergency animal hospitals, and as a house-call veterinarian, providing care to pets in their homes around the city. After moving to Sydney in 2015, she has continued working with small animals in general practice.
Her interests include preventative and internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and she has a special interest in geriatric pet medicine. Jaclyn also recently completed training in veterinary acupuncture with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society here in Australia.
Outside of work, she is happily busy with her Australian family including her husband, 2 young children, her rescue cat, Finn, and her very friendly Cavoodle, Lucy.
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Struggletown Veterinary Hospital
Monday to Friday: 7:30am - 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 1:00pm