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Dr. Tanya Carter

Dr Tanya Carter Founder of the Haberfield Veterinary Hospital

Tanya, a Member by examination of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Animal Welfare, is a past president of the ANZCVS Animal Welfare Chapter. She is Past President of the Australian Veterinary Association’s AVAWE (Australian Veterinarians for Animal Welfare and Ethics), and Chair of the AVA’s Animal Welfare Trust that distributes funds for research into animal welfare. She serves on several Animal Ethics Committees and is a veterinary member of the NSW NCAT. Tanya was a recipient of the Belle Bruce Reid medal awarded to Australia’s top 100 women vets by the University of Melbourne in 2006. Tanya has a Master of Science in International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law from Edinburgh University and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She is a published author and presenter on veterinary ethics and recently edited a book titled 'One Welfare in Practice: the role of the veterinarian'. She has four adult children.

Dr. Helen Gibson

Dr Helen Gibson has been with us for many years and is an experienced veterinarian. Mother to three beautiful girls, she is also a practising artist. Helen has a degree in Fine Arts as well as her BVSc. (You can see some of Helen’s artwork on the walls of our waiting room). Helen works regularly on Monday night, on Tuesday and Thursday during the day, and on regular Saturdays and Sundays. Helen enjoys surgery and performs our complex surgeries such as cruciate repairs.

We are very pleased to have veterinarians Dr Wen Jin Shih, Dr Karen Flexner, Dr Mark Lawrie, and Dr Karen Vickery who all work for us on a casual basis. 


OUR NURSES Full time vet nurse Lizzie is a qualified veterinary nurse with a special interest in wildlife. Qualified Vet nurse Amy is passionate about caring for animals. Long term nurse Rachael commutes from Canberra to work on a casual basis. We also have TAFE student Luana working as a student vet nurse and Caitlin TAFE student as a kennel hand.

We welcome new nurses Luana and Kayla who are studying vet nursing at TAFE


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Our resident vet students who look after hospitalised animals over night are Tahira, Lauren and Jessie. 

Lauren is going into her fourth year of a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Sydney.

Tahira is a compassionate animal lover and a 4th Year AVBS (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience) / Bachelor of Science (Environmental studies) Student, planning to progress to DVM next year.

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Jessie is a 4th year AVBS (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience) student planning on studying DVM in the future.


CAPA is an American organisation that arranges for American students to travel abroad for a couple of months as part of their studies back home. We are fortunate to have an excellent relationship with them. It is good to see so many young American students enjoying the opportunity to study and work in Australia. We hope that once the threat of Covid diminishes we will be able to have them come to us again.

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