Meet Our Team

  

Camille Brandt

Practice Owner (BVSc(Hons I), MVS(SAP))

Camille grew up in the Blue Mountains and attended Springwood High School. Camille completed a Science Degree at Macquarie University, before completing a Veterinary Science Degree at Sydney University, which she graduated from with First Class Honours in 2001. Camille has taken up veterinary posts in Campbelltown, the Blue Mountains and Liverpool regions. During this time Camille also completed a Master of Veterinary Studies at Murdoch University.

Camille also worked as an emergency veterinarian at the Veterinary Specialist Centre. There is not much in the way of small animal care that Camille has not seen or treated. Camille has a strong interest in surgery and small animal medicine. Camille purchased the Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital in January 2010.

When Camille is not at work, she spends her time dedicated to her own pets, Pony (Great Dane cross Bull Mastiff), Leo the Labrador, and her two pet sheep (Mr Handsome and  Lucy) The sheep actually think they are dogs and love a back rub.

Camille's aim as a veterinarian is to provide accurate diagnoses and effective treatment plans. She also encourages preventative treatments as they are often better than a cure and more cost-effective.

 


Jonathan Young

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Jonathan graduated from Sydney University in 2008. He is experienced in small animal practice, and has undertaken further education in surgery, diagnostic imaging, dermatology, and feline medicine. He is competent in dental procedures, soft-tissue surgery, and in the long-term care of dogs with Cushing's disease (hyperadrenocorticism) and diabetes.

His current passion is in refining his approach to all aspects of feline and canine medicine. He will take the time to tailor the health care for each individual pet and pet-owner.

In his spare time he takes his folks out for lunch and likes to grow vegetables in their backyard. His interest in veterinary science probably started from looking after many critters whilst growing up, including mice, budgerigars, zebra finches, ducks, Black Moor goldfish, Dwarf rabbits, and house-sitting for his friends' dogs and cats. He hopes one day to have a house with an automatic sensor tap, so that his cat can have flowing spring-water any time of the day.

 


Theresa Pizzuto

Veterinarian (BSc, BVMS (Higher Distinction)
)

Theresa grew up locally with a well recognised love and appreciation for all animals. Theresa began her animal studies with a Biology Degree and a Masters in Wildlife Ecology both from The University of Sydney. She then pursued her veterinary interests by moving to Perth and completing her Veterinary Degree at Murdoch University in 2012. She completed clinic rotations in WA, NSW, and England, and also at various Australian zoos. Theresa graduated as Dux of her class with Higher Distinction. Theresa started at Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital in October 2013.

Theresa finds all aspects of veterinary work fascinating. She enjoys meeting everyone’s favourite furry kids and being able to offer preventative health care, diagnostics, and treatments. Theresa enjoys learning and keeping up to date with new information and applying this in the management of all our cases.

Theresa is enjoying settling back into work part time since returning from maternity leave. At home, Theresa also cares for Milo, the cheeky Doberman, her black and white cat, Pax, the family horses, bantam chooks and pet reptiles.


Jennie Smith

Veterinarian (BVSc (Hons II))

Jennie grew up in the northern suburbs of Sydney where she first decided she would become a Veterinarian at the age of five.
She spent two years studying Medical Science at the University of Sydney before entering the Veterinary Science degree which she completed in 2000. Early in her career Jennie spent time working in the north of England and in Wales. She was also able to pursue her interest in wildlife by volunteering at the Veterinary Quarantine Centre at Taronga Zoo for two years. Since this time Jennie has worked at various small animal hospitals in western Sydney.
Jennie is passionate about improving the welfare of animals and making a difference to all her patients. She feels all her patients are equally important and strives to make a difference through both prevention and treatment.
Jennie is currently working part time as she has two young children, two dogs and a crazy feline who keep her busy
the rest of the week.


Michelle Dore

Veterinarian (BVSc, DipVetClinStud)

Michelle (Shelly) grew up in Mosman, and graduated from Sydney University in 1990. Shelly has also completed a Diploma inVeterinary Clinical Studies.

After working in veterinary hospitals in Victoria, England, the USA, Tamworth and Coffs Harbour districts. Shelly lives in Picton with her husband, who is also a veterinarian. They have two teenage children who keep them busy, as well as two cats, orange Killer (who does not live up to his name, but likes to bring in live mice as 'presents'), Fluffball Lilly who loves to be cuddled, naughty Pocket the Jack Russell Terrier and noisy Wilbur the Corella. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and bushwalking, travelling, cooking, reading and gardening.

Shelly has previously worked with Camille for several years in other practices. Shelly has also been helping out at Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital over the past 18 months in locum positions, covering the other veterinarian's holidays and conference leave. She is excited to be here on a part-time basis for the next 12 months, while Theresa is on maternity leave.

Shelly is interested in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, and enjoys attending conferences and continuing education seminars to keep up with all the new treatments available. Shelly loves to make sure animals and their owners enjoy the best possible relationship together, with healthy, happy pets!


Renai Lewis

Veterinary Practice Manager

Renai has grown up in the Penrith area and has seen many changes over the years. After managing a local business for 12 years, Renai was delighted to combine her three greatest passions together: managing a business, customer service and her love for animals.

Renai joined the team in August 2014 where she was warmly welcomed by all.

Renai has 2 furbabies including: Ally (Golden Labrador) and Cooper (a naughty young learning Labrador). Renai adores her pets and spends every spare minute with them, when she is not busy being a wife and mum to 4 adult children.

Renai enjoys nothing more than spending time with her family, cooking, renovating and roadtrips.

“I feel very fortunate to be a part of the team here at Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital.”


Karen Smith

Senior Surgical Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Karen has previously worked for a number of years with Camille and Shelly as a Veterinary Nurse Manager at a previous veterinary clinic. Karen is excited to join the team at Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital in March 2017.

Karen had a long veterinary nurse career, before taking time away to start a family. Karen has a passion for dog behaviour and dog training. Karen successfully ran Puppy Preschool and Dog Training in the Southern Highlands.

Karen lives in the Southern Highlands with her daughter and young whippet Toby.


Kirsti Lane

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Kirsti began Veterinary Nursing as a teenager and spent 8 years nursing before working for a veterinary pharmaceutical company in sales and customer service. Returning to Veterinary Nursing, Kirsti has found it a very rewarding decision and it has renewed her love and passion for the profession.

After 20 years of veterinary nursing, Kirsti went back to TAFE to update her qualifications. Kirsti graduated from Veterinary Nursing Certificate IV (again) in June 2016. Kirsti enjoyed the study and found that the basics had not changed, but technology had certainly advanced.

Kirsti enjoys spending her time off with her daughter and husband (and her animals of course) camping, bushwalking and trying to keep fit! They have 3 dogs (Roxy, Rory and Crumbs), 2 cats (Ivory Grace and William Wallace), 3 fish, 2 birds and several hermit crabs!

Kirsti joined the team at Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital in November 2012. It feels like home to Kirsti and she loves coming to work every day to see the lovely clients and their beautiful pets.


Sheridan Mitchell

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Sheridan started her Veterinary Nursing career in 2007 on the Northern Beaches. Sheridan completed her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2009. She moved to the Hawkesbury region and started nursing at Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital in October 2013.

In her spare time, Sheridan loves to go camping, four wheel driving and abseiling. Her love for animals began at a very early age and since then she has had many birds (budgies, cockatiels, ring neck and eclectus parrots), mice and fish. Sheridan finds veterinary nursing to be a very rewarding career, especially when giving advice to clients to help them provide better care for their pets.

Sheridan is currently on maternity leave.


Rachel Kent

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Rachel graduated as a Veterinary Nurse in December 2012 at Richmond TAFE and has not looked back since. She enjoys every aspect of being a veterinary nurse, especially seeing our loved ones recover to their usual happy selves. Rachel has always loved animals and knew that she wanted to work in a job that involved helping them. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family when she is not at work. Rachel has a much loved Labrador Molly, and Jinx the cat.

​Rachel is currently studying the Certificate IV in Companian Animal Services at the Delta Institute, which is an animal behaviour and training course.

​Rachel began teaching the Puppy Preschool at Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital in Dec 2015. Rachel is enjoying the study and the hands on experience with Puppy Preschool.

Rachel joined the team at Orchard Hills in October 2013. "It is a wonderful clinic to work at and I am so glad I am a part of the team!"


Lizzie Bunting

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Lizzie completed work experience at Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital in June 2012. Lizzie then joined our team as a Kennel Hand in June 2013. Lizzie completed the Veterinary Nursing Certificate IV in July 2016.

Lizzie is currently studying the Certificate IV in Companian Animal Services at the Delta Institute, which is an animal behaviour and training course.

​Lizzie began teaching the Puppy Preschool at Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital in Dec 2015. Lizzie is enjoying the study and the hands on experience with Puppy Preschool.

Lizzie has had many animals during her life time, at the moment she has 3 cats (Moo Cow, Missy and Donut), and a Labrador cross (Sonny).

"After a week of work experience, I never thought only a year later would I be working here at Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital, but I wouldn't work anywhere else! Everyone here is always willing to help out and share their knowledge where ever possible."

 


Jessica Hollman

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Jessica completed TAFE work experience with us and joined our team in Jan 2015 as a kennel hand. Jessica has always wanted to work with animals ever since she was little, she has grown up with a passion for all animals.

Jessica completed the Veterinary Nursing Certificate IV in July 2016.

Jessica has had many different kinds of animals in her lifetime currently owning her river turtle Sheldon, a blue tongue Olly, her cockatiel Toggle, many different fish and a Norwegian Elkhound named Tahoe.

Jessica loves working at Orchard Hills and is looking forward to working towards her dream job as a veterinarian.


Carly Hopkins

Veterinary Nurse

Carly has been veterinary nursing since 2002, completing her studies in 2006.

Carly started working at Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital in 2010 and left for maternity leave in 2011.

After 5 years as a stay at home mum, Carly is very excited to be back working with the team.

Carly has 3 fur babies, Jessie a 13 year old German Shepherd, Hemi a 7 year old BullTerrier and Dixie a 1 year old Swiss Shepherd.

In her spare time, Carly loves spending time with her family, going to the beach, going to concerts and walking her fur babies.


Sophie Mead

Kennel Hand (Currently studying Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Sophie has been completing her TAFE work experience with us for her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing since June 2016, and joined our team in October 2016 as a Kennel Hand. As well as studying to become a veterinary nurse, Sophie is currently completing her High School Certificate, in the hopes to be accepted to study Veterinary Science in the coming years at university.

Sophie has owned a variety of pets throughout her life but has always had a particular fondness for the cats in the family. At the moment, Sophie has 2 dogs (Teddy and Trixie), as well as her 3 very spoiled cats (Angus, Casper and Tallulah).

Orchard Hills has become a second home to Sophie, and she loves being able to see the smiling faces of colleagues, clients, and patients alike.


Chelsea Burcher

Kennel Hand (Currently studying Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Chelsea is currently completing her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing at Richmond TAFE. She started her work placement at Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital in January 2017 and joined our team in August 2017 as a Kennel Hand.

 

Chelsea has always wanted to work with animals since a young age and has one dog, Meg an 8 year old Jack Russell Terrier.

 

Chelsea loves working at Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital and being part of the team. She is excited to see what the future holds.


  
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