Dr. Karim Chammas
BVSc. MANZCVS (Feline)
Head Veterinarian
Practice Manager
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Karim graduated from the University of Sydney in 2009. He has worked in several busy small animal practices in Sydney’s North West. Karim has undertaken further studies in ultrasound, radiology, oncology and feline medicine. He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Feline Medicine.

 

Karim really enjoys developing lasting relationships with clients often built on trust and a common goal to better the well-being of animals. He has an equal appreciation of both medicine and surgery and views them as complementary in a successful outcome to many disease processes.

Karim has owned many dogs, cats, turtles and fish. As a result of his last dog Cleopatra, he has developed a soft spot for Shih Tzu’s. Currently his revolving zoo includes a rescued bird and 3 fat guinea pigs.   

 
Dr. Lauren Golding
BVetBiol/DVM
Veterinarian

Lauren graduated from the University of Sydney in 2019. She worked in the Gladesville area before moving to Beecroft Vet. She was born in Sydney and has lived in the Hills District her whole life.  

Lauren enjoys all aspects of being a veterinarian and although the role can be challenging, being able to make a difference in the lives of her patients and their owners is extremely rewarding. Having had many pets herself, she truly understands the bond and companionship that comes with being a pet owner. She wouldn’t be where she is today if not for her furry (and scaly) family members! She currently lives with a small menagerie (still growing) which consists of a miniature Poodle named Jazz, two cats – Samson and Delilah, and a bearded dragon named Savannah.

 

In her spare time, Lauren loves to spend time with her partner, family and friends.  She enjoys traveling, going to the beach, playing golf or just relaxing at home with her animals.  

 
Lisa Begg
Head Nurse
Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV)

Lisa began her veterinary nursing studies in 2006. She is passionate about animal care and endeavours to keep her education and skills current to provide the best care and service. As such she not only holds a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, but has updated this to the more recent version of that certificate along with obtaining her Diploma of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care.

Lisa has completed many online courses, webinars and short courses including Advanced Feline Behaviour and the RECOVER CPR course, which is the international gold standard of veterinary resuscitation techniques.

As part of her Diploma studies, Lisa was able to attend the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care conference in Washington DC 2019 and had one of her case studies published in The Veterinarian magazine.

Lisa enjoys many aspects of her work and is passionate about emergency and critical care patients. She is especially excited by our feline patients as they are little enigmas in so many ways.

 

Lisa grew up in Quakers Hill but has been loving life since 2014 living in the beautiful upper Blue Mountains area with her family which includes two beautiful human girls and four high maintenance but wonderful cats!

 
Emily Bennett 
Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV)

Emily found her love for animals at a young age having grown up with dogs, cats, birds and horses. She graduated from Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2015. Emily has more than 5 years industry experience.

Emily volunteered at an animal rescue clinic in London in 2019 and loves participating in RSPCA'S fundraisers especially the Million Paws Walk.

In her spare time, Emily likes to do anything that gets her outdoors and active.  Her favourite thing to do is going to the beach accompanied by Rex her Border Collie.

 
Eden Heesom 
Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV)

Eden Heesom is a veterinary nurse with more then 3 years experience in the field. She graduated Ultimo Collage aged 18 from Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing, and attained a certificate in animal studies and wild life care. 

She has worked as a locum previously for over a year and during this time saw many emergency and specialist cases. Previously she has worked for a year at a small animal practice. 

 

Eden enjoys hospital inpatient care, and making all the animals as happy as possible while they recover.

 

When not in uniform, Eden loves spending time with her cat Scout who has just turned 1. She also enjoys painting on canvas, and trying not to be the worst horse rider in Sydney.

 
Olivia Tanna
Veterinary Nurse (Cert II)

Animals (dogs and horses in particular) have always been a major interest of Olivia's. She can't imagine ever living without a furry four-legged companion!

 

Olivia initially aimed to become a professional ballet dancer from a young age, and spent 2 years in Belgium training at an elite school. However she sustained some injuries that began to impact significantly on her performance, and so decided to get more serious about her love of animals.

 

Olivia returned to Sydney late last year, and contacted Beecroft Vet to begin work placement to support her studies…and now here she is!

 

Olivia is currently working towards her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing, and is super excited to be caring for local animals as part of the Beecroft Vet team!  

 
Diana Gent 
Animal Attendant

Diana recently finished her HSC and is now enrolled in TAFE for a Certificate II in Animal Studies. She hopes to study to become a vet nurse and would love to eventually become a vet!

Diana has always adored animals. From a young age, she would help her at her grandparents' kennels where they breed Labradors. The highlight was helping out with the birth of puppies.

Diana has 2 cats of her own Molly and Billie. She regularly walks her neighbour’s dogs and enjoys washing and grooming them.  She really loves animals and feels happiest when she is with them.

Diana's other interests include singing and playing the guitar!

 
Carol Bency
Animal Attendant

Carol is in her first year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine course at the University of Sydney. Carol has wanted to be a vet from when she was very young so this is something she is super passionate and excited about.

Carol has 3 cats, a dog and some fish at home, which she loves a lot. She has been fostering kittens for the RSPCA since she was 12, and 2 of her current cats are foster fails.  

Carol is very interested in wildlife and exotics and hopes to work with them one day. She spends her free time at the gym and exploring Sydney's cute cafes.

 
Marissa Mule
Groomer

Marissa has had a love for animals since childhood and that passion has led her into the career of Vet Nursing, working with racehorses and pet grooming.

 

Marissa has 11 years experience as a professional Dog Groomer having learnt as an apprentice from a Show Groomer. Previously she was a Vet Nurse, so you can be sure your pets are in the best of care along with quality service. 

Marissa grooms all dog breeds and all breed style clips and additional requests from the pet owner. She can also groom all breeds of cats, from a simple wash and blow dry to lion clips. 

Marissa is available for grooms at Beecroft Vet every Monday to Thursday, and every second Saturday.

 
Dominique Speight 
Receptionist

Spending time around animals has always been so enriching for Dominique, having lived most of her life with animals at her side.

Rabbits have become Dominique's favorite creatures in the world for their subtle natures and big personalities.

 

Dominique has completed her Cert II in animal studies and loved every moment of it. Her other passion lies with illustrating and creating; Animals being her main subject and inspiration of course.

A dream of Dominique's is to make a picture book based off her pet rabbits' adventures.

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