Staff

Heights Pet Hospital is a Companion Animal Veterinary Hospital in Singleton committed to providing excellent care for loved pets and their owners.

Dr Julie Girdler

Veterinarian BVSc, Hospital Superintendant. Hospital Owner

Julie is an exceptional companion animal veterinarian with a caring attitude and strong devotion to all of her clients and patients.

Julie wanted to be a vet from the age of 4 after a local veterinarian came to the farm in Tamworth to perform an autopsy. She was fascinated with animals from the inside out and worked hard throughout school and university to graduate from Sydney University in 1996. After working in several mixed production and companion animal practices, Julie discovered a passion for enhancing the human animal bond. Heights Pet Hospital opened in 2011 with a commitment to help pets and their families.

Julie enjoys forming relationships with clients and their pets as well as all forms of surgery, with a special interest in orthopaedic surgery and animal behaviour. She has a dedication to providing excellent care and kindness to all pets regardless of their size or personality.

Julie and Anthony have Sam the Fox Terrier X and Mable the DSH Cat. 

Anthony Girdler

Practice Manager and Hospital Owner

Anthony works behind the scenes in the office. He maintains the accounts, payroll, computers and the website. Admired our branding and website? Anthony has tirelessly assisted with the design of our new logo, stationary and website.

Anthony studied Veterinary Science at Sydney University where he met Julie and graduated in 1996. He also has a Certificate IV in Business Management. He worked as a vet for a couple of years, but changed careers to pursue business interests. After being out of the industry for 13 years he and Julie opened Heights Pet Hospital together in 2011.

Julie and Anthony have Roger a Bull Mastiff (who is also our resident blood donor) and Sam a Fox Terrier X

Megan

Veterinary Nurse Techinician

Megan has a fun loving spirit and brings a positive energy to Heights Pet Hospital. She is a talented nurse who has a love for all patients and is continuously updating our processes and procedures, always finding a better or more effective way. She has been at the hospital since its opening in 2011 and in the veterinary industry since 2000, starting out as a kennel hand and then completing veterinary nursing cert IV in 2006. She has also undertaken additional study, gaining her qualification as a Veterinary Nurse Technician in 2015 (the highest qualification available to veterinary nurses).

Megan runs our puppy school classes and has a special interest in canine behaviour. She continues to give back to the industry with her dedication to training new veterinary nurses and work experience students.

Megan has Trevor a black domestic short hair cat with a penchant for extravagant bow ties!

Phillip Hayton

Veterinary Student - Final Year

Phil has wanted to be a veterinarian since he first cuddled a chicken at the age of four. From that point he was diagnosing and treating his teddy bears with a toy stethoscope.

After high school Phil studied archaeology at uni. But he could never shake the childhood dream of becoming a vet and he decided to go for it in his final year.

Six years later he is graduating with a DVM and is joining the team at Heights Pet Hospital. He brings with him a keen interest in small animal medicine as well as an optimistic and empathetic attitude. While studying, he had the opportunity to travel to Fiji and complete a research project on wildlife health.

He is very excited to work alongside Julie and to learn as much as he can from her many years of experience.

Phil enjoys sci-fi movies, reading fantasy books, and going to the beach.

Phil and his partner Emily have two dogs named Henry and Lily.

      

Natalie

Client Relations and Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Natalie is here to welcome you, listen and find a solution to your needs. She is currently studying Veterinary Nursing Certificate IV and has worked with us from early 2016.

Natalie is passionate about pet care and goes above and beyond to make sure all your questions are answered and problems solved and keeps trying until everyone is looked after and happy.

Natalie has Leo and Koda the Border Collie’s and also Tillie and Jet the cats.

Paula

Client Relations

Paula is one of the smiling faces you will be greeted with when you phone or come into the hospital. She has been at Heights Pet Hospital since 2015 and has certificate courses in administration, local government and counselling.

Paula is compassionate and always there to support our customer’s in whatever way she can, ‘I hope customers feel comfortable to talk with me about any queries, I am here to help’.

Paula has Bella the Husky x Border Collie, Smokey the cat and 2 well loved chickens.

Zali

Veterinary Nurse

Zali graduated with distinction in Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing in 2017. She is from a big family in Broke with a strong sense of community and family. Zali has a great work ethic and is always doing her best for clients and pets.

Zali is particularly interested in radiography and ultrasound.

You will enjoy seeing Zali in Nursing consults and on reception because she is very versatile. She is quick to smile and always ready to help.

Matthew

Veterinary Nurse Assistant

Matt is funny, ambitious and our jack of all trades! He comes in after school and helps clean up and get ready for the next day.

Admired our beautiful garden? Matt is in charge of grounds keeping, mowing the lawn, pruning trees and keeping everything looking awesome! Matt has been at the hospital since 2014.

Matthews family has Winston the Golden Retriever, Leo the Cavalier and Molly the Cat.

Claire

Veterinary Nurse Assistant

Claire is clever, ambitious and easy going. She comes in after school and helps clean up and get ready for the next day. Claire has been at the hospital since 2017.

Claire’s family has Jack the Jack Russell, Archie the Cat, Peaches, Oreo, Patches, Amber, Pip and Willow the Cows and many chickens!

Sophia

Veterinary Nurse Assistant

Sophia helps out after school in the hospital area. She is a disciplined worker and makes sure everything is ready for surgery the next day.

Jesse

Veterinary Nurse Assistant

Jesse is an athlete at heart and a great worker. He helps out in the hospital and in the garden.

Evryn

Welcoming Crew

Evryn is our clinic cat.

Her responsibilities include greeting clients, running in and out and making a mess.

She is a kind hearted old soul and enjoys a few pats. (Not too many though)

Evryn is no Hector, but she’s still good.

Hector the Protector - RIP - 2011 - 2018

Head of security

Hector lost his battle with cancer in February 2018.

Hector was probably the most important member of the team, we often thought of him as the glue that kept us all together. He came to us as a stray with a fractured hip in 2011. Julie removed Hector’s femoral head so he could getting along fine and jump and run.

His favourite parts of the job included; indifferently taunting dogs from on top of the reception counter, eating kitten food, allowing people to pat him, lounging in the sun near the herb garden, beating up Rusty the canine garden ornament and sauntering around with a surgically enhanced swagger.

Hector had many pets over the years, usually stray kittens. He was a great foster parent! He was also a great distraction for dogs who are afraid of needles!