Our Staff

PeterDr Peter Prendergast BVSc MANZCVS - Principal Veterinarian

Peter heads the team of dedicated veterinarians, veterinary nurses and animal attendants.
After graduating from Sydney University in 1989 Peter gained valuable experience in the field working in various locations in Australia and around the world. In 2016 Peter was granted membership into the Australian and New Zealand college of Veterinary Scientists recognising his dedication to continuing professional development and his expertise and competence in the field of Surgery. Peter has a wide-ranging knowledge and extensive experience of all aspects of veterinary science and has now been serving the animal community of Collaroy for over a decade. Peter is particularly interested in emergency medicine.
When Peter is not busy at work he is even busier with his family, entertaining his young children and trying to squeeze in time for his other passions of cycling and kayaking.
Peter is supported by a remarkable team of talented and compassionate staff. Vets and nurses are highly skilled and experienced and study programs of continuous education and development.

 

Dr Isabel Ballard BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS - Veterinarian

Isabel joined the team in 2016. After graduation from Royal Veterinary College, London, Isabel worked in small animal practices in the UK until deciding to travel the world. We were pleased to arrange sponsorship for Isabel to work at Collaroy Vets and Isabel is now here to stay in Australia. Isabel's focus in the UK was in emergency medicine. She has a particular interest in feline and rabbit medicine.
Out of work Isabel enjoys netball, swimming, scuba diving and skiing.

 

Dr Jessica Goh BVSc MANZCVS (Surgery) - Veterinarian

Jessica graduated from Melbourne University in 2011. Jess went on to complete two internships in Emergency Medicine and Surgery and work at North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre and SASH. Jess now comes to Collaroy Vets with a strong medical, diagnostic imaging and surgical background and lots of clinical experience.
In addition, Jess has been awarded membership into the Australian and New Zealand college of Veterinary Services for her advanced surgical skills.
Away from work, Jess is a keen sportswoman, even competing at the Olympics!

 

ChrisDr Christopher Hong BVSc - Veterinarian

Chris joined the team in 2013 following his graduation from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Chris has worked in small animal and equine clinics on Sydney's North Shore and Eastern suburbs for several years combining study, animal nursing and veterinarian work placements. Prior to his calling to be a vet, Chris gained a double degree in Science and Commerce and worked as an environmental consultant. With his passion for the ocean and surfing, where else would he work, but our beautiful northern beaches! Chris is pursuing his interest in ultrasonography with further study in this field and is also developing his special interest in animal behaviour.

 

MarianneDr Marianne Gould BVSc - Veterinarian

Marianne graduated from the University of Sydney in 1992 and practiced in a number of rural and urban practices before joining the Collaroy Veterinary Services team in 2009.
In addition to her veterinary science and business degrees Marianne has studied with and is certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society as a veterinary acupuncturist. She gains great satisfaction in seeing the results that this complementary therapy in addition to conventional medicine can provide for many pets. In addition to acupuncture, Marianne's main areas of interest in veterinary practice are pain management, animal behaviour and feline medicine.

 

HelenHelen - Vet Nurse

Helen has been working at Collaroy Vets as a nurse since 2010. Helen was on holiday from the UK when she first came to the clinic seeking casual work. Helen quickly became an integral member of the team and after a 3 month break to travel around Australia she came back to work for us full time.
Helen gained her qualifications, a Higher National Diploma in Animal Science, from Newton Rigg College, Cumbria, UK in 2003.
There followed several years working in small animal hospitals in the north of England where Helen acquired the skills of a senior nurse. Helen even turned her hand to a year of working in the Yorkshire grouse moors and wrapping wool.
But sunnier shores were beckoning and Helen came to Australia in 2010. After some sightseeing and fruit picking we were very pleased when Helen decided to stay and settle on the northern beaches.
In addition to performing all nursing tasks, Helen is a mentor to our junior nurses and also carries out many of the administrative tasks that keep the clinic running smoothly from day to day.

 

ChloeChloe - Vet Nurse

Chloe know from an early age she wanted a career working with animals. While at school, Chloe was accepted into the Taronga Training Institute at Taronga Zoo and completed her Animal Studies Certificate II. From there, Chloe enrolled at TAFE to study for the Vet Nursing Certificate IV and works part time as a trainee nurse with us.
In her free time, Chloe enjoys hanging out with her two Chocolate Labradors, Bindi & Bojangles, and cat Shanti, who was adopted from us in 2014.

 

Ben - Vet Nurse

Ben joined Collaroy Vets in 2015 as a nurse with hopes of becoming a vet in the future. After serving in the defence force for 12 years as a technician and combat engineer, Ben felt it was now or never to chase his dream of becoming a veterinarian.
Ben is studying a Bachelor of Veterinary and Wildlife Science by correspondence at federation University and has almost completed his vet nursing certificate. His area of interest lies in surgery and especially likes looking after man's best friend.
Outside of work Ben likes hiking, the outdoors and spending time with his wife and their 3 year old French bulldog cross staffy dog Simba.

 

LillyLilly - Vet Nurse

Lilly knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals. She joined Collaroy vets as a volunteer to gain work experience after graduating from high school and also worked in a pet shop. We soon realised Lilly was a caring and dedicated animal attendant and employed her as a trainee nurse. Lilly's other passion is travelling, especially to exotic and far-flung places! Lilly has an Australian Shepherd dog named Middy.

 

LeesaLeesa - Vet Nurse

Leesa has worked alongside Dr Pete at Collaroy for many years and is an extremely experienced and skilled nurse. Leesa now works part-time, combining career with a busy family life on the Central Coast. You are most likely to meet Leesa at work on the weekends and holidays.

 

JulieJulie - Vet Nurse

Julie has also worked at Collaroy vets for many years. Now a busy mum, Julie works part-time and is often on reception greeting our patients and their owners.

 

 

GeorginaGeorgina - Vet Nurse

Georgina joined Collaroy Vets as a volunteer to gain experience on her path to a career in veterinary science. We soon noticed her passion and aptitude for the work and employed her as a trainee nurse.
At present Georgina is in her second year studying a Bachelor of Equine Science at Charles Sturt University via distance education and aims to study for a Bachelor of Veterinary Science to fulfil her childhood aspirations of becoming a vet.
Georgina's family includes two off the track Thoroughbreds and two pet goats.