Meet Our Emergency Vets and Nurses

A broad team of experienced and skilled emergency vets and nurses.

Serving Sydney’s north for over 25 years.

Our emergency team are at the heart of the success of NEVS. Our mission is to save pets’ lives with the highest standards of veterinary emergency treatment and pet critical care.

The emergency vets and veterinary nurses at NEVS are experienced, highly qualified and skilled in the critical care of your pet. NEVS vets and nurses stay fully appraised of the latest veterinary knowledge and research to ensure your pet receives the best in emergency vet care.

The NEVS emergency vets and nurses understand the standing of your pet as a member of your family and will treat them with compassion, care and professionalism.

Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarians

Heather Russell - NEVS Emergency Vet

Heather Russell BVSc(Hons) GPCert SAM

Head Veterinarian and Clinical Manager

Heather graduated from Sydney University with honours in 2002 and immediately began her career in the UK. While in the UK, she completed a GP Certificate in small animal medicine in 2006.
She began working in emergency hospitals in 2007 soon after completion of her certificate and discovered her love of emergency and critical care. On her return to Australia, she began working at NEVS in 2011 before taking over the role of clinical manager in 2015. She is currently enrolled in a Post graduate certificate in Emergency and Critical care with Melbourne University, due for completion in 2018.
Heather was invited in 2016 to be part of an expert panel on treatment of tick paralysis and has contributed to development of a protocol for general practitioners for management and treatment of this disease.
Heather lives locally on the Northern Beaches with her Partner, 2 children and slightly socially inappropriate cat called Killer who was adopted from NEVS as a stray kitten.

Alisha Borglund - NEVS Emergency Vet

Alisha Borglund BVSc

Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian

Alisha graduated from the University of Sydney in 2011 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. As a new graduate she worked in a busy general practice in Wollongong for 3 years. She spent time in 2010 volunteering for a vaccination and spey/neuter program in South Africa. In 2014 Alisha moved back to Sydney’s Northern Beaches, where she grew up, to work as an emergency veterinarian. She started at NEVS as a casual in 2015 during our busy paralysis tick season. In January 2017 Alisha came on board as a permanent part-time member of our emergency team. She lives on the Northern Beaches with her husband, young son, dog Ned and 2 cats (all rescue animals acquired over the years).  In her spare time Alisha loves to run, get outdoors and travel.

Jessica Li - NEVS Emergency Vet

Jessica Li BVSc

Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian

Jess grew up locally on the Northern Beaches. After graduating from University of Sydney in 2003, she worked in a busy mixed practice on the South Coast. This is where she developed a keen interest in emergency medicine. She completed post graduate courses via correspondence in ophthalmology and emergency and critical care before venturing back to Sydney to focus on small animals. In 2008, Jess travelled to the remote Leh region of India to work as a field vet for Vets Beyond Borders where she gained invaluable surgical experience. She commenced working at NEVS as one of the emergency vets in 2007 and became NEVS Clinical Manager in 2011. In 2015 Jess left on maternity leave for a short period and has since returned in a part-time role. Jess loves to spend time at home with her husband, daughter and their menagerie of pets, consisting of a budgie that speaks several languages, a border collie in training and four very pampered cats.

Jill King - NEVS Emergency Vet

Jill King BVSc

Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian

Jill graduated from Sydney University at the age of 22 and spent time working in mixed animal practice on the NSW North Coast. Following this, Jill spent three years working in England and travelling the world before returning to Sydney and working for a short period with NEVS emergency vets team. In 1993 Jill started working at one of our contributing practices Pittwater Animal Hospital. She has worked part time at Pittwater since 1993 while raising a family of three children. In 2012 Jill started helping out at NEVS again and currently has a regular Wednesday night shift. Jill loves being a general practitioner and has many clients whose pets she has looked after for more than 20 years. She also thrives on the challenge and variation of emergency vet work and really loves the diagnostic problem solving involved in working at NEVS. Jill’s special interests are tick paralysis, surgery and CPR. When not at work Jill spends time with family, paints the house, patrols at Newport Beach and coaches her daughter’s netball team.

Lisa Shaw - NEVS Emergency Vet

Lisa Shaw BVSc MRCVS

Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian

Lisa graduated from Bristol University, UK in 1994 with a Bachelor in Veterinary Science. She worked in mixed practice for 12 months before moving into full-time small animal practice. In 2006 Lisa moved to Sydney and worked part-time from 2008 while raising her two young sons. Lisa started working casually for NEVS in 2016 and then took on a permanent part-time role as one of our emergency vet team in 2017. She has special interests ora-facial trauma and surgery, dentistry, dermatology, rabbits, pocket pets and backyard poultry and is currently undertaking an online course in emergency and critical care. Lisa lives on the Northern Beaches with her 2 sons and a collection of chickens. Outside of work Lisa is a qualified yoga teacher and also spends time as a local scout leader enjoying outdoor activities and mentoring young adults in our community.

Lucy Kirton - NEVS Emergency Vet

Lucy Kirton BVetMed MANZCVS (VetECC) MRCVS

Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian

Lucy graduated from The Royal Veterinary College, London in 2004. She initially worked in mixed practice in the South West of England before moving into small animal practice around London and the South East of England.
In 2011 she moved to Australia, initially travelling around before settling in Sydney’s northern beaches. She has worked full time as an Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian for over 4 years, passing her ANZCVS Emergency and Critical Care Membership Exams in 2014 and will be an examiner for them this year (2017). She has a particular interest in tick paralysis, CPR and mechanical ventilation.
Lucy undertook charity neutering in Botswana in 2007 with Maun Animal Welfare Society (MAWS) and in her spare time regularly crews on a yacht that races in the Pittwater. Having recently passed her Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Lucy is involved in ongoing further education for vets and veterinary nurses.

Tom Ryu - NEVS Emergency Vet

Tom Ryu BVSc

Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian

Tom graduated from Massey University, New Zealand in 2001 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. He commenced working at NEVS in 2004 and is currently our longest serving emergency and critical care veterinarian. Having a special interest in the treatment of tick paralysis, particularly ventilated cases, dog bloat (emergency vets call this GDV), trauma related emergency surgery and more, Tom has a broad knowledge of emergency procedures. Tom resides on Sydney’s North Shore with his wife and daughter.

Practice Manager

Tracey Lambert - NEVS Practice Manager

Tracey Lambert Dip Prof Pract Mgt

Practice Manager

Tracey grew up on Sydney’s northern beaches and started her veterinary nursing career working after school in a veterinary hospital in 1990. She completed her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 1994. Tracey has worked as a veterinary nurse in practices in Sydney, Melbourne and London and has worked solely in emergency and critical care since she joined the NEVS team full time in 2005. In 2011 she moved into the role of Practice Manager coordinating the emergency vets and nurses and the smooth running of the emergency vet hospital. Tracey completed a Diploma in Professional Practice Management in 2014 and is currently undertaking a Certificate IV in Business Administration. Outside of work Tracey loves to travel and spend time with her family including a golden retriever Grueber and cat Rocket.

Emergency & Critical Care Vet Nurses

Erin - NEVS Vet Nurse

Erin BAVetBioSc BScVN Cert IV VN

Emergency & Critical Care Nurse Manager

Erin has been working at NEVS since she arrived in Australia from the UK in 2013. Initially, Erin came over on a working holiday visa but enjoyed Australia so much she never left. She was promoted to Nursing Manager in 2015 and has recently enrolled to complete a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She qualified in 2009 from Myerscough College whilst working for a large Veterinary Charity for 3 years. She has worked for many multi-disciplined practices, including specialist + referral, whilst completing certificates in surgery, medicine, and emergency and critical care (UK). Erin has been in emergency or referral hospitals for over 9 years.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her cat ‘Science’, fostering orphaned kittens, scuba diving, travelling and sports.

Belinda - NEVS Vet Nurse

Belinda Cert IV VN

Emergency & Critical Care Nurse

Belinda started vet nursing in 2003 and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2006 at Richmond TAFE. She started out working in general practice for 6 years before moving to a busy referral hospital where she worked in their medicine, treatment and ICU departments over the next 7 years. Belinda has now worked solely in emergency and critical care for 5 years. She enjoys the variety of cases you see in an emergency vet hospital and that you’re always learning something new each day. Belinda started at NEVS as a casual nurse in 2016 and is now one of our wonderful permanent overnight nurses.  She lives with a gorgeous ginger and white cat called Reggie.

Judy - NEVS Vet Nurse

Judy Cert IV VN

Emergency & Critical Care Nurse

Judy started her veterinary nursing career in 2005. She first worked for NEVS in 2007 before leaving to travel and work abroad in 2010. Since then she has worked in many emergency and referral hospitals in Australia, Canada and the UK. In 2016 she returned to NEVS from a 2 year adventure travelling and working in South America. Judy loves emergency nursing for its fast pace and interesting cases. She also has a passion for environmental issues and loves to travel.

Lauren - NEVS Vet Nurse

Lauren BAnVetBioSc DipVN (ECC) Cert IV VN

Emergency & Critical Care Nurse

Lauren started her career in animal care and veterinary nursing in 2005, which led her to join the NEVS emergency vets team in 2007. Since then she has graduated with Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience in 2009 from the University of Sydney. In 2011 Lauren completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing making her a fully qualified veterinary nurse, and in 2012 completed Diploma in Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing. She is currently our full time evening emergency vet nurse and cat advocate for maintaining and improving cat friendly practice. In 2014 she became an Accredited Veterinary Nurse with the Veterinary Nurses’ Council of Australia and the Australian Veterinary Association, in recognition of competence, currency and dedication to the Veterinary Nursing profession. Lauren is also a dog and cat groomer, and has three domestic cats of her own; Badr, Tonka and Alaska. In her personal time she enjoys fostering homeless cats and kittens. Her favourite hobby is showing her cats in cat shows all over NSW, especially Tonka who achieved Gold Double Grand Championship and Top 5 Companion Cat in NSW for 2016. She has and continues to show her cats in companion group for promoting responsible cat ownership.

Marjan - NEVS Vet Nurse

Marjan BVSc

Emergency & Critical Care Nurse

Marjan graduated from the University of Veterinary Science Belgrade, Serbia in 2010 with a Bachelor in Veterinary Science. Since moving to Australia in 2012 he has worked in veterinary practices on Sydney’s North Shore as a veterinary nurse. Marjan first started work at NEVS as a casual in 2015 and moved into a permanent role as one of our wonderful overnight nurses in 2017. He enjoys the challenge of working in a fast paced working environment and loves helping animals and seeing their owners happy. Marjan lives on Sydney’s North Shore with his wife and is an awesome dad to 2 young kids who think he’s hilarious and love spending time with him.