Keith Merchant - Business Manager, Veterinary Clinical Services
Looking after teaching hospitals is something in which Keith has plenty of experience, having been the General Manager at the Westmead Dental Hospital for over 4 years. Here he introduced a range of state-wide clinical services and teaching programs including the Bachelor of Oral Health working closely with the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Dentistry.
Prior to this Keith held senior management roles at Westmead Adult Hospital, and at Blacktown District Hospital. More lately he has been involved in aged care where he has led resident service changes working with The Salvation Army and at Uniting Care Ageing, the largest aged care provider in NSW.
Keith will spend dedicated time at both Camperdown and Camden campuses. The Faculty’s teaching, research and service delivery endeavours all rely on the ongoing strength of the teaching hospitals. Keith’s efforts, working as part of the Faculty Executive will therefore be integral to us achieving our strategic plan of “sustainable excellence”.
Natascha Koepsel - Senior Project Officer
Bachelor of Business Administration ( University of Canberra)
Advanced Diploma of Hospitality & Hotel Management
Natascha joined the UVTHS in April 2009. She is in charge of the day to day running of the clinic. Natascha arrived in Australia in 2001 and studied Hospitality & Hotel Management, followed by a Bachelor of Business & Administration. Natascha loves all sorts of animals and once when holidaying in Spain, helped a cat deliver two kittens. Natascha's favourite animal is the Silverback (Gorilla) and her dream is to see one in the wild. In Germany Natascha was always surrounded by budgies, guinea pigs, dogs & cats; she has a cheeky beagle called Max at home in Germany, living with her parents; she sees him once a year.
Joanne Moon - Hospitals Finance Officer
Advanced Diploma in Accounting
Joanne joined the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Camden in 2005 in finance, administration and reception. Before this Joanne has worked in a number of industries in finance and accounting. She now works as the Hospitals Finance Officer and is responsible for all finance for both Sydney and Camden veterinary hospitals. Joanne is currently studying for her Bachelor of Accounting. She spends her time at both Sydney and Camden campuses.
Katrina Goodyer - Billing Nurse
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Katrina joined the UVTHS accounts/administrative department in August 2010, she also spends time at reception and in the pharmacy. Katrina gained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2001 whilst working at a small animal practice on Sydney’s Northern Beaches before her horses (and family) drew her to northern NSW where she worked in a mixed animal practice for 4 years. In 2006 Katrina moved to the UK to work and travel for six months but ended up staying for 3.5 years! She worked in a variety of different clinics including a referral hospital in Manchester and the Birmingham RSPCA Hospital. Katrina has 2 dogs a Chihuahua called Alfie and a miniature poodle Max who take up most of her spare time she also has a horse called Wilbur who spends his days eating in a lush green paddock in Nana Glen.
Joanne Zerzvadse - Administration Nurse
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing 2003 State Medal
Certificate IV Companion Animal Services 2009-2010
Delta Accredited Professional Dog Trainer
Joanne joined the UVTHS administration department in March 2013. She has been working in the veterinary industry for over 11 years as a Senior Veterinary Nurse. Joanne enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, but decided to take on a new challenge in administration. Joanne has a special interest in animal behaviour and completed the Delta Certificate IV Dog Training course in 2009 - 2010. In her spare time, she runs her own business Platinum Pet Care Services conducting dog training classes and in home consultations. Joanne is a financial member of the Delta Professional Dog Trainers Association and committee member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Inc. Australia.
Keith Ellis - Senior Technical Officer
Keith’s role of Senior Technical Officer includes teaching and academic support, management of the Faculty audio visual laboratory, production of digital clinical and teaching materials and management of all infrastructure services for the Evelyn Williams Building and the University Incinerator.
Marianna Koureas - Senior Receptionist
Certificate II in Animal Studies
Marianna joined the administration team at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney in 2004. She recently completed Certificate II in Animal Studies at Ultimo TAFE. Marianna has a very mischevious pet dog called 'Popcorn'.
Mary Coull - Receptionist
Mary completed Animal Studies at TAFE and looking to further studies in Vet Nursing next year. Mary is the proud owner of a Beagle called Arthur, who loves to give cuddles and a cheeky little Pomeranian and Chihuahua.
Anja Price - Receptionist
Anja spent the first 10 years of her nursing career in a General Practice in Sydney’s East enjoying the varied roles of general practice, including running puppy preschool, grooming and all areas of nursing.
More recently she spent the last 3 years in the exciting position of referral surgical nurse at a Specialist Referral Hospital in Sydney’s North loving the challenge of the fast paced emergency and surgical nursing duties.
Anja joined the UVTHS reception team in May 2011 and is thoroughly enjoying the change. Outside of work Anja is kept busy with her two cats and two mischievous Chihuahuas.
Tash Evans - Receptionist
Laura-Anne Allen - Receptionist
Laura and her partner decided to make the leap to Australia back in 2010 and have been loving the Sydney lifestyle ever since. Initially employed as a legal secretary in Pyrmont Laura joined the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in April 2013. Laura has a pug called Doug and is generally pug obsessed.
Kathryn Price - Receptionist
Certificate III in Companion Animals and Service
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Kathryn has worked as a veterinary nurse for the last four years in small practices where she obtained her Certificate III in Companion Animal and Services and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Kathryn joined the reception team at UVTHS in June 2013.
In her spare time Kathryn enjoys trips away, snowboarding and spending time with her two Kelpies, Ferret and Budgie.
Lino Nastasi - Head Animal House Attendant
Lino has worked at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney for the past 15 years undertaking the roles of general maintenance and running the kennels for the hospital.
Mitchell Burns - Animal Attendant
Mitchell has been at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney for the past 5 years as an animal attendant.
Mitchell is responsible for general maintenance, animal hygiene and running the kennels for the hospital.