WHO WE ARE
We do our work because we love animals - Our nurses are the ones doing the behind-the-scenes caring, ensuring a comfortable and low-stress visit. Constantly training and learning, they are a truly valuable, and valued, part of the team.
Dr. Donna McGrath BVSc (Hons)
Dr. Donna McGrath grew up in the Hills District with an array of family pets. She studied Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, graduating in 2001 with First Class Honours.
Over the last 17 years she has worked in small, country clinics in regional NSW and big, busy veterinary hospitals here, in Sydney, and in the United Kingdom. This has allowed her to gain a broad range of experience and develop the knowledge and skills she needs to provide the best possible care for your pets.
Donna has a particular interest in the health of senior pets as she believes it is an area where she can make a big difference. She is passionate about caring for all animals and helping them to live long, happy, healthy lives.
Donna lives in Castle Hill with her husband, 2 young daughters, 2 new rescue kits - Trevor & Coco, and a geriatric rescue dog named Snowy.
Dr. Eleanor Tuffley BVSc
Eleanor has more than 20 years experience working as a small animal veterinarian. After graduating, she worked for several years in the UK before moving back home to Sydney in 1996. She relishes a diagnostic challenge in medicine, and enjoys surgery. More recently she has developed a special interest in animal behaviour after diagnosing her own dog with anxiety. She has completed postgraduate studies in behavioural medicine and is a member of the Australian Veterinary Behaviour Interest Group (AVBIG).
Eleanor is married with three young children and understands the joys and hard work involved in maintaining a home full of kids and animals. Eleanor loves playing sport including soccer, ultimate frisbee and tennis as well as coaching her daughter’s netball team.
Dr. Durga Kovvali BVSc (Hons)
Durga Kovvali achieved a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science in Biochemistry before graduating with Honours from Melbourne University in 2008. She is currently studying a Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Veterinary Practice.
Durga has built her experience in a number of small animal practices in and around Sydney and Wollongong. Her experiences have given her a new found respect for welfare medicine and an aspiration to continue as a general practitioner. “General practice allows you to be involved in all aspects of veterinary medicine, surgery, pathology and preventative medicine. This makes it so rewarding and exciting.”
She loves helping all animals in need and always takes time to explain everything to their humans too.
Durga lives with her husband , her feline and canine sons and their younger human counterparts.
Dr. Nagisa Hiraoka BVSc (Hons)
Dr.Nagisa Hiraoka graduated from the University of Sydney in 2009.
Whilst enjoying all aspects of veterinary medicine Nagisa has a particular interest in complimentary therapies. She has completed a Foundation course in Veterinary Herbal Medicine (UK) and is a member of the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association (VBMA) and the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies. She is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine at CIVT.
Nagisa offers herbal medicine consultations at Dural Veterinary Hospital to treat or manage a range of conditions including skin disease, gastrointestinal disease, liver disease and chronic kidney disease.
Courtney, Head Nurse
Courtney has been a Veterinary Nurse for over 7 years and has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at TAFE.
She loves all animals and finds a new favourite patient every week. All of our patients receive extra cuddles and kindness when Courtney is in and you will often find her with a furry ‘helper’ under her desk.
At home Courtney has Ayla, a large Staffy who thinks she is a cat, 2 rabbits and so many foster kittens we have lost count.
Kate began working as a Veterinary Nurse in 2011.
Kate is passionate about animal welfare and has a special interest in anaesthetics. She has always been focused on maintaining excellence in both nursing and customer service.
Kate has two daughters and lives with her husband and four cats. She recently reduced her nursing hours to allow more time to care for her grandson.
Very much a local, Karissa grew up on acreage in the Hills district. She was surrounded by all types of animals and played an integral role in their care. Karissa started her nursing career here at Dural Vet way back in 1998. She left in 2004 to start a family and has since worked in a large Sydney veterinary hospital and has also been an office manager for 2 (human) osteopath practices. Karissa returned to Dural Veterinary Hospital in 2013.
Karissa is married and has twin girls. Her hobbies include working with her horses and dogs and displaying farm animals for children at many events. Every Christmas she dresses in red and leads Santa's deer through shopping centres!
After years of grooming dogs and cats for friends and then successfully grooming a ram (yes, a sheep!) to look like a large poodle for a television ad, Karissa was persuaded to do what she was good at and start her pet grooming business in Galston - Galston Grooming.
Helena completed her Veterinary Nursing Certificate in 1999 at Richmond TAFE,
She has worked in the industry since 1998. Her first 2 years was as a volunteer - that's dedication and commitment! She is a compassionate, caring veterinary nurse with a true love and understanding of nursing animals. She is always happy to help our clients with her knowledge for their pets' needs.
Her family all love animals and they have quite a menagerie of 11 pets; 4 Australian Cattle Dogs, 3 cats (a British Shorthair, a Ragdoll and an ex-clinic Moggy), and 4 horses (an Arabian, a Quarter Horse and 2 Australian Stock Horses). She and her husband love to ride together and enjoy Camp Drafting and Team Penning.
Heather studied a Bachelor of Biodiversity and Conservation at Macquarie University before continuing her career in caring for animals by training as a Veterinary Nurse. Congratulations to Heather on completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing this year!
Heather has always had a passion for all animals including family pets and wildlife. She enjoys the variety and challenges of working in a veterinary practice and loves using her skills to help the animals in her care.
At home Heather lives with her Moodle named Charlie (and some people too).
Karen, Practice Manager
Karen has many years experience, starting in the animal industry at 15yrs of age and always knowing that pets and their people was the area she wanted to be in. Having worked at both RSPCA and Animal Welfare League in all areas from shelter, clinic, inspectors, finance, payroll, workers compensation and community outreach programs.
Karen currently shares her life with her partner, 3 dogs and 3 cats, Pixie, Pookie, Jack, Bumble, Cruikshank & Tibbles.