About Dr Kathy Cornack
Kathy is a qualified and experienced vet who is absolutely passionate about the value of holistic health care for animals and people.
Qualifications include: Kathy Cornack BVSc (hons), MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour), M.Agr. Sc (Animal Nutrition), Cert. Vet. acupuncture (IVAS)
Kathy is a veterinarian who is absolutely passionate about natural health for animals and also about supporting the human-animal bond.
Her areas of special interest are integrative/complementary/natural medicine and animal behaviour.
She graduated from the University of Queensland in 1985 with an honours degree in Veterinary Science, so has been part of the Veterinary profession for over 30 years.
Since then she has had a diverse career within the veterinary profession, including:
- clinical practice
- research and teaching
- remote area government veterinary officer, and
- with the RSPCA
Kathy has worked in many places in Australia, and also in the UK and USA. She has previously owned two veterinary practices: one in rural QLD and one in suburban Brisbane. Kathy moved with her family from Queensland to Newcastle in 2012. Kathy has done extra study to become a certified veterinary acupuncturist in 1996 and gain her membership in Veterinary Behaviour in 1999. She completed a Masters degree in ruminant nutrition in 1995 and is part way through completing a psychology degree. Kathy was a founding member of the Integrated Vets Australia (IVA: vets interested in natural medicine) and is currently a member and committee member. She is also a current member of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group (AVAG), and the Australian Veterinary Behaviour Interest Group (AVBIG).
Her knowledge and experience encompasses all aspects of natural, complementary and Integrative Veterinary Medicine, including natural nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and physical therapy. She is also highly qualified in the area of animal behaviour and assisting with any and all problems people may experience relating to their animals behaviour, or the relationships between people and animals.
On a personal note, she enjoys being outside in nature as much as possible, and especially camping and gardening. She is a passionate about the environment and sustainable living. Cooking and healthy food are a passion, so whenever possible if she's not outside you'll find her in the kitchen. Her family, music, and figure skating complete the picture. She lives in Newcastle with her partner, daughter, cat and chickens.
About Ms Meghan Poynter
I am a Certificate IV qualified Veterinary Nurse with a passion for animal welfare and healthcare. As I also have qualifications in Graphic Design and Biological Sciences my duties at Holistic Vets Newcastle are not just limited to nursing but I also assist the business with graphic/web design and marketing.
I initially took on my Science degree with the aim at enrolling and completing a postgraduate Veterinary Science degree – this has taken a back seat while I embark on Motherhood but I won’t rule out completely and is still ‘on the cards’ as a future consideration. My science background assists me with having knowledge in cellular biology when it comes to understanding animal’s health and internal systems, microbiology for pharmaceuticals as well as looking at ways to run the business in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
I am also very passionate about our wildlife and conservation. Over the years I have accumulated several fur and feathered family members (a habit I acquired while working in the industry).
I have a 10 year old very friendly rabbit named Buddy, his little sister Gipsy, 2 Lorikeets (Larry & Dusty) and 3 Budgies (Alfie, Bobbie & Little Wattle).
I feel like my home is very lively with all my animals and they are great company for me – although hard work at times. Their behaviours I like to observe and find fascinating. All animals are really just so clever! Being a pet owner is a rewarding opportunity and privilege to have.