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Dr Kathy Cornack

Dr Cornack's professional qualifications include: 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 a Veterinary professional for over 35 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. The 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 Integrative Vets Australia (part of AVA for vets interested in natural medicine) and is currently a member. She is a past president of the group and served on the executive committee for seven years . 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, dancing, sewing and figure skating complete the picture. She lives in Newcastle with her partner, and their cat.

Kathy and Cat


Dr Linda Tabley

Linda fulfilled a long held dream to become a Vet when she completed her Veterinary Degree at Sydney University in 1984.  She has worked as a Vet for the past 36 years in Australia and overseas. Linda moved from Sydney to Newcastle in 2004 with her husband and 4 children, after having fallen in love with the area while working here as a new veterinary graduate.  Linda has had an interest in natural health and natural diets for animals and people for many years, however after experiencing some serious health issues 20 years ago and receiving relief with the guidance of an excellent Naturopath she became very passionate about the world of holistic medicine.

Linda is particularly interested in traditional Western Herbal Medicine and has certification in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine as well as currently completing an advanced diploma in this field.  She believes strongly in healthy unprocessed diets being the cornerstone for the maximal health of animals, and is excited to have the opportunity to work with Holistic Vets Newcastle, teaming with other natural animal health practitioners. Linda has a strong desire to help animals live their best possible quality of life and to work with their families to achieve this.



Dr Caroline Hoetzer

BVetBiol/DVM, LLB (Hons), BA

Growing up in Lake Macquarie, Caroline has returned to her hometown to practice as a veterinarian.  A dog lover all her life, Caroline achieved her lifelong dream by graduating from the University of Sydney as a veterinarian. 

 With her legal background, Caroline is a committed animal advocate, seeking to improve the welfare of animals.  Caroline has been involved with a variety of animal rescue organisations over the years, such as Greyhound Rescue NSW and Friends of the Hound.  Currently, she works as a veterinarian part-time for RSPCA Hunter.  Caroline has a special fondness for greyhounds and has lots of experience dealing with the peculiarities of this gentle breed.

As a holistic veterinarian, Caroline is passionate about promoting the health and wellbeing of our animal companions through raw and natural feeding and a healthy lifestyle.  A natural feeder all her life, she is committed to educating people about how to provide a species-appropriate diet for their companion animals in a sustainable, affordable way.   Caroline also has a special interest in Chinese veterinary herbal medicine and acupuncture, and is pursuing further qualifications in this area. 

Caroline lives locally with her partner, her 11 year old greyhound, Duke, and a trail of other foster animals.