Our Team

Dr Kathy Cornack

BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour), M.Agr. Sc (Animal Nutrition), Cert. Vet. acupuncture (IVAS)

Kathy and Cat

 

An animal lover all her life, Kathy graduated as a veterinarian from University of Queensland in 1985 and has spent the past 36 years working in various aspects of the veterinary profession, as well as travelling and raising a family. Kathy has worked in many places in Australia, the UK and the USA, and has had a diverse career.

Kathy has completed further study in the fields of nutrition, acupuncture and behavioural medicine. Kathy attained her professional membership in Veterinary Behaviour in 1999. She is therefore highly qualified in the area of animal behaviour and can provide specialist assistance to owners in understanding their animal’s behaviour and in improving the relationships between people and animals.

Kathy has completed a Masters degree in ruminant nutrition in 1995 and completed her acupuncture training in 1996 through IVAS. Her knowledge and experience encompasses all aspects of natural, complementary and Integrative Veterinary Medicine, including natural nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and physical therapy. Kathy is a passionate advocate for raw and natural feeding.

Kathy was a founding member of the Integrated Vets Australia,  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).

On a personal note, Kathy 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.

 

Dr Linda Tabley

BVSc

 

Linda fulfilled a long held dream when she completed her Veterinary Degree at Sydney University in 1984. She has worked as a vet for the past 37 years in Australia and overseas. Linda moved from Sydney to Newcastle in 2004 with her husband and 4 children, after falling in love with the area while working here as a new veterinary graduate.

Linda is passionate about natural health and natural diets for animals and people. Her passion was sparked after experiencing some serious health issues 20 years ago and receiving relief with the guidance of an excellent Naturopath, which led to her becoming very passionate about the world of holistic medicine.

Linda is passionate about traditional Western Herbal Medicine. She has gained her Certificate in Traditional Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT), and is 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 form part of a team 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.

On a personal note, Linda shares her busy home life with her husband, four adult children and various animal family members.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading books and enjoying sunshine and the outdoors.  

 

Dr Caroline Hoetzer

BVetBiol/DVM, LLB (Hons), BA

 

Growing up in Lake Macquarie, Caroline has returned to her hometown to practice as a veterinarian.  Working in a variety of local small animal clinics and at the Hunter RSPCA clinic, Caroline has brought her holistic approach to conventional veterinary medicine with great success.

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 passion for acupuncture, herbal medicine and laser therapy.

Her interest in Traditional Chinese medicine and food therapy evolved after suffering serious health issues 15 years ago, which were ameliorated with Japanese yoga therapy, Toyohari acupuncture and food therapy. This led Caroline to develop her knowledge in these areas to improve the health and wellbeing of her human and furry family members. This has developed in her practice as a holistic veterinarian, and she is currently completing an Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Acupuncture with CIVT.

Caroline is a committed animal advocate, seeking to improve the welfare of animals as a committee member of a veterinary advocacy group, Sentient (the veterinary voice in animal welfare).  Caroline has been involved with a variety of animal rescue organisations over the years, such as Greyhound Rescue NSW, Friends of the Hound, and RSPCA NSW. Caroline has a special fondness for greyhounds and has lots of experience dealing with the peculiarities of this gentle breed.


On a personal note, Caroline lives with her rescue greyhound, George, a rescue mixed breed, Mia and her rescue cat, Henry. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys bushwalks with George, reading sci-fi novels and cooking Macrobiotic food.