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Caring veterinarians in Cardiff


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Dr. Gail Melluish BVSc.

Gail has been the trusted owner of Cardiff Veterinary Hospital for almost 20 years and is known for her open and honest personality.

She graduated from the University of Sydney in 1985 and began working as a small animal practitioner in Sydney. She returned to her hometown of Newcastle in 1990 to run the RSPCA Newcastle. In 1993, Gail purchased Cardiff Veterinary Hospital, making it the first female owned and operated veterinary clinic in Newcastle.

Gail developed a keen interest in dermatology after owning a West Highland White Terrier, and this has remained her particular interest ever since.

Gail lives with her husband, Craig, their two boys, Nicholas and Joshua, their cranky cat, Sophie and terrier rescue dog, Scruffy. In her spare time, Gail enjoys gardening and has a keen interest in real estate, especially renovating houses.


Andrew Cornwell BVSc.

Andrew grew up in Newcastle and, as a “dyed in the wool” Novocastrian, was destined to make it his home.

Andrew graduated from the University of Sydney in 1993. He has practised in a large animal practice in Griffith NSW as well as small animal hospitals in Manchester and London in the UK. In 1997, Andrew returned to Australia and joined Cardiff Veterinary Hospital, becoming a partner in 2001. His special interests are surgery and radiology.

Heavily involved in the local community, Andrew was the local Member of Parliament from 2011 to 2014. Married with three gorgeous children, two chooks, and an ageing one-eyed Staffy, Andrew will be here to serve the community for many years to come.

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Dr. Katie Boulton BVSc. (Hons I)

Katie grew up in Speers Point, Newcastle, and graduated from the University of Sydney in 2011 with First Class Honours. Her first job was at Salamander Bay Veterinary Clinic, where she developed a sound foundation in general medicine and surgery during the first two years of her career. Katie happily accepted a veterinary position at Cardiff Veterinary Clinic in April 2014, the clinic that she herself brought her animals to as a young girl.

Katie enjoys the friendly team-based working environment at Cardiff Veterinary Clinic, and loves getting to know her clients and patients. She is interested in dermatology (having had a paper published on Dermatophytosis, also known as ringworm, in macropods) and general medicine, with a particular interest in puppy/kitten care and the diagnosis and treatment of those common diseases affecting our older furry friends.

Katie lives with her fiancé Mat and her dog Archie. She enjoys travelling, eating good food and spending time with family and friends.

Veterinary Nurses

Abby Moran - Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

Abby has completed her Certificate II in Animal Studies and her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She is our youngest vet nurse and is animal mad!

Abby joined Cardiff Vet Hospital as an enthusiastic 16 year old and since then, her menagerie of pets has been steadily growing. She shares her home with her three dogs Bentley (French Bulldog), Peggy and Lilly (Boxers) and her Dwarf Bearded Dragons. She is also passionate about birds, as is evident by her collection of many avian friends including a beautiful Eclectus Parrot called Bobbi, a Lorrikeet Dexter and a 56 year old rescue galah that came into the clinic to be put down due to feather plucking.

Abby is a Native Animal Trust Fund carer and brings the wildlife she is caring for to the clinic, providing a constant source of enjoyment for the girls. In her spare time, Abby enjoys surfing, taking her dogs to the beach, as well as breeding and hand raising baby birds.

Kyleigh Oberekar - Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

Kyleigh has completed both her Certificate II in Animal Studies and her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

She brings a wealth of experience to the clinic, having worked together with Gail for almost twenty years. Her caring and compassion for all animals and people make her a much-loved and valued member of Cardiff Veterinary Hospital.

Kyleigh lives with her husband, Shane, and her three gorgeous girls, Ashleigh, Georgia and Katelyn. She also has Rottweiler called Layla, a fat ginger cat ironically named Flash, a petite Tabby called Sophie, and two gentle horses called Legs and Princess, as well as a whole collection of birds.

Kristin Grieve - Veterinary Nurse

Kristin is one of our friendly veterinary nurses and has been in the industry for four years. She enjoys having a yarn with our clients and hearing about their funny pet stories.

Kristin lives with her husband, Andrew, and two daughters, Paige and Indi. She loves animals and has a multitude of pets including a big boofy German Shepherd called Zeiko, a greedy Giant Gourami fish called Webber, and her most recent addition, Elmo the Eclectus Parrot who enjoys biting her. She enjoys spending time at her parents’ farm where she keeps a flock of sheep and goes motorbike riding.

Rhiannon Bushell - Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

Rhiannon is the newest member of our nursing team and has been working as a veterinary nurse for 2 years. She has completed her Certificate II in Animal Studies, Certificate III in Captive Animals, and has recently graduated from her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She enjoys working as a surgical nurse and hopes to undertake further training in this area.

Rhiannon lives with her partner, Paul, their affectionate Schnauzer, Zuka, and their playful Bull Terrier puppy, Kahuna. She also visits her family home frequently to take care of their three dogs, three cats, two parakeets and ten chickens. In her spare time, Rhiannon enjoys taking her dogs to the beach, playing a variety of outdoor sports and listening to music.

If you’re looking for caring and compassionate veterinarians in Cardiff, call 02 4954 7055 today and make an appointment for your furry friend!

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