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Dr Clare Bumak B.V.Sc - Veteriarian

Clare grew up in the country surrounded by dogs, cats, horses, cattle and a variety of other furred and feathered creatures along the way.
Clare’s desire to become a vet started at a young age and she achieved that by graduating from Melbourne University in 2006. After working as a country vet in Port Macquarie for a few years Clare returned to small animal practice in Sydney in 2010 and joined the lovely team at Figtree Vet Clinic in January 2014. In Clare’s spare time she enjoys hiking, fun runs, travelling, cooking and photography as well as spending as much time as possible with her adorable Italian Greyhound, Ada, who makes her lots of new friends at the dog park

Dr Belinda Hamlin B.V.Sc - Veterinarian

As an aspiring vet from the age of 5 years, Belinda graduated from Massey University, NZ in 2001. Since then she has worked in rural and city practices throughout NZ as well as sharing her veterinary skills around the world in Mongolia and Samoa.   

Belinda joined the team at Figtree Veterinary Clinic in late August 2013 and you may have noticed her friendly face and Kiwi accent when visiting our clinic. Belinda has experience treating and caring for a wide range of farm and pet animals, and she loves the variety of work a veterinary career offers. Belinda’s medical interests include soft tissue surgery and dentistry. She really enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge in animal health and works hard to ensure that pet owners have a good understanding of their pet’s health issues.  

Due to recent travels Belinda does not have a fur family but she does have a very busy 7 and an 8 year old who love helping mum at the clinic whenever they get the chance. 

Dr Nagisa Hiraoka B.V.Sc - Veterinarian

Nagisa from the University of Sydney in 2009 and is currently studying Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Herbal Medicine. Nagisa has just recently returned to Sydney after working in the UK for a couple of years where she treated a variety of species including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils and hamsters.

Nagisa is interested in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, and always keen to learn more.

Since returning to Sydney Nagisa has adopted a stumpy tailed cattle dog called Raine who is an absolute delight. Having grown up in the local area she is really happy to be back and be part of this friendly community again.

Nagisa is currently on Maternity Leave and will be returning July 2016

Dr David Ward BScAgr MScVS BVMS - Veterinarian

Married to Kristie and has 3 children, McKenzie, aged 9 years, Tara, aged 6 years, and Joshua, 11 months. The family dog, Isa, is 5 year old, playful, cute, and “very small” miniature dachshund. David has played touch football and hockey, loves the beach, and occasionally enters Triathlons or Adventure races.

David has always wanted to be a vet since being an avid fan of the BBC TV series “All Creatures Great and Small” when he was a boy. David graduated from University of Sydney in 1990 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Animal Husbandry) degree before working for a year as an agronomist/livestock adviser in Tamworth, NSW. He returned to Sydney University for 2 years as a research officer at the University farms and completed a Masters degree in veterinary science looking at nutritional influences on milk protein in Dairy cattle. In 1994, David went to South Africa to start his veterinary science degree at University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort. He gained great skills in wildlife and also learned to talk a bit of Afrikaans. David transferred to Murdoch University in 1996 and completed his Veterinary science degree in 1998. Since graduation, David has worked in a variety of practices; an Avian practice, as a zoo vet at Western Plains Zoo, and in horse and cattle practice in Hunter Valley as well as small animal practice in Newcastle, his home town. He moved to Sydney in 2005 and has worked in Northbridge and Dee Why over the past decade. David has sat his membership exams for Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in small animal surgery and completed a post-graduate course in small animal internal medicine at the University of Sydney. He also is an AQIS-accredited veterinarian.

David has a passion for wildlife and is particularly interested in the “Unusual” exotics and birds. He also is keen on adding complimentary medicine (acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy) to the conventional veterinary medicine protocols and thereby giving a holistic approach to solving small animal medicine issues. David enjoys both soft tissue surgery and small animal medicine, particularly dermatology. He enjoys learning about his clients as much as helping them with their animals’ problems.

Jana Blanco (pron. Hannah) - Head Veterinary Nurse

With a childhood full of cats, dogs, birds, lizards and fish a career in the animal industry was no surprise. Jana began her career in Veterinary Nursing back in 2006 before finishing her HSC. Jana gained several years’ experience at a variety of practices across the lower north shore and settled with Figtree in 2012.

You can’t miss her extreme hair colour around the clinic and when she’s not at work Jana is regularly pole dancing for fitness.

Jana’s fur family consists of an adorable Scottish Fold x Burmese cat named Pixie. She's so cute she even has her own instagram @pixiethefold 

Sam Monaghan - Senior Veterinary Nurse

Coming from a farming background, Sam was always passionate about the care and welfare of animals, large and small.
After working as a Graphic Designer for 20 plus years, Sam revisited her passion and after graduating in Companion Animal Services in 2007 and Veterinary Nursing 2008, she joined the team of caring professionals at Figtree in 2009. Sam lives locally with her husband and two aging and self centered cats. 

Kristian McInnes - Veterinary Nurse

Kristian joined Figtree in February 2012. After many years working in the corporate sector she undertook a career change to follow her passion.  Kristian is currently half way through her studies to attain Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

She is an absolute fan of all things "David Attenborough" and is finally "living the dream" and looking after the health and well being of animals whether big, small, furry, scaly or feathery.

She also has boggly-eyed naughty torti tabby cat called Pip Squeak.

Hannah McCrae - Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Hi I’m Hannah. While I am new to vet nursing, I have been around at Figtree since I was 14 and doing my Duke of Ed work experience here. I’m currently studying to be a vet at Sydney Uni and am loving it.

In the little spare time I get between uni, I like to go running and help out with the horses at Riding for the Disabled in Ryde.

I have a gorgeous Mini Foxy x named Lucy, as well as the occasional foster cat.

Rosy Federico - Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Rosie began volunteering for us last year and we loved her so much she is now employed part time.  She is currently training to become a vet nurse and her enthusiasm and love of animals is a welcome addition to the clinic.