Macarthur Veterinary Group
Your family pet is in safe hands

Macarthur Veterinary Group
Your family pet is in safe hands

Ben Gingold B.VSc (Hons 1), BSc

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Birgit Johnston B.V.Sc. (Hons 1)

Birgit JohnstonBirgit, one of our very experienced vets, joined MVG in 2008 and works part time at our Mt Annan and Bradbury clinics. Birgit very successfully juggles her work commitments with being a full time mum to two very active school-aged boys. Birgit is married to a local lad and the family lives in the Wollondilly shire with a mature black Labrador, Cleo who spent her first few years chewing anything and everything.

Alexandra Russell B.V.Sc.

Alex joined the MVG team in late 2015, and is currently our resident Canadian.  Having spent time living and studying in both Canada and America, the pursuit of her veterinary studies finally led her to Australia.  Alex acquired her BVSc from the University of Sydney, and after spending a month at MVG in her final year she never wanted to leave!  Alex currently lives in Elderslie with her hand-raised rescue kitten Neko and her partner Michael.  In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball and taking full advantage of the year-round Australian sunshine.

Holly Stone B.V.Sc. (Hons 1)

Holly graduated from The University of Sydney in 2015 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons 1).  During her university career Holly was awarded the RSPCA Writer's Award for Animal Welfare, the Veterinarian Magazine Prize and the Australian Society for Parasitologists’ Award.   She enjoys all aspects of veterinary science, particularly behaviour and has a special interest in working animals. She also loves seeing pocket pets (guinea pigs, rabbits, rats etc.). Other interests include dermatology, ultrasonography and surgery. 

Holly joined MVG in January 2016 to become part of a small animal veterinary group with a strong focus on continuing education.  She has only ever wanted to be a Veterinarian, and particularly loves being able to combine her love of helping animals and people with the variety of the work that general practice offers.  Holly grew up in the village of Cheddar in the UK and emigrated to Australia in 2006.  Since arriving in Australia, Holly met her fiancé Ben who is also a Vet.  They share their home with two cockatiels, Cherry and Alfie.

Cathy Irwin B.V.Sc.

Cathy IrwinCathy is a principal of the practice and has been working since 1991 in veterinary practice, mostly in small animal medicine and surgery. She also has a keen interest in behavioural medicine, oncology and chemotherapy, birds and other exotic animals. Cathy is currently working part time, also caring for her young family.

Karen Spencer B.V.Sc.

Karen SpencerKaren graduated from Sydney University in 1990. She is one of our experienced vets who works at both our Mt Annan and Bradbury clinics. She divides her time between working part-time and looking after her dog, cat and sports-mad son for whom she has become a taxi service and cheer squad! Karen's main interests are in soft tissue surgery and medicine, particularly diabetes & kidney disease.

Peter Harris B.V.Sc. (Hons.)

Peter HarrisPeter is one of our practice owners and the manager of our Bradbury clinic. He graduated from Sydney University in 1989 and worked for 15 years as a small animal clinician, before joining us at Bradbury in 2005. Peter works in all aspects of medicine and surgery and has keen interests in diabetes, dermatology, client education and preventative medicine. He is also our IT specialist and web site manager.

Peter lives in Ingleburn with his wife and 3 children - plus a golden retriever and a budgie.

Sarah Aitken B.V.Sc. (Hons 1)

Sarah AitkenSarah completed her degree at Sydney University in 2006 and joined MVG in early 2010 where she believed she would have many opportunities to develop her skills, both surgical and medical.

Like many of our staff, Sarah grew up on a farm: a dairy on the mid north coast where she had lots of interaction with animals - cows (obviously), pigs, horses, lots of dogs, pet mice, rabbits, deer, and chickens. Sarah gained a great deal of admiration and respect for the veterinarians who treated the family’s animals. This early experience as well as the knowledge that veterinary science would provide her with opportunities for continual learning and challenge decided Sarah on her career path.

Sarah is passionate about her work and like so many of our staff particularly enjoys being able to return sick/unhappy animals to good health. She is particularly interested in soft tissue surgery and is very keen to further develop her orthopaedic surgery skills. Sarah also enjoys challenging medical cases and emergency work.

Sarah is an avid horse rider and does eventing with her thoroughbred, 'Sprinkhaan'. Sarah shares her home with “Alfie” a desexed moggie she adopted from our Bradbury clinic shortly after joining the practice.

Vanene Riley B.V.Sc.

Vanene RileyVanene is one of our vets at our Camden clinic. Vanene has 12 years experience as a veterinarian, with a large part of that in the local area. She loves all aspects of her job. Vanene is currently working for us part-time whilst she cares for her two beautiful children.

Kirsty Ferguson, BVSc ( Hons 1)

Kirsty FergusonKirsty is a practice principal, working part time at our Mount Annan and Bradbury practices. She has a Masters degree in small animal veterinary medicine and surgery.

Kirsty has special interests in exotic pets such as rabbits, rats, mice and guinea pigs. As well as enjoying working with all aspects of cat and dog medicine and surgery, including oncology, she spends her spare time being a mother to three young children and is a qualified instructor with the German Shepherd Dog League.

Natalie Pyle BVSc (Hons)

Natalie PyleNatalie is one of our practice owners and is the Principal Veterinarian and Manager at our Mt Annan hospital. Natalie graduated from Sydney University in 1998, spending 7 years working in small animal practices in Sydney, before joining the team at Macarthur Vet Group in 2005.

Natalie has interests in soft tissue surgery and all aspects of veterinary medicine particularly ophthalmology, oncology and preventative pet healthcare and also looks after inventory management at Macarthur Vet Group. She has completed a distance education program in Veterinary Ophthalmology and Medical Oncology, and is currently studying for a certificate in Veterinary Public Health Management.

Natalie and her husband Nick are parents to an increasingly mischievous son, Mitchell, a beautiful daugher, Tayla and two Burmese cats ‘Coco Mo’ and ‘Kyshara’. In her now diminishing spare time Natalie enjoys spending time gardening and getting back to nature camping and bushwalking.

Sandy Playford B.V.Sc.

Sandy PlayfordSandy graduated in Veterinary Science from Sydney University in 1986, in the same year as husband, Matt. She began work in Avian/mixed practice in Sydney's outer western suburbs, and moved on to spend 5 years living and working in Japan.

On returning to Australia, Sandy worked for several years as a shelter veterinarian for the RSPCA at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. She had a stint teaching High School in Townsville before spending 5 years in Bendigo, Central Victoria, working in a busy small animal practice. Ageing parents finally drew the family back to Sydney.

Sandy has been with the Macarthur Vet Group, Camden since 2007 and loves living and working in Camden.

Steven Ferguson BVSc (Hons 1)

Steven FergusonSteven graduated from Sydney University in 1998 with first class honours. After 18 months in Cootamundra tending to all creatures great and small Steve joined Macarthur Veterinary Group in 2000. He has been a partner since 2002.

Steve has a passion for continuing education and attends many seminars and conferences each year. He has a Masters degree in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and a certificate IV in Veterinary Practice Management. Steve is a chartered member of the Australian Veterinary Association and has been a committee member of the NSW AVA since 2008. He is the current president elect and has held executive positions with the Highlands branch since 2006.

Steve is married to fellow Veterinarian Kirsty and has three children (Joshua, Katie and Matthew). He has a menagerie of animals at home including Kody, a German Shepherd, Tuppence, a three legged Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, several cats, sheep, goldfish, birds and chooks.

Steve enjoys dealing with challenging cases. He is regularly tackling orthopaedic surgery, especially knee surgery including advanced techniques for cruciate ligament repair (e.g TTA).

Chloe Proctor B.V.Sc.

Chloe joined the MVG team after graduating from the University of Sydney in December 2014. Her interests in Veterinary medicine include soft tissue surgery, feline medicine, cardiology, diagnostic imaging and wildlife and exotic animal medicine.

Chloe has also done studies in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, and besides veterinary science also has interests in physics and astronomy. She has also completed Tafe courses in Design, Visual and Fine Arts.

Chloe has always had a love for all animals, and has wanted to be a vet for as long as she can remember. She grew up with a range of different pets including dogs, cats, birds, horses, cows, turtles, lizards, rabbits, a goose, and stick insects.

Originally from Brisbane, Chloe has long been a local of the Camden area, attending school in the region before studying at university. So, naturally, she has a passion to continue working and living in the growing Macarthur region.

She currently lives in the Camden area with her partner, her cat Mitsy, and two rabbits Honey and Snowball.