02 4957 2269 - 278 Brunker Road Adamstown NSW 2289


Our Veterinarians

Simon Whitaker


Having graduated from Cambridge University in 1980, Simon worked in small animal practice in the UK until meeting his wife Sally whilst on holiday. He emigrated to Australia in 1984, making Newcastle his home. His partnership at Adamstown began in 1987 where he has furthered his particular interest in orthopaedic and advanced soft tissue surgery as well as endoscopy and bronchoscopy.

Paul McCarthy

BVSc MANZCVSc (Small Animal Medicine)

Having graduated from the University of Sydney in 1994, Paul worked in a mixed animal practice before heading to London working as a small animal veterinarian. Paul has worked in Newcastle since his return to Australia in 2001. His areas of professional interest include sonography, ophthalmology, oncology and animal behaviour. In 2010 Paul became a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in the area of small animal medicine, and in 2012 completed a distance education course in animal behaviour.

Jonathon Nott

BVSc(Hons), MANZCVSc (Small Animal Surgery)

Jonathon graduated from the University of Sydney in 2000. He spent two years working in mixed animal practice in Bathurst before he too travelled to the UK. He spent three years working in a small animal practice in Birmingham, UK. During his time in the UK, Jonathon took the opportunity to pursue further studies in small animal surgery. He joined BRVC in early 2008 and in July the same year became a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in the area of small animal surgery. His main areas of interest include surgery, oncology and ultrasounography.

Sue Graykowski


Sue graduated from the University of Sydney in 1982 after emigrating from the United States in 1971. After graduation she worked in Missouri for 2 years then travelled to the UK. Upon returning to Australia in 1986, she began work at Balmain Veterinary Hospital. In 1990 Sue and her Family moved to Maitland, and she began working part-time at Adamstown Veterinary hospital in 1992. In 1994 she completed a post-graduate course in radiology. Her main area of interest is small animal medicine.

Karen Smith


Karen graduated from Sydney University in 2011. After graduation Karen worked in a small animal clinic in Orange before making the seachange to Newcastle when she joined the BRVC team in 2014. Karen enjoys all areas of veterinary practice, and has a special interest in small animal internal medicine and dermatology. Karen likes solving problems for owners and their pets, especially the fulfilment that comes from investigating and helping resolve or manage pet healthcare issues.

Brett Alexander


Having graduated from the University of Sydney in 2005, Brett  moved to the South Coast of NSW where he worked as a cattle and horse vet. Moving back to his hometown of Camden in 2009 where he then worked at the local vet hospital. Brett also completed his law degree during this time with a special interest in animal welfare law. Brett enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and loves meeting clients and being a part of their pets' lives.

Sacha Woodburn

​BVSc (Hons)

Sacha graduated from University Queensland in 2010. Sacha enjoyed working in a mixed practice in Gympie QLD for 2 years before travelling and working as a vet. Sacha worked in Botswana for a year and also in Arnhem Land for 2 years. Both where she worked in dog health programs. Sacha then worked in Sydney in a small animal practice for 6 months before moving to Newcastle, where she worked in the local veterinary emergency centre for a 1 year rotating internship. Sacha has an interest in all aspects of veterinary medicine and is developing a special interest in small animal surgery.

Kimberley Chainey 


Kimberley graduated from James Cook University in 2012 and initially worked in a mixed animal practice on the Atherton Tablelands for two years. Her interest in small animal medicine led her to undertake a rotating internship at Veterinary Specialist Services in Brisbane. Since then, she has worked in small animal clinics throughout South East Qld and NSW and is excited to be joining the BRVC team! She is passionate about providing the best quality care to all animals that walk through the door and loves the fulfilment of seeing challenging cases return home to their families. Her profesional interests include small animal medicine, ultrasonography and opthalmology.



Support Staff

Our vets are supported by a fantastic team including a nursing manager, a business manager as well as over 20 full and part-time nurses, receptionists, and animal attendants.