Hamish grew up in Sydney’s east and spent school holidays on a farm in rural NSW. It was here that Hamish discovered the joy of being around animals and made the decision to study to be a vet, graduating from Sydney University in 1992. Jobs were hard to come by for a new graduate, so Hamish headed to western NSW, working with large and small animals for two years, before heading off to the UK, working and living in animal hospitals across the country. Hamish has been the owner of Blakehurst Vet since 2006 and opened the Hotel for Cats in 2008. He cherishes every aspect of his role and particularly enjoys surgery, consulting, preventative care and working one-on-one with owners to make the best decision for their pet’s health. Hamish is certified by the Australian Government to get pets ready for international travel. He is married to Holly and they have three darling daughters, two adored dogs, one very spoilt cat and 10 cherished chickens. Hamish loves spending time with his children and having the odd round of golf. He is a mad supporter of the Wallabies and Waratahs.
With her father being a farmer and her profession taking her around the world, Ally’s experience working with animals stretches from country NSW to the streets of London. Being driven by a desire to be around animals from the age of two, Ally started as a kennel hand in a pound/emergency hospital while studying nursing. She worked her way up to become the practice manager. With this experience, she secured a two year contract with the BBC at North London’s RSPCA, appearing on the show Animal Hospital. Ally has been working at Blakehurst Vet and Hotel for Cats since 2013. She enjoys helping clients by providing outstanding customer service on the phone and at reception. Ally’s passion is canine behaviour and loves helping owners get off on the right paw through puppy school. Ally is married with two adorable children and has two rescue babies, Harvey (Rotty X) and Peppa (DSH cat). She loves caravanning, cooking, working out and creating living art with succulents.
Having owned and loved many pets throughout the years, Holly knew that being around pets gave her a sense of contentment and happiness. She often thought about how lovely it would be to work with animals, but her career took her to the corporate world of suits and commutes and before she knew it, decades had passed. In 2012, Holly couldn’t wait to work with animals any longer and switched careers to work with Hamish in the family business. She has never looked back, relishing the opportunity to be with family and enjoying her role in making sure we are doing everything we can to give clients unrivaled service at Blakehurst Vet and Hotel for Cats. Holly is very proud of her team of nurses and their hard work and commitment to our clients and wants everyone to know that Hamish is just the best vet around. Holly enjoys running, cooking and would love a hit of tennis from time to time if anyone’s keen!
Born and raised in the Shire, Alana was always happiest when surrounded by pets. She knew she would end up working with animals as she has an inherent drive to care for all creatures, great and small. After completing her HSC, Alana went straight into Animal Studies at TAFE, then completed her veterinary nursing qualification while working at Blakehurst Vet and Hotel for Cats. Alana has been with us since 2012 and in addition to her vital nursing work, she manages the Hotel for Cats. Alana enjoys keeping our valued clients informed of the latest in pet health news and photos of our very cute clients through social media updates on Facebook/blakehurstvet and hotel4cats. Her hard work was acknowledged when she was a top five finalist in a regional business youth award. Alana is mum to a Jack Russell named Maximus and two horses, Molly and Duchess. She enjoys reading, travel and pending time with her fiancé.
From a young age, Chloe’s parents noticed her aspiration to help animals and their owners. Her devotion to her own pets was beyond compare, so when she left high school after her HSC, her family wasn’t surprised when Chloe knew exactly what she wanted to do and enrolled in TAFE to study veterinary nursing. To complement her studies, in 2015 Chloe sought out a position at Blakehurst Vet. Chloe is now a qualified nurse and enjoys all aspects of her role, particularly assisting with surgery, grooming, caring for clients and supporting their owners. Chloe is mum to two horses, Halo and Summer, and a delightful Cattle Dog named Hope. Chloe never gives up on the dream of one day owning her very own cat. She spends 90-99% of her spare time riding her cherished and very-well-loved horses and when she’s not with them, Chloe likes to surf.
Our resident American Keith looks after our precious clients after hours and has a fascinating story. After leaving his California high school, Keith began studying a science degree and joined the US military to help pay for his college fees. Seven years later, Keith completed two Masters degrees in Forensic Science and Pharmacology/Toxicology. During his time in service, Keith discovered he loved working with military dog units and knew that what he really wanted was to work with animals. When he wasn’t working or studying, Keith volunteered at animal hospitals around the country as a veterinary assistant and lab technician. Last year, Keith left the military and his home country to study vet science at Sydney Uni. His dream is to be an army vet, caring for working military dogs and the pets of soldiers. Keith plays the guitar and drums and likes going to the movies. He misses playing fetch with his loyal brown Labrador in LA.
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