Welcome to Greencross Vets Five Dock
We are your local team of pet care professionals, we are truly ‘passionate about pets’ and we love what we do.
Greencross Vets Five Dock (formally Happy Tails Vet Hospital) is a purpose built veterinary hospital in the heart of Five Dock. All of our staff are experienced, professional, caring and approachable and have similar goals to deliver top class service and care to all our patients.
We offer a comprehensive range of professional veterinary services to ensure that your pet is healthy and happy throughout all life stages, ranging from preventative health care to weight loss programs through to surgery and diagnostic medicine. We have also expanded our services to include ultrasound, acupuncture, grooming and overnight VIP boarding.
Pet owners will experience a high level of care and service for their pets delivered by our team of highly skilled and dedicated vets and nurses.
We encourage you to contact us directly should you have any questions about your pet’s health and wellbeing or if you simply want more information about the services that we can provide you and your pets.
Greencross Vets Five Dock offer a comprehensive range of professional veterinary services to cater for all your pet care needs utilising the latest diagnostic equipment.
Heartworm can be hard to detect, but it needn’t be hard to prevent. Greencross Vets recommends year round heartworm prevention. Ask your vet about prevention today.
Don’t have your own clippers? Let us take care of dog grooming for you. Our clinic offers premium dog grooming for your pet.
The latest in-house laboratory equipment allows our vets to perform a range of diagnostic tests to achieve accurate, rapid diagnosis of your pets’ health status.
We offer premium dog boarding facilities for your pet. Ask us about our dog boarding service today.
We offer premium cat boarding facilities for your pet. Ask us about our cat boarding service today.
Natalia was born in Santiago, Chile and grew up surrounded by dogs and cats which triggered her passion for small animals. She graduated as a Vet from the University of Chile in 2013 and continued her studies of Small Animal Medicine in 2014. She worked as Veterinarian for 2 years before deciding to move to Sydney in 2016. Upon arrival to Australia, Natalia started working as a Veterinary Nurse while preparing for the Australian Veterinary Association exam to obtain her qualification here. As a result, if she’s not at work she spends more of her free time studying or hanging out with her recently adopted cat named Banjo, who’s also her unconditional study buddy.
Tate graduated in December 2019 with his Certificate IV in veterinary nursing and joined the team at Five Dock in March 2020 where he enjoys working as a part time nurse. Tate became a Vet Nurse as he has always loved animals and wanted to be able to care for them and be able to take care of all of their needs. During his time he has found that he is most interested in anesthetics and surgeries. In his spare time he loves to look after his two cats Toby and Ash as well as a German Shepard named Vegas.
Polly graduated from the University of Sydney with Bachelor in Veterinary Science in 2011. She has since been working in small animal practices in Sydney. She worked as a senior Veterinary Associate at Greencross Vets Mortdale before joining the Five Dock team as the Veterinary Director in 2018. Polly enjoys working as a vet and is passionate in providing the highest standards of care for pets. She is interested in seeing variety of cases, including surgery, medicine, dermatology and dentistry. Outside of work Polly enjoys food, movies and travelling. Polly’s fur family includes a Labrador Sanglee and 2 cheeky kitties, Asahi and Kiki.
Maxine has been working as Veterinary Nurse since 2015. Prior to this she had traveled across the USA helping multiple small zoo’s upgrade their standards of husbandry for Australian Native animals. After working at Greencross Fairy Meadow for a few years, Maxine took a break to work in Hawaii and across the Caribbean, returning to Australia to join the Five Dock team as the Practice Manager. She is passionate about supporting the team and encouraging them to learn new skills and expand their nursing knowledge. With experience working in Emergency, she is currently studying the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency in Critical Care to expand her own knowledge and skill set.
You will often find her winding down on the beach with her love-able old Rottweiler X.
Dr Joanna Macolm
Dr Joanna Macolm
Joanna grew up on a farm surrounded by animals so was destined to head into the veterinary field. She graduated from the University of Sydney and began practicing in Camden. After two years in small animal practice, the lure of travel took her to the UK for 7 years where she worked as a locum, explored Europe and settled in a busy practice in Kent. There Joanna completed a General Practitioner Certificate in Feline Practice. In 2008 Joanna returned to practice in Sydney, joining the Five Dock team in 2014. She enjoys meeting clients and all aspects of small animal medicine and routine surgery. When not at work Joanna is kept very busy running around after two young children. If she gets a spare moment, she likes to relax by reading, playing the guitar and visiting the countryside.
Dr Vivienne Chessell
Dr Vivienne Chessell
Vivienne has been working at the practice since May 2013. She is originally from the UK and completed her training to become a Veterinarian at The University of Liverpool. Vivienne spent several years working in small animal practices in the UK before coming to Australia for one year to work and travel. She enjoyed working and living in Australia so much that she decided to stay! Vivienne is experienced in small animal medicine and surgery and has a special interest in orthopaedic surgery. She loves working as a vet and is passionate about providing your pets with the highest level of personalised care. Vivienne has a keen interest in the conservation of Orangutans and has spent several months as a volunteer at an orangutan rehabilitation centre in Borneo. She continues to support the conservation of this critically endangered species, with the help from the rest of the Greencross Vets Five Dock team, by raising funds for essential medical supplies and veterinary equipment.
Rebekah joined the hospital in 2011 as a part-time Veterinary Nurse. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2013 and is now our Senior Veterinary Nurse as well as the Practice Manager. Ever since she was young, Rebekah dreamed of working with animals; she has grown up surrounded by animals and was only a natural progression to follow her dream career. She has been lucky enough to complete a ‘Meet a Keeper’ course at Taronga Zoo where she was able to see behind the scenes.
Rebekah shares he life with four crazy cats and a white fluffy pup named Maleeka.
Rhiannon had a passion for animals at a young age as she grew up on a farm surrounded by animals. After finishing school she completed her bachelor degree in animal science so she could work in the animal industry. While at university she worked at a clinic as an animal attendant and really enjoyed the veterinary environment. After finishing her degree she decided to enrol in cert 4 for vet nursing and is currently studying while working at Greencross. She has a Russian blue cat named Cornelius and a white, giant Flemish rabbit named Jasper that she decided to adopt when he was brought into the clinic as a stray
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