Dr. Ray Burton B.V.Sc
It’s been twenty years since Dr Ray Burton opened his small one man clinic in the community of Mount Hutton. The paddocks and horses have long since disappeared; replaced by villas and new houses but Ray has remained, gradually expanding his small Vet Clinic to a A class 4 Vet Pet Hospital, meeting and coming to know many interesting people and equally unique pets. Many of these pets have grown from infancy to maturity with Ray over the years. Now in 2014, after 2 major facelifts for the surgery and a visit from Dr. Harry Cooper in 2003, the practice is running smoothly with wonderful staff and a friendly work environment.
Ray is an avid reptile enthusiast, having covered the length and breadth of Australia in search of all manner of snakes. Only the Fierce snake and the Green Python have eluded him, despite numerous attempts to find them. Travelling the vast reaches in Australia has been a source of immense pleasure and satisfaction. Ray has been a enthusiastic but alas, unlucky fisherman for his entire life. He has recently acquired a boat to improve his chances but the fish are equally ellusive.
He also loves Pontiac cars with a 1977 Firebird being his pride and joy. Ray has also just started a tennis competion on Fridays, which he enjoys. All aspects of nature appeal to Ray, especially all forms of reptiles and birds, the more venomous the snake, the more appealing. The challenge and variety of Veterinary practice keeps Ray energized and provides a new challenge every day. His enthusiam has not dimmed and he looks forward to each new day. Heaven, though, would be collecting snakes in his Pontiac, towing his boat, in the company of his loving wife and three children.
Donna Burton - Veterinary Nurse/Practice Manager
I completed a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2005. The course provide me with the skills required to run a busy Hospital with our staff and customers obtaining the benefits of our high standards at Mount Hutton Pet Hospital. I enjoy my work, helping the animals become healthier, educating the clients and working with our team of excellant Vets and Nurses.
I enjoy Taekwon Do and achieved a first Dan black belt with hard training. In March 2006, I competed in the Trans Tasman and won 4 gold and 3 sliver medals. I also achieved a National title. I enjoy going fishing with Ray and our children, our son always catches the fish though. I also enjoy gardening. I find this relaxing and enjoy the results of the native trees and shrubs in flower and love the native wildlife who visit our garden. I keep busy by looking after my family, 3 children and my wonderful husband and our many pets, 2 Burmese cats and Reptiles.
I would like to say a ‘Big Thank You’ to all our wonderful clients who have supported us over the years and in the future, I will continue to ensure that Mount Hutton Pet Hospital meets the highest quality of professional standards that helps make Mount Hutton Pet Hospital what it is today.
Meet the Vets
Dr Emily Burton - D.V.M
It’s been a long-time goal of Emily to become a Veterinarian and last year that dream finally came true. She’s been involved in the clinic since she was very young, spending most of her after school and holiday time running around upstairs. After graduating from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science last December, she moved back to Newcastle and starting working with us. While she enjoys all aspects of looking after your fur babies, in particular she is interested in furthering her surgery skills and learning more about behaviour.
Outside of her busy work schedule, she enjoys yoga, cooking and relaxing and doing absolutely nothing. One day she would love to own a horse but at moment only had her naughty puppy to look after, Bentley, who many of you may know is a dingo (which we found out via a DNA test). His favourite things to do are jumping out of the yard and eating everything in sight.
Dr Dolly Jackson D.V.M
Born in the USA, raised in Australia and educated in both countries Dolly Jackson is the very definition of a “dual citizen”. While calling Winsconsin home from her teenage years, Dolly has recently returned down under with her two cats Johnny and June and Australian husband that she met in the USA.
As a veterinarian, she has been rigorously trained at the University of Winsconsin, USA – ranked in the top 5 colleges for veterinary medicine in the USA. Receiving first a degree in zoology, Dolly than completed her graduate training, a doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M). During the final stages of her education Dolly focused her training towards the treatment of small animals and received recognition for excellence in radiography. After graduation Dolly worked at a not-for-profit small animal veterinary organisation associated with an animal shelter.
When she’s not patching up the many legged, no legged, feathered and furred animals of your family you can find Dolly spending time with her cats (and husband if he’s good), reading a book and hoping its warm enough to go to the beach.
Dr Kat Loring - D.V.M
Joining the MHPH family in February this year, Kat is one of our newest vets. She graduated in July 2017 from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and a Bachelor of Veterinary science. After a brief stint at another small animal clinic, Kat decided she needed to live closer to the coast! She has a real passion for birds and other exotic pets and aims to help them live long happy and healthy lives. Kat hopes to be able to sit the membership exams in avian medicine so she can offer the highest standard of care and knowledge possible for your feathered friends. Her other areas of interest include rodent dentistry and husbandry. When Kat isn’t at work, she can usually be found watching Netflix with her partner, Gabbi, and their pets. Kat and Gabbi are the proud parents of two mischevious felines, a very lazy “wolfhound cross” (aka – mystery breed), a beloved whippet and Gabbi’s female ecclectus parrot. Who likes to spend her time trying to eat Kat’s ears.
Meet the Nurses
Senior Veterinary Nurse
Mel started working at Mount Hutton Pet Hospital in February 2009 after relocating to the Newcastle area from the mid north coast and has always loved and had a keen interest in animal care, surgery and veterinary nursing.
She is currently the main reception senior nurse and has a special interest in management, especially with the day-to-day running of a veterinary clinic.
Mel has a soft spot for cattle dogs and kelpies, and have two fur babies, Wallace the stumpy tail blue cattle dog & Felix the domestic short hair and someday would love to have a small property with a few horses again as she grew up horse riding through pony club and competed in camp drafting.
In her spare time, she likes to spend time with Partner Nick fishing camping, gardening and chilling out.
Laura started working at MHPH in 2008. From a young age her passion has always been animals, and growing up around animals of different species she always knew that she wanted to use that passion for good. She loves veterinary nursing and has a fondness for animal behaviour and enjoys teaching Puppy Preschool helping young puppies learn good manners.
Laura has a wonderful husband Justin, two beautiful kids and a lovely border collie named Lia who is a bundle of fun.
Sherridan became a fully qualified veterinary nurse in 2012 and has been working at Mount Hutton Pet Hospital since 2013. She enjoys surgery and has done additional study in Herpetology. Her special interest is in behaviour and reptiles. She runs the clinics puppy pre-school program.
Sherridan has a big furry family with 2 cats and 5 dogs, she also has a scalier than furry bearded dragon. In her spare time she enjoys gaming, cosplaying and volunteers with the SES.
Jenny obtained her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2006 and has a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing General Practice. Jenny enjoys interacting with staff and cuddling all the patients. Jenny has a lovable 3 legged poodle named Finn. Finn’s best friend is a duck named Jemima. Jenny also has 2 cats. Jenny is a National B badged netball umpire so in netball season she can be found running around the courts at Newcastle Netball Association. Jenny loves spending time with her husband Mr Whippy and her adult children Candice and Blake.
Jodi has been a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse since 2003! She started out at Mount Hutton Pet Hospital as a nursing student and was employed the same year. Jodi always knew she wanted to work with animals and started volunteering from the age of 13 at her local vet. She has a keen interest in pathology and radiography but enjoys the variety that vet nursing offers her.
Jodi has 2 senior dogs Ella and Ariel and a crazy cat Mushu not to mention 3 beautiful children Jesse, Eden and Max that keep her very busy!!
Miranda graduated in 2016. She have two goldfish and two beautiful guinea pigs and two very very active dogs. Her hobbies include taking her dogs to the beach, playing soccer and reading. She loves veterinary nursing because it keeps her thinking all the time, one day is never the same than the next day. She also loves learning something new each day and seeing all the beautiful and diverse animals.
Maddy started here in early 2014 as work experience while she was undertaking her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, then became apart of the Mount Hutton Pet Hospital team in August 2014. She graduated in July 2015. Maddy has always had a love for animals and has always wanted to work in the industry. She enjoys animal behaviour and loves to get to know the clients and their furbabies! At home she has a horse called Pepper and a dog called Wilfred (who is the size of a small horse). She enjoys riding on the weekends and going for walks in new places to keep active with her partner and dog.
Indy graduated her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing in 2018, and prior to that, completed a Bachelor of Animal Science in Western Sydney. She loves all animals and loves that vet nursing is a job that is different every day and the opportunity to keep learning. Outside of working, a lot of her time is taken up by her labrador x kelpie puppy, Kobe.
Meet our Pet Stylist
Head Pet Stylist
Ting came to Australia with her Australian husband in 2008 and loved the country straight away with its beautiful beaches and beautiful people.
She started her grooming training as a bather and junior groomer in Gold coast and Wollongong and with the passion for styling pets and attention for details. She later became a senior groomer in Melbourne with a certificate in all breeds of grooming. Ting joined us in 2016 after six years of professional grooming and loves MHPH because it makes her feel like she is apart of a big family.
She has a toy poodle named Mocca who thinks she is a human and a four yeas old boy who follows her like a puppy.
Ting loves doing outdoor sports with her husband especially Surfing and snowboarding and enjoys her travelling lifestyle. She loves to see the transformation of all pets before and after the groom and get particular excited when the Owner are adventurous so she can do some canine funky styling.