Melissa Catt BVSc MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats)

Melissa graduated from the University of Sydney in 1990, nominatively destined to become a cat veterinarian. She worked in Adelaide and the UK for a number of years before coming back to Sydney, where she and Randolph started Paddington Cat Hospital in 1997 (their first ‘baby’).

Melissa enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice, and has a particular liking for surgery. She attained her membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2007 by examination, in Medicine of Cats. Working with cats only is very rewarding as she has an affinity for this species, and it is a relatively new area of research and information. She has owned cats since a child, and currently shares her life with Jake (a three legged ginger boy) and his sister Peggy.  She and Randolph have two daughters, Elizabeth and Amelia, who share her love of cats, baking and reading.

Randolph Baral BVSc MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats) PhD

Randolph graduated from the University of Sydney in 1991. In the first few years of his veterinary career, he worked part-time in Australia and the UK while pursuing a career as a professional triathlete. In 1997, he started Paddington Cat Hospital with his wife, Melissa Catt.

Randolph’s interests in feline practice focus on internal medicine and he achieved Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Medicine of Cats in 2001, and his PhD in 2015. Particular interest areas are biological variation in interpretation of pathology results, the manifestations and causes of hypertension, diabetes mellitus (particularly transient diabetes) and lipid metabolism disorders as well as infectious diseases.

Since 2001 Randolph has been an official consultant on Feline Internal Medicine board of VIN (Veterinary Information Network) a worldwide internet group where veterinarians seek advice and discuss cases.

Randolph is widely published in numerous international veterinary journals and is a co-editor of the definitive feline medicine textbook ‘The Cat: Clinical Medicine and Management’ by Susan Little.

He likes to keep fit with cycling, and keep his interests broad by studying French in his spare time.

Leah Puk BVSc (hons) MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats)

Leah graduated from the University of Sydney in 2007. Her love of animals blossomed when she was six and she learned to interact with the neighbour’s dog. This obsession grew over the years, and she started volunteering at clinics at the age of sixteen. It was only when she got into vet school and started working as a kennelhand, however, that she truly discovered the joy of cats.

While she did begin her career treating cats, dogs, and other types of pets, such as birds, mice and rabbits, as well as wildlife, she finds the greatest fulfillment in caring for cats of different shapes and sizes. She particularly enjoys treating the young kittens who are starting out on their journey in life, and the more mature cats who are settling into a sedentary lifestyle. She achieved her Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists for Feline Medicine in 2018.

Outside of work, Leah enjoys spending time with her ginger cat and husband, in that order, and feels that the best things in life come in the tiniest of packages – such as the neat package that is a cat.

Anita Comyn BVSc (hons)

Anita graduated from the University of QLD in 1999 and started work in mixed practice in the Hunter Valley. It wasn’t long before midnight calvings lost their appeal however and she headed to England to be a locum and travel through Europe. She even met one of the Queen’s corgis in Windsor.

After returning to Sydney she worked for a few years in Sydney’s Inner West in small animal practice before solely working with cats full time at Paddington cat Hospital.

Anita has three active but beautiful boys aged 6, 8 and 10 years and has been working at Paddington Cat Hospital in a part time capacity for the last 10 years. She has two very cheeky tabby cats at home called Percy Jackson and Charlie.

 

Helen- vet nurse

After more than 10 years in the retail industry, Helen decided that Veterinary Nursing was for her and completed  her Veterinary Nursing Certificate IV course in 2005.  She has been working at Paddington Cat Hospital since 2004, and is widely known for her cat whispering abilities.

She particularly loves looking after our boarding cats and hospital patients, and making the hospital into a second home.

In her spare time Helen enjoys gardening and attending to her cats’ every whim and need. “It’s great working in a cat-only practice. Life is fantastic, I’m surrounded by cats at home and at work.”

Helen currently has five cats, a patient partner John, and had a gorgeous (human!) boy, Alexander, in July 2008, who loves cats as much as his mum!

Diane- vet nurse

Diane moved from France to Australia in 2012 and began her work life here by pulling shifts as a waitress in a restaurant, all without speaking a single word of English. Her passion, however, has been animals for as long as she can remember, and she was elated when she got accepted into vet nursing school in 2015, followed by landing her role here at Paddington Cat Hospital a year later.

At home, she is surrounded by a small menagerie of pets, having two cats, a dog, a revolving door of fostered kittens and a fiancé. When she is at work, however, she is solely focused on her patients, and will alternate between French and English to help certain kitties make them feel more at home.

Diane loves every single cat that come to Paddington Cat Hospital as if they were her own!

Victoria- vet nurse

Nami- vet nurse (training)

Nami has always wanted to work with animals from a young age, but didn’t pursue that dream until recently. She is currently completing her Veterinary Nursing Certificate IV, because she decided that it’s never too late in life to change your career, and she hasn’t regretted a single moment of it.

She adopted two fur babies, Benji and Lily, from the Cat Protection Society in 2008 and 2011 respectively, and they live harmoniously in an apartment together with her husband. Nami enjoys all aspects of vet nursing, from the minutiae of folding clean towels fresh from the sun, to greeting all the cats in boarding individually when she first comes into work. The most fulfilling part of her job, however, is watching an unwell patient get better while under our care, and she hopes to have many more years of improving the lives of cats.

Sarah- vet nurse

Sarah first started work in a veterinary clinic when she was 14 as a kennel hand. Since then she has completed her training at Unitec in Auckland, and worked in a practice in Auckland for eleven years. She has been working at Paddington Cat Hospital since 2007- full- time, part-time and now filling in when she can around her busy parenting schedule.

Sarah has a special interest in our older kitties, and loves to hear stories of their exploits!

She has an Abyssinian boy called Pickle, and two human children to keep her on her toes.

In her spare time she loves to dance, go for walks, do yoga and read stories about…you guessed it, CATS!

Charlotte- vet student and weekend cattery assistant

Charlotte is currently studying a bachelor of Veterinary Biology/ Bachelor of Veterinary Science at University of Sydney. She started volunteering at Sydney Cats & Dogs home in Sydney during a previous degree, and decided to follow her dreams and begin a career in animals.

Although Charlotte does not have any cats of her own, she is able to get her cat-fix working as a weekend nurse by cuddling and caring for those in boarding.

Yan- vet student and weekend cattery assistant

Yan grew up in Melbourne, where she attained her BSc with a major in Animal Disease and Biotechnology, but has been calling Sydney home for several years now after being accepted into vet school at the University of Sydney. She discovered her love for animals early, and has spent many years volunteering with the RSPCA, working with Seeing Eye Dogs, horse riding, and is now enjoying getting to know all manner of feline friends through her time at the clinic.

She loves drawing and hiking in her spare time, and video calling her 15 year old tabby cat at home. Yan mostly works weekends at the clinic, ensuring that our boarding guests are clean, comfortable, and very much enjoying their stay with us.