Meet the Team 


Dr Jane Rickard

Owner / Veterinarian

Dr Jane, better known as 'Aunty Jane', is the founder and owner of Hills District Veterinary Hospital. She has a strong interest in orthopedic surgery, sports rehabilitation, physiotherapy and chiropractic services. In her free time she is heavily involved in dressage and also loves to ski when on holidays. She lives with her husband, her two sons who come and go,  her horse (Lorenzo), Labrador (Louie), cat (Patrick) and an assortment of chickens.  


Dr Cassandra O'Callaghan


Dr Cassie has been with us for nearly half a decade after working at a practice in the Upper Hunter. She enjoys consulting and has completed post-graduate study in Feline Medicine through the University of Sydney. She is also certified as a Low Stress Handler™. In her spare time she enjoys pampering her ragdoll Luna, scuba diving and serving with Marine Rescue. 


Olivia Gillett

Head Veterinary Nurse

Olivia has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is continuing her studies in surgical and medical nursing. Olivia has a cat called Danni who is a sassy-pants. She spends her free time cleaning up after her cat, who loves bringing in leaves and bugs as gestures of her love. Olivia is a very friendly and compassionate person who will always greet you with a smile and makes sure your pet gets lots of love and attention whilst staying with us.


Amanda Trovato

Veterinary Nurse

Bio to come shortly! 


Hayley Newman

Junior Veterinary Nurse

Hayley is currently studying her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. She loves all animals but her favourite would have to be dogs. Hayley loves to help others around her and is always willing to learn and pick up new skills to expand her knowledge about animal care.

She has recently joined our team and we look forward to helping her grow as a vet nurse.


Hannah Mowen

Animal Attendant

Hannah works part-time at our hospital as an animal attendant. She has no pets at home (yet!) but enjoys feeding cockatoos and other wild birds on her balcony. In her spare time she enjoys studying wildlife, horse-riding, drawing, taekwondo and wildlife photography. She is also a huge Disney fan!


Keegan Robertson

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing Trainee

Keegan is currently studying his Cert IV Veterinary Nursing. He loves all kinds animals and owns three dogs called Fluffy, Ella and Shadow. Keegan has an interest in exotic animals and has even completed his Cert II in Captive Animals. Keegan is looking forward to learning as much as he can about animals and learning new skills along the way.


Zakia Sahib

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing Trainee

Zakia is studying Certficate IV in Veterinary Nursing full time. She has a Cavoodle named Zoey and a cat named Leo who she spoils with love everyday. In her spare time she loves exploring new beaches and eating out at cafes. Zakia would love to specialise in surgical nursing and is looking forward to further her career in this industry over the next couple of years.


Julia Jablonski

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing Trainee

Julia is currently doing her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. She has a 2 year old Labrador named Toby who still thinks he is a puppy. In her spare time Julia loves training her dog new tricks and expanding her knowledge of all things Vet Nursing. 



Lachlan Sinfield

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing Trainee

Lachlan is studying for a certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Richmond TAFE. At home, he has two pets, a dog Jaffa and cat Tash. In his spare time, he enjoys playing games, hanging out with friends, and spending time with his pets. Lachlan is hoping to pursue further studies after TAFE to expand his knowledge on how to best care for animals.


Mia Paull

Cert II Veterinary Nursing Trainee

Mia is currently studying her certificate II in animal studies and is planning to pursue a certificate IV in veterinary nursing. She loves all things animals and is enthusiastic through everything she does. She has two little spoodle and cavoodle doggies Molly and Max who love cuddles and walkies! In her spare times she enjoys heading to the gym and catching up with friends. Mia is hoping to specialise in surgical nursing in the future.


Dorothy ('Dotty')

Clinic Cat / Self-Appointed Boss

Found behind the shops in Oakville at the end of 2014, Dorothy/Dotty came to us at just a few weeks old. ​She was underweight, covered in fleas, riddled with worms and full of cat influenza!

She lived in our hospital recovering for two months until she was well enough to be moved into the waiting room to look for a furever home.

Another month went by, she was desexed, vaccinated, wormed and flea treated. Dotty was the hit of the hospital, but still no home.


It took another few months before we understood why such a gorgeous girl hadn’t found a new family… we were all too in love with her! We suspect everyone but us knew that she would become a permanent resident!


As of today, she is clearly the boss of the clinic. Super sweet and a big hit with all of our clients and patients – canine and feline alike – Dotty is definitely one of the highlights of our hospital.


She’s now has her very own room upstairs with a big couch, scratching posts galore, a sun hammock, drinking fountain and piles of toys! Everything a kitty could need.