02 4721 5494

22 Belmore Street, Penrith

Penrith Veterinary Hospital


Our Staff

Matthew and Sally Churchill

Matthew and Sally have owned and managed Penrith Veterinary Hospital since 1999, and have watched with pride as it has developed from a small 1 person practice to  a large fully equipped six veterinarian hospital.

After graduating in 1993 from the University of Sydney Sally and Matthew quickly developed a passion for helping pets, both surgically and medically. Sally began working at Penrith Veterinary Hospital in 1994 before working in many practices across the UK over the following 2 years. Matthew completed a year long advanced course in surgery while working in southern Sydney, before spending two years in Buckinghamshire, England. Where he worked in a huge hospital, and learned the benefit and importance of working with  other high quality vets in developing and providing high quality treatment for pets.

These principles were brought back to Penrith Veterinary Hospital in 1998, where they continued to improve their interest in animal treatments by completing comprehensive courses in surgery, treatment of cancers, radiology, internal medicine, emergency medicine and ultrasound. These passions they have turned into skills to be able to identify conditions and comprehensively care for the pets that they have the honour of treating.

Matt and Sally live locally and have 2 children, Anna and Robbie, who they adore. Mouse and Charlie are their 2 cats- one being diabetic and the other being trouble on 4 legs. In 2011 they acquired the cutest little dog in the world from Paws’N’Hooves called Jamie.

David Khor - Veterinarian

David came to Penrith Veterinary Hospital after working as a new graduate in the Blue Mountains. He graduated from Sydney University in 2007 and his kind and caring nature makes him an accomplished and caring veterinarian. His veterinary interests include surgery, ophthalmology and feline medicine. Maybe this is to ensure the well-being of “Mum cat”, a cat that he kindly rescued from us after she had been abandoned with kittens, that is now called Penny.


Fiona Hyde Page - Veterinarian

  Fiona graduated as a Veterinarian from Sydney University in 2004 and   worked in the Sutherland Shire for 3 years before having a well earned hiatus overseas. She returned to Australia and began working at Penrith Vets in 2008 and has enhanced our hospital with her knowledge, her eagerness to make coffee for everyone, and with her interest in birds.  Since 2012 she has been studying a Master of Veterinary Medicine through Massey University in New Zealand. She is currently studying her thesis  this year on avian blood transfusion. Her many birds Eric, Curtis, Gordon, Burke, Manu and Doveman keep her busy at home. 



Xenia Iona - Veterinarian

Xenia is a Sydney University veterinary honours graduate who joined Penrith Veterinary Hospital in October 2009. Over the years Xenia has worked extensively in small animal practice in the greater Sydney metropolitan area, in South Australia and also in England. She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery and loves the fact that her patients are often intriguing, lovable, quirky, funny and in the most, cuddly! At home Xenia plays ball and takes long walks with Gus the Gorgeous and Millie Vanillie.






Barbara Allen- Veterinary Receptionist

Barbara started working at Penrith Veterinary Hospital in 1981, and after vowing never to come back after her first day she has been the face of Penrith Vets ever since. As one of the friendliest and most helpful people in the world, Barbara has known people that have been coming to Penrith Vets for 30 years and has made friends with all of them. She is incredibly accommodating and knows far too much which is why she is in high demand when on reception. She is here weekends, evenings and during  the day and still has time to care after her husband John and her cute little Chihuahua Chikita.






Dianne Watson- Veterinary Receptionist

Di started working at Penrith Vets in 1985 as a veterinary nurse following her love of animals and animal care that she studied at school. Over the last 20 years she has diversified her career to run a successful photography business and more recently running a farmstay accommodation website. She still enjoys a day a week at Penrith Vets keeping in contact with all  the people that she has developed a relationship with over nearly 30 years. She has a loveable and loyal Labrador called Tilly who travels everywhere with her, and 3 cats- Whitlam, Tiggar and Angel.





Grace Priestley - Veterinary Receptionist

Grace first filled in for someone at Penrith Veterinary Hospital in 1973!!! After popping in with some regularity while working elsewhere, Grace began working a regular evening shift in 1984 and has done the same shift ever since. Between working at the Vets and in a medical centre, Grace is very well known in Penrith, having given advice to literally thousands of people in that time about their pets care. Very caring but with a sharp sense of humour, Grace is one of the faces of Penrith Veterinary Hospital. She cares for an undisclosed number of very lucky strays dogs with her husband Noel, who have all benefited greatly from Grace’s kindness and nurture.

Nicole Ollivier - Head Nurse

Nicole came to Penrith Vets in February 2000 and holds a Veterinary Nursing Certificate IV. From junior nurse to qualified nurse to head nurse, Nicole has always been an essential part of Penrith Vets. After spending some time travelling and locuming as a nurse in the UK in 2005 and 2006, she returned and soon after did a 3 week stint in India with Vets Beyond Borders, helping to care for stray animals in India. As (possibly to her anguish) the go to person for just about everything, she manages everyone and everything with patience and good humour and is an integral part of the running and culture of Penrith Vets.

Jessica Stanley – Veterinary Nurse

Jess came to Penrith Vets in 2005 after working at Guildford as a vet nurse and prior to that as a florist. She is holds a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, is one of our nursing directors, and is an integral part of our hospital. If you have ever had your pet groomed with us, Jess is likely to have been the culprit, especially if your pet came out looking better than expected.  She has a cute little Bichon called Millie fostered out to her parents , a cheeky cat called Tango who has yet to overly traumatise her Budgie, Bosco and a Cockatiel called Storm. The new addition to her family is Rosie, a sweet little Cavoodle who has instantly settled in to her new home.

Anita Ellis - Veterinary Nurse

Anita has been with Penrith Veterinary Hospital since late 2007 and holds a certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She is one of our valued nursing directors and is extremely proficient in all aspects of her nursing responsibilities. She enjoys medical nursing, especially pre- and post-operative care and has a keen interest in animal behaviour. Anita shares her spare time with her cheeky Bull Terrier cross, J.D..




Allana Lumley- Veterinary Nurse

Allana came to Penrith Veterinary Hospital for work experience while she was doing her Veterinary Nursing Certificate 4 course at TAFE in 2009. Her vibrant disposition and warmhearted approach to animal care means the pets and owners that she cares for are well looked after. In 2011 she started taking on nursing director duties, which she continues to do. Allana was adopted by Connor, her cat come dog who, like most cats, moved in on his own accord and decided that he would adopt Allana as his person. He now has to share his home with Mikey, a Staffie cross puppy who keeps her on her toes.

Laura Cutler- Veterinary Nurse

Laura has been with Penrith Vets since 2009 and has a Certificate IV qualification in Veterinary nursing. She is an integral part of our team and  is one of our nursing directors. She has a keen interest in surgical and medical nursing and exotic animals. Laura is also a licensed microchip identifier and is a Hill’s veterinary nutritional advocate. She has recently completed a pet Massage course, and now offers pet massage sessions  in the clinic.Laura has two mischievous Alexandrine parrots “Calypso” and “Mr Darcy”.






Lisa Hardwidge- Veterinary Nurse

Lisa came to Penrith Vets in 2009 while at TAFE doing her certificate IV in veterinary nursing. While doing so she worked as a dental nurse and at the Animal Referral Hospital working daytime and emergency shifts, where she developed interests in veterinary dental techniques and emergency medicine. Her kind and gentle disposition make her a caring and sympathetic part of our nursing team. She has a cheeky littleTerrier X that she adopted from Paws n Hooves, a very active Dachshund named Sizzle, and Macy the Pomeranian who is the little angel of the family.