Committed to Caring
Motto Farm Veterinary Hospital
Dr Martin Strong, BVSc, MACVSc (sas) and Associates

Delivering old fashioned service with the latest of modern technology

Heatherbrae 02 4987 5087, Tea Gardens 02 4997 1877

STAFF
Below are our experienced staff who are happy to help you with your veterinary needs.
Dr Martin Strong, BVSc, MANZCVS (sas)
After graduation in 1993 from Sydney University he began
working with Dr Robert Zammit and had the opportunity to
increase his knowledge and skills in all aspects of small
animal veterinary science with the particular interests in small
animal reproduction.  In 1997 Martin bought the practice  
and has enjoyed improving the facilities and services
provided to our clients.

In 2001 Martin completed further study in small animal
surgery and obtained his membership to the Australian
College of Veterinary Science which has enhanced his
knowledge and skills in this field.  Since then his education
has continued and in 2007 he was certified by the University
of Pennsylvania to submit Penn Hip XRays and was
accredited by AQIS in 2008 to perform pre-export
examinations. Further training has led to Martin now
performing cruciate ligament repairs with the TTA method
and he is having great success.

In his leisure time he enjoys riding and training horses,
kayaking and playing with his dog.
Dr Ali Bumak graduated from Sydney
University in 2008 and began her professional
career in Dalby, Queensland.  She worked in a
busy mixed animal practice, gaining a
particular interest in equine dentistry and all
aspects of small animal veterinary medicine
and surgery.

Ali then spent 6 months travelling in Canada
before returning to "God's own country" in the
Hunter Valley;  she has been working with us
since December 2013.  She has furthered her
education in equine dentistry and small animal
surgery since being at Motto Farm and loves
spending her free time playing with her
beautiful dog and riding her horses.
Dr Ross Barter.   After  graduating from The University
of Sydney in 1988, Ross worked in mixed practice for 7
years, before concentrating on small animal practice.  He has
worked in Australia, New Zealand and England, including 5
years at the RSPCA Newcastle and 7 years as an emergency
vet at the Newcastle Animal Referral and Emergency Centre
[NAREC]. Ross has a particular interest in ultrasound and
cardiology  and has  completed many post-graduate courses
in these fields.  On his days off Ross operates Newcastle
Veterinary Ultrasound, performing ultrasound examinations
for referring veterinarians. Ross is married with 2 children, 4
cats, 1 rabbit  and often several foster kittens.
Melissa Cowan - Melissa joined our
team in 2006 and since then has completed
her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.  
She enjoys looking after a variety of sick
and injured animals. Melissa is the head
nurse at our hospital and is and integral
part of our team. We would be lost without
her organising the staff and especially the
vets!
Liz is a certificate IV qualified nurse and
loves  caring for her patients . She has
been working within this career since
entering the work force.
Ashleigh Bruinsma has
joined our team and brings with
her a wealth of knowledge and
experience. She has been
nursing for 20 years and always
has your animal's best interest at
heart.  When not at work
Ashleigh enjoys spending time
with her family, fishing and
riding horses.
Karen Manuel  first
worked as a veterinary nurse in
1989 . She loves her cats, dogs
and horses and gets a lot of
satisfaction in seeing the animals
in her care return to health.

HEATHERBRAE
Cnr Motto Lane & Pacific Hwy
Heatherbrae NSW 2324
(Raymond Terrace)

Phone (02) 4987 5087

Hours - Mon-Fri 8am to
6pm,
Sat 8am to 12 noon

Emergency Service

Consultation by
Appointment




TEA GARDENS
2/197 Myall Street
Tea Gardens NSW  2324

Phone (02) 4997 1877

Hours - Mon-Fri
9am to 5pm

Emergency Service

Consultation by
Appointment