Our Team – Vets

Dr Kimberley Earl BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Avian Health)

General practice vet with an interest in Avian medicine

Originally from Canada, Kimberley started her veterinary career at the University of Sydney, graduating in 2005 with honours. After graduation she returned to Canada and worked for three years in a busy, mixed animal practice in northern British Columbia. In between snowy calving seasons Kimberley was busy developing skills in small animal medicine and diagnostic ultrasound. In late 2008 Kimberley and her husband decided that they missed the balmy Australian climate, and moved (with Abbi the golden retriever) back to the land down under, settling in Newcastle.

Kimberley then spent nearly 3 years developing skills and experience in avian and exotics veterinary practice. Kimberley’s main clinical interests are exotic and avian medicine, as well as diagnostic ultrasound and general medicine. In July 2016, Kimberley gained entry to the Avian Health chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by passing a rigorous set of advanced clinical practice examinations.

Outside of work Kimberley has a young daughter who keeps life busy and entertaining. She enjoys spending time outside with the family biking, camping and climbing, and loves reading when she can find some spare quiet time.


Dr Nicole Melhem BVSc(Hons) 

General Practice Vet with an interest in dentistry, avian and pocket pet surgery.

Nicole grew up mad about animals, a keen horse rider as a teenager took her to completing an Equine Science degree and working in the horse industry in Australia and overseas. It wasn’t long before she decided to study to become a vet to further her career options and subsequently graduated from the University of Sydney in 2005. She returned to her hometown of Newcastle with her husband working in several practices in the surrounding areas gaining experience in rural mixed, small animal, avian/exotic, animal welfare and emergency practices.

Nicole has a diverse range of interests but in particular dentistry, surgery with avian and pocket pets, reptile husbandry, backyard poultry, and most importantly education on responsible pet ownership and preventative health care for all pets. Over the years she has had the pleasure of keeping a variety of usual and unusual pets but at the moment enjoys the company of two Burmese cats (Chloe & Macy), several chickens and Tilda the crazy but loveable Boxer dog.

When she is not at work she is kept busy with her two children and when time permits she loves gardening, camping, bird watching and touring Australia with the family.


Dr Perin Patterson BVSc (Hons)

General Practice vet with an interest in surgery and oncology

After a brief career in the Air Force, Perin graduated in 2005 with an honours degree in veterinary science from the University of Sydney. Her particular interests include all aspects of companion animal medicine and surgery, dentistry and especially the care and treatment of patients with cancer.

At home she has two cats, Lexus and Tiger, who came from the RSPCA as foster flu kittens in 2014. They are no longer adolescents, but still love playing and finding a warm lap if someone settles down to read.  Our newest addition is ‘Roger’, a 2 year old Stimson’s python who is a lovely little snake, very placid and has been super popular with the cats.  The top of his heated cage has become their favourite resting place, and it appears there is some jealousy about the fact that Roger gets thawed mice delivered weekly.

Outside work, Perin enjoys spending time with her primary school aged twins and trying to maintain some level of fitness. The ‘jungle’ aka the backyard is constantly in need of work, but mostly takes second place to beach trips and trying to get kids interested in trail running.


Dr Chloe Groves BVSc

General Practice Vet with an interest in behavioural medicine, internal medicine, surgery, emergency and critical care and dermatology.

We are very fortunate to have Chloe join our growing team in 2019! Chloe will be adding to the diversity of our EAMC team by offering dedicated behaviour consults.

Chloe loves working together with clients to make their pets as happy and healthy as they can possibly be!  She has been immersed in the veterinary world since she was still at high school, working at her local vet clinic after school and on weekends. Years later, she eagerly accepted a scholarship position to study Veterinary Science at Sydney University, graduating in 2015. Chloe always sought out more adventures during university holidays, including working with elephants and street dogs in remote Northern Thailand, trapping Tassie devils for facial tumour research, and volunteering on the weekends for the Behavioural Studies Unit at Taronga Zoo.

Chloe spent her first few years as a vet working in Melbourne and Albury before settling here in Newcastle to be close to family.  Chloe considers herself an all-rounder, with interests in all areas of general practice.

Chloe likes to keep active outside of work. She plays basketball, volleyball and attends parkrun every weekend. She loves spending time in the garden and with her rescue greyhound, Patrick.


Dr Lily Simpson-Kennedy BVSc

General practice vet with an interest in avian and exotic pets

Dr Lily joined the EAMC team in November 2020 and has been a fantastic addition to our already amazing team of experienced vets. 

Lily graduated from University of Sydney in 2015 and moved into private small animal practice. In 2017-18 she travelled to Laos where she was the head vet at Laos Wildlife Sanctuary. She had the priveledge of treating all manner of exotic wildlife such as bears, binturong, crocodiles, lots of primate species, porcupine, hog badgers and a variety of birds and reptiles.

While we don’t get quite the same exotic species as she has been used to in Laos, Lily enjoys the variety of pets and wildlife we see here at EAMC including birds, rabbits, reptiles, rodents as well as being a lover of dogs and cats. 

At home, Lily enjoys the company of her rescue dog Lettie and her two pet rats Splinter and Magda. She also loves spending time at our beautiful Newcastle beaches.