Dr. Donna McGrath BVSc (Hons)


Dr. Donna McGrath grew up in the Hills District with an array of family pets. She studied Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, graduating in 2001 with First Class Honours.

Over the last 15 years she has worked in small, country clinics in regional NSW and big, busy veterinary hospitals here, in Sydney, and in the United Kingdom. This has allowed her to gain a broad range of experience and develop the knowledge and skills she needs to provide the best possible care for your pets.
Dr McGrath has a particular interest in the health of senior pets as she believes it is an area where she can make a big difference. She is passionate about caring for all animals and helping them to live long, happy, healthy lives.

Donna lives in Castle Hill with her husband, 2 young daughters and a very lazy cat named Charlie.

Dr Durga Kovvali BVSc (Hons)


Durga Kovvali achieved a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science in Biochemistry before graduating with Honours from Melbourne University in 2008. She is currently studying a Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Veterinary Practice.

Durga has built her experience in a number of small animal practices in and around Sydney and Wollongong. Her experiences have given her a new found respect for welfare medicine and an aspiration to continue as a general practitioner.

“General practice allows you to be involved in all aspects of veterinary medicine, surgery, pathology and preventative medicine. This makes it so rewarding and exciting.”

She loves helping all animals in need and always takes time to explain everything to their humans too.
Durga lives in Castle Hill with her husband , her first feline son and his younger human counterpart.

Dr. Nagisa Hiraoka BVSc (Hons)


Dr. Nagisa Hiraoka graduated from the University of Sydney in 2009.

Whilst enjoying all aspects of veterinary medicine Nagisa has a particular interest in complimentary therapies. She has completed a Foundation course in Veterinary Herbal Medicine (UK) and is a member of the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association (VBMA) and the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies. She is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine at CIVT.

Nagisa offers herbal medicine consultations at Hills Family Pet Vet to treat or manage a range of conditions including skin disease, gastrointestinal disease, liver disease and chronic kidney disease. To read more about our Veterinary Herbal Medicine service click here

Courtney Bridge Veterinary Nurse

Courtney has been with Hills Family Pet Vet since November 2012.
She loves all animals and finds a new favourite patient every week. All of our patients receive lots of cuddles and kindness when Courtney is in and you will often find her with a furry ‘helper’ under her desk.

At home Courtney has 2 staffies, Mack and Tess, a hand reared kitten named Princess Buddha and Clover the mini lop bunny.

In 2013, Courtney completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at TAFE, achieving fantastic results and confirming what we already knew about her high standards and excellent abilities when it comes to caring for animals.


Emma Johnson Veterinary Nurse


Emma joined the Hills Family Pet Vet team in 2015 whilst studying for her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She completed her studies at the end of 2015 and has joined the team as a fully qualified veterinary nurse.

Emma is passionate about caring for animals and will always go above and beyond for the animals in her care.

At home Emma is kept busy by her three senior cats – Missy, Johnny and Sammy.