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Internal Medicine (SAAS)



Dave Collins


Dave is a Registered Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine in Australia and New Zealand. He has 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and has been working in referral medicine for the last 8 years. Dave grew up on Sydney’s northern beaches and graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995. Dave has membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Medicine of Dogs (2003); Medicine of Cats (2006), and Emergency and Critical Care (2011).

In 2007 Dave was the Practitioner in Residence at the University of Sydney. In 2008 he started his Residency in Small Animal Medicine at the Veterinary Specialist Centre, Sydney and during his training he spent time at a number of veterinary referral centres across Sydney and the USA. From 2011 to 2015, Dave worked at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) in Sydney, and attained his specialist qualification in 2013, Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science in Small Animal Internal Medicine (FANZCVS).
Northside Animal Referral Services started in 2015 to offer a mobile veterinary referral service in Sydney in conjunction with Dr Eugene Buffa, a specialist surgeon of Consulting Animal Specialists. Dave has been an examiner for the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists on several occasions and has been a speaker at and convener of international veterinary conferences in New Zealand, Japan and Italy for over 10 years. Dave is interested in all areas of internal medicine, particularly cardiorespiratory medicine, emergency medicine, chronic gastrointestinal disease, hepato-biliary disease and endocrinology.

Anna Dengate

BVSc BMedSc MANZCVSc (Small Animal Medicine)
Anna Dengate

Anna graduated from veterinary science with first class honours at Sydney University in 2008. Upon graduating, Anna began an internship & residency training in small animal medicine, and has completed the formal training required for specialists. She attained membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in small animal medicine in 2013, and aims to sit the specialist exam (fellowship) in 2015. Once completed, Anna will be one of only 11 specialists working in Sydney with qualifications in both canine and feline medicine. Her incredible skills as an ultrasonographer and her endless knowledge of internal diseases make Anna an exceptional vet. Anna loves working at Bilgola because of the personal relationships a smaller clinic allows, without sacrificing quality of care.

Karina Graham

BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine)

Karina Graham worked in specialty practice for eight years as a veterinary nurse, before completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) at Sydney University in 2006. Karina completed an internship in surgery and medicine the following year and proceeded directly into a residency training program required for specialist qualification in Small Animal Medicine through North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre and Veterinary Specialist Centre. Additional externship training was undertaken at the University of California, Davis in cardiology and neurology in 2010. Membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists was achieved later that year and she obtained Fellowship to the College in 2013 permitting her to become a registered specialist in Small Animal Medicine. Karina currently works at the North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre as a small animal medicine specialist.

Chris Greenwell


Chris Greenwell graduated from the University of Sydney in 2002. After graduation he worked as a mixed practice vet in Nowra for 12 months, then headed overseas and worked as a small animal vet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for two years. On returning home to Sydney he took up a position as a small animal registrar at the Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Camden where he stayed for three years. It was there that he developed his interest in small animal medicine by working on medicine referral cases. In 2012 Chris completed his specialist training program in small animal medicine under Dr Phil Brain, and since then has been one of our internal medicine vets. Chris is interested in all aspects of internal medicine, with particular interest in investigational techniques (ultrasound, endoscopy and advanced imaging). Chris’ home life also has a veterinary flavour with his wife being a specialist in equine medicine at the University of Sydney and his three cats and one Husky. When not working or studying, Chris likes to spend time in his shed at home working on one of his many “projects”, including the restoration of two vintage Italian motor scooters.

Amy Lam

BVSc (Hons I) GradCertVetStud FANZCVS (SAIM) MRCVS

Amy LamAmy graduated in 2004 from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, first class honours. Initially she worked in small animal practice, in Melbourne and Canberra (with her father - John Aspley Davis) where she completed 2 Distance Education courses from the CVE in Small Animal Medicine. In She completed a small animal rotating internship at The University of Sydney, achieved a Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Clinical studies and membership to the Small Animal Medicine Chapter of the ANZCVS. Subsequent to this she undertook a small animal medicine residency at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital, Sydney. Following residency training, she and her husband moved to the UK - where she worked in specialist referral hospitals, and undertook research at the Royal Veterinary College. Amy is delighted to be a fellow of the ANZCVS  and would like to thank everyone who has helped her achieve this goal. To her, becoming an Australian Specialist is a dream come true.