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Meet the Team

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Our Vets

Dr Terry Herder BVSc - Senior Veterinarian

Since graduating  from Sydney University in 1986 , I've worked as a general practitioner in a variety of Veterinary hospitals across the Sydney region. In that time I have gained some 30 years of practical experience in small animal medicine and surgery.

I am particularly interested in the field of "preventative medicine" - exploring the range of options available in foods, dental care, parasite control and disease prevention - to keep pets healthy and safe so that they live long and enjoyable lives!

Together with my wife Jane(who I met at University), I have owned and managed St Marys Vet Hospital since 2001. We're committed to maintaining a reputation for high quality service and advice to our clients and their pets.

I hope that you'll visit us and we have the opportunity to look after you and  your pet.

Dr Jane Herder BVSc - Senior Veterinarian

Hi!. I have enjoyed working as a Veterinarian for over 30 years. Although there are many aspects of my career that I find interesting, I get particular satisfaction from taking on the surgical challenges which we see.

At home we have a slowly-growing menagerie - 2 cats (Izzy and Eliza), 2 sheep (Ali Baa-Baa and Shawn), 1 Rabbit ( Crystal), 2 chickens & multiple goldfish. I,m also a mum/chauffer to our two teenage children, and I'm  actively involved in our church family.

Dr Behzad (Ben) Ajilian-DVM-Senior veterinarian

I have been practicing companion animal medicine and surgery since graduating in 2003. My special interests are small animal surgery, emergency medicine and to some stage small mammals and birds medicine and surgery. I enjoy all aspects of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, but have greater interest in surgery especially orthopaedics.

Dr Ishtar Chan - Associate Veterinarian


Our Nurses



Jenny Haynes - Veterinary Nurse

Hello! My name is Jenny. I've been working in the Veterinary industry for over twelve years; this is my eighth year at St Marys Vet Hospital. I began as a dog and cat Groomer at  Randwick Veterinary Hospital, but nursing is my passion. I have completed a number of nursing and other related course at TAFE, but I think that "hands on" is the best way to learn!. I enjoy every aspect of my job, and each day is like a new adventure.

When I'm at home I spend my time with my Fiance Jed, our son Caleb, daughter Talia and our puppy dogs - Jack Russel terriers named "Iggy" and "Booger".


Savannah Van Der Dray - Veterinary Nurse-Cert IV



Kerri Cosgrove - Senior Veterinary Nurse


Linda Cousin- Groomer 



Penny the Hospital Cat

Penny - Clinic Cat, Chair Warmer

Hi my name is Penelope Jane but everyone calls me Penny. Of course I'm the most important member of our staff, all our clients always are asking about me and saying how beautiful I am. I love living here because I get to meet lots of different people and their pets. I love playing with all the puppies in Puppy Preschool, and sneaking the "occasional" liver treat. Oh, yes, and I'm very good at sleeping!