Katoomba Veterinary Clinic

59 Waratah street
Katoomba, NSW 2780




Dr. Nina Sweaney - owner


Nina first started working at Katoomba Veterinary Hospital in 2005. She graduated from Sydney University in 1999 and has worked as a general practitioner, here and abroad, ever since. Her work in England has fostered an enthusiasm for rabbits and pocket pets, in addition to her interest in general surgery. She has completed post graduate training in ultrasonography and enjoys this aspect of her work.

 Away from work she and her husband are keen canyoners and mountain bikers. They have been know to dabble in the odd adventure race or open water swim.


Dr. Rhys Sweaney - owner

Rhys was born and raised in the mountains. His first job as a veterinarian was at Springwood Veterinary clinic and it was here that his interest for wildlife and unusual pets was first fostered.

He has completed a Masters degree in conservation medicine and has expanded our capabilities for treating wildlife as well as birds, reptiles, rabbits and other unusual pets. Other areas of interest include orthopaedic surgery and oncology.


Dr. Michelle Marquardt 


 Michelle worked in the UK after graduation from University of Sydney then for many years at Sydney Animal Hospitals Newtown. Michelle was admitted to the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal Medicine in 2006 and has a particular interest in pocket pets [rabbits, rodents, ferrets].

Michelle is a proud co-parent of Joshua and Lauren; and is also a published novelist.


Dr. Kim Bensch


Kim graduated from the University of Sydney in 2010 and then spent 8 years working in mixed practice in Lithgow. Kim enjoys general practice, but her special interest areas are dentistry and behaviour.

Outside of work Kim loves to spend time with her greyhounds and horses.


Dr. Thoraiya Dyer


Thoraiya joined us in 2018 after taking time out to raise her daughter. Thoraiya enjoys all aspects of general practice but has a particular interest birds and has expanded our ability to treat this species.

Away from work, Thoraiya is a published novelist and lives locally with her family.