Meet our team

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Dr Manuela Trueby

Owner & Principal Veterinarian
DrMedVet, DipWildlifeMed, CertVetHomeo

Dr Manuela Trueby graduated as a veterinarian from Ludwig-Maximillian University in Munich in 1984, where she also attended a course that introduced her to veterinary homeopathy. Following a scientific tutor position at the Veterinary Faculty, she completed her dissertation as DrMedVet in 1987. During the next two years Dr Manuela worked in a specialist small animal clinic in Germany, utilising her traditional veterinary medicine skills, homeopathy and her knowledge in nutraceuticals.

In 1989 she was awarded a German scholarship to work at Taronga Zoo in Sydney and Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, while completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Medicine and Husbandry at Sydney University. She treated koalas, orangutans, elephants…. and sutured an injured lion’s paw; a most special veterinary highlight! After passing the exams by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR), Dr Trueby was admitted to the National Board of Examiners.

In 1992 Dr Trueby established her own small animal clinic in Balmain, incorporating veterinary science with holistic therapies like acupuncture, nutritional therapy, homeopathy and Chinese herbs. She completed a postgraduate qualification in veterinary homeopathy with the final examination by the British Association of Veterinary Homeopathy. She is registered with the Australian Association of Integrative Veterinarians and the International Association of Veterinary Homeopathy.

Dr Trueby attends regularly national and European veterinary conferences to stay in touch with the newest medical and holistic findings, which she shares by giving lectures about alternative therapies here and overseas.

Over the years Dr Trueby’s unique knowledge base has attracted the attention of the media with TV and radio interviews. VOX TV screened a special program on her, the clinic and her involvement with Taronga Zoo and other wildlife organisations. She also appeared on the Today Tonight Show to talk about holistic treatments and demonstrated acupuncture on her dog Tommy. She has been featured in Who magazine and been interviewed by SBS.

Dr Trueby, her husband and their two adult children live locally with their stunning Weimaraner Tommy and gorgeous ginger cat Leopold. Dr Trueby is a member of Veterinarians for Climate Change and Vets Against Live Export (VALE).

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Dr Gianna Zuch


Dr Gianna Zuch grew up on the South coast of NSW and graduated from the University of Sydney in 2008. She is a veterinarian with over 13 years of experience, specialising in high quality care for small animals. Apart from dogs and cats, Dr Gianna has treated everything from rabbits and hamsters to rats and other pocket pets.

Some of the highlights of her career included working in a veterinary clinic in the UK and volunteering at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Suava, Fiji.

Gianna enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and has completed continuing education courses in veterinary imaging and dermatology. While her particular passion is surgery, she also loves welcoming new pets to the clinic and setting up clients with all the knowledge they need to keep their new family member healthy and happy.

Gianna lives in the inner west with her husband and two young children. She always looks forward to her working days to see all her wonderful clients and patients again.

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Dr Tamara Carlin

BVSc, MRCVS, Cert Vet Acupuncture

Dr Tamara Carlin graduated from the University of Sydney and has been practicing as a conventional veterinarian in the UK and Australia for two decades. She balances her traditional Western medical expertise with Eastern therapies with excellent results.

Dr Tamara is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and a holistic vet. She is a member of the Holistic and Acupuncture Veterinary Association and belongs to the Veterinary Holistic Association.

She has appeared on TV on “Animal Hospital” and performed live to air acupuncture on the “Sunrise” program. No creature is too big or too small for her attention and as such she has treated horses, dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs and even bats!

Dr Tamara is married and lives with her husband, their daughter, a Japanese Spitz (Bianca) and two cats (Lily and Sharona). She has a long history of taking rescued animals under her wing; one of them was a turkey but there have also been ducks and hens.

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Veterinary Nurse
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Linzi is a true, caring animal lover – so much so, that she decided to become a vegetarian at the age of eight. She is a strong supporter of animal welfare and rights.

With 20 years of experience as veterinary nurse, Linzi’s skills encompass a wide range, with her main area of interest being surgery. Linzi prepares animals for operations, monitors them and assists the veterinary surgeon.

In her spare time she spoils her gorgeous, cheeky Frenchie named Kyah!

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Veterinary Nurse
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Allegra’s life passion for animals has started from childhood as she grew up within the veterinary industry. At 10 years of age she started to help in our cattery and has worked now as qualified veterinary nurse with our clinic for over five years.

Apart from being involved with routine and emergency healthcare, Allegra has a particular interest in animal nutrition and pursues ongoing studies to become a qualified animal nutritionist. She knows all to well that feeding your pet an appropriate and well-balanced diet, suitable for its breed and age, is the key to optimal health and well-being. Her day-to-day life revolves around animals and she wouldn’t change it for the world.

At home she pampers her beautiful cat Honey and her gentle giant Rhodesian Ridgeback Simba.

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Veterinary Nurse
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Cara’s love and interest of animals started at a young age and she has owned dogs, cats, birds and even horses. She is part of our clinic since completing her veterinary nursing certificate in 2000 and is one of our longest serving team members!

Cara has an interest in all aspects of veterinary nursing and really enjoys the communication and interaction with the great clientele of Balmain and the Inner West. She is also a qualified, empathic wildlife carer who has nursed and rehabilitated many baby possums and birds.

She lives in Pyrmont with her two children, her cute pug Dug and a Green Cheek Conure Diego.