About Us

The Sugarloaf Animal Hospital has been serving the people and animals of the Hunter region, and especially Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, for more than 20 years.

In that time the hospital team has always strived for excellence in veterinary health care for ALL species.

It is our mission to support and nurture the special bond between people and their pets. We make this happen by doing everything within our power to ensure the lives of animals are as long and full, and healthy and happy as possible.

We treat each and every pet as if it were our own, and do our best to treat the people that care for them with the same compassion that we would want to be treated.

Our Team

  • Dr. Mark Simpson


  • Dr. Ally and Titus


  • Dr. Katie and Scrappy Coco


  • Dr. Alissa and Teddy


  • Kate

    Practice Manager

  • Del & GiGi

    Veterinary Nurse

  • Milly & Rosie

    Veterinary Nurse

  • Jacinta & Luka

    Veterinary Nurse

  • Aimee & Addy


  • Emma & Luther

    Veterinary Nurse

  • Zoe & Sam

    Animal Attendant 

  • Rhea & Evie

    Animal Attendant 



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Our mission doesn't end at providing the best possible veternary care...

SUGARLOAF ANIMAL HOSPITAL also have deep and passionate convictions when it comes to our natural environment.  That is why we have committed to decreasing our electricity consumption, installing solar hot water and photovoltaic cells, and engaging in environmentally-friendly waste management including specifically recycling.

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Energy consumption

Sugarloaf Animal Hospital joined Energy Hunter in April 2013.  Kate Simpson, the practice manager and owner, has a strong commitment to environmental sustainability and joined Energy Hunter to:

  • gain a better understanding of their electricity bill and energy consumption patterns
  • identify energy saving opportunities
  • determine what the costs and payback period would be for various energy efficiency projects.


Since joining the program and working with the Energy Hunter team, the main way that Kate was able to reduce their energy consumption was through behaviour change with her team.

This included placing signs next to all the light switches saying ‘Do you need me on?’ and turning off high energy-using equipment (such as x-ray machines), as well as lights and office equipment when not in use.

In just six months the hospital saw a considerable reduction in their energy usage and managed to reduce their electricity bill by 25%.  This meant that the practice was saving on average $2,000 per annum in energy costs.