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 treat their owners with the same compassion we would expect if we were the client.

Our Team

  • Dr. Mark Simpson

    Veterinarian 

  • Dr. Ally and Titus

    Veterinarian 

  • Dr. Katie and Scrappy Coco

    Veterinarian 

  • Dr. Alissa and Teddy

    Veterinarian 

  • Kate

    Practice Manager

  • Del & GiGi

    Veterinary Nurse

  • Milly & Rosie

    Veterinary Nurse

  • Jacinta & Luka

    Veterinary Nurse

  • Aimee & Addy

    Receptionist

  • Emma & Luther

    Veterinary Nurse

  • Zoe & Sam

    Animal Attendant 

  • Rhea & Evie

    Animal Attendant 

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Environmentally

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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 recycling.

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Energy consumption

Practice Manager and owner Kate Simpson signed up Sugarloaf Animal Hospital to Energy Hunter in 2013, with a view to:

  • Gain a better understanding of energy consumption patterns to identify energy saving opportunities and reduce power usage.

 

  • Determine the merits of various energy efficiency programmes and incorporate the best ideas.

 

  • Working with the Energy Hunter team, Kate succeeded in reducing energy consumption through educating her team to create beneficial behavioural change.  Simple things like placing a sign next to the light switch that asks: “Do you need me on?” Ensuring high-energy equipment is turned off when not in use.

 

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.

 

Kate’s latest project is to convert Sugarloaf Animal Hospital to a paper-free workplace.

Energy Consumption 2012-2017