Dr Chris Hong

B.Sc, B.Comm, B.V.Sc N9882

Chris had an early career as an environmental consultant after graduating from the University of Sydney in 2003 with a combined Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce. Prior to starting, and during vet school, Chris worked as a nurse at Mosman Veterinary Hospital. He also worked for several other vet clinics during this time, including the North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre and Hornsby Veterinary Hospital. Soon after graduation from the University of Sydney, he began work for Collaroy Vet where he developed interests in surgery, internal medicine and behaviour. Chris started Vet-O Brookvale with the aim of providing competitively priced vet care with a strong customer service focus.  He currently lives in North Manly with his wife and two young daughters. He is a keen surfer and when he’s not saving animal lives he likes to catch a wave or two at the local beaches.


Helen Armitage

Head Veterinary Nurse

Helen was born in the United Kingdom and grew up on the family farm surrounded by animals. She has been a dedicated veterinary nurse for over 14 years with more than 8 years spent working on Sydney’s northern beaches as Head Nurse. Helen has a Higher National Diploma in Animal Science from The University of Central Lancashire, graduating in 2003. She is skilled in all aspects of nursing and support work for veterinary practice. Currently, she lives in Dee Why with her partner and young son.  When she’s not caring for animals or her family she likes to relax at the beach, watch movies and sample produce from many of Australia’s renowned wine regions.


Luciana Bumbel

Veterinary Nurse

Luciana earnt a Bachelor of Science – Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Lutheran University of Brazil, graduating in 2011. We are lucky to have Luciana working for us as a Veterinary Nurse. She has many skills including some specialising in orthopaedic surgery and a wealth of experience working as both a nurse and veterinarian in clinics across Brazil. She has worked on numerous socially conscious projects for animals in Brazil and brings that passion to Vet-O Brookvale.


Mieke Bosman

Veterinary Nurse

Mieke originally hails from the Netherlands. Growing up on a dairy and show jumping farm cultured her love of all animals great and small. In 2014 Mieke completed her course in Vet Nursing and Animal Health Care Management from Groene Welle in the Netherlands, She has worked as a vet nurse in Germany, the Netherlands and Australia with both large and small animals. She has two dogs of her own, a German Shorthaired Pointer named Keiser and a ‘Bitsa’ called Possum, devoting much of her free time to their care. She is excited to be a part of the Vet-O Brookvale team



Dr Matthew Burke

Locum Veterinarian

Matthew is born and bred in Sydney and now lives the dream life in the northern beaches area. He graduated from the University of Sydney before working as a veterinarian across Australia and abroad. He has been a well-known locum on Sydney’s northern beaches and north shore areas for the better part of 15 years. Matt will often fill in when Chris takes leave.