Dr. Peter Chitty

BVSc, MVS, Cert Mgt, CMAVA

Peter joined North Shore Veterinary Hospital in 2005 after several years of working as a senior veterinary surgeon and Director of a Ku-Ring- Gai Veterinary Hospital. He has also worked in country NSW and in general practice in England. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995, gaining a Master of Veterinary Studies in 2004. He has recently undertaken a certificate of management through MGSM and is working towards a MBA.
Peter brings to North Shore Veterinary Hospital an extensive experience in both the medical and surgical areas. He has worked in several emergency hospital around Sydney. Peter is the General Manager and overseas the day to day running of the practice as well as the larger group of NSVH Pty Ltd.
Peter has a busy life outside of work with 3 kids that keep him on his toes. He relaxes by competing in endurance sports having completed several Oxfam Trailwalker and 2 Ironman triathlon. He loves anything to do with the outdoors especially cycling, running, rugby and skiing.


Dr. Katherine Ardlie


Katherine graduated with honours from the University of Sydney in 2008 and worked for several years in private small animal practice, primarily Parramatta Veterinary Hospital, before travelling to the UK in 2014. Katherine spent 2 years in England working in country practices in West Sussex and Oxfordshire, and small animal practice in central London, before returning to her home town of Sydney. Katherine enjoys all aspects of small animal general practice, but is particularly keen on internal medicine, and obtained her membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in small animal medicine in 2014. Outside of being a vet, Katherine enjoys a glass of wine and a good book, travelling and eating out.


Dr. Alexander Kannegieter

BVetSci/BVetBio (Hons)

Dr. Alex Kannegieter studied Veterinary Science at Charles Stuart University and graduated with Honours in 2014 He started his veterinary career in Wollongong, where he worked in general practice for 18 months. Following this he moved back to his home town of Sydney, starting work with North Shore Vet Hospital in 2016. Initially he worked in their emergency and critical care department, before beginning a 12-month internship with the specialist surgery team. During this time he has worked closely with specialist surgeons on a wide range of cases and developed a keen interest in small animal surgery. On completion of his internship, Alex begun working with North Shore’s general practice and continues to strive towards giving the best possible care to his patients.

Alex lives locally in Greenwich, with his wife Emma and his chihuahua cross Wentworth. Outside of work he enjoys playing and watching football, watching live music, cooking fine food and exploring Sydney and beyond.


Dr. Elaine Zourkas

BVSc (Hons)

Dr. Elaine Zourkas achieved her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian when she graduated from the University of Sydney with Honours in 2015. Elaine worked in several busy small animal clinics in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, before later joining the North Shore Veterinary Hospital team in 2017. Elaine is passionate about the welfare of all her patients and enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, with a strong interest in internal medicine. She has a particular soft spot for our feline patients (both young and old!), owning two rescue cats herself (called Portia and Sebastian).

Outside of being a veterinarian, Elaine enjoys spending time with her family, friends and keeping active.


Dr. Debbie Karpel


Dr. Debbie Karpel graduated from the University of Sydney. Shortly after graduating she joined the North Shore Veterinary Hospital team where she has been passionate about caring for the health and welfare of all her patients. Debbie enjoys all aspects of general practice and has a particular interest in internal medicine and dentistry. Debbie has an affectionate and playful spoodle called Maggie. Together they like long walks on the beach and going for coastal runs.

Outside of work and spending time with Maggie, Debbie also loves travelling, hiking, ocean swims and spending time with friends and family


Dr. Justine Norwood


Dr Justine Norwood grew up on Sydney’s North Shore. After working with wildlife and tourism in North Queensland, Justine returned to Sydney to pursue her passion in caring for animals. Graduating from the University of Sydney, Justine rotated within Vetpartners group practices in Sydney and the Central Coast before joining the team at North Shore Veterinary Hospital in 2018. Justine enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, working with clients for the best welfare of their animals. Outside of being a vet, Justine is kept busy with a kid and a very active dog.


Dr. Peggy Xu


Dr Peggy Xu graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012 with first class honours and spent a year in a small animal veterinary practice in the inner west before joining the team at the North Shore Veterinary Hospital in 2013. As part of her role, she also worked as an emergency veterinarian on occasion. She pursued further training in internal medicine and completed a medicine internship with the specialist team at the North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre in 2016. She obtained her membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in small animal medicine in 2017. Peggy has also completed a rotating internship at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in 2018 before returning to the team at the North Shore Veterinary hospital. She is passionate about working together with the families to care for their pets’ well-being. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine especially internal medicine, dermatology and behaviour. She is currently undertaking further education in veterinary behaviour with the aim to build on her knowledge. Peggy offers consultation in both English and Mandarin.

Outside of work, Peggy enjoys hiking, music, dancing and spending time with her family including her two cat siblings Mimi and Pang Pang.