Our Staff - Newtown


Dr Sam Haynes


Dr Sam Haynes BSc BVMS GCM(VP) Veterinary Surgeon is proprietor and founder of the Sydney Animal Hospitals group . Sam gained his degrees at Murdoch University in WA, where he is from originally. Prior to establishing Sydney Animal Hospitals, Sam was a Flying Vet in the Kimberley and also had a period working in the pig, dairy and goat breeding industries in South Australia.

Sam is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)) and held various committee and board roles in both organisations in the past. He was president of the NSW division of the AVA in 1997. Sam also is a Board member for over 10 years with Assistance Dogs Australia, a charity that provides assistance dogs to those with various disabilities, including physical, PTSD, autism and Altzheimer’s.

in the movie Babe. Sam is proud to acknowledge that the Sydney Animal Hospitals logo shows his first two animals together and that it is a reminder of the bond all of us have with our companion animals.


Dr Bas Hagreis


Dr Bas Hagreis BVSc is a Veterinary Surgeon at Sydney Animal Hospitals Newtown. Bas graduated from the University of Melbourne with a BVSc in 1989 and has been practising for 22 years including, eight years working in London. He enjoys finding practical solutions to complex problems and is particularly interested in soft tissue surgery, ophthalmology and internal medicine. Bas lives with two elderly cats and three very youthful pet fish.


Dr Sonya El-chami


Dr Sonya El-chami is a Veterinarian at Sydney Animal Hospitals Newtown. Graduating in 1992, Sonya has been practising for nearly 20 years. Her veterinary interests are in all aspects of veterinary medicine but she particularly enjoys surgery and pathology.

Sonya likes solving problems for owners and their pets, especially the fulfilment that comes from investigating and helping resolve or manage pet healthcare issues. For Sonya the fun in veterinary medicine is that no one day is the same. She hopes that one day she is able to be involved in some aspect of caring for tigers or big cats.

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