Meet the Team
Dr. Cass MacDonald
Prior to joining Matraville in 2021, she spent five years in the Bega and Hunter Valleys focusing mainly on dairy cattle, however in true mixed practice treated everything from guinea pigs to camels. She then spent two years at the University of Sydney as a livestock vet, and when Covid hit she had a stint as an emergency vet working for the Animal Referral Hospital.
Born in Wollongong and raised in the Snowy Mountains, her interest in animals was sparked at a young age through her grandfather who was a shearer and horse trainer. Cassie enjoys meeting all the different pets who come to see her and has particular interest in surgery, especially orthopaedics. In her spare time, she is usually pretty busy – juggling between painting, keeping fit, training horses and competing in cow horse competitions, playing the drums, and showing Ayrshire dairy cattle.
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I have wanted to be a vet since I was four years old – prior to this I wanted to be a pilot.
Which language(s) do you speak?
Are you a pet owner? What do you have?
I have a small farm of animals – I have a Border Collie (Arthur), 3 cows (Rain, Ragnar and Lavender), and 4 horses (Comet, Banjo, Tulsa and Cleo).
What’s your favourite season and why?
Autumn – for the colours and the light
What is your favourite food of all time?
It is a hard toss up between Thai and Mexican
How do you like to relax and unwind after your workday?
I start and end my day with my main horse Comet
If you could have dinner with anybody in the world from across history, who would it be and why?
I would love to meet and have dinner with two of my favourite horse trainers – Chris and Sarah Dawson from the US.
Alive or passed—and money no issue—which musician would you love to see perform live?
Elvis or Johnny Cash.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
To talk to animals – it would make my job a thousand times easier!!!!!
What is your proudest achievement?
Last week I won National Champion Rookie Cow Horse with my horse Comet, that is hard to beat at the moment.