MEET THE TEAM

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Tim graduated from Massey University in 1988, he has worked in private practice in Australia, New Zealand and the UK as well as working in zoos in Australia and South Africa. Tim has been at Wattle Grove Veterinary Hospital since 1998. He has a special interest in birds, reptiles and wildlife and in 2001 he gained membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian Health. Away from work Tim loves family time with his wife and three grown up (nearly) kids.

VETERINARIAN/PRACTICE OWNER

TIM OLDFIELD

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Rita grew up on a rural property in Victoria. Animals of every sort have been a part of her life ever since and as a vet Rita has probably treated most species of animal you could imagine. Rita used to be our favourite locum vet until we convinced her to join full-time in 2010. Nowadays Rita has a special interest in surgery, both soft tissue and orthopaedic. Away from work she enjoys endurance horse riding and physiology (when she’s not looking after the inevitable menagerie of animals at home).

VETERINARIAN

RITA PERRY

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VETERINARIAN

ANGELA HODGSON

Angela hails from Canada and moved to Perth (with husband Chris) to study veterinary medicine. She graduated from Murdoch University in 2010 and completed an Internship in General Practice the following year. Angela joined our team in 2017. Angela’s passion is soft tissue surgery, including a special interest in correcting airway problems in brachycephalic breeds. In her spare time Angela looks after two young children, a dog, three cats and a collection of succulents.

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Elena has been a part of Wattle Grove Veterinary Hospital on and off since the mid-nineties. Since 2010 Elena has been our head nurse. Elena will often be the first point of contact for clients as she handles reception duties and answers the phones most mornings. Elena loves training and showing dogs, riding her standard bred horse and looking after several cats (and two adoring sons).

VETERINARY NURSE

ELENA NEWCOMBE

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VETERINARIAN

LISA

Originally from Washington State, USA, Lisa graduated from Murdoch University in 2005. After a brief stint back home in mixed practice, Lisa came back to Australia and worked at Wattle Grove Vet Hospital for two years. She then returned to Murdoch University in a teaching role in Small Animal Medicine and as a General Practice Registrar and gained Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine. Lisa then established a wildlife consultancy working with government, mining and rehabilitation groups before returning to Wattle Grove Vet Hospital in 2015. Lisa has a particular interest in internal medicine and ultrasound. Gardening, bush walking, cooking and Spencer the Pug x Shi Tzu take up the rest of her time.

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After a career in business administration, as well as living and travelling extensively overseas, Amanda became a qualified vet nurse in 2008. Amanda joined Wattle Grove Veterinary Hospital in 2013. You will often meet Amanda at reception answering phones, admitting and discharging patients. Her two dogs Wally and Jenni often come to work to help out, although truth be told they mostly just sleep.

VETERINARY NURSE

AMANDA BACKSHALL

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In 2019 Katalin celebrated her 20thyear at Wattle Grove Veterinary Hospital. Animals have always been her passion, sparked by watching early David Attenborough documentaries. As well as vet nursing Katalin has spent many years as a docent at Perth Zoo and has kept all manner of animals at home. Katalin loves all aspects of surgical nursing and as you would expect she can be relied on to know where anything can be found in the hospital.

VETERINARY NURSE

KATALIN SZOMBATHY

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VETERINARY NURSE

RICHARD

Richard was born in Perth and grew up in Suffolk, England. He discovered his love of caring for animals while working at a zoo in Thailand, where he co-founded a volunteer project. Richard returned to WA in 2016 and qualified as a vet nurse to pursue his passion for animal care. He now lives in Scarborough with his partner and their three fur babies. Richard has a special interest in native wildlife rescue and rehabilitation and enjoys gardening, reading and taking long walks with his dog Lilly.

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VETERINARY NURSE

BRIANNA GREEN

Brianna is a true local, she grew up in Roleystone and now has her own home there complete with two dogs (Sarabi and Savannah) partner Kyron and lots of fruit trees. Brianna entered vet nursing in 2013 after working in marine tourism. She has been at Wattle Grove Vet Hospital since 2014. Brianna particularly enjoys surgical nursing as well as running our puppy preschool classes (which sounds like fun but is also a lot of hard work).

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VETERINARY NURSE

JESSE

Our youngest team member Jesse officially joined us in 2018, after completing a year of student prac with us. Jesse has a strong interest in animal behaviour, so you will find her teaching our Puppy Preschool, which is her favourite part of vet nursing. Outside of work, Jesse enjoys looking after her mini haven of animals (3 dogs, 2 cats, a guinea pig & blind rabbit) with her partner Nathan.