MEET THE TEAM
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
In 2019 Katalin celebrated her 20th year 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.
After a career in business administration, as well as living and traveling 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 dog Kaydo often comes to work to help out, although truth be told he mostly just sleeps.
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). Brianna has recently returned from maternity leave and can be found at the reception desk three mornings a week.
Helena is our newest nurse. Helena has a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Wildlife Biology and a post-grad in Captive Vertebrate Management. Her favourite part of the job is surgical nursing closely followed by puppy preschool. Like any good veterinary nurse Helena shares her home with a menagerie of animals; a dog, a blind and deaf rabbit, a cat, a galah, love birds, a rainbow lorikeet and an axolotl. Outside of work she enjoys the beach, hiking and skateboarding (even though it has cost her a broken elbow!).
After a year of work experience with us we couldn't let Anne go anywhere else. As well as being skilled in veterinary nursing, Anne trains in Brazilian Jui Jitsu, so be careful not to get on her bad side (luckily Anne doesn't have a bad side). On her days off she enjoys spending time with her two frenchies, Thor and Loki, as well as her cat Mira.