Our Veterinary Nurses
Shannon is our nursing manager.She first joined our practice when she was a teenager, back in 1998 as a trainee veterinary nurse, initially on a weekend only basis while she was studying the veterinary nursing course at TAFE. We were quick to offer her full time employment and she has been with us ever since!
In this time she has taken a few periods of extended leave to take her nursing skills overseas where she worked in several small animal clinics throughout London and Dublin, which is her husband’s home town.
Luckily for us Shannon has settled here permanently now as they have two young children that they wish to raise in Perth. She has recently completed a Diploma in Management and is always attending courses and seminars to keep her knowledge up to date.
Shannon really enjoys the administration and customer service side to her work these days and is putting all she learned at her course to good use here at the clinic to ensure everything runs smoothly.
In her “spare time” (we don’t know where she finds it!) she enjoys photography, with a special interest in pet photography and hopes to start a small pet photography business one day on the weekends. She volunteers for a group called Shutter Paws and visits various animal shelters and foster carer’s homes to take photos of pets up for adoption to give them a snazzy profile pic to help them get adopted.
She shares her home with her husband, two children, dog and 3 cats (and several foster cats)
Karen is a first generation born and bred Western Australian girl.
After working in the airline industry for over 20 years, Karen turned her lifelong dream to work with animals into a reality when she left the industry, had a complete career change and went to study the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Applied Vocational Training! She graduated in 2009. She initially started with us in 2007, attending our clinic one day a week on her prac as a student. When she commenced full time employment with us.
Karen has a special interest in dog behaviour. She plans on gaining further qualifications in this field in the future. She also loves all aspects of surgical nursing and is always the first one to put her hand up to attend continuing education courses.
She lives locally with her husband and two dogs, a kelpie X named Tessa and a dingo X named Roxy, both rescue dogs and very lucky to have found her!
She is a keen walker, much to Tessa and Roxy’s delight! She loves get togethers with friends around a BBQ. Karen also loves to travel and will endeavour to see as much of the world as she possibly can.
Sasha first started working for us when she was just 14 years old as a junior kennel hand. Fast forward eight years, she is now one of our senior qualified nurses and is doing further study to obtain her Diploma in Veterinary nursing.
Sasha has been heavily involved in cat rescue for many years and has fostered and rehomed over 300 cats. She has kept a few of these rescue as you would expect! She also has two gorgeous dogs called Buckley and Ollie who she loves going on daily adventures with.
Sasha has a special interest in anaesthesia and loves the diversity of being a vet nurse. She is always up for a challenge and is our go to girl when machines need fixing!
Sasha is also known to be the clinic prankster and is always up for a giggle.
Kate moved to Perth from Waterford City, Ireland in 2011. After a few stints working in hospitality when she first arrived, she approached us in the hope of obtaining a traineeship as a veterinary nurse. Lucky for us a suitable position became available and we snatched her up. She gained her veterinary nursing qualifications in 2014 through TAFE and has been with us full time ever since.
When she started with us, she had her beloved Shih-tzu Moon who most of you will know as our "client liason officer" as he meets and greets everyone who walks in the door. She has steadily increased her fur family since working here (an occupational hazard in this industry) and now has an assortment of special needs animals!! (including two tripods)
Her special interests are surgical nursing, nursing neonates and loves a good chin wag with our clients.
In her spare time she enjoys chilling at home with her hubby and menagerie.