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Dr Garnett Hall - BVSc (Hons)
Dr Garnett Hall, BVSc (Hons), is a mixed-animal practitioner with a history in small animal, dairy, beef and general equine veterinary services.
He has worked across Australia and overseas with all species of animals, including Australian Army and UK Military Working Dogs. He has also participated in humanitarian assistance veterinary work in East Timor and remote areas of Australia.
Garnett possess a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science with Honours, an Advanced Diploma of Military Operations Management, a Diploma of Government (Management), a Diploma of Personnel and Operations Management, and a Certificate IV in Business (Frontline Management). He is also a graduate of the Royal Military College – Duntroon and is a commissioned officer in the Australian Defence Force holding the rank of Captain (Royal Australian Infantry). He has served on Operations both domestic and overseas and continues to serve in the Army Reserve. Notably, he was a 2006 recipient of the Royal Military College’s Foreign Academies Exchange Program, the 2008 Australian Cattle Vets Rural Practice Scholarship, and a 2011 recipient of the Australian Defence Force’s Prince of Wales award.
Dr Sally Hall - BVSc (Hons), MBBS
Dr Sally Hall MBBS, BVSc (Hons) is both a human and an animal doctor and, having graduated from both medical school and veterinary school, is one of a very small cohort of people across Australia who really can treat all species.
Sally is a member of the Australian College of Emergency Medicine and is currently undertaking a training program to become a (human) Specialist Emergency Physician. She regularly brings advanced techniques from one field to the other (the humans doctors had a lot of catching up to do!). Sally has worked in small animal specialist centres and human Emergency Departments across the country.
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Dr Josette Fretton - BSc/DVM
Josette graduated from Murdoch University in 2018 with a BSc/DVM with Distinction. She has a strong interest in all aspects of equine surgery and medicine after attending a variety of placements at equine veterinary clinics across Australia prior to starting working at West Coast Vets. Since starting at West Coast, she is enjoying working in both the small animal and equine sides of the practice, however is aiming to undertake further qualifications in equine practice in the future.
Originally from Albany on the south coast of WA, Josette has been involved in the equestrian community throughout Western Australia, as competitor in eventing and dressage, a volunteer in various clubs and events, and working in the Thoroughbred and Standardbred breeding industries. Outside of work, she spends her time on camping expeditions with her fiancé Michael or riding her young horse Oaky, with aims to start competing in eventing again soon.
Dr Aaron Raney - BSc, BSc, BVMS, MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery)
Aaron is an import from Hawaii, migrating here in 2005 to attend Murdoch University and completing his veterinary qualifications in 2009. After graduating, he spent his first year working simultaneously in general practice, as a mobile vet and in emergency. His interest to see more of country Australia then took him to the Northern Territory, where he gained experience in small animal shelter medicine, general small animal work and remote indigenous community work. Sadly, he has remained a rubbish fisherman. Eventually, a combination of meeting a girl and wanting to pursue further education in small animal surgery brought him back to the city. Aaron has continued to advance his knowledge in all categories of small animal veterinary medicine with an emphasis on surgery. To gain experience, he volunteered with an American surgery back in Hawaii for a year while pursuing an internship. This was followed by a surgical internship here in Perth. Aaron spent two years as an emergency vet while doing a 1 year Post Graduate course in small surgery through the Centre for Veterinary Education at Sydney University. Aaron then joined us in October 2017, taking on majority of our small surgery load. While working here, he recently attained his Membership in Small Animal Surgery from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Event more recently, he has completed a course on fracture repair methods and TPLO. When he is not working, you can often find Aaron preparing for cases, but he tries to spend most of his free time with his lovely wife, Nicole, their beautiful daughters, Harper and Keeley and their silly animals, Velcro and Pilbara.
Dr Kate McKinnon - BSc DVM
Kate first came to WA in 2017 to join West Coast Vets after completing her DVM (with Distinction) at the University of Melbourne. Her primary interests are in equine medicine and reproduction, however she thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to work with animals of all shapes and sizes. Outside of work, Kate enjoys hanging out with her Doberman 'Barkly' and exploring all the natural beauty Western Australia has to offer.
Dr Ella Fowler - BSc/DVM
Dr Ella joined the West Coast team early in 2018 after graduating from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Growing up on a large sheep farm Ella has had a keen interest in farm animals from an early age. This passion only grew throughout her studies as she traveled the state to learn from some of the best mixed practice veterinarians WA has to offer. Ella was thrilled to start working at West Coast as there is the perfect mix of large and small animal patients and the opportunity to treat them all at an extremely high level of care.
When Ella is not at the clinic you can often find her either out and about with her two thoroughbred eventers or down at the beach with her two large breed hounds Charlie and Zannah. When she gets the chance Ella escapes to her home farm located in the beautiful coastal town of Esperance, the home of the best beaches in the world!
Dr Kristen Lloyd Bec BVMS FVS MVSc MANZCVS
Originally from Esperance, Kristen graduated from Murdoch University in 2014 before heading east to undertake an internship at the busy Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital where her interest in surgery began working along side Max! She then completed a residency in Equine Surgery at the University of Melbourne where she worked concurrently for Racing Victoria for 3 years. While in Melbourne, Kristen completed a dual masters, passed her memberships in Equine Surgery and completed a thesis recently selected as one the most clinically relevant articles in the Equine Veterinary Journal on bone changes in Thoroughbred racehorses.
Kristen's main area of interest is in lameness and poor performance work ups, as well as orthopaedic surgery. When not working you will find her at the beach with her golden retriever fur child named Toby.
Dr Stefan Gouws - BSc, BVMS
Stefan is another overseas import - he was born in South Africa and migrated to Australia as a child with his family. Stefan enrolled in Vet school at Murdoch University with the intentions of becoming a cattle vet only. During his time at university, Stefan discovered a keen interest (what would later become a strong passion) in the discipline of small animal surgery. However his passion for large animal care had never dwindled, with Stefan financing his way through university by working at Muchea Livestock center as a stock handler.
Upon graduation in 2016; Stefan worked as mixed animal practitioner in Mount Barker for two years. Here he found himself treating everything ranging from Wedgetail eagles, to farm animal livestock, and not forgetting the beloved cats and dogs. A large portion of his role in Mount Barker included cattle medicine and surgery, with a large volume of cattle pregnancy tested on an annual basis as part of a total herd health management scheme.
Stefan has attended many courses since graduation centred on further education/development of skills in small animal surgery - specifically centered around orthopaedic surgery. He is one of our main surgeons who performs procedures such as TPLOs (cruciate repair surgery) and fracture repairs (to name only a few).
Stefan joined our team in December 2019, and aims to bring his experience and knowledge to help promote the gold standard of veterinary care we strive for here at West Coats Veterinary Hospital. Stefan relocated to Perth to be closer to his partner Dr Kelly who is also a veterinarian specialising in treatment of exotic and unusual pets (imagine the dinner conversations). As such by proxy Stefan has developed a keen understanding and affinity for exotic animal health care also. He is a proud owner of a turtle (named Paddle) and a cheeky cat (named Myra).
Dr Codie Nairn - BSc/DVM
Codie graduated as a Vet from Murdoch in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Before this, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Zoology at UWA. Codie has always had an interest in gaining the knowledge and resources to help sick and injured animals – she had lots of pets as a kid! While on her first farm practical at university she discovered her love of sheep. She got to bottle feed a lamb and still gets updates on how Lamington the pet sheep is doing. In her spare time, Codie loves to paint and draw and has even exhibited her paintings with one making it to the cover of a magazine! One of Codie’s favourite parts about being a vet is witnessing the love owners have for their beloved pets.
DR Helen Russell BSc/DVM
Helen always knew she wanted to be a Vet! She studied Vet Science at Murdoch, graduating in 2018. From here Helen worked in Geraldton as a mixed practice vet before returning to Perth and WCVH, where she had worked as an animal attendant as 4th and 5th year vet student. Helen loves being a mixed practice vet and treating whatever comes through the door. She also loves being on the road and attending to house and farm visits. Helen’s favourite animal is an otter, but she also has a soft spot for her chocolate lab Hugo. In her spare time, Helen likes to ride horses and swim, having recently completed the Rottnest channel swim in a team.