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Dr MAXWELL HALL
(BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Equine Surgery), Diplomate ECVS (Equine Surgery) - Director
Dr Maxwell Hall is a registered specialist in Large Animal Surgery. He has worked in pioneering veterinary hospitals across the world and is one of a very small cohort of equine veterinarians in WA to be recognised as a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons – Specialist in Equine Surgery.
At the time he was the youngest person in the Southern Hemisphere to obtain such a title.
Maxwell is also a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (MANZCVS – Equine Surgery) and received first class honours for his veterinary degree obtained from the University of Queensland in 2007. He has published many journal articles and is constantly developing and refining innovative surgical procedures. He regularly travels internationally to conferences. Outside of his veterinary career Maxwell is a keen Rugby Union player and is a lover of all things bull terrier!
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.
Ms CAITLIN BOLGER
Caitlin is the West Coast Veterinary Hospital’s practice manager and in-house graphic design guru. She has a strong involvement with the Perth equine community and has been working with horses for over 20 years. Caitlin is a skilled showjumper and has represented Australia at the Youth Olympics (winning team silver). She has won numerous showjumping and showhorse national titles over the last decade. In 2015, Caitlin was awarded Western Australian Equestrian Athlete of the Year in recognition of her achievements.
Caitlin studied graphic design at Curtin University and continues to work in the equine advertising industry for publications such as the Hoofbeats magazine.
Caitlin has a passion for sport horse breeding and performance horse rehabilitation.
DR ISABELLA ARGYROS - BSc/DVM
Isabella, a recent graduate veterinarian from James Cook University, has embarked on a new journey from the east coast to the west. Settling in seamlessly at West Coast Vets, she brings with her a passion for small animal medicine and a keen eye for diagnostic imaging. She is finding joy in the diversity of patients she encounters at West Coast Vets, both large and small. Outside of her veterinary work, Isabella keeps busy at home with her two dogs (Bean and Veeto) and cat (Carolina Reaper).
DR JESS MARTIN - BSc DVM
Jess graduated from Murdoch University in 2023. Originally from Melbourne, Jess moved over to Perth to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She started with us in 2019 as an animal attendant, so is no stranger to the West Coast Vets team! Jess has a strong interest in equine practice, although she enjoys treating all species great and small. She has a particular interest in reproductive and neonatal medicine, and obtained the Adamson Prize in Equine Medicine and Surgery at university. When she’s not at work, Jess enjoys riding horses, enjoying the WA landscape and spending time with her two cats Cosmo and Phoebe.
DR JODIE GOSSAGE - BSc BVMS
Jodie graduated from Murdoch University in 2008. After graduating she went into small animal general practice, experiencing an exciting and varied caseload through a busy small animal practice and locum work throughout Perth. Her interest in horses and her own challenges with soundness in performance horses saw her expand her veterinary field to include mobile equine myofascial work and acupuncture.
Transition in to motherhood took her away from full time veterinary work. Over recent years she has been working part time with a strong focus on small animal surgery. Outside of work, Jodie is kept busy with her human and fur babies. In her free time she can be found riding her horse 'Ollie' or helping with the family's breeding or racing standardbreds.
DR GAVIN PENSINI - BSc/DVM
Gavin graduated from Murdoch University in 2021 through their DVM program. Gavin has a strong interest in large animals (particularly equine and beef cattle) but loves to treat animals of all sizes! Gavin grew up around cattle and horses, coming from a beef cattle station in WA’s Pilbara region. During his studies, Gavin has focused on attending placements in regional clinics with an emphasis on equine or sheep/cattle work. Gavin also has an interest in reproductive medicine for both horses and cattle. Since starting at West Coast in 2022, Gavin has enjoyed ambulatory work, treating a range of horses and farm animals, and assisting the breeding team for the 2022/23 season.
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 KRISTEN LLOYD - Bec BVMS FVS MVSc FANZCVS
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 HELEN RUSSELL - BSc/BVMS
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.
Robyn has been involved with show horses her whole life. She started off working in a racing stable, then was offered a position at Epsom Avenue Clinic with Dr Bryan Hilbert. Robyn worked at Epsom Equine for 8 years before working in the retail industry. Robyn was lucky enough to be offered a position at West Coast Vets in December 2016 and started in January 2017 and has moved to practice manager in 2020. Robyn enjoys the variety each day offers and meeting new clients and their animals.