John Houghton

Veterinarian (BVSc, MRCVS.)

I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1993 and have worked in Southern Africa, the United Kingdom and in three States in Australia. As a result, I have extensive experience in all aspects of small animal medine, surgery and emergency care. My special interests include surgery, opthalmology (eyes) and diagnostic imaging (X-rays and ultrasound).

We have a great team here, at Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital, which I am very proud to be part of. I couldn't imagine having a vet clinic anywhere other than Perth Hills, we are blessed to have a lot of very special patients and clients.

Ashleigh D'Alonzo

Veterinarian (BSc, BVMS.)

Before I came to Kalamunda I was working up North where I gained experience in emergency and after-hours work. Since moving back down to Perth I have been increasing my skills in animal dentistry. I do my best to find treatment plans that suit both owners and their pets. I am happy to take extra time with anxious fur-babies as I find earning their trust extremely rewarding. My favourite part of being a vet is that every day is different and provides a different challenge.

Rebekah Outred

Veterinarian (BSc, BVMS.)

Growing up in the hills of Perth I was animal obsessed. When I reached school I discovered I also loved Science, so it was a natural progression to realise my dream of becoming a Vet in 2011. 

I graduated from Murdoch University and dove straight into small animal emergency/critical care and GP work. During my final years of Vet School, I spent my Saturdays learning from John and was hired as a locum as soon as I graduated. As the practice grew to accomodate more vets I was able to join John and Becky in 2015 on a permanent basis. Over the years I have also worked in emergency centres and had an enjoyable stint in a country town; but my heart will always belong to Kalamunda Vet - I love what we are able to offer the beautiful animals that come through our doors. 

I am most passionate about surgery and intensive care but I enjoy all aspects of helping animals live their best lives. I believe all animals deserve pain free and happy lives and I am proud to be a part of making that happen. At home I have a bossy toothless Chihuahua called Julio, a sweet Golden-Doodle called Hermione, and a large cat who thinks he is a dog - named Hamish. My animals bring so much to my life and I know my clients’ pets have similar residences in their humans’ hearts. When I am not at work, I will either be doing yoga or pilates, or at the beach with the pups. 

Susie Febbo

Veterinarian (BSc, BVMS (Hons).)

After completing my veterinary degree at Murdoch I moved to Vancouver, Canada and started my career as a small animal veterinarian. 

After about 4 years living in Canada I returned back to Perth and was lucky enough to start working at Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital. I love the variety that comes with GP work but am especially interested in dentistry and surgery.

Outside of work I enjoy going bouldering and spending time outdoors. At home I have a spoilt miniature dachshund called Oliver.  

Jemima Squance

Veterinarian (BSc, BVMS.)

From a young age I set my desire on becoming a veterinarian. Animals always bring so much happiness and joy to our lives, ensuring they are healthy and pain free is something I am passionate about.
The bond I see between owners and their animals is a constant inspiration to me, always unique and always special.

In my spare time I am usually found exploring nature, often with my cheeky rescue husky Blaze in toe, and his equally mischievous border collie sister, Willow.

Abbie White

Veterinarian (BSc, BVMS.)

After moving from the UK with my family, I grew up living in the Perth hills and completed my veterinary studies at Murdoch University. I have worked in small animal practice since graduating and am now enjoying working in the beautiful community at Kalamunda with our fantastic team at KVH. I enjoy all aspects of general practice and strive to provide considerate care for all our special patients and their owners. I am also passionate about teaching and am still involved with mentoring veterinary students through Murdoch. 

Outside work I enjoy a unique sporting hobby, previously competing in and now judging Equestrian Vaulting. At home I have two beautiful rescue rabbits and the lovely Maddy, a rescue Greyhound. 

Rachel Simidgi

Veterinarian (BSc, BVMS.)

I moved to Australia in 2002 from the UK and after graduating from Murdoch Uni in 2006, I fell in love with WA and decided to stay, making Perth Hills my home. Since then, I've worked in various clinics in both Perth and Queensland, starting at Kalamunda Vet in 2019, and now I can't imagine working anywhere else.

I love all aspects of being a vet and working as part of the fantastic team at Kalamunda. In particular, I love getting to know clients and their pets, and helping them to come up with a plan that they're happy with for their unique case. My huge passion lies in complicated and challenging medical cases. I'm currently studying for my "memberships" in Internal Medicine to further my knowledge even more in this field. 
Outside of work, my husband and I have 2 gorgeous children, whom I love spending time with, a kelpie-cross rescue dog, Angel, who is far from angelic, and 2 cats named Siri and Tux who were found in a bush in Swan Valley and our little family spent many sleepless nights hand-raising.

Becky Della Franca

Veterinarian (BSc, BVMS(Hons).)

After my first few years at an emergency hospital and then a busy small animal hospital, I have gained invaluable experience in emergency medicine and critical care and all aspects of canine and feline medicine which is where my interests lie. However it's watching the human-animal bond grow and helping our furry family members by providing compassionate gentle care that make my job so special.
Having grown up in the perth hills and now living there, I am so excited to join the Kalamunda Vet family and look forward to meeting our special patients and their families.
With my husband, our own furry family includes a devoted Border Collie, Ellie, an exuberant Golden Retriever cross, Raphael, and a cuddly Australian Stock Horse cross, Keska.

Stefanie Pawsey

Veterinarian (BSc, BVMS, GDipEd (Tertiary).)

After completing my veterinary degree I moved to the Wheatbelt of Western Australia working as a mixed practice veterinarian. I enjoyed my time in the country and was fortunate to see many unusual cases and emergencies. I later went on to pursue a Specialty Traineeship (Internship) in Anaesthesia and Analgesia at Murdoch University. In 2016 I completed my Post Graduate Diploma of Tertiary Education as a part of my role in teaching the veterinary students.

Since returning to general practice I have completed the Fear Free course for low stress animal handling and management, have become certified in Basic and Advanced Life Support through the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, as well as obtained my certificate in Animal Dry Needling through the Australian College of Eastern Medicine.  I now work at Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital to provide advanced anaesthesia to those patients that require it and to provide ongoing training to the team of vets and nurses here.

Claudia McGrath

Veterinarian (BSc, BVMS.)

I began my career in Kalgoorlie before moving home to Perth to work as a small animal veterinarian. I am enjoying being a part of the wonderful team at Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital and looking after the pets of the hills. I am a compassionate veterinarian and always do my best to make a trip to the vet less scary, particularly for our more timid pets. I enjoy surgery and of course meeting your new puppy or kitten is always the highlight of my day. 
In my spare time I enjoy staying active, getting outdoors and spending time with friends and family. I have a beautiful Border Collie called Spyda who keeps me busy!

Tracy Houghton

Veterinary Nurse (VN)

Blessed to be born in Zimbabwe,  to parents that were devoted to animal welfare, I had the honour of always being surrounded by so many different kinds of God's creatures.  Animals that needed to be loved and cared for, a stark contrast to what they had experienced up to that point in their lives. After walking a few different and very interesting paths, I find myself at Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital, alongside my husband, John. Still surrounded by the 'beating hearts' of these furry people,  I cannot imagine my world without the joy of making a difference to the animals that share this world with us.

Amber-Rose Blunt

Administration (VN)

I was welcomed to the Kalamunda Vet family as a Trainee in late 2015. After finally completing my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in early 2018, I am now a Registered Veterinary Nurse and I love my job unconditionally. 

Special interests include meeting and assisting you and your fur-babies, educating/teaching clients and trainees, monitoring anaesthetics, phlebotomy/IV placement, radiographs and assisting with our beautiful wildlife. 

I enjoy helping make a difference and I love that no day is the same! 

Michelle Carter

Head Nurse (VN)

I Love cats……. I started in the veterinary industry as a kennel hand in 1989 and have worked in many practices in metro and regional WA since as a Veterinary Nurse. I have always loved animals and want to help provide the best care possible. In the last couple of years I have become particularly interested in feline care and behavior. I love my two cats, Wandera and Clementine, and my beautiful border collie Jess. I know how much happiness and joy animals bring to people's lives and that is why Veterinary Nursing is a passion for me, not just a job. 

Samantha Rajecki

Head Nurse (VN)

I have been nursing since 2012 and have always had a passion for everything feline. After rescuing my first cat Kiki I fell in love with cats and the Somali breed. I now have two Somali's, Kiki and Ariel who I absolutely adore. I have worked in a wide range of vet clinics in Perth including general practice, specialist centres as well as a cat only practice. I enjoy live music, travelling and love everything Disney. My cat Ariel is named after The Little Mermaid. I am also very passionate about everything fear free with cats in vet clinics following the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) guidelines and love learning anything new through the ISFM about cats. 

Virginia Alarkon

Veterinary Nurse (VN)

I moved to Kalamunda from the Philippines where I worked as a Veterinarian, with my husband and 3 beautiful daughters in 2008. In 2009 I started working with the team at Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital as Head Theatre Nurse and have enjoyed working here ever since.

Nicola Head

Veterinary Nurse (VN)

“After completing my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2014 I worked as both a veterinary nurse and animal attendant at the RSPCA WA and there I developed a special interest in dog behaviour and fear free practice. At the end of 2019 I joined the team at Kalamunda and have since taken over running the puppy preschool at the clinic. I love all aspects of veterinary nursing, but I especially enjoy radiology, management of post-operative recovery and working with fearful dogs to help them gain confidence in the clinic.

I have two beautiful dogs; a labrador cross ridgeback called Sabi and an Akita cross Border Collie called Deka, who I love training and taking for walks through the hills. I also have a horse named Django who I show jump and trail ride.”

Elly Simons

Veterinary Nurse (VN)

I developed my love for vet nursing after volunteering at Kanyana Wildlife Sanctuary and watching mum work as nurse at an equine hospital in SA when I was a child. I have spent most of my life living in the bush both in Adelaide and Perth Hills where I went to high school at Lesmurdie Senior High.
I grew up with horses, cats, dogs, sheep, rats, a galah and an Angus calf and a wide range of foster animals and I adore Staffies!  A am a wife and mum with two lovely young girls, two crazy Staffies (who think they’re human) and two lovely juvenile female rats.

Kate Mitchell

Veterinary Nurse (VN)

I have always been interested in animals from a young age. My interest peaked when I began volunteering at Native Animal Rescue in 2009. From there I completed my certificate 3 in Companion Animal Services in 2011 and then my certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing, graduating in 2012. I have been part of the team at Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital since 2012, and I absolutely love it!  My favourite aspects of veterinary nursing include anaesthetics, radiology as well as client communication and administration. I have two crazy Siberian Huskies and three unique furry felines.

Lucy Jasiak

Veterinary Nurse (VN)

I was always surrounded by animals as a child due to growing up and living in Perth Hills my entire life. I am deeply passionate about all animals, and always knew that my career path would eventually lead into the Animal Care Industry. After volunteering at the Shenton Park Dog Refuge home in 2020, my childhood passion was reignited, and I made the decision there and then to become a Veterinary Nurse after many years in customer service. I have two cats, Winnie and Frankie, they are the absolute love of my life. I love my job and take my role very seriously, always endeavouring to provide the best nursing care to our patients by limiting their stress levels and providing lots of pats and cuddles throughout the day. 

Sarah Sambridge


Before coming to Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital in 2009, I was helping my husband run his Electrical contracting business. I have been part of this community for 53 years and I enjoy meeting and talking to all the people that walk through our door.
I am very honoured and proud to be part of such an amazing veterinary team and look forward to meeting you and your furry family members.

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