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.


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. 


Kym Tapley

Veterinarian (BSc, BVMS.)

I graduated from Murdoch University in 1998 and started my career in mixed practice in the Perth foothills.  I saw a wide caseload there and was also exposed to challenging emergency work which is something I still enjoy today.  Since then I have worked in a variety of busy small animal hospitals around Perth and am now so fortunate to be working with the amazing team at Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital. 
I enjoy all aspects of veterinary work but in particular I have a special interest in dentistry which has become quite a passion.
I also really enjoy dermatology, emergency and critical care and soft tissue surgery.
Out of work I'm mum to three amazing children, a couple of crazy but cute miniature dachshunds and a cat who dislikes the vertically challenged canine family members immensely!
I also enjoy music, dancing and eating out.
 


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 McMahon

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.

I was keen to start practising at Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital as I thoroughly enjoy helping owners take care of their animals, and meeting my young patients! 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. 


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 Kirk

Veterinary Nurse (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! 


Virginia Alakron

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.


Michelle Carter

Veterinary 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. 


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.


Lisa-Maree Stonehouse

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

I started training for my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2016; a long time ago I know, but my 2 beautiful children keep me very busy! My training started with a year at the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Lesmurdie, where I was lucky enough to treat and care for a variety of very different wildlife.
I joined the team at Kalamunda Vet Hospital for work experience as part of my course, in February 2017. Since November 2019, I have been working at Kalamunda Vet, full-time. You may have seen me at Reception, discharging one of your pets or had me answer one of your phone calls.
Growing up I always knew I wanted to work with animals, and after starting my training, I’ve found there is no other job I would rather have. I enjoy everything about being a Vet Nurse, from taking X-Rays to assisting with Dental Surgeries, to providing critical emergency care, to your beloved pets, when they need it most. Best of all - I enjoy giving all your precious pets the quality of care and the love they deserve when they come into the hospital.
I look forward to seeing you and your fur babies next time you’re at the clinic!


Samantha Rajecki

Veterinary 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. 


Sarah Sambridge

Receptionist

Before coming to Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital 7 years ago I was helping my husband run his Electrical contracting business. I have been part of this community for 45 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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