Dr Aaron Healy BSc BVMS – Principal Veterinarian
Aaron first decided to become a vet after enjoying many a James Herriott book and school holidays on family friends farms, he graduated from Murdoch University Vet school in 1993. He took his first job with Capel-Donnybrook Veterinary services where he dealt with many late night calvings, horse colics, dog, cats and wildlife. After two years cutting his teeth in the South West he took to the UK for the obligatory veterinary sojourn. For three years he worked in various parts of the UK as well as a stint with an animal welfare charity in the Greek islands. He soon mastered the art of wearing a tie (a requirement in most English veterinary practices) even when up to his armpits in bovine pregnancy testing. Before returning to Perth, Aaron stopped in Katherine, NT spending a year with large numbers of dusty but enthusiastic cattle and the odd crocodile. As part of Government environmental health programs, Aaron made many visits to remote communities in the Kimberley and Northern Territory looking after local dog populations. Over the last 8 years Aaron was the senior vet in a very busy, high quality practice in Perth’s northern suburbs. During this time Aaron met his wife Helen who just so happened to be from true James Herriot country in North Yorkshire. This gave him the perfect excuse to return to the UK for some shorter working holidays and live out his childhood dreams working with large animals in the rugged Yorkshire Moors. Aaron has continued to update his skills since graduation having completed post graduate courses in small animal medicine, surgery and practice management. In 2008 Aaron decided to share his experience and buy his own practice where he intends to enjoy client’s relationships with their pets at a more relaxed pace!
Dr Kathy Stark BSc BVMS (Hons) – Veterinarian
Kathy wanted to become a vet from a very young age, having grown up in a suburban household where there were always multiple pets – not just cats and a dog, but frequently orphaned lambs and calves from the family farm! Having practised her orphan-rearing skills on the said lambs and calves, and her bandaging skills on Rusty the Labrador, she pursued her dream for real at Murdoch University. Kathy graduated with Honours from Murdoch in 1989. She spent 2 years initially at Swanbourne Vet Centre, then 12 months in the U.K. doing locum work in between her travels, then returned to Swanbourne for another 7 years. She married husband Paul in 1995, and they have two gorgeous children, Emma and Daniel. The Starks are proud owners of two much-loved Burmese cats, Scarlet and Archie and Poppy the Schnauzer. Kathy has worked in and around Fremantle since 2002 and has been exclusively at Palmyra Vet Hospital since 2008. When Kathy isn’t chatting to clients and taking care of their beloved pets, she enjoys early morning walks along the river and making sweet treats for all our staff.
Dr Mike Whitfield BSc BVMS – Veterinarian Dr Mike got his love for animals on his uncle’s game park in South Africa and then moved on to less wild pastures in WA’s South West, where he spent the rest of his youth in Bunbury. Mike was the stand out graduate for Murdoch University’s vet school in 2012 and has been with us at Palmyra Vet Hospital ever since. When Mike is not discussing the rugby with Aaron he loves to chase balls around on the golf course and keep fit at the gym. Since becoming a Vet he has adopted two cats Pippa and Sally.
Dr Mike Whitfield BSc BVMS – Veterinarian
Dr Mike got his love for animals on his uncle’s game park in South Africa and then moved on to less wild pastures in WA’s South West, where he spent the rest of his youth in Bunbury. Mike was the stand out graduate for Murdoch University’s vet school in 2012 and has been with us at Palmyra Vet Hospital ever since. When Mike is not discussing the rugby with Aaron he loves to chase balls around on the golf course and keep fit at the gym. Since becoming a Vet he has adopted two cats Pippa and Sally.
Helen Healy – Practice Manager
Helen is our Practice Manager and owns the practice with Aaron to whom she is happily married. Until she met Aaron, Helen’s only experience with animals was through working at the WA Museum where most of them were behind glass display cases. Her introduction into the veterinary industry came from attending late night calvings with Aaron while he was practicing in the Yorkshire Moors. Helen now spends most of her time in the office however she’s often on hand to help if there’s a particularly squirmy patient in the clinic. Helen works part time as she also takes care of their daughters Lucia and Marisol. Outside of work and family life, Helen loves to travel, especially to Spain where she can indulge in her passion for flamenco dancing.
Jess Wheatfill – Registered Senior Veterinary Nurse
Jess has been with Palmyra Vet Hospital since February 2007. Jess’s ambition was inspired by Joy Adamson and the character Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. She is living her dream working as a veterinary nurse. Growing up on a farm in East Pingelly, she also gained plenty of early experience looking after lambs, pigs, cats and dogs. Jess and her husband Mat love to travel. Their favourite local spots include Kalbarri, the South West and Rottnest but her dream is to go see the wildlife in Canada and Africa. Her prized pet is Dorrit, the very cute but cheeky rabbit.
Kelly Smith – Registered Veterinary Nurse
Kelly has always had an interest in animals and between working at the Perth Zoo and volunteering at a wildlife shelter, she decided to study Veterinary nursing and has loved it ever since.She has 3 cats named Spooky, Oliver and Fatty (who’s not so fat anymore!) and a golden Labrador named Lizzie in her family. She loves playing Volleyball and Dodgeball and escaping to Dunsborough in her free time. She also enjoys travelling and has been to New Zealand, Europe, Canada and parts of Asia. Kelly’s dream is to work with endangered wildlife one day.
Jacinda Maoirana – Registered Veterinary Nurse
Jacinda always knew she would end up working with animals. Her first taste of nursing was in 2004 doing work experience at Palmyra Vet Hospital. In 2007 Jacinda graduated from applied vocational training and started full time nursing at a busy practice in February 2008. Here Jacinda was introduced to the world of breeding and hand raised her beautiful white boxer, Jedda. She also owns two bunnies and a smoochy kitty called Daisy. Jacinda had her daughter Monique in 2011 and son Hamish in 2016 and is now enjoying the best of both worlds as a mum and working part time at our hospital.
Holly Parker – Registered Veterinary Nurse
Holly did her veterinary nurse training with us in 2011 and we loved her so much that we asked her to stay for good. Holly is our resident and self-confessed ‘crazy cat lady’ and shares her home with her beloved cats Tom, George and Fred. Originally from NSW and with time spent in Queensland, Holly is now in Perth for good and dreams of one day owning some property so she can collect some more animals.
Liz Momber – Registered Veterinary Nurse
Liz has always loved animals and grew up around lots of cats and dogs. Originally coming from a background in aviation, she hung up her wings and completed her vet nursing training in 2015. Liz loves spending time with her family’s dog “Saffie” down by the water and enjoys Xtend Barre and Pilates during her down time. Liz is a huge fan of Indian food, so much so that Bengal Restaurant in Fremantle is designing a menu on her top choices!
Sarah & Tessa – Puppy School Trainers
Sarah & Tessa are current veterinary students at Murdoch University.