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.
Aaron was then 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, orthopaedics and practice management. In 2008 Aaron decided to share his experience and buy his own practice in Palmyra where he enjoys client relationships with their pets at a more relaxed pace.
Kathy graduated from Murdoch University Vet School in 1989 and spent her first 10 years in small animal practice in WA and a one year stint in the UK doing locum work and travelling around Europe.
After that, she worked part time to raise a family and has lived and practiced almost exclusively around the East Fremantle/Fremantle area. She has been at Palmyra Vet Hospital since 2009.
Kathy enjoys routine surgeries but her particular interest is in medical cases, especially dermatology and endocrinology. She is a cat lover and owns a gorgeous Burmese Archie. She also loves to walk with her beloved Poppy, a mini Schnauzer.
Dr Mike (in the pink shirt) 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 hit balls around on the golf course with his mates. Since becoming a vet he has adopted two cats Pippa and Sally.
Dr Beka graduated from Murdoch University in 2006. After graduation, Beka worked in the South West of WA for 4 years, relocating back to Perth in 2011. She has since worked in general practice around the suburbs of Perth. Beka enjoys all aspects of general practice and loves meeting new people and their pets. When she’s not working she spends her time as a mum to 3 young children and her adorable Mastiff cross, Odie.
Helen is our Practice Manager and owns the practice with Aaron to whom she is happily married. Her introduction into the veterinary industry came from attending late night calvings with Aaron while he was practicing in the North 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 takes care of all our practice management and is a busy Mum to their daughters, Lucia and Marisol.
Registered Vet Nurse
Following a move to the West Coast from Sydney, Alice opened her home to two rescue cats, a large breed dog, numerous orphaned birds, and at 29 decided to pursue a career in vet nursing. She has a passion for native Australian wildlife and volunteers at a rescue centre north of the river when not working with us. The rest of her down time is spent somewhere in the great outdoors, wandering, exploring, foraging, photographing, reading, crafting or sampling the various food and beverage fare Perth and the Great Southern has to offer with her husband Johnny.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Liz has been nursing with us since her veterinary nurse training in 2016. Liz grew up in Perth but loves to hit the road and travel. She has been to all four corners of the globe and when she’s not planning her next trip, she makes some serious moves on the stage with her burlesque dance mates.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
With over fifteen years of veterinary nursing experience under her belt, Becc took five years off to work at her ‘other’ job as Mum to three children. Now that they’re all at big school she is using her fantastic skills on our surgical team and keeping Aaron and Mike in check when they talk too much sport.
Tess is a veterinary nurse assistant and also runs our puppy pre-school. She’s also studying to become a vet at Murdoch University. She’s obsessed with dogs but giant breeds are her favourite, with her dog Winnie, taking up most of the space in her house.
Tess is also a world class water polo player and was selected to play in Hungary in 2019.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Growing up in Kenya and the UK and after travelling all over the globe Jay settled in Australia in 2015. He has always had a passion for animals, conservation and working with people so veterinary nursing would be the perfect gateway into the industry. He loves all aspects of vet nursing which includes meeting new people, enjoying the day with co-workers, endless cups of tea and of course, caring for the patients. Jay loves traveling, going to the beach and on hikes, basically anything that involves the outdoors. Having played soccer for most of his life, he is also a fan of the English Premier League and his beloved team Arsenal. Jay also has an Australian Shepherd Jackson that lives with his partner’s Mum in the US.