WA Veterinary Emergency & Specialty

Emergency Team

ECC - Candy Baker
Dr Candy Baker

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian
BSc BVMS

Candy graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery in 2010. After graduation, Candy worked in mixed animal practice and was based in York, Western Australia. During that time Candy’s interests in equine medicine and emergency small animal medicine flourished, which meant that in November 2013, Candy decided to make the change.  She took on a role in the Emergency department at WAVES as an Emergency and Critical Care veterinarian. At times, Candy misses her calling as a capable equine vet, but enjoys the night time and weekend challenges of working with small animals at WAVES. During her times off, she enjoys raising her new baby boy, showing her prestigious German Shepherd Dogs, travelling with her husband and riding her horse – ‘Maitland’.


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Dr Stacey Fell-Smith

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian
BSc BVMS MANZCVS (ECC)

Stacey graduated from Murdoch in 1995 and spent her first few years initially in mixed practise and then a specialist equine and small animal referral centre interstate before travelling overseas for several years, working in the UK to fund adventures in Europe, America, Canada and Africa. Returning to Australia she continued in a small animal practice, swapping to exclusively ECC work when her children were born so she could care for them during the day and work at night. She found that she loved this sort of work and got her memberships in ECC in 2009 working initially at MPEC and then at WAVES when it opened in 2013. Her life away from work is spent running around after her family and fur babies, 15 horses, 1 dog, 1 cat, chooks and a budgie!

 


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Dr Corinna Chia

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian
BSc BVMS MVS MANZCVS (ECC)

Corinna graduated from Murdoch University in 2009. Upon graduation, she moved to Singapore to work for 18 months before coming back to Perth. Through her experiences in various general practices, she has developed a passion for emergency and critical care medicine and was excited when she landed her ideal job at WAVES in 2013. She loves and enjoys all aspect of working as an emergency vet. Corinna also completed her Masters in Veterinary Science in small animal practice at Murdoch University in 2013, and obtained her membership in ECC in 2015. When she does have free time, she enjoys travelling, hiking and sleeping with her cats.

 


ECC - Katrine Mangold
Dr Katrine Mangold

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian
BVSc MANZCVS (ECC)

Katrine grew up in rural New Zealand with a menagerie of pets, from lambs to sparrow chicks. She studied at Massey University, receiving vice chancellor commendations in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She graduated in 2011 with honours and worked for a year in mixed practice in the South Island. In 2013 she moved to Perth and after a year in small animal general practice joined the WAVES team. She is enjoying the challenge of working in emergency practice. In her time off she enjoys learning to surf, travelling, and swimming.

 

 


ECC - Petra
Dr Tal-Petra Guse

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian
BVSc MVM MANZCVS (ECC)

Petra graduated from Massey University in 2008 and spent the next 3 years in mixed animal practice in rural NZ, then moved to a busy emergency practice in Christchurch. In 2013 she received her Master of Veterinary Medicine from Massey University, before moving (along with her dog and two cats) to Melbourne to work in the Emergency and Critical Care department at Melbourne University. She started work at WAVES in December 2014. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dog, scuba diving and travelling.

 

 


Sarah Patterson
Dr Sarah Patterson

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian
BSc BVMS 

Sarah is a local to Perth and grew up always knowing she wanted to be a veterinarian. She graduated from Murdoch University with distinction in 2013. Following graduation, she spent a year working in small animal general practice before making the move to Emergency and Critical Care at WAVEs in April 2015. Sarah enjoys all aspects of small animal practice but has a strong interest in emergency and internal medicine – particularly those cases involving our feline companions! When not at work she enjoys spending time with her friends, family and fur creatures.

 

 


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Dr Chloe Harris-Brown

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian
BSc BVMS

Chloe graduated from Murdoch University in 2010. After graduating, Chloe spent 3 years in a wonderful, busy small animal practice in Mandurah, Western Australia. After this Chloe then spent 12 months as the sole Veterinarian at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Perth. Though she still enjoys working in wildlife medicine, Chloe found she missed working with domestic species, particularly missing surgery. As such she has returned to domestic animal practice as an Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian here at WAVES and maintains her work with wildlife on a voluntary basis. When she is not at work she enjoys swimming, reading a good novel, watching the cricket and most of all spending time with her family (human and furred).

 


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Dr Fiona Esam

Emergency and Critical Care Diplomate 
BVSc MVM

Fiona graduated from Massey University in 2011. After three years in small animal general practice in New Zealand, she completed a one year internship in veterinary ophthalmology. In 2016 she moved to Perth to work at WAVES, where she enjoys all aspects of medicine and surgery, but particularly ophthalmology cases such as corneal ulcers and glaucoma. In her free time Fiona enjoys yoga, watching movies, and sewing.

 

 

 

 


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Dr. Melinda Ochoada

Emergency and Critical Care Diplomate 
DVM MANZCVS (ECC)

Melinda got hooked on emergency medicine while working as a veterinary technician throughout vet school. After earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota, she completed a combined internship in surgery and emergency in Southern California and then took on the role of Medical Director at an emergency clinic in the South Bay area. While on vacation in Africa she met a man with a strange but adorable accent, married and moved back to sunny Perth with him, and continued working in emergency at Murdoch University until joining the fantastic team at WAVES soon after they opened. Despite sometimes longing for ‘normal’ hours, she’s thrilled to have been able to largely avoid derm cases and found the years of chronic sleep deprivation proved to prepare her well for motherhood. Having recently conquered her Sudoku addiction, when not at work or travelling internationally you can find her at the gym, camping in the bush with her family or out seeking the sun when it’s over 28C.


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Lene Dramstad

Emergency and Critical Care Diplomate 
BSc BVMS

Lene grew up on the countryside in Norway with rabbits, chickens, cats, dogs and lambs as pets. The dream of becoming a veterinarian and the desire to travel brought her to Australian and she graduated from Murdoch as a veterinarian in 2013. The first three years after graduation Lene worked in a small animal vet clinic and a small animal vet hospital in Norway. The desire to work in Emergency and Critical Care medicine brought her back to Australia in 2016 to work at WAVES. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her fur babies and her friends, going to the beach or reading a book.

 


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Dr Jo Keall BSc BVMS PGCert MANZCVS

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian
BSc BVMS PGCert MANZCVS

Jo graduated from Murdoch University in 2004. She has since worked in small animal general practice in Melbourne, Perth and the South West of WA. Jo has been working in Emergency and Critical Care since 2011 and started at WAVES soon after it opened in mid-2013, she has also worked in Small Animal Internal Medicine at WAVES and Murdoch University. Jo lives with her husband, two sons, Border Collie and two cats. Jo only works part-time at the moment.

 

 


ECC - Richard
Dr Richard Rumsey
Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian
BVSc MANZCVS

Richard graduated from the University of Sydney in 1994 and has worked in Sydney for 6 years in small animal practice before moving to WA. He worked in private practice for 12 months in Perth and then worked at Murdoch University for 12 years teaching undergraduate vet students at the veterinary teaching hospital in the general practice. He obtained his Memberships in Small Animal Surgery in 2003.

Richard enjoys all aspects of surgery, particularly emergency trauma and gastrointestinal surgery.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his three children, he enjoys going to the gym, and also enjoys reading a good book. He has two cats called Dr Mick and Bento.


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Dr Aimee Linton

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian
BSc BVSc

Aimee graduated from Bristol University in 2010 and spent 3 years working in rural mixed practice in the UK before immigrating to Australia in 2013. Aimee then spent 2 years in small animal and equine practice in Geraldton, followed by a year working in Broome. Aimee joined the emergency team at WAVES in late August 2016.