WA Veterinary Emergency & Specialty

Emergency Team

Dr Katrin Swindells
Diplomate, Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Katrin graduated from Sydney University in 1994, and initially worked in small animal general practice for a few years. In 1997 she started working in an emergency service in Sydney and rapidly realised that this field was her vocation. In 2000 she attained her ANZCVS Memberships in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. She then went on to do a residency at Murdoch University and in 2006 became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. From 2007 to 2011 she was Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at Murdoch University and then worked in private emergency and critical care services in Perth and Brisbane. Katrin has been working at WAVES since opening in June 2013.

Additionally, Katrin has been an invited lecturer in her field at numerous conferences and has been an examiner in Veterinary Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at both Membership and Fellowship level for the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Katrin’s interests include all aspects of critical care, trauma, transfusion therapy, toxicology, envenomations and teaching.

Dr Ryan Ong
Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care









Dr Candy Baker
Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian

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’.

Dr Stacey Fell-Smith
Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian

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!


Dr Corinna Chia

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian

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.


Dr Tal-Petra Guse

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian

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.



Dr Sarah Patterson

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian

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.



Dr Chloe Harris-Brown

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian

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).


Dr. Melinda Ochoada

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian

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.



Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian

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.



Dr Richard Rumsey
Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian

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.

Dr Aimee Linton

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian

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.