Our People

Veterinarians

Dr Kathy Sargent BSc BVMS


I was one of the founding partners of Dunsborough Veterinary Hospital along with my  husband Peter Rosher. 

 

I was born and raised in Dunsborough where Empire Retreat presently lies and attended Murdoch University Veterinary School graduating as a veterinarian in 1985.  I also met Peter at Murdoch as he was teaching students and practicing at Murdoch during my last two years as a student. Following graduation, I worked at the Busselton Veterinary Hospital for 2 years before marrying Peter in 1987 and heading to California for 2 years. 

 

Whilst in the US I worked for a drug company for six months before completing research and clinical work at the University of California Veterinary School (Davis) until leaving the US at the end of 1989.

On returning to Australia, I worked as a locum before opening the Dunsborough Veterinary Hospital in September 1990.  I have 3 children with my husband Peter – Corey, Anais and Declan.  Our household is a menagerie of animals with 2 dogs "Coco" and "Bundty", 3 hand raised kangaroos with their offspring and ring tailed possums that have also been hand raised and released.  In addition I still breed and race Standardbred racehorses with my brothers and mother.

 

I love cooking, walking with my dogs (often accompanied by one of two of my kangaroos), helping handle and work the horses and having family and friends over for a catch up.  I consider myself very lucky that after 30 years I still love what I do.

 

Dr Peter Rosher BSc BVMS DipACT MPVM

I began the practice with my wife Kathy in 1990 and in 2004 set up a large animal practice (food animals).  Though still a partner in the practice, I tend to not be involved in the day to day management of the practice.

 

I have specialist qualification in animal reproduction and provide specialist support when required.

Dr Merri James BSc BVMS


After qualifying as a veterinarian from Murdoch University in 1994 and spending a couple of years in mixed animal proactive in rural Victoria, I moved to Dunsborough to start work at Dunsborough Veterinary Hospital in 1997 and have never left!


Married to Steve and with 3 sons: Luke, Mathew and Joel, we share our home in Quindalup with our Rhodesian Ridgeback Ruby.


I love all that this region has to offer, particularly wining and dining, spending time at the beach with the dogs and the strong sense of community that I am lucky to share in, particularly with friends made through the schools and sporting clubs and the many clients I am proud to call friends. I feel grateful every day to come to work in such a happy, friendly clinic with such professional and caring colleagues and such wonderful clients.

Dr Shamus Henry BSc(Hons) BVSc(Hons)

I grew up in Perth and on completing an honours degree in Biochemistry (UWA), I packed up and moved to Queensland where I completed my veterinary qualification at the University of Queensland. Following a working summer in Dunsborough I moved to the US in 2002 and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Kansas State University before returning to Dunsborough to finally settle down after many years of education.  I love all aspects of being a veterinarian and have broad special interests including small animal medicine and oncology, equine reproduction and equine performance medicine.

 

I live in Dunsborough with my wife Kendall and our two sons and along with Blaise the dog we enjoy all aspects of a rural life only minutes from the beach. When I'm not working I love to enjoy the outdoors especially when they involve the game of cricket which I love to play and watch. Despite never being selected, I continue to train hard and make myself available for the Australian test cricket team.

 

Dr Leah King BSc BVMS

I was born and raised in Busselton and on graduating in 2003 I began working mixed practice in Donnybrook before moving back home in 2005 when I started at the Dunsborough Veterinary Hospital.

 

I love all aspects of small animal and equine practice and have a special interest in acupuncture on small animals and horses. I live in Vasse with my husband Jeremy and 3 young children Will, Indi and Rosa along with our menagerie of animals.

Dr Rebecca Houlison BSc BVMS

I started working in the veterinary industry in 2003 and achieved my life dream of becoming a veterinarian, graduating from Murdoch University in 2008. That year I moved down South and started my career as a veterinarian in small animal practice.

 

In 2010 I began at Dunsborough Veterinary Hospital which allowed me to practice on all companion animals which I enjoy. I live in the wonderful Vasse community with Husband Josh and our Rottweiler babies Davo and Isabella.

Dr Lacey Thompson BSc BVMS

I grew up in Tasmania on a beef and sheep property alongside my many domesticated and farm animal companions. I was a keen horse rider and attended pony club with evening being my sport of choice. I worked in the cattle industry for 5 years and travelled internationally for a year prior to moving to the west.

 

I graduated in 2017 with a double degree in a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at Murdoch University (making me the third vet in the family).

 

I worked at several equine hospitals in Perth during my studies and have since completed further training in equine dentistry. But I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine and I am extremely grateful to be working with such a friendly team in one of the best parts of the world.

Nursing & Support Staff

Carolyn - Veterinary Nurse

I returned to my home of Busselton in 1998 after 6 years living in Fremantle working in the harness racing industry.  I love living in Vasse on our 5 acre property with my husband Justin, our dog Wilbur, Toby the overweight paddock pony and our menagerie of feathered poultry.

 

I am a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse and work now mainly in reception and have loved worked here at the Dunsborough Veterinary Hospital since 2000.

 

I am very lucky to come to work every day and work with some people who I call my best friends.  The friendships also made through some our wonderful clients and their beloved pets makes me so appreciative to work in such a beautiful place called Dunsborough.

Kirsten – Veterinary Nurse

I started at the Dunsborough Veterinary Hospital in 2009 as a trainee nurse after travelling the world with my partner Paul.  We are both from Ireland and have now settled in Dunsborough with the local community close to our hearts.In my spare time I am also a volunteer ambulance officer and love walking my dog Trigger down at Quindalup.

 

Paul and I were pleased to bring our beautiful daughter Charlie into the world in June 2015.

 

 
Tessa - Behavioural Dog Trainer

My life before vet nursing included training and working as a Cordon Bleu chef in London, becoming an Antique porcelain restorer, and setting-up and running a successful exclusive dog boarding kennel in France, as well as training and breeding Weimaraners.

 

I grew up in Rhodesia and have been lucky enough to live and work in many countries around the world.  Animals have always been my passion and vet nursing in so many different countries has been fascinating. My husband and I, 2 children and 2 dogs came to Dunsborough from France in 1997.

 

I joined the Dunsborough Veterinary Hospital in 2004 and during my time here I have returned to studying and have became an accredited Delta behavioural dog trainer, as well and studying Canine and Feline behaviour, in depth and achieving 3 Companion Animal Science Institute Diplomas in these subjects.

My special interest is, of course animal behaviours! So it is natural for me to run our Puppy Pre-school courses – which I enjoy tremendously. Here at Dunsborough Veterinary Hospital I have found a talented, dedicated empathetic team that work together to provide an all encompassing care to their patients, and I am proud to be part of it.

Debbie - Veterinary Nurse

I have lived in Dunsborough for 10 years and have worked at the Dunsborough Veterinary Hospital since 2010.  I live on 3.5 beautiful acres in Quedjinup with my husband Chris and 2 children, Tayla and Jaryd, and our Golden Retriever puppy Amber. 

 

I started at Dunsborough Vets as an assistant to the groomer and was offered my nursing traineeship 3 months later which I completed in 2012.  Working as a veterinary nurse can be challenging but also rewarding.  We have a very happy work environment which enables us to nurture our clients and patients.

Gail – Animal Attendant

I've lived in Dunsborough with my husband Al for over 30years having raised our 4 children over that time.  Since starting at Dunsborough vets in 2008 I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and assist all the staff and patients by providing supportive care.  I also am passionate about the care and rehabilitation of Australian native wildlife and regular care for injured wildlife brought into the clinic.

Tamara - Veterinary Nurse

I have been a veterinary nurse since 2004 and a qualified small animal Bowen Therapist since 2012.  I live in Cowaramup with my husband and 2 children.  We have a French Bulldog called “Pebbles” who we hope to breed from eventually.  I also have a horse called “Xena” who I compete in showjumping and a miniature pony called Tara.

 

I joined the team at Dunsborough Vets in 2015 and love the new experiences and challenges that it brings, especially working with horses.

Zoey – Veterinary Nurse

I grew up in Busselton where I attended school before moving to Perth and completing my veterinary nursing qualification where in 2015 I was awarded the "Outstanding Academic Achievement Award".

 

I am fortunate that as part of my job I am able to look after many sick and injured wildlife which I love and have become involved with the FAUNA group to increase my knowledge base. On my days off I love riding my horses, walking the dog and going camping and exploring.

Carly
Carly - Veterinary Nurse

Growing up in Dongara, dreaming of riding emus to school and avoiding kangaroos on the walk home, I have always had a passion for all native fauna and small animals.

I travelled to most corners of Australia with my husband Dale and finally settled back in Perth in 2008, pursuing my passion of working within the animal industry.  Volunteering with the Animal Protection Society and studying Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation through (then) CALM started my journey.

In 2010, I became a fully fledged qualified Veterinary Nurse and joined a large mixed practice emergency hospital in Perth, quickly progressing within my career as Head Nurse in 2012.

Seeing the light, I headed south late 2016 to hop from Bunbury, to Busselton, and settling in Vasse, where I live with our 2 beautiful boys, Patrick and Thomas, my flat coat retriever Peppa, and Shorty-Pants the odd combo of corgi x kelpie.  In my not-so-much-spare-time, I work closely with FAWNA, playing an active part in the rehabilitation of critically endangered Western Ringtail Possums and enjoy spending time with my family.

Being welcomed into the Dunsborough Vet team in 2019, I had the opportunity to complete my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (GP) and found myself surrounded by a supportive and caring new veterinary family.

India
India - Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Dunsborough is where I have lived my whole life. I went to St Mary Mackillop College in Busselton where I finished year 12. I completed my Certificate 2 in Animal Studies during year 11 and 12 at a sheep farm and I have now commenced a traineeship in Certificate 4 of Veterinary Nursing at Dunsborough Vets.

 

I did many years of work experience at Dunsborough Vets and have enjoyed every moment. Everyone one is so welcoming and I feel so lucky to do my training here. Dunsborough Vets is where I discovered my love for nursing and this is why I have chosen to pursue this as my career.

 

On my days off I spend my spare time camping, horse riding and spending time with family.