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 a degree in Biochemistry from UWA, packed up and moved to Queensland where I completed my veterinary qualification at the University of Queensland. My love affair with the Dunsborough Veterinary Hospital then began when in 2002 when as a new graduate I was lucky enough to spend my first 6 months of professional life under the supervision of Kathy, Peter, Merri and the rest of the team.

 

Later in 2002 I moved to the US 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 three dogs Tassie, Blaise and Jedwyn. When I'm not working I love to enjoy all aspects of 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.

 

 
Nicola - Veterinary Nurse

I have lived in Busselton for over 10 years and worked at Dunsborough Vets since 2005 as a groomer and veterinary nurse.  Whilst I enjoy nursing, I mostly work as a groomer which I love to do.  I own a mixture of Husky’s and crossbreed dogs which I race as sled dogs and am lucky enough to travel and compete in the snow and around Australia every couple of years. 

 

I feel I am privileged to be working at Dunsborough Vets as I feel we have a great connection with our clients and their furry families!  I love all animals large and small, but have a special love for the working dog breeds.

 

 
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.

Shay - Veterinary Nurse

Shay grew up all over Australia but has spent the majority of her life settled in Geraldton where she studied and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing where she worked in Geraldton as a Veterinary Nurse for 3 years before moving down to Busselton and starting work for Dunsborough Veterinary Hospital in 2012. In 2014 she returned home to Geraldton briefly before deciding to so some travelling.  

 

Setting off to Melbourne and settling for a few years over there with her partner, at the beginning of 2018 she moved back to Busselton and was lucky enough to get a position back with Dunsborough Veterinary Hospital. With all the places she has lived Busselton has always been one of the places she wanted to go back to and settle down.

"I absolutely love working with the team at the Dunsborough Veterinary Hospital and love the work that we do".

Jessie – Veterinary Nurse

I grew up on a sheep and crop farm in Kojonup where my love for animals began. After finishing boarding School at Penrhos College in 2005, I went on to completing my certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

I worked in various small animal Veterinary Hospitals across Perth over a 10-year period. During this time I also enjoyed working in the Veterinary Department at Perth Zoo, gaining experience with captive wild animals and wildlife.

In 2015 I moved up to Dongara with my partner Ben and worked in a mixed animal practice, where I enjoyed working with horses and other large animals.

In May 2019 we loaded our belongings into a truck, along with our beloved fur-babies and made our way down to Dunsborough! We absolutely love everything about this beautiful town.

I love outdoor activities so when you don't see me at work, you'll see me out and about!

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