Vet Derm Staff

Hannah Spark

Acacia Lee

Rowena Cottle

Sommer

Ash Cross

Emily McCracken

Emily McCracken

Practice Manager

Emily is an experienced Veterinary Science & Animal Welfare Industry professional with a background in teaching, client engagement and management. She enjoyed managing Veterinary Client Care and Animal Welfare teams and throughout this time has engendered a strong passion for helping people to help all animals, be they the stray cat that lives on the street corner and needs a home, or their own beloved little puppy.

Emily takes great pride in ensuring the highest level of client and patient care for all creatures (and people!) great and small.

Where are you from?

Emily is originally from the UK and was brought up in Scotland, but has travelled to many countries in the past 15 years. When she arrived on WA’s shores she decided to stay put when she found her spiritual home on the sunny shores of Fremantle. Emily has lived in WA for the last 12 years and does intend to continue seeing the rest of the world one little piece at a time, but as a bit of a mermaid in disguise she has no intention of living anywhere else!

Do you have your own pets?

As expected, being a lover of all animals, Emily has a mini-zoo at home. Having recently said goodbye to the founding member: a feisty but very lovable 11-year old Mini-lop bunny called Tallulah, the zoo has gone from 7 to 6 and the current crew still ensure there is plenty entertainment and love to go round! There are the 2 very different dogs: Molly (an American Bulldog who is equal parts “naughty and cute”, so gets away with waaay more than she should!) and Otis (a very nervous but also brave Staffy X Kelpie who loves his sister very much). Then there are the 2 cats: Willow (a beautiful but “choosy” lady with a love of all things mum and dad but not too many other people) and Mando (another “naughty and cute” one – who was found as a 4 week old stray the family fostered until the inevitable “foster fail” – the only one of 20 foster kittens! – who stayed waaay too long to leave after requiring complex eye surgery, resulting in his current adorably squishy single-eyed face). Last but not least, the 2 chickens: Clive (who yes, is a girl, a very shy and not too keen on a cuddle girl at that…) and Henrietta (a feisty young lady with a penchant for escaping her run and snacking on the veggie patch!)

Where did you get your love for the veterinary field from?

Emily was born with a love of all things animal, both domestic and wild in equal measure, which she definitely inherited from her dad. After a childhood with a variety of exotics: Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, Hamsters and a number of Goldfish, she experienced a whole host of animals in their natural habitat whilst travelling, falling madly in love with otters, turtles and seahorses in particular. Emily only became a dog and cat owner when she decided to settle in WA when she gave Otis and Willow their permanent homes. Having worked in a Cat shelter and volunteered in a Dog shelter over the course of many years, she is passionate about helping and promoting the cause for rescue pets, with all 4 of her fur-babies having come from shelters and foster homes.

Fun Fact
Despite a number of years away from home, Emily’s Scottish accent is going nowhere so you’ll certainly know you’re speaking with her should she answer your call or chat to you in person at the clinic…!

← Get to know Emily

Get to know Emily ↓

Where are you from?

Emily is originally from the UK and was brought up in Scotland, but has travelled to many countries in the past 15 years. When she arrived on WA’s shores she decided to stay put when she found her spiritual home on the sunny shores of Fremantle. Emily has lived in WA for the last 12 years and does intend to continue seeing the rest of the world one little piece at a time, but as a bit of a mermaid in disguise she has no intention of living anywhere else!

Do you have your own pets?

As expected, being a lover of all animals, Emily has a mini-zoo at home. Having recently said goodbye to the founding member: a feisty but very lovable 11-year old Mini-lop bunny called Tallulah, the zoo has gone from 7 to 6 and the current crew still ensure there is plenty entertainment and love to go round! There are the 2 very different dogs: Molly (an American Bulldog who is equal parts “naughty and cute”, so gets away with waaay more than she should!) and Otis (a very nervous but also brave Staffy X Kelpie who loves his sister very much). Then there are the 2 cats: Willow (a beautiful but “choosy” lady with a love of all things mum and dad but not too many other people) and Mando (another “naughty and cute” one – who was found as a 4 week old stray the family fostered until the inevitable “foster fail” – the only one of 20 foster kittens! – who stayed waaay too long to leave after requiring complex eye surgery, resulting in his current adorably squishy single-eyed face). Last but not least, the 2 chickens: Clive (who yes, is a girl, a very shy and not too keen on a cuddle girl at that…) and Henrietta (a feisty young lady with a penchant for escaping her run and snacking on the veggie patch!)

Where did you get your love for the veterinary field from?

Emily was born with a love of all things animal, both domestic and wild in equal measure, which she definitely inherited from her dad. After a childhood with a variety of exotics: Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, Hamsters and a number of Goldfish, she experienced a whole host of animals in their natural habitat whilst travelling, falling madly in love with otters, turtles and seahorses in particular. Emily only became a dog and cat owner when she decided to settle in WA when she gave Otis and Willow their permanent homes. Having worked in a Cat shelter and volunteered in a Dog shelter over the course of many years, she is passionate about helping and promoting the cause for rescue pets, with all 4 of her fur-babies having come from shelters and foster homes.

Fun Fact
Despite a number of years away from home, Emily’s Scottish accent is going nowhere so you’ll certainly know you’re speaking with her should she answer your call or chat to you in person at the clinic…!
Rowena Cottle

Rowena Cottle

Nursing Team Lead

Rowena is a registered veterinary nurse who graduated from South Metropolitan TAFE at the end of 2016. She spent 3 years nursing in general practice before joining the team at Veterinary Dermatology Specialists.

Get to know Rowena →

Where are you from?

I am originally from Sarawak, Malaysia, but moved to Perth at the start of high school and have been here ever since.

Do you have your own pets?

I have one extremely demanding rescue Corgi X called Kelli, who is 12kg of pure muscle and makes me laugh every day.

Where did you get your love for the veterinary field from?

I always loved animals growing up and spent most of my childhood begging my dad for a dog (we ended up with 4!). I love vet nursing and enjoy all the multifaceted challenges that come along with it but my favourite thing is meeting all the new furry faces.

Fun fact

I have lived in 5 different continents! I still need to visit Antarctica and South America. My favourite places to live have been Australia (of course!) and the Middle East.

Ash Cross

Ash Cross

Ash has been a registered veterinary nurse since 2005. Initially working in general practice for 3 years and then at Murdoch University for the last 12 years, half of which was with the Dermatology clinic there and the remainder in the referral reception. She has been itching to return to Dermatology!

 

Get to know Ash →

Where are you from?

I was born and always remained in Perth, now am now living by the beach.

Do you have your own pets?

An 11 year old American Bulldog X called Nylah and a grumpy 12 year old cat called Rocky. 

Where did you get your love for the veterinary field from?

Growing up on a hobby farm I had everything from quails to horses and always knew I wanted to work with animals. 

Fun fact

I love making cakes and puns!

Hannah Spark

Hannah Spark

Hannah is a registered veterinary nurse of 6 years. She graduated from Applied Vocational Training in 2014. She has spent the past 6 years working in general practice as well as an exotics only veterinary clinic. After being on maternity leave for the past 9 months she has joined Veterinary Dermatology Specialists on a part-time basis.

Where are you from?

I am originally from Newcastle NSW, but moved to Perth 9 years ago.

Do you have your own pets?

I am owned by a Boston Terrier called Finn who thinks he is human, A ginger domestic short haired cat named Emmet whom I hand raised from 2 weeks of age and two mini lop rabbits Delilah and Reuben.

Where did you get your love for the veterinary field from?

I have always loved animals from a young age I can recall being on “patrol” in my neighbourhood on the lookout for strays and injured wildlife to “rescue”. I had many different pets growing up but it was because of my very first dog, a Kelpie X, who unfortunately ended up with canine lymphoma that we spent a lot of time back and forth to the vet clinic. From this experience I knew that I really wanted to work within the industry.

Fun Fact

I am a massive dog nerd. 

← Get to know Hannah

Get to know Hannah ↓

Where are you from?

I am originally from Newcastle NSW, but moved to Perth 9 years ago.

Do you have your own pets?

I am owned by a Boston Terrier called Finn who thinks he is human, A ginger domestic short haired cat named Emmet whom I hand raised from 2 weeks of age and two mini lop rabbits Delilah and Reuben.

Where did you get your love for the veterinary field from?

I have always loved animals from a young age I can recall being on “patrol” in my neighbourhood on the lookout for strays and injured wildlife to “rescue”. I had many different pets growing up but it was because of my very first dog, a Kelpie X, who unfortunately ended up with canine lymphoma that we spent a lot of time back and forth to the vet clinic. From this experience I knew that I really wanted to work within the industry.

Fun Fact

I am a massive dog nerd. 

Acacia Lee

Acacia Lee

Acacia has been a registered veterinary nurse since 2018, graduating from Applied Vocational Training. She worked in general practice for 2 years, before leaving to study in native wildlife and captive animals. Acacia then moved into the Oncology department at Perth Veterinary Specialists but was lucky enough to be offered a position with Veterinary Dermatology Specialists on a full-time basis.

Get to know Acacia →

Where are you from?

I have lived in Perth, Western Australia my entire life! A beautiful place to call home.

Do you have your own pets?

I have three beautiful cats – Delilah, a shy but sassy black & white domestic short hair. Leia, a Golden Retriever trapped inside a 3kg DSH, and Gandalf, a beautiful seal point Ragdoll who values his food & sleep above all else!

Where did you get your love for the veterinary field from?

I have always been drawn to animals & vice versa. My dad was a ranger growing up and we had lots of wildlife in and around our home. For as long as I can remember, it has been a dream work with and care for domestic pets, native wildlife and captive animals.

Fun Fact

I am allergic to tomatoes!

Sommer

Sommer

Sommer is a registered veterinary nurse who enjoyed working in a busy general practice from when she qualified in 2012 until taking a career break in 2019 to focus on parenting. She returns to the industry with great enthusiasm as the newest member of the Veterinary Dermatology Specialists nursing team. 

Where are you from?

I grew up in Queensland but have called Perth home for the last eleven years. 

Do you have your own pets?
I have a very loving companion in a scruffy little cat named Squirrel who came to me as a spunky stray kitten to foster in 2016 and never left.
Where did you get your love for the veterinary field from?

Like most of us, I have been an animal lover from a young age. However, it wasn’t until my first experience as a client with an emergency veterinary clinic that I was inspired by the dedicated and compassionate staff to channel my passion into what has been a highly challenging and rewarding career.  

Fun Fact

Despite a complete lack of a green thumb, I am an avid gardener with mild success.

← Get to know Sommer

Get to know Sommer ↓

Where are you from?

I grew up in Queensland but have called Perth home for the last eleven years. 

Do you have your own pets?
I have a very loving companion in a scruffy little cat named Squirrel who came to me as a spunky stray kitten to foster in 2016 and never left.
Where did you get your love for the veterinary field from?

Like most of us, I have been an animal lover from a young age. However, it wasn’t until my first experience as a client with an emergency veterinary clinic that I was inspired by the dedicated and compassionate staff to channel my passion into what has been a highly challenging and rewarding career.  

Fun Fact

Despite a complete lack of a green thumb, I am an avid gardener with mild success.

Rotating Interns

Rotating Interns

We are delighted to be part of the PVS rotating internship programme for 2024. Please join us in welcoming Dr Jack Cameron, Dr Mikaela Thambert & Dr Georgia Burden to the team. You will see their smiling faces throughout the year, starting with Dr Jack, who will be with us from January to May this year.

Jack graduated with a BVSc from Massey University, New Zealand in 2023. He
spent the last six years studying in Palmerston North in the lower North
Island to achieve this. Now he’s moved to Perth to start his career as a
veterinarian with a rotating internship.

Get to know Jack →

Where are you from?
grew up in Pāpāmoa Beach, located near Tauranga and Mt. Maunganui in the
Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand.
Do you have your own pets?
Back in New Zealand, I have a witchy cat named Chopu. She’s the one in
charge.
Where did you get your love for the veterinary field from?
When I was little, I always wanted to live on a farm with 20 dogs and I
concluded that the only way that would be possible would be to become a vet.
The best thing to ever happen to me was when we got our Labrador, Spot, it
was the start of the farm of my dreams. Even though I eventually realised
that 20 dogs wasn’t the most practical idea, I never lost the aspiration to
become a vet.
Fun Fact
I came second in a national competition for something I didn’t know how to
do.