Vet Derm Staff

Hannah Spark

Rowena Cottle

Sommer

Ash Cross

Leigh McCarthy

Leigh McCarthy

Practice Manager

 

Leigh was born with a love of and passion for animals, growing up with dogs and cats as family pets (as well as a couple of rats!). This love of all animals led to her to study a Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Zoology at University. After many years working in different fields, she is very excited to be working in the animal care industry. She is also passionate about client care, having spent the last 9 years working in the disability industry, supporting clients and their families.

Where are you from?

Born and raised in Perth

Do you have your own pets?
I have two fur-babies – a gorgeous Maltese x toy poodle, Bonny who is now nearly 10 years old, and a very energetic Maltese x Shihtzu x toy poodle Kyo who keeps Bonny on her toes!
Where did you get your love for the veterinary field from?
In addition to a love of animals, I have had many pets that have required specialist veterinary care. As a result of these experiences, I am excited about being able to provide others with the amazing client/patient journey and outcomes that my pets and I have received.
Fun Fact
I would love to retire on a big block of land and care for all kinds of rescue animals.

← Get to know Leigh

Get to know Leigh ↓

Where are you from?

Born and raised in Perth

Do you have your own pets?
I have two fur-babies – a gorgeous Maltese x toy poodle, Bonny who is now nearly 10 years old, and a very energetic Maltese x Shihtzu x toy poodle Kyo who keeps Bonny on her toes!
Where did you get your love for the veterinary field from?
In addition to a love of animals, I have had many pets that have required specialist veterinary care. As a result of these experiences, I am excited about being able to provide others with the amazing client/patient journey and outcomes that my pets and I have received.
Fun Fact
I would love to retire on a big block of land and care for all kinds of rescue animals.
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. 

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.