Meet Our Team

  

Yoko Clinch

Veterinarian (BSc BVMS (Hons) MANZCVS CCRT ACRA Practitioner Member)

Hi, my name is Yoko. I am one of the 2 veterinarians who owns Roleystone Animal Hospital.  I grew up on the west coast of Canada. I’m not sure what made me decide I wanted to be a veterinarian at the age of 4 (that was so long ago!), but that’s all I ever wanted to be when I grew up. So I spent all my holidays visiting my aunt’s farm surrounded by her menagerie of dogs, cats, rabbits and horses. On reflection, I think that the curiosity, love, fun and adventures (ask me about sledding with Kelly, or driving the cats to work!) I shared with all those animals really firmed my passion for wanting to keep animals healthy and well, whilst reinforcing the human/animal bond through veterinary work.

I completed my first Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology & Genetics at the University of British Columbia, and then migrated to Australia with my husband to complete another two degrees (Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Biology, and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (Hons)) at Murdoch University in Perth.  I have gained membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Radiology through examination (That’s what the MANZCVS stands for).  In 2017, I completed the first ever Canine Rehabilitation Institute Australian course in order to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, and am really excited about the skills I have gained and their ability to help your pets!

Currently, my furkids are: Haida, a very clever cavoodle (he can do all sorts of tricks & even helps out with cleaning up); Hugo, a very cute crossbred puppy who’s just joined our family – he loves everyone and everything; Himesama, our feline fur-princess who loves to swim, and Hudson, our peach faced love bird who loves talking loudly when anyone is on the phone.

Outside of working at Roleystone Animal Hospital, you will find me at Lancelin Veterinary Hospital on the first and third Fridays of every month or playing the piano at jazz gigs with my band the Oz Big Band! (I have been playing piano since I was 4!)  I enjoy baking, slow cooking, studying, camping and travelling whenever I can get time away from work.


Tiffany Jacobs

Veterinarian (BSc BVMS Low Stress Handling(TM) Certified )

My name is Tiffany and I am the other owner of Roleystone Animal Hospital. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest of the US and have lived in Australia since 1999. One of my earliest memories was telling my mother I wanted to be a vet when I was 4yrs old (the same age as Dr Yoko!). Growing up I had a passion for animals, the natural world and science, so there was never any doubt I was going to be a vet.

It was through a variety of volunteer work from a very young age that I discovered my interest in helping both people and animals, as well as teaching new ideas and concepts to others, and have worked with wildlife since I was 15.  After being awarded a number of scholarships in high school for both academics and volunteer work, I began university in the States where I was one of a handful of students selected to participate in an accelerated Honours Pre-Veterinary program and then graduated from Murdoch University in 2004, with Dr Yoko.

I have been privileged to assist with the teaching of Murdoch University veterinary students in wildlife medicine since 2009, in conjunction with Perth Zoo and Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (where I was a volunteer as a vet student back in 1999), and I have been the vet for Caversham Wildlife Park since 2012. I have previously assisted Native Animal Rescue for 8 years in their care of injured and orphaned wildlife, along with a number of other wildlife rehabilitation centres. I am planning to sit my membership exams in Medicine of Australasian Wildlife - when I can find the time!

My furkids are all rescues and include: Toby - a mixed breed with a gentle and patient soul; Tom Tiddles a great ginger and white fluff with a wonderful belly and the best tail you will see on a cat; Bill Murray a cheeky peaches and cream shorthair always causing trouble; the beautiful Fang and Boom - black shorthair brother cats; Gilly, our sweet miniature lady cat; and Buddy our busy Rainbow Lorikeet. My husband and I hadn't planned to have five cats, but that's how it worked out! Everyone gets along brilliantly, and the relationship between our dog Toby and ginger Tom is something to behold.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband and our little girl Matilda, music, travel, hiking and camping, photography and reading.

 

 


Toni Cockburn

Veterinarian (BSc BVMS MANZCVS)

I grew up in Far North Queensland and for as long as I can remember had a passion for helping orphaned and injured animals and wildlife.  Ours was the house that was “always home to a furred or feathered friend in need”.  In 1999 I completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at James Cook University before moving to Perth in 2000 to achieve my goal of becoming a Veterinary Surgeon.

I graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery in 2003 and have since worked at a number of practices in NSW and WA.

I have a special interest in birds, and in 2012 successfully completed exams and was granted membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian Health.  I am one of the few veterinarians with this membership in Western Australia.

Out of work I am kept busy with my four young children and our flock of feathered and furred companions.


Jillian Coyle

Veterinarian (BSc BVMS)

Hi, this is my cat Meeka; I rescued her while I was still a vet student at Murdoch University. I was born here in Australia to Canadian parents, and grew up in Canada. I came back to study veterinary medicine and have been here ever since. I’ve been at Roleystone Animal Hospital on & off for a couple years now; whenever Yoko heads off for a conference or Tiff flies off to work with wildlife they call me in to locum for them. I’ve also started working one day a week so I’m around more regularly now. I also work at Animal Protection Society, a no-kill animal shelter in Southern River; it’s been great giving so many cats & dogs a chance for a new home. When I’m not at work you can find me curled up on the couch with a good book or a video game. Chances are you’ll find Meeka lying on my feet.


All of our Vets

We are all passionate about providing quality, compassionate care to all the animals (pets AND wildlife) we see at Roleystone Animal Hospital, and do this by sharing our knowledge of animals and disease processes with you so we can make the best possible plan for keeping your pet healthy, or making them well again. In order to maintain the latest standards of care and keep our skills and knowledge up to date, we regularly attend continuing education events – be they after work, online, or multi-day conferences.  We also regularly read veterinary journals to make sure that we are providing the latest evidence based advice on your pet’s health. (Ask us what the latest CE event we’ve completed is – it may be as recent as last night!)

In order to support our peers and keep ourselves involved in our profession, we are members of the Australian Veterinary Association, the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association and the Veterinary Information Network.  We also mentor new graduate vets, and are involved in teaching veterinary and vet nursing students.

We strongly believe in supporting our local community, therefore we regularly donate our time to the Royal Agricultural Society, we sponsor a local t-ball team, and regularly raise funds for animal charities.


Bec Banting

Veterinary Nurse (BSc Env, Cert IV Veterinary Nursing, Low Stress Handling(TM) Certified )

Having always dreamt of working with animals, I completed my Cert 4 in Veterinary Nursing in 2012.

During this time, I was employed at Roleystone Animal Hospital. I really enjoy the variety of animals we see. I have a soft spot for the grand old ladies and gents of the pet world and brachycephalic animals. However, my favourite animal of all is the orangutan and I was fortunate enough to undertake 2 months volunteering with the orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah in 2016. Whilst there I was involved in the rehabilitation and enrichment of the orangutan’s lives.

I enjoy bringing my shihtzu x, Roxy to work with me on Mondays and she enjoys greeting the clients!


Rebecca Waller

Veterinary Nurse (Cert lV Veterinary Nursing, Cert III Companion Animals, Low Stress Handling(TM) Certified)

Hello! My name is Rebecca and I joined the Roleystone Animal Hospital crew in 2013.  I also grew up in the local area, and have always been passionate about giving every animal, regardless of how big or small, the best possible care.  Therefore I became a registered vet nurse through Polytechnic West as soon as I completed high school.  I’ve worked in a wide range of animal industries from pet stores to quarantine facilities and kennels, as well as in veterinary clinics.

I enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing; especially the variety of cases we see.  I also really look forward to working through the challenges each day brings to our workplace.  I’m currently the puppy preschool co-ordinator, so you will often hear me juggling up to 6 schedules to find a time that suits everyone for our next puppy school class!

I have a lovely Beagle x dog named Jess. She loves chasing scents and eating the spoils of her nosework!

I look forward to meeting you and your pet when you are next in!


Adrian Clinch

Veterinary Practice Manager (BCom, Cert IV Veterinary Nursing, Low Stress Handling (TM) Certified)

Adrian is a man of many hats - he is a qualified electrician with a background in snowboarding and computers, as well as a degree in Business.  He has become our Practice Manager, IT guy, Accounts Person, Fill-in Receptionist and now is a Registered Vet Nurse!  He completed his qualification in 2017 and is really excited to have added more skills to his repetoire.  On any given day you will find him chatting to customers at the front counter, helping restrain someone's pet, updating or fixing some computer related issue or buried under a pile of paperwork somewhere "out the back"!

In his "spare" time he's an amazing cook, fisherman, snowboard and outdoor enthusiast as well as a budding apiarist and tractor repairman.  He is also being trained by Hugo, the Mastiff x ;)


Renée Blackstock

Trainee Nurse (Low Stress Handling(TM) Certified )

Hello! My name is Renée and I’m a trainee Vet Nurse, currently studying my Cert IV in Vet Nursing.

I have always loved animals of all shapes and sizes, and with two small children both off to school, the opportunity arose to head off to Tafe myself and turn my passion into a rewarding career. I especially love working with our unique Australian wildlife, and enjoy volunteering with a local wildlife shelter caring for injured and orphaned native birds, and releasing rehabilitated animals. 

When I’m not at work (or studying hard!) you’ll find me competing over a board game with the kids, rounding up two naughty rescue Lorikeets, or keeping fit training for the coming triathlon season.


Katelin Nunn

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing)

Katelin is our newest staff member.  She has had a wide variety of nursing experience and has enjoyed working with Australian natives including snakes(!), parrots, emus, wombats, koalas and dingoes.  She brings her enthusiasm and passion for providing the best care for her patients to us. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, Star Wars and spending time with her pets.  Make sure you introduce yourself to her when you are next in! 


Mia

Client Relations (Purrfect from the start!)

I'd like to welcome you to Roleystone Animal Hospital! As Front Office Manager.  I can usually do that in person because I love to sit on the front counter, by the windows or hide in the shelving - all great positions from which I can easily supervise my team mates and meet all our clients!

Before moving in to Roleystone Animal Hospital, I had a nomadic life which was really unsettling.  The day I was dropped off here, I knew I was at home. The team members opened their hearts to me, made me (& my four kittens) feel right at home, sharing their tuna and buying cat milk for us straight away.  My kittens were adopted to loving homes, but I couldn't part with my human family and my new career so I have officially settled in!

Now, my role is very important, and often quite challenging because not all dogs (or cats) like cats. Therefore, please excuse me if I can't greet you when you come because I'm taking a cat-nap to re-energise ;)


  
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