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 (ANZCVS) 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! In 2020, I successfully established the newest chapter then the ANZCVS in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and am currently the President of this chapter.
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.
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.
Veterinarian (BSc BVMS Low Stress Handling(TM) Certified)
Hi, this is my cat Meeka; I rescued her while I was still a vet student at Murdoch University. I was bonr here in Australia to Candian 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 for a few years now. 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.
Mhairi (Vari) Barclay
Veterinarian (BSc BVMS)
Hi, my name is Mhairi (pronounced Vari). I was born in Scotland (hence the Gaelic name) and moved to Australia when I was 10 years old. Now, with a deep appreciation for warmer weather, I always wanted to be involved in caring for others. For the first 15 years of my career – this involved human nursing, with my passion based in intensive and coronary care units. But there was always something missing, so I decided to follow a long-time dream of becoming a Veterinarian. I graduated from Murdoch University a few years ago (2017), and some of you may remember me when I worked for Roleystone Animal Hospital on the weekends as a veterinary student. Since then I have had experience not only working with small animals, but also with pocket pets and birds. I have a love of all things furred, feathered, fluffy and scaled!
In my own personal tribe, I have collected a few rescue animals; Taco the cat, Gypsy and Stu-Wart my gorgeous, but not so little rabbits, and an Indian Ringneck parrot called Nebula. I have a fantastic, albeit unique sense of humour and love to learn. I am so happy to be back working with such a great a team of Vets and nurses.
Outside of work, I am a complete water baby. I swim regularly and have found a new passion for aerial yoga and supping. When not in the water, I am usually trying to keep my family’s cocker spaniel pack under control!
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.
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!
Veterinary Nurse (Cert lV Veterinary Nursing, Cert III Companion Animals, Low Stress Handling(TM) Certified, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Vet Nurse)
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 really passionate about veterinary rehabilitation and have just become the first vet nurse in WA to achieve the internationally recognised qualification of Certified Canine Rehabilitation Vet Nurse.
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!
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 is our Practice Manager, IT guy, Accounts Person, as well as being a Registered Vet Nurse! He completed his nursing 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 ;)
Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nursing, Low Stress Handling(TM) Certified)
Hello! My name is Renée and I’m the newest Registered Vet Nurse at Roleystone Animal Hospital, having graduated in 2018.
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.
Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN, Dip ECC)
Mickey is a Registered Veterinary Nurse that started her career in general practice. She then furthered her own education and gained her Diploma in Emergency and Critical Care where she has spent the majority of her nursing career. Most recently Mickey caught the travel bug and has spent the last two years working and living in Europe and Canada. Like many of you, COVID-19 brought Mickey’s travelling time to an end, but lucky for us she has decided to join the RAH team!
Mickey lives her life surrounded by her 2 dogs: Sarge and Murphy, and 2 cats: Archie and Harley :)
Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)
Our newest Registered Vet Nurse Team member is Emma! She comes to us with a world's worth of experience, having been nursing long enough to have nursed with Dr Yoko at a different vet hospital before she and Dr Tiff purchased Roleystone Animal Hospital 8 years ago! Emma has recently returned to WA from Victoria having decided sand and sun was much better than rain and clouds.
Emma has a pug named Clover, a very fluffy ginger cat named Shelby and a very cute 2-legged toddler named Darcy!
Animal Care Taker (BSc (Zoology))
I grew up in Newcastle, NSW, with early onset enthusiasm for everything animal. Growing up with a native animal rehabilitator I was constantly surrounded by fur, feathers and scales, which encouraged my interest in fauna. I completed by Bachelor of Zoology at the University of New England in 2015 and then a Certificate III in captive animals soon after. After volunteering and working at zoos in NSW I realised my desire to work with animals in a way that promotes positive interactions between animals and humans. After much consideration, I concluded that I was extremely motivated to become a veterinarian.
I am currently in my fourth year of my Veterinary Science/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine pathway, so most of the time I am studying and actively fighting off sleep. In my ‘spare’ time, you would probably find me gaming, watching movies, making music, or playing squash.
I’m excited to meet you and your animal friends!
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 ;)