Zelda van der Merwe

Veterinarian & Practice Owner (BVSc Onderstepoort, South Africa. )

Dr. Zelda graduated from Onderstepoort in Pretoria, South Africa in 1997. After graduating, she worked in private small animal practice in South Africa for 11 years.

In 2008 she relocated with her family to Perth and has been working as a small animal clinician and surgeon at a corporate veterinary group.

Dr. Zelda opened the Sorrento Animal Hospital in September 2015 and aims to bring excellence in pet care to her patients, awesome service to her clients and above all creating a veterinary hospital which is a pleasure to visit. She has a special interest in small animal medicine and preventative health care.

Dr. Zelda has three small dogs of her own (Jack, Jelly and Peanut), a weiro named Corrie and Blommie the cat, as well as two children and a husband (featured further below). In her spare time, she enjoys reading a good book and baking.

Zelda is available for appointments throughout the week including every other Saturday.

Caydee Matthews

Veterinarian (DVM, Murdoch)

Caydee is a graduate of Murdoch University’s School of Veterinary and Life Sciences. She lived and worked in South Africa, Taiwan and Singapore before relocating to Australia with her husband. Having studied Law and Psychology, she worked as a Forensic Investigator for Consulting Firms and in the Financial Services industry, before retraining as a Veterinary Surgeon to pursue a lifelong passion for animal welfare.

Caydee has a keen interest in surgery and geriatric care. In their free time Caydee and her husband share their home with their family of much loved animals, consisting of Suede (Greyhound), Pluto (Borzoi), and Perkins (Whippet), as well as two cats Harry and Lucy, and Monroe (a Corella). They are also keen apiarists, and love the challenge of rescuing and rehoming bee swarms. 

Caydee is available for appointments on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and every other Thursday and Saturday.

Rebecca Townsend

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nurse)

Rebecca started with us at Sorrento Vet in November 2017, she has been in the veterinary industry since 2007 and a qualified Veterinary nurse since 2013, she has moved back to days shifts after working at an emergency vet hospital for 3 years.

In her spare time she likes going out with friends, camping adventures, napping with her cat named "Boomba" and spending time at the dog beach with her toy poodle named "Bob".


Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV Veterinary Nurse)

Started Volunteering in a veterinary clinic in 2012 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in July 2017.

"In my spare time I go camping & Kayaking and I love spending time with my 5 fur babies, my dogs Taytum, Marley, Lexie. My cats Lucifer and Naya.
Born in Sydney and moved to perth when I was 2."

Maddy's professional approach and friendly nature is a great asset to Sorrento Vet.

TJ Lewis

Veterinary Nurse

TJ has been with us since 2019, first as a nursing student and then as a qualified veterinary nurse.  Like everyone working at SorrentoVet she loves all pets big and small!

Cathleen (Cat) Diamond

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Cat is our newest nurse at SorrentoVet and is at the beginning of her career providing care to animals.  After achieving her BSc in Zoology and Conservation Biology, she studied her Certificate IV Vet Nursing with AVT and SorrentoVet and qualified in November 2020.  In her spare time, she is a volunteer for Project Numbat.

Cat is excited to fulfil her dream of helping animals every day as a Vet Nurse at SorrentoVet!

Darcy Birch

Animal Care Taker

Mildred Basil

Client Relations (Cat scan operator )

Dr Basil is our clinic cat. She is very helpful with the stray kittens and the running of daily clinic routines. She is still a little shy but is becoming more adventurous by the day.

Anton van der Merwe

Practice Owner (Husband, handy man, IT and back-office guy.)

Anton is the behind the scences guy trying his utmost to keep the moving parts well oiled. (Feels really weird talking about myself in the third person and typing this! ;-)
It is my dream and vision that Sorrento Animal Hospital will be a pleasure for clients, patients, and employees to be at.  We are working to provide a great service and improve on how and what we are offering on a daily basis.

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