( Sleeping and Eating (Hons))

Riley captured the hearts of the staff when he was brought into the hospital as a stray kitten in January 2010 at about 8 weeks of age. Delighting staff and clients alike with his comical antics and sunny personality, he was adopted as a permanent addition to the hospital, and over the past years has attracted a legion of admirers who frequently seek out his presence! Riley excels at the traditional feline pursuits of sleeping and playing as well less common hobbies such as warming the cages for the patients and enjoying the company of baby alpacas.

RIley loves entertaining clients and patients in the waiting room, basking in as much attention as possible! He does however dislike taking his tablets and having his temperature taken.

Louise French

Practice Owner (Veterinarian B.V.Sc. (Hons))

Pauline Wahlsten

(BSc BVMS (Hons)


Pauline worked as a Vet in Merredin after graduating in 2000 for 2 years before then heading to the UK for a working holiday. She then worked in a small animal practice in Perth before returning to Merredin in 2008 and has been here ever since. In 2008 she completed her Masters of Veterinary Science in small animal surgery and medicine.

Michelle Price

Veterinary Nurse ( Advance Certificate of Veterinary Nursing;
Veterinary Nursing Technician)

Michelle has been working with us since 2003. She enjoys nursing patients in critical care back to health. Michelle is the most experienced nurse in the practice and has been involved in the training of many nurses. She likes to work with dogs, having recieved many qualifications in dog training and behavioral problems. Michelle has also completed a Post Graduate Veterinary Nursing Technician course.

Penny Vanzwam

Veterinary Nurse ( Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing; Veterinary Nursing Technician)

Penny started working at the clinic in September 2009 as a trainee Veterinary Nurse and qualified in June 2011.  She enjoys the unpredictability of the job as well as the large variety of animals that we see. Penny likes working with the large animals and being a small animal surgery nurse. Penny has also completed a Post Graduate Veterinary Nursing Technician course.

Sarah Tiller

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Sarah graduated highschool in 2017 and joined the Merredin Veterinary Hospital in 2018. She completed Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2019. Sarah has a strong passion for taking care of animals and playing with all the puppies that come into the clinic.

Samantha Cash

Trainee Veterinary Nurse (Certificate II Animal Studies)

Sam graduated high school in September 2018 and started her traineeship as a Veterinary Nurse in March 2020 after volunteering at Caversham Wildlife Park and completing the Certificate II in Animal Studies for a year, but officially became part of the team after the main scare of COVID -19, early July. She is set to finish her traineeship April 2022 and particularly enjoys hanging out with Riley and assisting the vets with all the different cases they come across.

Sarah Major

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing )

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