Meet the Team
The Mt Helena Veterinary team is here to provide the “best local care” to pets in the Perth hills region. We genuinely care about the health, welfare and comfort of your pet and find that our personal approach has meant that many patients are keen to walk through the door.
Our Veterinarians are experienced exclusively in small animal surgery and medicine and all our highly-skilled Nurses are registered with the Veterinary Surgeon’s Board. We make every effort to keep up to date with the best veterinary practice relevant to your pet’s needs.
Our team comes complete with a multitude of beloved furry, winged and scaly family members.
Dr Tanya Lovelock
Dr Tanya Lovelock is the full time senior vet and co-owner of Mt Helena Vet Clinic. Tanya grew up in the Perth Hills and studied Environmental Science at the University of W.A. She then moved to Melbourne to continue her studies completing a Bachelor of Veterinary Medical Science at Melbourne University. She began her career practising in country Victoria and later in a busy inner city Melbourne clinic.
Tanya moved back home to Perth in 2014 and has loved living and working back in the eastern hills of Perth.
Although enjoying all aspects of medicine, Tanya has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and pocket pets and is delighted in the number of chickens we see at Mt Helena Vet!
As often as she can, Tanya enjoys long walks with her fur baby Tilly the whippet.
Dr Jade Ridsdale
Dr Jade Ridsdale graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medical Science from WA’s Murdoch University in 2012.
Jade loves caring for pets as they get older and helping them to maintain their health and quality of life. Jade loves nothing more than improving common and yet sometimes debilitating symptoms in older pets for example arthritis and giving pets back their twilight years with comfort and happiness.
Jade has a special interest in the field of animal behaviour, specifically feline.
Jade has grown up and lived in eastern hills country the majority of her life and currently resides in Northam.
She is proud fur parent to her gorgeous dog Harley and her four very special cats (Xena, Misty, Link and Kiba) who have a brand new cat enclosure arriving soon.
Dr Natalie Bowskill
DVM, Dip Ed
Dr Natalie Bowskill brings a wealth of experience working at MHVC for over a decade. She has enjoyed a varied and interesting career practising in many parts of Australia and abroad since her graduation from Murdoch University in 1985. In addition to her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Natalie also holds a Diploma of Education.
Paula Sanderson – Veterinary Nurse (RVN)
Always knowing what she wanted to be when she grew up Paula started her veterinary nursing career early. While still studying for high school exams she couldn’t wait to get her vet nursing career moving and gained experience in the industry surrounding herself with animals as a kennel hand. Working in Perths inner suburban clinics Paula gained extensive experience resulting with her qualification as a registered vet nurse in 2008. She now says she has happily found her place here at Mt Helena Vet Clinic. Yey!
Paula loves to go on camping holidays and spending time with her four pets. A Labrador (Minty), Jack Russell (Mielle) and two cats (Mummah and Daisy).
They say when you find what you love you excel at it. I have to say Paula possesses all the skills needed as the fantastic vet nurse she is and constantly demonstrates how dedicated, knowledgeable and proficient she is at her job.
Lee Ferraro – Veterinary Nurse (RVN)
Lee began her career with animals 10 years ago which led to her becoming a qualified vet nurse. She has worked at several clinics in the Perth region until finding her place here at Mt Helena.
Lee is very compassionate and loves the difference she can make to the care and treatment of every pet with a special interest in pain management and keeping all our sick patients as comfortable as possible.
Lee is a proud fur parent to three lovable puppies – Destiny, Scruffy and Marley.
Jessica De Gruchy – Veterinary Nurse (RVN)
Jess had previously been employed by MHVC before taking leave and beginning a family. Jess couldn’t resist the pull of working in our fun work environment here at MHVC as she is our latest recruit starting with us again in July 2016.
Annemarie Keightley – Reception
Annemarie started working at Mt Helena Vet Clinic in October 2003 and has never left. She loves animals and loves that our clients want to do the best for their pets.
Annemarie is an active member of the local community and has three rescue dogs, called Toki, Carlton and Pup and four indoor cats, Loki, Pocket, Tissue and Shaker two of which were rescue kittens.
Sandy Bex – aka Sandee
We have had the pleasure (and anyone of our clients who have met her) to have Sandee with us for the past two years on Saturdays gaining experience as a vet nurse all the while working else where during the week and completing studies. After all her hard work she will graduate to be a qualified vet nurse in the new year. Yey! AND she will continue to be with us as an employee, yipee!
Sandee has worked in pharmacy, (community and government) and bookkeeping to now following her dream job.
Sandee has a passion for ALL animals including exotics since she was young and is mumma bear to – Four birds – Larry, Dexter, Bruce and Shady – three which were rescued and one hand-raised from our clinic. Two dogs – Taizah and Diesel and Two rescue cats – Pauly and Rocket.
Michael Bennett – Practice Manager
Michael is co-owner of MHVC and comes with an honorary degree in general vet care spending many years happily surrounding himself in the industry by being married to Dr Tanya.
Growing up in foot hills of Mt Baw Baw in a beautiful little Victorian country town of Willow Grove he was eager to travel and explore the world. Residing in Melbourne, Sydney and Brighton England & London for the most part he completed studies in Hospitality/Marketing/Advertising/Public Relations/Sales and Small Business.
Michael has a genuine passion about providing exceptional customer service to all the wonderful patients that come in through the door and loves meeting their parents when he can escape his lair previously known as the office.