Our Vet Nurses | Perth Pet Vet

Carmel Ozanne


(BSc BioSci(Hons), Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing)

As with almost all vet nurses and vets you meet, I have always had a love of animals, so working with them came as a natural step after completing a Biology Degree with honours from Murdoch University in 1998.  I did a brief stint working at an outdoor piggery in Mt Barker (& believe me a Mummy Pig can run really fast!) before beginning my vet nurse training at Bentley Tafe in 2001.  I am blessed to have 2 beautiful girls with my awesome husband and one very patient (toddler alert!) blue heeler x stumpy tailed cattle dog named Clancy.  I’ve been lucky enough to work with some fantastic people throughout my career and been taught so much, but one never stops learning, and I look forward to continuing this journey with Dr Toni and the wonderful staff at Perth Pet Vet.

Jodie Richards

RVN / Practice Manager

(BSc(BiolSc)(Cons&WlifeBiol), Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing)

I am a born and bred Perth girl. I began volunteering at my local veterinary hospital in 2010 as a means to gain animal handling skills while completing a bachelor's degree in biology and conservation. I quickly realised that working in a veterinary practice was far preferable to trudging through the rain studying plants!

I have worked at several veterinary practices around Perth and tried my hand at other professions including customer service, stable hand work and construction cleaning. At Perth Pet Vet, I wear many hats! When I am not managing things behind the scenes, you can find me in the waiting room hoping to give a bird head scratches, caring for in house patients (extra cuddles are always required!) or in surgery assisting our amazing vets.

I have a special interest in animal (and human!) behaviour and training. I am currently studying a post graduate diploma in psychology. Outside of work, I love spending time outside on our small farm with my young son, husband and horses. I am a keen photographer and get behind the camera every chance I get.

Gemma Cole


(BSc Conservation & Wildlife Biology (Hons), Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing)

I have previously worked in zoo-keeping and wildlife rehabilitation before starting my vet nursing career. I completed my nursing work experience here at Perth Pet Vet and after working in several small animal hospitals after graduating, came back to join the Perth Pet Vet team. I particularly enjoy the clinical side of nursing, and I'm often out the back assisting with the treatment and surgery for the wide range of animals that come through our hospital doors. I am also currently completing my Honour's in Conservation and Wildlife Biology, where I am studying the spatial ecology and habitat use of bobtail lizards across Perth. I have a special interest in reptiles, and having previously worked at a reptile display centre, I am very knowledgable on the husbandry for many reptile species. At home we have 3 long-necked turtles, a bobtail lizard and 2 rabbits. When not at work I enjoy exploring our local bushland reserves and resting infront of a bonfire.

Samantha Griffin


(Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing)

I’m a newbie at PPV and just started in late 2021, but I absolutely love it here! Our patients are so varied in species, size, and temperament, and it brings something new to every day. It also helps that the team is super lovely, experienced, and generally fun to work with.

I have completed a few animal specific courses with Applied Vocational training and Taronga Training institute, with practical training across veterinary clinics, the RSPCA and The Perth Zoo. In my spare time I have volunteered with Caversham Wildlife Park and Kanyana Wildlife rehabilitation centre, to help broaden my species knowledge.

I am an animal lover through and through, with no species left out.