Meet the Team

Dr Julian Jacobsen, Vet and Practice Owner

Graduated from Murdoch University in 1992 and worked for two years in the UK before travelling through Europe with his wife Dr Nyaree Jacobsen who is also a vet. They returned to Perth and entered into partnership at Victoria Park and Lathlain Vet Clinics in December 1999 with Dr Rick Fenny. Julian and Nyaree have three children (a girl and two boys) and 2 dogs, Ethal and Bessie. Julian has a special interest in surgery, and especially enjoys orthopaedic surgery. Outside of work he enjoys numerous hobbies, including building stuff (boat building, steel frame bicycle building, pizza oven, wooden structures) and competitive cycling.

Dr Katie Le Messurier, Vet

Katie always had a love of animals and knew from a young age that she wanted to be a vet. She studied at Murdoch University and graduated in 2009, beginning her career in general practice in South West WA. After several years down South, and locuming throughout WA, Katie joined the Vic Park team in 2016. She loves both consulting and surgery and have a particular interest in internal medicine. In 2012 Katie completed a year long course in feline medicine through Sydney University and in 2014 sat and obtained her membership to the Australian College in internal medicine.

When not at work, she can usually be found spending time with her dog Mabel, or competing with her horse.

Dr Lucy Van der Weide, Vet

Lucy is one of the full-time veterinarians at the Victoria Park Veterinary Clinic, and has been part of the team since 2017. She is lucky enough to be accompanied to work daily by her beautiful border collie Mieke. Prior to working here, Lucy was the managing veterinarian at one of our sister clinics, the Newman Veterinary Hospital for 5 years, before relocating back to Perth with Mieke and her partner Mitch. Just recently Lucy rescued a kitten who she named Chip. Chip weighed only 500g and was found wandering the streets of East Victoria Park. Lucy’s main veterinary interests are behavioural medicine (mental health and behaviour problems in pets) and soft-tissue surgery. Lucy has completed the post-graduate Veterinary Behavioural Medicine DE course and awarded membership of the Veterinary Behaviour Chapter of the ANZCVS. Lucy is also an accredited fear-free veterinarian. Outside of work she enjoys being active with Mieke, weight-training and supporting the Melbourne Demons.

Dr Meg Stevenson, Vet

Megan has been working for the Vic Park and Lathlain clinics since December 2006. At work she has an interest in small animal internal medicine with a particular interest in feline medicine and endocrine conditions.

Dr Erica Dudley, Vet

Erica graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2001 and enjoyed working in a mixed animal practice, in country Victoria, prior to moving to the UK to work as a small animal practitioner. Erica moved to Perth and joined the Vic Park Vet team in 2009. Erica enjoys all aspects of veterinary work and has a special interest in small animal medicine.

Her home is shared with a menagerie of pets and kids and notably the wonderful ‘Harry High pants’, a cat who was once dumped at the clinic as a stray.

Dr Emma Lane, Vet

Emma is a permanent part time vet who works between the Lathlain and Vic Park clinics. She graduated from Murdoch Uni in 1999 and her first job as a new graduate was at the Lathlain clinic. Although Emma has left Perth a number of times, she always ends up back with us. In her time off from work she is busy wrangling her 3 boys. Being a vet, of course her household also contains fur babies; Gus the Maltese Shih Tsu pug cross, and her 2 rescue cats Cheezel and Loki.

Dr Katherine Cowton, Vet

Katherine graduated from Murdoch University in 2004 and went to work in Kalgoorlie for 4 years in small animal and equine practice. In 2007, she travelled around Australia and visited some amazing places! Since returning to Perth in 2009, she joined the Victoria Park & Lathlain Pets and Vets team.

Katherine has two young children, two dogs – Jimmie and Ringo, a Weiro – Petey and some goldfish! She joined our Mirrabooka team in 2016 and still works part time between the Victoria Park and Mirrabooka clinics as well as doing her essential oils business and husband’s business paperwork.

Not that there is a lot of free time amongst all that, but her hobbies include cake making, camping, water skiing and doing renovations at home.

Nicole, Vet Nurse

Since completing a cert IV in veterinary nursing back in 2010, Nicole’s main focus as a vet nurse has been to educate pet parents and give all fur babies the best life they deserve. Nicole’s greatest love in the veterinary industry is seeing the unconditional love between pets and their parents. Speaking of unconditional love, she is mum to 3 fluffy babies. Annabelle, 11 and Dane, 9 who are Alaskan Malamutes with the cutest personalities that live for food and snuggles. Bobby, 9 is a Himalayan who is a serious cutie constantly wanting pats. When not at the clinic, Nicole can be found somewhere along the Vic Park strip, drinking her weight in coffee or at home gardening or cooking.

Monique, Vet Nurse

Monique graduated as a vet nurse in December 2013. She did work experience at Vic Park Vet Clinic while she was studying and ended up officially joining the team as a fully qualified nurse and stayed. She has a cavoodle, Nala, her favourite things to do are eat, sleep and exercise.

Jade, Vet Nurse

Jade is from the UK and has been in Australia for the last 9 years. She started her work experience with Victoria Park Veterinary Hospital in January 2014 while she was studying for her veterinary nursing career. Once she graduated, she became a permanent member of our team and has loved working here ever since. Jade previously worked full time as a Dog Groomer before deciding to do her nursing qualification.

She has a 6 year old Staffy called Zane who she rescued in 2014 and also has a 2 year old cheeky cat called Kitty, that she adopted from the clinic at 5 weeks old.

When she’s not in clinic Jade enjoys the Beach, spending time with friends and travelling.

Hayley, Vet Nurse

Hayley has been working at Victoria Park since the beginning of 2016. Growing up on a large farm in Albany she has always been around animals of all shapes and sizes. Hayley always wanted to pursue a career in the veterinary industry since she was very young. She loves doing the behind the scenes work at the clinic and has a passion for theatre nursing.

Faith, Vet Nurse

Faith has always had a passion for animals since a very young age. When she was 16 she decided to pursue this love for animals by starting work placement at the Albany Pets and Vets Clinic whilst studying nursing through Applied Vocational Training. In 2018 she moved up to Perth where Victoria Park Vets offered her a full time job. In June 2018 Faith qualified as a Veterinary nurse and loves her job and work family here, although misses her crazy Jack Russel; Penny who lives with her family in Albany.

Melissa, Vet Nurse

Melissa has been a vet nurse for 12 years and in that time she worked in London for 2 years and Victoria Park Vet Clinic for 7 ½ years. She has a Golden Retriever, Kiedis who occasionally is the chief meeter and greeter at reception. Melissa loves to spend time with her family, travel, shop and eat out.

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