Our Vets

Dr Bruce Young BVSC, DipVAc, CertVHom.

bruce-youngBruce graduated in 1978 and worked in a busy rural practice initially before moving to join a 24-hour hospital in Perth. He took over the management of Wanneroo Veterinary Hospital in 1980 and purchased it in 1984. After developing the practice with branches in Kingsley and Joondalup, he expanded the Wanneroo practice by moving to its present modern and purpose-built premises in 1996. Under Bruce’s stewardship, the hospital has continued to grow into the institution it is today. There are few animal owners of the Wanneroo area that have not experienced first-hand Bruce’s kind and considered advice and care.

With his grown-up children now moved out of house, he and his wife Anusuya are enjoying a brief pre-grandchild respite; in his private life he has written two books recording the lives of two of India’s great spiritual teachers and Yogis.


Dr Stephen Cooper BVMS, BSc., MRCVS

steve-coopsBorn and raised in country WA, Stephen graduated from Murdoch University in 1997. His veterinary career took him firstly to the outback of Far North Queensland, where he combined his passion for helping animals, big and small, with his love of flying, covering an area from Townsville to Mt Isa, to Longreach and Cairns, and everywhere in between. He then moved to the UK and, after mixing work and travel for  a couple of years, took up a position as chief veterinarian for a large family-run small animal hospital, and there developed his interest in canine and feline medicine and surgery. Returning home to Australia, he first became part of the Wanneroo Veterinary team in 2010, joining the practice as a partner in 2011. Steve successfully completed a demanding three year Masters in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degree in June 2012.

Away from work, Steve can be found in the WA outdoors, pursuing his interests in rock-climbing, surfing and his most recent passion, sailing.


Dr Jo-Anne Waslin BVMS, BSc.

joanne-waslinAnother local, Joanne grew up in the northern beaches of Perth, and studied at Murdoch University Veterinary School. She graduated in 1983, and promptly set about making it her business to know everything there is to know about veterinary medicine and surgery. Jo is our resident encyclopaedia on everything veterinary and her experience is invaluable. For a period of time, the veterinary nurses of Perth were the beneficiaries of this font of knowledge, as Jo taught at the Bentley TAFE Campus for some years. Although Jo performs much of our surgery, she has a special interest in internal medicine, which is good news for pets feeling poorly. Jo has extensive experience working with horses, including high performance thoroughbreds at Ascot, but these days she limits her equestrian activities to her time off, as she is a passionate and accomplished rider.


Dr Yvette Griffiths BVMS (Hons), BSc.

yvette-griffithsYvette graduated from Murdoch University Veterinary School with  Honours in 1992. She started her career in Perth initially before moving to Sydney followed by the UK. Yvette then returned back to Perth and has since worked at Wanneroo Vet Hospital. Yvette’s favorite past times including windsurfing and learning Italian. Yvette offers her veterinary skills on Sunday mornings, allowing the WVH team to provide a 7-days-a-week service to our clients.


Dr Claire Donnelly BVMS MRCVS

Claire graduated in 2000 from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. After working in small animal practice for several years, she came to Australia in 2004 on a working holiday visa and spent time both traveling and working. During this time she spent a couple of months working here at Wanneroo Veterinary Hospital. On her return to the northern hemisphere Claire continued to work in small animal practice in the UK, and also a couple of years working in Spain. However, she decided her heart was definitely in Perth (Australia, not Scotland!). In 2001, she was granted her permanent residency visa and serendipitously found herself working once again with the team here at Wanneroo Veterinary Hospital.


Dr Claire Spence BSc. BVMS


Dr Melody Ip


Dr Nicole Low

Dr Nicole joined us in 2018 to perform the all-important Sunday Shifts at Wanneroo Veterinary Hospital. This is such an important service for us and our clients – linking the cases from one week to the next, as well as providing a service for animals that fall ill outside of the “working week”. Animals get sick every day of the year. We are very lucky to have Dr Nicole’s care and expertise on Sundays.


Dr Emily Rogowski-Dunn

Dr Emily has recently joined us over Summer to help with our Sunday Shifts while Dr Nicole has taken a role in New Zealand for 3 months. We welcome Emily and thank her for enabling us to provide round-the-week care for our clients and their pets.