Claudia O'Connell

Veterinarian & Practice Owner (B.V.Sc., Dip.M.R.C.V.S., MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery))

Claudia is from Zimbabwe, where she qualified as a veterinary surgeon. She then worked in Zimbabwe for one year, treating cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, cats and African wildlife. She moved to England to attain internationally recognised qualifications where she worked in mixed animal practice for seven years, and then as a Branch Manager of a small animal practice for three years. When she came to Australia she travelled around for seven months before settling in Perth for one year,  working as Head Vet for RSPCA WA and a veterinary assistant in a small animal practice in South Perth. She bought the Denmark Vet Hospital & Paws Surgery Services with Richard in February 2014, where she has settled close to family.

Claudia brought her two naughty dogs with her from England, who loved travelling around Australia. Since then, she rescued another little dog - so now has three demanding little fur-balls! Claudia enjoys doing more complicated surgeries, ultrasounds and runs the acupuncture clinics which are her strong areas of expertise. She has attained her Memberships with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Surgery, recognising her advanced skills in this area. Claudia and Richard have two young boys, Donald and Geoffrey. I am sure most of you have met them both already, they are always happy to say hello!


Claudia's boys - Bliksem, Nunu and Freddo.

Richard Reynolds

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

Richard is from Zimbabwe. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Onderstepoort in South Africa. He owned a mixed animal practice in Zimbabwe for three years and has worked as a partner in a mixed animal practice in England for fifteen years. He is a very experienced cattle and equine veterinarian with a lot of advice to hand should you need it, and tends to be assigned most of the large animal work. He also has great expertise in small animal medicine and surgery. Richard has recently become a local beef farmer with 72 breeders - so is kept busy! And also has a new baby boy in the house to keep him on his toes.

Nina Bradshaw

Veterinarian (B.Sc. B.V.M.S.(Hons))

Dr Nina Bradshaw grew up in Perth and qualified as a vet from Murdoch University in 2000. She worked in small animal practice in Perth for 2 years before moving to England to do an internship at The Animal Health Trust. Nina then worked in general practice in the UK for 9 years before moving back to Australia with her husband and is very happy to be part of the Denmark community. Her interests include internal medicine, dermatology and preventative health care. Nina has a Kelpie-cross dog, two cats (both rescues from vet clinics), chooks and two children who keep her busy when she's not at work. 

Renee Johnson

Registered Veterinary Nurse & Assistant Practice Manager (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)

Renee started at Denmark Vet Hospital in 2014 on a student work placement whilst studying veterinary nursing through Open Colleges, and she was offered a job well into her training to stay on as a veterinary nurse. Renee qualified for her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing in August 2018, and has many keen interests including assisting with surgery, emergencies, in-house pathology testing and nursing of our animal patients. Renee lives in Albany with her 14-year-old daughter Paige, and her hobbies include cooking, going to the beach, looking after her animals, hanging out with friends and a watching a good TV series.

Ella Lloyd

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Ella started working at Denmark Vet Hospital in 2020 after graduating from Tafe as an RVN. Ella has many keen interests including surgical nursing and patient care, emergencies, and diagnostics. As well as spending time with her two cats and horse, outside of work Ella enjoys going to the beach, swimming, and finding new places to explore.

Lucy Shardlow

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Lucy started working with the team at Denmark Veterinary Hospital after recently graduating from TAFE in June of 2020 as a registered veterinary nurse. Since moving to Denmark in November 2020, Lucy has enjoyed exploring the area including the beaches, national parks and getting to know the friendly clients and their pets. Lucy’s interests outside of work include baking, reading a good book and spending time with friends and family.

Kayla Emmerton

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Kayla is the newest member of the team, started working in May 2022. Studying towards a certificate II in Animal Studies and then moving onto a traineeship towards a certificate 4 in Veterinary Nurse. Interests in learning in the clinic is to safely handle dogs and cats, bathing dogs and learning how to clean and make kits. Kayla’s favourite animals are horses, dogs, and cats. Kayla’s interests out of work are coaching at the Denmark Horsepower (Riding for the Disabled), going on trail rides on her horse with friends and spending time with her dogs and cats at home.

Georgia Hadlow

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Georgia has been doing her practical study placement with Denmark Vet Hospital since October 2022 as she works towards her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with AVT. Outside of the clinic Georgia has a keen interest in wildlife rehabilitation and enjoys taking her dog for adventures with her partner.  

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