Denmark Vet Hospital & Paws Surgery Services

08 9848 1389/0409681913

8 Welsh Street, Denmark.
After Hours : 08 9848 1389 for emergencies

Meet Our Team


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. 

Recently Claudia and Richard had a little baby boy - called Donald. I am sure most of you have met him already, he is 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 11 year old daughter Paige, and her hobbies include cooking, going to the beach, hanging out with friends and a watching a good TV series.

Paige Burdett

Trainee Veterinary Nurse (Certificate II in Animal Studies)

Paige is the newest member of the Denmark Vet Hospital team. Having completed her Certificate II in Animal Studies/Animal Attendant in September 2018, she is now completing her veterinary nursing training for her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing. Outside of work, Paige’s interests include taking her puppy dog Mia to the beach, hanging out friends and participating in martial arts and volleyball. At Denmark Vet Hospitals, Paige’s keen interests include pet grooming, performing in-house pathology testing, and helping with the care of our patients especially the reptiles and birds.

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