From a young age Jo had a very deep compassion for animals and knew she wanted to be a vet when she grew up. Following this dream, she studied at Murdoch University and graduated in 1983.
Becoming a practising vet opened an amazing world of rewards and challenges as well as great opportunities to travel and work overseas. In England and Scotland she worked in mixed practice and enjoyed the classic James Herriot lifestyle, visiting farm-folk and treating all creatures great and small, which of course involved many cold late nights in a field or barn during calving or lambing time. Despite encountering a great variety of “exotic” animals in the UK, never in her wildest dreams did she imagine being asked to examine and de-flea a South American bird-eating spider!
On returning to Australia she commenced a Residency in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Queensland University, after which she worked in a variety of locations on the east and west coasts, eventually spending 15 years based in a Perth small animal practice. She has also been a lecturer in the Veterinary Nursing course at Bentley TAFE, and a tutor in Animal Welfare and Ethics at Murdoch University.
In December 2015 she commenced a position at Mosman Park Vet Hospital and really enjoys working within this happy and dedicated team of vets and nurses. Within her role as a vet she considers it a privilege to be able to support the bond between people and their pets and enjoys the multitude of aspects that a career in veterinary medicine and surgery brings.
She has rescued a string of waifs over the years including several wonderful cats and dogs. After little “Bosun” passed on a year or two ago, she has been showering the love on other people’s furry friends, until she decides the time is right for another pet!
On a slightly different note, in 2002 Jo decided to pursue her creative interests and trained in Physical Theatre. One thing led to another, and in 2008 she was honoured to be able to join the Perth Clown Doctor (Hospital Clown) Team. Through this part-time work joy, laughter and compassion can be brought to the patients, families and staff at both Princess Margaret and Fiona Stanley hospitals. In her spare time she loves to travel, cycle, sail, surf, hike; pretty much anything involving the great