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About us

The clinic

The Halls Head Small Animal Clinic is a purpose built veterinary hospital established in 1989 by Dr Gendle and his wife Julia. Since then the premises have been extended and renovated three times to become the modern state of the art vet hospital that exists today.

The practice is dedicated to providing the highest quality of compassionate, personalised veterinary care available. We understand how important your pets are to your family, so we strive to offer the very best advice and treatment options possible while maintaining a caring and compassionate environment.

We pride ourselves on having a warm and friendly relationship with our clients and their pets and are always available for any advice you may need.

We are open 6 days a week and consultations are by appointment.


Our facilities include:

Clinic facilities

  • spacious waiting/reception room
  • four consulting rooms
  • pharmacy
  • staff/conference room
  • staff office
  • wheel chair compliant toilets
  • in house laboratory
  • intensive care
  • surgical prep and recovery
  • two specialised operating theatres
  • dental area
  • radiography room
  • isolation ward for infectious cases
  • separate dog and cat wards
  • laundry and food preparation room
  • staff accommodation for overnight stays with hospitalised patients
  • separate work stations for treating in-patients
  • comfort room for pet owners to visit their hospitalised patients or for spending quality time with their pet during the euthanasia procedure

Specialised equipment

  • Digital Xray machine
  • Vision Veterinary software
  • Ultrasound
  • Fiberoptic endoscope
  • Rhinoscope
  • Otoscope
  • Tenotomer
  • Blood pressure monitor
  • Electrocardiography
  • Advanced orthopaedic equipment
  • Electrocautery unit
  • Autoclave x2
  • Anaesthetic machines x4
  • Surgery tables and theatre lights x2
  • Examination tables and wet table
  • Patient warming devices
  • Fluid pumps
  • Automatic ventilator
  • In house Laboratory – REM blood analyser machine for rapid diagnostic blood tests. Centrifuge, Microscope for routine cytology & urinalysis, In house culture & sensitivity testing.
  • Anaesthetic monitoring equipment – Blood pressure, Blood O2, Heart rate, Temp • Dental machine – ultrasonic scaling, polishing, rotating bur for sectioning teeth or root canal treatment

Our team

We have a very experienced team of vets and nurses working at the clinic who are all dedicated in providing the best quality of veterinary care available. Our staff regularly attend continuing education seminars to keep up to date with the latest in veterinary care and, along with our exceptional facilities and equipment, you can be assured of the highest quality of care for your pet.

Our team consists of 9 vets, 10 nurses and a practice manager. The advantage of having a multitude of vets on staff is that difficult cases are always discussed among the vets. Therefore you are not only getting a second opinion on a daily basis but also the shared knowledge of 4-5 experienced vets.

There are three friendly receptionists on duty during the day as well as two surgery nurses, an admittance / discharge nurse and a nurse caring for the hospitalised patients.

All of our staff have pets of their own and understand the attachment we all have with our pets which reinforces their commitment to providing the highest standard of veterinary care.

All our nurses are animal lovers and are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our patients.

Dr Gendle graduated from Murdoch University in 1984 and established the Halls Head Small Animal Clinic in 1989.  His dedication and compassion shown to his clients and their pets soon saw the practice grow and establish a loyal clientele.

Paul has developed a tremendous knowledge in small animal medicine and surgery and has a special interest in general surgery and orthopaedic surgery.

Although semi-retired Paul keeps up to date with the latest medical and surgical techniques through continuing education seminars and works at the practice part time mainly dealing with the more complicated surgical cases and mentoring the younger staff.

Paul is married to Julia ( Practice Manager ) and has two children Tom & Sara.  He spends most of his spare time out on his boat or working on his small farm with his 2 Viszlas, 3 cats, 4 horses and 2 pet cows.

Dr Paul J. Gendle

Dr Gibson graduated from Murdoch University in 1989 and after working in England for 5 years joined the Halls Small Animal Clinic in 2001.

Richard’s warm friendly nature with the clients and compassion shown to their pets saw him quickly establish a large clientele.

He became a partner in the practice in 2005 and remains a part owner of the practice today.

Richard’s experience and knowledge in all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery, along with his caring manner with the pets and their owners, is invaluable to the practice.  He has a special interest in complex soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery.

Richard is married to Lisa and has two children Sarah and Lauren. He has 2 dogs, 5 rescue cats, 3 horses as well as a menagerie of farm animals.

Dr Richard Gibson

Julia is our Practice Manager and has been involved in the Veterinary Industry since 1984.  She has been a part owner of the Halls Head Small Animal Clinic since its inception in 1989.

She is highly organized, has excellent communication skills and is very approachable.

Julia is very passionate about animal welfare and is a devoted animal lover who adores her two dogs, three cats and variety of rescue farm animals.

Julia is involved with many charity organisations to ensure that all pets are sterilized to avoid unwanted puppies & kittens

Julia Gendle

Dr Clarke graduated from Murdoch University in 2001 and joined the Halls Head Small Animal Clinic in 2005 after working in busy small animal practices in her home state of South Australia.

Julia provides an excellent standard of veterinary care. Her medical and surgical knowledge is exceptional and she is constantly in touch with the latest medical and surgical techniques.

Julia’s calm demeanor, especially in emergency situations, and compassionate approach with the animals is greatly appreciated by her clients and colleagues alike.  She is an amazing all rounder and has a special interest in small furies especially rabbits.

Julia is married and has two young girls, two dogs and a cat.

Dr Julia Clarke

Dr Leddon graduated from Murdoch University in 1989 and has worked in various practices in SA, Victoria and the UK, before joining our team in 2007.

Tanya is one of our most experienced and proficient vets on staff.  She continuously educates herself on the latest medical and surgical procedures and her veterinary skills are unprecedented.

Tanya’s knowledge and work ethic makes her a perfect fit for our busy practice as she can comfortably manage the diversity of cases that we see.

The clients always feel comfortable when Tanya is treating their pet as she communicates clearly with them and is meticulous with conveying all the possible options and outcomes.

Tanya is married and has 4 teenage children and a three-legged rescue greyhound.

Dr Tanya Leddin

Sara is the daughter of Dr Paul and Julia Gendle. She has spent her entire life in the veterinary industry and is thriving working in our busy small animal practice.

Dr Sara has an exceptional knowledge in small animal medicine and surgery with a special interest in all things feline.

Sara is a strong advocate of animal welfare and our clients are appreciating the compassion that she shows towards their pets.

Dr Sara Gendle

Claire Irwin

Stephanie graduated from Murdoch in 2009, working five years in mixed dairy practice in Victoria before moving into small animals ever since.

Interested in all aspects of small animal practice – especially medicine and emergency – she completed her masters in small animal medicine in 2015.

Stephanie has a Birman cat named Topaz and a menagerie of dogs. She enjoys travelling, footy, cricket and wine.

Dr Stephanie Gillett

Jess completed a degree in Zoology and Conservation Biology, before pursuing her real passion for veterinary medicine. She graduated from Murdoch University in 2016.

Jess grew up locally on a cattle farm in Coolup, and loves all creatures great and small. She has a particular fondness for cats and has spent many years fostering cats and kittens in need, which is tolerated very well by her much loved dog Molly.

In her spare time Jess takes care of her adopted cats, her pet birds, and her collection of orphan lambs, calves and joeys.

Dr Jessica McKay

Dr Emily Fagan

Carlina is a Certified IV qualified registered veterinary nurse who has been nursing since 1992 and joined our practice in 2007.

She is very proficient in all aspects of veterinary nursing and her experience makes her an invaluable member of our team.

Carlina is our head nurse and makes sure the day runs smoothly.  She has two pets of her own – a dog called ‘Slippers’ and a rescue cat  ‘Jeffery’.


Chelsea is a Certificate IV qualified registered veterinary nurse who joined us in 2015.

She likes to keep up to date with all aspects of veterinary nursing and has a special interest in surgical nursing and emergency/critical care.

Chelsea enjoys spending time with her dog ‘Bella’ who is a rescue dog.

Chelsea is one is our specialist admit/ discharge nurses and will make sure that your pet is looked after during any surgical admittance.


Michelle Sutton

Jess started at the Halls Head Small Animal Clinic in 2015 and is a Certificate IV qualified registered veterinary nurse


Bree is an experienced nurse who is always willing to help our clients and their pets. She is a very reliable surgical nurse and provides a high standard of care to all of our hospital patients.

Bree has a warm, kind nature and is well liked by her work colleges as well as all of our clients.


Kaitlyn is one of our most caring and compassionate nurses who will always spend that extra bit of time with any patient or client that needs it.  She has a special interest in surgical & emergency care and is very dedicated to her profession.


Chloe Morley

Leah received her nursing qualification in 2004 and originally worked at HHSAC from 2007-2011 before heading up to Broome with her family for the past 9 years.

Outside of work Leah has two beautiful children, a dog called Dave and a cat called Monkey to keep her very busy.

Even before she could walk Leah  loved animals and always knew that she wanted to be involved in a passionate industry that cares so much for our pets. It is such a diverse profession that allows you to constantly learn and grow.

Leah has stated that ‘It is a privilege to share in our clients journeys with their fur babies and to be surrounded by an incredibly talented team of vets and nurses.’

We couldn’t be happier to welcome her back into our family – Leah is an amazing nurse, truly dedicated & incredibly efficient.

Leah Malkovich

Tarsh started working at the clinic as a kennel hand in 1996 and is now an integral part of  our reception team.

Tarsh exhibits tremendous compassion and empathy to the pets and their owners.

Her warm, friendly nature is highly appreciated by the clients and her workmates, making her a real asset to the practice. Tarsh has two Burmese cats, ‘Ralph’ and ‘Howard’, and a rescue cat named ‘Walter’.


Cody is one of our newest members on staff having joined us in November 2016.

She helps attend to the needs of our hospitalized patients and is planning to become a certified IV qualified Veterinary Nurse.

Cody is exceptionally caring with the patients and has a bright future in the Veterinary industry.

She has a rescue dog called ‘Ellie’, who loves going to the beach.


Hannah Fraser

Trainee Veterinary Nurse