Meet the Margaret River Veterinary Hospital team


Practice Owner/Manager

Leigh is our practice manager and part owner of the practice. Leigh has been working within the veterinary industry for longer than most of us.

Leigh completed her vet nursing training in 2002 and has seen the veterinary industry change and grow to support our pets and wildlife. For the last 15 years she has been managing small animal veterinary practices and is well known within the industry.

Leigh’s old Labrador Marley can’t do as many tricks as he used to but was one of the best trained dogs around - notebly for balancing a glass of wine on his head.

Leigh is a total wine and food critique and has wine and spirit certifications perfect for our region. She has a menagerie of creatures and is often chasing after her young children, chickens or the kangaroo.

Amy Forsythe

Veterinarian & Practice Owner


Dr Amy has been working in our beautiful south west most of her veterinary career. She graduated from Murdoch University in 2013 and is one of our senior vets and part owner of the practice.

Dr Amy has completed a graduated certificate in Emergency and Critical Care and enjoys treating the wide variety of medical, surgical and emergency cases that rural practice offers. Treating snake bitten patients and performing abdominal surgery are amongst her favourite cases.

Dr Amy has no spare time between work, two very young children and her demanding menagerie of animals - but she dreams of getting back out bush to nerd-it-out identifying orchids, camp amongst the stars, surf with the groms and walk her naughty escapee pug dog ‘Stanley’ at the beach. Pictured is Amy and her wife’s orphaned Joey “Sponge”

Francesca May


Dr Francesca joined us after moving from the East coast of Australia where she graduated from the University of Sydney in 2019 and spent her first years in practice.

Francesca is enjoying the new scenery that Margaret River has to offer. When not at work, she can be found spending time with her Jack Russell x (Fergus), surfing, free diving or participating in a range of team sports.

Fran says she loves being a part of such a collaborative and caring team, and being able to provide best care for her patients and clients.

John Carles

Veterinarian & Practice Owner

Dr John Carles is part  owner of the practice with Leigh and  Dr Amy.  He graduated from Murdoch University in 1988 and did some overseas work before moving to Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, where he has run a busy practice for the past 25 years. 

Returning to WA and Margaret River has been a very exciting time and he brings a wealth of experience and ideas to the hospital. An experienced surgeon and small animal vet, Dr John likes nothing better than mending broken bones or doing a knee reconstruction. His focus in the practice is to give the best service possible to our clients with good staffing and equipment levels.

In his down time Dr John enjoys all things ocean and bush, surfing, kiting and bush walking

Georgia Vaughan


Georgia is a 2022 Murdoch graduate and is excited to start her journey as a vet in the beautiful Margaret river region.

Georgia is excited to learn more about medicine and surgery and loves the variety seen in a rural practice. 

In her spare time you'll find Georgia riding her horse, at the beach or hanging out with her cat Ellie. 

Gem Roos

Registered Veterinary Nurse

 Gem came to us after a stint chasing cattle on a station in rural WA. Gem qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2016 and has a particular affinity for the small fluffy dogs. 
Gem has an eye for the finer details and enjoys hospital nursing and helping her patients recover from illness. 

Mel Giles

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Mel grew up in South Africa and from an early age she knew she wanted to work with animal.Mel is our head nurse extraordinaire  After completing her schooling in Australia, she began studying Vet Nursing as soon as she could. 

Mel has been nursing for 13 years and still loves every aspect of what she does.

Over the years Mel has completed further studies in areas of Anaesthesia, business, management, training and assessment. Mels Passion is for teaching and training future Vet nurses, where she finds great joy in seeing new nurses succeed and thrive in their careers. 


Lauren Ellis

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Lauren has been with the team at Margaret River Vets since relocating to the lovely south west in 2018. 
Lauren has always loved animals and is grateful that she gets to work with with them every day.
She has been working in the vet industry since completing her high school work experience placements, and weekend jobs during university, while completing her Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Biology.
Lauren loves all aspects of nursing but has a passion for surgical nursing and is always interested in the diverse cases seen in Margaret River.
When not at work, you'll find Lauren bushwalking, gardening, baking or spending time with her family on their small property.

Misty Joy

Registered Veterinary Nurse

After 16 years in banking Misty decided to follow her passion to take care of animals, completing her certificate as a Registered Vet Nurse in November 2021. 

Misty had recently moved to the South West to experience regional vet nursing and to join family in Augusta from Perth. 

Misty is very passionate about protecting and treating the amazing wildlife we have here in the South West and loves working her regular Thursdays  in our Augusta clinic, Pop in and say hello!

On her days off Misty enjoys exploring the beaches and wineries with her fur baby Khaleesi.  

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