Natalie McIllree

For as long as I can remember I have been an animal lover. Our family have always owned and loved dogs and I was brought up with Papillons. This passion is what lead me into my career as a qualified Veterinary Nurse.


When I finished high school in 1994, I left home in Dunsborough, moved to Perth and within two months of doing so I found a breeder of Siberian Huskies, a breed of dog that has always caught my attention. I brought my first puppy home, at the time I knew nothing about Siberian Huskies, and “oh my!” did he put me through the wringer! Makita would jump ten foot fences, take off for hours and he cost me a fortune in fines. I spent hours and hours in tears over him but he taught me all about Siberians and was my soul mate until the very end.


In 2000 I brought my second and third Siberians. In 2006 I had my first litter and I am now owned by 8 Siberian Huskies and 2 Mastiffs.

Since 2000 I have travelled interstate from Western Australia almost every year to compete nationally throughout Australia on the sled dog circuit. Most years I find myself with friends driving over 10,000kms to compete over east both on the snow or dry land.


In 2000 I was offered a job in Margaret River as a dog groomer and casual Vet Nurse. It was within this year that I enrolled to study and become a qualified Vet Nurse.


In 2001 I was offered a fantastic job with Perth Horse Hospital in Ascot as an Equine Vet Nurse where I worked for a year with several Equine Specialists. This job included colic surgery, lameness, laparoscopic surgery, reproduction, and diagnostic imaging of some of W.A.’s most elite equine athletes, as well as farm horses and ponies from the back paddocks.


As a country girl at heart I didn’t enjoy living in Perth much, so after a year, I decided to “move back home” to Dunsborough. It was here that I was offered a full time job at the local vets. Over the next 10 years I worked at this clinic with fantastic people, clients and pets. I was in a mixed practice where I got to nurse a wide range of animals from large to small whilst gaining valuable experience and knowledge that makes my job so fulfilling.


In 2012 my partner, myself and 10 dogs bought a property in the Tuart forest, Yalyalup. It was in 2014 that I rushed into the new Vasse Vets with a dog emergency and it was here I met Helen, Suzie and the other staff at Vasse.


Once I was introduced to the new state of the art facilities, professional and friendly staff, I was very keen to see if I could join the Vasse Vets team. I have settled in very well and continue to learn and grow along with this new hospital. It is a career in which you never stop learning.

I have developed special interests in canine fertility, nutrition and rehabilitation of performance dogs.


With over 15 years nursing experience, my skills complement the other staff at Vasse Vets. Together we are able to offer, true professionalism, care and compassion for all our furry, scaled or feathered brought up