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Challenger Veterinary Hospital

Challenger Veterinary Hospital is a small animal practice located in the heart of Kwinana, Western Australia.

Open 7 days a week for consultations, surgery and hospital treatments, Challenger Vet is purpose-built and fully equipped to optimise patient care and comfort.

Dr Ashleigh Arbuthnot and Dr Kristy Denmead share a commitment to providing quality, comprehensive veterinary care with a personal touch.


Dr Ashleigh Arbuthnot

Ashleigh has been in small animal practice for over 24 years after she made her dream come true and completed her veterinary degree at Murdoch University in 1991. She travelled to the UK as a new graduate and spent many years working in very a variety of very busy practices gaining invaluable medical and surgical experience. She has worked in country and city practices, emergency centres and charity hospitals expanding her medical and surgical skills along the way.

Her vision for Challenger Veterinary Hospital is quality care with a personal touch. She believes that every pet deserves the very best and has engaged staff and facilities to ensure that this is always the level of care your pet will receive.

Ashleigh's fur family consists of a little scruffy rescue puppy from Kwinana pound called Morri and a smoochy diabetic cat called Tiddles.


Dr Kristy Denmead

Dr Kristy Denmead started vet school as a mature-aged student and spent her undergraduate years living-in at a large practice/after hours hospital which gave her a lot of early exposure to the different facets of the profession. During her degree she completed an honours degree looking at high blood pressure in geriatric cats.

Kristy qualified as a vet from Murdoch University in 2011 and then completed an internship with the university's Small Animal GP clinic. She spent a second year at the university working in the dermatology clinic and then went into private small animal practice which she loves.

She has a family of rescue dogs and cat and a rescue puppy from here. It's very fortunate that Kristy is the Puppy Preschool coordinator for the hospital! Kristy’s caring nature and passion for her profession ensures that your pet will receive the best care.



Tiffany has always had a passion for animal care and welfare, volunteering for the RSPCA and the local lost dogs’ home as a child. She now has her own family of rescue animals including two dogs Titan and Indy, a cat Ruby and a rabbit Albie.

She has a particular interest in surgical nursing, having attained a Diploma in Surgical Nursing and completed courses in anaesthetics, pain management and emergency care.

Whether your pet is visiting for a vaccination, a hospital stay or a surgical procedure she is passionate about ensuring they receive the best possible care.

When she’s not at work she enjoys going to the gym, camping, bushwalking and relaxing with friends.



Chantelle started working at Challenger Veterinary Hospital as a trainee nurse and once she graduated in December 2015 we were thrilled to employee her as a fully qualified veterinary nurse.

She has completed courses in dog training and behaviour and is also our Puppy Preschool trainer. In her down time she enjoys training and spending time with Bruce, her exuberant German Shepherd.




" My greatest passion in life has always revolved around the welfare of animals and their loving owners, I understand the relationship and close bond that comes from owning a pet and I treat every animal in my care as if they are my own. I am proud to be apart of the Challenger Veterinary Hospital team that shares the same love and compassion as I do. "

From a young age Annie volunteered at local shelters and hand reared orphaned kittens and wildlife. From then she knew she wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse. She graduated in 2013 obtaining her certificate in Veterinary Nursing and has since furthered her knowledge and skills by completing a variety of short courses. Annie is passionate about animal welfare and treats every patient in her care like it’s her own.

She shares her home with Molly the rabbit, George the Cavalier cross and Charlotte the Golden Retriever.



Kayla has been a veterinary nurse since 2012, obtaining her qualifications from the University of Queensland.

She worked in Adelaide before moving to Perth in 2014 years ago and hasn't looked back.

She has a keen interest in surgical nursing, particularly orthopaedics. "I love seeing patients walk in after successful procedures and knowing that we made a difference to their lives."

She has 2 cats of her own, Misty and Spook who were both rescue cats.

When she's not at work you will find her splitting her time between playing roller derby, catching up with friends and travelling as much as possible.



Danni has always had a passion for animal welfare and started working with animals by volunteering at the Shenton Park Dog Refuge which she thoroughly enjoyed.

This led to her wanting to pursue a career in the animal welfare industry. Danni decided the best way to follow her desire would be to train as a veterinary nurse. She went on to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, working as a veterinary nurse while she completed her training. She then took some time off to focus on being a mum, her other great passion.

Danni has now returned to the workforce combining her passion for motherhood and animal welfare. Danni has two other loves in her life (besides her husband), "Rolo" and "Layla", two rescues dogs that melted her heart. Danni and her family enjoy taking the dogs for runs along the beach and long strolls along the foreshore.


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