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Dr Nerissa Stander is the primary radiologist at Vet Imaging Specialists.  


Our staff deal with all aspects of booking referrals including client and veterinarian queries, insurance form processing and patient care.


Veterinary Radiologist                                                                                                    

Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Australian Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

BVSc MMedVet (Diag Im) Dip ECVDI

Nerissa graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2002 after which she spent 4 years working in small animal practice in the United Kingdom, including an internship at a large multidisciplinary referral hospital, Davies Veterinary Specialists.  She then returned to South Africa to specialise in Diagnostic Imaging and conducted a parallel European College Diagnostic Imaging residency program. After successful completion of her exams in 2010, she became a South African Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Specialist and then a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. After her residency she took up a post as Senior Lecturer in Radiology at the University of Pretoria. In July 2012 Nerissa and her family relocated to Perth where she set up the Vet Imaging Specialists business. She enjoys teaching and is an accomplished public speaker having extensively presented continuing veterinary education courses and guest lectures. Nerissa has published several papers as well as co-authored and authored book chapters in the BSAVA manuals of canine and feline abdominal and musculoskeletal imaging. Nerissa has a special interest in echocardiography, gastrointestinal ultrasonography and advanced imaging modalities but never tires of looking at radiographs!

Dr. Sally Hewitt



Dr Sally graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 2003. Sally then worked in small animal practice in the UK for 4 years before returning to South Africa. There she worked in a community veterinary clinic, that provided low cost veterinary care to poorer commmunities as well as in private practice. In 2014 she moved to Perth with her family and has happily continued to work with small animals in general practice.


Sally will be assisting Dr Nerissa with outpatient ultrasounds, improving her diagnostic imaging skills and helping to ensure patients and their owners have a stress free visit.

Dr. Sasha Hayward

Administration assistant


Sasha graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2012. After completing an equine veterinary internship she worked in equine practice at a number of general practices and university teaching hospitals across Australia. She then went on to work for a global teleradiology company whilst completing a Bachelor of Science.

Sasha is excited to be transitioning into companion animal practice and is thoroughly enjoying working with the team at Vet Imaging Specialists in an administrative capacity.

Ash Cook

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Ash has been a registered veterinary nurse for 10 years and has a special interest in all things radiology. She has a long-standing professional relationship with Dr Stander, having been trained in radiology by her back in 2014. Ash's passion for diagnostic imaging extends beyond the veterinary field and she is currently studying medical imaging at University whilst continuing to provide gold-standard care for your precious pets here at VIS.

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