About Us

Dr. Nonie Coutts Veterinary Surgery was established in 1981. We are a full-service animal hospital staffed with compassionate veterinarians, nurses and animal care assistants who provide the most complete diagnostic, surgical and wellness care available in Bahrain. Our European qualified Veterinarians are supported by a team of fully qualified Veterinary nurses and experienced animal health assistants who work to the highest standards of veterinary care. We are all pet owners ourselves and are seriously committed to helping your pets live long and healthy lives.

From puppy and kitten wellness checkups through compassionate adult and geriatric pet exams, we provide excellent veterinary care for every stage of life. Vaccinations are an important aspect of keeping your pet healthy, and we follow an effective vaccination protocol recommended by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. We also provide thorough dental care, complete surgical services, microchipping for your pet’s permanent ID, fast and accurate In Hospital diagnostics, and much more.

Our experienced team of Veterinary nurses will give you important home healthcare and nutritional advice as well as new information and recommendations for the care of your particular type and breed of pet. They are always happy to help with advice from how to pill your cat to how to house train your puppy. Our clients will also see how our fully equipped lab and pharmacy complement our wellness care services and are a convenient and cost-effective service for you and your pet.

We also understand that accidents and illness will happen even to the healthiest of pets at any time, day or night. This is where Dr Nonie Coutts Veterinary Hospital excels. The dedication, skill and expertise of our doctors is enhanced by modern diagnostic imaging equipment, in-house medical testing capabilities, a complete surgical suite, and a wide range of internal medicine expertise and resources to allow us to respond immediately to emergency situations. We always have a Vet and Nurse available until 9pm to help with emergencies or advise a worried client.

Our Vets

Dr. Nonie Coutts

Dr. Nonie Coutts BVSc(Syd) MRCVS has lived in Bahrain for more than 50 years. After completing her secondary education in the UK and Australia, she completed her Veterinary degree at Sydney University In Australia. Dr Coutts fulfilled her dream to set up a high quality Veterinary facility in Bahrain in 1981. The Veterinary surgery has gone from strength to strength over the past 38 or so years (by 2018 the Practice reached 40,000 animals registered) and now has two branches and a number of full time European qualified veterinary surgeons working to bring quality medicine and surgery to the animals of Bahrain.

Dr. Nonie’s main areas of interest are soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery.

She is married and has a son and daughter, and 4 dogs, a cat, a horse and a parrot.

Dr. Sarah Zimmer

Coming soon…

Our Nurses

Bikram Dotel

Bikram is from the beautiful and mountainous country of Nepal, and has a passion for nursing and all things animal-related!

He has worked in Qatar and the UAE for more than 6 years, before coming to join us here in Bahrain.


Ratheesh is a member of our Saar clinic team and has been working with Dr. Nonie Coutts for 17 years. He has a lot of experience with assisting nurses and in addition to this role, Ratheesh also is responsible for the maintenance of the Saar clinic as well as working on reception. He lives in Bahrain with his wife and daughter and in his free time enjoys going to the gym.

Lisa White

With a prior qualification in Applied Biology and a career in office management behind her, Lisa changed her focus in 2010 and enrolled as a student veterinary nurse. She graduated in 2013 and was awarded a BSc in Veterinary Nursing with distinction from Dundalk Institute of Technology in Ireland, was voted IVNA Student Veterinary Nurse of the Year and won the Merial Veterinary Nursing Graduate Award for 2013. Her name was added to the list of Registered Veterinary Nurses, held by the Veterinary Council of Ireland, in November of that year.

With family already in Bahrain, Lisa came to us to broaden her nursing experience. She loves the challenge of never knowing what will come through our doors next! Her particular interests are companion animal nutrition and laboratory work and she is currently studying for a certificate in Emergency and Critical Care Nursing.

Having had childhood pets of dogs, budgerigars and rabbits, Lisa now has two cats, Holly and Suzy, and has adopted our clinic cat, Cally. Though she loves dealing with all animals, Lisa is feline focused and her goal is to complete a Diploma in Feline Nursing within the next 5 years.


Shera Ram

Shera has been living in Bahrain for 13 years and has worked at the clinic for 11 of those years. He is married and has 3 beautiful children who are based back home in India. During his time at the clinic he has gained vast experience in animal handling and has been trained as a groomer. Shera is now the head groomer at the clinic, has a lovely way with animals and can produce some very fancy haircuts!


Somor has been working at the clinic since 1999, and originally hails from Bangladesh where his wife and children are still based. He is in charge of the hygiene and maintenance of our cattery and kennel facilities, as well as assisting with the Royal Canin stock taking. Somar also has many years of animal handling experience within the clinic and will often help in grooming and consultations when needed.

Jocelyn Rodrigues

Jocelyn is our Office Manager and handles all administrative duties, takes care of financial matters , interacts with suppliers and schedules appointments and surgeries. Her knowledge of the workings of the Hospital is vast!

She has been employed at Dr. Nonie Coutts Clinic since September 2007. Since then, her love and knowledge of animals has increased tremendously. She loves talking to clients and meeting their pets and is well able to advise on general pet healthcare and timetables for general procedures such as vaccinations and desexing.

Jocelyn was born and brought up in Bahrain but is originally from the beautiful sub-continent of India. When not at work she can be found at home snuggling with her very own furry feline, Fattie, enjoying listening to music, or watching her favorite TV series. Jocelyn would some day love to travel the world, but we all hope not too soon!

Editha Del Pilar Ibarrientos

Editha is from the Philippines, but has been working in Bahrain for many years managing a small supermarket. She has a good family base here with all of her children are living and working in Bahrain and has recently become a grandmother again! She only recently joined our staff in 2015 and is working at the Reception desk but is also responsible for our Royal Canin Pet food stock control and accounts.

Gladys Dunasco

Gladys is from the Philippines and studied at Adamson University, and Dr. Carlos Lanting College.

She has been living in Bahrain for 7 years and is a mother of two girls. In her free time she always read John Grisham Novels, she says it always leaves her haunted at his legal and court thrillers stories, but most of the time she reads the Bible.

A cup of black coffee in the morning always brightens her day!

Incrist Zafe (Iyah)

Iyah has been here in Bahrain for 13 years. She finished a Foundations in Accountancy course from Ernst & Young.

Her family is based here – parents & 2 sisters. She has 6 dogs & 1 cat in the Philippines, and just recently adopted a Pomeranian here in Bahrain named “Toby”.

Outside the clinic, she is an active church choir member, and her hobbies are swimming, volleyball, reading and board games.