Staff Bios


Iva Young »

Iva originally studied Economics, but decided to return to study as a mature student and achieved her Certificate in Animal Technology through Wellington Institute of Technology. Iva joined the CareVets Porirua team in July 2017 and is now working towards her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through the same institute. She particularly enjoys looking after our […]

Mikayla Stapp DipVN »

Mikayla achieved her Veterinary Nurse qualification through Otago Polytechnic and started working within the CareVets team in 2014. After a short time away, she returned to CareVets Porirua as Head Veterinary Nurse in May 2018. Mikayla particularly enjoys surgical nursing and has a special interest in assisting with orthopaedic surgeries and patient rehabilitation. She also […]

Sarah Barker CertVN »

Sarah achieved her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing through Christchurch Polytech and joined the CareVets Porirua team as Clinic Manager in January 2017. Sarah is responsible for the smooth running of the clinic and she particularly enjoys interacting with her clients and their pets, getting to know them all as individuals. She has a particular interest […]

Susan Searle »

Hello, my name is Susan and I am the Wellington Regional Manager for CareVets. I have been in the veterinary industry for 14 years and have worked with some amazing vets & nurses.  CareVets has some very passionate, dedicated & talented team members throughout our clinics and I am proud to be able to work […]

Ela Hunt »

Ela was very excited to join the CareVets Johnsonville team in June 2018 and she particularly enjoys helping to look after and care for the shop animals. Ela is currently in high school and studies a mix of sciences, maths and visual art. She hopes to one day follow her passion for animals and the […]

Dr Amanda Luckie BVSc »

Amanda graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University.  She enjoys all aspects of being a Veterinarian and has a particular interest in Soft tissue and Orthopaedic surgery.  When she graduated she started her Veterinary work at the Wellington SPCA as a shelter veterinarian and since then has been working in […]

Ebony Futter »

Ebony qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2016 and is currently studying towards a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through Otago Polytechnic. Ebony joined the CareVets Johnsonville team in August 2018 after completing her clinical placement working alongside the clinical team. She has a keen interest in emergency and critical care nursing and enjoys monitoring and […]

Dr John Swney BVSc »

I was brought up on a dairy farm and from an early age, visits to the farm by the vet were occasions not to be missed.  These experiences, along with my liking for animals were undoubtedly the reasons I decided to become a vet.  After graduating as a vet in 1977 from Massey University I […]

Rachel Hay »

Hi, my name is Rachel. I’m originally from bonny Scotland which is which is where I got my qualification in 2006. I moved to Auckland with my husband in late 2007 and have worked in the Parnell clinic since May 2008. I have had many wonderful pets over the years including cats, rats, guinea-pigs and […]

Renee Saward »

Renee is the newest addition to our nursing team.  She graduated with the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing from Unitec in 2016 and spent the last two years working in a best practise accredited clinic in Auckland.  A lover of animals from an early age, Renee has owned a variety of pets, including; fish, budgerigars, guinea […]

Dr Anu Murthy BVSc »

Hello, my name is Dr. Anu Murthy and although I’m American, I completed veterinary school in Edinburgh, Scotland and I’ve been happily living in Auckland for the past eight years.  I truly do love New Zealand.  As you might imagine, I love to travel and explore new places in the world. I’ve worked in general […]

Raissa Koh »

My name is Raissa and I joined the Carevets team in early January of 2018. I have come with a bit of vet nursing background after working in a busy small animal practice, as well as some afterhours work too. I love working with animals, learning new things on the job and helping out clients […]

Shivarne Wakeley »

My name is Shivarne. I graduated from Unitec, Mt Albert with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in April 2015. I have always had a passion for animals from  a very young age and have strived to become a Vet Nurse since then.   I have grown up with dogs my whole life but I adore […]

Dr Justin Silcock BVSc »

Justin is driven to maximise wellness through sound patient advocacy.  He enjoys working alongside pet owners to develop customised and appropriate treatment strategies. Justin completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Massey University (NZ) in 2007, and has gained a wealth of experience working in NZ, Australia and the UK.  His key areas of interest […]

Dr Kate Holland BVSc »

Kate has a passion for preventative health care and medicine in small animals.  She graduated in 1996 and has practised in Marlborough, Auckland and Hawkes Bay over her veterinary career.  Kate moved to Hawkes Bay in 2005 and lives with her husband Richard, her two gorgeous daughters, her cats and  her ponies.  Kate enjoys spending […]

Faith Fleetwood »

Faith first came to the Johnsonville clinic in December 2017 on a clinical placement prior to starting an animal related course at Otago Polytechnic.  She enjoyed the friendly nature and team spirit of CareVets so much that she decided to interview for a position. Faith then joined the CareVets team in March 2018 as a […]

Dr Sara Ashby BVSc »

Sara graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University in 2016. While she enjoyed life on the coast and working as a small animal vet in Otaki, she was very excited to move back home to friends and family in Wellington and join the CareVets team in March 2018. Sara enjoys all aspects […]

Vicky Salisbury »

Vicky has had previous science study at Massey University and will soon continue those studies in July 2018 to become a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse. She previously worked at CareVets in 2012 and 2013 and loved working here so much, she came back! Vicky rejoined the team as a part time retail assistant in March […]

Delaney Neil DipVN »

Delaney, better known as Dee, joined the CareVets Johnsonville team in February 2018. She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2007, having completed her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at the Southern Institute of Technology. Following her studies she went on to gain amazing experience working at Waikiwi Veterinary Services in Invercargill. Dee spent several years […]

Liz Tukaroa CertVN »

Liz joined the Johnsonville team in October 2014 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2015 from Otago Polytechnic. Since returning from maternity leave, Liz has been assisting Caroline in the retail side of the clinic and is always on hand to provide clients with help and advice. She has an interest in Animal Welfare […]

Kyle Preston »

Kyle joined the CareVets Johnsonville team in April 2017 as a part time retail assistant. His love of all creatures great and small and his interest in animal welfare have made him a valued member of the team. Outside of work, Kyle can be found playing softball and golf with his friends, or rugby for […]

Chelsea Cameron »

Chelsea officially joined the CareVets team in December 2017 after completing a student placement, starting off at CareVets Johnsonville then transferring over to CareVets Wainuiomata to compliment the Veterinary Nursing team. Chelsea achieved her Animal Nursing Assistant Certificate in 2017 then went on to achieve her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through WelTec in 2018. Chelsea […]

Dr Astrid Russel-Smith BVSc »

Astrid graduated in the class of 2016 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University. She was excited to move back home to Wellington after several years of study in Palmerston North. Astrid has a particular love for working dogs and has a gorgeous blue merle Border Collie called Flynn, along with a smokey […]

Dr Clarinda Stirling BVSc »

Hi, my name is Clarinda. I grew up in Auckland and completed my Veterinary degree in 2005. I then moved to Australia and worked in a mixed practice for 18 months. I then worked at a Companion Animal practice for 5 years. I got to work with a large range of species at this clinic […]

Kathryn Alabaster »

Kathryn has been dog grooming since 2015 and is enjoying the one on one time she gets with the dogs.  She loves working with animals but dogs and horses are her specialty.  She is an avid showjumper and competes in this area on a regular basis.