Staff Bios


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 joined the CareVets Johnsonville team in December 2017 after completing a student placement at our Wainuiomata clinic. She gained her Veterinary Nursing Certificate in 2017 and will soon be returning to college to study towards her post-graduate Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Chelsea has a special interest in trauma cases and nursing critical patients, however, […]

Dr Astrid Russel-Smith BVSc »

Astrid graduated in the class of 2016 with a Bachelor or Veterinary Science from Massey University. She was excited to move home to Wellington after several years of study in Palmerston North.  Astrid enjoys working in general practice and has a particular passion for medicine cases. Astrid has a particular love for working dogs and […]

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. 

Adrienne Rowsell »

Adrienne learnt to groom in 1997 and is a qualified hairdresser too!  Showing and breeding  her prize winning Griffons is a big part of her passion. She is happy to answer any enquires and pricing can be given on stripping certain breeds coats.

Amy Bennett »

Hi I’m Amy.  I have a passion for animals and working with their owners.  I will be furthering my career by studying to attain my veterinary nursing diploma in 2018.  I love staying active with my two dogs Rex and Diesel.  

Dr Alexandra Hill BVSc »

Hi, I’m Alexandra, and I am a vet from Australia who qualified in 2003 from Melbourne University.  I then worked in companion animal practices in London, Canberra and Sydney. I have also qualified and work as a psychotherapist and counselor, having been drawn to learn more about helping people through difficult times, such as they […]

Dr Jai Ho Chang DVM »

Jai graduated from City College of New York in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. He then went on to study Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2014. He spent the first couple of years of his career working at clinics in […]

Kate Railton-Jacks »

Kate joined the CareVets team in 2016 and qualified as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant in November 2017. She has a passion for animal welfare, companion animal nutrition and holistic health care. Kate particularly enjoys interacting with our clients and their pets and is able to assist our customers with any queries relating to the care […]

Stephanie MacPherson »

Hi I’m Steph and the new team member at Carevets Chartwell. I am a UK trained and qualified Veterinary Nurse and have a Certificate in Adult Teaching and Education. I have been in the industry for 30 odd years, having worked in the UK and Australia with my Veterinarian husband Neil. We came to NZ […]

Briana Kerr »

Hello, my name is Briana Kerr.  I am a Vet Nursing student and I am currently working at CareVets Te Atatu. At home I have 2 dogs and I enjoy playing football.

Vanja Priestley-Nigh »

Hi, my name is Vanja and I gained my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2012 studying at Unitec. I have been working for CareVets Parnell as the surgical nurse since February 2017. I enjoy the challenge of surgical nursing and ensuring all patients are provided with optimum care, pain relief and comfort whilst in the […]

Emma Thorne »

Hi my name is Emma, I graduated from Unitec with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2015. I began working for CareVets as a Veterinary Nurse in 2014.  At home, I have a laid back, older Border Collie called Hazel and two cats, Rupert and Peggy, who think they own me!

Harry »

This is Harry and he is our 3 legged clinic cat.  He was brought in as a very sick stray kitten and it took months for him to fully recover.  Due to his poor start in life he is very small and is also a very shy boy. He spends his days lying in the […]

Seleo »

This is Sealo and he is one of our resident cats.  He came in as a new born kitten and after being successfully hand reared was put up for adoption.  We don’t know why but he didn’t get adopted but we decided to keep him as another one of our clinic cats. As you can see […]

Mork »

Mork is our permanent cattery resident and has been with us for a number of years. He looks forward to his dad visiting and loves being brushed. He keeps a watchful eye out in the cattery and  makes  sure everyone is settled and happy.  He occasionally swipes at the nurses but it is all in […]

Natalie Miller »

Nat has been a veterinary nurse at CareVets Hamilton South for the past year and a half. She has a special interest in dog behavior and currently co-directs the puppy preschools offered by our Rototuna and Hamilton South branches. She lives with her partner, two German Shepherds and a cat in Hamilton. She loves the hands on […]

Georgia Bayly »

I’ve been working with the CareVets team for the last 3 years and recently accepted the role of Head Veterinary Nurse at the Hamilton South Clinic. I have a strong interest in dentistry and advanced surgical nursing. I enjoy all aspects of being a vet nurse and am very passionate about providing animals with the […]