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 with their furry companions!

When I’m not at work, you would probably find me at the dog park with my South Auckland Staffy, Melo.

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 all furry animals big and small.

In my down time I like to spend time with my family, I enjoy listening to music and watching movies.

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 include diagnostic imaging, cardiorespiratory and preventative medicine. He is dedicated to finding the best possible treatment solutions for his patients.

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 time with her family, biking, horse-riding and also spending time with extended family in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.

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 part time retail assistant. She is currently studying Animal care and biology with the hopes of furthering her career in the Animal Health and Welfare Industry by continuing onto a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing.

Outside of work Faith can be found at the Ohariu Valley stables tending to her horses and/or spending time with her nieces and nephews.

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 of veterinary science and has a particular interest in feline medicine.

Outside of work she likes to head for the hills and is looking forward to exploring the many walkways and tracks Wellington has to offer – with her greyhound Peaches in tow!

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 2018, and her passion for animal care and welfare makes her a welcomed member of the team.

At home she has one very mischievous cat and one very energetic daughter. She has had lots of hands-on experience  with animals including small animals, cattle and horses. Vicky loves to go for bush walks and the beach is her favorite place!

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 working in mixed animal practice in the South Island before moving to Wellington in 2016. She is passionate about pets and is especially interested in feline behaviour and small animal nutrition.

Outside of work, Dee enjoys travelling, diving and spending time with family and friends.

CareVets Remuera


5 Norana Avenue, Remuera, Auckland 1050

Phone: (09) 520 1647

Fax: (09) 523 1760

Email: reception@remvets.co.nz


Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday: 8.00am to 6.00pm

Saturday: 9.00am to 2.00pm

Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed


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  • Health Checks
  • Vaccinations
  • Microchipping
  • General Surgery
  • Specialists Referrals
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Desexing
  • Dentistry
  • In-House Laboratory Diagnostics
  • Digital X-Ray
  • Pet Food and Accessories
  • Knowledgeable Friendly Staff



Dr Colin Hill, BVSc

Dr Louise Harvey, BVSc

Dr Gina Voglar, BVSc



Emma Smith

Rachel Burt


Administration ⁄ Management

Angela Hill



Rachael Longson

Tania Turner

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 and client education, and enjoys finding out about new products as they come on the market so she is able to recommend the most up-to-date information and pet trends to her customers.
Liz has a cat and dog of her own at home and fully admits the cat rules the house! In her spare time, Liz enjoys spending time with her children and her pets.

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 a number of different local teams. Kyle currently has a cat of his own called Boost, and would like to add some more pets to his family sometime in the future.

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, one day she would like to follow her dream and work with Elephant Rescue in Africa.
In her own time, Chelsea can be found enjoying various outdoor activities including surfing, snowboarding, long-boarding, mountain biking, kayaking and scuba diving! Travelling is also a favoured hobby of Chelsea’s and she is always planning her next adrenaline fuelled holiday.
She currently has two pets of her own; a Labrador called Maddie and a kitten called Loki.

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 has a gorgeous blue merle Border Collie called Flynn along with a smokey grey rescue kitten called Wookiee – a recent addition to the household. She is trying very hard not to add more critters to the collection!In her free timeshe enjoys hiking and exploring different spots around the North Island.

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 including Cats, Dogs, Birds, Reptiles, Wildlife and Amphibians such as frogs. I returned to New Zealand in 2013 and have been working with Companion Animals since.

I enjoy working as a Veterinarian and love working with all Companion Animals, interacting with my clients and being part of a caring team. I believe in practicing best practice for all the animals that I see and helping owners to have healthy and happy bonds with their pets.

I currently live with my 2 fur babies Minka and Salem who are domestic shorthaired cats. When I’m not working I enjoy arts and crafts and socialising with family and friends.

I look forward to meeting you and your pet.

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 experience during the illness of a pet.

I love all companion animals and believe in a gentle, loving approach as part of helping them feel better on all levels. I will be very happy to meet you and your pet soon.

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 the U.S. and Singapore before moving to New Zealand in August 2017 where he took on the role of Lead Veterinary Surgeon in our Johnsonville clinic.
When he is not at work, Jai loves to play tennis and spend time with his family.

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 and wellness of their much loved pets.

Kate has many furry family members of her own, including a tiny Chihuahua called Cheech, a bunny, three cats, 4 quail, two mice and four fish. When not at work, Kate enjoys spending her time gardening, writing, and spending time with her husband and two step-children.

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 in August 1991 and have been here ever since. I worked at Chartwell many years ago as a Orthopaedic Specialist Nurse, so I am familiar with the clinic.

I am the Consulting Nurse, and have a particular interest in behaviour, especially cats – kitten kindy and puppy preschool, nutrition, senior pet stages and post – operative care. I like to use low stress handling techniques for all cats and recognise they are very different to dogs. I enjoy engaging with the clients and using my skills to educate and inform.

Most of my career in NZ has been as a Veterinary Nursing tutor at Wintec. I was the Program Manager there for many years so have a strong teaching background. I am involved with Vetstart at Massey helping to transition the new Vet students into student/Vet life. More recently I worked in rural mixed practice in Te Kuiti as clinic manager, mentor to 2 new Grad Vets and senior Veterinary Nurse. We live on a lifestyle block outside Te Awamutu, and I breed Arabian horses on a small scale. My husband Neil is the Dairy Resource Manager for the DCV/NZVA and a large animal Veterinarian at Vetora.

We have 3 children, one a Geologist, one is an international Polo player/helicopter pilot based in the UK and our youngest is at Hamilton Girls High School – year 13 and is off to study Law at Auckland University next year.

We have a variety of animals which keep us busy! I am fit and active and enjoy road and mountain biking, walking and being involved with Endurance riding.

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 hands of our clinic.

I live in West Auckland with my son and golden retriever, Bailee.

Outside of vet nurse life I enjoy spending time with my son, sport and fitness, going out for meals, live bands and all things music.  

CareVets Albany closing indefinitely on Friday the 8th September 2017

Transit NZ are making changes to the highway and on ramp at Paul Matthews Road in early 2018, and the road will ultimately make its way through our Albany clinic. This has all happened very quickly, therefore we have regrettably been forced to close our doors.

We expect that this comes as unfortunate news, but be assured that we are committed to guarantee your pets continue to get the care they deserve and need.

While we have been unsuccessful in finding a suitable location to relocate our clinic, we have found what we believe to be a good solution for you, your pet(s) and our team given the situation we are faced with.

We have entered into an agreement with PetStock, at 10 Constellation Drive, which is only 3 km from our current clinic location. They have agreed to employ, head vet Dr. Kevin Mansell (BVSc), Dr. Greg Stanaway (BVSc), and the same nurses so we can continue providing you with the veterinary services you have become accustomed to.

All your pet’s medical records will be transferred to PetStock, including reminders for vaccinations and health checks to make this change as seamless and hassle free as possible, even our phone number (09) 414 1010 will stay the same.

The PetStock Vet clinic is very modern, with all the latest equipment and in-house diagnostics. It is also located within the PetStock store, with a groomer on site, and plenty of free parking for your convenience. The onsite team are lovely, sharing the same philosophy to satisfy and delight customers just as we do at CareVets.

We truly believe you will continue to be well looked after.

The gradual transition will be made over the next three weeks. We will be able to schedule appointments required after the 8th of September at PetStock from our Albany clinic leading up to the closing date of Friday 8th September 2017.

Best wishes and looking forward to seeing you,

From the Team at CareVets Albany (Albany Animal Doctors)

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