Holly Trimmer Cert Animal Tech

Holly joined the CareVets Kapiti team in July 2018 as a part-time receptionist, and she also assists our nursing team to look after our hospitalised patients. Holly achieved a Certificate in Animal Technology in 2018 through Weltec and enjoys using the knowledge she has learned during the course to help nurse our patients back to full health and educate our clients, making it a positive experience for all involved.
She has a special interest in companion animal behaviour and management of chronic illnesses and likes working alongside our Vets to ensure patient comfort at all times.

Holly currently has one cat of her own called Oscar. When not working with the CareVets team, Holly likes to keep busy and can often be found volunteering her services at The Nest Te Kohanga at Wellington Zoo.

Haley Kempton DipVN

Haley qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2017, achieving a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from UCOL, and joined the CareVets Kapiti team in August 2018.
Haley enjoys looking after all the animals under her care and getting to know all of our clients. She also loves the fact that she learns something new every day working with the CareVets veterinary team.

Haley has always had animals in her life and currently has two dogs, Ellie and Kodie, and two turtles. In her spare time, Haley enjoys spending time outdoors walking with her dogs and spending time with friends and family.

Rachael Read DipVN

Rachael achieved a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 1999 after completing her training at Massey University. After many years of working in the profession Rachel brought her wealth of knowledge to the CareVets Kapiti team, joining us in July 2018 as Clinic Manager.
Rachael enjoys all aspects of her job, but particularly enjoys working with the great team she has, working with animals, and she particularly enjoys the technical side of being a Veterinary Nurse. She has a special interest in surgical nursing and enjoys upskilling her nursing team, teaching them various skills that she has learned and perfected over the years.

At home, Rachel has Riley, a Labrador x Staffy, Nina, a domestic short haired cat, and Cookie, a cockatiel, to keep her busy. When not leading the team, Rachael likes to spend her time playing golf, cycling, and socialising with friends and family.

Dr Denita Rodrigues

Hi, My name is Denita. I am one of the Veterinarians at CareVets Mt Wellington.  I graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree in 2012 and joined the CareVets team in 2017.

My interests are Soft Tissue Surgery and Internal Medicine.

I spend my free time with my family and our Cavoodle, Lola.

Linda Inkpen

Linda achieved her Class 1 Veterinary Technician qualification through the Royal Army Veterinary Corp in the British Army in 1994. After relocating to New Zealand, Linda settled in Wellington and joined the CareVets Kilbirnie team in November 2015 as Clinic Manager. Linda is responsible for the smooth running of the clinic and enjoys interacting with staff and clients who come through the doors. She also likes to keep her hand in on her clinical work and has a special interest in emergency medicine and surgery cases. She also has an interest in companion animal behaviour and is able to offer advice to clients in need.
In her spare time, Linda enjoys relaxing at home reading, watching movies and knitting or socialising with friends and playing squash. She also enjoys camping and travel, and spending time with her cat and three dogs.

Dr Sara Ashby BVSc

Sara graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University in 2016. Although 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 Kilbirnie team in March 2017. 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!

Dr Luke Haydock BVSc

Luke graduated with the class of 2016 from Massey University having achieved his Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Distinction, and joined the CareVets Kilbirnie Vet team in December 2016. Luke particularly enjoys working with challenging cases, watching his patients getting better and reuniting them with their owners. Luke has a specific interest in performing surgery and is working on expanding his orthopaedic skill set.
Luke currently has a cat of his own, Delilah, who he rescued from our Johnsonville clinic after she had been abandoned. In his spare time, Luke likes to hit the gym to lift some weights before heading home to watch American football and drink a couple of craft beers. He also enjoys socialising with friends, playing video games, board games and reading.

Jason Harris CertVN

Jason achieved his certificate in Veterinary Nursing through Weltec in Petone and joined the CareVets Kilbirnie team in October 2016. He now splits his time between our Kilbirnie and Wainuiomata clinics. Jason enjoys all aspects of his job, but particularly enjoys nursing emergency trauma cases and sharing success stories of animals surviving overwhelming odds. Jason has a special interest in veterinary diagnostics, surgery, and feline medicine – he has a bit of a soft spot for elderly cats!
During his spare time, Jason likes to relax at home and loves nothing better than spending time reading a good book, listening to music or sitting in-front of the TV. He also enjoys a bit of DIY and home renovation. Jason has a number of pets at home including three cats, Puss, Queen and Belle, two goldfish, Fish and Chips, and two axolotls, Gwok and Molly.

Laura Kaan DipVN

Laura is the head nurse at CareVets Kilbirnie and qualified in 2013 after achieving her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through UCOL in Palmerston North, and joined the CareVets Kilbirnie team in November 2016.
Laura has a particular interest in emergency and critical care nursing and enjoys the challenges each new case presents. She also enjoys mentoring junior nurses and students who rotate through the clinic, sharing her knowledge and teaching the clinical skills she has learned herself during her time in the veterinary profession.
When not at work, Laura likes to keep active by going for walks with her dog, Rufus, or flying high and training trapeze. She also enjoys attending old car events, sewing for her own business, socialising with friends, and relaxing with her two cats, Bow and Sprocket.

Sam Wilding DipVN

Sam achieved her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through UCOL in Palmerston North and joined the CareVets Kilbirnie team soon after qualifying in June 2018. Sam loves every aspect of her job from nursing the most challenging of cases right down to cleaning the clinic. She has a particular interest in nursing geriatric feline patients and helping her clients care for their elderly pets.
During her spare time, Sam enjoys taking part in a number of activities including running, netball, bush walking, swimming and water-skiing, or spending time with friends. Sam also enjoys spending time with her own pets and currently has four cats and a dog.

Dr Linda Broad BVSc


Linda originally studied at Victoria University of Wellington and achieved a BSc in Biochemistry / BSc (Hons) Physiology before returning to academia and gaining her veterinary qualification, graduating with the year of 1988 from Massey University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science.  Linda was the original owner of Kilbirnie Animal Health Centre & Cattery before selling to CareVets in November 2015, and thankfully, she stayed with us!
Linda really enjoys forming relationships with her clients and their pets and has been fortunate enough to establish long-term relationships with many of her clients over the many years she had been based in Kilbirnie.  Linda is particularly interested in oncology, soft tissue surgery and pain mangement. 

She currently has quite the collection of animals at home, including a pack of Curly Coated Retrievers, cats, goats, pigs, cows, chickens, ducks & geese.  In her spare time, Linda breeds and shows her Curly Coated Retrievers and also enjoys gardening and cooking.

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 hospitalized patients and cattery boarders and ensures they have a comfortable stay, making their care and welfare her top priority. Iva also enjoys assisting our vets with surgical procedures and is always keen to learn from the supportive nursing team.
In her spare time, Iva enjoys being active and spends a lot of her time walking the tracks of greater Wellington, playing volleyball and practicing yoga. She is also a regular volunteer at the Wellington SPCA. After a long day of work or outdoor activities, Iva loves nothing better than relaxing at home and watching the latest shows on Netflix.

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 enjoys being able to help her clients care for their pets through client education.
In her spare time, Mikayla attends Church and is involved with various youth groups. She also enjoys going for walks and spending time with her husband and their lovely Blue Heeler, Azura.

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 in canine behaviour and is able to offer clients advice based on her years of experience and training.
Sarah likes to spend her spare time with her own pets, Penny the Labrador and Emma the Chihuahua, going for walks and relaxing at home.

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 with them.
When I’m not at work I like to spend time with my husband and 3 daughters.   It’s a busy household full of rescued &
re-homed dogs & cats but we love every minute.

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 outdoors and study Zoology. In her spare time, Ela enjoys drawing and is an avid reader. She also cares for her own creatures at home, including two cats, two rabbits, the world’s largest guinea pig and several large fish tanks of tropical fish, which she has always harboured a special interest for.

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 small animal clinics around the Wellington region.  She has done post graduate study towards a Masters of Veterinary Medicine and completed papers in Orthopaedic Surgery, Soft Tissue Surgery and Ophthalmology.  Amanda works part time in the Johnsonville CareVets and also works in the Porirua CareVets on Saturdays.
When she is not at work she is taking care of her energetic pre-schooler.

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 nursing of all the different types of animals who come through the clinic.

In her spare time, Ebony enjoys going for walks along the Wellington waterfront and spending time at home with her two cats, Tacobella and Monkey.

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 moved to the Franklin District, where I thoroughly enjoy life as a vet.

Outside of work, my interests include playing farmer on our lifestyle block, motorsport, collecting vintage Tonka toys and making wooden toys for our young grandsons. Without doubt my favourite pastime is spending time with my wife Dee at our beach house or touring the highways together in our classic 1993 Mini Cooper visiting family and friends or just checking out what’s around the next corner.

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 a truly fabulous rabbit!
Although I don’t have pets at the moment, I am kept busy with my 4 year old son and 1 year old daughter who never cease to amaze (and exhaust!) me!
I love being part of a caring, dedicated team and enjoy enriching that special bond between owner and pet with care and advice.

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 pigs and rabbits as well as cats and dogs. 
In her free time you can find her walking her dogs Kaiser and Tosca, developing her culinary skills, travelling and snapping pics for Instagram.  

Dr Anu Murthy BVSc

Dr Anu Murthy

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 practice for most of my career but have also worked in emergency practice too!  I have a passion for medicine cases and keeping up with the latest pain management protocols and techniques to help keep our furry friends as pain free as possible. 
You may see a Cavalier King Charles hanging around my office some days, he is my boy Fozzy, and he is the absolute cutest!  Come by and see me with your furry friends.

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.