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.

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 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 has a special interest in nursing trauma and critical care patients, but also enjoys surgical nursing and assisting with medical diagnostics.
In her spare time, Chelsea can be found enjoying various outdoor activities including surfing, snowboarding, long-boarding and mountain biking, or relaxing with friends at the beach. She currently has two pets of her own; a Maltese called Ardi and a cat called Loki.

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 grey rescue kitten called Wookiee – the most recent addition to the household. She is trying very hard not to add more critters to the collection! Astrid enjoys working in general practice and has a particular passion for medicine cases.
In her spare time, she 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.