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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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!


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 sun on the back lawn or snuggling up with Zeina.

Harry is utterly convinced that he is a dog and doesn’t understand why he is in a cat’s body.


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 he has grown to be a beautiful boy and he is mostly found asleep on his snuggle at reception.


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 good fun, after all he is a cat!!

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 nature of veterinary nursing and really enjoys building relationships with her clients and patients.

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 highest level of care and respect.
I am the proud mother of a busy 3 year old boy, 2 dogs, 3 cats and a never ending rotation of bottle fed puppies and kittens. I have always adored animals of all shapes and sizes and know that this job is perfect for me!
I look forward to meeting you and your lovely furbabies.

Lisa Maiorova

Hi , my name is Lisa and I have been in the veterinary field for more than 10 years. I have a special interest in dermatology and internal medicine.
My family and I moved to this beautiful country 2.5 years ago.  I currently have a rescued Budgie which I have named Montserrat as she is extremely musical like M.Caballe, although I must say that cats are my weakness. 
I love my job and am very happy to be part of the CareVets family

Aiden Horner

Hello, my name is Aiden.  I graduated with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2015 and have been part of the CareVets team since May 2016.
I have a special interest in radiology, anesthesia and analgesics.

I have a dog named Dinky, who is a three legged Beagle. When I am not working at CareVets Glen Eden you could find me on the water competing in a variety of yacht races, walking the dog and hanging out with friends.

Naruia Pua-Tipokoroa


My name is Naruia and I have been a part of the CareVets team for over three years as a veterinary nurse.

In clinic I enjoy meeting the various pets that come through our doors as well as assisting in surgeries and monitoring anaesthetics.
Outside of work I spend most of my time with my rescue dog Nina, either running or playing at the park. 

I also have three cats: Gizmo , Twilight and Tiara.

Dr Petra Kordel BVSc

Hi, my name is Petra. I grew up in Hannover, Northern Germany where I also studied and graduated as a veterinarian. I spent nearly 10 years with my Kiwi partner in the U.K. working as a small animal veterinarian before moving to Auckland 11 years ago. We live locally with our 7 year old boy.

I joined the CareVets Glen Eden team 2 years ago as a part-time veterinarian. I enjoy looking after you and your pets working up each case individually with the support of a dedicated, caring team.

When I am not at work, I am busy with family life and trying to find time to enjoy the great New Zealand outdoors.


This is Bertie and he is Berend’s  Lutino Ringneck.
He visits the clinic when Berend is working and can be found brightening up the waiting room.

He loves chatting to his mirror and letting out a loud screech when all is quiet giving everyone quite a scare!!


This is Nero and he is head of security at CareVets Glen Eden.  At 75kg he is the real deal !!

He loves  to play tug and his favourite trick is spreading drool all over everyone’s uniforms.

He is also our resident blood donor and lives with Zeina, Piper and Amanda.

Dr Gregor Schubel BVSc

I’m the new vet in the team. I grew up locally and love the client base here; hopefully some of you know me already!
I enjoy seeing exotic animals and I love doing a good job at fixing up your pets problems.

I have a Jack Russel/Fox terrier cross named Daisy who I picked up during vet school and I wish I could bring her to work more often.

I like outdoors activities and I make my way around the north island hiking a few times a month, and failing that, I head out kayaking in the harbors to burn some energy. 


Elspeth Malloch

Hi I’m Elspeth,

I gained my vet nursing qualification at Unitec and started working at the Parnell clinic in 2005.
I live with my husband, our 2 children, our tabby cat “George”and Hungarian vizsla “Holly”.

Since the pets in my family are very important family members, I understand how important the care of your pet is to you.  Also being a mum I understand how busy it can be juggling the pets and the children.

I enjoy taking time to get to know our clients to be able to give advise relevant to you and your pet.

Anna Wollner

Anna qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2015 from Otago Polytechnic and has worked in small animal practice in and around the Wellington area since.
Anna joined the Care Vets Johnsonville team in April 2016 and particularly enjoys interacting with our clients and their pets. She has a keen interest in canine behaviour and clinical nutrition and is always keen to learn more so she can offer advice to our clients.
In her spare time, Anna likes to spend time at the gym and can often be found out and about with her two dogs, Machete and Inca.

Hannah Marchal

My name is Hannah, I have been working as a vet nurse for CareVets Takanini since early February 2017.
I graduated with my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in December last year. I moved up to Takanini all the way from sunny old Napier as I couldn’t find my dream job there.
Since being in Auckland I have found a sense of belonging and look forward to my future with the CareVets team.

I have always had a passion for animals even before I could talk! I have four fur babies back in Napier.
I also have a young horse called Pringle who is as enthusiastic as me and always keeps me on my toes!

In my spare time I enjoy a crafty project, especially on those rainy days when I can’t ride my horse.

Dr Jennifer Seah BVSc

Hi my name is Dr. Jennifer Marie Seah, I studied and graduated for my Vet degree at Massey University as an international student from Singapore and was part of the 50th Anniversary Graduating Class.

I spent the next two years practicing in Singapore and spending time with my family, especially with the senior animal members of the household with whom I had grown up with. I have a soft spot for “mutts” and strays especially because I have found them to make great companions with awesome quirks. In managing my “senior citizens” at home, I have found a passion for using a holistic approach (animal-owner-family as a unit) with multi-modal therapies to animal care in order to allow for the best levels of welfare and quality of life.

I have a substitute pet in NZ- my 93 Prelude which allows me to chase sunsets to the shores of beautiful beaches here.