Author Archive


Dr Petra Hall »

Petra is our senior vet at the Napier clinic. She earned her qualification in Hanover, Germany. She has over thirty years’ experience and has worked in companion animal medicine in Germany as well as New Zealand. Petra has a special interest in behavioural therapy, holistic animal care and loves to see all our wonderful clients […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Iva Young DipVN »

Iva joined the CareVets Porirua team in July 2017.  She successfully completed the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through Wellington Institute of Technology in 2018. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dr Anu Murthy BVSc »

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]