CareVets Gisborne

CareVets Gisborne has a suite of medical, diagnostic and surgical facilities along with a range of pet food and supplies. Our friendly team can help with a sore tooth, a mystery lump, an itchy paw and everything in between.


151 Ormond Road, Whataupoko, Gisborne 4010
Phone: (06) 867 7387
Or contact us here.

Opening Hours:

Monday8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday9:00am – 12:00pm
Public HolidaysCLOSED

We are available for emergencies outside of our opening hours – please call 021 548 387 for our on call Veterinarian.

Our Team:

Dr Alex Kempson

Alex trained as a Veterinarian in the UK and moved to Gisborne to work for CareVets around 2015. He has two young sons with his partner and they love the Gisborne lifestyle. In his spare time, when not spending it with family, Alex enjoys surfing, jujitsu and going to the gym, among other things.

Dr Loren Cribb
Dr Nadia Stander

After getting her Bachelor of Veterinary Science in Australia, Nadia was excited to come home to Gisborne and start working. She has been at CareVets since February 2022 and has enjoyed her time here so much. Nadia is interested in all small animal medicine, but especially opthalmology. When not at the clinic, Nadia is usually at home with her husband, dog (Dusty) and cat (Wally), soaking up the Gizzy weather and getting some painting or other crafts done. She also enjoy going to music events and playing a bit of music herself, when she gets the chance.

Clinic Coordinator

Rhonda joined CareVets in January 2021 as Receptionist/Administrator/Assistant to the Clinic Coordinator. Her main motivation for applying for the job was her love of animals. It’s the most rewarding job she’s held, and she is now lucky enough to have the opportunity to cover maternity leave as Clinic Coordinator. Rhonda is loving the challenge and having more involvement in the day to day running of the clinic. Her favourite part of any day is getting to cuddle the puppies that come in for their vaccinations! At home, her husband and her foster animals for the SPCA and have 3 dogs and a cat of their own, all of who are rescues.

Acting Lead Veterinary Nurse

Emma has worked with CareVets since 2021 as a Veterinary Nurse. In her spare time she builds engines for her motorsport cars, and spends time at home with her 2 Labradors, 2 rescue cats and 12 chickens! Her favourite part of being a Veterinary Nurse is helping with interesting after hours cases.

Veterinary Nurse

Hayla started working at CareVets in July 2022. Her hobbies include horse riding, playing video games, fostering animals and cuddling her cat. She has a cat and a leopard gecko.

Veterinary Nurse

Hayley came to work at CareVets in 2020 while studying to become a veterinary nurse after a change in career from shepherding. She’s always loved animals and knew she wanted to work with them in some way since a young age. She lives with her partner and son on a lifestyle block with Casper the cat, 8 work dogs and 4 horses. She loves to take her horse to the beach for a ride in her spare time and help out on the farm with the dogs.

Veterinary Nurse

Kaz is excited to be back at CareVets after having a few years off. Her and her partner have two children together, a son and a daughter, who both love animals as much as she does. Kaz currently has five rescue animals, two dogs and three cats. She completed her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing back in 2005 and has a particular interest in working dogs and nursing emergency trauma cases.

Veterinary Nurse

Lesli immigrated from Canada to join our team. She graduated from the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, Canada with a Diploma in Veterinary Technology. After working in large animal medicine for two years she switched to small animal for a new challenge, and hasn’t looked back. She takes an interest in surgery and medical cases, taking pride in offering the best patient care. Lesli has two fur-babies, a cattle dog named Chevy and a cat named Itty Bitty. In her free time she enjoys hiking and landscape photography.


Vicky has worked for CareVets for over 10 years since the clinic first opened in Gisborne as “PetVets on Ballance”. She loves her job and enjoys the interaction with our clients and their fur babies, most of whom she has got to know well over the years.

Veterinary Nurse

Since graduating from Massey University with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2009, Sarah has worked in various mixed and companion animal clinics around both New Zealand and Australia. Sarah is passionate about animal welfare and strives to deliver a high standard of patient care. She lives on her own little farm with her partner and their cheeky daughter. Sarah lives and breathe animals – she has pigs, chickens, cows, dogs, cats and many horses. In her spare time, she is a keen equestrian, often attending local competitions. Her main side kick is Joey, the ‘almost’ famous blue heeler – he and Sarah have had many adventures together over the years.