CareVets Kilbirnie

CareVets Kilbirnie has a suite of medical, diagnostic and surgical facilities along with a range of pet food and supplies. Our friendly local team can help with a sore tooth, a mystery lump, an itchy paw and everything in between. We also offer assistance with Australian Exports.


35 Mahora Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6022
Phone: (04) 387 3622
Or contact us here.

Opening Hours:

Monday8:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday8:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday8:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday8:00am – 7:00pm
Friday8:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday9:00am – 3:00pm
Public HolidaysCLOSED

If you require veterinary attention outside of our opening hours please contact your nearest After Hours Vet:
Wellington After Hours Vet Clinic: 04 473 7545

Our Team:

Dr Claire Hanley
Dr Linda Broad
BVSc BSc (Hons)

Linda originally studied at Victoria University in Wellington and achieved a BSc in Biochemistry / BSc (Hons) Physiology before returning to academia and gaining her Veterinary qualification, graduating in 1988 from Massey University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Linda was the original owner of Kilbirnie Animal Health Centre & Cattery before joining 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 management. 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.

Dr Sofia Chowdry
Dr Kellam Bayley
BVSc MVSc(dist) CertVOphthal MANZCVS Dip ECVO
Specialist Veterinary Opthalmologist – Pet Eye Care

Dr Bayley graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University in 2006. He then went on to work as a mixed practice Veterinarian in Southern Waikato for several years before moving to the UK. During his early career he had already developed a special interest in Ophthalmology, and he took this further while overseas by completing his Royal College of Veterinary Scientists Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2011. On returning to New Zealand he worked in companion animal practice, before beginning his residency training with mentor Dr Tony Read at Veterinary Ophthalmic Referrals in Adelaide. During his residency training Dr Bayley was awarded a Master of Veterinary Science with distinction from Massey University. He completed his ECVO residency training in 2018 and went on to pass his ECVO diplomate board examinations in early 2019.

Dr Bayley is recognised by Dogs NZ (formerly New Zealand Kennel Club) to perform eye screening and certification for inherited eye disease. He is active in teaching both undergraduate and masters students at Massey University and continuing ophthalmic research. He has presented at national and international Veterinary conferences. He is an associate member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and has served as examiner for his chapter. He is on the editorial board for Veterinary Ophthalmology, an international journal.

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Clinic Coordinator

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. Linda 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.

Lead Veterinary Nurse
Veterinary Nurse

Kaukau graduated from Otago Polytechnic with her Diploma of Vet Nursing in 2022/23. She began nursing in 2020 and joined the CareVets team in Jan 2023. Kaukau enjoys meeting clients and their pets and has an interest in laboratory work and emergency and hospital care. At home she has a cat, Lily, and in her spare time enjoys crocheting, yoga and spending time with her friends.

Veterinary Nurse
Veterinary Nurse

Tyla graduated and got her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2022. She joined the team at Carevets Kilbirnie in 2020. Tyla enjoys anaesthesia, cytology and supporting her patients through their recovery journey in clinic. She has a keen interest in marine biology and anything that involves the ocean. She is very passionate about client education to help ensure every animal receives the best care throughout all life stages. Tyla has two cats at home that are both rescues and are spoilt rotten. She loves food and anything outdoorsy, her favourite past time is relaxing outside in the sun with friends.

Veterinary Nurse

Una qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2018, achieving a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through Weltec. She joined the CareVets Kilbirnie team in September 2018. Una enjoys being able to work with a range of animals and loves learning new skills relating to her job. She particularly enjoys encountering different situations and learning how to comfort and support her clients and their pets. Una has an interest in wildlife conservation and enjoys the challenges that nursing wildlife patients presents. In her spare time, Una likes to read, draw and paint. She also enjoys practicing martial arts.


Molly joined Carevets Kilbirnie in July 2021, having worked in Veterinary clinics since 2018. She greets all our clients with enthusiasm and a smile and enjoys interacting with them and their pets. Molly enjoys socialising with friends on her downtime, watching crime thrillers and reading a good book.