Staff Bios


Dr Berend Westera »

Hi, my name is Berend and I have been with CareVets since 2016. I enjoy working with all sorts of animals, having worked as a Zoo vet for many years. I look after the birds at NZ Bird Rescue as well as the wildlife at Butterfly Creek. I enjoy seeing birds, reptiles, rabbits and rodents […]

Chloe Jones »

Chloe has been with us since 2016. She has two dogs and a female ginger cat but would take all the animals home with her if she could!

Natalie Christensen »

Natalie (Natt) achieved her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through UCOL in Palmerston North in 2014. She joined the CareVets team in June 2019 as a full-time senior Veterinary Nurse. Natt enjoys the hands on role with animals and their owners and loves being able to build a rapport with both of them. She has a […]

Kerri Richards »

Kerri achieved her NZCAT (New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology – Vet Nursing) from Eastern Institute of Technology in 2016. She joined the CareVets Kapiti team in December 2018. Kerri enjoys all aspects of nursing but especially enjoys dealing with the neonates that come into the clinic and supportive care to hospitalised patients. Kerri has […]

Nicole Harrington »

Nicole moved from Auckland to the Hawke’s Bay in 2014 and has been part of the CareVets team since 2017. She has a Certificate in Animal Care, Certificate in Animal Technology and a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She loves taking her dogs Eli and Kirby to the beautiful Hawke’s Bay beaches and parks.

Chloe Yee »

Chloe is a recent graduate with a BVTech. She joined the CareVets Mt Wellington team in May 2019.

Dr Gina Robinson DVM »

Gina graduated from Kansas State University, achieving her DVM qualification in 1997. Gina joined the CareVets Porirua team in March 2019 as Senior Veterinarian, bringing more than twenty years of experience working in the Veterinary profession with her. Gina loves having the opportunity to improve the lives of her patients and their owners every day. […]

Dr Robyn de Lange »

Originally from Hamilton, Robyn completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences at Massey University in Palmerston North. In her spare time she loves to go skiing as well as sailing at the local beaches.

Leigh Akuhata-Brown »

Leigh is currently studying to be a vet nurse. When Leigh is not caring for your pets and greeting you on reception she is a photographer and helps out on the farm. She also loves anything ‘horsey’ and spending time with her family and many pets!

Vicky McKay »

Vicky is a familiar face who has been on reception at CareVets Gisborne since 2012. She enjoys taking her dog Scooby for walks on the beach at sunset.

Rena Van Diest »

Rena is a qualified veterinary nurse and has been working in vet care since 2012. She has one dog that is her baby. Rena enjoys getting out in nature and exploring!

Dr Alyse Stewart, BVSc »

Alyse completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Massey University in 2012. Since graduating, she has lived in Gisborne practicing as a mixed animal and now a companion animal veterinarian. She has a special interest in working dogs. She enjoys travelling, running and spending time with her husband, two dogs and five cats!

Zaria Haggland »

Zaria graduated from Otago Polytechnic in 2017, the same year she joined the CareVets team. In her spare time she enjoys doing DIY on her house and hanging out with her furbabies!

Jaimee Treloar »

Jaimee lives on a sheep and beef station with her partner, two cats, four working dogs and a Kunekune pig! She has been nursing since the beginning of 2017 when she joined the CareVets team. In her spare time you will find Jaimee out on the farm, hunting, fishing or immersed in a DIY project.

Lydia Adams »

Lydia has recently moved to New Zealand from Australia and is loving living in Napier. She has been vet nursing since 2008 after graduating in Bankstown Tafe and has a special interest in feline medicine. Lydia has two dogs at home, French Bulldog Dudley and Kelpie x Australian Cattle Dog x Wolf Hound Eddy. In […]

Dr Teresa Lee DVM »

Dr Teresa Lee started with our CareVets team in January 2019. Teresa graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2003. She has worked as a veterinarian for many years in the United States and Hong Kong in both private practice and animal shelters. Teresa has a special interest in snorkeling, snowboarding, hiking, literature and […]

Dr. Melissa McMiken BVSc »

I graduated from Massey University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. I have since enjoyed working in various small animal practices around Auckland, and joined the team in February 2019 after having my second son. I have two pussycats, a grey and brown Maine Coon, Kitty Babushka, and a little black domestic medium […]

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 […]