Staff Bios


Ruana Crawshaw »

Ruana joined CareVets Johnsonville in January 2022 as a retail assistant and brought her enthusiasm and love for animals to the team. She loves working alongside her colleagues to provide the best customer service to our clients and to work with our clients to provide the best care for their pets. Ruana’s aim is to […]

Dr Ellen Callaghan »

Ellen graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 from University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland and worked predominantly as a small animal Vet for four years before making the journey to New Zealand. She joined the CareVets Johnsonville team in November 2021 and fitted in instantly. As well as working with all the […]

Ashleigh Low »

Ashleigh joined the team at CareVets Johnsonville in January 2022 as a retail assistant. Prior to joining the team, she actually completed a degree in acting, and then worked in various retail and customer service roles. Ashleigh just loves meeting all our clients and their animals and making sure they are well looked after during […]

Mikaela Weijers »

Mikaela qualified at the end of 2021 with a New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through Otago and WelTec Polytechnic, joining the CareVets Johnsonville team in October of the same year. Mikaela loves interacting with clients and helping them to provide the best possible care for their much loved pets. She has a particular interest […]

Olivia Macadam »

Olivia achieved her Veterinary Nursing qualification through WelTec/Otago Polytechnic during the second half of 2021 and joined the CareVets Johnsonville team soon after. She loves being able to meet and interact with clients and animals during her working day and enjoys educating clients on how to care for their beloved pets. Olivia is looking forward […]

Cate Jeffries »

Cate is qualified with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at the end of 2021 and joined CareVets at the beginning of 2022. She is passionate about patient care and providing the best possible outcome for you and your pets.

Cathy Priscott »

I am passionate about animals and have a soft spot for rats, we have two at home plus a lazy cat named Tippy. I qualified in 2002 and have worked in a range of general and specialist practices in Auckland, Melbourne and London. I’ve particularly enjoyed working with exotic patients including parrots and reptiles. I’ve […]

Dr. Kezia Lockhart BVSc »

Kia ora, I’m Kezia, one of the veterinarians at CareVets Mt Wellington. After graduating from Massey University in 2012 I worked in Papatoetoe for 3 years before heading to Bristol (UK) on my OE with my partner and my bunny Pabu. After 5 years of working in the UK I am happy to be back […]

Cassy Batt »

Hi! My name is Cassy. I qualified with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2020 and joined the CareVets Mt Wellington team in early 2021. I have a special interest in cat behaviour and animal physiotherapy. In my spare time I love to socialise with my friends and walk my two dogs, Harley and Rocky.

Charlotte Whitehead »

Charlotte started at CareVets Porirua in March 2021 but had already done a placement at our Kilbirnie branch previously. Charlotte studies distance through Unitec having gained her animal certificate in 2020 and is currently working towards her Diploma. A lover of all animals so nothing is too big, too small or too scaley to work […]

Theresa Greenough »

Theresa graduated from Veterinary Nursing in 2013 and also holds a certificate in animal care. She has a lot a passion for animals including caring for them when most in need. In her downtime, she loves spending time with family and friends and her 3 children keep her busy. She enjoys doing outdoor things like […]

Lizahn Dos Santos »

Lizahn and her family immigrated from South Africa to New Zealand in 2018. She graduated from Onderstepoort Faculty of Veterinary Science in 2006 and has practised as a nurse at various clinics including the SPCA in South Africa.Having grown up on a farm, animals have always been a huge part of her life and were […]

Kathryn Alabaster »

Kathryn has been grooming since 2015. She moved to the Hawkes Bay in 2017 and lives out by the beach on a farm. Her days are busy! Grooming dogs and also working with show jumpers, competing most weekends. The Hawkes Bay lifestyle, weather, being outdoors and staying active with her dogs Ghost and Pippi is […]

Kaitlyn Cooper »

Kaitlyn joined the team in December 2020 as a part-time Retail Assistant. Kaitlyn is no stranger to the team and has been an extended team member for some time, so we were pleased to make it official and welcome her on board. She brings her love of animals to the clinic and loves meeting new […]

Yasmine Bird »

Yasmine graduated with her Certificate of Vet Nursing from Otago Polytechnic in November 2016. She worked for a year before deciding to broaden her knowledge and study for her Diploma in Vet Nursing in 2018/2019. She has worked at Rappaw Vet Care on reception from 2015-2017, and then as a full-time nurse at PetVet Lower […]

Ashleigh Jenkins-Hoult »

Ashleigh has joined the CareVets team after moving from the Wairarapa to make Hawke’s Bay her home. She works as a qualified Veterinary Nurse and also as a Receptionist. She has a special interest in wound care which can bring very rewarding results. In her spare time, horses and dogs are her passion. A recent […]

Annie Sugden »

Annie moved here recently from the UK. She is new to the Veterinary industry and is enjoying her experiences at CareVets. Annie works in Reception and Retail and loves meeting clients and their pets. Due to her recent move to New Zealand she doesn’t have any pets to keep her busy so enjoys exercise and […]

Faith Fleetwood »

Faith joined CareVets in 2018 as part of the Johnsonville team and moved to the Porirua team in August 2020. Although she loves all things feline and canine, she has an extra interest in all things rodent, reptile, equine and fish. She really enjoys discussing the ins and outs of their husbandry, nutrition, enrichment and […]

Dr Rowan Jackson-Stewart BVMS »

Rowan graduated with the class of 2016 from the University of Glasgow and worked in mixed practice in England for four years before making the move to New Zealand. She packed away her gumboots and joined the CareVets Johnsonville team in September 2020 to concentrate on her small animal career path. Rowan particularly enjoys continuity […]

Jess Bello »

Jess has been a groomer since 2002 with experience in small to large corporate salons, boarding / daycare and training facilities. For the past 5 years she has successfully run her own boutique salon in the Kapiti Coast. After moving to Hawkes Bay she is now part of the CareVets team and brings with her […]

Dr Victoria Common BVSc »

Victoria graduated from Massey University, Palmerston North in 2003. She worked in the King Country before moving to Hawkes Bay. Her interests include small animal medicine and health care. Victoria works part-time and for leisure enjoys spending time with her family at the beach, being active or with a book.

Alice Tredwell »

Alice achieved her Animal Care & Handling qualification in 2015 through the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and went on to study Animal Behaviour at the University of Waikato. She joined the CareVets Kilbirnie team in February 2020 as a receptionist. She has a particular interest in wildlife management and conservation and wants to go on […]

Melissa George »

Melissa has worked as a Vet Nurse at CareVets Glen Eden since 2018 and loves it here! She has a special interest in exotic pets and wildlife, but also loves cats and dogs. At home she has two crazy cats, two loud cockatiels and a bunny. When not at work she likes reading, drawing and […]

Brianna Jerrett »

Part-Time Receptionist at CareVets Kapiti Brianna is studying Criminology at Victoria University and is one of our part-time receptionists while she is doing her studies. She loves cats and socialising with her friends.

Taylor Holbrook »

Taylor graduated with her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through UCOL in Palmerston North in December 2019. She was born and raised in Wellington and has grown up with a big passion for animals of all sizes. Taylor joined CareVets Porirua in February 2020 after also attending placement at CareVets throughout her studies. Putting her passion […]