Staff Bios


Minka Knoetze »

Minka joined the team at the beginning of 2021 as a part-time Retail Assistant. She has always loved being around animals and is really excited to be able to combine her passion for animal care and client education to assist our clients and customers find the best products for their needs. Minka is currently also […]

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 […]

Crystal Taylor »

Crystal is part of our retail and reception team. She joined us in 2019 after a recent move from Australia with her twin girls. She works part-time at CareVets and also has her own business as a personal trainer. Crystal enjoys customer service and being around people and their beloved pets. She is active in […]

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 […]

Lucie Libaud »

Lucie recently joined CareVets after graduating with a Veterinary Nursing Diploma. She is originally from France and has been living in New Zealand for the last 3 years and absolutely loves our beautiful country. In her spare time she loves exploring nature, discovering the magical places around New Zealand, bush walks, beaches and hiking trails. […]

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.

Mayana Joseph DipVN »

Mayana, more commonly known as Mayz, joined the CareVets Johnsonville team in March 2020 after gaining her Veterinary Nursing qualification from WelTec in 2019. Mayz is no stranger to the team, our clients and their pets as she completed two years of clinical placements working in the clinic during her training. Mayz loves working with […]

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 […]

Kimberly Oomen DipVN »

Kimberly, more often known as Kim, joined the CareVets Johnsonville team in October 2019 and qualified with her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing soon after through Otago Polytech. Kim particularly enjoys monitoring patients under anaesthetic, carrying out laboratory procedures, and nursing our hospitalised patients back to health. Kim has her own pets at home including Pipi, […]

Chantelle Muller »

Chantelle comes from a mixed industry background of Sales Management and Animal Rehabilitation. Born in Zimbabwe, lived in South Africa for most of her life and recently moved to New Zealand with her husband and 2 busy boys. She has a huge passion for animals of all sorts and sizes and is excited to have […]

Michele Addison-Wood RVN »

Michele achieved her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through Unitec in Auckland in 2018. Michele has a passion for animals and a special interest in the health and welfare of cats. She enjoys helping clients care for their pets and tending to the needs of clinic patients. When not spending time with her family and three […]

Una Williams »

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 […]

Natanya Oka-Shaw »

Natanya is on her way to achieving her Certificate of Veterinary Nursing Assistant through Weltec in Petone and plans to finish her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing next year. Natanya is currently a part-time employee of CareVets that does placement once a week here. Natanya enjoys the company of her two domestic short-haired cats, Gary and […]

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 […]

Samantha Overington »

Samantha is a Vet Nurse / Receptionist with us. She is a mum to four young boys and has a passion for animals. Currently studying her Diploma of Vet Nursing at EIT we look forward to her graduation at the end of 2020. In her limited “spare time” she enjoys family time outdoors and some […]

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!