Staff Bios

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 […]

Pooja »

Hi I am Pooja and I am the vet tech at CareVets Beach Road. I have done my degrees in vet sciences from my home country. I have 2 adopted dogs which are now looked after by my parents back at home. I like spending my leisure time close to nature. I could sometimes be […]

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 […]

Keely Tanner »

Keely joined the CareVets Johnsonville team as a Retail Assistant in February 2020. She completed her NZ Certificate in Animal Care (Level 4) in 2018 and had gained experience working in the pet care industry prior to joining the team. Keely particularly loves interacting with clients and their pets, and she enjoys working with like-minded […]

Liam Cooper »

Liam joined the CareVets Johnsonville team in January 2020 after completing his final year at Hutt International Boys School. Although new to the workforce, Liam has been brought up around animals and is not a stranger to the Johnsonville clinic. Liam’s love for animals and enthusiasm for helping people care for their pets makes him […]

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, […]

Dr Ellen Quinlan-Bartley »

Ellen graduated with the class of 2017 from University College Dublin, Ireland, and then spent two years working in small animal practice in the UK. She decided to go travelling with friends and touched down in New Zealand in October 2019, then joined the CareVets Johnsonville team soon after. Ellen particularly enjoys working up medical […]

Dr Dan Lee »

Dan is our locum Veterinarian here at CareVets Kilbirnie.

Michelle Mahy »

Michelle is born and bred in the sunny Hawkes Bay. After studying Veterinary Nursing at Massey University in Palmerston North, she was drawn back to the Hawkes Bay where she resided for the next eight years. Here she honed her nursing skills, eventually becoming sole charge nurse for a clinic in Havelock North. She then […]

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 […]

Sam »

Sam has a passion for animals, is currently studying Vet Nursing and is a Mum to four young boys which keeps her very busy! Outside of work she enjoys camping and the outdoors, art and spending time with her family.

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!