Staff Bios


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 […]

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 is a Senior Veterinary Nurse and moved from Auckland to the Hawke’s Bay in 2014. She 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 […]

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.

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!

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.

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 […]

Holly Trimmer »

Holly joined the CareVets Kapiti team in July 2018 as a part-time receptionist, and she also assists our nursing team to look after our hospitalised patients. Holly achieved a Certificate in Animal Technology in 2018 through Weltec and enjoys using the knowledge she has learned during the course to help nurse our patients back to […]

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 […]

Iva Young DipVN »

Iva joined the CareVets Porirua team in July 2017.  She successfully completed the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through Wellington Institute of Technology in 2018. She particularly enjoys looking after our hospitalized patients and cattery boarders and ensures they have a comfortable stay, making their care and welfare her top priority.  Iva also enjoys assisting our […]

Raissa Koh »

Hi! I’m Raissa, and I joined the team at CareVets Mt Wellington in January 2021. I am passionate about patient advocacy and providing the best possible care for you and your fur companions. Helping people help their pets is the best part of my day! I have a keen interest in hospital care, helping pets […]