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 extensive experience in grooming all breeds from large to small, specialising in double-coated breeds.

Jess currently breeds and shows Samoyeds.

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 to do Captive Animal Management to work in zoos.

In her free time Alice enjoys reading, painting, gardening, playing video games, learning Spanish and spending time her with cat, Prince, and two chickens, Lady and Lorraine.

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 spending time with her pets.

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.

She has a recent addition to her family, a very cute little kitten called Loki.

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.

CareVets Hobsonville


6 Rawiri Place, Hobsonville, Auckland

Phone: (09) 416 2277


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 animals every day and learning new things from other team members. She has a particular interest in dentistry and hopes to develop her skills within the clinic so that she can assist with dental procedures and provide our clients with advice regarding preventative dental health practices.

Outside of work, Mayz enjoys taking her own dog, Alphonse, out for walks, spending time with family and friends and watching good movies and series.


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 seen capturing photos of nature’s beauty.

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 into action led to her becoming a Vet Nurse. Taylor thoroughly enjoys the surgical side of Vet Nursing and hopes to progress her skills in all aspects of Vet Nursing throughout her career.

On her days off she enjoys spending time with her partner Matt and her adorable cat Dora at their cozy flat in Levin. Taylor also has a passion for cars and enjoys the beach, ice cream and water skiing.

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 people who are passionate about caring for animals. Keely has also started on the path towards becoming a qualified Veterinary Nurse and will be studying whilst working part-time.

Keely has a cat of her own, lots of fish and enjoys taking her flatmate’s dog for walks along the beach. She also enjoys going swimming in her spare time.

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 an excellent addition to the team.

Liam currently has two cats and one dog, but looks forward to adding more pets to his family in the future. During his free time Liam enjoys going outside for walks, flying, gaming and spending time with family and friends.

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, a Fox Terrier, and Iris the Angora cross goat who looks like a fluffy cloud during the winter months!

During her spare time, Kim likes to keep fit by going to the gym or going for a hike. She also enjoys gaming on her computer and PS4. Otherwise, Kim enjoys spending time with family and her pets.

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 went on her OE, working at various clinics in the UK, up-skilling over the next 2 years.

After finding her way back to New Zealand, and after re-uniting with her dog Bean, she made the move down to Wellington taking up the position of Head Veterinary Nurse here at CareVets Porirua. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with the other staff, and continuing to grow and adapt as a Veterinary Nurse.

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 joined the Veterinary Industry of New Zealand. She strongly believes in building a good client relationship and ensuring a feeling of community within the Porirua area.

On her time off Chantelle loves spending time outside and exploring the beautiful outdoors of New Zealand as well as travelling, photography, crafts and camping with friends and family.

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 cats, she volunteers for a cat charity, enjoys doing middle eastern dance, taking her car out on a closed race track and skiing.

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 comfort and support her clients and their pets. Una has an interest in wildlife conservation and enjoys the challenges that nursing wildlife patients present.

In her spare time, Una likes to read, draw and paint. She also enjoys practicing martial arts.

Natanya Oka-Shaw

Natanya Oka-Shaw at CareVets Porirua

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 Nala.

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 as well as fish. I have worked with animals for many many years and still love it very much.

In my spare time, I enjoy bushwalking, swimming, surfing and the company of my pets.

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 time spent doing art.

Chloe Jones

Chloe Jones CareVets Napier

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!

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Natalie Christensen

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 keen interest in canine behaviour and animal nutrition – especially the use of diets for therapeutic reasons.

Natt has a Pitbull named Maverick and a Rottweiler named Serenity who keep her busy on her days off!

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 four cats – Serge, Dr Phibes, Vincent (all Domestic Short Hair) and Lily who is a Persian X Manx. In her spare time she enjoys doing craft, crochet and playing Squash.