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 home in Auckland.

Whilst working as a vet I have developed a passion for rabbit medicine and surgery. I am passionate about trying to increase the knowledge and welfare of pet rabbits within New Zealand.

I think pets hold a special place in every family and I love seeing the bond between them and their owners.

Outside of work I enjoy yoga, indoor bouldering, travel and spending time with my partner as well (as well as our lovely bunnies!)

Cassy Batt

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.

Sophie Cartmer

Sophie graduated from Massey University with a BSc in Animal Science going on to work as a Large Animal and Artificial Insemination Technician.

She discovered a passion for companion animal nursing and is adding to her qualifications, currently studying through Otago to reach a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

Sophie lives rurally with her partner, several horses, many farm dogs, pet Labrador “Ted” and “Gary” the cat.

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 with. At home, she has one bodacious cat who collects pebbles, and a kitten who thinks she’s a labrador, both of which keep her on her toes. Not to mention frogs, a water dragon, cockatiels and an anti-social guinea pig…basically a step away from starting her own zoo.

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 camping and being at their family Bach in the Wairarapa.

They have a whole family of animals including five dogs Meg, Teka, Cloud, Tim and Ruby as well as a horse named Bear and pony named Darcy.

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 always her priority after getting home from school.

As a wife and mom of 2 young children, she enjoys any type of exercise, reading self-development books and socialising with friends.

CareVets Horsham Downs

CareVets Horsham Downs


1 North City Road, Unit B4, Rototuna Village, Hamilton

Phone: (07) 855 5655

Email: horshamdowns@carevets.co.nz

Opening Hours:

Mon to Fri: 8am – 6pm

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 working towards her Rural Animal Technician qualification through Otago and is considering studying Veterinary Nursing afterwards.

Minka has two dogs of her own at home and enjoys taking them out on long walks during her spare time. She also enjoys horse riding and swimming.

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 her favourite way to relax.

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 animals, getting to know them and their dedicated owners.  Kailyn has been brought up around animals and has cats and a dog at home. When not at work, she can often be found horse riding or relaxing and reading a good book.

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 Hutt for 3 1/2 years. She joined the CareVets Porirua team in November 2020 as a senior nurse.

She has a passion for patient care and laboratory work and she likes to do the best for any animals under her care! In her spare time, Yasmine likes to go to the gym, go fishing, and do anything outdoorsy.  She has two cats, which are both “foster fails” named Pete & Dixie. 

West Coast Vets


546 West Coast Road, Oratia, Auckland

Phone: (09) 818 4104

Email: oratiavet@gmail.com

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm

Note: During Alert Level 4 we will be closing at the earlier time of 5pm.

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 addition to her life is Cora the Cocker Spaniel who she enjoys attending dog shows with. There is extensive grooming and training involved in this hobby but she manages to find time to fit this in.

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 our beautiful countryside instead.

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 bonding techniques with first-time owners.

Faith is also one of our puppy class instructors at the clinic.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her horses and guinea pigs. She also enjoys bush walks with friends’ dogs, reading and watching movies.

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 in the vet clinic and loves following animals throughout their many life stages and really getting to know them as individuals, helping their owners to make the best decisions to keep their pets as healthy and happy as possible along the way. Rowan loves the variety offered in small animal practice and has equal interests in surgery and medicine.

She has a dearly missed cat of her own, Skye, back in Scotland who she keeps in touch with regularly and sends her a card and a present every year for her birthday and Christmas. Skye has been brought up very well and always sends a video message to say thank you!

When not at work Rowan likes to keep fit and active and you will find her out and about hiking, running, biking or climbing whilst exploring the rest of the country. She also enjoys socialising with friends and likes nothing better than sitting back with a cold pint after a day of activities or finding a new cafe and enjoying a good cake.

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.

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

Email: hobsonville@carevets.co.nz

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm

Note: During Alert Level 4 we will be closing at the earlier time of 5pm.

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.

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.

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.