Ruana Crawshaw

Ruana joined CareVets Johnsonville in January 2022 as a retail assistant and brought her enthusiasm and love for animals to the team. She loves working alongside her colleagues to provide the best customer service to our clients and to work with our clients to provide the best care for their pets.

Ruana’s aim is to eventually study Veterinary Science so working alongside our qualified staff members definitely has its benefits! Ruana has quite a few pets of her own at home including three cats, a dog and six chickens. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her dog, going on walks and working on training.

Dr Ellen Callaghan

Ellen graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 from University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland and worked predominantly as a small animal Vet for four years before making the journey to New Zealand. She joined the CareVets Johnsonville team in November 2021 and fitted in instantly.

As well as working with all the animals, Ellen enjoys the diversity and problem-solving aspect of her job and loves that no two days are the same! Ellen particularly enjoys performing soft tissue surgery and has experience performing a variety of different surgeries.

She has a German Shepherd of her own, Daisy, who she misses every day, but she does get lots of updates and photos sent from her family. When not at work, Ellen enjoys hiking/tramping, going to the gym and of course, travelling when she can.

Ashleigh Low

Ashleigh joined the team at CareVets Johnsonville in January 2022 as a retail assistant. Prior to joining the team, she actually completed a degree in acting, and then worked in various retail and customer service roles.

Ashleigh just loves meeting all our clients and their animals and making sure they are well looked after during their visit. She has always had a love for animals of all kinds, so says that being able to combine that with her passion for customer service is a dream come true!

Ashleigh has her own pets, including two dogs and a cat at her parents’ house, and two cats who live with her and her partner at home. When not at work, Ashleigh enjoys reading, arts and crafts, playing videogames and watching movies.

Mikaela Weijers

Mikaela qualified at the end of 2021 with a New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through Otago and WelTec Polytechnic, joining the CareVets Johnsonville team in October of the same year.

Mikaela loves interacting with clients and helping them to provide the best possible care for their much loved pets. She has a particular interest in monitoring anaesthesia and assisting with surgical procedures, emergency medicine and procedures, and diagnostic testing. She is particularly interested about learning more about interpretation of test results and how to care for her patients based on these findings.

Mikaela does not have any pets of her own but does have the company of three cats who live with her. When not at work, Mikaela loves spending time with family and friends, exploring the Wellington region, going on walks/hikes and spending time at the beach.

Olivia Macadam

Olivia achieved her Veterinary Nursing qualification through WelTec/Otago Polytechnic during the second half of 2021 and joined the CareVets Johnsonville team soon after.

She loves being able to meet and interact with clients and animals during her working day and enjoys educating clients on how to care for their beloved pets. Olivia is looking forward to learning more about emergency medicine and diagnostics and is always keen to share her newfound knowledge.

During her spare time, Olivia enjoys exploring new places, hanging out with friends (she particularly enjoys a good cheese and wine night!), beach walks and listening to music. She has her own cat, Poppet, who she rescued from CareVets.

Cate Jeffries

Cate is qualified with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at the end of 2021 and joined CareVets at the beginning of 2022.

She is passionate about patient care and providing the best possible outcome for you and your pets.

Cathy Priscott

Cathy Priscott

I am passionate about animals and have a soft spot for rats, we have two at home plus a lazy cat named Tippy.

I qualified in 2002 and have worked in a range of general and specialist practices in Auckland, Melbourne and London.

I’ve particularly enjoyed working with exotic patients including parrots and reptiles.

I’ve been lucky enough to assist with procedures on tigers, lions and apes.

I love traveling and exploring the natural parts of our world. While backpacking in South America I spent a few months volunteering with rehabilitated monkeys in the Amazon jungle, which was a real highlight.

My other passion is children and I’m lucky enough to have three of them!

So while they keep me busy at home, I work part time as a Veterinary Nurse.

I love working with such a caring and dedicated team and look forward to meeting your precious pets at CareVets Mt Wellington.

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.

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


Opening Hours:

Mon to Fri: 8am – 6pm

Holiday Hours:

25th – 28th December: CLOSED

1st – 4th January: CLOSED

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


Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm

Holiday Hours:
24th December 8am-12pm
25th Dec – 4th Jan CLOSED

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.