Vets North - Our Team

Management Team

Dr Mark Young – BVSc

Mark is a partner in the practice and works on the equine side of the clinic.  He has worked in many diverse places including Gisborne, Matamata & Morocco.  Mark is experienced treating all types of horses from the Donkeys and wild Shetland ponies of Marakesh to the more typical Sport horses of New Zealand.   His areas of particular interest is lameness examinations & diagnostic imaging. Mark will be familiar face to many for his starring role in Vet Tales alongside his mate Stacey from Vetora.  Follow their lives on TV1 Wednesday's at 7.30pm. Mark lives in Waimauku with his wife Caitlin & three boys, Monte, Kobe & Makai.  When he gets some free time outside of work he can be found fishing in the Coromandel, on the local cricket pitch and is always striving to brew the perfect beer.

Find me at:   Helensville & Kumeu & Silverdale & Waimauku

Dr Mark Anderson – BVSc

Mark was born in the UK but moved to Helensville in 1975, aged 16.  He went to Kaipara Collage for a year and then working on a local dairy farm for a year before going to Massey University to study Veterinary Science.  After staying on for an extra year he graduated with both a Batchelor and Master of Veterinary Science degree.  His Masterate was in deer parasitology, and he maintains a passion for parasitology to this day. After finishing at Massey he moved with his wife Maureen to Ruatoria on the East Coast doing sheep and beef work and station horses.  After two years he moved back to Helensville to work for the Kaipara Vet Club and has remained there since.  The practice has changed name several times and location once onto the main street but can still trace its roots back to the 1950’s. Mark is on of the remaining old school vets who will turn his hand to anything.  Whilst large animal practice is his passion, especially sheep and beef farming, small animals, alpaca, horses and dairy farming are all within his scope.  Mark is also a long serving member of the Helensville Volunteer Fire Brigade and a past Chairman of the Helensville Primary School BOT.  He is one of the Directors at Vets North. Mark has a small block outside Helensville where he has built a house and raised three daughters.

Find me at:   Helensville & Kumeu & Silverdale & Waimauku

Dr Graeme Ashby – BVSc, BSc(Hons), MACVS

Graeme is a partner in the practice and joined Kumeu Veterinary Services in 2007 to lead the companion animal side of the practice.  Since Kumeu Veterinary Services & Helensville Veterinary Services merged in 2014 he now leads the Companion Animal team across both clinics.

He has successfully completed examinations in companion animal internal medicine, gaining membership to the prestigious Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.  Graeme has expertise in both medicine and surgery of all companion animals, exotic pets, rabbits and birds.

Graeme grew up in Waimauku and now lives just a stones throw from his childhood home with his wife Lizzie, son Cole and Schnack dog Rufus.  In his spare time you can find him at the Muriwai Surf Club or cycling the local roads.

Find me at:   Kumeu

Dr Dave van Zwananberg – BVet Med (Hons), Cert AVP Eq Med, MRCVS

David graduated from London in 2005 and initially worked in mixed practice in Devon in the UK.  He is a partner in the practice and is a highly valued member of our equine team. His areas of interest are lameness, reproduction and general surgery. David lives in Muriwai with wife Amy & dogs Jasper, Fathom & Weasel.  Outside of work he can usually be found down the beach kitesurfing or when the wind is not blowing wakeboarding.

Find me at:   Helensville & Kumeu & Silverdale & Waimauku

Lisa Pedersen – Practice Manager

Lisa joined the Team in 2013 & works between our Clinics as Practice Manager.  She brings many years experience in marketing, business administration & sales.  She worked overseas for many years in America running a large Equestrian Centre along with a stint as a photographer on Cruise Ships in South Africa. She doesn't go far without her Cocker Spaniel Capone who is lucky enough to join her at work, although he doesn't work quite as hard! Lisa lives in Wainui on her lifestyle block & is kept busy with her horses & Maine Coon cats.

Find me at:   Helensville & Kumeu & Silverdale & Waimauku & Veterinary Rehab Centre & Grooming & Cattery

The Vets

Dr. Neha Kolhe – BVSc

Neha joined the Vets North team in 2021 fresh out of vet school after graduating with a BVSc degree from Massey University, New Zealand. Neha works predominantly as a large animal and equine vet and has a special interest in birds and other exotic species. In her spare time she can be found at the gym or hanging out with her dog Caesar.

Find me at:   Helensville & Kumeu

Dr Angie Stringer – BVet Med

Angie joined the small animal vet team in 2014 and has spent the last couple of years at home with her two young children. She is excited to re-joining the team and will mainly be based at our Silverdale clinic. Angie lives on a lifestyle block just out of Helensville with her horse, pet sheep, cows and cats.

Find me at:   Silverdale

Dr Catherine Phillips – BVSc

Cathy is a dairy farmer's daughter who arrived up in Helensville in the early 80's & made her home here.  She was initially a 'cow girl' serving a predominantly dairy practice in the early Helensville days.  She has now moved into the small animal practice & has now become a 'cat girl'. She lives on a lifestyle block with her two & four legged menagerie.

Find me at:   Helensville

Dr Keren Fraser – BVSc & BSc

Keren graduated in 2006 from Massey University and spent the following four years in the Bay of Islands in mixed practice mainly dealing with dairy cows.  She then spent two years traveling around the UK focusing on small animals and returned to her native West Auckland to cover a maternity leave role & has stayed with us.

Find me at:   Kumeu & Silverdale & Waimauku

Dr Elke Haag – Dr Med Vet

Elke joined Kumeu Veterinary Services in 1996 and since the merger currently works in the companion animal side of the practice at Vets North Kumeu & Waimauku.  She studied veterinary medicine at the Tieraerztliche Hochschule in Hannover, Germany.  She moved to New Zealand in 1993 to complete her post graduate research project. Elke lives on a lifestyle block in Taupaki which she shares with her husband, two girls, several horses, sheep, chickens and her cat Moritz.

Find me at:   Kumeu & Waimauku

Dr Elsa Flint – BVSc

Elsa joined the Vets North team in a part time capacity as a Small Animal Vet.  She is one of the most qualified animal behaviour experts in New Zealand.  She runs Animals with Attitude behaviour clinic which takes referral animal behaviour cases from Auckland and beyond. Elsa has a MSc(Hons) in Behavioural Zoology, Bachelor of Veterinary Science (1991), Membership of the Australian & NZ College of Veterinary Scientists in animal behaviour and has recently completed a PhD in Veterinary Science (Behaviour).  She also lectures Animal behaviour at a training school for Veterinary technicians and is guest lecturer at Massey University in the field of animal behaviour.  She has also co-authored six books on animal care and behaviour and has published several scientific papers. Elsa can be found at Vets North Helensville on Saturday mornings & at Vets North Huapai & Veterinary Rehab Centre during the week.

Find me at:   Helensville & Veterinary Rehab Centre

Dr Jess Slattery – BVSc

Jess joined the farm animal and equine veterinary team as a new graduate in 2019. She pursued a veterinary degree at Massey University after training as a veterinary technologist in 2015 and gaining clinical experience in both companion animal and rural veterinary practices. Jess grew up in Auckland and now lives in Helensville with her husband Nick, two catahoula leopard dogs Koda and Echo, and rescue cat Wendy. In her spare time Jess can be found riding her horse Rusty or enjoying the sunshine at one of the West Coast beaches.

Find me at:   Helensville & Kumeu

Dr. Leanne Whittaker – BVet Med

Leanne graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2017.  She started as a mixed veterinarian and soon developed a love of small animal surgery, within an emergency setting.  Leanne did  2 years of emergency medicine before joining the Vets North team as a small animal vet.

You may see Leanne at Show Jumping and Cross Country events on her horse  Zoro, or walking her English Springer Spaniel Cecelia.  She also has a rescue cat Tammy.

Find me at:   Helensville & Kumeu

James L’Aime – BVSc

James joined the Vets North team in 2016 as a Large Animal Vet based out of Vets North Helensville.  

Find me at:   Helensville & Kumeu & Silverdale & Waimauku

Dr Nadia Laing – BVSc

Nadia graduated from Massey University in 1996 and has worked at a number of companion animal clinics in the Auckland area before joining the Vets North team in August 2019. Nadia enjoys all aspects of small animal practice and has a particular interest in feline medicine and surgery.  She also loves greyhound cuddles whenever the opportunity arises! Nadia lives on the North Shore with her 2 young adult sons, Truffle & Molly the dogs, Nigel the rabbit & Jojo the cockatiel.  When not at work she enjoys going for bush and beach walks, gardening, zumba, yoga classes, baking & knitting.

Find me at:   Helensville & Kumeu & Silverdale & Waimauku

Paula O’Reilly – BVSc

Paula O’Reilly Paula hails from South Africa where she completed a degree in Animal Science and Husbandry before moving to NZ to attend vet school at Massey. Having graduated 10 years ago, she has been working in Dairy Flat for the last 4 years and is very excited to be in charge of the new Silverdale clinic. Her husband, Dan, is a rescue helicopter pilot who also commutes to Australia so life is very busy with 2 little girls, a cat and 2 rabbits!

Find me at:   Silverdale & Waimauku

Geert Donkers – BVet Med

Geert has joined Vets North for 12 months in October 2017 to work at the Waimauku clinic. He graduated from Utrecht University in 1988 and moved to the Outer Hebrides in Scotland where he has worked in a mixed vet practice for the last 29 years. He is married to Laura and has 3 grown up children working and studying in the UK. He has taken up cycling to work to keep fit and enjoying the New Zealand sunshine

Find me at:   Helensville & Kumeu & Waimauku & Grooming & Cattery

Dr Jessica Howes – BVSc

Jessica is a recent Massey graduate who joined the Vets North team as a companion animal veterinarian in 2017. She now lives in Dairy Flat with her partner and two dogs.

Find me at:   Helensville & Kumeu & Silverdale & Waimauku

Dr Elissa Mopper – DVM

Elissa joined the Vets North Team in 2015 as a Mixed Veterinarian spending time out and about looking after our lifestyle clients in addition to working with companion animals.  After some time away she has rejoined the team as a dedicated companion animal vet. More on Elissa to come.

Find me at:   Kumeu & Waimauku

Katherine Long – Physio

Our experienced and qualified physiotherapist Kath, has completed a Diploma in Equine Acupuncture & Level One Animal Physiotherapy through the Australian Physiotherapy Association.  She has also completed her Post Graduate Degree in Animal Physiotherapy through Liverpool University and has just completed her Masters in July 2019. You can find her at Vets North Huapai on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

Find me at:   Veterinary Rehab Centre

Support Staff

Aleesha Roy – Vet Nurse

Aleesha is currently completing her diploma in veterinary nursing with Vet Nurse Plus. She started at VN as a student in December 2020 and took up a part time job with us in 2021. She loves all animals and her passion is horse riding. Aleesha owns 3 horses, 2 bunnies, and a cat.

Find me at:   Silverdale

Jacob Burrell – Vet Nurse

I completed the CVN last year and am finishing my DVN this coming year. I have an interest in all weird and wonderful pets and keep lovebirds, axolotls, a fire-bellied newt, as well as regular cats and dogs.

Find me at:   Kumeu

Laura Simmons – Customer Service & Vet Nurse

Laura grew up in Queenstown and moved to Auckland in 2014. Laura loves all animals especially dogs and farm animals. This love prompted her to study a diploma in Veterinary Nursing through Vet Nurse Plus. Prior to studying Laura worked in admin and accounts including being an office manager. In her spare time you can find Laura horse riding, skiing or hiking with her fox terrier cross Jackson.

Find me at:   Kumeu

Brooke Howearth – Vet Nurse

Brooke is a recent Vet Nurse Plus graduate who joined the Vets North Team in 2020. Brooke moved from Whangarei to Auckland to study her passion and was raised in a large combined family with a fair share of land. She only has one fur baby now, an English Staffy named Koha who is her entire world. In her down time, Brooke can be found in the gym, at her favorite beaches up north, learning how to sew and upcycle thrifted clothes or spending all her savings fixing her car that everyone has been telling her to scrap for years.

Find me at:   Waimauku

Deana Lynch Blosse – Vet Nurse

Deana graduated with her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2016 through Vet Nurse Plus. Since then she has worked primarily in small animal General Practice Clinics and decided to join the Vets North Team in December 2020. Deana loves all aspects of her Veterinary Nursing role but she has a special interest in the nurturing aspects of her job including caring for hospitalised patients and cats with Hyperthyroidism as she has previously managed all admissions for a referral center for Radioactive Iodine treatment. When Deana is not at work you can usually find her with her partner Ryan making cards/crafts or learning to knit.

Find me at:   Kumeu & Waimauku

Samantha Pribicevich – Vet Nurse

Samantha qualified with a Diploma in veterinary nursing in 2015. Since then she has since worked for two other clinics in the west Auckland area before joining the Vets North team. Sam’s interests are patient care, surgery and radiology. Sams always been an animal lover growing up in Massey with a few dogs and cats over the years but for now she has just two cats which she absolutely loves. When she’s not working, she is busy with partner Sean their two boys Blake and Karter on the rugby field, at the beach or just out for an adventure.

Find me at:   Kumeu

Richard Jin – Vet Nurse

Richard completed his Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Unitec in 2017, and then worked as a veterinary nurse since. After one and half year of nursing, he decided to challenge himself  and completed Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing in 2020. He holds sub-committee position at New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association, which promotes the importance and professionalism of kiwi veterinary nurses.

Find me at:   Kumeu

Krystyna Pye – Vet Nurse

Since completing her vet nurse training in 2011 she has developed a keen interest in critical care nursing, canine psychology and all aspects of surgical nursing. Krystyna lives with her two dogs Holly and Max, four cats and whatever foster animals she may have at the time.

Find me at:   Kumeu

Sal Thorburn – Vet Nurse

Sal returned from living in the UK in 2013 & studied vet nursing. She has recently moved to Kumeu from South Auckland, where she has strong ties. Previously working at the SPCA, Sal has a passion for animal welfare, education & animal behaviour. She lives near Riverhead Forest with her partner Gareth, their 3 dogs & 2 cats. Sal grew up in the suburbs & is interested in learning as much as possible about large animal & equine patients as possible. Sal has also taught puppy preschool in the past & loves to help new puppy (& kitten) owners.

Find me at:   Kumeu & Silverdale

Danielle Davis – Team Leader Helensville

Danielle started with Vets North part time in Waimauku in 2018.  After a short break will be based full time at Helensville. More on Danielle to come.

Find me at:   Helensville

Melissa Rochefort – Rennie – Team Leader Kumeu

Melissa has been with the Vets North Team since 2012. Originally employed as a veterinary nurse she turned her focus to customer service and is now the Kumeu Team Leader. Mel is our puppy preschool co-ordinator and has a strong interest in canine behaviour and enrichment. In her spare time you can find her on her lifestyle block with her partner and their fur family.

Find me at:   Kumeu

Stephanie Good – Team Leader Waimauku

Steph  joined Waimauku as one of our Customer Service superstars. Steph has two children that keep her on her toes. Previously Steph worked as a dog groomer and sometimes helps in our dog grooming department in Waimauku. Steph has a soft spot for our clinic kittens and often fosters until they're ready to go to their new homes.

Find me at:   Waimauku

Stasia Parker – P.A.

Stasia has lived in Kumeu since 2011.  Stasia has 20 years experience as a PA and in office management roles. In her free time, she enjoys restoring second hand furniture, crafts and spending time with her son, 2 cats, dog and horse.

Find me at:   Helensville & Waimauku

Narissa Cato – Vet Nurse

Narissa moved into the Helensville area from the Waikato and has worked at the Helensville clinic since 2007.  She started her Veterinary Nurse Certificate while working at the clinic and qualified in 2009.  Narissa feels very privileged to work with animals and have them as part of our lives. She has many fur babies who have stolen her heart over the years and is lucky enough to have a family who are just as animal crazy.  

Find me at:   Helensville

Lynnette Heke – Head Vet Nurse Kumeu

Lynnette joined the Kumeu team in 2014 and completed her training in 2015. Lynnette has worked in a wide range of  roles including the human health field and the outdoor education industry.   She lived in the UK for 2 years before returning to NZ to complete her Vet Nurse Diploma at Unitec.  She also had the opportunity to nurse in a volunteer clinic in Tonga with the South Pacific Animal Welfare charity in 2014. Lynnette has grown up in a family that loves animals, at one point accumulating up to 27 cats and kittens around the family home, rehoming most of them to friends.  Lynnette lives in Woodhill / Helensville area with her cat Honey and has recently acquired a Helensville clinic rescue kitten that wormed his way into her heart.

Find me at:   Kumeu

Melanie Trickett – Vet Nurse

Melanie qualified as a vet nurse in the UK in 2000. She has worked in a wide variety of practices in the UK – doing small & large animal, equine avian and exotic pets. Melanie has spent the last 10  years working at the Auckland Zoo before starting at Vets North in 2017 to be closer to home.  

Find me at:   Helensville

Trina Mullan – Stock Manager & Vet Nurse

Trina moved to Auckland from Taranaki in 2015 to study Vet Nursing, during this year she began working for Vets North. Trina comes from a large dairy farming family and enjoys seeing farm or lifestyle animals that come into the clinic. Trina lives in West Harbour with her two dogs and one cat. In her spare time you will find Trina outdoors , she enjoys a wide range of activities from motor sport to exploring and hiking in the Waitakere's.

Find me at:   Helensville & Kumeu & Silverdale & Waimauku

Lizzie Coombs – Vet Tech

Lizzie stepped in to the Vet Tech role in 2018 after completing her Diploma in Vet Nursing in 2017. She has grown up and lived in North West Auckland all her life and has always had pets so animals have been a big passion of hers. She currently has a dog, two cats and two horses that she has at home with her son Theo and partner Daniel. In her spare time Lizzie enjoys spending time with her family walking their dog Bailey, riding her horse Minnie and getting involved in social sports in the area.

Find me at:   Helensville & Kumeu & Waimauku

Mikaela Lewis – Vet Nurse

Mikaela is our resident Aussie vet nurse. Her family moved to New Zealand in 2013. Mikaela qualified as a vet nurse in 2014 and she worked in South Auckland before relocating to the scenic North West. Mikaela has a 'few' horses and enjoys eventing. She has three cats and one dog at home. Mikaela also runs the Puppy Preschool classes at our Waimauku clinic.

Find me at:   Waimauku

Laura Deane – Vet Nurse

Laura joined Vets North in August 2017 and works part time in our Helensville branch.  She qualified in the UK, before moving to New Zealand to enjoy many outdoor adventure sports.  She now lives in South Head on her lifestyle property with horses, sheep and chickens with her partner and their 2 children.  She occasionally still gets to enjoy some outdoor adventure!

Find me at:   Helensville & Silverdale & Waimauku

Sharon Smith – Vet Nurse

Sharon qualified as a vet nurse in 2016 with unitec. She has grown up in a large family of 6 kids and several animals at Muriwai. She recently married Sam and has a cat called Chico, a dog called Chase and four chickens. When she's not at work you will find Sharon surfing out at Muriwai, sometimes in the early morning before work. She loves adventures with her friends, playing in sports teams for local clubs and spending time with family.

Find me at:   Helensville & Kumeu & Waimauku

Emily Sergent – Vet Tech & Vet Nurse

Emily graduated in 2015 with a veterinary nursing and rural animal qualification. After school she lived in England for one year as a assistant teacher, while over there she found she would love to work with animals for a job. Her passion has always been horse riding and she has owned two horses in the past, her current animals are Moe the Birman cat and Gus the Huntaway dog. She has been working with small animals for over five years and finds a lot of satisfaction in nursing animals back to health and taking care of them. Emily is also one of our puppy pre-school trainers.

Find me at:   Helensville & Kumeu & Waimauku

Nina De Ronde – Vet Nurse

Nina joined the Vets North team in 2017 as a student and took up a part time job with us in January 2018 as a Veterinary Nurse. After some years of fostering kittens, she is now the proud owner of one of these kittens, a grey DSH named Scoop. In her spare time, Nina and her partner John run a small catering business and are heavily involved in motorsport.

Find me at:   Helensville & Silverdale & Waimauku

Steff Bartulović – Customer Service

Stefanie is one of our Customer Service Superstars in Kumeu and has been with us since 2015. Stefanie has grown up with animals all her life, from rescuing & bringing up baby ducklings found in drains, to stray cats & dogs, to even having a wild boar living inside with her.  Steff has also had an epileptic dog called Patch who she cared for in her later years.  She now has two dogs, a young American Staffordshire terrier called Mila & a retired pig hunting dog called Boss.  She also has a 7kg ginger cat! Outside of work Steff enjoys fishing, camping & all things outdoors.

Find me at:   Kumeu

Sarah England – Vet Nurse

Sarah joined our Customer Services team back in 2015 and then decided that she would like a change in her career path. She has since gained her Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing through Unitec in 2020 and now works across all our clinics as a veterinary nurse. Sarah has also had the opportunity to nurse in Tonga with South Pacific Animal Welfare charity in 2018 and 2019.

Find me at:   Helensville & Silverdale & Waimauku

Verity Collins- Customer Service

Verity graduated as a veterinary nurse in 2009 and after gaining a few years experience at a small animal practice her and her partner Dave did the big OE over to London, spending 3 months back packing in south east Asia along the way. She worked in a busy first opinion practice in north west London for a number of years and learnt a lot. After plenty more travelling the call for home was too strong so she moved back to NZ, settled down and had her first daughter. They live in Kaukapakapa with their dog Finn, cats Tilly and Obi and a bearded dragon called Django.  

Find me at:   Silverdale

Laura Batten – Customer Service

Laura moved from Canada back in 2016 after falling in love with our beautiful country and a kiwi boy. She grew up around farm animals and a pack of dogs and this gave her a passion for animal care that she brings to work with her in Kumeu everyday. Outside of work you'll find Laura gardening or spending time with her cat Nyx and her partner Elliot. Laura is also one of our puppy school trainers at our Kumeu clinic.

Find me at:   Kumeu

Sami Baker – Customer Service

Sami joined the Vets North Team in June 2019 and will be based at our Helensville Clinic.  She will be the friendly customer service face, meeting & greeting all our clients. Being involved with animals in a veterinary environment has been Sami's career goal & we are excited to have her join the Team! With a big passion for animals she is very happy to be working with them everyday.  In her spare time you can find her at the local forest taking her small horse (really a big dog!) for a run.  You'll be able to spot her in Helensville cuddling all the animals.

Find me at:   Helensville

Leigh Kenney – Customer Service

Leigh joined Vets North in July 2018 and can be found at our Waimauku Clinic.  Although a Shore girl from way back, Leigh, her husband and twin sons have moved to Muriwai, where her family is loving living a ‘bachy’ life and her sons can indulge their passion of surfing.  They have two fur babies, a German Shepherd Cross, Taz and has adopted a kitten from the Waimauku Clinic called Zeus within a month of starting at Vets North.  She hopes to grow her animal family with chickens as soon as her husband builds her a designer chicken run.

Find me at:   Waimauku

Stevie-Lee Taylor – Customer Service

Stevie has been surrounded by all kinds of animals most of her life.  She started off in pet retail in 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed the environment, working with people & animals, but something was still missing.  She has always been especially passionate in rescue & rehabilitation and this is what has encouraged her to follow the path of becoming a vet nurse. Her current entourage consists of a GSD, Izzie, who has been with her for 14 years & counting, she has three adopted siblings whom have all joined the family through rescue situations – Riley, a lab cross, Pumpkin, a Chihuahua & Armani, a Rottweiler.  She has competed in equestrian sports for over a decade and in 2018 decided to give the competitive scene a break and had two Kaimanawa ponies arrive to train fresh from the muster.  Both are growing into beautiful, affectionate ponies and will spend the rest of their days with the family.  They currently spend their time hanging out with Stevie's 3 year old daughter's welsh pony Tonka and will hopefully be filling his shoes as her ridding ponies in the years to come.  In her spare times you’re likely to find Stevie, her daughter and the rest of the clan off on a muddy, sandy, wet adventure of some kind.

Find me at:   Kumeu & Waimauku

Michelle Parker – Groomer

Michelle started grooming after being a stay at home mum to two boys. She loves all things animal and enjoys the time she spends with the dogs making them look fabulous! Michelle shares her life with her husband, kids and old rescue dog Buddy and two rescue cats Gizmo and Molly.  

Find me at:   Grooming

Janus Ratsdorf – Trainee Vet Nurse & Cattery

Janus began working in the Cattery in June 2019 and now works across the clinics as well. He was born in Germany and raised in rural West Auckland. He is a veterinary nursing student by day and a rescuer of ducklings by night. When he was younger he started small, just a cat, a few chickens, and some fish. Now he lives in a tiny house with his cat Comet on his parents lifestyle block complete with another: 4 cats, 2 horses, 3 cows, a number of chickens and ducks, and 9 alpacas. He has also been a scout for 14 years running and has attended 3 jamborees, a venture, and the Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School for the last 3 years. When he’s not working or studying you’ll find him covered head to toe in sawdust, paint, or dirt as he tends to all his animals or constructs his own furniture. In the future he hopes to extend his veterinary knowledge and is working on a plan to incorporate his passion for wildlife conservation and aviation.

Find me at:   Helensville & Waimauku & Cattery

Nathan Parker – Cattery Assistant

Nathan joined the team in June 2019 to assist in our Waimauku Cattery. Nathan can be found working part time in the Cattery at our Waimauku Clinic.   He comes from a loving family environment with his dog Buddy and two cats Gizmo & Molly.   In his free time he enjoys playing the guitar, piano, ukulele & bass.   Nathan also enjoys giving a great performance in his drama classes and productions through School.

Find me at:   Cattery

Bailey Parry – Cattery Assistant

Bailey joined the Team in June 2019 to assist in our Waimauku cattery. More on Bailey to come.

Find me at:   Cattery

Solana Vaughan – Cattery Assistant

I joined the Vets North team in June 2019. I am currently in Yr 12 at Kaipara College, I am passionate about Wildlife Photography, Surfing, and my horses. I live in Muriwai and love taking my horses for gallops down the beach as well as competing in eventing and show jumping. 

Find me at:   Cattery

Natalya Norton – Ward Assistant

Natalya joined the Vets North Kumeu team in September 2019 as a Kennel hand.  Natalya is excited to have this opportunity to gain new skills which will support her future goal of being a canine handler.  Natalya has always enjoyed being around animals and shows genuine care for their wellbeing. Natalya spent 10 years growing up in Mangawhai and travelling to Feilding to attend a boarding school which had an agricultural focus.  Currently a Kumeu local, Natalya’s family have a dog, two cats, a bunny as well as the horses & cows.  Until recently Natalya had ridden horses for most of her life but has decided to take a break for now due to other commitments.

Find me at:   Kumeu