Our Mission: “Integrity and trust, working as a team, and providing a quality service in a consistent manner.”
Ourvets is a multi-location practice, where each veterinarian’s area of expertise fits together to create an extensive portfolio of veterinary skills and knowledge. We love our own pets as much as you love yours. If you want the best care for your pet you have come to the right place.
Ourvets St Albans was Christchurch’s first NZVA Accredited Practice. We are very proud of the ongoing commitment of all staff to have remained accredited for so many years. This takes a great deal of hard work and effort. Strict standards must be met to gain accreditation.
An audit of the practice is undertaken every two years and must meet the strict standards set out by the New Zealand Veterinary Association. This means you can rely on us to deliver the very best service for you and your pet.
Our latest Best Practice accreditation was completed January 2017.
John owned his own veterinary clinic in Christchurch before joining the St Albans team in 2005. He has special interests in surgery and oncology (cancer management and treatment).
When not working at the clinic or renovating his home, John enjoys running, reading and gardening to relax. John was all set to run in the New York marathon in 2011 before injury struck, watch this space he may get there yet!
Alice has been a part of our veterinarian team since May 2017. She works across all our clinics and enjoys the variation that each clinic brings.
From a young age, Alice wanted to be a veterinarian. She was known to bring home a variety of lost and hurt animals to her parents' farm in Omakau to nurse them back to health. In 2015, she graduated from Massey and has worked in Christchurch as a Vet ever since.
Back on the farm, Alice has an old horse named Napoleon and a cat called Oscar. Within the veterinary field, Alice has a particular interest in performing surgeries and takes pride in her attention to detail. She also loves meeting new clients and getting to know them and their pets. In her spare time, Alice enjoys riding horses and absolutely loves dancing. She dances modern jive competitively and also enjoys a bit of Brazilian Zouk.
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Tarryn is originally from South Africa (we are very pleased she made the move here). She has worked previously in clinics that treat both large and small animals – so she is enjoying the opportunity to focus on small animals now.
Tarryn says that building good relationships with clients is very important to her as it helps to achieve better outcomes for the patients. She also enjoys soft tissue surgery and small animal medicine.
When not hard at work, Tarryn and her husband are normally out and about, tramping, camping, cycling and for a quieter moment settling down with a good book. They share their house with two rescue dogs and a cat ironically named Ninja (the clumsy clogs), Bingo has every breed known to man in his heritage and Titan is a rather nervous lab x who likes to go for runs.
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Esme is originally from Yorkshire. She studied at Cambridge University, working in Wales and Yorkshire for almost 4 years before moving to NZ. Esme is especially interested in imaging (ultrasound), oncology diagnostics and medicine. Esme has previously worked with large and small animals, however she is enjoying being able to focus on small animals here at Ourvets.
When not at work Esme is normally doing something fitness orientated - a keen cyclist, runner and swimmer. She adores the outdoors but has a love for her spin classes as well.
Happily, Esme shares her house with Pippen the rescue kitten (who likes to terrify Esmes' partner with his death-defying leaps - preferably at 3am) and Meredith an Albino rabbit.
Sarah is our Practice Manager and a qualified Vet Nurse. Since gaining her vet nurse qualification, Sarah has also studied Management at UC. She has travelled overseas and nursed in the UK for 2 years. Sarah took up the management role at Ourvets in 2017 – which she enjoys the challenges this position gives her and the feeling of making a positive difference in the lives of the staff as well as patients and clients.
“As long as I am learning, I am happy” is something Sarah has declared (staff would say that she is also made happy with good food and a nice cup of coffee). When not at one of the Ourvets clinics, Sarah is usually found walking or hiking, cooking and spending time with her family including the very feisty ‘Monkey’ (Cat).
Diana is our Customer Service Manager and Receptionist. She began working with us in 2016 and now we don’t know how we would managed without her. Diana has a Bachelor of Design, majoring in advertising. It is her aim that all our clients have the best experience possible at Ourvets.
When not at work Diana is usually found pandering to her rescue cats every whim (Violet the Pirate – so named as she has one eye only). She is also a big fan of large family gatherings and so is frequently attending or organising these. Diana is very creative and spends her some of her free time working on projects.
Nicole has been a part of the team since early 2015. She has a passion for surgery, especially orthopaedic surgery. Nicole is our go-to nurse with any surgery questions!
As well as nursing, Nicole is a mum to three beautiful children who take up most of her spare time. Not to mention her four fur babies Millie, Neko, Meeka and George. Nicole adores her family and friends and loves spending time outside. Nicole is so proud of how far she has come in the past few years.
Kellie has been a veterinary nurse for a number of years and has worked with us for around 4 of those so far. She is the main surgical nurse at our St Albans branch where she works part time.
Kellie is the mother of two beautiful young girls which keep her super busy. She also has a chocolate point Persian named Maddy and a tabby called Tiger.
Her special interest within the veterinary field would definitely have to be surgery and also being involved with the interesting cases we get into the clinic.
Outside of work, Kellie enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, fishing, flying, and playing at the park. Kellie is currently enjoying maternity leave.
Michelle recently became a qualified Veterinary Nurse after completing her Diploma but she has been working with us since 2016. She has a passion for learning and studying. Michelle has a particular interest in patient, triage, intensive and emergency nursing.
Michelle adores her bunnies and also has a turtle (a red-eared slider). When not working or spending time with her pets she is continuing her professional development or is with her friends and family.
Ella began at Ourvets in October 2017, quickly establishing herself as a useful and helpful member of the team. She has a customer service background and is very good at reassuring clients whom are a little overwhelmed. Ella enjoys surgery, with the monitoring and post-surgical care being particular areas of interest for her. When required Ella also helps out in the cattery – she is very good at medicating the unwilling and giving sweet cuddles to all the kitties.
Currently Ella is unable to have pets, however plans are in place for a corgi and a goat, perhaps even a cat or two. She is a keen dancer and is often at practice 3 times or more a week, leaving just enough time for hanging out with friends and family.
Karen has over 10 years’ experience in veterinary nursing and joined the Ourvets team mid 2018, proving to be a valuable addition to the team. One of her proudest achievements over her career was working with clients to get their 60kg Labrador's weight down to 30kg, thus the dog was no longer lame from carrying that excess weight on its joints. Karen has a particular interest in laboratory work and cares for our machines, and she also enjoys finding solutions for our unique clients. Her work catch phrase is “We are improving lives!”
When not working Karen is usually with her two teenage children or dancing (Modern Jive). Karen also likes to go walking and is missing the camper she used to own.
Grace gained her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and has been working for Ourvets since early 2018. She is a capable intelligent nurse, whom can always be relied upon to go the extra bit when required. Nursing our hospitalised patients and assisting in surgery are areas she particularly enjoys.
When not at work Grace is usually at hockey, swimming, water-skiing and hanging out with her friends and family. Her animal family includes 2 rescue cats, 2 bichons, interestingly Grace used to have a pet pig called Bluebell.
Holly is one of Ourvets newest nurses. She had previously been working while studying for the last 2 years and is now a Diploma Veterinary nurse, which she is very proud of! Holly is yet to find a specific passion within nursing and is currently happy learning all she can in all areas. When not at work, Holly can be found volunteering at Dogwatch - or watching a good movie with friends and family.
Holly has an extensive fur family! They include Sativa (DSH - who loves belly rubs), Kaiser (Sharpei x Bulldog – rolly dog!), Phoenix (DSH – loves chasing lasers and enjoys a good box), Bayzen (DMH – you’ll find him in his favourite chair), Star (DMH – loves cuddles and being your shadow), Bailey (DSH – a living alarm clock!)
Sarah completed her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2003. She has experience working at clinics in both Christchurch and Wellington nursing at a clinic. Sarah has a 1.5 years old Border Collie, Piper and they compete together at Obedience competitions. Sarah’s goal wants to have a litter of puppies with Piper. Sarah has a Dog walking and Pet Feeding business called Pets Steps that she also fits in with her clinic hours.