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.

Best Practice Accredited Clinic

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.

Meet Our Vets
Dr Tarryn Muller

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.

Meet Our Vet Nurses
Nicole Cavanagh
Vet Nurse

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 Cassidy
Vet Nurse

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.

Karen Whittington
Vet Nurse

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.

Holly Hill
Vet Nurse

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!)