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84 Pitt Street, Palmerston NorthOpening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8.00am - 6.00pm Thursday: 8.00am - 7.00pm Friday: 8.00am - 6.00pm Saturday: 9.00am - 5.00pm Sunday: 10.00am - 3.00pm
Meet our Pet Doctors Palmerston North team. They have a big team consisting of five vets (Julia, Faith, Claudia, Pietre and Lorna), ten nurses (Sjaan, Kylie Y, Jess R, Michelle, Kasia, Indy, Jess E, Kylie A, Megan and Jess S), one client relations (Haley) and two cattery attendants (Eden and Sacha).
They also share the clinic with Dr Craig Irving of Eyevet Services (a registered specialist in veterinary ophthalmology) and two groomers (Simon and Janet). Once a week they borrow Dr Andrew Worth (a registered specialist in small animal surgery) from Massey University for consultations and surgery.
Of the ten nurses three are called Jessica and there have been several Saturdays where they were the only nurses working – They joke that instead of paging a nurse, you just needed to page a Jess!
There’s always something happening at Pet Doctors Palmerston North. Forty-four veterinary and veterinary nursing students spent a week or two at the clinic last year. It’s a very busy place! Luckily, the clinic is spacious enough to fit all the staff plus patients in! The clinic opened at the end of 2004 and became part of the Pet Doctors group in 2010.
They pride themselves on high standards of care and exceptional customer service.
Blackie the clinic cat keeps the dogs in line and is very good at fooling team members into believing she hasn’t been fed.
After-hours Emergency Care:
Massey University Pet Emergency Centre (MUPEC)
Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital
0800 PET EMERGENCY (0800 738 363)
We will always put your pets health and wellbeing first and are very fortunate to work alongside a bunch of the most dedicated vets, vet nurses and customer care people in the country.
The expertise and the latest equipment and high level of staff training that is available ensures that this is the only place we want to work. We are proud of our pain-free policy that ensures that all pets go home post-operatively with long acting pain relief.
Clinical Lead Veterinarian - BVSc, MVM, PhD
Julia finished her veterinary degree in 2008 and since then has worked both in academics at Massey University & University of Queensland and privately-owned practices in New Zealand & Australia. She completed a Masters of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 with Distinction and a PhD in 2018. The most rewarding part of her role is helping pets and their families. She enjoys managing complex medical cases.
Julia has a cat called Rosie and approximately 10 chickens, although this number changes between seasons! Rosie the cat was dumped at her house several years ago but she has adopted her and now enjoys the country lifestyle. Julia's chickens are free range and came with her house. She has too much of a soft touch to get rid of the rooster so they always end up with baby chickens. Julia also plays the piano but has little time to practice at the moment with two pre-schoolers.
Veterinarian - BVSc, PhD
Claudia is originally from Argentina where she gained her first degree in veterinary science. She came to New Zealand in 1989 and completed a veterinary degree at Massey University and PhD in Companion Animal Clinical Nutrition. Claudia worked in research and teaching at the Centre for Feline Nutrition at Massey University for three years before joining the team here. Her main interests are feline and canine nutrition, and internal medicine, especially in elderly pets. Claudia has three dogs and one cat at home and enjoys good wine and food, travelling and going to the gym.
Veterinarian - BVSc, CertVA
Lorna gained her Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1990 in the UK and has since worked in mixed and small animal practices in South Africa & Australia. She enjoys surgery and the challenge of reconstruction after an injury or tumour removal. Lorna has further expanded her passion for surgery by studying a Certificate in Veterinary Anesthesia.
Lorna has several pets including a black Russian Terrier named Merlin, 2 cats named Beauty and Emerald, Widget the dwarf rabbit and 4 chickens. Surprisingly, Lorna is allergic to loads of animals! She was advised to change courses halfway through her vet studies but clearly, and (lucky for us!) did not take the advice.
You’ll find Sjaan doing all sorts of nursing and administrative stuff but one of her favourite roles is surgical and anaesthetic nursing. Sjaan is married to Sam and they have two beautiful daughters called Hannah and Beth. They share their home with their Great Dane Argo, two cats called Sugar and Jazza and a bunny named Blaze. Sjaan was born and bred in the Manawatu and grew up on a dairy farm at Oroua Downs.
Haley has two rescue dogs and four cats as part of a big household. She has always been an animal lover and loves being able to help every day with everyone’s fur-babies! She enjoys the variety that Pet Doctors brings to customers and staff alike; there is always something new to learn.
Veterinarian Nurse - DVN
Megan graduated with distinction from Massey University and started working at Pet Doctors in December 2014. Her favourite thing about working in the veterinary industry is that each day is different, and her patients keep her smiling. Outside of work she enjoys playing netball, spending time with friends and family, and reading a good novel. Her family cat (who runs the house) is called Piggles.
Indy has worked in various roles at Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in various roles including as a surgical veterinary nurse, veterinary care assistant and ICU veterinary nurse. She loves working with animals and finds it very rewarding building a trusting relationship with them and seeing them improve with love & care. Indy has a special interest in kittens and pocket pets.
Indy has seven permanent pets and often rescues/fosters pets temporarily. Smokey is her elderly rabbit who is on various medications but lives a spoilt, happy life. Her turtle Poseidon is 18 years old. Indy also has a family of 5 rescue guinea pigs named Cecil, Ellie, Jess, Cece & Rogue. Fun fact about Indy is that she can solve rubiks cubes in minutes!
Veterinarian Nurse and Team Leader
Kylie worked in Nelson for many years before joining Pet Doctors, becoming a Team Leader. Kylie enjoys working with her great team and providing great service to clients and their furry family members.
Kylie has Lizzy, a pure breed Catahoula Leopard and two cats, Pumpkin and Muffin, who don't hesitate to keep the family in line.
In her spare time Kylie enjoys playing lawn bowls and has represented Manawatu.
Team Leader & Veterinary Nurse
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