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84 Pitt Street, Palmerston North

Opening 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
 
Special Hours:Cattery Hours
Public Holiday Trading Hours
06 357 5887
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PET DOCTORS PALMERSTON NORTH

Meet our Pet Doctors Palmerston North team. We have a big team consisting of highly qualified and experienced Vets, Vet Nurses, Client Relations and Cattery Attendants.


We also share the clinic with Dr Craig Irving of Eyevet Services, a registered specialist in veterinary ophthalmology, and groomers, Simon and Janet. Once a week we borrow Dr Andrew Worth, a registered specialist in small animal surgery, from Massey University for consultations and surgery.


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.


We pride ourselves 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

University Avenue

Massey University

0800 PET EMERGENCY (0800 738 363)


VET SERVICES

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.

  • Consultations
  • Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Dentistry
  • Biochemistry, Haematology and Urinalysis in-house
  • Pet food, supplies & advice
  • Off-street parking
  • Groomers in-house
  • Cattery
  • Specialist appointments & surgery in Opthalmology & Small Animal Surgery
  • Puppy preschool
  • Housecalls
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OUR TEAM
  • Dr Claudia Ugarte
  • Dr Faith Hattle
  • Dr Lorna Johnson
  • Dr Pietre Allan
  • Sjaan
  • Kylie Y
  • Jess R
  • Jess M
  • Indy
  • Kasia
  • Divinea
  • Annie
  • Megan
OUR TEAM
Dr Claudia Ugarte

Dr Claudia Ugarte

Palmerston North 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.

Dr Faith Hattle

Dr Faith Hattle

Palmerston North Veterinarian - BVSc

I have been working in the Veterinary industry for 6 years.

I have a dog named Ezra, a rescue dog whose personality is the opposite of his tiny size. You might meet him waiting behind reception for pats and treats. At home we have Jezebel who will be 18 in 2019 and still knows that people are here to serve cats. Stevie was rescued off the road as a tiny kitten and now alternates between smooching and terrorising.

Outside of work I love vegetable gardening, reading and spending time with my family.

Dr Lorna Johnson

Dr Lorna Johnson

Palmerston North 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.


Dr Pietre Allan

Dr Pietre Allan

Palmerston North Veterinarian - BVSc

Before joining Pet Doctors, I worked as a companion animal veterinarian in Wellington and in Christchurch. I gained my Veterinarian degree at Massey University, graduating in 2010. I also have a degree in Plant & Microbial Science from the University of Canterbury.

I have a soft coated Wheaten Terrier called Austin who is 9 years old but is still very active and young at heart. I also have a naughty Tortie long hair cat called Flick who is very much the 'Queen Bee' of the household.

Before becoming a Veterinarian I worked in Australia and the UK in corporate banking and was most relieved to trade in wearing a 'suit' for a set of 'scrubs'! I enjoy the outdoors and love tramping, skiing and mountain biking.

Sjaan

Sjaan

Palmerston North Team Leader (Administration) - DipVN

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.

Kylie Y

Kylie Y

Palmerston North Team Leader (Nursing)

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.

Jess R

Jess R

Palmerston North Veterinary Nurse - DipVN

My family has 4 dogs and 4 cats, 5 chickens and 2 cows. Zora and Keira are black Labradors, Axl is a golden Labrador and Beau is a Border Collie.

I play football on Sundays during the winter season, and futsal and indoor or summer football during summer. I love hanging out with my pets and taking the dogs to the river.

Jess M

Jess M

Palmerston North Veterinarian Nurse

Jessica is originally from Canada and has a Diploma in Veterinary Technology and has completed a degree in Animal Science at Massey University.

She has two cats, who provide lots of entertainment and great company, Darci, the black and white and Moustachio the tortoiseshell

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys reading, baking and spending time in the garden.

Indy

Indy

Palmerston North Veterinary Nurse

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!

Kasia

Kasia

Palmerston North Veterinary Nurse

Divinea

Divinea

Palmerston North Veterinary Nurse

Annie

Annie

Palmerston North Veterinary Nurse

Annie is a local from Manawatu, who spent time working in Napier before joining the team at Terrace End/ Palmerston North.

She has a very spoilt seal point Birman called Panda and two elderly pet sheep.

On weekends you will find Annie out motorcycling on her Ducati Monster 1100.

Megan

Megan

Palmerston North Veterinary 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.

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Your pets, our patients, are our world.

We're dedicated to making that world happier and healthier.