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133 Gloucester Street, Taradale, NapierOpening Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Pet Doctors Taradale has been established in Napier for over 40 years. We have a strong commitment to maintaining the highest ethical and medical standards; and to treating our clients and colleagues with the utmost respect. Over the years ‘Todd’ our clinic tabby has become well known as he basks in attention at the reception desk. ‘Poppa Todd’ often comforts patients and kittens in the hospital; he does such an awesome job that he has his own employment contract signed in ‘paw’.
Our dedicated veterinarians and veterinary nurses aim to provide service beyond expectation. We do this by striving to:
- Provide a professional and top quality service to our clients and their pets in a friendly and caring environment.
- Maintaining the highest ethical and medical standards.
- Keeping up with the latest veterinary medical and surgical advancements to properly diagnose, treat and care for our clients' pets.
- Communicating opening and honestly, and respecting the trust placed in us.
- Keeping our clients informed about their pet's health, treatment and care while in our vet clinic.
- Having qualified, courteous and knowledgeable staff eager to offer professional, high-quality care at all times.
After-hours is shared with 2 other vet clinics in Napier. Call the Taradale clinic on (06)8442009 to be re-directed to the on-call clinic for Napier.
We provide comprehensive professional veterinary care for dogs, cats, birds and all other small animals. Our wide range of animal welfare services include:
Veterinarian - BVSc
Dr Clive Hambly is senior veterinary associate and has worked at the clinic since 1996. He graduated with a BVSc from Onderstepoort, Pretoria University in 1982, after which he worked for a number of years in mixed practice in South Africa, and in the Waikato. He is passionate about all areas of vet practice, but particularly enjoys working with orthopaedic cases and mentoring younger vets.
Dr Linda Welch graduated from Massey University and started out in mixed practice in Otago. After some time overseas, she returned to New Zealand, working in small animal practice. Linda enjoys all aspects of veterinary work, with areas of special interest in feline medicine, soft tissue surgery and ophthalmology. She owns four lovely cats and a fox terrier named Roy. Linda joined the team in 2006.
Junior Veterinary Associate - BVSc, BVc (Zoo)
Prior to becoming a veterinarian, Suzanne worked as an administrator/receptionist before deciding to make a career change, starting university in 2011. Whilst working towards acceptance into the competitive veterinary degree, she completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology. Suzanne was accepted in the Veterinary Science program in 2013 and graduated in 2017.
Suzanne is looking forward to building relationships with clients and meeting their pets. She has a special interest in surgery, along with New Zealand wildlife. She hopes that she will gain more skills in avian medicine, enabling her to assist in treating native birds when required.
Suzanne and her husband Paul have one cat, D'Arcy who loves to hunt and regularly brings them "presents" of mice and rabbits. They also have 9 hens, a barred rock rooster called Steve and a lot of bee hives. In her spare time, you will find Suzanne out in New Zealand's bushes on hiking adventures with friends. As a Lord of the Rings fan, she was chosen as a the part of a dwarf extra! Unfortunately the position fell through, so she lost her claim to fame; however she was accepted into vet school shortly after which helped soften the blow.
Veterinarian - BVSc
Harriett is a Junior Veterinary Associate at Pet Doctors Taradale. She graduated from Massey in 2016 with a Bachelor in Veterinary Science. Harriett has a particular interest in small animal medicine and critical care, but she enjoys all aspects of being a vet.
In her spare time, Harriett loves to take the opportunity to get outside and see our beautiful country. She loves outdoor activities such as tramping, skiing, netball and soccer. While Harriett doesn't own a pet herself (we're sure we can change that though!), she has a family dog and cat called Ted and Tigga.
Sharon Hambly is Team Leader and is responsible for the non-clinical management of the clinic. Sharon is particularly interested in strategic and human resource management, believing recruitment and retention of high-quality team members who identify with the organisation’s culture and ethos, is vitally important to the success of the business. Sharon believes the way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers.
Veterinarian Nurse and Customer Relations
Lisa graduated with a diploma in veterinary nursing from Massey University in 1998 and joined the team at Taradale Vet Hospital in 2002. She has worked in all areas of the clinic and now works part time in an administrative role, but can still be found helping out in the hospital, surgery and reception when she can.
Lisa went to London in 2007 and worked in a small animal clinic in the city. It was an amazing experience to be able to live and work in London. She was fortunate enough to come back to her role at TVH in 2008.
At home Lisa has 2 children, 2 cats called Pedro and Rove and is hoping to become a 1st time dog owner very soon! On the weekends you can find her out and about with the family on their bikes enjoying the outdoors.
Sana is one of our fantastic team of nurses.
Jordan is one of our fantastic team of nurses.
Jo is one of our fantastic team of nurses.
Mikaela is originally from South Africa and moved here when she was 13. She has always known that she would want to work with animals one day. She finished her Bachelor of Veterinary Technology from Massey University in 2018 and has since joined Pet Doctors Taradale. Mikaela loves to work with clients to help them care for their pets to their maximum potential. She enjoys making the pets' experience at clinic a fun one and ensure that during their time in clinic their are as safe as possible. Her special interests are in wights and consults.
Mikaela has a ginger and white cat who is convinced he is a human and loves catching massive leaves. He's not very good at 'catting' and has been caught falling from trees and fences. In her spare time Mikaela enjoys running and the gym.
After Carina finished studying her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing she got offered a job at Pet Doctors Taradale where she had previously worked. She enjoys vet nursing because it satisfies every part of her personality - she loves people and client interactions, continuously learning and working on expanding herself. She enjoys the intensive hospital patient care the most.
Carina has just taken up surfing hopes to be half decent at it one day.
Animals were always a focal point of Paula's life, and growing up on a lifestyle block outside of New Plymouth, she developed a love of all things pets and dreamed of one day working with them. This dream is now a reality after completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. Paula loves soothing and socialising with patients, and has a keen interest in physiotherapy of animals and their behaviour.
Paula has a cat named Duskie, who's little but sassy, but can also do tricks like turn in a circle and shake hands. She also has a turtle named Frankie. In her free time you can catch Paula horse riding, having previously competed at Horse of the Year, and dancing ballet which she has done for years. She is also extremely close with her sister, nephew and niece.
Your pets, our patients, are our world.
We're dedicated to making that world happier and healthier.