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Te Puke Veterinary Centre Ltd

Companion Animal Team

Helen McGowan BVSc
Veterinarian

Helen graduated from Massey University in 1999, initially working in a mixed animal Practice in Taranaki. She moved to the Bay in 2004, starting at Te Puke vets as a Dairy and companion animal vet. She now works soley with companion animals, with a special interest in opthalmology and endocrinology.

In her spare time she enjoys discovery off road trails for running with Rylee (Labrador). 

Jenny Akehurst BVSc BSc
Veterinarian

Jenny graduated from Bristol University in the UK and headed straight out to New Zealand as a new graduate. For the first 2 years she worked in mixed animal practice in the Waikato, before moving to Taupo and concentrating on Small Animals for 3 years. She has just recently moved to Te Puke in 2015 and is looking forward to meeting the locals.

Jenny has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery and ophthalmology.

Outside of work she enjoys going to the gym, for a run or a walk with her dog Abby and  watching movies when she’s feeling less active.

 
Simon Bartley BVSc
Companion Animal Veterinarian

Simon began working as a Companion Animal and Dairy Vet in Te Puke shortly after graduating in 1996. After 2 years in Te Puke he went to the UK for a 3 year working and travelling stint, followed by 4 years practicing in Auckland.  In 2005 he returned to Te Puke. Simon has a special interest in soft tissue surgery.

In his spare time Simon enjoys adventuring in the outdoors with family and friends.

Kim Chamberlain BVSc
Veterinarian

Kim graduated from Massey University in 1999.  She worked in companion animal practice for 2 years before heading to England where she worked as a locum and travelled for 4 years.

In 2006 Kim returned to New Zealand to get married and brought a practice in Auckland. Whilst living in Auckland, Kim and her husband Steve had two children.

In 2011 Kim moved to the Bay of Plenty with her family and joined Te Puke Vet Centre in 2012.  She now lives on a few acres in Papamoa with her family, dog, cat and chickens.

Kim has a special interest in dentistry and in her spare time enjoys running, mountain biking and spending time with her family.

Karen O'Connor BVSc
Veterinarian

The joke around the clinic is that I have had more leaving parties than anyone else.

I worked here for six years shortly after graduating doing both small and large animal practice.  In those days John Thurston and I would calve cows in the morning and spey cats in the afternoons.

I left the first time to go overseas and see practice in Canada and visit my sister in England.  I left another time to spend a year working in England, and I left a third time pregnant with Trent my first child.  That is three leaving parties and three going away presents! Oh yeah.  Once Trent was born I worked part time off and on until my daughter was born. That was sixteen years ago and now I split my days between working in practice and teaching animal care and vet nursing at Polytech.

I really love the team at Te Puke vets and get a kick out of establishing relationships with our clients and your pets.  So I guess its no more parties and presents from the clinic for me any time soon.

Michelle Clark National Certificate in Vet Nursing
Senior Veterinary Nurse

Michelle lives on a lifestyle block with her husband, two daughters, sheep, chickens, two cats, fish and her dog Max. That’s Max in the picture with Michelle.

After Michelle’s second daughter started school, Michelle decided to return to school to fulfill her ambition of  becoming a vet nurse. She graduated from Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in November 2004 and started working at Te Puke Vet Centre in 2005.  Michelle loves working with animals and also really enjoys school visits, where with the help of Max she teaches kids how to care and look after pets. Michelle is particularly proud of Max in that as well as his teaching role he has helped save several dog's lives by donating his blood.

In Michelle’s spare time she likes fishing, arts and crafts and spending time with family and friends.

 
Mikalya Herbert NZ Certificate in Animal Technology/Vet Nursing
Veterinary Nurse

Mikayla has shown her passion of animal care through competing her horses nationally; show jumping for the past 10 years.  She then decided she wanted to do more and make looking after animals a career and graduated her NZ Certificate in Veterinary Nursing, from the Bay of Plenty Polytech.  From there she joined the Te Puke Vet Centre team in April 2017 and has shown a particular interest in surgical cases and critical care cases.

In her spare time she enjoys looking after her many farm animals, training her young and current show jumpers and playing the odd hockey game.

 
Sian Rowell
Veterinary Nurse

 

 
Jemma Smiles
Veterinary Nurse

 

 
Kate Harston
Veterinary Nurse
 
Kate joined our team in November 2018 after completing her Veterinary Nursing Certificate at Toi Ohomai. She is a Te Puke local and lives in Pongakawa with her three children Brody, Jax and Ava. They have a Huntaway called Diesel amd a cat named Buddy who came to them as an orphaned kitten but has quickly become the boss of the house. Outside of work Kate enjoys spending time at home with the family and going on adventures with the kids.

 

Georgia Adams
Veterinary Nurse
 
I have always had an interest in animals of all sizes, and decided to first study Animal Management in 2017 this course focuses more on animal behaviour and exotics. I enjoyed the anatomy part of my course and chose to continue onto study a certificate in Veterinary nursing in 2018.  I have an interest in animal behaviour and enjoy running the Puppy Preschool classes and helping new owners to understand and communicate with their puppies better. I also like Native New Zealand Birds and taking them to ARRC when they need.
In my spare time I like going to the gym, cooking pancakes, doing art and training my cat Graham to do tricks. 
Rose Emmett
Veterinary Nurse
 
Rose graduated with her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2018 at Waikato Institute of Technology in Hamilton. She has been working full time in Bay of Plenty for a while now and started at TPVC June 2019 . Rose grew up on the West Coast of the North Island. The 1st memory she has of her childhood cat was when her Grandad turned up with this tiny tabby ball of fluff only 5-6 weeks old. Rose was told that her 3 yr old self said “I planned his name to be Milo”. Rose has said she was so privileged to have had the experience with such a wide range of animals growing up. She had lambs, calves, goats, chickens, rabbits, cats and a dog over her childhood years; with which her fascination of animals grew even more. When she’s not at work with all your fur babies she enjoys outdoor walks, the ocean, the gym, a good book or tv show. Spending time with family and friends in any time off is a must as they all live up and down the country. In Veterinary nursing Rose’s interests are surgical nursing such as orthopaedics, anaesthesia and dentistry.
 

 

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I have always had an interest in animals of all sizes, and decided to first study Animal Management in 2017 this course focuses more on animal behaviour and exotics. I enjoyed the anatomy part of my course and chose to continue onto study a certificate in Veterinary nursing in 2018.
 
I have an interest in animal behaviour and enjoy running the Puppy Preschool classes and helping new owners to understand and communicate with their puppies better. 
I also like Native New Zealand Birds and taking them too ARRC
 
In my spare time I like going to the gym, cooking pancakes, doing art and training my cat Graham to do tricks.