Meet The

Napier Team

The Vet Services clinic in Napier is staffed by a companion animal vet and experienced nursing and support staff. Our Vet Services Napier clinic was established in 2012 to cater for the growing demands of veterinary care in the Napier area. The clinic has a strong companion animal vet team, which is complemented by its modern clinic and experienced production animal and equine vets.

Vet team

Dave Kruger

Clinic Manager & Mixed Practice Veterinarian

Dave joined the Vet Services team in 1996 after moving to New Zealand from South Africa. He is based out of our Napier Clinic and involved with both the equine and companion animal divisions of our practices. 

Dave has a special interest in equine dentistry and lameness/foot balance and is very experienced with ultrasonography and radiology in horses. 

Dave’s always had a passion for horses and the outdoors. When he is not at work you may find him riding his endurance horses with his wife Pilar or near the water, surfing, diving, or volunteering with surf lifesaving with his sons.

Veronika Pipe

Clinic Manager & Companion Animal Veterinarian

Veronika immigrated to New Zealand in 2005 from the Czech Republic and worked in Christchurch for 12 years where her 2 boys were born. She moved to Hawke’s Bay in 2016 and has been at VSHB ever since. She enjoys the great sense of collegiality within VSHB and is currently completing her Masters of Veterinary Medicine specialising in ultrasonography. Her special interests include small mammal and wildlife veterinary care.

Bridgette Karetai

Companion Animal Veterinarian

Bridgette joined the Vet Services Team as a Locum in 2018, taking a permanent position in our Napier Clinic in 2020.

Outside of work Bridgette and her husband Jeff Niblett are busy with their New Zealand Game Birds and River Kennels business, 3 busy children, 4 fat horses and too may dogs to count.

Siobhan Ellis

Companion Animal Veterinarian

Siobhan is one of our companion animal veterinarians that joined in May 2019. Siobhan moved to the Hawke’s Bay after graduating in 2017 and hasn’t seemed to be able to leave.

Her interests include birds, pocket pets and exotics, and diving in surgery. She enjoys seeing the relationship clients have with their pets and loves when she can do something to help maintain or strengthen this.

Outside of work Siobhan loves keeping herself fit, whether this is at the gym, dancing or doing aerial sports. She has a 15 year old cat, who rules her household.

Rachel Griffiths

Companion Animal Veterinarian

Rachel moved to Hawke’s Bay after graduating from Massey University in 2013. She has always had a focus on companion animal practice and particularly enjoys internal medicine and soft tissue surgery, both of which she has completed her masters papers in. A favourite past time of Rachel’s is performing in musicals and plays so you may see her on stage from time to time when she can manage balancing this with being a vet and a mum!

Henry shand

Mixed Practice Veterinarian

Henry grew up on the outskirts of Rotorua before touring the country by attending various universities (BSc. at Otago, postgraduate studies in Auckland and had a stint working on super yachts overseas before completing his BVSc. at Massey University).

After graduating vet school in 2018, Henry spent a   couple of foggy years in the Reporoa Valley. He comes to Vet Services Hawkes Bay searching for sunshine!

Henry has a keen interest in the production animal sector and will occasionally be seen in the companion animal side at Vet Services Napier. 

He enjoys anything sport, particularly rugby or cricket related. Henry has also developed a keen obsession with fly fishing and is in search of a trophy! If anyone is willing to share their spot, he’s all ears. 

Nurses & Support

Rebecca Dawson

Vet Nurse

Rebecca grew up here in Hawke’s Bay, surrounded by horses and other animals. From a young age she knew she wanted a career involving animals. Rebecca graduated from EIT Taradale with a diploma in veterinary nursing in 2019. She joined VSHB in September 2019 as a part time kennel hand before becoming a full-time vet nurse in December.

Earlier this year Rebecca started running our puppy preschool classes and really enjoys being able to do this. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses, playing netball, and going to the gym.

Astrid Schweizer

Head Nurse

Astrid was born and raised a small traditional town Tübingen, in southwest Germany. She grew up looking after a variety of pets and decided to turn her passion into profession, completing a Diploma in veterinary nursing in 2012. Astrid began her career at a specialist vet clinic, using CT scans and preparing/assisting for Gastroscopy, orthopaedics and heart surgery.

in 2015, Astrid and her friend Anna decided to travel to New Zealand and has never left! They were given the opportunity to rear a herd of 450 calfs in central Hawke’s Bay and had an unforgettable time, but were drawn back to nursing and joined the Vet Services in 2018.

Outside of work Astrid likes to be outdoors at the beach, playing netball, snowboarding or exploring new tracks with her dog Cleo and partner Nick.

Deanna Evans

Vet Nurse

Born and bred in the Hawke’s Bay, Deanna started riding horses from a young age and started competing at 13.

She started studying at EIT in 2018 to graduate in 2020 with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Deanna Started working at Vet Services in February 2020. She is passionate about all animals and is excited to see where this career path leads.

Mary-Jane Goble

Vet Nurse

Mary-Jane grew up in Inglewood, Taranaki on a small dairy farm were she helped her mum with the cows and beef cattle. Animals were a big part of her life growing up so she decided to pursue a career in vet nursing. After graduating with a Diploma from Wintec, Mary-Jane moved to Taupo to work in a mixed practice clinic before joining her partner in the sunny Hawke’s Bay. In her spare time Mary-Jane plays netball, loves to shop and binge watch Netflix.

Holly Te Ngahue

Senior Nurse

Holly grew up in Hawke’s Bay on a lifestyle block in Waiwhare just off the Napier Taihape Road. She originally wanted to become an equine veterinary nurse, but through her studies towards a certificate in veterinary nursing at EIT she completed some work experience at Vet Services Hastings and loved it! She took a full time position with the Hastings Clinic in 2013, and transferred to help open our new Napier branch in 2016. While she has worked for Vet Services Holly has completed her diploma in veterinary nursing (correspondence with Otago University) and has enjoyed companion animal work so much that she hasn’t pursued equine work. When she is not at work Holly is kept busy with her two children, and any spare time is used up riding her horse, catching up on a good program or simply getting outdoors.

sydnee porter

Vet Nurse 

Sydnee started working at Vet Services Hastings in 2019 and moved to the Napier team in 2021.

Sydnee has helped both the reception and vet nursing teams while she completing her Diploma in Vet Nursing and additional training to become a rural Vet Technician. Her favourite part of the job is having a large, supportive team and getting to work with such cute patients!

Outside of work and study you will find Sydnee outdoors at the beach or river with her fiancé and dog or curled up with a book in the backyard with her three cats. 

Tegen Willis

Vet Nurse 

Tegen joined the Vet Services Napier team towards the end of 2020 after completing her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through EIT. 

Growing up with 2 younger brothers she has had plenty of experience with wild animals. Tegen loves all furry friends that may come through our doors but especially enjoys her feline patients. She enjoys all aspects of nursing particularly enjoying the weeks she is on surgery as you never know what patient you may get e.g routine or an emergency. She continues to enjoy her career path and learns something new everyday! 

When not at work Tegen enjoys life’s simple pleasures like taking a well deserved nap, watching Netflix or playing with her cat Scooter. On occasion she can be sporty and enjoys playing squash at the local club, being the youngest member on their committee. 

Adrienne Rowsell


Adrienne started her grooming journey about 24 years ago as a bather/dryer and quite quickly progressed to actually grooming. She had a few years break while she trained and worked as a hairdresser, but eventually returned to doing what she loves the most – grooming and hanging out with dogs! 

Adrienne is a current member of the New Zealand Dog Groomers Association (NZDGA) and enjoys attending training and seminar weekends to further her skills and knowledge. 

In her spare time Adrienne enjoys showing her toy poodle. She showed and bred her griffons for 20 years and is currently owned by 2 griffons. 1 standard poodle, 1 toy poodle, 1 viszla, a cat and a snake neck turtle.  

Lisa Bennett

Accounts & Administration 

Lisa joined the Vet Services team as a receptionist in 2004 in the Waipukurau clinic.  She took on other office duties in the Waipukurau clinic as Office administrator and in 2018 moved to the Napier clinic. 

Outside of work Lisa enjoys walking and spending time with family.