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.

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!

Nurses

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.

Reception

Helen

Customer Service & Reception

Helen began working for Vet Services Napier as one of our superstar receptionists in July 2019. She has had a lifelong interest in animals which began growing up on a farm. For the last 20 years Helen has been working with dogs and dog agility, a passion she has passed on to her daughter Celina (who works in our Hastings Clinic). Outside of work Helen enjoys photography, walking and reading.

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.