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.

Sharné Boys

Companion Animal Veterinarian

Sharné is originally from South Africa but completed her BVSc vet degree in Palmerston North. She moved to Hawkes Bay in 2011 to practice as a companion animal veterinarian and to this day is still loving it.

Sharné  is a talented orthopaedics surgeon who is always looking to improve her skillset. In 2017 she completed a Masters of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery with distinction and in 2020 a masters orthopaedic surgery paper.

As a self-professed crazy cat lady Sharné i will always find time to visit all the feline patients for a pat and a cuddle.

Outside of work Sharné and her husband Mark are kept busy with their son, lots of sport and socialising with friends. 

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 & Support

Becs Anderson

Vet Nurse

 

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.

renee Greenwood

Veterinary Technologist 

Renee was brought up in Hawkes Bay, and loves to get outside in the sun with her family’s dogs in tow, be it walking, swimming or kayaking!

When she’s not developing awful tan lines, she’s a keen baker and is excited to commit more time to this hobby now that her studies are finished.

Renee has recently completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Massey University Palmerston North in 2021. Through this, she was able to gain experience handling horses, livestock, companion animals and even native birds. However, it was the love of the relationship clients have with their furry-best-friends that drew Renee to working with small animals in Vet Services Napier.

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. 

David Lowe

Retail Manager

Dave Lowe joined the Vet Services team in 2019.   

He brings with him 32 years with corporate animal health companies from Coopers Animal Health 1987 to Boehringer-Ingelheim 2019 in a territory managers role.  

David has a special interest in ecto parasiticide control in sheep and cattle.  

When he’s not at work David enjoys open water swimming, hunting and endurance events.

Barb Hunter

Reception & Customer Service

 

Letitia Cuckow

Reception & Customer Service

Adrienne Rowsell

Groomer

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.

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.