Our Vets

Veterinarians

SASHA NOWELL

Sasha NowellPractice Owner Veterinarian, BVSc (Dist).

Sasha graduated from Massey in 1998 with distinction. She went straight into mixed practice where she became proficient in a wide range of surgical and medical skills, with a particular interest in urinary tract disease in cats and soft tissue surgery.  Sasha developed a passion for small animal reproduction which she is still keen on today.  She is a breeder of Italian greyhounds, a unique and toy breed of dog.

Sasha is known for her honesty and confidence, ensuring every client is well informed and comfortable with what is happening to their pet.  At times sharing in the heartache and loss, which she feels is an important part of every vet’s commitment to their client.  She is able to customise care and take time to follow-up all cases over the phone.

On 1 August 2013 Sasha purchased the Pakuranga Vet Clinic & Cattery as the sole owner. She is delighted to share her knowledge, skill and passion with such a great team.

In November 2015 Sasha opened Whitford Vet Clinic as a branch Clinic to Pakuranga. She is excited to be able to provide the same fantastic service to the Whitford community that she provides in Pakuranga.

Sasha is married to Scott and has three children, Avadee,  Tawny and Dempsey.  The home menagerie consists of  Elmo the Chihuahua cross, Cricket the Italian greyhound, a moggy cat Muni Magpie, two Burmese cats Sugar Snowball and Coffee Mudshake, Icabod the bearded dragon, 2 ponies and 9 sheep.

 

 Justin SilcockJUSTIN SILCOCK

Veterinarian BVSc 

Justin graduated from Massey University in 2008 and has also completed a post graduate paper in canine and feline oncology, an area he is particularly interested in.

Justin joined our team in 2013 after arriving back in NZ following three years working abroad in the UK, Australia and some volunteer work in Rarotonga.  Justin is a full time vet with a strong desire to extend his skills, develop strong client bonds and work with a fun and caring team.  He is a great communicator and has a proven history of strong abilities in both medicine and surgery.

Justin is skilled in diagnostic ultrasound and is relishing using our ultrasound machine and becoming very proficient at abdominal imaging as well as heart echocardiograms. We are so pleased to be able to offer his very good ultrasonic skills to our clients. He is also developing a strong interest in orthopedic cases. He has trained under UK orthopaedic surgeon, Malcolm Ness and our own vet Naomi in the MMP cranial cruciate repair and is now skilled at the technique.

He is a keen sailor which has taken him on skipper training trips to Morocco, Spain, Gibraltar, France and England as well as skippering charters in Greece and Croatia.  Justin is married to Amisha (also a veterinarian) and has settled in Auckland. He has adopted a rescue cat called Possum and has a beautiful baby girl to keep him on his toes.

 

BRYAN GARTRELL

Veterinarian, BVSc.

Brian GartrellBryan joined our team in 2013. He graduated from Massey University in 1973 and for most of the years since graduation he has owned and developed his own practices. He has taken the opportunity to experience a very large range of veterinary work. Bryan has worked with every animal from reptiles, birds, small mammals, to horses and zoo animals.  He is a highly skilled surgeon and clinician and brings a wealth of knowledge to the clinic.

Bryan’s main level of expertise is in small animals but he always kept his hand in with large animal and exotics. The challenges of trying to solve medical and surgical issues in different animals are an on-going source of stimulation for him.  Bryan is an expert surgeon for complex surgical cases and orthopedics.

When not at work or away you may find him playing in his boat or creating in his man shed.  Sadly natural attrition has hit all his beloved pets. Bryan and his wife Gael are away often so they have foster pets instead that come to stay regularly and their sons cat Biggie, that came for a holiday and never left!  They have two grown up sons and twin Grandsons!

We are really excited to have Bryan join the team which will enable us to offer more surgical services than ever before and to spend more time working on exotics, birds and reptiles.

 

0T0A4404SARAH FOSTER

Veterinarian BVSc (Dist)

Sarah joined our team in 2014. She graduated from Massey University with BVSc (distinction) at the end of 2010. She initially started in small animal practice in Christchurch, however the February earthquake in 2011 meant she moved around the South Island to a number of clinics and locations including Cromwell, Queenstown and Ashburton.

She has completed post graduate studies in feline medicine, respiratory medicine and gastroenterology. Sarah is particularly interested in internal medicine (particularly feline medicine), oncology and dermatology, plus has developed a strong interest in emergency medicine after dealing with injured animals immediately post earthquake in Christchurch. Sarah also has a keen interest in animal nutrition, having previously worked at a pro raw feeding clinic, she has a very unbiased view on pet nutrition.

After a few months overseas exploring Europe and the USA,  Sarah returned to Auckland and has been enjoying being back in the North Island ever since. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, travelling and exploring the fantastic restaurants Auckland has to offer.

Sarah has a soft spot for hard luck kittens.  Her cats, Sonic, Nala and Iris all came in down on their luck but now are living a life of luxury.

HollyHOLLY RICE

Veterinarian BVSc (Dist)

Holly graduated from Massey University at the end of 2015. At beginning of 2016 she relocated from Palmerston North, where she was born and raised, to join our team. She has been enjoying the busy working life at the clinic with an enthusiastic and supportive team.

She enjoys discovering all the different aspects of veterinary medicine and has a growing interest in surgery. She enjoys taking the time to get to know her clients and building up a relationship with them and their lovely animals.

In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, catching up with friends over a coffee, spending time at the beach and exploring what the city has to offer.

Holly has a lovely cat called Missy that currently is still living with family in Palmerston North. In the future she would like to bring her up to live in Auckland.

 

Naomi Website photoNAOMI DALLY


Veterinarian BVM&S BSc (Hons) MRCVS

Naomi graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2006 having already completed a degree in human anatomy at the University of Liverpool. She went straight into small animal practice despite loving large animal work and being a keen horse rider.

Naomi has worked in a number of practices across the UK, from Norfolk which saw a large number of working dogs, to the North of England where she worked in a very busy small animal hospital. Naomi has a particular interest in neurology, orthopedics (including specialized MMP cruciate surgery)and animal behaviour, and particularly enjoys the many different surgeries that small animal practice has to offer.

 In 2013 Naomi, her husband and son Alfie moved to New Zealand where she has been working full time until the arrival of their daughter Izzy in early 2015. She joined the Pakuranga Vet Clinic team in August 2015 and works part time at the clinic.
In their free time the family all enjoy cycling and hope to complete some of the numerous multiday trails around NZ.
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