Our Vets


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 areas.  Sasha subsequently worked in County Durham in England for four years, and was promoted to lead veterinarian as her surgical and medical knowledge and skills increased.  Sasha returned to NZ in 2004 and started work at Pakuranga Vets as a sole charge veterinarian.

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 vets commitment to their client.  She is able to customise care and take time to follow-up all cases over the phone or email.

On the 1st of 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 now mainly a consulting veterinarian as her focus is on running the two clinics.

Sasha is married to Scott and has three children, Avadee, Tawny and Dempsey.  The home menagerie consists of Bindi the Chihuahua cross, Cricket the Italian greyhound, Scout the German Shorthaired Pointers, Spook the Hungarian Viszla, as well as a couple of tortoises. 

Sasha spends a large amount of her free time travelling around NZ with Avadee who competes to a high level in equestrian show-jumping with her pony Simba and horse Sash.


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 moved to New Zealand where she has been working full time until the arrival of their daughter  in early 2015. She joined the Pakuranga Vet Clinic team in August 2015 and works four days a week at the clinic.

In their free time the family all enjoy cycling and have completed some of the numerous multi-day trails around NZ. A recent addition to their family is Roger the gorgeous greyhound!

Heidi Hon

Veterinarian, BVSc.

Heidi studied at Massey, qualifying in 2013 and then travelled to Hong Kong where she worked for 8 years before joining us in September 2022.  

She has had experience in general small animal practice as well as within an emergency after hours clinic.  Heidi has also done volunteer work at an animal shelter in Malaysia and with the SPCA in Fiji.

Heidi is trilingual, she speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese.  In her spare time she enjoys travel, playing piano, yoga and spending time with her pets.  She is the proud owner of a mixed breed dog named Dog Mama and a cat named Panda.  

Working part time at the Pakuranga and Whitford clinics, Heidi is enjoying getting to know all our lovely clients in both areas.

Sam Barnes

Veterinarian, DVM.

Sam graduated from St. Matthew’s University in the Cayman Islands in 2022 and completed her clinical training at the University of Minnesota, USA. 

Originally from Auckland Sam grew up locally in East Auckland but has also lived in Sydney Australia, Cayman Islands, and Minnesota! She is excited to be back in NZ again and is looking forward to getting to know all of our wonderful clients!

In her spare time Sam enjoys hiking, watching ice hockey, bird watching and is into amateur bird photography. Sam has a kitten named Cranberry who she fostered and adopted through Lonely Miaow.


Veterinarian, BVSc.

Originally from Korea, Youngbin graduated from Massey University in 2018. She practiced in Gisborne for two and a half years before relocating to Auckland.

After another two and a half year stint working at a clinic in Central Auckland, she joined our team in December 2023. She is at our Pakuranga Clinic in a full time role.

Youngbin enjoys a range of hobbies including (but not limited to) surfing, swimming, indoor bouldering, sewing and golfing in her spare time. 


Veterinarian, BVSc.

Bryan joined our team as a locum 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 son’s cat Biggie, that came for a holiday and never left!  They have two grown up sons and twin Grandsons!

We love having Bryan as part of the team, enabling us to offer more surgical services than ever before and to spend more time working on exotics, birds and reptiles.

BECKYLEA HURCUM (Currently on Parental Leave)             

Veterinarian, BVSc.

Beckylea graduated from Massey in 2020.  She has studied both production animals (cows,sheep,goats etc) and companion animals (our domesticated friends)  before deciding she preferred the latter and joined our practice in 2021 and is currently here in a part time role. You will find her at our Pakuranga Branch on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Growing up on a lifestyle block Beckylea has grown up with a love for animals.  She always thought she was a dog person until she fell in love over and over with all the Lonely Miaow kittens we care for in the clinic.  It wasn’t long until she provided one with their forever home at her place!

When she’s not at the clinic Beckylea loves to travel, hike and read.  She has a special fondness for Harry Potter books!  Beckylea has done many amazing things in her life but what she considers her greatest achievement (apart from qualifying as a Vet) is her climb to Mt Everest Base Camp in 2015.

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