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Meet Our Team

CathyDr. Cathy Holgate

Dr. Cathy Holgate grew up on the North Shore of Auckland, and comes from a family of Scottish vets who have practiced on the Isle of Bute for five generations.

Cathy graduated from Massey University in 1988, and spent the first 3 years working in South England in a mixed animal practice. On returning to New Zealand with her husband Mark, she worked in Whangarei, then Auckland (including a period of time at the SPCA), before arriving in Rodney to work at the Dairy Flat Vet Clinic in 1994.

Cathy opened the Orewa Beach Vet Clinic in Orewa in 2001 in order to create a small animal practice following her increasing interest and experience in this area. Mark and Cathy’s family consists of their beloved dogs – “Scuffy” the hairy SPCA girl and “Finnbar” the Irish Wolfhound – well known and admired around Orewa.

MattDr. Matt Gumbrell

Raised in Christchurch, Matt started with a science degree in zoology before going to vet school where he graduated with distinction in 1993.  Most of his career has been treating companion animals.  The exceptions have been two years in mixed animal practice in England and a fascinating 18 months in Mongolia as a veterinary volunteer.  His role there saw him training Mongolian vets both in medicine and surgery of both small and farm animals.  He returns there regularly.

He enjoys the great variety and constant technical challenges of being a vet and has a particular interest in cancer treatment.

Matt and wife Nicky live in Tindalls Bay with a full household of three children, Golly, a therapy dog and his nephew Mr Bingley, ginger cat, cockatiel and pet rats. Matt is a keen windsurfer and paddleboarder – making the most of any storms that pass through.

 annaDr. Anna Tiernan

Anna was raised in Auckland and completed her Massey veterinary degree in 2001 with distinction. She started her career in a mixed practice but soon found that pets were more her thing. She has worked in a variety of practices, including three years in the UK. She returned to NZ in 2008, started a family and has been a popular member of our team since 2010. Anna particularly enjoys the challenges and rewards of complex medical problems in pets. She lives in Warkworth with her partner, two young daughters, two cats and a dog.

LeanneLeanne Nola

Leanne grew up in Dairy Flat, her first love was their family dog Max-they did everything together.  Leanne went to Dairy Flat Primary School then Orewa College.

She started working for Cathy in late 2002, decided to train as a vet nurse and graduated from Vet Nursing School in 2005. Leanne is currently taking a break from vet nursing, to raise her human baby.

Leanne lives in Orewa with husband Heath, dog Sonny, and birds.

JanJan Gill

Jan was born and raised in and around Auckland with a few stints in the USA and Europe.  Jan married and had two children and knowing that animals were always going to be a major part of her life, settled into finding her dream job as a Vet Nurse.  Jan started Vet Nursing at the Dairy Flat Vets in 1995 and enjoyed six years in the mixed practice before joining Cathy in starting the practice here.

With Cathy venturing into her own clinic, Jan decided to move with her.  Jan lives in Dairy Flat with her two teenagers, Macey and Tyler, two cats, two dogs, two horses and a pig.

petra1Petra Neunz

Petra has spent her whole working life on the coast as a vet nurse and was part of the original team of four who started the practice in 2002. She has raised her two children, Karl and Jana here and they live in Red Beach together with Ben the border terrier and Koru the birman cat.

RachelleRachelle Croft

Rachelle joined us after 15 years in the hospitality trade as a cook before changing careers to reflect her lifelong love of animals. Rachelle lives with her partner Phil and son James on five acres which they share with three cats, ten goats, a horse, rabbits, donkeys and numerous chickens.

WendyWendy Gordon

From Otorohanga, Wendy started vet nursing in a large animal practice there in 1984. After moving to Orewa in 1989 she worked for many years at Whangaparaoa Vet Clinic,  starting there in 1993. Her two children and four grandchildren all live locally. Wendy and husband Kevin live in Hatfield’s Beach with two cats, three chickens and a pondful of goldfish. Wendy has always been keen on floral art and is responsible for creative displays in the clinic.

miffyMiffy Jones

Raised and schooled on the Hibiscus Coast, Miffy was always the driving force for pets in her family. This culminated in her launching into a vet nursing career – completing her training in November 2012. Miffy is becoming well known as the fresh face of the practice and is loving learning surgical nursing. Her interests centre around the outdoors and hopes to travel, having cut her teeth in Nepal.  She lives in Dairy Flat  with dog Keyna and cat, Chuck.

paulaPaula Markham

Paula grew up on the North Shore in a family full of animals and right from a kid, always wanted to work with them. She graduated as a Vet Nurse in 2007 and has worked in Australia and England, including being a nurse at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Now back home she has settled into life on the coast – living in Whangaparaoa with her partner and rescued ginger cat Gary. When she’s not nursing she loves to fish and horse-ride (not at the same time!). She’s particularly passionate about patient care- loving the reward of seeing a sick or painful animal nursed back to health.

emilyEmily Callaghan

Emily grew up in Whangaparaoa but has migrated north now to Warkworth where she lives with her treasured dog, Khyber, cat, Summer and turtles. Emily has been “animal-crazy” all her life and followed her dream by graduating as a vet nurse in 2013. She loves the reward of seeing her care help animals return to health. Outside of work she likes to hit the trails with a pack on her back.