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Meet Our Team

Dr. 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 a South England in a mixed animal practice. On returning to New Zealand with her husband Mark, she worked in Whangarei and then Auckland (including a period of time at the SPCA), before arriving in Rodney to work at 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 dog “Scruffy” the hairy SPCA girl

Dr. 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 and have three adult children, Mr Bingley (a therapy dog), and a fluffy cat with lots of attitude. Matt dabbles in lots of outdoor pursuits from windsurfing and paddleboarding to alpine climbing and trail running

Dr. 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, three children, two cats and a dog

Dr Rebecca Prater

Rebecca was born and raised in London, England. She graduated from Edinburgh University in 2013 and spent the first 5 years of her veterinary career in North Yorkshire working as a small animal vet.

Rebecca moved to New Zealand in October 2018 and joined the clinic in January. She has very quickly become part of the team. Her particular passion is soft tissue surgery but also has a soft spot for cats.

When not working at the clinic she enjoys spending time with friends, exploring the beautiful countryside and crafting a knitting or cross stitch project.

Leanne Nola

Leanne grew up in Dairy Flat, her first love was their family dog Max – they did everything together.

She now has a dog of her own, two human babies and husband Heath. She lives in Orewa and is studying full time to become a primary school teacher, so she fills in holidays for the other vet nurses when possible.

Leanne started working for Cathy in late 2002.

Petra Neunz

Petra was part of the original team of four who started the practice in 2002.

She enjoys surgery, rehabilitation and animal behaviour. She has 2 adult kids which have grown up on the Coast. Petra lives with dog Bill and 2 cats Flo and Gus and has some chooks.

She enjoys tramping; biking and growing her own fruit and vege.

Rachelle 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 two cats, five goats, a horse, rabbits, a donkey and numerous chickens.

Wendy 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.

Her two children and five grandchildren all live locally. Wendy and husband Kevin live in Hatfield’s Beach.

Wendy has always been keen on floral art and is responsible for creative displays in the clinic.

Miffy Jones

Myf was always the driving force for pets in her family, this led her to pursue a career in vet nursing – competing her training in November 2012.

She really enjoys running the puppy preschool here at the clinic and loves getting to know all of our friendly clients and their beloved furry family members.

Her interests centre around the outdoors and has travelled to Nepal and around the UK and Europe. She lives in Dairy Flat with her two dogs Keyna and Hazel and cat – Lucy.

Pip George

Pip lives in Ahuroa with her fiancé Scott, son Kayden and cat Squirrel. She was raised submersed within the vet clinic environment as her Mum is also a vet nurse.

Pip trained as a vet nurse in 2012, and then worked in Wellington for two years. She also enjoys all aspects of vet nursing.

In her spare time, she enjoys going for walks over the family farm with her little family and has recently taken up a new hobby of knitting.

Krystyna Pye

Krystyna has recently joined us having previously worked in a busy west Auckland clinic.

Since completing her vet nurse training in 2011 she has developed a keen interest in critical care nursing, canine psychology and all aspects of surgical nursing.

Krystyna lives with her two dogs Holly and Max, four cats and whatever foster animals she may have at the time.

Logan Kara

Logan is the newest member of our team and is completing her veterinary nursing diploma through Otago Polytechnic via distance learning.

The drive behind her love for animals came from growing up on a dairy farm and being surrounded by both small and large animals. ‘Milo’ her 5 year old Border Collie and her two horses Aspen Colorado 30, and Natchez 16, keep her busy.

Logan would like to utilise her Vet Nurse skills to eventually volunteer in the rehabilitation of companion animals in Thailand once qualified and with a few more years of experience under her belt.