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Taradale Veterinary Hospital has been established in Napier for over 40 years. We have a strong commitment to maintaining the highest ethical and medical standards, and to treating our clients and colleagues with the utmost respect. Over the years Todd’our clinic tabby has become well known as he basks in attention at the reception desk. Poppa Todd often comforts patients and kittens in the hospital, and he does such an awesome job that he has his own employment contract signed in ‘paw’!
Our dedicated veterinarians and veterinary nurses aim to provide service beyond expectation. We do this by striving to:
Clive is senior veterinary associate and has worked at the clinic since 1996. He graduated from Onderstepoort, Pretoria University in 1982, after which he worked for a number of years in mixed practice in South Africa, and in the Waikato. He is passionate about all areas of vet practice, but particularly enjoys working with orthopaedic cases and mentoring younger vets.
Linda graduated from Massey University and started out in mixed practice in Otago. After some time overseas, she returned to New Zealand, working in small animal practice. Linda enjoys all aspects of veterinary work, with areas of special interest in feline medicine, soft tissue surgery and ophthalmology. She owns four lovely cats and a fox terrier named Roy. Linda joined the team in 2006.
From his first visit to the Vet when he was a young kid, Kurt knew that he wanted to become a Vet. It was during his time at High School that he developed a passion for music, rowing and Veterinary Science which helped him set his goals. Rowing overseas for South Africa and drumming in between kept him sane during his studies at vet school, Onderstepoort, where he qualified as a veterinarian in 1986. Kurt brought his international rowing career to an end when his team returned from the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. In that year he opened his third Veterinary Clinic in Johannesburg, and he and his wife welcomed the first of 3 precious children into the world. In 1999 he sold his vet practices in Johannesburg and moved to a quieter, safer life on the warm and sunny North Coast of Natal where he continued to thrive developing a further 3 successful practices. In 2017 Kurt decided to sell everything and move his family to New Zealand, where he and his family now love living. In his words “I have been happily working at Taradale Vet Hospital ever since”.
After all these years, Kurt still enjoys general companion animal veterinary practice and has a special interest in dentistry, radiology and behaviour medicine.
Renate Haveman is a small animal vet who graduated from Utrecht University, The Netherlands in 2011. After working in small animal practice for a couple of years her family, husband Maurice and her two dogs Yuka and Jill, made the big jump and moved to New Zealand. After enjoying life down in Canterbury for almost 5 years, Renate took the opportunity to join the amazing team at Taradale Vet Hospital earlier this year and has settled down in the rural Hastings area with the family that has now been extended with two boys and two rescue cats over the past 4 years.
While enjoying general practice and looking after all the patients that come through the door, there is a special interest in complementary medicine. Renate is currently finishing her certification in veterinary acupuncture and just started a post-graduation certification programme in canine rehabilitation.
Sharon is responsible for the non-clinical management of the clinic. She is particularly interested in strategic and human resource management, believing recruitment and retention of high-quality team members who identify with the organisation’s culture and ethos, is vitally important to the success of the business. Sharon believes the way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers.
Lisa graduated with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from Massey University in 1998 and joined the team at Taradale Vet Hospital in 2002. She has worked in all areas of the clinic and now works part time in an administrative role, but can still be found helping out in the hospital, surgery and reception when she can.
Lisa went to London in 2007 and worked in a small animal clinic in the city. It was an amazing experience to be able to live and work in London. She was fortunate enough to come back to her role at Taradale Vet Hospital in 2008.
At home Lisa has 2 children, 2 cats called Pedro and Rove and is hoping to become a 1st time dog owner very soon! On the weekends you can find her out and about with the family on their bikes enjoying the outdoors.
Sana arrived in NZ about 10 years ago from India to follow her dream of working with animals. She studied at Unitech, Auckland, where she was awarded the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing. A full-time vet nurse position brought Sana to the beautiful Hawke’s Bay where she fell further in love with the country and the wonderful people. Sana has found working at Taradale Vet Hospital for the last 7 + years both amazing and challenging at times. In her words “Apart from being a bit of a workaholic I enjoy yoga, swimming, nature and spending time with my adorable cat Casper who adopted me 3 years ago
Mikaela is originally from South Africa and moved here when she was 13. She has always known that she would want to work with animals one day. She finished her Bachelor of Veterinary Technology from Massey University in 2018 and has since joined Pet Doctors Taradale. Mikaela loves to work with clients to help them care for their pets to their maximum potential. She enjoys making the pets' experience at clinic a fun one and ensure that during their time in clinic their are as safe as possible. Her special interests are in wights and consults.
Mikaela has a ginger and white cat who is convinced he is a human and loves catching massive leaves. He's not very good at 'catting' and has been caught falling from trees and fences. In her spare time Mikaela enjoys running and the gym.
After Carina finished studying her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing she was offered a position here at Taradale Vet Hospital where she had previously worked. She enjoys vet nursing because it satisfies every part of her personality - she loves people and client interactions, continuously learning and working on expanding herself. She enjoys the intensive hospital patient care the most.
Carina has just taken up surfing and hopes to be half decent at it one day.
Animals were always a focal point of Paula's life, and growing up on a lifestyle block outside of New Plymouth, she developed a love of all things pets and dreamed of one day working with them. This dream is now a reality after completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. Paula loves soothing and socialising with patients, and has a keen interest in physiotherapy of animals and their behaviour.
Paula has a cat named Duskie, who's little but sassy, but can also do tricks like turn in a circle and shake hands. She also has a turtle named Frankie. In her free time you can catch Paula horse riding, having previously competed at Horse of the Year, and dancing ballet which she has done for years. She is also extremely close with her sister, nephew and niece.
Amy is the clinic’s receptionist and is studying towards her Vet Nursing Diploma through Otago Polytechnic. Amy is passionate about animals and helping them. She has three rescue dogs, Rex, Diesel and Marley, and hopes to own a dog rescue facility in the future.