Meet the Team

 

Practice Manager

Jedda Ford Jedda-918

Jedda is the Practice Manager at Manukau After hours Clinic and has been with us for 12 years. Prior to this she has worked at other after hours emergency clinics and day clinics. Her passion and dedication to the care of animals shines through as she strives to make the clinic the best it can be.

When asked how she can maintain her enthusiasm in this busy and time consuming role she credits it to her commitment to the welfare of animals and the staff she works with. It comes as no surprise that the extremely busy public holiday periods are her favourite as she can enjoy the team morale as we all pull together.

Outside of work, Jedda is kept busy with her other passion, family. Outnumbered by her Welsh husband and four sons she is always kept busy on weekends with sports. Five cats and three dogs round off the household which mean so much to her.

 

Head Veterinarian

Cori Wigfall - BVM.BVS(Hons) BVMedSci(Hons)

Cori is originally from Wales and spent her youth on the farm surrounded by all types of animals which fuelled the fire to become a veterinarian. Cori came to New Zealand in 2014, spent a few years working in mixed practice, and then decided to focus solely on small animals, particularly emergency care.

Cori has a keen interest in analgesia (pain management) and internal medicine cases. She enjoys teaching and ensuring the clinic runs at the same high standard it has done for many years. Cori also enjoys volunteering for SPAW, a charity that gives veterinary care to the Pacific Islands.

Outside of work, Cori enjoys catching up with friends, walking and exploring our beautiful countryside.

     

Veterinarian

Mary-Ruth Doole - BVSc Massey 1988, BAgrSc (Hons)

Ever since Mary-Ruth was 7 years old, she was fascinated by animals, their health, breeding and management. By the age of 8, together with her sister, she had set up a guinea pig breeding programme and knew deep down that she wanted to be a Vet. Throughout her career as a professional veterinarian, she has enjoyed being in both farm and companion animal practices.

Owning a clinic in Parnell for nearly 10 years, Mary-Ruth has found emergency medicine to be both challenging and rewarding. She can be found on her farm in Awhitu tending to her small herd of pedigree Herefords, planting regenerating bush, training her German Shepherd rescue dogs and at film festivals.

 

Veterinarian

Susan Crow - BVSc 1998 Massey Universityreceived 300687540540507-143

Having worked as both a farm and small animal vet over the years Susan has found the challenge of working in the after-hours emergency environment to be the most engaging for her. She says "It is a great satisfaction to be able to help pets and their owners when they most need it. Although we deal with many sad situations, the brave and lovely pets and people make it all worthwhile".

In her downtime Susan likes to be in or on the sea, or spending time with her lovely husband and their small dog. In addition, she is currently re-learning to ride horses again after a few years off - right now they are teaching her new levels of patience, fitness and humility!

     

Veterinarian

Asha Reddy

Asha was a 2000 graduate of Melbou68F453A8-6022-428B-AECC-BA6618339EDA-363-461-519-444rne University Vet School. She went back to her home country Fiji, where she spent a year as a government veterinarian doing mixed practice and then was employed as the first local vet for the SPCA in Suva. She later opened the first private veterinary clinic in Fiji which she ran for 10 years before deciding to relocate her family and animals to Auckland.

Asha loves surgery and would happily spend her day in surgical scrubs. Her shifts at MAHVC reminds her of her time as a sole practitioner and she enjoys the challenge of emergency work.

Away from the vet clinic , Asha is busy looking after a family of five, her 10 year old German Shepherd and a 7 year old Ragdoll. She enjoys a scenic half marathon and is aiming to master paddle boarding this summer

 

Veterinarian

Itsuki Mueller

Itsuki graduatIMG 4867-532-410-420ed from veterinary school in Osaka, Japan (BVSc) in 2005. After some work and life experience, she went on to post-graduate education as well as working as a part-time clinician, and finally obtained her PhD in Veterinary Science in 2011. After Several years of experience working as a full time vet in Japan, she successfully obtained the North American Veterinary Certificate in 2014. She and her family then moved to NZ to enjoy the rural life in south Auckland.

Outside of work she enjoys her time being saturated and nature and spending time with her elderly whippet and young toddler.

     

Veterinarian

Jennifer Tseng

A cliche for the majority working in the industry, Jennifer has wanted to be ajennt-584-55 vet for as long as she can remember. She graduated as a vet from Massey University in 2017, but has been observing surgeries and "helping out" in clinics since she was a toddler. Prior to moving to Auckland in 2004, her father owned a busy small animal practice in Taiwan. Jennifer now works full-time at a busy practice in Auckland during the day time, but enjoys managing the variety of cases seen at Manukau After Hours on her weekends off. 
When she isn't working, Jenn can be found spending quality time with the three dogs and four cats she lives with (she can't stop rescuing...). Her elderly whippet is also part of Canine Friends Pet Therapy, and they can be found visiting rest homes. In her free time Jenn enjoys gardening, hiking, redecorating and experimenting with homemade recipes for skincare and home-cleaning products. 

 

Veterinarian
 

Kylie Kim - BVSc Kylie Kim-510-448-938
 

Kylie graduated from Massey university in 2013 and worked in a clinic for 2 years before embarking on a 2 year trip to the UK. She worked in many different clinics across the country and also travelled extensively through Europe.

Kylie loves helping people and animals in need! Working at an emergency clinic provides a very challenging and rewarding environment for her, so she enjoys being at MAHVC.

In her spare time, Kylie enjoys getting out and about, appreciating nature, and spending some down time doing yoga and soul searching.

     

Veterinarian

Max Clout- BVSc

Max graduated from Massey University in 2015. He is currently a mixed animal vet working full time in the Bay of Plenty and enjoys the variety that this role offers. As much as he loves getting out onto the farm and getting his hands dirty, Max is focusing on the smaller animals, and is currently completing his Master's degree in companion animal surgery.

In his spare time, Max enjoys a raft of sports including squash, tennis, snowboarding, running, cycling, netball, rugby and adventure sports. 

 

Veterinarian

Lizzy Linley

Lizzy graduated from the Royal Veterinary School in London. She moved out to New Zealand in 2018 and works full time as a mixed vet in the rural Waikato.

She is passionate about veterinary emergency critical care and loves surgery.

Outside of work she loves travelling, her weekends, when not working, are filled with trips to new places with her favourite people. Exploring the world has become quite an expensive habit!

     

Veterinarian

Kerri Heard

Kerri graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2014, she then spent her first three years of clinical practice working as a mixed rural vet in the UK. Her passion for surfing and travelling then lead her to explore overseas. For two years she spent her time combining work and travel around the coast of Australia, after which she hopped across to New Zealand.

With a keen interest in emergency medicine Kerri enjoys working as part of a team to work up critical care patients. Her key interest is in soft tissue surgery, but also loves the diagnostic work up of medicine cases.

Another area Kerri is passionate about is veterinary charity work , applying her skills to animals that need it the most. She has spent 8 months volunteering in Sri Lanka with WECare Worldwide, a veterinary charity providing emergency aid, preventative medicine, and rehabilitation to the street dog population. This remains as some of the most rewarding work she has ever done.

In her spare time you mostly find her on the coast - surfing or fishing!

 

 

     

Head Veterinary Nurse

Charlotte Castle

Charlotte studied at Vet Nurse Plus and hocharlotte bio-288lds her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She enjoys the variety and fast pace of emergency nursing, and working with such a supportive and caring team.

She volunteers for NZ Animal Evac and is working her way through the training to be part of the field deployment team, NZ’s only animal evacuation charity.

She was raised on a dairy farm in Hunua and currently has 3 cats at home.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, her energetic son, adding to her forest of house plants, going op-shopping, and 50s pin up fashion.

 

Veterinary Nurse

Rachael Turner

Rachael is an experienced vet nurse who has been working in the industry for over 16 years. IMG 0128-786-977-690
Rachael lives locally with her husband and daughters, she has worked in several clinics around South Auckland as well as vet nursing in Perth and Melbourne for 3 years. 
Rachael's passion has always been animals and educating owners on how to take care of them.

When Rachael is not working you will find her racing around after her two daughters and husband.

   

Veterinary Nurse

Kritika Gopal

MAHVC-872-210-570Kritika has worked for MAHVC for a couple of years, and holds a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She also has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biological Sciences and Physiology.

She has a passion for animals, especially for her cat Tony, and a keen interest in emergency medicine. Kritika also works for SPCA Auckland, and is very active in her community as a volunteer ambulance officer for St John.

In her spare time, Kritika enjoys cooking (and eating!), reading, travelling, and dressing Tony up in costumes.

 

Veterinary Nurse

Nicole Naidu

Nicole is a qualified Veterinary Nurse, Nicole Naidu 1-391-740-371completing her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through Unitec in 2010. She also has a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Animal Management and Welfare.

She loves working with animals and has worked with both large and small animals however, small animals are definitely her passion and she's always willing to give pats and cuddles!
 

     

Veterinary Nurse

Jec Foeken

Jec is a Veterinary Nurse with 2jec-969-413-777-9110 years experience with small animals, wildlife and exotics. She undertook her training in her home town of Sydney, Australia, and has worked in Sydney, London and Auckland. 

In her spare time Jec enjoys spending time with her fiance and two kids, walking her dog, reading and watching horror movies. 

 

Veterinary Nurse

Elizabeth Weir

ElizabethLiz-127 has recently graduated from Vet Nurse Plus with a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing. She has always been interested in pursuing a career centred around animals and is excited to begin this new chapter. She brings with her many years of customer service experience and a strong desire to help animals and their owners. Her favourite part of the job is being able to help people and pets when they need it and watching animals go home healthy.

When she’s not at work Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends, reading, various forms of crafting, sailing and going on adventures with her much loved miniature schnauzer.

Accounts

Barbara Stretton
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Barbara has recently joined the team as the Accounts Person and has had considerable and varied experience across several industry sectors prior to joining us at MAHVC.

Having grown up on a dairy farm in South Taranaki, Barb has always had animals in her life. She currently has a Golden Retriever, Maltese Cross, Samoyed, and a Ragdoll cat, residing with her.

Outside of work Barb enjoys travelling, pilates, bridge, cooking, hiking, catching up with friends and family, and especially loves spending time with her grandson. She has got several more of NZ’s great walks to tick off her bucket list as well.