Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 6:30pm
Sat: 9:00am to 12 Noon
Dr Simon Nelson
Senior Veterinary Surgeon and Owner
Qualified 1994 with BVSc and BSc (Massey)
Simon graduated from Massey University in 1994 with degrees in Biochemistry, Physiology and Veterinary Science. After five years working overseas he returned to live in Wellington and opened Animal Health Centre.
Simon enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice, both medical and surgical, as well as the challenges of veterinary business. He has worked in all settings from small country practice to large city specialist and emergency centres. Over the years Simon has come to appreciate the relationships that can be made with clients and the role that good ‘family’ practices like Animal Health Centre play within the community.
Simon is an experienced surgeon and attends to all the orthopedic surgery within the practice. He also has interests in dentistry, and internal medicine.
In his spare time Simon enjoys motorcycling, windsurfing, sea kayaking and snowboarding. His fur family includes two cats (Spike and TC) and his dog (Noah, aka Squizzies)... the three 'brothers'.
Dr Sue Gautrey
Senior Veterinary Surgeon
Qualified 1995 with VetMB (Cambridge/UK)
Sue qualified from Cambridge University, England, with a VetMB veterinary degree in 1995. The Cambridge connection comes in handy as several of Sue’s university colleagues literally wrote the books that many vets use all over the world.
After practicing in the UK Sue returned to New Zealand with her family in 2003.
Sue is from an accomplished medical family and she continues this tradition with her skills in veterinary medicine. She is a very capable, skilled, and well-rounded veterinary surgeon, having worked in a variety of clinical settings both here and overseas.
When not working Sue and her family are keen and successful sports people, with particular talents in yachting, triathlon and snow skiing. As well as time spent with her family, Sue enjoys walking her dog Polly, the best dog in the world apparently, and keeping fit.
Another of Sue’s interests is growing peony flowers, which explains the large bunches that appear in the clinic once a year at harvest time.
Dr Nicky Papps
Senior Veterinary Surgeon
Qualified 2000 with BVSc (Massey)
Nicky graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University in Palmerston North.
Nicky loves the challenges of being a vet and thrives on the variety that each day brings. She has considerable experience in companion animal medicine and surgery and has worked in all aspects of companion practice. Nicky is a very skilled clinician and surgeon.
Spare time for Nicky is a fond memory. With a flock of three energetic young children weekends are spent at various swimming pools and sports clubs. Nicky is a keen traveler and plans to do more when her family is a bit older.
Nicky and her family share their home with Labrador Jake (Jakey Poo to his friends).
Senior Surgical Nurse
Qualified with Cert.VN (Otago)
Vicky qualified in the Certificate Of Veterinary Nursing And Animal Care in 2002 and has been with the practice since 2003.
She has a real empathy with both clients and patients and knows most by name. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, particularly the relationships she makes with the clients and their pets.
Vicky is a very experienced nurse and can adapt from surgical to general nursing duties with ease. She has genuine dedication to her profession and carries out many of the administrative roles within the practice as well as coordinating nursing duties.
Outside work Vicky enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Her animal family numbers “around 23” and includes dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, birds, fish, rabbits and guinea pigs. She is also very active fostering and re-homing strays and hundreds of animals have Vicky to thank for their survival and the good homes that she found for them.
Vicky has a true affinity for animals. Her wedding vows even included that Vicky accept her husband’s cars and that he accepts her pets.
Qualified with Cert.VN (Aust.AgCol)
Rachael obtained her Certificate In Veterinary Nursing in 2014 and went on to qualify with a Certificate In Equine Management.
Originally from the UK, Rachael moved ‘South’ with her husband. She worked in a Practice in Australia before joining us in 2015.
Rachael is always busy helping out and has been a hit with both clients and colleagues alike. With her efficient, friendly manner Rachael is a big asset to our team.
Rachael got into nursing from an innate love of animals and a desire to improve their quality of life, especially when they are unwell. She grew up with horses and continues to have a passion for things equestrian.
Rachael enjoys helping animals and their owners and has plans towards further education within the veterinary field. In her spare time Rachael enjoys horse riding, eating out and socializing with friends. She also enjoys house hunting, but hasn’t mastered the art of house buying as yet.
Rachael’s family include her cat George, the ginger fat cat. He loves food and ‘sneaking out’ in equal parts, but unfortunately the food bowl and outside are in opposite directions… du-oh!
Qualified with Dip.VN (UCOL)
Laura was raised in the Hawkes Bay and attended UCOL in Palmerston North where she qualified with a Diploma In Veterinary Nursing in 2013.
She spent a year with another Practice, refining her skills, before joining our team at Animal Health Centre.
Laura is efficient and friendly and has a positive manner when working with both patients and her colleagues.
Having grown up on a lifestyle block Laura became interested in Veterinary Nursing from caring for her own animals and helping during visits by her family’s veterinarian.
She enjoys the positive aspect of helping nurse sick pets back to good health and wants to use her knowledge to help people care for their pets the best they can.
Outside work, Laura is talented in the world of fashion design and wearable art and her productions have featured in several shows. Her other passion is classic cars and she has restored a ’57 Ford Prefect and an ’87 Toyota Corolla.
Laura’s family includes her two cats, Sprocket (the fluffy heater hog), and Bow (who has her own cat sleeping bag).
Qualified with Cert.VN (Weltec)
Having completed her Certificate Of Veterinary Nursing And Animal Care this year, Marita is the newest member of our team. She has taken to nursing like the proverbial duck to water and is already indispensable.
Marita became a nurse from a genuine drive for helping animals and wanting to learn more about the medical care that is available to them.
Marita is dedicated to being the best nurse she can be and is always trying to learn and improve her skills. With a friendly personality Marita is well suited to dealing with customers and has a good way with their pets.
One of Marita’s professional interests is reptile and amphibian medicine and she plans to further her knowledge in this area.
Marita lives in Upper Hutt, where she grew up, and her pets include three turtles, two lizards and a dog (Lucky) who she assures us is lovely at home although no vet can lay hands on him!
Outside work Marita enjoys her pets, art, netball and keeping fit.
Practice Mischief Maker
Qualified with Bachelor of Important Doggy Business
Originally from the SPCA, Noah ‘grew up’ in the Clinic due to that being where dad spends most of the week.
Noah (aka Squizzies) takes an oversight role in running of the Practice and likes to check that everything is being done correctly.
Being young and enthusiastic, Noah enjoys runs on the beach and hassling ‘his’ cats at home. When he gets older Noah aspires to having lots of pet and human company, sleeping in his own double bed, and stealing lots of treats off the shelves at work… status quo in other words.