Dr. Kathrin Brinker
PhD, FTA Kleintiere (German Diploma for Small Animals, National Board Certified)
Kathrin graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover (Germany) in 1998 with the German equivalent of First Degree Honours and completed her PhD on Congenital Sensorineural Deafness in Dalmatians in 2000, also with First Degree Honours.
In 2000, she decided to acquire the German National Board Certified Specialist for Small Animals (this title is not recognized in New Zealand). During this five-year postgraduate specialist training, she worked alongside some of Germany’s top veterinary specialists in a number of hospitals and clinics, receiving referrals from over 60 veterinary clinics and covering all aspects of Small Animal Medical care, including Emergency Care.
During her 13 year education as a vet and ever since she also trained Veterinarians, for example in Ultrasound or cytology and she received referrals for diagnostic work ups and treatment overseas as well as in New Zealand.
She fell in love with New Zealand in the 1990s when she spent six months doing work experience in a Vet Club in Northland and she feels blessed that her family and she were able to move to New Zealand in 2010. Kathrin enjoys all this beautiful country has to offer and the ‘kiwi way of life’.
When not busy at the clinic she can usually be found spending time with her two adorable daughters, Hannah and Helena, and her equally adorable husband, Sascha – preferably playing sport, joining in outdoor activities or hanging out with their two gorgeous ponies, Tonto and Diego, Summer the dog and their three guinea pigs Elliot, Silver and Ginger.
Dr. Cate Nortier
BVSc 2000 (Massey University)
Cate was born and brought up in Africa and wanted to be a Veterinarian for as long as she can remember. She graduated from Massey University, Palmerston North in 2000 and has worked for years in small animal clinics in Australia and the UK. In the UK she worked alongside vets specializing in exotics. Cate saw pets like a huge Iguana over someone’s shoulder, a huge pet Python or a Chameleon in a carrier. One snake was so huge that it took 6 nurses to help hold the snake for a blood sample and Cate made sure the nurses worked in pairs – for their own safety!
When she and her partner, Mike (and beloved cat Mr. C) moved back home from the UK in 2010 Cate started to work for “Cats at Pet Doctors”.
Cate realized soon that her calm and gentle nature is a huge bonus for looking after patients. Cate always strives to personalize her care and attention for both pets and their humans.
Out of work, Cate is kept busy with DIY on her little villa in Onehunga and tending to the garden (with some supervision by her rescue cats Gavin & Casper).
Cate loves camping, volcanoes, music, VW beetles, cooking, baking and (of course) pets!
Dr. Jana Lepper
MVDr Brno 2011, NVE 2016
Dr. Jana Lepper was raised in a small town in Slovakia where she formed a strong bond with animals at an early age. She graduated in veterinary medicine from the University of Veterinary Science in Brno (Czech Republic) in 2011. Brno is beautiful and the second largest city in the Czech Republic. Jana met her Kiwi-Husband Ben when she was skiing in the French Alps and moved with him to New Zealand in 2012.
Unfortunately, the odds haven’t been always in Jana’s favour. She received her primary degree from a European university that is not on the list of recognized institutions in New Zealand, and so she had to apply for registration by sitting and passing the combined Australasian National Veterinary Examination (NVE), which she certainly passed easily.
Jana worked for 3 years in the radiology department at the Veterinary Specialist Group where she developed her passion for veterinary diagnostic imaging. She improved her knowledge and skills in this field significantly while working with Radiology Specialist Chris Warman.
Jana has worked as a Small Animal Veterinarian in a private practice in Prague and Auckland City before joining the team of Ellerslie Veterinary Clinic. When not at work, Jana loves running, hiking, and discovering the beautiful sceneries and wildlife of NZ. To a lesser extent, she enjoys the task of working around their do-up house. Jana is supervised doing that by the most spoilt cat called James.
Senior Veterinary Nurse
Zoe started her vet nursing career at Tauranga Veterinary Clinic in 2008 and worked there until she adventured to the UK in 2010, where she worked in a few vet clinics around London. She became the head nurse at John Hankinson Veterinary Clinic in New Cross / London in 2012, which is a very busy and well-known specialist clinic.
After coming back to NZ Zoe joined the team at Tauranga Veterinary Clinic again as their senior/head nurse until she moved to Auckland in Feb 2015. She enjoyed Emergency and Critical Care work at AEC (Animal Emergency Centre) and now also enjoys day clinic nursing at Ellerslie Veterinary Clinic.
Zoe left her cat in Tauranga so not to unsettle her. Together with her flat mates, she shares a Weimaraner puppy so she gets her fair share of animal cuddles not only at work but also at home!
Senior Veterinary Nurse
Della started working with small animals at Epsom Veterinary Centre and has been there for almost 12 wonderful years. She is a Unitec qualified Vet Nurse and enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing.
Della is a familiar face to the Epsom Veterinary Centre clients who appreciate her as a cheerful and warm-hearted Veterinary Nurse.
When Epsom Vets amalgamated with Ellerslie Veterinary Clinic Della did not hesitate to join Kathrin and her team as she loved working with her when Kathrin was locuming for Andrew a few years ago.
Outside of work Della shares her home with her cat Chrissy Hissy Pants who was found on a road in Newmarket. She has a passion for food and flavours, particularly the Asian cuisine – which suits us well as we are a bunch of always hungry people.☺
Senior Veterinary Nurse
Melanie is our singing locum nurse and former ‘Rock Star’. She loves all animals and has two rescue rabbits at home. Mel and her husband foster for the SPCA bird rescue and are often spending days off picking up animals/birds to take home. Mel is also the ‘go to’ person for frog information. She kept endangered captive frogs for 15 years and adores them!
In earlier life, Mel was a professional singer/guitarist so you may hear her singing to your pets sometimes!
Emma joined us as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse and achieved her graduation as a qualified Vet Nurse from Unitec in 2016. She enjoys experiencing and learning new things and meeting new people every day.
She is no stranger to us (and most of our clients) as she had been doing regular work experience with us. Prior to joining us, Emma spent a year gaining work experience in another private practice. She has also been on trips to Niue and Tonga with South Pacific Animal Welfare to assist in the setup and management of desexing clinics in the Pacific Islands.
Even before being a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse, Emma is proud to work in an environment where we are a team dedicated to improving the health of our four legged companions.
When Emma is not zooming around the clinic, you will find her at home enjoying her time with her beautiful family and her wonderful dog Fyn, a West Highland White Terrier, and her two cats Juno and Tabitha.
Other than being married to a vet, Sascha’s background is not linked to veterinary medicine at all! He graduated in 1997/98 from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich with a degree in Business Administration. After working as a Human Resource Consultant and making his way from a Junior Consultant to a Director, he started his own Human Resource Consulting Service in Munich in 2003.
You will find some of Sascha’s ideas of a modern veterinary clinic in the layout, interior and design of Ellerslie Veterinary Clinic. Starting with the Tranquillity Room and a Cat only Consult Room, to the interior design.
Sascha is looking forward to working together with the team of Ellerslie Veterinary Clinic & Cattery to constantly exceed our own high expectations.
Lynn was born in South Africa and came to NZ in 1998. She have always been passionate about animals and grew up with dogs, a cat and a pet rat. Wildlife and the African bush are very dear to her heart and she spent many weekends and holidays in the bush, learning about indigenous wildlife. To this day it is what she miss most about Africa.
Lynn worked as a radiographer after leaving school and then studied to become a teacher. She taught for many years in South Africa and continued to do so when she came to New Zealand. After 11 years in NZ classrooms, she joined the Life Education Trust and took Harold, the giraffe, and health promoting programmes in a mobile classroom to schools in the central Auckland area for 8 years.
But her heart yearned to be with animals and she volunteered at the Ellerslie Veterinary Clinic in 2015. This was a blessing as Kathrin and Sascha inspired her to follow her dream and, by doing relief teaching and studying part-time Lynn became a vet nurse in 2019. She loves being at the clinic on Thursdays and Fridays and is learning so much (and quick).
Lynn is married with two step-sons who are both grown-up. After her family lost their 15-year-old little crossbreed dog last year, her neighbour’s cat decided to adopt them and has pretty much moved into their home now.
Lynn enjoys paddle boarding, running, reading and cooking.
Senior Veterinary Nurse
Danielle joined us recently, bringing with her a wealth of experience from her previous position as a senior veterinary nurse. Danielle is a real Auckland girl, growing up and still living in Remuera with her partner Tom and rescue cat William.
She completed a Bachelor of Science before finding her passion in animal health and care and completed her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing from Vet Nurse Plus in 2013, gaining the ‘top academic student award.’
Danielle’s kind and caring manner, and her attention to every last detail of your pet’s needs, will ensure your pet’s time in our clinic will be as comfortable as possible.