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 Andrea Wong
Andrea is a true Auckland city girl: Born and bred here, she qualified as a vet from Massey University in Palmerston North in 1995. After a short stint as Small Animal Vet in Wellington, she moved back to Auckland for a while, then took off for her OE in the UK and worked there in numerous busy Small Animal Clinics and Hospitals.
New Zealand is too beautiful to be away too long, so Andrea settled back into her hometown and stayed here ever since.
She has worked in the role of a Senior Veterinarian, supervising and training younger colleagues for numerous years. In fact, she has more work experience than Kathrin, founder of the Ellerslie Veterinary Clinic!
Outside of work she is equally a mulit-talent, juggling her animals as well as carpentry, baking, doing sports, doing work on the house and so on and so on …
Dr Emer O’Malley
Emer grew up on a small farm in the West of Ireland (and we love that she has ginger hair!!!). Always surrounded by lots of animals, she has wanted to be a vet since she was a small girl.
Emer studied veterinary medicine at the University College Dublin. In 2018, she moved to New Zealand and fell in love with the country soon after (as well as with her partner)!
She joined our team in January 2021 and is absolutely loving it. She’s got plenty of energy – when she is not in the clinic, she can be found doing some extra shifts at an Emergency Veterinary Clinic, in addition to being a volunteer surgical vet at the SPCA!
Julia was born in Ohio in the United States and came to New Zealand in 2005. She has always had a passion for animals and completed a Bachelor of Communications at AUT in 2017 but wanted to follow her dream of doing work with animals. She started volunteering at the SPCA with sick cats and from there made the decision to become a vet nurse.
In 2019 Julia went to Tonga with the South Pacific Animal Welfare with a group of vets and nurses to assist with the desexing of over 200 animals.
Julia completed her diploma of veterinary nursing in 2019 at Unitec and started to work for the Ellerslie Veterinary Clinic in 2018 as a student.
Julia enjoys learning new things every day at Ellerslie Clinic and feels she is always excited to come to work. Julia has 2 rescue cats named Minky and Bertie and two rescue rabbits Crumpet and Luca. She enjoys reading, baking and soap making.
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.☺
Hannah was born and raised in New Zealand. From a young age Hannah always had a passion for animals, starting by growing up in an animal filled household ranging from, cats and dogs, small mammals all the way to horses.
Hannah started studying a diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2020. This is when she met the team at Ellerslie Veterinary Clinic. She stayed on and is constantly learning new things and continues to grow her clinical knowledge and her nursing skills.
When she’s not working in the clinic, she can be found out and about riding her horses, enjoying time with friends and family, cooking or simply spending time outside.
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.
In 2016, Nina completed a Bachelor degree in Biology in Slovenia and soon after, in 2020, she qualified as a Diploma Vet Nurse in New Zealand.
At a very young age Nina loved caring for animals at home and she couldn’t ever stop since! She started off with maintaining a quite technical aquarium with different colourful fish, then went on to caring for small pets like her guinea pig (Bajsi), her rat (Gusti) and her rabbit (Uhec). Nina then complimented her menagerie with cat Lady and dog Mik.
Nina developed an awareness of animal welfare, further enhanced through her studies of Biology and through vet nursing, she discovered a way to act on this.
When not at work, Nina likes baking Slovenian desserts (very much to the delight of the rest of the team!), exploring different places and all the outdoor activities, New Zealand has to offer. Whenever possible, she goes travelling and so far, she has been to 26 different countries and made very unique memorie during her travels.
As the daughter of a dentist, Nina is very interested in dentistry and enjoys performing anything involved in dental procedures for your pets.