Dr. Kathrin Brinker
PhD, FTA Kleintiere
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 Andrea Wong
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 …
Jess Dr Beer
OLY BVSC MANZCVS Veterinary Behaviour
Born and raised in One Tree Hill, Auckland, Jess is a real local, but known New Zealand wide for her achievements and engagement in animal behaviour.
She qualified 2002 with a BVSc at Massey University. She moved to the UK to gain experience there for 10 years before returning back to NZ and working in companion animal clinics since. She has also regularly worked as a veterinary volunteer throughout the world, in places like India, Thailand, Gibraltar, Mexico, Panama, Romania, Portugal to name only a few and she has continued to work with local Auckland pet charities over the years.
In 2014, Jess gained her Membership of ANZCVS in Veterinary Behaviour, and runs the highly regarded Kiwi Vet Behaviour private consulting business. Jess is regularly invited to speak at tertiary training institutions and private veterinary clinics, teaching animal behaviour and low stress handling techniques. She has also been a regular veterinary behavioural expert on NZ radio and television.
In her spare time, she runs around after her two small boys and enjoys her family life. If any chance, she’ll be back to the piste with a sword and a mask, reliving her time as a representative of New Zealand Olympic fencing.
You will always find her with some foster animal attached to her, too!
Dr Michelle Johnston
BSc (Hons) BVMS
Michelle hails from the UK. She graduated from the University of Glasgow with a commendation in Veterinary Medicine and an honours degree in Molecular Biology.
She moved to NZ in 2007 and worked in companion animal clinics in Auckland and also worked as a locum vet. She started a Masters of Veterinary Medicine while working, completing several papers and is currently working to complete this.
Michelle has returned to veterinary practice after having a break with her small children. During this time she and her family went back to the UK for 3 1/2 years but they have returned back to NZ to stay for good.
Michelle has completed the NZVA companion animal refresher scheme and is very excited to be back in the veterinary field.
In her spare time, she is very busy with her three small children and husband. They all love the outdoor life NZ provides and are always keen to be active! So they spend lots of time swimming, running or cycling, and exploring the beautiful country of NZ.
Senior Veterinary Nurse
In her spare time she is usually in her garden with her pets, all of whom were her fosters which she bonded with and couldn’t give back! Lando, the crazy Fox Terrier cross, kitties Rue and Toph who are both blind, and Kingsley, who is just dandy and was the first member of the family, helping Jasmin raise her foster kittens.
Senior Veterinary Nurse RVN BVN
He loves studying, so persevered with further studies and completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing. He is proud to be one of only a few “degree level” registered veterinary nurses in the country.
He thrives on the variety of work in a general veterinary practice, and he is particularly interested in medical hospitalisation care and emergency/critical care. He enjoys participating in different continued professional development programs, so to keep himself up-to-date with the newest in veterinary nursing skills and also new technology.
After work, you will see him on the pitch play rugby with his favorite team.
He is also very active in the rainbow community, and he has held a committee position with a gay inclusive sport team for a number of years.
Senior Veterinary Nurse
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 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.
She is particularly interested in imaging and enjoys performing state-of-the-art radiographs and assisting with ultrasonography.
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.