Our nurses

Chrisy Stephenson - Head Veterinary Nurse

Hi, I'm Chrisy. I have recently joined the busy McMaster and Heap team. I have been Vet Nursing since 2007 and enjoy working in a busy atmosphere. Before becoming a Vet Nurse I worked in hospitality for 13+ years as a Bar and Restaurant Manager. I live with my partner James and 4 mischievious cats that keep things interesting.

Georgie Scholes - Veterinary Nurse

Hi my name is Georgie. I completed my National Certificate of Vet Nursing in 2010 at Otago Polytech and am a NZVNA Listed Vet Nurse. I am an animal lover through and through and have two rescue dogs, Bodhi, a ridgeback cross and Mississippi, a bull terrier collie cross. They keep me and my partner Matt very busy! I have special interests in surgical nursing, nutrition, and canine behaviour. In my spare time I enjoy walking, yoga, and reading. I look forward to meeting you and your pets.

Jaime Marriott - Veterinary Nurse

Hello my name is Jaime. I joined McMaster and Heap in January 2017. I took my education, and spent my formative years, in Wellington. After travelling I returned to Christchurch to study at Canterbury University. There I graduated with a Bachelor of Biological Science. Keeping my degree broad, I soon realised that I was passionate about animals, their behaviour and their biological make up. After completion of my degree, I moved up north to Auckland to complete my Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. I secured a vet nurse job with a boutique clinic in Parnell and "cut my teeth" in vet nursing over a two year period. I enjoyed my time in Auckland, however I prefer the friendly, slow paced lifestyle that the South Island offers. The step up to Mcmaster and Heap is a natural progression for me - I am surrounded by animals (my primary love is cats) and I can immerse myself in vet nursing in a caring, thriving, busy and sophisticated atmosphere. I look forward to meeting clients and assisting them - and their pets - in every way possible.

Katie Wood - Veterinary Nurse

Hi everyone! My name is Katie and I have just starting working at McMaster and Heap in February 2017 and loving it! I graduated with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in the Waikato last November and I am thoroughly enjoying putting all I learnt into practice. Moving to Christchurch was a big change but it already feels like home. A pet might be on the cards in the near future but while Iā€™m still settling in I look forward to meeting you all and your own fur babies! Thanks, Katie

Kim Tozer - Veterinary Nurse

Hi my name is Kim and I have been working at McMaster and Heap for nearly two years now. I originally did work experience here as a student and was eventually offered a permanent job. I am married and have three children, two boys and one girl, and we currently have two cats who are brothers called Serj and Oscar and one dog called Storm. All my kids love animals as we have always had pets of some sort, mainly cats and dogs but at one stage we had two rats and at the moment we also have a pet frog - who we are constantly trying to find flies for! I spent years working in the Hospitality Industry as a Chef but always wanted to work with animals so once my kids were a bit older I made the decision to go back to Polytechnic and become a vet nurse. I love working with animals and find my job really rewarding, especially nursing sick patients and seeing them recover and observing some of the complicated surgery that the vets do as well. It was worth the change!

Megan Blair - Veterinary Nurse

Hi there, my name's Megan. I became a vet nurse back in 2013, after being a client at McMaster and Heap and realizing this is exactly what I wanted to do with my life, and now I couldn't imagine my life any other way. I worked in Christchurch for a couple of years before moving to Auckland, and am now settled back down here. I have one gorgeous wee dog named Murray whom I got a couple of weeks after the earthquakes, he is my world. We do everything together. I am really looking forward to getting to know all clients, new and old, and establishing my role at the clinic. Megan

Megan O'Brien - Veterinary Nurse

Hi everyone, I'm Megan, I started working at the Clinic in February 2011. I have a National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing which I gained after studying full time at CPIT in 2010. During my study I spent a large amount of time on placement at McMaster and Heap, and was extremely lucky to have been offered a position here once I had completed my course. I am fully enjoying being part of such a super team, and love the fact that I am learning new skills every day. A bit about me: At home I have a young Chocolate Labrador, a tabby cat and two birds - a canary and cockatiel. They all have their own unique personalities, which I love, and they also keep me very busy. In my spare time I enjoy horse riding, walks along the beach, collecting antiques, spending time with freinds as well as doing anything arty. Looking forward to seeing you and your furry friends at our clinic!

Sarah Mcilraith - Veterinary Nurse

Hi my name is Sarah and I have been at McMaster and Heap since April 2014. I completed my Certificate in Veterinary Nursing at Christchurch Polytech in 2002, since then I have been fortunate to work in some fantastic clinics both in New Zealand and more recently in Australia. I gained invaluable experience in Australia where I was working at a Multi-Disciplinary Specialist Centre in Melbourne as an Oncology and Internal Medicine nurse. After spending over 8 years overseas it was time to move home, so just before Christmas, myself, my husband Steven, and Arthur the very spoilt cat moved back home. In my spare time I enjoy competitive netball, running and horse riding. I look forward to meeting you and your lovely pets at the clinic.

Sam Clarkson - Veterinary Nurse

Hi I'm Sam and fortunately for me, I started working at McMaster and Heap in May 2014. I have been Vet Nursing since 2010 and have my national certificate in veterinary nursing. I grew up in small, rural, West Coast town, always around animals large and small, and I knew from a very young age that working with animals would be my future. I share my home with my partner and 2 michievious cats, Lace and Shady. I look forward to seeing you and your fur babies in the clinic.

Shar Gillespie - Practice Manager

Hi, I'm Shar and I've been at McMaster and Heap Veterinary practice for many years now. I completed my Vet Nursing Certificate at Christchurch Polytechnic. Canine behaviour was a small component in this course, which interested me, so I have also achieved a qualification in Canine Behaviour. I am passionate about animal care, and love that each and every day we are able to help make a difference in pet's lives. Most recently my role has been in administration, not hands on nursing. My babies include "Gemma" a Black Lab Huntaway Cross (yes - just like Lola only naughtier) and my "Ginger Ninja" cat called Rufus. I also have two children, a 3yr old and 10 month old, so life is pretty busy at the moment. I look forward to seeing you and your fur-friends at the clinic when I return from maternity leave.

Sonya Tamblyn - Clinic Receptionist

Hi there. My name is Sonya. I began working at McMaster and Heap Vets in January 2015. Prior to joining the team here, I have been working in vet practices for the last 10 years. You will find me in reception, where I love to meet and greet clients and their pets. I have 6 labradors at home, which take up all of my spare time in training and competing in competitions across the country. You may spot my wee dog Dart (Lola look-alike), sneaking around behind the counter one day. Looking forward to meeting you all!