Our Vets

Catherine Morganti - Small Animal Veterinarian & Ultrasonographer - BVSc.CertSAM.MRCVS

Originally from Wellington, Catherine Morganti graduated from Massey University Veterinary School in 1987. After a short stint working in Dunedin, Catherine traveled to the UK to embark on some travel and improve her veterinary skills. Whilst working there, she developed a special interest in small animal medicine and ultrasound, gaining her hard earned certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 1997. The pull of NZL was great, and luckily for us she returned home 18 months ago with husband Kit, 2 children, Issy and Jonny and a few cats. Catherine, in her spare time, enjoys exercising, gardening, having friends over and family fun with her children.

Kirsty Thompson - Veterinarian BVMs

Kirsty is one of our locums and joined the team at McMaster & Heap in April 2016, having been in New Zealand for nearly 4 years. She graduated from Glasgow University in 2009 and practiced in the UK before moving to Christchurch. Her interests are soft tissue surgery, feline medicine, and treating our rabbit and rodent friends. Kirsty has several cats which she sadly had to leave behind in the UK, however she acquired a troublesome (but very cute cat) called Wolfe not long after arriving in NZ who keeps her on her toes. When not busy working, she loves traveling and exploring our beautiful country, regularly participating in high adrenaline sports such as skydiving (not for the faint-hearted) and skiing. She has recently taken up scuba diving which will no doubt take her further on her travels.

Liv Barron - Veterinarian BVSc

Hi everyone I'm Olivia. I joined the fabulous team at McMaster & Heap in late 2016 and love every day working here and meeting all our clients with their wonderful pets. I graduated from Massey in 2009 and enjoyed a varied mixed practice job in the lower North Island for 3 years before moving to Christchurch where I've focused on mainly companion animal practice since. My partner and I enjoy the outdoors and try to get into the mountains for climbing, biking and ski touring as often as we can. I've had an ex-racing greyhound called Jasper Carrot for many years and he has become very lucky in his old age with finally being allowed to cuddle up on the sofas with us, which he now loves doing every moment possible!

Sara Hodgson - Veterinarian BVSc

Hi, I'm Sara, one of the veterinarians at McMaster & Heap. I graduated from Massey University in 2008 & have been working in small animal practice in Wellington since then. Originally from Christchurch 11 years ago! We have decided to move back to be closer to all of our family & I can be back at the fantastic clinic where I was a vet nurse 15 years ago! I love my job and am extremely passionate about what we do. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine but particularly love performing surgery. We have two gorgeous little boys, Riley and Xavier who keep me busy on my days off.

Susanne Anderson - Veterinarian BVSc

Susanne Anderson is very pleased to be able to offer veterinary acupuncture therapy as an integrative treatment choice for your pets. Acupuncture was developed in China over 2000 years ago and is used widely in human and veterinary medicine to relieve pain and improve the function of various body systems. Susanne is now combining Laser Therapy with Acupuncture in cats and dogs at our Practice. Low level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has the ability to provide not only powerful pain relief, but also heal the source of the pain itself. It is a painless, non invasive treatment that is safe for operator and your pet.

Jane Shierlaw - Veterinarian BVSc

Hi, my name is Jane and I am one of the vets at McMaster and Heap. I graduated in 2001 from Massey University and spent 18 months working in the Bay of Plenty before moving overseas and working for 4 years in the north of England. I then moved back home to NZ and spent a very enjoyable few years working with Steve and Michelle full time before leaving to have mym son. Since then you will have only seen me occasionally doing part time work, as I have spent most of my time looking after my son and now my daughter as well! I still enjoy my vet work though, so when the kids let me out of the house you will see me around.

Stephanie McLafferty - Veterinarian BVSc, MRCVS

Originally from the UK Stephanie graduated from Liverpool University in 2003. After spending a few months working for a charity in Morocco treating donkeys, mules and horses, she spent 2 years working in small animal practice in the UK before setting off on her travels to NZ. She spent a year travelling and locuming around NZ and soon decided that with so much to explore she was going to have to stay. She joined McMaster and Heap vets in early 2009. Stephanie loves performing surgery and has also recently started a course in dermatology. Stephanie never likes to sit still for long and in her spare time she can be found out on all sorts of adventures. She enjoys tramping, mountain biking, skiing, white water kayaking and also likes to compete in multisport events having completed the 'Coast to Coast' in 2009 as well as other events. She loves to travel and recently returned from an intrepid 4-month trip to South Americaa where she explored the high Andes and the depths of the Amazon jungle amongst other adventures! She returned from her big trip engaged to her now fiance, James. At home they live with their two cats Maddy and Sprocket.

Janine Van Dam - Veterinarian BVSc - Special Interest in Dentistry

I graduated from Massey University in 1996. I worked in mixed practice in Southland for two years then moved to the United Kingdom where I concentrated on working with companion animals. In 2008 I returned to New Zealand and settled in Christchurch where I now live with my husband, three children, chickens, rabbits and guinea-pig. Over the last few years I have developed a passion for dentistry in companion animals and I have been studying since 2014 to sit my Australian College Exams in Small Animal Dental and Oral Surgery next year. This involves completing a number of workshops and practical training as well as reading textbooks and journals on up to date surgery techniques and medical treatments. I am currently able to offer the following services.