Chrisy Stephenson

Chrisy Stephenson

Head Veterinary Nurse

Hi, I’m Chrisy. I have been with the busy McMaster and Heap team for 6 years .

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 mischievous cats that keep things interesting.

Georgie Scholes

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.

Danielle August

Danielle August

Veterinary Nurse

Hey I’m Dani. I joined the team here in September 2018. Previously I was at Belfast Veterinary Clinic,
where I worked for two years after completing my Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2014.

I love being part of the big family here and enjoy the busy, fast atmosphere we have. My special
interests are Surgical Nursing & being in reception meeting lots of new furry friends and clients.

At home I have a Border Collie called Riley, and an old fluffy tabby called Ben. In my spare time I love
being active outdoors or at the gym, spending time with family and friends, and relaxing at the beach
with Riley.

I look forward to meeting more of our wonderful clients and their furry pals.

Jaime Marriott

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.

Marysha Campbell

Marysha Campbell

Veterinary Nurse

Hello! I‘m Marysha and I’ve been a part of the McMaster & Heap family since November 2018. I graduated with my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from Ara Institute of Canterbury in December 2016 and I‘m a proud registered veterinary nurse with the NZVNA. I am currently studying to become a Hill’s Nutritional Nurse Consultant.

A self proclaimed crazy cat woman - I have two kitties of my own. Kansas, the sassy Maine Coon (pictured) and Spinson, a silver tabby with more than her fair share of quirks. Within the veterinary field, I have a keen interest in hospital nursing (especially love the oldies :), monitoring animals during ultrasound, and being a part of the general day to day running of the clinic.

In my down time, I enjoy trying new restaurants with my fiancé, hanging with friends, listening to music, and attending concerts. I look forward to getting to know you and your fur children!

Megan Charles

Megan Charles

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!

Megan Blair

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

Sam Clarkson

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.

Sarah Mcilraith

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.

Shar Gillespie

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 4.5yr old and 2.5yr 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

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!

Rachael Frater

Rachael Frater

Veterinary Nurse

Hi, My name is Rachael and I have been working at McMaster and Heap since June 2018.

I graduated with a National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2013. I knew I wanted to work with animals from a young age and I thoroughly enjoy caring for patients and interacting with clients.

My husband and I have a rescue dog named Bear who we adopted in 2012, he is a special member of our family and my 1 year old son thinks he’s great! I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies.

Thanks, Rachael