Chrisy Stephenson

Chrisy Stephenson

Head Veterinary Nurse

Chrisy has been Vet Nursing since 2007 and has worked at McMaster and Heap since 2013. She is one of our senior vet nurses and can be found on reception, in surgery, starting consults for the Vets or in nurse consults. She particular enjoys working with cats even the more challenging ones.

Her and her partner James enjoy going on Motorbike trips in their spare time and relaxing with friends. They currently have 3 cats at home, all ironically have had eye issues and keep Steve busy.

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.

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.

Olivia Mugford

Veterinary Nurse

Hey there fellow animal lovers! I’m Olivia and I had the privilege of joining the McMaster and Heap team in March 2018 after graduating with my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from Ara Institute of Canterbury.

I have two boxers dogs, 2 year old Boston aka Bossy, who is just that. She is a thief and believes “what’s yours is mine”, and 5 year old Pepsi aka Princess Pepsi. Very gentle and affectionate.

I also have a fluffy grey cat called Iggy, who is as sassy as can be and sometimes plays fetch. Boston and Iggy like to chase each other around the lounge. There’s never a dull moment with these three around.

I believe pets are more than just pets they are part of the family. I’m so happy to be working in such a rewarding career, where I’m able to give back to the special little creatures that give so much to us on a daily basis.

I hope I can help all of you animal lovers out there with any problem, big or small.

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

Sarah has been with McMaster and Heap for 7 years. During that time she has had two beautiful girls, Blake and Evelyn. They live on Sarah’s family farm with her husband and lots of fur babies.

Sarah has a special interest in Oncology and helping our special friends improve their quality of life.

Sarah spends most of her time out the back organising and running the surgical schedule. She loves the variety at Mcmaster and Heap and the ability to make a difference.

Emily Cleland

Emily Cleland

Veterinary Nurse

Hello, my name is Emily and I joined McMaster and Heap in September 2020 after spending time in the clinic for work placement. I hope to complete my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at the end of 2021.

Previous to Veterinary Nursing I spent most of my time travelling and working overseas and I am now settled in Christchurch with my partner and his two dogs.

I am very excited to start my veterinary nursing career and meet all of your lovely pets!

Natasha Farnell

Natasha Farnell

Veterinary Nurse

I’m Tash. I have been passionate about animals for as long as I can remember, and have been working with them since studying Animal Care in 2012. I had initially intended to follow on with veterinary nursing at this time but decided instead to make the move to London, where I spent nearly 5 years running my own dog walking and sitting business and loved every minute of it.

In 2018 it was time to make the move back home. Vet Nursing still felt like the right fit for me, so in 2019 I took up distance study with Otago Polytechnic and completed my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. I was lucky enough to be offered a job whilst doing placement at McMaster and Heap and I haven’t looked back since; feeling like I’ve become a part of a wonderfully crazy animal loving family.

I have a special interest in hospital nursing. I love having the opportunity to really get to know the patients and help them get better. Recently, I have been enjoying becoming more experienced in surgical nursing. I also love being out on reception to greet you and your gorgeous fur babies, and look forward to being able to assist you in any way I can 🙂

Letitia Saunders

Letitia Saunders

Veterinary Nurse

Hi, my name is Letitia, and I started working for McMaster & Heap in 2020 after I came back from London due to Covid.

I have been nursing since 2015. My passion is surgical and hospital nursing. It is so rewarding to get a bond with my patients and be able to nurse them back to health. Every day is different which I love, as I am always learning and kept busy.

In my spare time I love to exercise, travel, hang out with friends and also look after my Frenchie (Frankie), who keeps me on my toes.

I look forward to meeting you, and your fur babies!

Jemma Paton

Jemma Paton

Veterinary Nurse

My name is Jemma and I joined the McMaster and Heap team in November 2021. I was born in Gore and moved up to Christchurch a month after the February earthquakes.

It has been a life dream for me to become a Veterinary nurse and I received my vet nursing diploma in 2019 just before Covid-19 made an appearance in NZ.
I currently have one fur baby who my partner and I rescued two years ago, her name is Toastie and she is now my cuddle buddy and goes pretty much everywhere with me.

I enjoy every aspect of the Veterinary industry but thoroughly enjoy reception and having the ability to gain connections with clients and their fur babies! I am excited to be able to further my knowledge in anaesthetics and monitoring with the different cases that come through McMaster and Heap every day.

Amanda Moess

Veterinary Nurse

Aliesha Tait

Veterinary Nurse

Fran Taylor

Veterinary Nurse

Georgia Mackwell

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Hannah Hill

Veterinary Nurse

Sarah Bonisch

Veterinary Nurse