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.

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, hanging with friends, listening to music, and attending concerts. I look forward to getting to know you and your fur children!

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

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!

Elaine Drayton

Elaine Drayton

Veterinary Nurse

Hi! I’m Elaine and I started working at McMaster and Heap vets in March of 2020 (only a week before lockdown hit - what an introduction I had)! I graduated with my Diploma of Veterinary Nursing end of 2018 & have been enjoying every minute of it since!

You may have seen me on reception, doing nurse consults or helping out our lovely vets with their consults. If you haven’t seen me, I’m likely to have been out the back assisting with surgery.

At home my partner & I have got our own little entourage who keep us on our toes - a cockatiel called Terry, a little silver tabby cat called Amy, and our most recent addition; Kip our Springer Spaniel x Huntaway puppy.

I am thoroughly enjoying the fast-paced environment McMaster & Heap has to offer, and I am looking forward to advancing my skills in an industry that never stops evolving.