Catherine Morganti

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

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

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

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.

Richard Lucy

Richard Lucy

Veterinarian BVSc. MANZCVSc MRCVS. CertVCDipVCS

Massey University graduate 1992, and worked in private practice in New Zealand and as an Assistant Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Massey for 2 & ½ years. Whilst at Massey completed MANZVSc examination in Radiology before embarking on OE to the UK. Worked in private practice in London for 2 & ½ years before returning to New Zealand the slow way. Travelled overland through West Africa and worked as a volunteer in a primate rehabilitation centre in Cameroon treating injured primates before their return to the wild.

Worked as a Senior Medical Registrar for 2 years at Sydney University Veterinary Hospital completing a Dip VCS and returned for a sabbatical to The Royal Veterinary College in London to complete the Royal College examinations in Veterinary Cardiology. Finally returned to New Zealand working in Auckland and Hamilton for several years before retraining in human echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart) and moving full-circle back to Christchurch to work in the Cardiology Department of Christchurch Public Hospital.

Having since returned to my original vocation, I now work virtually solely performing ultrasound of the heart and abdomen of referral patients. This includes interventional procedures and minimally invasive biopsy techniques.

In my (limited) spare time, I entertain our three year old twins, slave away on our lifestyle block and enjoy the rivers, mountains and coast that Canterbury and the South Island has to offer.

Helen Milner

Helen Milner

Resistered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, Consultant SurgeonVeterinarian BVSc. (Dist), PhD, FANZCVS, CertVR

Helen Milner - Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Helen graduated with Distinction from Massey University in 1989, having arrived at the university on a Junior Scholarship and leaving with an illustrious academic record; collecting awards each year of her studies including the Veterinary` Science Faculty Medal for best overall student, 1986-1989.

Starting work in Auckland as a small animal vet, Helen soon departed for the UK where she worked in a truly mixed practice. It was here that her interest in small animal surgery grew. In 1991, she was employed as the Senior Demonstrator in Surgery at the Small Animal Hospital at the University of Liverpool. In 1992, she took up a residency in Soft Tissue Surgery at the Royal Veterinary College, London. During this time, Helen completed the Certificate in Veterinary Radiology. In 1996 she was awarded a Veterinary Research Fellowship and an advanced student position at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, from which she completed a PhD in Immunology in 1999.

In 2000, Helen relocated back to New Zealand where she helped deliver and develop the Veterinary Nursing and Animal Technology courses at UNITEC, Auckland. Helen also worked in a clinical capacity for Franklin Veterinary Referral Services, South Auckland. In 2003, she decided to become a “Mainlander” and joined Vetspecs in Christchurch and, by early 2004, she had become a co-owner of that business.

Helen has since completed surgical externships and locums at Texas A&M University, the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, and New Zealand’s own Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, as well as anaesthesia externships at Massey University and clinical pathology externships with Gribbles Veterinary NZ. Helen became a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Surgery by examination in 2004 and a Fellow by examination in 2006. The latter achievement resulted in her registration as a surgical specialist. Helen has served as a Membership and Fellowship examiner for the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists since 2008 - a ‘giving back’ role she greatly enjoys.

In 2010, Helen travelled to Brisbane to train and become a certified PennHip Veterinarian: www.pennhip.org. In June 2011, Helen travelled back to the UK to spend some time with the teams at the University of Liverpool, Veterinary Tissue Bank in Wales and Fitzpatrick Referrals in Godalming. In July 2011, Helen headed to San Diego for training in Innoplant’s Helica Total Hip Replacement (THR) system which brought to New Zealand a new cementless way to surgically treat end-stage hip arthritis.

In October 2011, Helen became the sole owner and Director of Vetspecs and successfully navigated the business through some ‘tricky times’ in the wake of thousands of earthquakes that have struck Christchurch since September 4, 2010. After 11 years of business ownership, Helen “sold up” in 2014 and ventured forth as a self-employed consultant, forming Milner Consulting in 2015. In this independent capacity, Helen has worked as a surgical specialist and educator for a variety of NZ and Australian Specialist hospitals. A long standing future goal is to take her surgical skills for a “holiday” to charitable organisations such as bear rescue with Animals Asia (www.animalsasia.com). Watch this space!

Despite the various work-related travels, Christchurch is definitely Helen’s home and so she is very excited for Milner Consulting to be now largely based at McMaster & Heap Veterinary Hospital. Their team’s dedication to animal health and welfare is exemplary and Helen is really thrilled to be included in their impressive expanding journey.

During her limited spare time, Helen enjoys tramping, cycling, pilates, yoga, cinema and theatre, all sorts of music, travel, food and wine, and time spent with family and friends. Unfortunately, the knees are no longer really permitting any improvement in her limited skiing or squash skills! Her husband, Chris, is a tremendously patient leveller and supporter for Helen, despite the hours he spends at Mitre10 and Bunnings as part of his never ending love of DIY. This keeps Helen busy with power tools in and out of work!