McMaster & Heap Vet Practice are pleased to offer a Small Animal Surgical Referral Service by Rebecca Weight

Dr Rebecca volunteer teaching basic surgical skills to vets in China

Dr Rebecca volunteer teaching basic surgical skills to vets in China

Rebecca Weight BVSc(dist) CertSAS MANZCVS (Surgery)

RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

Rebecca is a Canterbury-born Massey graduate veterinary surgeon, who lives in North Canterbury with her husband, 2 kids and the obligatory much-adored large pet family that goes with being a vet; 3 cats and a dog.

Rebecca developed a passion for surgery while working in the UK in the early 2000’s and since then has undertaken extensive additional training and multiple post-graduate qualifications in both the UK and Australia.

She was awarded Advanced Practitioner status in Small Animal Surgery in 2015 by the RCVS. ‘Advanced Practitioner’ is an official recognition of a non-specialist veterinary surgeon’s particular knowledge, commitment to continuous improvement, and advanced skills in a designated field of veterinary practice. It requires re-accreditation every 5 years. More information can be found at

Rebecca practices in all areas of soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, with her particular interests including trauma, orthopaedics, brachycephalic airway surgery, pain management, critical care and anaesthesia. She enjoys caring for working and sporting dogs as well as family pets.

In additional to work in practice, Rebecca contributes to the vet community in several voluntary roles. She is Head Subject Examiner for ANZCVS Membership exams in Surgery, delivering exams to other vets in the subject, and also serves on the ANZCVS Surgery Chapter Committee. She is also Lead Trainer for “Vets for Compassion”, a program which works to improve animal welfare in China by training Chinese Vets in higher standard veterinary practice. You can find out more about this amazing program here

Outside of the vet world, Rebecca loves her garden (way too much according to her kids), as well as spending as much time as possible exploring NZ with her family in their campervan.