Veterinarians and Practice Owners
Dr Steve Heap BVSc. CertVOphthal
Dr Michele McMaster BVSc.
Steve and Michele graduated in 1992 and 1990 respectively. Their earliest childhood memories were always filled with lots of pets and they just enjoy being around animals. Michele grew up on a lifestyle block in Halswell, with horses, pet lambs and dogs to enjoy. Steve grew up in West Auckland on an orchard, surrounded by dogs and many cats.
Both love the work they do daily, in fact it’s a privilege to head off to work each day, not a chore. Helping animals and solving their problems is so satisfying and rewarding and is what drives us everyday. No one day is the same and each day we leave work having significantly helped a patient.
Central to our lives are our 3 sons Connor (21), Dylan (18) and Isaac (14). We are a very tight family and we enjoy lots of experiences together. Our boys have always been very proud of the work Steve and I do and are no strangers to helping out at the cattery on Christmas morning, helping Steve examine an “eye” patient that has been dropped off at our place, or coming into work to be an extra pair of hands at an afterhours surgery.
Our eldest son Connor is now thoroughly enjoying being a 2nd year Veterinary student at Massey university. He has spent most of the summer experiencing life on a Sheep and Beef farm in Methven and at a Standardbred racing stables in Prebbleton. He’s developed a appreciation, respect and like for large animals.
Connor spent 18 months playing tennis at UC Berkeley in California before making the move to becoming a vet.
We have just farewelled our 18 year old son, Dylan, who has accepted a 4.5 year tennis scholarship to Minnesota College in Minneapolis. Life is very different at home without the “loud and humorous” son around. Dylan is studying finance whilst in college and is trying to stay warm in MINUS 45 degree climates. Lucky tennis is played indoors.
Isaac is in year 10 at Christs College and at this stage his career options are varied and long listed. He is taller than both Steve and I, very loud and entertaining but missing his older brothers around. Its great when we all get together again.
In our little bit of spare time, Steve loves to road cycle, run up hills and entertain friends with his delicious cooking. I enjoy walking Lola, mentoring children, reading and watching juicy Netflix series. We both love watching our sons excel in sport.
Our 3 delightful pets – Lola the Labrador, Spartacus the Abysinnian and Maximus the ginger moggy enjoy a fabulous life in the Heap family. They are loved and adored by us all and are a huge part of our downtime family life at home. We wouldn’t be without them.