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 (18), Dylan (15) and Isaac (11) know many of our clients, have even holidayed with a few and all fully understand the importance of what we do. We are a close, fun, sports mad family and our children are very interested in the work we do. As a family we enjoy watching all our boys excel in sports (tennis, soccer and basketball) and we look forward to family beach holidays each year and spending time at home.
We are so blessed to have the BEST ever family dog in Lola, our black lab/huntaway cross, who has a firm presence at the practice and can often be seen “asking” for a pigs ear at reception!! She is a real gem with staff and clients alike and is a constant companion by my side. We also have 2 Abysinnian cats Amos the fantastic defender of our property, slightly chubby, funny then there’s Spartacus our mischievious, high energy, sleek and incredibly handsome red baby!