About us

Dr Fiona Park

Dr Fiona Park

BVSc(dist) DVSc DACVIM
Registered Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Fiona is a proud Aucklander and completed her veterinary degree at Massey University. Her specialty training was completed at the University of Guelph in Canada. Her thesis involved research into hypercoagulability (blood clotting problems) in dogs with Cushing's syndrome.

After finishing her postgraduate study in 2012, Fiona spent several years working in specialist veterinary practices in Sydney and Melbourne. She returned to NZ with the vision of creating a world class veterinary hospital on Auckland’s North Shore and is one of the founding partners of Animal Referral Centre. 

Fiona enjoys all facets of internal medicine, but has particular interests in endocrinology, haematology and diagnostic ultrasound. When not working Fiona enjoys spending time with her family, including a rambunctious Boxer dog called Stanley.

Dr Karl Mathis

Dr Karl Mathis

BVSc MANZCVS DipECVS
Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Karl hails from the South Waikato and completed his veterinary degree at Massey University. His specialty training was undertaken at the University of Sydney following which he achieved his Diploma from the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Karl returned to New Zealand in 2016 to establish Animal Referral Centre. 

Karl performs a wide range of specialist surgical procedures, but has a particular interest in minimally invasive techniques. Using these techniques allows Karl to minimise pain and discomfort whilst achieving the best possible outcome for each of his patients. 

Outside of surgery, Karl enjoys mountain biking, food and wine and is a pathological Chiefs supporter. 

Dr Sarah Hill

Dr Sarah Hill

BVSc (dist) MANZCVS DACVIM​
Registered Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Sarah was born and bred in the Waikato, but has strong family ties to the UK. Following completion of her veterinary degree at Massey University, she worked in general small animal practice and then travelled to the UK to complete a year long rotating in internship at Davies Veterinary Specialists. Not able to keep away from NZ, she returned to do her specialty training at Massey University.

Sarah loves the problem solving nature of internal medicine. Her primary goal is to ensure her patients are getting the best possible care while also having good quality of life. 

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys the outdoors, working out at the gym and spending quality time with beloved feline Orlando.

Dr Ryan Cattin

Dr Ryan Cattin

BVSc (dist) MANZCVS, FANZCVS
Registered Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Ryan completed his veterinary degree at Massey University. Ryan worked for two years in general practice in Whangarei after graduation. He then undertook a residency in small animal medicine in Auckland, becoming a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. 

Ryan lives with his lovely wife, and his cat Indie (who he thinks may be the best cat ever). Outside of work, Ryan enjoys cycling, running, music and anything involving the outdoors. 

Dr Helia Zamprogno

Dr Helia Zamprogno

DVM MS PhD​
Consultant in Small Animal Surgery

Helia is originally from Brazil and obtained her veterinary degree at Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro. Right after vet school she started her training in surgery, pursuing a small animal surgical residency at Sao Paulo State University, also in Brazil, and then a masters degree at Mississippi State University, working with bone grafts in cats. She then returned to Brazil and completed a PhD at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro medical school, working with stem cells to treat non-union fractures in dogs. At the same time, she developed her own mobile surgical business and provided surgical services to several small animal practices in Rio de Janeiro. Following this, she continued her research in orthopaedics at North Carolina State University and then Michigan State University, focusing on pain assessment in cats and biomechanics of orthopaedic implants, respectively. 

In 2011 Helia completed an Internship at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Canada and after that a second small animal surgical residency at the University of Illinois. After completing this residency she worked in a private specialty hospital in Vermont, USA. 

After holidaying in New Zealand and falling in love with the natural beauty of the country and its people, Helia decided she wanted to move here for good. She brought her dog, Red and her 3 cats Ben Ben, Fit and Jack, with her. In her free time she loves to hike, cycle, snowboard, paddle board and anything that has to do with being outside enjoying nature.

 

Dr Anne Wyer

Dr Anne Wyer

DVM
Emergency Veterinarian

Anne grew up in a city just outside Chicago, Illinois. She earned an undergraduate degree majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Chemistry from Northern Illinois University with an athletic scholarship to play for the women's soccer team. From there, Anne completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. Anne’s clinical externship experiences were mostly at zoo and wildlife facilities including Brookfield Zoo (Chicago), Memphis Zoo (Tennessee), Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (Florida), and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (Texas). 

Following graduation, Anne completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Services in Rochester, NY and then a one-year avian and exotics internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas. These experiences have helped her become comfortable with a variety of species and disease processes. Anne first moved to New Zealand in July, 2017 to indulge her love of hiking and camping with easy access to mountains, forests, and the beach. 

Dr Xanthe Warde

Dr Xanthe Warde

BSc (Hons) BVSc MVM MANZCVS
Emergency Veterinarian

Xanthe graduated in 2006 and started her emergency vet career in a part time role whilst working in general practice. After the earthquakes in Christchurch, she moved to Australia and completed a rotating internship covering surgery, internal medicine, diagnostic imaging and emergency medicine. She spent the following six years in university practice as an emergency veterinarian, and enjoyed being involved in training future veterinarians. Xanthe has continued this interest in training through involvement with the Australian and NZ College of Veterinary Scientists at membership level. 

Xanthe completed her Masters of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and has continued to study to expand her knowledge. She loves working in emergency medicine. It is challenging but often very rewarding. 

Outside of work Xanthe has been involved with the NZ Army with a short stint in the Territorial Forces after graduation. She also enjoys running with her two dogs, Crossfit and cuddles with her Burmese cats. 

Dr Emilie Mendez

Dr Emilie Mendez

BVSc
Emergency Veterinarian

Emilie is originally from New Caledonia but moved to New Zealand at the age of 7. She graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2014. Emilie loves the challenge of emergency medicine, saying it can be tough but also just as rewarding. She feels that the emergency veterinary team can make a massive difference when animals and their owners need it most. 

In Emilie’s time off she has been studying towards her Emergency memberships, to ensure that she is up to date with the latest developments in veterinary emergency and critical care. Emilie also loves travelling, running and exploring NZ.  She recently (January 2018) spent a month in the South Island in which she ran a few of the great walks including the Kepler Track, the Abel Tasman and the Hump Ridge and absolutely loved it.

The loves of Emilie’s life are her 2 Cornish Rex cats called Casper and Chicka, who she adopted a year ago. 

Dr Natalie Webster

Dr Natalie Webster

BVSc CertVDI DipECVDI MANZCVS MRCVS
European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging ​
Registered Australian Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Natalie graduated from Massey University in 2002.  After completing a small animal internship at Massey University and working in private practice in New Zealand and Australia, she completed her residency in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging at the Animal Health Trust, UK.  In 2009 she became an Australian registered specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.

Natalie runs Darkroom Veterinary Imaging and works closely with the other ARC specialists to optimise the information gathered from diagnostic imaging studies. This ensures the highest possible standards of care for patients at ARC.