About Us

Dr Karl Mathis

Dr Karl Mathis

BVSc MANZCVS DipECVS
Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery & Director

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 Joon Seo

Dr Joon Seo

BVSc, MVetMed(dist), MRCVS​
Registrar in Cardiology

Joon received his veterinary degree from Massey University in 2013. Soon after graduation, he became passionate about veterinary cardiology and pursued postgraduate cardiology training in Australia and the UK. Joon completed both a Masters in Veterinary Medicine and a 3-year cardiology residency at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2020. During his residency, Joon spent some time at the paediatric cardiology facility of University of London for comparative cardiology.

Joon is passionate about every aspect of veterinary cardiology but is particularly interested in feline cardiomyopathy, interventional cardiology and congestive heart failure management. He aims to provide state of the art care while prioritising the quality of life of pets with heart disease.

Outside work, Joon enjoys spending time with his slightly overgrown cat, hiking and fishing.

Dr Angela Hartman

Dr Angela Hartman

DVM, DipACVR
Registered Specialist in Veterinary Radiology

Angela is a Veterinary Radiology specialist that trained as a biochemist at Old Dominion University (USA), working as a cellular biologist at UCLA School of Medicine for 5 years.  This was followed by a vet school obtaining a DVM from the University of California, Davis graduating in 1999. In 2000 she began a 4 year radiology residency at UC Davis obtaining her diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Radiologists in 2003.  She was clinical faculty at UC Davis for 8 months prior to emigrating to New Zealand and teaching at Massey University for 9 years.  

Angela lives on a small animal rescue farm with her family.  Her goal is to benefit as many patients, clients and veterinarians as possible during her career. 

Dr Fiona Park

Dr Fiona Park

BVSc(dist) DVSc DACVIM (SAIM)
Registered Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine & Managing Director

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 Xanthe Warde

Dr Xanthe Warde

BSc (Hons) BVSc MVM MANZCVS
Head 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 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 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 Lorna Hardy

Dr Lorna Hardy

BVSc (dist)
Emergency Veterinarian

Lorna graduated from the University of Bristol in 2015 and recently moved to New Zealand, joining the ARC team in April 2019. She worked both in general practice and emergency clinics along with doing veterinary volunteer work overseas.

In her spare time Lorna likes to go hiking, running, horse riding and eat good food! Lorna has a passion for emergency medicine, and is also currently working towards her feline medicine membership examinations.

Dr Alice Handley

BVetMed
Emergency Veterinarian

Alice grew up in the UK and graduated in 2018 from the Royal Veterinary College. She moved to New Zealand after finishing at university. She initially started in mixed animal practice then moved to small animal practice in Auckland.

Alice joined our team in April 2020 due to a growing interest in working in the field of small animal emergency medicine. 

Outside of work, Alice loves to surf, do CrossFit and explore the local beaches. She has a cat, Pepper, that she handraised from a tiny kitten.

 

COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Announcement: ARC remains open 24-7 to provide specialist and emergency veterinary care. To allow appropriate social distancing within the hospital, we are allowing ONE person to accompany each pet inside. We request that clients entering the hospital wear a mask. If you have any questions please phone us on (09) 2815 815.