About Us

Dr Karl Mathis

Dr Karl Mathis

BVSc 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 work, 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) DACVIM (Cardiology) MRCVS​
Registered Specialist 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 has run a dedicated cardiology referral service at ARC since August 2020.

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 Jessica Romine

Dr Jessica Romine

DVM DACVIM (SAIM)
Registered Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine 

Jessica is originally from Washington, DC and received Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Animal & Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech before graduating from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. From there she moved to Atlanta, Georgia for herinternship and then up to Detroit, Michigan for her residency and to start her post-residency career. She particularly enjoys hepatic, gastrointestinal, and autoimmune disease and the diagnostic aspects of Internal Medicine as well as interventional radiology including tracheal and urethral stenting. 

Jessica's partner's work with the US America's Cup sailing team brought them to New Zealand, and she is very much enjoying exploring the food, wine, and spectacular natural beauty of the country! She did bring her cat, Fivian, to Auckland and she is settling in well herself!

 

Dr Warrick Bruce

Dr Warrick Bruce

BVSc(dist) MVM Cert SAO DSAS (Orthopaedics) MANZCVS
Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Warrick graduated from Massey University in 1985. After five years in mixed practice in Rotorua and a couple of years of travel interspersed with locum work, he commenced his specialist training at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. During his residency, he gained a Masters degree and a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics. 
 

Warrick then worked as a referral surgeon in a large veterinary hospital in London before returning to NZ in 1996 to take up a position as Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at Massey University. He gained an RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 2000 and registered as a specialist in small animal orthopaedic surgery.

In 2000, Warrick moved to Adelaide, Australia and set up his private referral business Veterinary Specialist Orthopaedic Services. Warrick worked in Adelaide for six years before returning home to NZ in Jan 2007 to run his business from The Pet Doctors in Hamilton. 

On returning to NZ, he has been actively involved in assisting the surgeons at Massey University in their total hip replacement program and was awarded Associate Senior lecturer status in 2012.

Dr Laura Thornton

Dr Laura Thornton

BVetMED DACVIM (SAIM) MRCVS
Registered Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Laura graduated from The Royal Veterinary College, London in 2009. After some time in general practice and an internship at Davies Vet Specialists in the UK she made the move to New Zealand. She spent the first 6 months here in general practice in Auckland before heading to Massey University. There she completed first an internship, and then a 3 year residency in small animal internal medicine, which she loved! She passed her specialist examinations in 2019 and since then has spent time working at a private referral hospital in the UK as well as some more time at the wonderful Massey University, before moving back to Auckland.

Laura is passionate about all aspects of internal medicine and particularly enjoys caring for geriatric patients. Her main goal is to provide the best possible care to every single one of her patients, treating them as she would want her pets to be treated. She looks forward to meeting you and your pets!

Outside of work Laura has one elderly cat and has recently adopted three kittens that she bottle fed for the SPCA from two and a half weeks old, and then couldn't give back!

Dr Patrick Smith

Dr Patrick Smith

BSc BVMS (dist) MRCVS DECVIM - Oncology
Registered Specialist in Small Animal Oncology

Patrick graduated from Murdoch University in Western Australia in 2014. He completed an internship in Auckland in 2015 before moving to the UK for further training. He completed a combined residency and Masters in Small Animal Oncology at the University of Glasgow from 2017-2021. After passing his specialist exams in 2021 he moved back to Auckland with his kiwi wife, Diana, and their Glaswegian street cat, Teddy.

Patrick has a particular focus on maximising quality of life in pets with cancer, however is passionate about all aspects of veterinary oncology. He completed a Masters in canine lymphoma subtyping and has a keen interest in diagnosing and managing lymphoma in cats and dogs. Outside of work Patrick enjoys hiking and exploring everything New Zealand has to offer.

Dr Ide Gillespie

Dr Íde Gillespie

DVN BVMS DACVECC
Referral Clinician in Emergency & Critical Care

Íde started her veterinary career as a veterinary nurse, graduating from University College Dublin in 2004. Whilst nursing, she discovered her passion for Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) and decided to study veterinary medicine, graduating from the University of Glasgow in 2012. After graduation, Íde completed two internships (rotating and ECC focused) in Vets Now Referrals in Glasgow, before emigrating to Australia in 2015. She completed her 3-year ECC residency in the University of Melbourne and became a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (DACVECC) in 2020. Íde started in her criticalist role at ARC in June 2021, stabilising and providing intensive care for emergent and critically ill pets. Outside of work, Íde has been enjoying exploring Aotearoa’s beautiful scenery, as well as spending time with her border terrier, Gracie, and Oscar the cat, both of whom have travelled the globe! 

Dr Georgina Stewart

Dr Georgina Stewart

BVSc DACVIM (Neurology)
Referral Clinician in Neurology & Neurosurgery 

Georgina graduated from Massey University in 2011. Following graduation, she initially worked in rural small animal practice, then undertook internships at Massey University and the University of Guelph (Canada). She then completed a 3 year residency in neurology at the University of Georgia. During her residency she was involved in research for novel brain tumour therapies for people, using dogs as a model.

Georgina's interests include seizure management, inflammatory brain and spinal cord disease, IVDD and brain/spinal cord tumours but she really finds it all fascinating!

Outside of work, Georgina enjoys horse riding, skiing, bush walks and has 2 cats.

Dr Magen Shaughnessy

Dr Magen Shaughnessy

DVM DACVS
Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Magen graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2013. She then undertook a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following this, she completed a residency in small animal surgery at Michigan State University in 2017 and achieved board certification. Magen received the Dr. Arthur D. Marosi Resident Award for excellence in surgery and teaching. 

Magen's interests include upper airway surgery, thoracic surgery, wound reconstruction, fracture repair, and minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy and minimally invasive osteosynthesis). Magen relocated from the United States to New Zealand by way of a Pacific crossing on her 11 metre sloop sailboat in December 2021. In addition to sailing, she is an avid backcountry skier and mountaineer. 

Dr Judith Visser

Dr Judith Visser

DVM DipECVS
Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Judith hails from the Netherlands, where she completed her veterinary degree at Utrecht university. She then traveled to New Zealand to complete a rotating internship at Massey University. Following this, Judith's travels took her to another rotating internship in the USA and then back to the Netherlands to pursue surgical training. She obtained her board certification in July of 2021 and, naturally, could not stay away from New Zealand for too long so decided to come back with her partner and begin work at ARC in February 2022. Her main surgical interests include soft tissue surgery, particularly emergency surgery, as well as minimally invasive techniques and surgical oncology. Outside of work, Judith enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities including tramping, scuba diving and kite surfing.

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 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 Rachel Pollard

Dr Rachel Pollard

DVM PhD DipACVR
Referral Clinician in Radiology 

Dr. Pollard attended the University of Washington in Seattle for her undergraduate work and Washington State University for her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.  She then moved to New York for a 1-year general rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center.  Dr. Pollard moved to Davis, CA in 1997 to complete the 4-year residency in Diagnostic Imaging at the University of California, Davis. 

She then completed a Ph.D. in Comparative Pathology and began as an Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at UC Davis in April 2005.  Dr. Pollard was voted ‘favorite teacher’ at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine several times during her 15 years of teaching. Dr. Pollard has served as a member of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) exam committee and as the ACVR president. 

Dr. Pollard is now a Professor Emerita having recently retired from UC Davis and is now a radiologist working with Southern Veterinary Imaging in Nelson, New Zealand. She has a clinical interest in small animal ultrasound and dynamic imaging techniques such as contrast fluoroscopy for the diagnosis of swallowing disorders.

During her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband Kal, 2 children (Ty and Hunter) and 2 (poorly behaved) dogs, Zeus and Venus.

Dr Gordon Lye

Dr Gordon Lye

BVSc Grad Cert SA Ultrasound

Veterinary Resident - Radiology

Gordon started out his training with a Vet tech diploma from Singapore, then moved to New Zealand for veterinary school. He graduated from Massey University with a BVSc in 2018. 

Gordon started a rotating internship at ARC in December 2018. Prior to starting his veterinary career, he had always had a strong interest in imaging. Gordon stayed on for an additional intern year at ARC focusing on diagnostic imaging and is now a resident in diagnostic imaging, working towards specialisation.

Outside of work, Gordon enjoys cooking, going to the gym, meeting friends for a feed and exploring New Zealand.

Dr Kelsey Renner

Dr Kelsey Renner

BVSc
Veterinary Internal Medicine Resident

Kelsey grew up in Levin and developed her love of animals during school holidays spent at her grandparents' farm. She then moved to Palmerston North to study veterinary science and decided that as much as she likes cows, small animal practice is where her heart lies.

Kelsey was offered an internship at ARC starting in 2019 and moved to Auckland with her partner Alex. She enjoyed her initial year working with our lovely and highly skilled team so much that she decided to stay on for a second year and then as an emergency veterinarian. Kelsey loves working through challenging cases and is looking to eventually specialise in small animal internal medicine. 

In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys exploring all the beaches that Auckland has to offer, tending to her ever-growing plant collection and getting lost in a good book.

Dr Anne Wyer

Dr Anne Wyer

DVM
Head 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 Alice Handley

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.

 

Dr Angeline Parkinson

Dr Angeline Parkinson

BVSc 
Emergency Veterinarian

Angeline was born and raised right here on the North Shore. After finishing her veterinary degree at Massey University, she worked in mixed practice down in the Waikato, before returning back home to Auckland to work at ARC in 2018

Angeline's love for travel soon resulted in a stint of working in the UK in emergency practice. She was caught up in all the UK/Europe COVID drama and spent a good part of 2020 locked down in France. 

Angeline returned home in January this year and is feeling very thankful to now be back in NZ and back here at ARC!

Angeline is passionate about emergency medicine and is enrolled in a Masters degree with Massey University.

Outside of work, Angeline loves being outdoors, hiking, horse riding or doing yoga. She also won't say no to a good wine and a cheese plate!

Dr Susan Farquhar

Dr Susan Farquhar

BVMS
Emergency Veterinarian

Susan is originally from Scotland and earned her veterinary degree from the University of Glasgow graduating in 1999. Susan initially worked in a mixed equine and small animal practice but soon moved to a fully small animal role in the beautiful pennine hills in West Yorkshire England where she spent nearly 9 years before emigrating with her partner to New Zealand in 2009.  

Susan travelled extensively around NZ for 3 months after emigrating before settling down to normal life again in Auckland working in both small animal general practice and in emergency clinics.  In 2018 the arrival of daughter Emily meant a change in working life routines and Susan joined the ARC team as a part time emergency veterinarian in September 2020.  

Outside of work life is fairly busy with family, Pip the cat and some backyard chickens (Rita, Barney and Little Blue) but when possible she enjoys getting out on the water on a paddle board and continuing to see more of New Zealand on camping trips. 

Dr Lucy Hong

Dr Lucy Hong

BSc DipEd BVSc
Emergency Veterinarian

Prior to starting her career as a veterinarian, Lucy lived in South Korea teaching preschool children, and then Australia teaching chemistry and biology. She is bilingual speaking both Korean and English.

Lucy finished her veterinary degree in 2019 and started working in emergency practice following this. She moved to ARC in 2021 to pursue further opportunities to develop her skills and knowledge in emergency and critical care. Lucy enjoys working with all animal species but has a special fondness for rabbits  and guinea pigs. 

Lucy's interests outside work include hiking, outdoor pursuits, travelling and charity work.

Dr Denis Doyle

Dr Denis Doyle

MVB 
Emergency Veterinarian

Denis is originally from Limerick, Ireland, and graduated from University College Dublin in 2019. His first job was in Canada in a GP practice role with Merritt Animal Hospital in Chatham. After that, he took his first urgent care job with Princess Animal Hospital in Kingston, Canada, a secondary care facility. 

Denis moved to New Zealand in 2022 as he was looking for a new challenge and to work with specialists from various fields. 

He has a great interest in ECC and hopes to work in the ECC field for many years to come. In his free time, he likes skiing, brunch and hiking. 

Dr Dani Harris

Dr Dani Harris

BVSc
Emergency Veterinarian

Dr Alysha Krogh

Dr Alysha Krogh

BSc BVSc
Veterinary Intern

Alysha was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University as well as a veterinary nursing diploma before moving to NZ to obtain her BVSc at Massey. She had the privilege of doing a 5th year placement at ARC and enjoyed it so much she applied for the internship. She is excited for the challenge and variety that emergency and specialty services bring. In her spare time ALysha enjoys baking, reading, spending time with friends and family and is excited for all of the wonderful food Auckland has to offer. 

Dr Katy Seddon

Dr Katy Seddon

BSc (Hons I) BVSc (dist)
Veterinary Intern

Katy originally grew up in England, but moved to New Zealand in primary school. She first studied Biochemistry at the University of Canterbury, pursued an Honours Degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland, and then worked in a research lab for a year. She then went travelling on an OE, where for part of that time, she volunteered in Borneo helping to rehabilitate orangutans. It was here that she decided she wanted to become a veterinarian, and she pursued her veterinary degree at Massey University when she returned. Katy graduated in 2021, and is very excited about working as a rotating intern at ARC this year. Outside of work, she enjoys catching up with friends, hiking, accumulating (an absurd amount of) house plants, photography and painting.

Dr Mark Johnson

Dr Mark Johnson

BVSc
Veterinary Intern

Mark is originally from Tauranga, and obtained his veterinary degree from Massey University in 2016. He then was offered the opportunity to work in sunny Northland for his first job. He met his partner there and was adopted by a dog with questionable motives. Mark spent last year working in the deep south for the ski season and some mountainous adventures but has found his way to Auckland for the year to learn what he can from the best that ARC has to offer. 

Dr Nancy Qin

Dr Nancy Qin

BVSc
Veterinary Intern (Surgery)

Nancy grew up in Auckland and graduated from Massey University in 2020. She worked for a year as a small animal general practitioner in Auckland and loved building rapport with her clients and their pets. Nancy has had a great passion for surgery ever since vet school and is interested in both orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. Nancy wants to specialise in surgery as part of her future career path which is why she is super excited to be part of ARC's surgical internship programme. 

In her spare time she enjoys exploring the wonderful food Auckland has to offer as well as enjoying snorkelling, paddle boarding, skateboarding in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.  Nancy lives with her two dogs Jake the Rottweiler and Lily the Maltese who are the loves of her life and quite the dynamic duo! 

Dr Fiona Park

Dr Fiona Park

BVSc(dist) DVSc DACVIM (SAIM)
Managing Director & Registered Specialist in 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. Although Fiona is a registered veterinary specialist and a familiar face to many of our clients and referring vets, her time is mostly spent in the background now, ensuring that ARC runs smoothly.

When not working Fiona enjoys spending time with her family, including a rambunctious Boxer dog called Stanley.

Dr Rachel Gebbie

BVSc MANZCVS (Maternity Leave)
Human Resource & Operations Manager

Rachel is a Wellingtonian and grew up with a love of animals, forcing her parents to allow her to keep almost every pet allowable in an urban area during her childhood. She completed her veterinary degree at Massey University in 2008. She went on to complete a year-long rotating internship at Massey University including on-the-job teaching responsibilities, successfully attain Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists through examination in Small Animal Medicine, and work in numerous small animal clinics throughout New Zealand. She has also been employed in various non-clinical roles within the veterinary industry such as pharmaceutical work and has experience with the New Zealand Veterinary Association and the Veterinary Council of New Zealand. 

Rachel is passionate about high quality care for companion animals, and creating sustainable workplaces for veterinary professionals and paraprofessionals.

Outside of work, Rachel lives with her husband Ryan, precocious chatty toddler Isabel and two spoiled cats Indie and Winston. She loves reading, cross stitching, walking outdoors and lazing at the beach.

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