At Animal Referral Centre, our mission is to provide the best companion animal healthcare. Our family owned practice has a team of committed, caring professionals that take a multidisciplinary approach to every patient's care, in state of the art facilities. Our services are recommended by our clients to family and friends, chosen by our referring vets for their clients and are a source of pride for our employees.

At ARC we commit to:

  • Extremely high standards of care - if you want the best for animals, then you will want to work for us.
  • Providing you with a professional challenge that you can learn and grow from.
  • Commitment to your professional development.
  • Growth opportunities as the clinic grows.
  • Take the health of our team seriously by nurturing a safe, enjoyable and supportive place to work. 
  • Providing state of the art facilities

However don't take our word for it. This is what some members of our team have to say:


Dr Ryan Cattin
Registered Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Prior to working at ARC I was working towards obtaining my specialist qualification in internal medicine. This is a long and tough road, but definitely worth it.

I chose to work at ARC as there is an exceptional medicine team, and great support from other departments. Life is always interesting due to the unusual and complicated cases we see. It is extremely rewarding when you crack a difficult case. It's fantastic to have the support from a great team of other specialists. We are very collegial, discussing almost every case to pool knowledge and experience, which gets better care and outcomes.

ARC is a progressive clinic with rapid growth and frequent equipment upgrades. The management team is very receptive to change and always looking for new opportunities. Despite our growth, ARC still has the vibe of a family business, in an increasingly corporate profession. 


Dr Xanthe Warde
Head Emergency Vet

Before working at ARC I was working in Australia as Head emergency vet at Geelong Animal Emergency, and in the emergency and critical team at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Returning to New Zealand, it was vital that I worked in a clinic with the same excellent standard of care that I was used to. So, I was delighted when Karl and Fiona opened ARC as it's one of the few clinics in NZ that can provide the high level of care that seriously ill/injured pets need. We have specialists in internal medicine, radiology and surgery, access to a cardiology registrar, advanced imaging and advanced care such as mechanical ventilation.

ARC is a great team, I like that all departments work as one larger team - there is more camaraderie here than I experienced in practices where the teams are separate businesses. We work together to achieve the best outcomes for patients and it allows for the growth and development of the vets and nurses.


Amy Gilchrist
Senior Internal Medicine Nurse

Before coming to ARC I had worked as a vet nurse at a general practice, as a vet emergency nurse at a specialist centre and as an ECC nurse - all in Australia.

When I came to NZ, I chose to work at ARC because I wanted to be part of a family-run practice that provided the best care to our patients. I was introduced to Karl and Fiona and quickly realised they have high expectations and want to provide the very best care possible for our patients. When I started, I loved the feel and the team on meeting them and it was a great fit.

We have a great team. We deal with some really challenging and complicated cases, and for me it's really important that the team are all on the same page and support each other. We also have Stanley the clinic dog that is always there for a kiss.

The variety of cases we see as a specialist clinic is a huge positive. We get presented with so many difficult diseases and their treatments and it is fascinating and rewarding when we are able to nurse the patients back to health or at least make them comfortable when we cant. Being able to really be apart of a team that is able to put so much effort and resources into aiding a sick animal is so rewarding.



ARC is based in Albany, Auckland. Auckland consistently ranks highly as one of the best cities in the world for quality of life. We have all the benefits of a large city with access to arts and culture. Our coffee culture is second to none. Auckland is fringed by stunning nature in every direction - if you are into boating, surfing, bushwalking, skiing or simply enjoying NZ’s world-renowned scenery you can do it from here. New Zealand has a stable Government and world-class medical, health and education services.

We are always keen to hear from qualified experienced staff so even if you don't see a suitable vacancy listed please get in touch. 

  • ORANGE Traffic Light System: we are currently still running a contactless system for consults and asking our clients to remain outside the hospital
  • Emergency clients must phone us for an appointment, we have a limited capacity to take walk-ins
  • Our call volumes are currently very high so please use email for non-urgent enquiries: