Our Caring & Compassionate Veterinary Team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Otaki Vets in Otaki! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 06 364 6941 or 06 364 7089 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Angela Ford
Veterinarian

One of our Veterinary surgeons, trained in Edinburgh, Graduating in 1984 and moved to New Zealand and Otaki in the early 90’s. She has special interest in surgery which she gained her membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. Angela also enjoys flying light aircraft, tramping and plays the clarinet and saxophone. She lives on a small holding with sheep, cattle and two very spoilt cats.

Maria Lombard
Veterinarian

FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS
My name is Maria and I am passionate about small animals.
The best thing about being a vet is that no two days are the same; each day brings its own challenges, heartaches and satisfaction.
In our small practice we listen to the stories of our clients and get to know their pets from the kitten and puppy stage to maturity

I am married to Ed, a scientist and have 2 children both in college. We have four cats and everybody knows George, the spaniel, which comes to work with me.
I work two days in Otaki and one day in Levin and on the days that I am not working, I become a taxi driver, house manager and cook. I like to do Yoga and love taking photos. Every two years I take one of my children on a overseas adventure, this year Lisabet and I have done the Silk Road in China.

Graham Kirker
Veterinarian

Graham has been a vet for 48 years! He has owned his own practice and has been a familiar face around Otaki for years! Working for us part time he has an immense amount of knowledge and skill that has been built up and perfected over many years. He loves all animals great and small and looks forward to meeting his old clients and the new ones everyday.

Olivia Baker
Veterinarian

Olivia is a small town kiwi girl, originally from Pahiatua. She completed her Veterinary degree at Massey University in Palmerston North in 2007 and went to work in rural Otorohanga in the Waikato. Here she gained all sorts of experience from calving cows, unpacking alpacas, tending to kiwis at the Kiwi House to mending lots of farm dogs and saving pig dogs.

Olivia stayed in the Waikato for 6 years working at various clinics, such as Te Kuiti and the Waikato After Hours Hospital.

Olivia now focuses her expertise solely on small animals and enjoys being thorough with each case and getting to the bottom of each of her patients’ concerns. She enjoys getting to know your fur babies and building lasting relationships with clients. Olivia has special interests in ophthalmology, ultrasound and cytology, but loves all aspects of her clinical practice.

 

Olivia lives locally with her husband David, 3 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 chickens.

You’ll be able to catch Olivia at Otaki Vets on Thursdays, Fridays and some Saturdays. The rest of the time she’s wrangling her motley crew at home.

Emily
Head Vet Nurse

Hi I’m Emily head nurse at Otaki Vets. I have been a vet nurse for approx 17 years now after graduating with my Diploma back in 2000. I moved to Kapiti coast back in 2009 and live at Te-Horo beach with my daughter, Neve, two Burmese cats and 11 tropical fish. I throughly enjoy my work with a special interest in feline medicine/behaviour.
I look forward to meeting your fur babies and giving them the best care I possible can.

Jen
Vet Nurse

Jen is our marketing coordinator. She is a fantastic wizz on the social media side of it and you will usually find Jen out the front on Reception with her friendly smile. Jen likes to spend her free time hanging out with her cheeky cat Maus and adorable foxy Basil.

Chelsea
Vet Nurse

A local Otakian, I have been a animal lover all my life, growing up in a household with all sorts of critters, as child always bringing in baby birds and bunnies to be looked after.
I went to Victoria Uni to complete a BA before realizing that I wanted to be working with animals. I graduated with a Diploma of Vet Nursing in 2016 and started working here straight after. I love working here as everyday is different and when I get to work I never know what will be walking through the door.
When I am not at work I enjoy horse riding, photography and hanging out with the numerous cats at home, mostly rescues from the clinic and my cheeky Yorkshire Terrier X, Vespa.

Jo
Vet Nurse

I am one of the part time vet nursing and reception staff at Otaki Vets and love working with such an awesome caring team!
I was born and bred in the Horowhenua, and grew up with a lasting passion for horses and all animals. Once married, we made our home in the Bay of Plenty, where I worked as the sole surgery nurse in a busy mixed practice in Tauranga for 5 years, then after a small break at a smaller clinic in Mt Maunganui.
My husband and I moved back to this area around ten years ago and are now lucky enough to live on a lifestyle block on the outskirts of Levin. We love rural life! We have two children, who love their country school and keep me busy on my days off. We have around 15 sheep, (about 10 of them pets) 4 cats, 2 Labradors and a Fox Terrier who are all part of our family.
I really enjoy the opportunity to build relationships with our fantastic clients and to offer them and their fur babies a kind and caring service. I look forward to seeing you in clinic again soon

Emma
Vet Nurse

Emma has an amazing passion for all animals and loves her nursing roles. She has one cat at home and also an amazing dog, Taz.

Kristy
Veterinary Technician

Kristy is a fully qualified Veterinary Technician. Kristy is passionate about all animals and just loves the challenges that come with the job, also the cuddles from all the furry patients are a certain favourite at the clinic! Kristy has one dog at home called Roo, two cats, Nelly and a cheeky monkey called Ollie who came into the clinic as a stray and ended up at Kristy’s place…whoops 🙂

Rob
Resident Architect

Our resident Architect, Rob Kofoed of Kofoed Architects. Rob designed the clinic to be a functional work place whilst keeping most of its original 1905 character and charm. His architectural practice is located in the clinic and he provides the morning tea.