Our Team


Dr Kirsten Wylie: total veterinary services

Dr Kirsten Wylie BVSc

Hi I’m Kirsten and my clinic Total Vets has evolved from a passion to provide quality veterinary care. Graduating from Massey University many years ago I have spent my career working in New Zealand in companion animal practices.

Three trips to Alaska to work on the world famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race provided amazing experience working with over 1000 highly tuned canine athletes. This fostered a special interest in lameness examination and lameness cases.

I also have a special interest in canine reproduction and own and very occasionally breed Affenpinschers.

I have a fur  family which includes  Princess, Rodger, Penny and Ritchie the Affenpinschers and Jack and Jake my cats.

Outside of work (which occurs infrequently) I enjoy gardening, cooking, tramping and travelling.

I feel lucky to be surrounded by a great team of passionate and committed professionals.

Dr Nicki Shackleton: total veterinary services

Dr Nicki Shackleton BSc BVSc [Dist] DACVP

Veterinary Clinical Pathology Ltd

After qualifying as a veterinarian and working small animal practise, Nicki spent several years in the US and Canada where she pursued post graduate studies and qualified in the specialist field of diagnostic clinical pathology. She holds the highest qualification in the specialised field of clinical pathology, that of Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. After many years working in academics and commercial diagnostic laboratories, she more recently became a private consultant to Veterinary Practitioners, forming her own company, Veterinary Clinical Pathology Ltd.

Nicki works at Total Veterinary Services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am onwards.  Her skills are used in the diagnosis of a variety of animal diseases. Samples such as blood, urine, joint fluids and needle aspirates of masses and more are examined by Nicki using her special pathology microscope. She is able to identify a range of diseases and disease processes in animals. By obtaining and examining appropriate samples (as is done in human medicine) the sooner correct and successful treatments can be started. By Nicki working on-site in the clinic, answers to some important and helpful test results can be obtained far more quickly than if they had to be sent to a commercial laboratory. Nicki not only examines tissue samples she also interprets the results of a variety of blood tests (derived from both in-house testing and commercial laboratories) and is available to practitioners to have in depth discussions about diagnoses, further testing and prognosis of individual cases.


Dr Asumi Brens: total veterinary services

Dr Asumi Brens BVSc [Dist]

Hi my name is Asumi.  I graduated from Massey University in 2013.  I grew up on the outskirts of Tokyo before moving to Auckland as a teenager.  Although I was always interested in veterinary science, my other interests took me to graduate in Physics and Commerce from Auckland University before I decided to follow my childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. 

I live with my husband Jeremy, two demanding cats: Tac and Daphne and red-eared sliders: Jimmy and Jemima. 

In my spare time, I enjoy playing piano and saxophone as well as trekking and riding motorbikes to explore the beautiful country of Canterbury.

Veterinary Nurses

Tracy: total veterinary services

Tracy (Cert.VN)

Tracy gained her qualification in Veterinary Nursing at CPIT in 2012. Most of her practical training she completed with us so you may have seen her around. Growing up as a farm kid, she has always had an affinity for animals, and is grateful to be able to work in a field that revolves around that.  

Along with her kids Dylan, Ayden and Jasper, Tracy lives with a French Bulldog 'Tilly' and 3 Persian cats 'Lottie', 'Leuie' and 'Linkin.  She enjoys getting out with 'the kids' and hitting the beach or the forest, and spending time with friends and family.

Megan: total veterinary services


Hi I'm Megan - I'm the newest addition to the Total Vets nursing team. I grew up on a lifestyle block in Timaru before moving to Palmerston North where I graduated from Massey Univeristy in 2013 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. I have a special interest in Medical Nursing, and I run our clinic weight loss program "Porky Paws". Outside of work I enjoy reading, crafts and playing the piano and guitar. My favourite animals are goats, but I don't practice large animal nursing as I don't like cows!

Kayla: total veterinary services

Kayla (Cert.VN)

Hi, I'm Kayla. I gained my qualification in Veterinary Nursing in 2013 at CPIT. It was soon after this that I traveled to South Africa to do some volunteer work with some beautiful big cats such as lions, leopard and tigers and many more.

My love for animals since then has only grown, bring me to the total vets team. I share a home with my beloved great danes "Malachi" and "Pebbles", "Koda" the Saint Bernard, bearded dragon "Spike" and two cats, "Bear" and "Saphie". This certainly keeps me occupied. I love dancing, reading and any kind of extreme sports, nothing like a challenge. I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies.

Larissa: total veterinary services

Larissa (Cert.VN)

Hi I'm Larissa and I was fortunate enough to be offered a job as a veterinary nurse here at Total Vets when I finished my Certificate of Veterinary Nursing at CPIT which I completed in 2015.  This is a job I've always wanted to do and I'm so happy to finally be achieving my dream.

I have a lovely cat called Kitty who is always a bit of a handful and a horse called Bella who I ride in competitions.

I look forward to meeting all the amazing clients at Total Vets

Elliot: total veterinary services


Hey I'm Elliot! I was a student here throughout my vet nursing studies at Otago Polytechnic, and was lucky enough to nab a job here! I love caring for our hospital patients and spending the time getting to know them and their needs, I also love the wide variety of breeds we see here at Total Vets and of course love all of our clients! I live with a 5 year old Jack Russell named Marley who keeps me on my toes (she's not that well trained!). If you ask any of the other nurses around here I'm sure they would say that I am super nice, and I love eating all the delicious snacks that our lovely clients bring us! 

Lizzie: total veterinary services

Lizzie (Bach.VN)

Hi I'm Lizzie and I'm fortunate to be able to work at Total Vets for the next 6months. I studied my Veterinary Nursing degree at Harper Adams University and graduated September 2015. I have always been interested in Veterinary Nursing and started doing work experience at a range of veterinary practices from the age of 14.

I arrived in NZ on New Year's Eve and have been spending time with family who live in Christchurch aswell as travelling around both islands, but missed working and wanted to experience a nursing different environment compared to my job at home.

I have a horse called Storm who had a bad start to life but has a forever home with me as he is my baby, he is currently been looked after by my mum, Aunty and friend and get regular updates along with Trevor and Dougal the Labrador's and Amber and Magic the cats. I'm looking forward to meeting you all and working with the Team at Total Vets.



Billie: total veterinary services



Hi my name is Billie and I have been running the Total Vets hydrotherapy pool since early 2014.  I completed a certificate in veterinary nursing through CPIT in 2014, and prior to that completed a BSc (biology) at the University of Canterbury.  I am currently studying the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and Canine Rehabilitation through the Univeristy of Tennessee.

I live with my two dogs Elsie, a jack russell x border collie and Ping a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno with whom I compete in a wide array of dog sports including agility, tracking/working trials, lure coursing, conformation and obedience.  Before I was lucky enough to find myself at Total Vets I worked as a dog trainer and behaviourist, running obedience classes and visiting clients in their homes to work through various behaviour and training problems.


Ansley: total veterinary services


Hi, I'm Ansley and am brand new to New Zealand and am lucky enough to work with Total Vets for the next 9 months. I am from the US, but a love of travel and adventure led me to spend the last year working and travelling in NYC, the Cayman Islands, the UK, and Australia. I grew up with all sorts of pets, from dogs to snakes, but my best furry friend is my 11 year old chihuahua, Colby. He has lived with me in NYC, Panama, and Grand Caymanm but had to stay in the US for the first party of this adventure. Colby will hopefully be joining me permanently in New Zealand soon. 


In my spare time, you can usually find me hiking the trails of Christchurch or finding a new spot to SCUBA dive. 

Amy: total veterinary services


Currently on maternity leave 


Amy joined the Total Vets team in June 2014, her love of animals combined with her love of meeting and talking to new people made her a perfect addition to our team. A love of travel has lead to Amy living in Japan, all over the USA and spending 5 years teaching in Korea before finally marrying a Kiwi boy and settling down here. Living with Amy is Lilly the labrador who moved here from Korea, rescue cat Luna, and the newest addition to the family little Harper who was born in January 2015. In her spare time Amy loves playing with Harper, getting out and about with her family and indulging her creative side with a bit of sewing and photography.