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 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 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.
Dr Joe Lombardo
Hi, my name is Joe Lombardo. I graduated at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. I am from sunny California with now six years experience as a vet. I love what I do and feel lucky being able to work doing what I love. Some areas of special interest for me are dentistry and surgery. I am very excited to have joined the team at Total Vets and look forward to working alongside Kirsten, Asumi and the rest of the team.
In my spare time I really enjoy the outdoors, anything from camping to fishing to hiking. Of course its always better with furry companions but for now as I have just arrived in New Zealand I am without pets of my own. I look forward to growing my family of the furry kind once I have settled into my own home.
My wife Sarah and son Ian join me in fullfiling my life long dream of living in New Zealand. We are all very happy to be here and look forward to meeting you and your pets when you visit the clinic.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Hi I'm Lizzie I am from the UK and spent six months working at Total Vets in 2017. I am fortunate to be able to return to New Zealand and join the Total Vets team permanently. 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 back to New Zealand in January and have enjoyed seeing familiar faces at Total Vets as well as enjoying Christchurch and the rest of New Zealand in my spare time.
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 seeing you and your fur babies when you come in.
Hi I’m Emma, I’m working towards finishing my diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Ara polytechnic this year.
Originally from Blenheim, I spent some time in Wellington studying fine arts and photography, but my love for animals brought me to become a vet nurse and I was very lucky to gain a job here at Total Vets!
I am a bit of a bunny nut to say the least and adore Willow my own rabbit. I also love a wide variety of animals and love caring for them.
In my spare time you’ll find me mountain biking, watching movies and spending time with my partner Adam.
Hi I'm Kate! I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2013 with a passion for animal physiology. From there I undertook extensive on-the job training in the South Island's only clinic for animal physiotherapy where I performed physio and rehabilitation on companion animals for 3 years. Since then I have completed a post graduate diploma in Science Communication and am now in my 5th year working in animal care alongside Veterinarians in Christchurch.
As well as performing hands on rehabilitation for clinics around the city, I am now lucky enough to run Paws In Motion - Total Vet's very own hydrotherapy facility!
In my free time I'm hiking, knitting, making pottery, surfing, and going on adventures with my 2 year old weimaraner, Nana! And have now started studying long distance to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee.
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. Amy has two kids big sister Harper and Kieran who is almost one. In her spare time Amy loves spending time with her kids, getting out and about with her family and indulging her creative side with a bit of sewing and photography.