We pride ourselves in providing the best veterinary care for your animals.
Waihi Veterinary Services has been serving the Waihi area for more than 30 years. We are a mixed animal practice in a coastal town, offering services for all animals including cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, birds, cattle, horses, sheep, goats, poultry, and more. Our highly experienced Veterinarians Dr Jan-Bert, Dr Asse, Dr Stephanie, Dr Carolyn, Dr Cameron and our team are committed to providing the highest level of professional service and care for your pets and animals. Combined with our latest in veterinary equipment, Waihi Veterinary Services offers outstanding care and knowledge. We provide afterhours emergency care and we want to work with you to ensure your animals are given excellent care.
Jan-Bert got his qualifications in The Netherlands and worked for 11 years as a mixed veterinarian in the country. He then moved with his family to New Zealand in 2004 and worked in Ngatea, Morrinsville, Paeroa and Matamata in mixed practices. He has a passion for farm animals and enjoys the relationship with his clients. His wife Patricia is also a qualified vet, whose main interest is animal behaviour. Together they have two children and a multitude of animals including ponies, birds and a dog.
Fun fact about Jan-Bert: He was born 3.5 meters below sea level in Creil, The Netherlands!
Asse has been with Waihi Veterinary Services since 1997, when she and her husband Viv joined the previous owner to become a 3 vet team, supported by a receptionist and a vet nurse. She was initially a mixed animal veterinarian but soon started taking over most small animal cases. She still deals with farm animals after hours, which include calving cows, sick cows, trauma etc.
Asse's job involves dealing with a multitude of problems and species. She says it's like trying to solve a puzzle in 15 minutes as efficient and effective as possible. Some puzzles are easy and require very few pieces but some turn out to be large complicated ones. She is very grateful for owners that let her do her job as it certainly makes it easier on their pets.
Asse is an animal lover at home too and has 5 cats and chickens. She always has has her camera close by and has her honours in photography.
Stephanie graduated from Massey University in 2011 before starting at Waihi Veterinary Services in 2012. She loves getting to see a wide variety of animals working as a mixed animal vet from cows to alpacas to cats and dogs! She loves getting out and about and still getting her surgery fix.
Stephanie has 2 babies at home, her daughter Isla and a wire haired Jack Russel puppy named Beau who was too cute to resist. She also has 2 ginger boys, Atticus and Gulliver, who were both adopted as tiny feral kittens. They now both prefer her husband to her.
Stephanie enjoys exploring the local area and spending time at the beach with her family and puppy.
Carolyn lived in Wanganui until she was 9 years old when her family moved to Australia. She completed a veterinary degree at James Cook University in March 2017 before starting her first job in Waihi. Carolyn likes working with a diverse array of large and small animals. She loves helping and supporting people and being there for them during their highs and lows of pet ownership. Carolyn's special interests include animal welfare and rehabilitation medicine.
In her spare time, Carolyn likes to spend time in the great outdoors, travel, read, knit, sing and play the flute.
Cameron grew up in the east coast city of Durban, South Africa. He left home to study at the University of Pretoria. He graduated with a degree in Animal sciences and a post graduate degree in wildlife management before studying Veterinary sciences. He completed his compulsory community service as a state veterinarian/ lecturer in the village of Tsolo in the Eastern Cape.
Cameron went on to pursue a career in a small animal practice in Central South Africa. The decision to leave South Africa was not an easy one, but the promise of adventure and exploring the beautiful country of New Zealand ultimately won out.
Before joining Waihi Veterinary Services Kerry spent several years working at vets in Hamilton and Thames. Kerry loves the variance of the job and never knowing what can come through her door. She very much enjoys the surgery side of nursing.
Kerry has 3 pets; Didi the crazy Border Collie/Labrador with Addisons disease, Baxter the spoilt Ragdoll cat who rules the house and Noogie, the goat.
Hannah grew up on a dairy farm at Opoutere where she found her passion for animals and the farming industry. After graduating from Lincoln University in 2017 she worked in a mixed practice in the Waikato. Hannah joined our team at the start of 2019.
In her spare time Hannah enjoys fishing, water sports, snow skiing and baking. Currently she doesn't have any animals of her own but enjoys going back to her parents' farm to spoil the family's Maine Coon and train the farm dog in dog agility.
Patience grew up in Waihi. After graduating in March 2019, she was keen to move back to her home town. Patience joined our team in April 2019. She is enjoying her role as a veterinary nurse, especially caring for the hospitalised patients on their journey back to good health.
Patience has a little black cat and a black Kelpie cross dog.
Fun fact about Patience: Before vet nursing, Patience worked as a qualified beauty therapist.
Debbie has been working with us for 14 years. She loves interacting with clients and helping with animals and caring for them with passion - grooming especially! She particularly enjoys caring for in-hospital patients.
Debbie is a self-confessed cat hoarder. You won't believe how many she has nor does her husband. She is involved with speedway and her husband races a saloon car.
Ashleigh did her practical studies with Waihi Veterinary Services and then landed a full time position once qualified. She has been working with us for over 7 years. She enjoys all the lovely creatures that come into work but also loves the customer interaction. She's always trying to make them smile.
Ashleigh has 3 children and is a fan of anything that involves loud and fast cars. She has a soft spot for birds and often takes home fledglings, raises them and releases them back into the wild
Before joining Waihi Veterinary Services, Gael raised her boys and worked part-time in retail. She loves the interaction with her clients and being from a small town, she knows just about everyone by their name.
Gael has a black Labrador named Tess.
SOS came in as a patient with a stick in his belly after falling into a branch. The stick was removed and SOS recovered but he was never collected and has been with us for 13 years now. He rules the counter, and is selective in who gets his affection. His left eye was removed in 2012 when it had a tumor growing inside it. Lucky it had not spread and SOS has adapted well to having one eye