Meet our team
Dr Claudia Ugarte
Veterinarian
  • BVSc
  • PhD

Claudia is originally from Argentina where she gained her first degree in veterinary science. She came to New Zealand in 1989 and completed a veterinary degree at Massey University and PhD in Companion Animal Clinical Nutrition. Claudia worked in research and teaching at the Centre for Feline Nutrition at Massey University for three years before joining the team here. Her main interests are feline and canine nutrition, and internal medicine, especially in elderly pets. Claudia has three dogs and one cat at home and enjoys good wine and food, travelling and going to the gym.

Dr Amy Bostock
Veterinarian
  • BVSc

I grew up in Marton and after obtaining my vet degree at Massey, I've spent 20 years working in the UK. I am currently working towards a certificate in Advanced Vet Practice. My main areas of interest are surgery, diagnostic imaging, as well as emergency and critical care.

I help look after my mum's mischievous black labrador. I have also been a vegan since 2015 and I'd love to start my own animal charity one day. 

Dr Neran Ulluwishewa
Veterinarian
  • BVMs

Neran studied neuroscience before completing her veterinary degree at Murdoch University in Western Australia. She worked in Auckland before moving down to Palmerston North with her family. Her areas of interest include small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging.
In her spare time, Neran loves dancing, cooking and exploring the beautiful nature walks of New Zealand.

Sjaan
Team Leader (Administration)
  • DipVN

You'll find Sjaan doing all sorts of nursing and administrative stuff but one of her favourite roles is surgical and anaesthetic nursing. Sjaan is married to Sam and they have two beautiful daughters called Hannah and Beth. They share their home with their Great Dane Argo, two cats called Sugar and Jazza and a bunny named Blaze. Sjaan was born and bred in the Manawatu and grew up on a dairy farm at Oroua Downs.

Kylie Y
Team Leader (Nursing)

Kylie worked in Nelson for many years before joining Pet Doctors, becoming a Team Leader. Kylie enjoys working with her great team and providing great service to clients and their furry family members.

Kylie has Lizzy, a pure breed Catahoula Leopard and two cats, Pumpkin and Muffin, who don't hesitate to keep the family in line.

In her spare time Kylie enjoys playing lawn bowls and has represented Manawatu.

Annie
Veterinary Nurse

Annie is a local from Manawatu, who spent time working in Napier before joining the team at Terrace End/ Palmerston North.

She has a very spoilt seal point Birman called Panda and two elderly pet sheep.

On weekends you will find Annie out motorcycling on her Ducati Monster 1100.

Marian
Veterinary Nurse

I was a combat medic for 16 yeards, and prior to that I was a volunteer with St John Ambulance. I have a few pets. Sumo - my japanese Chin, furry and adorable. Nugget is our 14 year old diabetic cat which loves my husband. I also have a adorable house cat named Freddie. 

I was born and based in the United States, and if this was Star Wars, I would rather be a member of the Sith than the Rebel Alliance. 

Josephine
Veterinary Nurse

I was a support worket for 13 years. I've spent time in Wellington before coming back home to be a Vet Nurse at this clinic. I have a 10 year old spoodle named Sandy who loved finding sticks and taking them home. 

Sacha-Lee
Veterinary Nurse

I have a Diploma in veterinary nursing at UCOL. I started working at the cattery at Pet Doctos before working as a nurse. I have two cats. Lucy who loves to bring in grass and other plants inside, and another who loves to sunbathe.

Kasia
Veterinary Nurse

I graduated in 2015 with a Diploma of Vet Nursing and have carried out my career as a vet nurse for 5 years. I also have two very lovely and adorable cats. 

John
Veterinary Nurse

Raised and educated in Wellington. I have spent the first half of my life in NZ. Whereas, the second half in US. Prior to working in the veterinary industry, I was a news reporter and a photograher. 

I have been playing and writing role playing games since I was 8 years old. I have a best firend called Magee, who has came with me from the US. The greatest dog ever. 

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