Meet Our Team

At the Hornby Veterinary Centre we know that your pet is a loved and important member of your family, and that you want them to enjoy a long and happy life. Our veterinarians and nurses believe in providing the highest level of care whilst treating every pet with dignity and compassion.

The hospital has been designed to make your pets visit as comfortable as possible. Just as people don’t always like going to the doctor, we know that pets don’t always like going to the vets! Our waiting room is light and spacious with separate dog and cat wards so your pet can recuperate in comfort. Our vets believe in discussing treatment options, providing transparent pricing and explaining clinical plans. This allows clients to be involved and to make an informed choice about the treatment their pet receives.

Our Vets

Dr. Andrew Hay BSC, BVSC 1993, MRCVS

Veterinarian/Director

I became the owner of the HVC in 2011.
On graduating I served time in rural mixed-practice in the South Island before journeying to Scotland, UK in 1998.

There I worked and led a large multi-branch companion animal practice for 10 years before returning to my home town of Christchurch.
I then became the clinical director of the After Hours and Emergency Centre before joining the HVC.
Because I have worked in practices with busy surgical case loads and completed further surgical and critical care study and training, I am fortunate to have gained significant experience in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery , and trauma management.
My particular areas of interest include cruciate ligament injury, patellar luxation, fracture repair, ear surgery and skin/plastic reconstructive repair.
To provide better patient care, earlier diagnosis and a faster return to good health I have invested heavily in state of the art laboratory equipment. This allows for a wide array of tests to be run immediately on site.
I am a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons UK, the Veterinary Information Network, the NZ Veterinary Association and a NZ representative on the IDEXX Asia-Pacific Advisory Board.
My three teenage boys keep my wife and I on our toes, and when time allows I like to escape to the mountains and rivers.
I invite all clients and prospective clients to visit with any questions and feedback.

Dr. Pauline Howard BVSC 1981

Veterinarian

I wanted to be a vet since I was 5 years old, and graduated in 1981. I have a special interest in reptiles, birds and exotics. I enjoy working in a multi vet practice, as a problem shared is a problem solved. There have been many changes in veterinary options together with significant technological advances which have been both stimulating and challenging. I have a wonderful supportive husband and three great children. To relax I garden, enjoy outdoor things with the family and read books.

Dr. Emily Ensor BSC, BVSC 2003

Veterinarian

I have worked in several veterinary practices in the South Island since graduating in 2002. Animals have always played a huge part in my life – growing up on a farm encouraged my interest and love for all creatures great and small. The best thing about being a veterinarian is that every day brings new and exciting challenges.

My main aim is to provide exceptional medical and surgical care to all my patients. My partner Matt and I, live on a lifestyle block which is also home Matt’s lovely working dogs, my horses, some cattle and the odd sheep. It is exciting to be part of the HVC team, a practice which prides itself in strong collegial relationships and continuing veterinary education.

Dr. Susan Shannon BVSC 1988

Veterinarian

I have been a part of the HVC team since 2008 and a companion animal veterinarian since 1988! I have worked overseas in Australia and England. On my return to NZ I worked for 8 years in Wellington, then I did some time in the small towns of Balclutha, Alexandra and Whangerei before making the move to Christchurch. I love living in Canterbury surrounded by fabulous places to enjoy the outdoors.

My special areas of interest are surgery, both soft tissue and orthopaedic, rehabilitation & chronic pain management including acupuncture , and avian medicine. I also have a special interest in conservation and wildlife and have been privileged to be involved with the reintroduction of Tui to Banks Peninsula and the monitoring of Banks Peninsula’s small Yellow Eyed Penguin population.

Dr. Susan Kirkwood BVM&S 1984

Veterinarian

I grew up in Inverness, Scotland and studied veterinary medicine at the University of Edinburgh, qualifying in 1984! Until recently I was working part-time at the HVC. I have one husband, Andrew Hay, and three boys. I enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities, making crafty things and reading the Guardian on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee.

Dr. Phillipa Suckling BVSC

Veterinarian

Hi I am the newest vet member joining the HVC team in February 2018. I graduated in 2007 and I have worked as a companion animal vet ever since in both NZ and Australia. I have a special interest in wildlife and exotic pets which I got to develop even more while working in Australia.

I grew up in Christchurch and I am happy to be home again. I have a pet rabbit called Dexter who I brought over with me from Australia – he is one special and well traveled rabbit!
I also have a fiance who is very supportive and loves animals too. In my spare time I enjoy illustration, reading and going for hikes.

Dr. Susanne Anderson BVSC 1983

Veterinarian & Acupuncturist

Susanne is our wonderful locum vet. She completes our team while covering the Vets when they are away on holiday. She graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Melbourne in 1983. Susanne’s career has taken her all over the world including Africa, the United States, then moving here to NZ with her husband, two children and two Jack Russell terriers in 2007.

She really enjoys medical cases and has a particular interest in neurology, endocrinology geriatrics and ophthalmology. She is also a trained acupuncturist and has an interest in using a holistic approach to maximise pet health and quality of life.

Our Nurses

Emma Crichton

Head Veterinary Nurse

I am originally from the UK where I trained and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse back in 1996, when animals only came in black and white. I live with my husband and step child, any spare time is spent training for and competing in long distance triathlon. We have a Spoodle and one cat to complete our family.

Kelly Saunders

Veterinary Nurse

I graduated in 2011 and joined HVC shortly after. I love being a part of this awesome team.
I have 3 teenagers, a dog and a 3 legged cat.
In my spare time I enjoy 9 rounds, mountain biking and spending time with my partner, family & friends.

Jill Trengrove

Veterinary Nurse

I joined HVC in July 2013. Previously I worked with horses in an equine clinic. I now thoroughly enjoy the wide variety of animals we see at HVC. Outside of work I enjoy family time with my two boys; and dog Jake and moggie Simba.

Kate McKenzie

Veterinary Nurse

I completed my certificate in vet nursing in 2013. I joined the HVC team in January of 2014. My partner Ryan and I have two dogs, Rascal and Yoshi and two guinea pigs, Chester Fabio and Pip. In my spare time I enjoy video games, cross stitch, gardening and spending time with my furry family.

Cathrine Evans

Veterinary Nurse

I have always wanted to work with animals, growing up on a farm I was lucky enough to be exposed to all different creatures from a young age. I moved to New Zealand with my family when I was a teenager and went on to complete my Certificate in Veterinary Nursing through Otago Polytechnic in 2011, in 2016 I completed my Diploma of Veterinary Nursing through ARA Polytechnic.
My first few years in practice were spent working in a rural small animal clinic, then 5 years at the After Hours Veterinary Centre, where I developed my passion for Emergency and Critical Care, Analgesia and Anaesthesia, before joining the HVC team in February 2018. I love caring for our hospital patients and take great pride in my work, I can often be found in the hospital ward providing TLC and cuddles. I am currently studying a Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care and plan to sit my exams in 2019.

Storm Rogers-Boult

Veterinary Nurse

I joined the amazing team in August 2016. I completed my vet nursing certificate in 2016 through Otago Polytech. At home I have 5 very spoilt cats, 3 boys and 2 naughty torties. If you ever need advice on great cat toys or cat furniture, I can help.

Alana Constable

Veterinary Nurse

I started with the HVC team early 2017 as a student on work placement whist studying the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant).
I have since graduated and am enjoying continuing my qualification by currently studying the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.
I am thrilled to be part of such a fantastic team of Vets and Nurses that all go above and beyond their duties to provide the best care for our patients.
I have two special rescue cats that I totally adore and most of my spare time outside of work and study is spent enjoying time with family and mucking in around the farm.

Claire Brocket

Veterinary Nurse

Claire is back, juggling motherhood and part time work supporting our nurses. I graduated from nursing in 2004 and joined the team at HVC early 2007. I love working with people and animals so combining the two is perfect, I also thoroughly enjoy the medical and scientific aspects of my job. My furry family consists Deus, Shitten, Jam and SBW my moggies and last but not least my long suffering husband Craig. When I am not working I can be found out with my dog, gardening, attempting D.I.Y, baking then eating it and exercising.

Our Admin Team

Julie Gray

Practice Manager

I joined the HVC team in 1998. I have always loved the diversity of the job, the clients and helping people with their pets. I enjoy assisting Andrew with the day to day running of a busy veterinary hospital. Outside of work, I am kept busy with my two boys, husband and Whitney the boxer, Archie and Elsa the cats.

Carmen Stanton

Administrator

Working part time at the Hornby Veterinary Centre in administration, I am enjoying increased hours whilst relieving for the Veterinary Nurses on reception.
At home parenting two active children and one elderly cat keep me busy alongside planting bee friendly natives in our new garden.

Bryley Johnston

Receptionist

I joined the amazing team here at HVC in November 2015. I graduated from CPIT in Christchurch at the end of 2010 and went straight into vet nursing in 2011. At home I have two naughty Chihuahuas called Prince and Chase who are the loves of my life so I take a special liking to any and all Chihuahuas. You will spot me working out the front on reception most of the time as I love getting to know everyone and their fur-babies, so come say hello!