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


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. Emily Ensor BSC, BVSC 2003


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. Caroline Whitty BVSc


Since graduating from Massey I have worked as a companion animal veterinarian in Christchurch, Dunedin and the United Kingdom. In 2010 I took up an internship in surgery and internal medicine at VetSpecs Veterinary Specialists, which allowed me to gain valuable experience with a huge variety of complex cases. I then began working at the Christchurch After Hours where for the past seven years I have been working nights and weekends and developed a special interest in emergency and critical care.

In my spare time I enjoy walking with my energetic Border Collie, horseriding, cooking and pampering my elderly cat. I grew up in Christchurch and love the outdoors lifestyle it allows.

I am excited to be joining the HVC team in providing compassionate, high quality veterinary care to the pets of Christchurch and their families.

Dr. Asumi Brens BVSC


I have been a small animal veterinarian in Christchurch since graduating from Massey University.
I am originally from outskirts of Tokyo, Japan and came Auckland when I was 15. I grew up with cats and dogs and my love for animals grew from there! I spend most of my spare time with my family (my husband, 2 non-furry kids, 3 furry kids and 2 turtles) enjoying the great outdoors of Christchurch.
I am very excited to become a part of HVC family, a very compassionate team of vets and nurses that have the focus of providing the best possible care for all patients.
I am looking forward to getting to know you and your beloved animals.

Dr. Tom Homewood BVetMed MRCVS


Dr Geoff Malcolm BVCs


Geoff has lived in the Christchurch area most of his working life. Previously working at Halswell, Lincoln and Darfield Veterinary Clinic’s, Geoff joined the Hornby team in January 2022. He is experienced in most aspects of dog and cat medicine and surgery and does his best to explain and give owners the best options for their pets.
Outside work, Geoff’s interests are tennis, tramping, gardening and cooking.

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 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, a 3 legged cat Luna and two guinea pigs, Chester Fabio and Mavis Nettle Twitch. In my spare time I enjoy video games, cross stitch, gardening and spending time with my furry family.

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 of Digby the boxer, 3 moggies - Shitten, Jam & SBW, and of course my husband and 2 daughters! When I am not working I can be found out with my dog, gardening, attempting D.I.Y, baking then eating it and exercising.

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.

Bella McEwan

Veterinary Nurse

Bella graduated with her diploma in Vet Nursing and joined the HVC team in January 2022.
I have always known I’ve wanted to work with animals from when I was 3 years old and helped my dad look after our cat and her new-born kittens. At home I wrangle a dog called Beau, a kitten called Penny, and a fiancé called Conor. In my spare time I enjoy singing, embroidery, and spending time with my friends and family

Elaine Drayton

Veterinary Nurse

Elaine joined us in October 2021 (more to follow)

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, and Whitney the boxer, Archie and Elsa the cats.

Carmen Stanton


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


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!