About Our Office
The Shirley Veterinary Centre is a purpose built clinic that offers plenty of parking, separate dog & cat waiting areas, appointments, modern veterinary equipment, and ‘in house’ blood tests with results in as little as an hour. We’re open 7 days a week for better availability with times to suit you.
Dave still enjoys veterinary practice and has a special interest in canine reproduction and greyhound medicine and surgery.
His interests outside of work include boating, farming, the gym and fishing.
Dave has also helped set up a Wildlife Veterinary Hospital at Willowbank.
Catherine shares her home with her husband, little boy and two crazy collie crosses. A pony called Nugget completes the family. Interests include horse trekking, skiing and helping to train avalanche search dogs.
Natasha has completed her certificate in veterinary nursing, Diploma in Veterinary Nursing as well as her Certificate in Captive Wildlife and is hoping to complete her Certificate in Rural Technology when she gets some time . In her spare time she enjoys distance running, baking and entertaining family and friends. Natasha also looks after stray and abandoned kittens, she feeds and looks after them and when old enough she finds them loving and forever homes.
Natasha enjoys working with the team at SVC and calls them family.
Lesley is also involved alongside with Dave in the Frozen semen implantation reproduction work that takes place at the clinic.
When not at work Lesley is still looking after her two grown up boys and her three legged greyhound Vesper.
She also enjoys gardening, cooking and entertaining.
DB is kept busy with her two children and husband Robin and they have an elderly golden retriever called Cane.
In her spare time Jess enjoys spending time with her partner, little boy and newly adopted greyhound “Fliss”, catching up with her family and trying out Christchurch’s newest restaurants.
Christine breeds corgis and enjoys taking them to the dog shows.
In her spare time Christine likes to walk her corgis, gardening and catching up with family
Dawn has been back at SVC since 1995 and will probably be here till she retires.
Dawn still loves her job and working with an awesome team.
Outside of work Dawn enjoys travelling and seeing new places and meeting new people, she is also enjoying her new house and making it into her “new home”.
She has worked at NZCCM Auckland Zoo and Lyhfields Exotic Vet Clinic.
Alana has worked extensively with wildlife, VetSpecs and Animal Physio.
The middle East has been home for Alana while she worked at her dream job and misses working with the cheetahs and falcons but is happy to back in NZ working with the A team at SVC
She works part time on reception where she enjoys greeting our clients either by phone or as they come through the door.
Barbara is our go-to veterinary nurse for any questions & queries concerning canine reproduction, especially using frozen semen.
She owns, breeds & shows boxers & win or lose enjoys spending a day at shows with fellow exhibitors.
Living on a lifestyle block with her husband gives Barbara the opportunity to indulge her love of maintaining a large garden, walking her boxers along the banks of a local river, as well as producing delicious food from her kitchen.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She lives in a busy house with her two young boys Louie and Hugo.
She also has a fur family with 8 other furry friends. Pirate the greyhound who was born with one eye, 3 cats, two rabbits, and the latest additions which are two baby Guinea pigs. Laura runs the puppy preschool classes held at the clinic.
She has one big fluffy cat called Franklin and he lives with her mum in Timaru
In Chelsea’s spare time you can find her at the gym, catching up with friends or working on her online nutrition business.
I have a passion for all animals, but especially our canine friends and I LOVE Greyhounds, my work day makes up for the lack of Greyhounds I have at home…
In my spare time I’m more than likely not at home and out doing something fun; whether it be camping, stand-up paddle boarding, out with friends or out with my wonderful dog Gem – she’s the dog embodiment of a sunflower!
I am incredibly excited to be working at Shirley Vets and I’m looking forward to expanding my skills and knowledge, as well as getting to know the clients as well as everyone else does!
While studying he came to SVC to do his work experience/placement and is now a part of the team.
Growing up his grandparents bred and raced Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds and Greyhounds in Nelson where his love affair with animals started.