Ourvets is a multi-location practice, where each veterinarian’s area of expertise fits together to create an extensive portfolio of veterinary skills and knowledge.

We love our own pets as much as you love yours. If you want the best care for your pet you have come to the right place.

Ourvets offer a wide range of preventative medical services such as vaccinations, nutrition and puppy playschool. We do both routine and advanced surgeries. Our well equipped central hospital has in-house laboratory, digital xray, ultrasonography, CT scanner and emergency and critical care equipment. This enables us to diagnose and treat complex and critically ill pets. Accepting referral patients from all over the South Island for advanced imaging and surgery, we also enjoy a close working relationship with other referral practices should your pet need this. Our veterinary nursing team are dedicated to making your pet’s stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Meet Our Vets
Dr Ed Hunt
Senior Vet

I have been working for Ourvets Halswell since August 2014

I enjoy all aspects of small animal veterinary profession and have a passion for overall good health in animals and focus on the wellbeing of my patients, with minimal stress to the animals I treat.

I qualified from Massey University in 2008 and have worked across New Zealand in a variety of veterinary practices.

I have a lovely young family, with my wife Rachael, 2 boys (Clark and Quinn) and 1 girl Avery.

We live with our 4 dogs and have settled into Canterbury well over the past few years. I love being in the outdoors with my family and dogs. I compete in canine agility and love duck shooting and have recently started to focus on big game hunting.

Dr Zani Van Rooyen
Vet

Zani became a member of the team in August 2017 after moving from Rustenburg, South Africa with her husband and two young daughters. She graduated in 2008 from the University of Pretoria and started her work in a mixed practice.

Zani has encountered and treated an amazing variety of patients in her career including tigers, antelopes, lions, and even once preformed a caesarean section on a marmoset monkey!

Within the veterinary field, Zani enjoys soft tissue surgery and general medicine. She is loving getting to know our regular patients, especially since she had to leave her beloved pets back in South Africa with friends and family.

In her free time, Zani enjoys being in the great outdoors, particularly hiking, swimming and taking in all New Zealand has to offer. She also loves reading and of course, spending time with her wonderful family.  

Meet Our Vet Nurses
Joanna
Practice Manager

I have been the practice manager at Ourvets Halswell since September 2017 and have enjoyed every minute of it. Everything from the amazing team I work with to the friendly caring clientele and their beloved pets that come into the clinic makes my day.

Originally from the sunny Nelson region I made Christchurch my home after a short stint overseas and Auckland, with my husband Simon and our 2 very spoiled Airedale cross dogs Chewy and MoMo. In my spare time I like to spend time with friends and love to get out and about with my dogs around the region or travel up to my family in the Nelson region and relax in the Able Tasman.  

Jessica
Senior Vet Nurse

I have been working here at Halswell as a vet nurse since August 2007, and I love my job due to the variety of skills that I have learnt and opportunities that I have gained as well as all the people I have meet in the 12 years working in this clinic. My favourite parts of veterinary nursing are looking after hospitalised animals and surgeries.

I have also been running the clinic puppy preschool for the past 7 years, I enjoy watching the puppies develop through my extensive training and being part of their wellbeing through life.

I have two Miniature Schnauzer named Apple and Echo. We compete in two dogs sports Obedience and Rally-O.

Brooke
Vet Nurse

Brooke has been a qualified Diploma Veterinary Nurse for 5 years. She joined the team in 2017. As well as a vet nurse, Brooke also takes care of our Kitty City Hotel Cattery. Brooke has lots of experience as a surgery nurse and is a fantastic receptionist.

Outside of work Brooke loves being outdoors looking after her sister’s Samoyed (Sushi) where they go to the beach. Brooke has a special relationship with Sushi having nursed him when he had fractured his pelvis in two places. She also loves playing board games, watching movies, and getting into the outdoors on day walks.

Jess
Vet Nurse

I joined Ourvets Halswell in February 2019. I have been veterinary nursing since 2005 when I graduated from Christchurch Polytech with a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. During the course of my career I have worked mostly in general small animal clinics but have also worked in an after hours emergency clinic where my passion for vet nursing really grew. I love all aspects of vet nursing but have a keen interest in surgery and critical care.

I have three young boys aged 4-8 who keep me on my toes and one fur baby, a snooty torti cat named Hillary (aka Moose) who lives with my partner in Auckland. In my spare time I like to dabble in a bit of knitting or crochet, I also love the outdoors, road trips and day hikes and am a bit of a Facebook addict. 

Lauren
Receptionist/ Junior Vet Nurse

I have just become qualified with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. There are many aspects of my job I love and that remind me of why I chose this career path. The animals and their adoring owners I meet, the hospitalised patients I care for and the surgeries I assist with, as well as the education I provide towards good pet ownership are just a few of the reasons why I love coming to work. Veterinary nursing has given me the chance to really make a difference and mark my place in the world. I can't wait to see what my exciting career brings next.

Kim
Vet Nurse

I joined Ourvets Halswell in April 2019. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for the past eight years and I really enjoy it, especially in taking care of the hospital and surgery patients.

I have lived in Christchurch for the past 25 years and am married with three children who are 22, 18 and 16 years old. I currently have two cats and one dog.

Brittany
Vet Nurse

I started working at  Ourvets Halswell team October 2019. I graduated with a National certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2015 and got my first job in Ashburton a couple of months later and have been working as a Vet Nurse ever since.

My interests as a Vet nurse include, nutrition/weight loss programmes, diagnostics and clinical nursing. One of the best parts about nursing is getting to spend the quality patient time and giving all my patients the extra TLC and cuddles that they need so they can go home to their owners.

One of my biggest hobbies is doing figure skating. I am part of a synchronised ice skating team called Kia Kaha. Figure skating is a sport that I have been doing since the age of 5 years old, and I have been doing synchronised ice skating for 5 years

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