Our Tauranga Clinic

Our clinic, constructed to the highest industry standards, is a shining example of excellence. Open seven days a week for your convenience, our state-of-the-art facility boasts a comprehensive range of services, including full surgical facilities and a dedicated x-ray room. You’ll find our spacious, cat-friendly waiting area warm and welcoming, with convenient off-street parking for easy access.

Location

424 Cameron Road
Tauranga
(next to Pak n Save)

Get in Touch

Phone: 07 578 4044
Email us directly here

Clinic Hours

8:00am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday
9:00am – 4:00pm Saturday
10:00am – 4:00pm Sunday

Tauranga Vets

Why choose Tauranga Vets

When you choose Tauranga Vets on Cameron Rd, you’re choosing a partner dedicated to the well-being of your pets. We are honoured to serve as your trusted Veterinary care provider, and we look forward to welcoming you and your cherished animals to our clinic.

A Hub for Education and Community

Beyond our role as your trusted Veterinary care provider, our clinic serves as a hub for education and community engagement. We regularly host informative seminars for our clients and the wider community, sharing valuable insights into pet health and well-being. It’s a testament to our commitment to empowering pet owners with knowledge.

Your One-Stop Shop for Pet Essentials

Discover our well-stocked retail area, offering a diverse selection of pet care essentials. From premium dog and cat food to toys and effective flea and worm control products, you’ll find everything you need to keep your furry companions happy and healthy.

Peace of Mind for Our Clients

Our Best Practice and Cat-Friendly accreditation offers you the peace of mind you deserve when entrusting your beloved animals to our care. It signifies that our information and data systems meet industry-leading standards, and all dispensed medications are clearly labelled and packaged to the highest specifications.

Quality Assurance in Veterinary Care

Our clinic undergoes stringent auditing by the New Zealand Veterinary Association, covering aspects such as service quality, animal care, staff professional development, facilities, record-keeping, and medicine management. This commitment to excellence ensures that your pet receives the finest standard of Veterinary care, always adhering to the strictest ethical and legal standards.

Cat-Friendly Accredited Clinic

Our Tauranga Clinic is accredited as a Cat-Friendly clinic. We recognise that taking your beloved feline to the veterinarian can be a source of stress for both cats and their owners. We participate in this program to create a more cat-friendly environment, alleviate stress for our feline patients, and ensure smoother Veterinary visits for cat owners.

Best Practice Accreditation: A Mark of Excellence

Best Practice accreditation, New Zealand’s sole quality assurance program for Veterinary clinics and hospitals, attests to our unwavering dedication to service excellence. It aligns our clinic with global best practices, expertly adapted to the unique needs of our local community.

Our clinic’s “Best Practice” accreditation, awarded in 2014, places us among the top veterinary clinics in New Zealand. This recognition follows a rigorous voluntary audit of our staff, facilities, and management policies. It clearly affirms that we consistently meet and exceed the highest industry standards for professional Veterinary care.
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Meet Our Dedicated Tauranga Vet Team

Behind the scenes, our dedicated Veterinarians and Veterinary nurses are ready to meet you and your beloved pets with open arms. Led by practice owner David McDonnell, our experienced professionals include Kate Heller, Sonia McCawe, Dana Perry, and Tanya Ungerer. They bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and genuine care to every interaction.

David McDonnell

MANAGING DIRECTOR / VETERINARIAN

Meet David, our Managing Director. With a farming background in South Waikato, he’s a seasoned Veterinarian with a post-graduate qualification in Dairy Cattle Medicine.
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David McDonnell

Meet David, our Managing Director. With a farming background in South Waikato, he’s a seasoned Veterinarian with a post-graduate qualification in Dairy Cattle Medicine. He transitioned to Veterinary management after earning a post-graduate qualification in Business Studies, specialising in accounting. Before Tauranga Vets, he served as a Veterinary manager in Te Awamutu and later worked as a business unit manager in a pharmaceutical company in Tauranga.

David, along with his family, calls Tauranga home. They cherish leisure time in the Bay of Plenty with the iconic Mount and Pacific Ocean as their backdrop.

Kate Heller

VETERINARIAN

Meet Kate, one of our seasoned Veterinarians primarily based at our Cameron Road clinic. After graduating from Massey University in 2007, she began her veterinary career in mid-Canterbury.
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Kate Heller

Meet Kate, one of our seasoned Veterinarians primarily based at our Cameron Road clinic. After graduating from Massey University in 2007, she began her Veterinary career in mid-Canterbury. Kate then ventured to the UK, spending two years as a locum Vet while exploring Europe. Since returning home in 2012, she has been an essential part of the Tauranga Vets team, specialising in mixed practice.

Beyond the clinic, Kate’s life revolves around her lifestyle block, tending to her flock of sheep, two calves, her spirited dog Tori, and Leo, the cat. She’s an outdoor enthusiast, enjoying kayaking, biking, and trail running. Kate proudly claims the title of a “retired multisporter” after completing the Coast to Coast race three times. While she’s well-versed in various aspects of veterinary medicine, Kate has a particular passion for challenging eye cases, ultrasonography, and small animal internal medicine. Her commitment to providing top-notch care for your pets reflects her dedication to treating them as her own.

Sonia McCawe

VETERINARIAN

Sonia became a valued Tauranga Veterinary Services Ltd. team member in 2015 when she made the scenic move to the Bay of Plenty from Wellington.
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Sonia McCawe

Sonia became a valued Tauranga Veterinary Services Ltd. team member in 2015 when she made the scenic move to the Bay of Plenty from Wellington. She holds a degree from Massey University, graduating in 1998, and has since had the opportunity to work as a small animal Vet in various locations, including New Zealand, Singapore, and the UK.

Sonia’s passion lies in ultrasonography, which she finds fascinating due to its non-invasive nature and crucial role as a diagnostic tool. She’s adept at using it to uncover various conditions, from identifying lumps and bumps to diagnosing heart disease or obstructions like peach pits in the gastrointestinal tract.

Outside her Veterinary work, Sonia relishes a well-brewed cup of coffee, maintains her fitness, and cherishes moments spent with friends and family. She, her husband Peter, their two children Max and Matilda, and their lovable puppy dog Barry, often embark on exciting adventures together. Additionally, they share their lives with a cuddly kitty named Louie, known for spending most of his time cozily tucked under the duvet, enjoying peaceful cat naps.

Dana Perry

VETERINARIAN

Dana’s journey led her from the University of Auckland, where she graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, to her fulfilling career as a mixed animal Veterinarian at Tauranga Vets.
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Dana Perry

Dana’s journey led her from the University of Auckland, where she graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, to her fulfilling career as a mixed animal Veterinarian at Tauranga Vets. Her path to Veterinary medicine wasn’t immediate; initially drawn to research science, Dana had a change of heart. Her decision to pursue Veterinary medicine was influenced by her experiences caring for her accident-prone horse, which required her nursing skills on several occasions.

In 2021, Dana fulfilled her childhood dream by completing her Veterinary degree. She officially joined the Tauranga Vets team in January 2022, where she brings her passion and dedication to the field. Dana has strong family connections to Whakatane, making the sunny Bay of Plenty a welcoming place.

Although born in Auckland, Dana’s upbringing took her to Brunei and Dubai, where she spent a significant part of her childhood. This international exposure instilled in her a love for languages and a deep appreciation for diverse cultures, which she eagerly explored through travel before the pandemic.

Beyond her Veterinary work, Dana finds joy in skiing, hiking, and savouring the seaside ambience, all contributing to a well-rounded and adventurous lifestyle.

Tanya Ungerer

VETERINARIAN

Meet Our
Veterinary Nurse Team

Hayley

LEAD VETERINARY NURSE

Lia

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGIST

Abby

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGIST

Olivia

VETERINARY NURSE

Libby

VETERINARY NURSE

Meet Our
Support Team

Janelle

BUSINESS MANAGER

Karen

ACCOUNTS MANAGER

Nikki

INVENTORY MANAGER

Jess

ADMINISTRATION / MARKETING

Jaimee

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Choose Tauranga Vets on Cameron Road

Experience the Tauranga Vets difference, where excellence, compassion, and community converge to provide the finest veterinary care.