Our team of experienced veterinarians, veterinary nurses and support staff are as passionate about your animals as you are. We pride ourselves on our professional approach to their health care and are committed to continuing education so we can offer you and your pet the very best treatments, whether it’s on the farm, lifestyle block or in one of our clinics.

Tauranga Vets Team

David McDonnell

David McDonnell is the Managing Director of Tauranga Veterinary Services Ltd. A practising veterinarian, David has a farming background in the South Waikato and practised there for many years, gaining a post-graduate qualification in Dairy Cattle Medicine.

Since then, David has embarked on a veterinary management career after gaining a post-graduate qualification in Business Studies endorsed in accounting. He was based in Te Awamutu as a veterinary manager for a large practice before joining a pharmaceutical company in Tauranga as a business unit manager, providing technical and marketing support.

David and his family, including Michelle, a well-known local landscape designer, and their children Christopher, Timothy and Emma, all call Tauranga their home. They spend their leisure time with friends and family in the Bay of Plenty and enjoy having the Mount and Pacific Ocean as a stunning backdrop to their activities.

Kate Mctavish

Kate is one of our experienced veterinarians who works predominantly in our Cameron Road clinic.

She graduated from Massey University at the end of 2007 and started practising in mid-Canterbury before heading over to the UK for two years to work as a locum vet and travel around Europe. She has worked at Tauranga Vets as a mixed practitioner since returning home in 2012.

Outside of work, Kate spends most of her time on her new lifestyle block, managing a small flock of sheep, 2 calves, a crazy dog Tori, & Leo the cat. Kate also enjoys spending time in the outdoors kayaking, biking and trail running & calls herself a “retired multisporter” now after completing the Coast to Coast race 3 times.   

Kate enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has developed a particular interest in tricky eye cases, ultra-sonography and small animal internal medicine. She strives to provide the best possible care for your pets and treats them as if they were her own.

Tony Austwick

Tony completed his veterinary degree at Massey University and graduated in 1995.

He settled in Tauranga to work as a mixed practice vet. Over the years, he has worked mostly with companion animals but he still enjoys getting out on the farm to support the practice’s farming and lifestyle clients.

His veterinary interests include medicine, surgery – both general and orthopaedic – and dermatology.

Tony lives on a small lifestyle property with his wife, four daughters, five cats, one dog, two rabbits, three parrots, sheep, 6 budgies, a range of ducks and chickens and numerous tropical fish.

Adrienne Robins

Adrienne completed her Veterinary training at Charles Sturt University in Australia, in 2015. Before this, she completed a Bachelor of Science (Animal Science & Sport and Exercise Science) at Massey University before moving across the ditch.

While studying, she worked as an Equine Veterinary Nurse at the University’s Equine Clinic and after graduation she worked in mixed practice in rural South Australia.

Adrienne moved back to New Zealand to work in mixed practices in the North and South Islands before moving to Tauranga in 2020. Adrienne has experience with companion animals, horses, and livestock and is looking forward to getting to know you and your animals and to help meet the needs of the patients she sees.  She lives locally and when not working, she enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, music, swimming, running, kayaking/canoe polo, mountain biking, drawing and photography.

Sonia McCaw

Sonia joined Tauranga Veterinary Services Ltd in 2015 after relocating to the beautiful Bay of plenty from Wellington. She graduated from Massey University in 1998 and since then has worked as small animal vet in NZ, Singapore and the UK.

Sonia has a special interest in ultrasonography. She loves everything about it, especially the fact that it is non invasive and such a valuable diagnostic tool to diagnose everything from lumps and bumps, heart disease to a peach pip blocking a loop of bowel.

Sonia enjoys a good cup of coffee, keeping fit and spending time with friends and family. She loves going adventuring with her husband Peter, their two children Max and Matilda, and Barry, their adorable puppy dog. They also have a snuggly kitty cat name Louie. If you are looking for him, he can usually be found under the duvet snoozing the day away.

Veterinary Nurses

JessJaimee Lily Amy Rebecca Shontelle

Support Staff


Te Puna Vets Team

Phil Rennie

After graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc), from Massey University in Palmerston North, Phil spent the first part of his career gaining valuable clinical experience with both companion animals and livestock in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Diverse roles included being a vet investigator during the 2001 UK foot and mouth outbreak and as a sole charge clinician in a number of small animal clinics.

The following period of time he worked as a veterinary adviser for the multi-national pharmaceutical company Pfizer and kept up with clinical practice through regular locums and continuing education. This service with Pfizer culminated in him being the national technical lead for livestock and equine pharmaceuticals. During this time he gained membership with the ANZ College of Veterinary Scientists in Pharmacology and also trained as a Dairy NZ In Calf Adviser for advancing NZ dairy herd fertility.

Since returning to clinical practice in 2012 with Tauranga Vets, Phil has enjoyed his involvement with both companion and large animal patients primarily based out of the Tauranga and Te Puna branches.

Outside of work Phil enjoys time with family and friends, as well as keeping fit and relishing the great outdoors that the BoP coast and bush has to offer.

Joanna Bruin

Joanna is a 2015 Massey University graduate and has joined us in our Te Puna clinic after three years working in Northland. In recent years, she has also been a small animal veterinary locum around the Manawatu and Hamilton regions.

Joanna is currently furthering her knowledge by undertaking a Veterinary Masters degree. She is passionate about providing the best care for her patients and loves forming strong relationships with all her clients.

She has recently moved back to the Bay of Plenty (and says she’s loving being back!). Her interests and hobbies outside of work including hiking, swimming, paddle boarding, social sports, fishing and almost anything outdoors.

Veterinary Nurses

Sarah Michelle


Katikati Vets Team

Len Paki

Len Paki completed his Veterinary degree at Massey University, graduating  in 1985.

He worked mainly as a mixed practice vet in Gisborne for 16 years before moving to the Waikato in 2001. Len worked in the Waikato until 2003 when he and his wife, Mandy, moved to the UK. In the UK, Len practised in a small Village for nearly 12 years, increasing his knowledge on cardiology, ultrasonography, and orthopaedics.

Deciding to return to NZ, Len and Mandy moved to the south of France, where they lived for 2 years, before making it back home in January of 2017.

Len’s interest is mainly Companion Animal medicine and surgery, although he still likes to keep in touch with the Farming side of things!

Outside of work Len enjoys reading and accompanying his wife on walks in the countryside. Len and Mandy are looking forward to exploring the Bay.

Katherine Hansen

Katherine joined Tauranga Vets in 2015. She originally trained at Massey University in 2003 and has gone on to work in mixed veterinary practices caring for small animals and horses.  She has worked  both in New Zealand and England.  She complete an Equine internship at Cambridge University in England and done further training in Dermatology (skin conditions) in small animals.

Katherine lives on a lifestyle block in Te Puna with her husband, two children and a growing number of pets.  Zoe a cross breed dog,  a couple of fluff ball cats, they rescued as kittens, chickens, a pair of very opinionated ducks, and a number of ex Ag day lambs that never leave.

Veterinary Nurses



Papamoa Clinic Team

Anne Shilston

After graduating from Massey University Anne headed to the UK where she worked in companion animal practice and travelled. On returning to New Zealand, she spent time at Manawatu Vets and Thames Vets before settling in the sunny Bay of Plenty.  She and her husband Rob have a few acres in Te Puna and have had many adventures there with their 2 daughters (now adults) growing up. Whilst the girls have now left home we have a menagerie of 2 golden retrievers, 2 cats, 2 rascally goats, 4 sheep and a few chickens.

Anne joined the team at Tauranga Vets in 2012 and works part-time at the Papamoa and Te Puna clinics. She enjoys getting to know owners and their pets and working together to keep them in the best health possible.  She values learning and keeping up to date to be able to offer the best treatment options.

Outside of work, she loves spending time in the great outdoors, catching up family and friends, travel, yoga and coffee.

Lauren Allen

Lauren Allen is our full time veterinarian at Papamoa Village Vets. She joined us in August 2020.

Lauren is a 2013 graduate from Massey University who recently moved to Tauranga from Auckland where she worked as a Small Animal Veterinarian. She enjoys all aspects of general practice, strives to provide the best care possible and loves a good chat.

When she isn’t working you can find her at the beach with her husband and two young children, surfing, chilling and reading a good book.

Veterinary Nurses