Helen McGowan

Veterinarian - BVSc

Helen started with TPVC as a mixed veterinarian, and after a couple of years transitioned to solely companion animals.

Helen is passionate about all areas of canine and feline medicine and surgery, with a particular interest in soft tissue surgery.

When not at work Helen loves spending time with her dog Rylee, and riding her bike. 

Jenny O'Brien

Veterinarian - BVSc

Jenny graduated from Bristol University in the UK in 2010 and moved straight over to New Zealand where she worked as a mixed practice vet in the Waikato for 2 years. In that time she realised small animal work was where her interest was and has been doing this since, with the last 5 years working in Te Puke. She enjoys all aspects of the job but particularly enjoys Ophthalmology and soft tissue surgery. 

Outside of work Jenny enjoys spending time with her family and friends; and exploring this beautiful country with her husband, young daughter and dog Abby. She likes to keep active, which is easy to do chasing after a toddler! 

Kim Chamberlain

Veterinarian - BVSc

Kim graduated from Massey in 2000, and initially started working as a vet in Auckland. After a while she travelled to the UK where she worked as a locum in London for 4 years.
Following that, Kim came back to NZ to get married and in 2006 and bought into a practice in Auckland. In 2011 Kim sold up her share in the Auckland Practice and moved to the BOP and started working for TPVC. 
Kim has a strong interest in dentistry and currently lives on a lifestyle block in Papamoa with her husband, 2 children, 2 cats, 10 chickens and 1 pet rat!!

Karen Reynolds

Veterinarian - BVSc

Animal’s are amazing. Everyday it is a privilege to work with them, and you! The role that pets fill in people’s lives is variable but always special. Sometimes it is the relationship between people and their pets that keeps them going. I am so lucky to be able to have a part in facilitating this every day.
I have worked for Te Puke Vets since my graduating year in 1990. There have been a few stints overseas, two children, locums, and some farming in between. For the 18 years I taught vet nursing at the local tech, I worked at the clinic one day a week. I am currently working between 2 and 4 days a week and if I haven’t met you and your wonderful furry friend yet, then I would love to get to know you, and maybe observe another special animal human bond.

Brittany Beckwith

Veterinarian - BVSc

Britts graduated at Massey University in 2015. Initially working as a mixed animal vet before focusing on companion animals. She has worked in the Waikato where her interest in working dogs and orthopaedics grew. She has recently moved back to the Bay of Plenty to join us.  She enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice, she has a passion for surgery and emergency medicine. 

Outside of work Britts enjoys the beach, the bush, running and yoga.  

Simon Bartley

Veterinarian - BVSc

My vet career began in Te Puke in 1996 then after 3 years in England and 4 years in Auckland I returned to TPVC in 2005. 

I enjoy all aspects of feline and canine veterinary practice and most of all enjoy soft tissue surgery. I am grateful to work with such variety and challenges and also a great practice and team to work with at TPVC.
Outside of work I enjoy the outdoors with friends and family and our family dog Indy.  I am an avid learner currently studying human health span optimisation, building biology, and photobiology.  

Rachel Petty

Veterinarian - BVSc

Rachel joined Te Puke Vets in 2017. She graduated from Massey University in 2013, and spent her first 2 years working in a busy practice in Adelaide, Australia. 
Before joining the team at TPVC she spent some time volunteering in Samoa, followed by a 3 month period doing night shifts in an emergency practice in Hamilton. She hopes to return to do more volunteer work either locally or in the Pacific Islands in the future. 
Rachel has a developing interest in ultrasonography. 
Outside of work Rachel enjoys playing tennis, yoga, beach walks with her dog, and spending time with her husband and 2 year old son . 

Ellis Kingsbury

Lead Vet NURSE

Ellis has recently returned to the TPVC Companion Animal Team after taking a break in another industry.

Ellis is our lead nurse, and enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing and loves meeting you all and your beloved pets.

Michelle Clark

Vet nurse

I have always had a passion for animals. Growing up, I decided to follow this in a career when my youngest child went off to school, so I went back to school at the BOP Polytechnic and graduated as a qualified vet nurse in 2004. I was very lucky to obtain a job at TPVC which was very close to home. I love vet nursing as it is never boring in the health and care of animals, I also have a keen interest in surgery.
I used to live on a lifestyle block but have recently downsized in the last four years so I now have one dog and two cats but I grab any chance I can to still hang out with farm animals. I love spending time with my family, gardening, fishing and arts and crafts.

Sian Rowell


Sian joined our small animal nursing team in February 2019. She graduated as a Veterinary nurse from Wintec in Hamilton in 2008.  Sian is very interested in healthy weight management, surgical nursing and the various rewards and challenges it brings. She has worked in various practices around the country as well as locuming around the UK for two years.
When Sian is not at work she enjoys taking her dog Crash Bandicoot to the beach, Tect park and playing squash.


Mikayla Herbert

Vet nurse

Mikayla is one of our senior nurses here at TPVC. Mikayla has been working here since 2017 and especially loves seeing all your friendly faces and caring for your pets in our hospital. Outside of work Mikayla spends her time competing nationally in show jumping with her team of horses.

Kate Harston


Kate started with us in 2018, and has a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. 

Kate really enjoys dentistry and orthopedics, and loves getting to know you and your pets and offering excellent care and advice for them.

Kate has 3 children and outside of work enjoys spending time with them and their pets.

Rose Emmett

Vet nurse

Rose gained her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2018, which she studied at Wintec in Hamilton. Rose grew up on the West of the North Island, south of Raglan in the middle of nowhere with lots of animals and family, which are a big part of her life.  She grew up with a large selection of animals, including lambs, calves, goats, chickens, pet wild rabbits, cats and a dog all of which grew her fascination of animals even more. When I’m not at work with all your fur babies Rose enjoys the outdoor walks, the ocean, and the gym, a good book or tv show. Spending time with family and friends during any time off is a must as they all live up and down the country. At work Roses interests are surgical nursing such as Orthopaedics, Anaesthesia and Dentistry.  

Georgia Adams


Georgia has always had an interest in animals of all sizes, and decided to first study Animal Management in 2017, which focussed more on animal behaviour and exotics. She enjoyed the anatomy part of her course and chose to continue onto study a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2018.

Georgia has a particular interest in animal behaviour and enjoys running the Puppy Preschool classes and helping new owners to understand and communicate with their puppies better. 
She also like Native New Zealand Birds and taking them to ARRC.

In her spare time she likes going to the gym, cooking pancakes, doing art and training her cat Graham to do tricks. 

Kate Hegarty


Kate qualified as a vet nurse in 2006  with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in the UK, and 8 years ago she moved to NZ.

Her favourite part of nursing is looking after the hospital patients, and giving great patient care (including lots of cuddles!).

When not at work Kate enjoys travelling and sailing.

Jemma Smiles


Jemma splits her time working between Te Puke Vets, Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology and her lifestyle block.  In the little time she is not working with animals she practices Karate with her 3 children.