Karen Good (RVN)
I was born in the UK where I have lived most of my life before moving to NZ at the end of January 2018. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for 27 years and have been qualified nearly 24 years.
Over that time I have held many positions including Head Nurse, Nurse Manager, Lecturer and Group Area Manager. I have also worked in pharmaceuticals (both medical & veterinary, but mostly medical) where I worked my way up from sales to becoming a Market Access Manager, which involved me managing a team of 10 Key Account Managers, carrying out pre-launch duties such as budget impact models, clinical paper evaluations, training, and gaining formulary inclusions prior to launch. During that time I continued to locum for emergency after hours clinics in the UK – I couldn’t leave it behind it seems.
After 17 years in pharmaceuticals I followed my heart and passion and returned to Veterinary Practice full-time gaining a position in a referral centre as an ICU nurse and after hours emergency nurse. My first job in NZ was as a Veterinary Nurse Manager in a rural setting managing nurses across 4 clinics, however I missed the wider management aspect of my skill-set so when the Practice Manager role at Total Vets appeared it was too good an opportunity to miss.
My number one fan here so far is ‘Miss GG’ the practice cat, who sensed very quickly that I am the mad cat lady!
Dr Asumi Brens (BVSc [Dist])
Hi my name is Asumi. I graduated from Massey University in 2013. I grew up on the outskirts of Tokyo before moving to Auckland as a teenager. Although I was always interested in veterinary science, my other interests took me to graduate in Physics and Commerce from Auckland University before I decided to follow my childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.
I live with my husband Jeremy, two demanding cats: Tac and Daphne and red-eared sliders: Jimmy and Jemima.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing piano and saxophone as well as trekking and riding motorbikes to explore the beautiful country of Canterbury.
Bryn Morgan (BSc BVSc PGcertSAS MRCVS)
Hi, I’m Bryn. I moved here from Worcestershire in the UK.
I graduated from Sydney university in 2008 and have worked in small animal practice ever since.
In that time, I have worked at a large, small animal referral centre completing rotations in medicine, diagnostic imaging, anaesthesia, soft tissue surgery, orthopaedic surgery and ophthalmology (eyes). This led me to develop specific interests in surgery and ophthalmology and I have since gone on to gain further qualifications in surgery.
I still thoroughly enjoy consulting and all aspects of general practice but particularly enjoy challenging surgical cases.
Hello, I am Linda from Trinidad and Tobago. In 2014, I graduated with my DVM from the University of the West Indies. During my time as a veterinary student I completed my clinical training in the Caribbean with some clinical externships in the United States. Subsequent to graduation, I completed the NAVLE and the AVMA ECFVG examinations. My veterinary career began at a mixed animal practice in Trinidad and Tobago and then at the University of the West Indies where I was involved in both clinical work and teaching veterinary students.
In 2016, I moved to New Zealand where I completed a Masters in Veterinary Studies, a small animal rotating internship at Massey University and a clinical exchange programme at Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University in Japan. After this I spent some time as a locum small animal veterinarian in New Zealand. In November 2018, I became part of the passionate and amazing Total Vets team.
In my spare time, I enjoy painting, cooking and visiting different places in beautiful New Zealand.
Hi, I’m Kayla. I gained my qualification in Veterinary Nursing in 2013 at CPIT. It was soon after this that I travelled to South Africa to do some volunteer work with some beautiful big cats such as lions, leopard and tigers and many more.
My love for animals since then has only grown, bring me to the total vets team. I share a home with my beloved great danes “Malachi” and “Pebbles”, “Koda” the Saint Bernard, bearded dragon “Spike” and two cats, “Bear” and “Saphie”. This certainly keeps me occupied. I love dancing, reading and any kind of extreme sports, nothing like a challenge. I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies.
Hi I’m Lizzie I am from the UK and spent six months working at Total Vets in 2017. I am fortunate to be able to return to New Zealand and join the Total Vets team permanently. I studied my Veterinary Nursing degree at Harper Adams University and graduated September 2015. I have always been interested in Veterinary Nursing and started doing work experience at a range of veterinary practices from the age of 14.
I arrived back to New Zealand in January and have enjoyed seeing familiar faces at Total Vets as well as enjoying Christchurch and the rest of New Zealand in my spare time.
I have a horse called Storm who had a bad start to life but has a forever home with me as he is my baby, he is currently been looked after by my mum, aunty and friend and get regular updates along with Trevor and Dougal the Labradors and Amber and Magic the cats. I’m looking forward to seeing you and your fur babies when you come in.
Hi I’m Emma, I have recently completed my diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Ara polytechnic.
Originally from Blenheim, I spent some time in Wellington studying fine arts and photography, but my love for animals brought me to become a vet nurse and I was very lucky to gain a job here at Total Vets!
I am a bit of a bunny nut to say the least and adore Willow my own rabbit. I also love a wide variety of animals and love caring for them.
In my spare time you’ll find me mountain biking, watching movies and spending time with my partner Adam.
Hi I’m Chelsea. I gained my Veterinary Nursing Diploma in 2009 at Massey university. Shortly after this I got my first job in Taranaki where I am originally from. My family and I moved to Christchurch 3 years ago, since then I have been on maternity leave and worked at the SPCA Christchurch. I joined Total Vets in May 2019.
I have always loved animals and knew from a young age I was going to work with them. I have a special interest in surgery and anaesthesia and enjoy the challenge of a fast paced work environment.
At home, my family consists of my husband, son and our two cats “Fabian” and “Nala”. In my spare time I enjoy playing netball, horse riding, running and exploring the South Island with my little family.
I’m very happy to join the Total Vets team and look forward to meeting you and your fur babies.
Erin (Cert. Animal Tech. (VNA))
Hi, I’m Erin and I am currently working on my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through ARA Institute of Canterbury. After 22 years in my previous occupation as a lighting technician for live theatre, music and conferences throughout New Zealand, I decided to retrain as a veterinary nurse as I wanted to settle down and do something meaningful with my life.
With an enduring love of animals and science, the veterinary profession seemed like the purr-fect fit. I was very lucky to be able to complete my work experience at Total Vets last year and was ecstatic when I was offered a job in December. The dynamic and professional team at Total Vets has been amazingly supportive at accommodating my study and mentoring me as I learn.
My husband Duncan and I currently have two fur babies, Shih-Tzu x Malteses’ named Bella and Dot who bring us so much laughter and joy. I am working at convincing Duncan that we also need to adopt a cat or two.
I really look forward to meeting you and caring for your pets.
I am very driven in providing excellent care to animals who are in need of medical assistance. Being a qualified Veterinary nurse for over 12 years; I have gained a lot of experience and worked in many establishments around the South Island including internal specialist work and MPI rescue projects. I have also been solely responsible for transport and logistics getting sea mammals rehabilitated. I have also created many environmental enriched spaces for wildlife animals in captivity in CHCH and osteopathic work with doctorate Professors in Thailand for compromised Elephants.
I have been involved in both permanent and locum nursing throughout my career, developing and managing many businesses securing health and safety protocols; teaching, Hazard/biohazard control, and client management. Currently, I am developing a mixture of surgical post-operative care and conservative treatment methods. This is being achieved by incorporating two types of rehabilitation techniques into the best mobilisation and wellness for your own individual pet.
When I am out of work I enjoy walking in forests, travelling, motor sports and exploring NZ’s finest wine and cheeses.
Hello, Im Abi. Unlike my colleagues I have not studied in the veterinary field before but have a Bachelor of Environmental Management from the University of Otago and a New Zealand certificate of business from Otago Polytechnic.
I have always had a love for animals big and small and couldn’t be happier to spend my days in a place centred around them. I have 3 fur babies of my own at home, Kevin and Nuna the rabbits and Kasper the chihuahua.
I gained my qualification in Veterinary Nursing in 2016 at ARA Institute of Canterbury. I then worked as a healthcare assistant. I enjoy interacting with people and animals so joining the Total Vets team is exciting for me. I know I will gain more knowledge being here. I am very passionate about animals and their health and wellbeing. I look forward to meeting you and your pets soon.