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.
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.
Bryn Morgan BSc BVSc PGcertSAS MRCVS
Hi, I’m Bryn and I’m originally from just outside Birmingham in the UK (so please excuse me if my accent goes a little odd from time to time). My first degree was in Biology and shortly after this I decided to become a vet whilst travelling in Australia. I graduated from Sydney university in 2008 and then moved back to the UK where I have been working as a small animal vet for the last 10 years. Over that time I have completed a small animal internship at Willows, a large referral practice in the UK, and recently passed the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) post graduate certificate in small animal surgery.
I visited New Zealand after finishing both of my degrees and decided that it was the best country I’d ever been to and have wanted to come here to live and work ever since. I’m therefore stoked that Total Vets have given me the chance to become part of the team here in Christchurch.
Outside of work I’m a keen mountain biker and skier and love a game of football. Back in England I shared a Cocker Spaniel named Arthur with my mum. Mum had him during the week while I was at work and then I had him at weekends and took him mountain biking. I’ll miss him but he’s currently better off with mum and hopefully he’ll get the hang of video calling soon (I have tried!).
I look forward to meeting you all and doing my very best to help look after the fury members of your family (no disrespect to any Sphinx cats, Chinese crested dogs, birds, reptiles or naked mole rats I’m more than happy to try to help you too).
Tracy gained her qualification in Veterinary Nursing at CPIT in 2012. Most of her practical training she completed with us so you may have seen her around. Growing up as a farm kid, she has always had an affinity for animals, and is grateful to be able to work in a field that revolves around that.
Along with her kids Dylan, Ayden and Jasper, Tracy lives with a French Bulldog ‘Tilly’ and 3 Persian cats ‘Lottie’, ‘Leuie’ and ‘Linkin. She enjoys getting out with ‘the kids’ and hitting the beach or the forest, and spending time with friends and family.
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’m working towards finishing my diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Ara polytechnic this year.
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.
Hey I’m Elliot! I was a student here throughout my vet nursing studies at Otago Polytechnic, and was lucky enough to nab a job here! I love caring for our hospital patients and spending the time getting to know them and their needs, I also love the wide variety of breeds we see here at Total Vets and of course love all of our clients!
I live with a 5 year old Jack Russell named Marley who keeps me on my toes (she’s not that well trained!). If you ask any of the other nurses around here I’m sure they would say that I am super nice, and I love eating all the delicious snacks that our lovely clients bring us!
Hi I’m Kate! I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2013 with a passion for animal physiology. From there I undertook extensive on-the job training in the South Island’s only clinic for animal physiotherapy where I performed physio and rehabilitation on companion animals for 3 years. Since then I have completed a post graduate diploma in Science Communication and am now in my 5th year working in animal care alongside Veterinarians in Christchurch.
As well as performing hands on rehabilitation for clinics around the city, I am now lucky enough to run Paws In Motion – Total Vet’s very own hydrotherapy facility!
In my free time I’m hiking, knitting, making pottery, surfing, and going on adventures with my 2 year old weimaraner, Nana! and have now started studying long distance to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee.
Amy joined the Total Vets team in June 2014, her love of animals combined with her love of meeting and talking to new people made her a perfect addition to our team. A love of travel has lead to Amy living in Japan, all over the USA and spending 5 years teaching in Korea before finally marrying a Kiwi boy and settling down here.
Living with Amy is Lilly the labrador who moved here from Korea, rescue cat Luna. Amy has two kids big sister Harper and Kieran who is almost one. In her spare time Amy loves spending time with her kids, getting out and about with her family and indulging her creative side with a bit of sewing and photography.