Ourvets is a multi-location practice, where each veterinarian’s area of expertise fits together to create an extensive portfolio of veterinary skills and knowledge.

We love our own pets as much as you love yours. If you want the best care for your pet you have come to the right place.

Ourvets offer a wide range of preventative medical services such as vaccinations, nutrition and puppy playschool. We do both routine and advanced surgeries. Our well equipped central hospital has in-house laboratory, digital xray, ultrasonography, CT scanner and emergency and critical care equipment. This enables us to diagnose and treat complex and critically ill pets. Accepting referral patients from all over the South Island for advanced imaging and surgery, we also enjoy a close working relationship with other referral practices should your pet need this. Our veterinary nursing team are dedicated to making your pet’s stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Meet Our Vets
Dr Jonathan Busch
Vet

Jonathan has been part of the Ourvets team since 2011. He previously has worked in Oamaru, Australia, and the UK. He has particular interests in dentistry, dermatology and soft tissue surgery. When not at work or spending time with his young family he can probably be found running, mountain biking or tramping with his dog Heidi.

Dr Alice Finch
Vet

Alice has been a part of our veterinarian team since May 2017. She works across all our clinics and enjoys the variation that each clinic brings.

From a young age, Alice wanted to be a veterinarian. She was known to bring home a variety of lost and hurt animals to her parents' farm in Omakau to nurse them back to health. In 2015, she graduated from Massey and has worked in Christchurch as a Vet ever since.

Back on the farm, Alice has an old horse named Napoleon and a cat called Oscar. Within the veterinary field, Alice has a particular interest in performing surgeries and takes pride in her attention to detail. She also loves meeting new clients and getting to know them and their pets. In her spare time, Alice enjoys riding horses and absolutely loves dancing. She dances modern jive competitively and also enjoys a bit of Brazilian Zouk.

Dr Greg Lukaszewicz
Vet

Profile coming soon...

Meet Our Vet Nurses
Sarah Clements
Practice Manager

Sarah is our Practice Manager and a qualified Vet Nurse. Since gaining her vet nurse qualification, Sarah has also studied Management at UC. She has travelled overseas and nursed in the UK for 2 years. Sarah took up the management role at Ourvets in 2017 – which she enjoys the challenges this position gives her and the feeling of making a positive difference in the lives of the staff as well as patients and clients.

“As long as I am learning, I am happy” is something Sarah has declared (staff would say that she is also made happy with good food and a nice cup of coffee). When not at one of the Ourvets clinics, Sarah is usually found walking or hiking, cooking and spending time with her family including the very feisty ‘Monkey’ (Cat). 

Marie Christensen
Vet Nurse

Marie has over 20 years’ experience as a Veterinary Nurse – she has spent her whole career working at Ourvets. Prior to her doing this Marie came from a customer service background. Her particular interests include hospitalised patient care, and both pre and post-operative care for our clients.

When not at work Marie is usually with her family and friends, attending children’s sport, walking or reading. Her fur family includes Tana the geriatric cat and Feathers ‘the lone chook’.

Sandra Thompson
Vet Nurse

Sandra has been in the industry for over 13 years – and still looks forward to every day challenges and experiences. It is Sandra’s passion to develop strong relationships with our clients and she loves meeting new additions to their families.  

When not at work she usually is found spending time with friends and family, having movie nights or baking. Sandra also enjoys photography and art. She has 4 border collies (Juno, Fox, Cody and Kiwi) and 2 cats (River and Zoe) and loves the time she spends with them.

Michelle Maat
Vet Nurse

Michelle recently became a qualified Veterinary Nurse after completing her Diploma but she has been working with us since 2016. She has a passion for learning and studying. Michelle has a particular interest in patient, triage, intensive and emergency nursing.

Michelle adores her bunnies and also has a turtle (a red-eared slider). When not working or spending time with her pets she is continuing her professional development or is with her friends and family.

Within the veterinary field, Michelle loves being able to give patients a pleasant experience while they’re in our care by utilising low stress handling and showing them lots of love.

In her spare time, Michelle enjoys taking her family dogs Marley and Max for walks through Bottle Lake Forest and teaching dance aerobics.

Judith Marsh
Receptionist/ Vet Nurse

Judith has been a part of our team since November 2016 and is one of the main faces you will see at Ourvets Parklands. Judith brings extensive experience as she has worked in the animal industry in a variety of roles for almost two decades.

Judith is the proud owner of (at the moment) seven Rottweilers ranging from 8 weeks to 8 years old. She has been involved in the breeding/showing of these beautiful dogs for over 25 years.

At work, Judith enjoys building rapport with clients and providing them with the best possible experience. She also loves seeing animals return home to their owners well again.

In her free time, Judith enjoys walking which is just as well as there is always a dog ready to be exercised. She also takes pleasure in watching movies and eating out with her friends.

Ella Dixon
Vet Nurse

Ella began at Ourvets in October 2017, quickly establishing herself as a useful and helpful member of the team. She has a customer service background and is very good at reassuring clients whom are a little overwhelmed. Ella enjoys surgery, with the monitoring and post-surgical care being particular areas of interest for her. When required Ella also helps out in the cattery – she is very good at medicating the unwilling and giving sweet cuddles to all the kitties.

Currently Ella is unable to have pets, however plans are in place for a corgi and a goat, perhaps even a cat or two. She is a keen dancer and is often at practice 3 times or more a week, leaving just enough time for hanging out with friends and family.

Grace Mitchell
Vet Nurse

Grace gained her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and has been working for Ourvets since early 2018. She is a capable intelligent nurse, whom can always be relied upon to go the extra bit when required. Nursing our hospitalised patients and assisting in surgery are areas she particularly enjoys. 

When not at work Grace is usually at hockey, swimming, water-skiing and hanging out with her friends and family.  Her animal family includes 2 rescue cats, 2 bichons, interestingly Grace used to have a pet pig called Bluebell.

Sonia Aubrey
Vet Nurse

Sonia has been working in the industry since 2014, with some time out for maternity leave. Sonia has been involved with animals for many years as her background is in dairy farming, and has previously worked with Royal Canin. As you would expect she has a specific interest in nutrition, also inpatient care – nursing the recovering and very unwell patients are other areas Sonia is particularly interested in.

A devoted Mum and family person, Sonia is also keen on hiking, netball and caring for her extended animal menagerie – including dogs, cats, and at times chickens, calves and pigs.

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