PETVET are Small Animal Veterinarians located in the Hutt Valley of New Zealand. Our mission is to provide our clients and their pets with excellent veterinary service and quality pet products while delivering superior veterinary skills, technology and advice within a friendly caring environment.

It takes 5 years intensive university study to qualify as a veterinarian then a life long continuing education programme to stay up-to-date. The PETVET team is a dedicated group of animal health professionals commited to providing top quality veterinary care for your pets. 

The PETVET nurses and technicians are a highly skilled group of dedicated veterinary health professionals. Their education and training provides you and your pet with a high standard of care. They ensure your pet receives optimum husbandry, handling and restraint. They prepare your pet for surgery, ensure correct anaesthetic delivery and monitoring, manage fluid therapy and implement post operative pain and wound management plans. When required, they also provide assistance during complex surgical procedures. They obtain and process radiographs, collect and process samples for laboratory analysis, and scale and polish teeth. They are also actively involved in providing post operative physiotherapy and run client education programmes such as how to tube feed your sick pet or give regular insulin injections at home.

Our Customer Service Team take your calls, make appointments and attempt to answer your enquires. They all are very knowledgeable about pet diets, worms, fleas and the best accessories for your pet. They will be the first to greet when you arrive at PETVET and probably farewell you when you leave. They are all passionate animal lovers and love to see you and your pets.

Dr Yvonne Winn

Yvonne finished her degree in 2004 and started out in rural mixed practice in the far South, where she treated farm animals, horses, cats and dogs. The appeal of working with the smaller species grew over time, and in 2019 she put away her gumboots and moved to the big smoke of Wellington. Yvonne joined us at PetVet in 2020. She takes delight in the human-animal bond that she gets to witness every day in her role. She has an interest in surgery and is currently studying towards a Master of Veterinary Medicine. Outside of work she is equally happy going on various outdoor adventures with her husband Ian and relaxing at home with their three cats. She is a member of the Ruahine White Water Club and enjoys the many rivers that the central and lower North Island have to offer.

Dr Lauren Bleaken

Lauren is a Massey University graduate of 2012, with a strong passion for wellness, nutrition, and medicine. Originally from the West Coast of the US, Lauren has been living in NZ for over 15 years and feels Wellington is truly the coolest little city on earth. With two young boys, Lauren spends most of her spare time running after kids on bikes and exploring Wellingtons wonderful walkways.

Dr Jo Purdie

Jo graduated from Massey in 2013 and initially spent four years working "James Herriot style" in a rural clinic in Pahiatua. She then spent two years in England doing locum work with various mixed animal practices (and as much travel as she could!). Jo joined the team at PetVet in late 2021 and has been really enjoying getting to meet the local clients and their furry family members. She loves working with pet owners to get to the bottom of any health problems and create management plans for each individual. Outside of work she loves Modern Jive dancing, cycling and optimistically trying to grow a vege garden on the windiest deck in Wellington.

Dr Deborah

Dr Deb recently rejoined the Pet Vet team after completing her Masters in companion animal veterinary medicine in Thailand through NZ's Massey University and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

Deb has been vetting all over the world for the last 20 years. From a sheep station, she began in mixed practice in Hawkes bay before the 'Kiwi working OE' in England and volunteering in St. Lucia. On return to NZ she was drawn to her passion of small animal ultrasound at PVLH completing training through Sydney uni in 2005 and gained her memberships in emergency medicine & critical care in 2014. Deb volunteered her vet skills out of her garage on the pacific island of Niue for 2 years ( found her ironing board was a great operating table)  and met everyone on the island while she vaccinated all the islands dogs with donations she gained from MSD  Upper Hutt.

Deb has been enjoying catching up with pets & their people on her return and caring for new clients and their animal family members. She can be found in the ultrasound suite,  consult room, giving advice & working up medicine cases. She looks forward to meeting you.

Practice Manager

Kim came to us with a PGDip in Marketing and has been with our clinic since 2019. She had the privilege to work with one of our founders, the now retired, Dr Gary Cullen. This allowed her to learn about our Clinic's history, ensuring that our loyal clients continue to get the high level of care that we are reputed for. Kim's goals moving forward is to support her team in reaching their personal and clinic goals, and to further extend her own knowledge on the wellbeing of our furry friends.

When not in clinic, while the cat gets a little jealous, she enjoys outings to the beach, the Riverbank or even the local dog parks with her family and their Boxer Lexi!

Head Vet Nurse
Senior Vet Nurse

Chelsea graduated with her certificate of vet nursing in 2014. While she loves all aspects of Nursing, her main passion is animal behavior. She loves to take on dogs with behavior issues and turn their lives around. She is currently studying towards her certificate in advanced feline behavior to get a better understanding of how we can help our feline friends in this way. In her spare time Chelsea likes power lifting, nice walks with her dogs and watching live music.

Vet Nurse

Heather is from Somerset, UK. After a few years working with horses, she went on to qualify as a veterinary nurse in 2015 working predominantly in 24-hour clinics and large charity hospitals. Having worked with our sister clinics from 2019, she moved to us at PetVet in 2021. Heather has keen interests in surgery and anaesthesia, and has gained a certificate in emergency and critical care nursing. Like all of our nurses, Heather is an advocate for feline friendly handling and gold standard care of patients. Outside of work she can be found exploring New Zealand and tramping in the hills with her camera.

Vet Nurse

Qualification: Diploma of Veterinary Nursing

Innes graduated as a Diploma Veterinary Nurse in 2020 but has work for PETVET clinics since 2019, originally working at our sister clinic PETVET Silverstream. She came over to us as she has a big interest in orthopaedic surgery’s and enjoys working with orthopaedic surgeon Dr Andrew Worth from Massey. She also has a keen interest to expand her knowledge and learn about physiotherapy and hydrotherapy in the near future.

She loves all patients big and small, but has a soft spot for her feline patients. Innes enjoys spending her free time going out with her friends and spending quite time with her fur babies.

Vet Nurse

Diploma in vet nursing level 6

Hayley came to us as a Nurse graduate at the beginning of August in 2020 and has a particular interest in anaesthesia and medicine; she also leads our in-Clinic Pet Blood Donation programme. Outside of the Clinic she enjoys to frequent the gym, walk, cook and visit the beach.

Vet Nurse

Tanya qualified as a Vet Nurse in 2017, after studying for 2 years at UCOL in Palmerston North. Her interests in clinic include the handling of emergency patients, Ultrasound referrals and organising the 'finer detail' within our hospital to ensure that every patient stay is as comfortable as possible. Tanya's passion for our fur friends extends to shifts at Wellington's After-Hours Veterinary Emergency Clinic when she isn't with us. In her spare time she likes to horse ride, bake and catch up with friends and family.

Vet Nurse

Qualification - Diploma of Veterinary Nursing

While Hannah has been with our Clinic since 2019 in the capacity of Animal Attendant; at the end of 2021 she graduated with her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and is now on board as a fully qualified Nurse. She finds everything in-Clinic interesting and willingly takes on new challenges as the opportunities arise. Outside of the Clinic you will find Hannah spending time with her family, or absorbed by DIY projects and formula 1 Motorsport…..!


Meghan grew up on a farm where her pets were in the form of Sheep and Calves. This peaked her interest in animals and led her to studies in Animal Care. Her knowledge is huge! There isn't much that you can ask Meghan about Cat and Dog Nutrition or Parasite control that she doesn't know and lucky for us, her interest in 'Gaming' has also landed her strength in most things IT. When not in Clinic, she likes to catch movies with her dog alongside or engage in some cross stitch while her cat chases the cotton!

Animal Attendant
Animal Attendant
Dr Geraldine Sykes
Lead Vet

Geraldine is an Aussie import who landed in New Zealand (and at Pet Vet) in December 2020. She graduated from the University of Queensland in 2012, has worked in general practice, as well as Emergency & Referral Hospitals, and completed Memberships in Small Animal Medicine in 2018. She emigrated to NZ with her Kiwi fiancé and 2 elderly cats Mama & Fedor and she is loving the greenery and relaxed lifestyle of the Hutt Valley. She loves all things medicine and emergency so has taken on casual work at the Wellington After Hours Vet Clinic as well as her leadership role at Pet Vet. She’s also passionate about Ultrasound, performing scans in the clinic on a regular basis, and has just begun a Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound through Melbourne University.
When she’s not at work she can be found at the gym, exploring the outdoors, studying, or dancing around the living room to her favourite tunes.

Dr Christine Mander
Senior Vet

Christine is the most experienced and long-standing Vet at Pet Vet Silverstream. She has been with Pet Vet for over 20 years now and has a particular passion for working dogs & wildlife conservation. Christine is also a keen surgeon and performs many routine and complicated surgeries at the clinic.

Dr Peter

Peter graduated in Ireland in 2017 & has been in NZ since 2019. He has an interest in orthopaedic surgery & treating the Police Dog patients. In his spare time he likes to play Hurling & Gaelic Football.

Dr Simran Mudaliar
Practice Manager

De-Anne has been with PVSS since 2019 and enjoys her leadership role as part of the management team at the clinic. Before joining the clinic she worked and volunteered for Wellington Free Ambulance in multiple rolls for 13 years but has loved her change from humans to animals. She loves spending her spare time with family and her menagerie of pets.

Head Nurse

Sharon is a Diploma level Veterinary Nurse and has been a nurse for almost 16 years. She started her time at Pet Vet as a receptionist and made her way up to Head Nurse at Pet Vet Silverstream. Over her time at the clinic she has developed a passion for fear-free handling & all things feline. She loves to teach new students coming through the clinic & enjoys seeing them develop their skills in nursing. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with friends & family, read Stephen King novels & watch science fiction movies.

Vet Nurse

Shannon is a Diploma level Veterinary Nurse and has been with Pet Vet Silverstream since graduating in 2019. She has a passion for anaesthesia & all things surgery and has completed additional training in Anaesthesia through VetPartners. She also loves the weight loss clinic she runs from the clinic helping owners & their pets get fit & healthy. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her children, read fiction novels, bushwalk with her husband & studying to further her knowledge in veterinary nursing.

Vet Nurse

Tanya is the newest member of the nursing team at Pet Vet Silverstream, having been a receptionist at the clinic for almost two years. She is currently studying towards her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing & she is loving learning so much from her “amazing” team, as she calls them. She likes to spend her free time going for bush walks and spending time with her children & partner.

Vet Nurse

Rosie is a Diploma level Veterinary Nurse and is one of the newer nurses at the clinic. After graduating in 2020 she moved to Wellington from Christchurch for something new & exciting. She particularly enjoys nursing hospital patients. In her spare time she likes to spend time with friends & family & cook.


Karen has been with the Silverstream Vet Clinic for over 30 years and is part of the furniture. She loves to interact with clients & their pets, and they love her right back. She spends her down-time looking after the animals on her farm.


Molly is one of the daytime receptionists and has been part of the team since late 2020. The best part of her job is getting to see animals all day every day. She likes to spend her spare time with friends, travelling, enjoying the sights of NZ.


Kerrie is one of the day-time receptionists and has been with Pet Vet since late 2020 after spending years working for the Government. She has a passion for animals and travel and can't wait for the borders to re-open so she can get back into seeing the world.


Aimee is part of the reception team and is currently studying towards her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She is loving learning all there is to know about veterinary care! She has a particular interest in animal rescue and rehabilitation. She love all animals but has a soft-spot for greyhounds and guinea pigs!

Eden Morris
Kennel Hand

Kennel hand at Petvet Silverstream