Our People

The Rappaw Veterinary Care team are dedicated to providing excellence in service to all customers and their pets. The team is made up of many people who bring unique skills & strive to make Rappaw the best Veterinary Care Hospital in the greater Wellington region.

You can find out more about the Rappaw team below. Click the tabs to navigate between staff roles, and click on staff names to find out more about each staff member.

Dr Ian Schraa

Dr Ian Schraa

Senior Veterinarian & Owner of Rappaw
Qualified in 1985 with BVSc. (Massey)
Started at Rappaw in 1993

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Ian graduated from Massey University, in New Zealand, in 1986. He spent his first 3 years in rural practice in Patea, Taranaki. Ian then went to work in the England for 4 years. During his time there he moved from rural practice to working in companion animal practice. He also travelled extensively in Asia, the UK, Europe and Africa during the time overseas. In 1992 Ian returned to New Zealand to marry his wife Kay and settle in Wellington. Ian bought the Paremata Veterinary Hospital in 1993. He spent the next 12 years building it up from a single vet practice to a 3-vet practice. In 1995 Ian helped establish and set-up the Wellington After Hours Veterinary Clinic. He has been a board member twice since then. Ian purchased the Kapi-Mana Veterinary Hospital and Titahi Bay Veterinary Clinic in 2004. In 2007, together with the Paremata Veterinary Hospital, the three clinics were merged under the new name Rappaw Veterinary Care. Ian has worked on the New Zealand Veterinary Association Companion Animal Society committee and the Practice Standards committee. Ian has lived in Whitby since 1994 and Ian played football (but not very well) for the Western Suburbs Football Club for 14 years. He has coached junior teams since 2007. Ian has completed the Coast to Coast individual race three times, most recently in 2008 and 2009. Ian enjoys the New Zealand outdoors whether it be running, kayaking or skiing, as well as travelling to wonderful places around the world. At home he has one re-homed dog, Holly, and an ex-shelter cat, Harry.

Dr Peter Whiley

Dr Peter Whiley

Head Veterinarian at the Paremata Clinic
Qualified in 1985 with BVSc. (Massey)
Started at Rappaw in 2003

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Peter graduated from Massey University in 1986 with a Batchelor of Veterinary Science degree. Peter started his career in mixed practice (pets and farm animals) in Waikato and then went on to spend 16 years in small animal practice in the United Kingdom. Peter joined this practice in 2003 after returning home to New Zealand with his family.

Outside of work Peter and his family are enjoying all the aspects of the great outdoors New Zealand has got to offer.

Dr Rose Penberthy

Dr Rose Penberthy

Head Veterinarian at the Tawa Clinic
Qualified in 1995 with BVSc. (Massey)
Joined Rappaw in 2005

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Rose said she wanted to be a vet since she was 8 years old. Rose grew up on a dairy farm just out of Palmerston North and loved looking after sick cows and calves, farm dogs, and cats that were often abandoned and turned up at the milking shed.

Rose graduated from Massey University in 1996 and spent the first 3 1/2 years in a mixed practice in Oamaru . After this Rose went on her O.E. working in small animal practice in the UK for 4 years. In this time she gained a lot of experience and enjoyed the opportunity to travel to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Rose headed home and joined Rappaw in 2005 where she is the head veterinarian. Rose particularly enjoys surgery, the challenge of complicated medical cases and geriatric medicine. Rose has 2 cats, Monkey and Tyson, and Jen the dog, all re-homed through work, a hazard of the job!

Dr Scott Martin

Dr Scott Martin

Senior Veterinarian
Qualified in 1996 with BVSc. (Massey)
Started at Rappaw in 2008

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Scott joined the team here at Rappaw Veterinary Care in 2008 and has a keen interest in both companion animal medicine and surgery. After completing his degree in 1996, Scott spent time as a companion animal vet in the Kapiti Coast before moving to the north-west of England.

After returning to New Zealand in 2002 he spent 6 years working in Auckland, where he extended his surgical skills and gained knowledge in canine reproduction.

Outside of work Scott enjoys cycling, hiking and geocaching. He currently has 2 cats, Max and Daisy, who were both surrendered to the vet clinic and needed good caring homes.

Dr Ed Dakin

Dr Ed Dakin

Senior Veterinarian
Qualified in 2000 with B.Vet. Med. (Liverpool)
Started at Rappaw in 2006

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Ed graduated from Liverpool University, in England, in 2000. After spending 2½ years in rural practice in Wales Ed first came to New Zealand in 2003. Ed spent a year locuming and travelling around the country, and met his partner Sally. After returning to Wales for another year he finally decided to come back and settle down in Wellington and has been working at Rappaw Veterinary Care since 2006.

Dr Hanna Gray

Dr Hanna Gray

Veterinarian
Qualified in 2009 with BVSc. (Massey)
Started at Rappaw in 2012

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Hanna has worked in Wellington since graduating in 2009. Hanna moved to join our vet team at our Tawa clinic in 2012.

Dr Joszie Weaver

Dr Joszie Weaver

Senior Veterinarian
Qualified in 2002 with BVSC (Massey)
Started at Rappaw in 2013

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Joszie has worked in mixed practice (pets and farm animals) north of Auckland for 3 years before moving into solely companion animal practice.  She then spent 6 years working in small animal practice in London and travelled extensively around the UK, Europe and South America during this time. Joszie returned to her hometown of Wellington in 2012 and joined Rappaw in 2013.

Dr Kiki Majert (Kirsten)

Dr Kiki Majert (Kirsten)

Veterinarian
Qualified SVM Munich Germany 2003
NZNVE Massey 2012
Joined Rappaw 2014

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I graduated in 2003 in Munich, decided to start a family first - so I could focus on my job after :-)! I started working after I had my daughter in 2007 - filling the time in between with volunteering in different clinics in Germany and France. 2007-2011 I worked as a companion animal vet in Switzerland till I was up for a new adventure that took me all the way to New Zealand..
I qualified again 2012 and started working as a vet in Jan 2013. Being a vet is my passion - and there is little I don't like about it. I find it hard to choose one field of interest only - as - once I become more involved in one area, I'm all excited about it - surgery, emergency care, ultrasound, cytology or clinical pathology... and next to the common veterinary areas, dog and cat behavior...  Studying never ends :-)
I'm looking forward to improve and give the best I can by treating all my patients as the little personalities they are!

Kiki has a Chihuahua "Luhte"

Dr Rachel Griffiths

Dr Rachel Griffiths

Part-Time Veterinarian
Qualified in 1992 with BVSc. (Massey)
Started at Rappaw in 2001

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Rachel has worked part-time for this practice since 2001, and currently works at our Titahi Bay branch clinic of Rappaw Veterinary Care.

Jessica Gardiner

Jessica Gardiner

Veterinary Nurse Manager
CVN (2008) DipVN (2015)
Started at Rappaw in 2012

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Originally from Timaru, Jess is our Vet Nurse Manager for the Practice. Jess gained her qualification from Otago Polytechnic in 2008. Jess is passionate about having a well skilled passionate nursing team who can assists vets and owners with the care of their pets. Jess enjoys keeping current with trends to ensure we move with the times.

Jess was the winner of the "Employee of the Year" Award in the Porirua Business Awards 2014

Michelle Seiringer

Michelle Seiringer

Head Veterinary Nurse Paremata
CVN (1992)
Started at Rappaw in 1993

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Michelle first started work at the Paremata clinic in 1993, shortly after Ian Schraa bought the practice. Michelle started as a part-time receptionist although she had a National Certificate in Animal Technology and Nursing. With this Michelle then became a part-time vet nurse, before eventually becoming full-time. In 2000 Michelle became our Head Veterinary Nurse at our Paremata clinic.

Emma Cuttle

Emma Cuttle

Qualified Senior Veterinary Nurse
DipVN (2011)
Started at Rappaw in 2006

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Emma first joined the Rappaw team in 2006. Emma has gained a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2009 and completed her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2011. Emma has a special interest in animal behaviour and has done a paper on dog behaviour through Massey University and been involved in running the Puppy Pre-school classes. Emma is also involved in pet weight loss programmes. At home Emma has 2 dogs, a Labrador and a boxer staffy cross, and a cat who thinks he is a dog. Emma says they are all characters in there own right, and keep her busy at home.

Melanie Hunter

Melanie Hunter

Qualified Vet Nurse
CVN (2011)
Started at Rappaw in 2011

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Mel qualified as a veterinary Nurse through Weltec in Petone at the end of 2011, but has been a member of the Rappaw team since early 2011. Mel works full-time at our Tawa clinic with occasional hours at Paremata. Mel has two dogs of her own; a Golden Retriever and a German Shepherd, as well as a Birman cat called Moet. Mel has an interest in preventative care for animals.

Cherrelle Wade-Raika

Cherrelle Wade-Raika

Qualified Vet Nurse
CVN (2009)
Started at Rappaw 2010

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We are pleased to have Cherrelle rejoin the Rappaw team in 2013. Cherrelle brings a wealth of experience back to the practice. Cherrelle works across all of our clinics.

Ayla Dawson

Ayla Dawson

Qualified Veterinary Nurse
Started at Rappaw in 2011

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Ayla is a qualified full time vet nurse. Completing her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing through Otago Polytechnic in 2014. She is currently studying for her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Ayla has a cat, a dog and two horses.

Serena McGranachan

Serena McGranachan

Qualified Vet Nurse 2014
Started at Rappaw in 2012

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Serena worked full-time at the front desk of the Paremata clinic, while qualifying to becoem a Vet Nurse. Serena transitioned to being a vet nurse with Rappaw in 2015.

Carina Waldron

Carina Waldron

Qualified Vet Nurse
Qualified CVN (2013)
joined Rappaw 2014

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Carina after completing work experience with Rappaw in 2013, we were very pleased to offer her an ongoing position with us. Carina has already completed a Bsc at Otago in Zoology and is currently studying for her Diploma in Vet Nursing.

 

Kate Bennett

Kate Bennett

Qualified Vet Nurse
Joined Rappaw 2015

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Kate joins the team after qualifying in Vet Nursing in  Australia. 

Mel Bailey

Mel Bailey

Client Services
Joined Rappaw 2015

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I'm currently studying Certificate in Animal Care at Weltec, so I can move on to study Veterinary Nursing. I have a 6 year old son , a 3 year old Staffy called Dubba and 6 month old Indian ringneck parrot called Loki. I also foster rescue kittens that Dubba happily mothers and cares for with me.

Michael Stewart (Mike)

Qualified Vet Nurse
Qualified CVN (2015)
joined Rappaw 2015

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Sharon Bourke

Sharon Bourke

Practice Co-ordinator
BSc (Waikato 2003)
Started at Rappaw in 2005

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Sharon joined the team at Rappaw in 2005 as a receptionist. Sharon is now the Client Services Leader and Practice Co-ordinator. Before joining Rappaw, Sharon completed a Bachelor of Sciences Degree majoring in Animal Behaviour at the University of Waikato. Sharon has a beautiful cat named Grub who she loves to pieces.

Nikki Adams

Nikki Adams

Client Services
Started at Rappaw in 2002

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Nikki Adams is one of our Client Services staff at Paremata. Nikki joined the practice in 2002, coming from a background of zoo work and several years at an inner city vet practice. Nikki has a special white cat Henry, who likes to terrorise the nurses when he comes in for his regular health checks. 

Toni Rielly

Toni Rielly

Senior Client Services
Joined Rappaw 2014

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Toni has joined the client services team in Tawa. We are pleased to have Toni's wealth of knowledge in delivering exceptional client service programmes. Toni has 2 cats "Fluffy and Batman"and 3 Guinea Pigs "Zane , Autin and Justin"  

Elaine Clarkson

Elaine Clarkson

Client Services
Started at Rappaw in 2009

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Elaine joined Rappaw Veterinary Care in 2009 and works part-time at our Paremata and Titahi Bay clinics.