Our People

Our Vet Team

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
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 Bachelor 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 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 imaging. He also manages Rappaw’s IT department. 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, before moving back to Wellington with his family & joining Rappaw. Scott has a special interest in Radiology & Ultrasound and is currently studying for his Membership in Imaging with the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS). He has 2 cats, Mo and Toby, who are both rescue cats and needed good caring homes.

DR ZOE KAMSMA
Veterinarian
Qualified in 2016 with BVSc. (Massey)
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Zoe is a small animal veterinarian who started at Rappaw at the end of 2018. She had previously worked in a companion animal practice in Timaru since graduating from Massey University at the end of 2016. She enjoys routine surgery and getting to know pets and their owners. In her spare time she enjoys reading and gardening supervised by her cats Isla and Lacey.

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.

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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.

DR LINDA HAYES
Qualified in 2000 with BVSc. (NC State USA)
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Linda has always had an interest in every wild and exotic. She worked for the Department of Conservation with Native birds, reptiles and insects before travelling overseas. The highlight of which was travelling through central Africa and visiting Mountain Gorillas. While in the USA Linda met her husband Andy and decided to go to vet school at NC State, where she chose to do classes in reptile, bird, marine mammal and even fish medicine. She graduated in 2000 and completed an internship in Emergency and Critical Care. Linda went on to live in the U.S. for 12 years and had the pleasure of working with Lions, Tigers and Sea Turtles. Linda also spent 3 years in a specialty bird practice and brought those skills back to NZ in 2004 after the birth of her first child. She lived in Hawke’s Bay for 10 years, and as well as locuming she ran a small animal clinic that provided a high level of care for the unusual and exotic pets and wildlife and also completed a course in Acupuncture. The family moved to Wellington in 2015 ago for Andy’s job and Linda has locumed around Wellington. Linda started at Rappaw in April 2017 and is based mostly at the Plimmerton clinic where she hopes to see more of the unusual and exotic pets she loves as well and our beloved cat and dog patients. Linda has 2 daughters, 4 cats, a dog and a budgie.

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DR SARAH-ANN KWEK
Veterinarian
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DR STEFAN RADICH

Veterinarian
Qualified in 2017 with BVSc. (Massey)

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Stefan is originally from Taranaki were a mix of town and rural lifestyle helped foster an interest in animals. He started working at Rappaw in 2017 after 5 years of vet school. Stefan has a particular interest in surgery, dentistry and pathology. Outside of work he likes walking/hiking, films, cooking/baking and playing piano.

DR KATHERINE ALLEN
Veterinarian
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Our Vet Nurse Team

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.

JUANITA NIEUWOUDT
Qualified Vet Nurse
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Juanita qualified as a vet nurse in 2014 after working in reception at a vet clinic from 2008 and decided to pursue a career in it. She has an interest in exotic/pocket pets and has 4 cats, and 2 dogs!

JOANNA STEPHENSON
Qualified Vet Nurse
Started at Rappaw in 2017
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Joanna has worked for Rappaw in our Client Services team since 2017. Originally from Canada her love for animals began when she lived on a farm and had to help look after them. Joanna does not have any current pets of her own so doesn’t mind cuddling your pets when they come in! She has also almost completed her Diploma in vet nursing.

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.

KATE BENNETT
Qualified Vet Nurse
Joined Rappaw 2015
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Kate joins the team after qualifying in Vet Nursing in Australia.

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.

MEL BAILEY
Qualified Vet Nurse
Joined Rappaw 2015
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Mel started at Rappaw in 2015 in our client services team. While working on reception she was studying for her vet nurse certificate, and moved in to a vet nurse role once qualified. A redundancy, and the passing of her dad made Mel realise you should always follow your dreams, and she had always dreamed of becoming a vet nurse.She currently has two pets, a 6 year old English Staffordshire Bull Terrier and a 1 year old hand reared budgie.

CAITLIN HICKS
Qualified Vet Nurse
Started at Rappaw in 2018
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Cate joined the Rappaw team at the end of 2018 and loves working with such a great group of people. She received her vet nurse diploma in 2016 then had the opportunity to expand my skill set by running a rescue shelter for a year and a half before I joining Rappaw to focus on her nursing skills. She has a strong passion for dog training and behaviour, so in her spare time she is working towards a diploma in Canine Behaviour and Psychology. She has two Staffies (both adopted, rather nutty and the loves of my life!) and have fostered/bottle raised quite a variety of animals over the years.

CHANTEL NAUDE
Qualified Vet Nurse
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Im originally from South Africa and after coming to New Zealand I pursued my passion for helping animals and studied Veterinary Nursing. I started at Rappaw in 2018 after I completed my NZCAT at Ucol. I love all pet’s but especially dogs and puppies. I have a interest in socialisation, training and nutrition.

GARETH NICHOLAS
Qualified Vet Nurse
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Gareth became a nurse after learning about the profession while volunteering at the SPCA. He studied for his certificate at WelTec and did his work placements at Rappaw while studying. He has a Huntaway called Rico.

NAOMI LAMOND
Head Registered Veterinary Technician
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MIKE STEWART
Qualified Vet Nurse
Qualified CVN (2015)
joined Rappaw 2015
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Our Client Services Team

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.

TONI RIELLY
Practice Client Services Team Leader
Started at Rappaw in 2014
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Toni has always had a passion for animals right from a young age. Coming from a retail management, and service advisor background, this role with Rappaw is a dream job for her. Leading the Client Service team, Toni is passionate about making everyone who walks through our doors feel like they are part of the Rappaw family. Being a locally owned and operated business she knows how important it is not to loose that personal touch! Toni has 2 little dogs named Lilly and Winston, and two feline buddies Fluffy and Batman. Outside of work Toni enjoys spending time with family, cooking, listening to music, and going on adventures with her dogs.

ANNE BENTON
Senior Client Services
Started at Rappaw in 2017
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Hi, I am Anne, I love coffee and lollies!! Anne has been working for Rappaw since May 2017. Before working at Rappaw she worked in the Pharmacy Industry. She has two West Highland Terriers, Hugo and Charlie, and one black cat Max. I got into my role as I love greeting both animals and their owners. Most dogs love seeing me because they know I’m the soft touch with the treats on arrival, and I love forming a bond with them, and helping their owners get the best out of their pets. Anne

NIKKI ADAMS
Client Services
Started at Rappaw in 2002
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Nikki started working at Rappaw on the front desk at our Paremata clinic in 2001. She took two years off in 2009 to run a local kennels and cattery. Nikki previously worked in record shops, a bank and at Wellington Zoo. She has a keen interest in animal welfare and 80s music. Her favourite thing to do is go hunting the second hand record shops to extend her ever growing vinyl collection. Nikki currently has a rescue tabby named Mambo. She has had many pets over the years including 4 German shepherds.

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.

MEGAN MAGSON
Clint Services
Started at Rappaw in 2019
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Megan is a full time student at Massey University studying Spatial Design. She has grown up around dog handlers so has been involved with animals since a young age. She has always had pets in the house including birds, cats and dogs and absolutely loves all sorts of animals/pets and can’t wait to see everyone’s fur babies at work!

BECKY HAWTHORN
Client Services
Started at Rappaw in 2018
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Becky comes from a sporty background and even represented New Zealand in triathlon. She loves adventuring outdoors and exploring nature, tramping, camping, going to the beach, swimming, snorkeling and more, so naturally has a love for animals too! She has a young cat called Houdini – who is true to her name!

EMMA FAIRMAID
Client Services
Started at Rappaw in 2018
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Emma joined Rappaw in 2018 combing two of her passions – people and animals. Emma feels honoured getting to be a part of, and learn about all the special bonds and quirks our clients have with their pets. Emma has a small animal crew herself consisting of two ragdolls – Memphis and Muffin, and a border collie called Sadie. Emma enjoys taking Sadie on adventures around Wellington, bottomless coffee, and baking for friends and family.

SANDRA EAGAR
Client Services
Started at Rappaw in 2018
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Sandra has a background in finance and HR, and after the sale of her business joined the CS team at Rappaw in April 2018. You will see her at different Rappaw Clinics as she cover shifts across most of our branches. She lives on a lifestyle block with horses, fish, chickens, a cat called Bailey and an ex guide dog Diesel. She loves her job and being surrounded by like minded people who love, and care for the well being of all animals .

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