March 6, 2012

Meet Our Nurses

Meet Our Nurses


Lisa Attewell – Practice Manager

Lisa joined the team at St Albans in 2001 while completing her Certificate in Veterinary nursing at Christchurch Polytechnic.  She has taken a step back from nursing to manage the day to day running of the clinic which she finds challenging but also very rewarding in a new HR management role.
She enjoys most sports, outdoor activities and camping. Her favourite time of the year is summer, when she is often found at the beach relaxing with a good book.  Lisa has a daughter Aimee and a cat called Roxy, and a very busy border terrier called Stella that keep her busy outside of the clinic.

Chrisy Stephenson – Veterinary Nurse

Chrisy has been a member of  the team at St Albans Vets since 2007, after working at the clinic while studying for her certificate in Veterinary Nursing.  Chrisy has many responsibilities in the clinic and is especially knowledgeable in cat behaviour!
During her spare time she enjoys catching up with friends.  Chrisy lives with her partner, James, and her 3 cats which keep things interesting!

Nicola Lancaster – Veterinary Nurse

Nicola completed her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2005. She joined the team at St Albans in May 2007. She is from a farm in Springston just out of Christchurch.
In her spare time she loves to ride and has competitive show horses that she competes with mainly though the summer at A&P shows and at Horse of the Year in Hastings. She has been riding since she was 3 years old.

Kim Mooney - Veterinary Nurse

Kim joined the team at St Albans in March 2009 after returning home to New Zealand from pearl farming off the coast of Darwin.
Kim's interests include dental care and nutrition and patient well-being.  When she is not at work she enjoys running, tramping, swimming and travelling.  Kim has recently purchased her first house as a property investment so this has been keeping her very busy!

Michelle Cairns – Veterinary Nurse

Michelle joined the team at St Albans in August 2010, another team member who began her career by work experience here.  Michelle enjoys her job and has special interests in surgery, caring for hospitalised medical patients, and helping educate clients on the overall care of their pets.
Michelle’s outside interests include socialising with friends, pottering about in the garden and dancing the night away!  She has fish, 5 cats and a few of stray cats that come over to her house at teatime!

Sarah Clements – Veterinary Nurse

Sarah started at our New Brighton branch, first with work experience and then once qualified began Nursing from February 2011.  Sarah works at both our Parklands and St Albans branches. She is really interested in wellness clinics especially weight clinics, and dental care.
When not at work, Sarah’s interests include sports (both watching and playing) these include softball, golf, horse-riding and rugby.  She has 3 adult cats and a kitten that she has hand raised since a tiny little kitten.

Kim Anderson – Veterinary Nurse

Kim joined the team at Parklands in October 2008, after graduating from Otago Polytechnic.  Kim particularly enjoys surgery and the post operative care of the animals and cat grooming.
Outside of the clinic Kim is kept busy on her lifestyle block in Rangiora, where she has many different pets, including horses, sheep, chickens, 4 cats and 2 dogs!  Kim enjoys sports, her family, horse riding and working with sheep dogs.  Kim has two children who also keep her busy.

Rebecca Cross – Veterinary Nurse

Rebecca joined the team at Parklands in October 2009 after first volunteering because she was such a pet lover! Rebecca studied vet nursing through Otago Polytechnic.  She loves working with animals and helping owners find solutions to the problems they face with their pets.
Rebecca’s outside interests include her family, running, socialising with friends, reading and relaxing.  She has 3 dogs, Murphy, Lochie & Flynn and 6 cats.  Rebecca is a softie when it comes to taking in stray animals as you can see!

Sarah Ryan – Veterinary Nurse

Sarah started at our Parklands branch in February 2011, just in time for the big earthquake! She graduated from Christchurch Polytechnic in 2002.  Sarah particularly enjoys helping out with our Puppy preschool classes, surgery, the hands on care with animals and interacting with clients.
Outside of work, Sarah enjoys horse riding, cycling, tramping, yoga and is often at the gym.  Sarah owns one cat called Pebbles.

Nicky Simmons – Veterinary Nurse

Nicky joined the team at St Albans in November 2011, she has many years experience as a Veterinary Nurse and worked at the Afterhours Emergency Centre before having her children.  Nicky really enjoys surgical cases, interesting medical cases and emergency medicine.
Most of her spare time is spent with her two young girls, Esther & Mirriam, visiting beaches, parks and just having fun.  Nicky enjoys fishing, being by the water and good food.  She has a hyperactive and mischievous pug called Gonzo, a cuddly cat Zsa Zsa and the coolest cat in the neighbourhood called Tegal!

Lydia Joy – Veterinary Nurse

Lydia joined the team in May 2011 after completing her certificate in Veterinary Nursing at Christchurch Polytech.  Lydia loves working with animals and enjoys lots of things about her job.  Her main interest is ultrasonography and loves that technology
Can give us some great diagnostic options.  Lydia works at both our St Albans and Parklands branches.
In her spare time, Lydia enjoys horse riding and hanging out with her friends.  Lydia has recently acquired her very first animal, a gorgeous little cat called Simba.
One of our local vet clinics launched their new website this week. Like many of our local clinics, they have been very helpful with taking our students for practical training in the fifteen years I have been involved but today I was really pleased to see that nine of the nurses shown here have trained with us in that time. So good to see them on here. It is easy to get worn out and bogged down in the demands of our work, but it's days like this that remind me of the positives of what we do :)
Thank you Geoff, John, Lisa and the team at Our Vets.


  1. Nawww, we love having the students through, seems like just yesterday that i was one of them!! The new website is awesome, we are so pleased with it after months of hard work xx

  2. Wow, these are impressive profiles of equally impressive young women! With all their activities listed, they make me feel like a very lazy and spoiled slob in comparison :-)

  3. How fun to meet these wonderful souls! Thank you!


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