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Brett Finlayson


I was born and raised on a farm in Maungataroto, Northland.

That is where my love for animals stems from. I went to secondary school at St. Kents in Auckland and had a year as an AFS student in the USA in 1972 (doesn't seem that long ago!). After graduating from Massey University in 1978 I spent a year in mixed practice in Matamata before going overseas for a year doing locum work.

On returning to NZ I worked for Ivan Fuyala at Red Beach for 3 years before shifting to the Waikato for almost 20 years working in mixed practices.

The love of overseas travel reared its head again so Jenni and I took our family to Jersey in the Channel Islands off the coast of France for three years.

In 2004 we purchased the Orewa Veterinary Centre from Ivan Fuyala. We absolutely love living and working on the Hibiscus Coast and are here for the long haul! My partner in business and life is my wife Jenni, who is a real estate agent in Orewa.

Jenni regularly takes our Labrador Elle to visit local retirement homes to brighten up the residents through contact with animals. She works under a program called Outreach Therapy which we strongly believe in.

We have three children, Cameron, Leah and Gabrielle who are all well on their way to doing their own thing now. We also have two Maine Coon cats, one called Stella and one called Fonzie, they are real characters!

I love my work, I enjoy the bond that exists between pet owners and their "best friends". It is very satisfying to provide a one-stop shop for the care of our patients, from the initial consultation to lab tests (most can be done at the clinic), radiographs, surgery, medical treatment and nutritional advice.

We are the only clinic on the Hibiscus Coast to provide a 24 hour 7 day a week care and advice, which sums up our commitment to you and your beloved pet.



I grew up surrounded by animals as my parents owned a farm which had a riding stables, lifestyle block, boarding kennels and cattery. I have wanted to be a vet for as long as I can remember but was particularly inspired by a really lovely vet 'Peter Plumley' who looked after all our animals for years. I spent many summers doing work experience with Peter before going to vet school.

I qualified from Liverpool University in 2006. In 2009 I spent one month with my husband touring around New Zealand in a campervan. We both fell in love with the country, the people and the way of life, so much so that we decided to move here. We emigrated to New Zealand at the beginning of the year with our 2 young children, cheeky dog Esme, and 2 cats Ozzy & Timmy.

I have a special interest in soft tissue surgery but I love being a general practitioner as it enables me to see a variety of different cases. I particularly enjoy being able to follow cases from start to finish, creating bonds with owners and their pets. I'm loving working here and I'm looking forward to seeing you soon.



I have worked at the Orewa Veterinary Centre since 1997, previously with Ivan Fuyala and with Brett since he purchased the clinic in 2004. I have lived on the Hibiscus Coast since I was 7 and currently live in Red Beach with my 2 daughters Mhina and Sabine. Animals have always played a huge part in my life and I always enjoy the challenges that being a nurse brings. Helping owners understand what their pets are going through is something I find very rewarding, compassion and empathy are traits I pride myself on.

At home my four cats enjoy the run of the house and are helping me train Hershey a chocolate Labrador that has just moved in. When I'm not in the clinic I am with my girls, helping out at school on the Board of Trustees or on the beach at Surf Club.

I look forward to helping you and your pets and might see you at the beach or around this piece of paradise we call home.



I have recently moved to New Zealand and am absolutely loving it. I couldn't have hoped for a more perfect place to live and work.

I was born and educated in California, but spent a lot of time in Mexico where my parents now live full time. It’s always a treat to go home to the warm weather and wild landscapes.

I received a Bachelor of Science from the University of California Santa Cruz in Marine Biology with a focus on Ecology and Evolution.

I went to veterinary school in Ireland, where I qualified from University College Dublin.  

My special interests are in soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and cardiology.

On weekends my interests include fishing, hiking, and exploring the natural beauty surrounding us.

I am very pleased and proud to be a part of the great team we have here at both the Orewa and Millwater clinics.



I have been working at Orewa Vet Hospital since 2011. Brett and the team helped me while I did my studies by distance learning as I was working full time. I graduated in 2013 and am now a qualified Vet Nurse. I still thoroughly enjoy learning new things all the time and meeting new people.

I have been doing Puppy Class for 8 years and love every minute of it!

I grew up with all sorts of animals in the house thanks to my Mum's love of them which she has passed onto me.

From dogs, cats, mice, rats, birds, possums, goats, horses, lambs and more!

I have lived in the Hibiscus Coast area since I was nine, but I now live in Warkworth with my Husband, our daughters and two furbabies.

I love forming bonds with our clients and just can't help but gush when dogs are excited to see me or cats just love that I know where to give them a good smooch.

I look forward to meeting and getting to know you and your furry family members!




I am so fortunate to enjoy working as a veterinary nurse for Orewa Veterinary Hospital, where the animals and their family's give me so much joy, as well as the beautiful surroundings where we live and work. I have five years experience in the veterinary industry- but I am still learning! I never tire of the various challenges we face every day.

When I am not nursing I am also looking after my two precious small children and their bunny rabbits, and enjoying the rural life on the edge of the Kaipara Harbour with my Park Ranger Husband.

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