Our Team

Brett Finlayson "Brett the Vet"

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.

Jemma

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.

Ellis

From a very young age I've known I wanted to work with animals, but it was not until I had been married to Paul for several years before I decided to attend vet school in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Having fallen in love with New Zealand and its pace of life, Paul and I and our two cats Vincent and Dirkje came to live here in 2003. We started our own boarding cattery from home in 2012 and just love doing this. We currently have a very cheeky, smoochy Tonkinese cat called Edward. In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching films, socialising and walking on the beach. In January 2018 I was lucky enough to join Brett and his wonderful team, and you can find me in the Millwater clinic two days a week and every other weekend. I have a particular interest in the relationship between pets and their owners, feline medicine and routine surgery. I'm very much looking forward to seeing you and your pets soon!

Jess

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.

Chenay

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 6 years and love every minute of it!

I have grown 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 Fiance of 10 years, our daughter Bonnie, dog and two cats.

Our dog Kairo is a Rottweiler cross. Our cat Dax is a tabby & white DSH and our other cat Pippa is a white & black DSH. They all have their own quirky personalities and are very smoochy!

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

Loren

I am originally from South African but emigrated to New Zealand at age 20 in 2006.

The life style and the people here is what kept me in New Zealand. After five years waiting for a residency permit I was finally able to study as a young adult. The challenges I faced in getting to where I am now make me very appreciative of every opportunity now and I am so grateful to live and work in such a beautiful area.

I qualified as a vet nurse in 2012 and am now a busy working mother of two small children. I live with my park-ranger kiwi husband in a northern regional park and mostly enjoy nature and outdoor activities with my family.

Liv

I joined Orewa Vet Hospital in October (2016) last year just before I finished my Diploma of Vet Nursing. I have had a love of animals since I was very young. I grew up with guinea-pigs at home and my grandparents had a dog. I then got into a small amount of horse riding with my cousin. I have a passion for sailing. When I'm not at work, I'm usually out on a boat, rain, hail or shine. I race all year round for multiple yacht clubs and different yachts.

I have 2 cats and 2 rabbits at home. My first cat, Chester (Ginger and white DSH), was a foster fail from Catsncare. I got asked to foster a 9 month old male cat that had been bought into a clinic as a stray. He had such a sweet personality and so affectionate that he never left. He is now 4 years old. Mabel, (tabby and white DSH) came into the clinic early last year as she had been attacked by a dog and was bought in to be cared for. Without an owner in sight and a lot of advertising, no one came forward. She had a broken femur and tibia which she had surgery on to have pins put in place. She was in the clinic for about 2 months, by this time everyone had fallen in love with her and I thought she has such a similar personality to my boy Chester. I asked Brett if I could trial her at home with Chester to see if they would get along and they got along like they had never been apart. I have now had her at home for about year and she loves climbing up trees, playing with the neighbours cats (and stealing their toys), but most often, I will come home to find her on a mohair blanket (that mum knitted her) soaking up the sun.

The rabbits, Mr Blue and Missy (mini lops), were given to my mum for her birthday in replacement of our other rabbit (unfortunately killed by the neighbour's dog). They live a luxurious life in the yard out the front and have the run of the lawn. They love cuddles and pats, and their favourite food would have to be carrots! The cats know not to go near their territory or they will be chased out.

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