Peter Warmerdam - practice owner and veterinarian
Peter trained at Massey University, graduating in 1987. He commenced work shortly afterwards here in his home town of Upper Hutt. After gaining a broad practical base he decided to extend his experience and spent nine months working in Britain and Holland in several mixed practices. On returning to New Zealand in late 1988, Peter took up a permanent position at Maidstone Veterinary Clinic. In 1990, Peter purchased the practice and has since managed and developed the clinic to cater for the veterinary needs of the Upper Hutt area. With the growth of the practice more of his time is now spent on support as a consultant to the other veterinarians and practice management.
Peter continues to live locally with his wife and two children and our pets; Milly (a Schnoodle) and Coco (a smoochy, full of fun Burmese). His hobbies are tramping, cycling, fishing and forestry.
michael carson - veterinarian
Michael graduated from Massey University in 2011 and then moved to Brisbane where he was based for six years. Over that time he developed a strong interest in surgery, got married and had two children. Michael’s family also includes three cats and two small dogs. Unfortunately they had to leave some of the menagerie behind - the tarantulas and parrots will be missed. Upper Hutt is Michael’s new home for the foreseeable future. He looks forward to meeting you and all of your wonderful pets.
Amy O’sullivan - veterinarian
Amy graduated from Massey University, and began her first job here at Maidstone Veterinary Clinic in 2008. She then worked across several different small animal practices across the Wellington region, before moving to Adelaide for a year-long OE at the start of 2017. She arrived back in New Zealand in 2018 and is excited to have re-joined the MVC team. Amy enjoys all aspects of small animal practice. She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Emergency and Critical Care Chapter. Her other professional interests are ophthalmology (treatment of eye diseases) and soft tissue surgery.
Outside of work Amy is a keen rock climber, and enjoys getting outdoors to climb, hike or cycle. She has two much-loved cats at home, Scooter and Smidgen.
Laura Gallagher - veterinarian
Laura is originally from Manchester in England. She graduated as a veterinarian from Edinburgh University in 2000, and after five years as a small animal veterinarian in the UK, she took some time out to travel to New Zealand, and here she stayed. Laura has worked in Kilbirnie and Silverstream, and is excited to be part of the team at Maidstone Veterinary Clinic and living in the Akatarawa valley. She enjoys all aspects of small animal veterinary work, particularly soft tissue and is happy to see your pocket pets. Laura has an eight year old son, and as a family are members of the Hutt Valley Thunderbolts BMX club. She is also a keen hiker and road cyclist and proud owner of Thunder the kitten.
Alexandra Forsyth - veterinarian
Alex recently obtained her veterinary degree from Massey University in 2018. She is excited to return to her hometown of Wellington, having spent the past five years studying in Palmerston North. Alex has an interest in all areas of veterinary medicine and is keen to continue to grow her clinical experience during her time here. Outside of work she enjoys relaxing at home, swimming and martial arts. Alex is enjoying working with the team at Maidstone to provide a high standard of healthcare for your pets.
Danielle Slobbe’ - head veterinary nurse
Danielle started her work placement at Maidstone Veterinary Clinic in 2015 whilst studying for her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing by correspondence at Otago Polytechnic. Danielle is pleased to be an employee at the clinic, and has successfully obtained her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Otago University. She enjoys the company of animals, and has a loved cat called Bentley.
Tracey Turner - senior veterinary nurse and accounts
Tracey studied her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in her home town of Blenheim, where she grew up with an interest in the show dog business from a young age. Within a few days of graduating Tracey was offered a job in Lower Hutt. In between full time work, she studied for her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Upon successfully completing her Diploma, she continued to work in Lower Hutt for ten years, gaining a broad and varied nursing experience with the unique cases that came through their doors. Tracey joined the team at Maidstone Veterinary Clinic in August 2011 as the Head Veterinary Nurse. Tracey and her partner have two children and live in Upper Hutt.
Liz Hutchings - veterinary nurse, cattery and kennel coordinator & rehoming coordinator
Liz obtained her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from UCOL Palmerston North in 2010. She then worked in Lower Hutt for two years where she gained valuable experience before taking a break from veterinary nursing. Liz returned to the veterinary profession January 2018, she loves everything about animals and shares her home with her dog, cat, two guinea pigs and numerous farm animals (and a husband).
Glennie Hayward - veterinary nurse
Glennie recently obtained her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from UCOL Palmerston North in 2018. While studying she completed her placement at Maidstone Veterinary Clinic. She has always wanted to work with animals and is excited to have joined the team here at Maidstone. At home Glennie has a dog called Miaya and a cat called Ash.
Claudia Corrigan - veterinary nurse and social media
Claudia has a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing and is currently studying for her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through Otago Polytechnic. Claudia always knew she wanted to work with animals but she also loves being able to working people, so veterinary nursing made sense! At home she has two dogs (Bowie and Tod), and two cats (Ginny and the majestic Buttons).
anna burrows - receptionist
Anna is currently studying the certificate of veterinary nursing through WelTec and has been with us as a student since 2018.
Debbie M’Nijel - receptionist
Debbie grew up in the Manawatu and always had an interest in animals. She attended Pony Club until the age of 19 when she did her OE where she met her husband whilst in Scotland. They returned to New Zealand four years later and started a family.
Living on a lifestyle block gives her the tranquility of rural life close to Upper Hutt but her family do have a menagerie of animals which keeps them busy. She has now worked at Maidstone Veterinary Clinic for 10 years doing nursing and reception duties, and now her responsibilities include medication and stock purchasing. Part time work provides Debbie with the best of both worlds and allows her to support her husband with his business.
Tamara Dunkley - veterinary nurse
Tamara has her Certificate in Animal Technology and will be completing her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through Otago Polytechnic this year. She’s always loved animals and has two at home - a Swedish Vallhund named Leela and a tabby cat named Meows (aka little miss kitty claws). Tamara has a passion for wildlife and native birds and enjoys flipperball and stamp collecting.