Meet Our Team


our-team-image Dr Peter McLean

Peter has been a veterinarian for more than 30 years; the majority of this time working with small animals. Together with his son, Angus, and daughter, Nadja, he lives on a lifestyle block with Boots the cat, Springer Spaniel Toby and a few horses. When Pete’s not working, he enjoys playing squash, touch rugby, walking in the hills and socialising, but most of his time is spent fixing things on his 13 acres!

Veterinary Nurses

 our-team-amy Amy (Head Nurse)

Having always enjoyed being around animals, Amy decided to turn that affinity for animals into a career. She graduated from CPIT in 2008 with a certificate in Veterinary Nursing. After working in temporary roles in a few veterinary clinics around Christchurch to gain experience, she eventually landed a full-time job with the Avonhead Vets team towards the end of 2009. Prior to studying at CPIT, Amy studied at Canterbury University, graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts. Outside of work she is kept busy with Frankie, a three-year-old Staffy/Lab cross adopted from Dogwatch and Nessie, a nine-year old cat adopted from the SPCA.

our-team-olivia Olivia

Olivia has always had a deep love and respect for all animals, that upon finishing school in 2007, she went on to study at CPIT, to become a Veterinary Nurse. She wanted to help and work with animals on a daily basis. During her second year of study, she began working part-time at Avonhead Vets and was thrilled to be given a full-time role when she completed her studies, in 2009. Olivia loves all aspects of the job and working with all types of animals, but cats and dogs are her favourites. She has acquired a few of her own over the years. Bella, a thirteen-year-old lab; Lilly, an eleven-year-old Maltese; Murphy, a three-year old cat; and Saffie, a seventeen-year-old cat are all loved dearly and keep Olivia entertained. After returning from maternity leave, Olivia works every Saturday.

our-team-liberty Liberty

Liberty is back from maternity leave, gracing her with her presence on Tuesdays. We are ecstatic she is back. Liberty enjoys chasing around after her gorgeous daughter, and her samoyed, Cooper.

our-team-phillida Phillida

Phillida is a vet nurse with many years of experience. She has worked in vet clinics throughout Canterbury and Auckland – some of you may recognise her from the old Riccarton Ilam Vet Clinic. She has always enjoyed her job as a vet nurse, and has met many lovely animals and their owners over the years. Outside of her job she enjoys her horses, cats and golden retrievers. She has a special interest in grooming dogs and has also had a lot of experience with puppy preschools. She is always happy to help owners with new pets and to give advice on breeds, obedience and other general enquiries.


AmyTipples Amy

Amy studied veterinary nursing at CPIT in 2000, then relocated to Melbourne, Australia, where she worked as a veterinary nurse for 15 years! Missing home  and family, Amy and her husband made the big decision to move back to Christchurch,  with her daughter, also bringing their cat Moose, dog Ngia, and horse Essy along for the adventure. Amy enjoys riding and competing her horse in her spare time.


Cassandraprofile Cassandra

Cassandra graduated from UCOL Palmerston North, with a diploma of veterinary nursing in 2012. She worked in sunny Nelson for 3 years, before moving to Christchurch, after working in temporary roles in a few veterinary clinics over the last few years. Cassandra joined our team in April 2017, on a maternity cover, which turned into a full time position. Due to her love of emergency and critical care nursing, Cassandra also works part-time at the After Hours Veterinary Centre. In her down time, Cassandra enjoys being out doors, hanging out with her her SPCA rescue cats, Franky and Annabelle.


our-team-marilyn Marilyn

Marilyn’s family now resides in Christchurch following a RNZAF military career of 30 years that had them living in more than eight regions of New Zealand, plus Singapore. Following years spent managing restaurants, and working for the TAB and Inland Revenue, Marilyn became a Veterinary Nursing Assistant. Marilyn enjoys her work because it allows her to indulge her two favourite things: people and animals. Through Avonhead Vets, she also feeds and cares for pets when their owners are away. Her other main interest is travel, and she has seen the Canadian Rockies, England, Wales and the Military Tattoo in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is also retired from horse showing after 20 years.