Our Team

Meet the Staff of Avonhead Vets.


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!


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 so that she could 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 and 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!


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.


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.



Liberty is currently on maternity leave until early 2017.


Joe has been interested in animals (particularly birds) since a young age and after working as a Dental Assistant for the last 10 years she decided it was time to change her focus. Joe began studying part time, extramurally through Otago Polytechnic. In 2012 she graduated with a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. Joe was offered a part-time job at Avonhead Vets earlier in 2014 and is enjoying the challenge of continually learning on the job. When she’s not working, Joe enjoys spending time with friends and family and her two dogs, Max and Elsa. Joe also has bird aviaries and chickens in her backyard and volunteers with Bird Rescue.



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.