WHO WE ARE
CHB Vets Ltd
CHB Vets Ltd has been serving the animals of Central Hawkes Bay since 1998. Our mixed-animal practice is made up of talented veterinary professionals who are passionate about animals and who take care of each animal as if it were their own.
We offer a range of veterinary services as well as extensive emergency services should illness or accidents strike. With a caring team of vets and technical staff, you can relax knowing your pet is in the best of hands. Get in touch to book an appointment. 06 858 6555
The Staff Members
KAREN PHILLIPS, BVSC, MVM, MANZCVS
Karen graduated from Massey University in 1991 and has been working as a mixed practice veterinarian ever since. She started her career in Oamaru and, after a stint overseas, moved back to Hawkes Bay. Karen has continued her learning - gaining membership to the Aust/NZ College of Vet Scientists in Pharmacology & Animal Welfare through examination. She Completed a Masters in Veterinary Medicine in 2016.
RENATE HAVEMAN, BVSC
Renate graduated from Utrecht University, The Netherlands in 2011. After working in small animal practice for a couple of years her family, husband Maurice and her two dogs Yuka and Jill, made the big jump and moved to New Zealand. After enjoying life down in Canterbury for almost 5 years, she took the opportunity to join the team at CHB Vets and has settled down in Waipawa. Most days are pretty busy with 2 little boys to look after but if there is some spare time she loves the outdoors or a quiet coffee or wine on the deck.
While enjoying general practice and looking after all the patients that come through the door or waiting in the paddock, there is a special interest in complementary medicine. Renate is currently finishing her certifications in veterinary acupuncture and canine rehabilitation.
CRISTINA LAVIN, DVM
If you’re looking for kindness and compassion, then Cristina is your vet. She has come to us from Mexico, with her family and has made Waipukurau her home.
DEIRDRE THOMSON, DVN
Deirdre joined CHB Vets in 2001 as our vet nurse. Over the years she has been a steady influence in our practice, training new vets and vet nurses. Her experience and dedication as a vet nurse is invaluable in helping with our patients in the hospital.
KELSI NALDER, DVN
Kelsi became part of our team in 2019 as a vet nurse. She did her study at EIT and did her work placement with us. Kelsi is a key member in our nursing team and will take great care of your animals. She has a dog and a cat and enjoys hanging out with them.
Rachel is a breath of fresh air in our clinic. With her happy, outgoing personality, she will look after you and your animals when you come in.
Debbie joined CHB Vets in 2018 as our veterinary receptionist. She comes from a background in farming and is the friendly face who greets you on the phone and when you come into the clinic.
Leanne has been our 'Saturday girl' since 2015 and is the helpful, friendly person you will see at the front desk.
Kerri has joined our team to give support on a Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning. She also assists the vets and looks after our hospitalised patients in the weekends.