Stoke Veterinary Hospital has been around for over 30 years in our purpose built facility on Songer Street. We are proud to support the local and wider community with all their families companion animal needs 7 days a week. We have a strong emphasis on outstanding best in practice techniques which offer all our patients the most current and up to date clinical standards, with being as pain free as possible is one of our strongest practicing aims. Preventative medicine is one of our strengths. Dr Joyce, Dr Meg, Dr Kim, Dr Anah, Dr Mark, Dr Ingrid, Dr Phillipa, Dr Kate and our team are highly skilled. Many of us came especially to live in this fantastic area of NZ to access all that the great outdoors offer and Nelson’s relaxed lifestyle and climate. A large majority of our team have been growing with our families for over 10+ years, this brings a massive wealth of knowledge and the team really enjoy taking care of your special family members throughout their lifetime. 

Meet Our Vets
Dr Joyce Ballance
  • BVSc

Joyce graduated from Massey University in 1987. She worked in Wellington and then the UK before starting work here at Stoke Veterinary Clinic in 1995. She completed her Australian Membership exams in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care and Anaesthesia in 2003, and is committed to continuing education in these fields. She also performs a lot of dentistry.

Joyce enjoys exploring the ourdoors - tramping and mountain biking with her partner, Paul, and her crossbreed dog, Tui. She is active in the visual arts and is a keen gardener.

Dr Meg Irvine
Clinical Lead Veterinarian
  • BVSc

Meg has been a Veterinarian at Stoke Vets for over 14 years. Meg's passion is working with the whole team to help people and their pets get the best out of their relationships and their lives together She has a special interest in feline medicine and has many regular feline clients. Outside of work Meg is married to Callum (who is also a vet!) Mum to 3 boys and a Border Terrier called Briar and a cat called Mr Wiggles!

Dr Kim Vickerman
  • BVSc

Kim has been with us since 2009.
Kim graduated from Massey University in 1999 and has worked in companion animal practice in NZ, Australia and the UK. She is particularly experienced in ‘pocket pet’ (Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Rats etc) medicine and surgery. She brings new skills and experience in dealing with these particularly challenging patients and compliments our present team extremely well. Kim enjoys all aspects of Veterinary work and loves to relate well to both Pets and their owners.

Kim has completed a Sydney University Post Graduate Foundation course in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care of companion animals. Kim is active outside of work enjoying swimming, cycling and running. Kim can be contacted on [email protected]

Dr Anah Vorgers
  • BVSc

Anah grew up in Dunedin and graduated from Massey University in 2008. She has been working in mixed animal practice since, first in Central Otago and then in Golden Bay. Anah has made her move to companion animal practice now because she loves seeing and being involved with the incredible relationship between people and their pets and enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. She started at Stoke Veterinary Hospital in December.

In her spare time Anah loves getting out and about in the beautiful Nelson region and enjoys mountain biking with her partner, running, swimming and walking her dogs.

Dr Mark Gillyon
  • BSc DipSc (DIS) BVSc, PG Cert (Surg,Neuro,ECC,Clin Path)

I am very interested in surgery and emergency medicine and currently studying for PG Dip VCS. I have recently returned from Hong Kong after 10 years overseas. I have been working in speciality clinics doing Emergency and critical care work for 15 years. I love movies and art and enjoy playing and performing music in a rock band. I have two old men cats called Mac and Willis. I recently moved to Nelson with my family and new baby Claire.

Dr Ingrid Cole
  • BVSc

Ingrid grew up in Christchurch before moving to the North Island to study for a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and liked it so much, she decided to stay. She is now back in the South Island at Pet Doctors Stoke where she feels right at home. A natural people person, Ingrid enjoys interacting with clients and their pets. She is also a huge animal advocate and works hard to do the best for her patients.

Ingrid has 3 pets, all of which were accidental acquisitions through work! Sprockett is a big ginger cat saved from euthanasia, Monty was a puppy needing a home at the clinic and Onxy is a pony with laminitis. Ingrid lives in Ruby Bay with her husband and two children and enjoys camping in their 1970's caravan while getting out to explore the beautiful area.

Dr Phillipa Bagnall
  • BVSc

Phillipa graduated from Massey University in 2009 and joined us in September 2017 after working at one of our sister clinics in Christchurch. In a prior life she was a vet nurse before taking the plunge and going to vet school.
Phillipa's special interests include emergency work, surgery, oncology and dentistry and she was the first veterinary recipient of the Dr Stephen Coles NVC scholarship for veterinary dentistry.
In her spare time Phillipa enjoys travel and spending time with family and friends, especially her 2 girls, husband and 'pocket rocket' border terrier Nugget.

Dr Kate Field
  • BVSc

Kate graduated in 2008 from Massey University. After spending a few years in small animal practice in Timaru, she went to the UK for 18 months on a working OE with her partner and fellow vet Todd. They returned to NZ in 2011, got married and have been working in the Nelson/Tasman area ever since. Kate started working at SVH as a locum in 2014, but is now a permanent member of staff. Kate and Todd have 2 kids - Emily and Georgia, with one on the way. They also share 3 cats - Ptolemy the Siamese, Frodo the English moggie, and Brown the rescue Burmese.

Meet Our Veterinary Nurses
Team Leader and Head Vet Nurse
  • CVN

Lisa has been part of the team since 2005 and has the role of Head Nurse/Team Leader Clinical.

At home, Lisa has a various array of pets. She has three dogs - Libby, Axel and Ella, two cats - Blake and Bindi, two rabbits - Corin and Manu, three chickens - Val, Vera and Violet and a pet pig called Rosie.

Lisa is greyhound crazy, and in her spare time volunteers for two greyhound adoption agencies, doing various community activities and performing home checks for potential new owners.

In 2014 Lisa, was awarded the prestigious New Zealand Veterinary Nurse of the year. Lisa was thoroughly deserving of this award and we at Stoke Veterinary Hospital are very proud to have her on our team.

Senior Vet Nurse
  • DVN

Ele has a Massey Diploma in VN and joined us with 13 years’ experience in small animal medical and surgical nursing to assume the role of head nurse. She has been on the team for 8 years and although now works part-time, continues to have a passion for surgery, intensive care and ultrasound/diagnostics. Ele remains in a senior role applying advanced nursing techniques and patient care and support for junior colleagues. She spends the rest of her time with her family and fur babies enjoying what Nelson has to offer.

Senior Vet Nurse
  • CVN

Victoria has been working with us since 2003 after completing her studies in Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing. Victoria has the role of Senior Veterinary Nurse, Along with all aspects of nursing she also maintains our anaesthetic and dental machines and orders our pharmaceutical products. Victoria strives to keep up to date with current veterinary nursing practice, attending Nurse Plus seminars in emergency care, radiography, intravenous fluid therapy, catheter care, pain management, and wound management.

Senior Vet Nurse
  • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing, Massey University

Jo is one of our senior nurses and has been with the Stoke Team since 2015. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing. Since joining us Jo has adopted a cat called Ooma, two budgies - Chidi and Egg, and a dog called Frank who keeps her busy.

Vet Nurse
  • DVN

Carmen joined us in December 2012 after completing her nursing training in Invercargill. She has both her National Certificate of Veterinary Nursing (2011) and her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (2012). Carmen is a friendly and enthusiastic member of the nursing team who loves working with animals and interacting with their loving owners – she is a people person. Carmen has interests in dental and hospital care.  Carmen is currently on parental leave, and we look forward to her joining us back at the clinic in 2020!

Vet Nurse
  • Diploma Veterinary Nurse

Originally from Southland, Georgia joined the team in mid-2018.
Georgia studied for her Diploma in Vet Nursing in Invercargill, before moving to Queenstown for 2 years as a vet nurse.

Georgia is the owner of a special needs Cat, Frannie, who she adopted during her previous job.

Vet Nurse
  • Certificate of Animal Care Level 4
  • Certificate of Veterinary Nursing Level 5
  • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing Level 6

After graduating from WINTEC in Hamilton with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2016, Sam worked at a mixed practice veterinary clinic in Te Aroha before making the move down south in 2017 to come and work for our practice here in Stoke. Sam has one kitten named Maddie. Sam has a strong interest in dog behaviour and nutrition. In her spare time she plays soccer for her local soccer team Tahuna Matata. Sam does a large amount of our nurse consults and runs our puppy preschool so you are sure to see her around.

Vet Nurse

Originally from the UK, Nicola worked in a Vet Clinic for 17 years gaining Distinction in Animal Care and qualifying as a Vet Nurse in 1996.
She moved to NZ with her family in 2008 and has been at Stoke Vet Hospital since January 2018.
She enjoys spending time with her family, loves football and has 2 pet rabbits, Panda and Pumpkin.

Casual Vet Nurse
  • CVN 

Robyn holds a certificate in Veterinary Nursing from Otago polytechnic with her Animal Care Certificate being endorsed with excellence. Her role at Stoke Veterinary Hospital includes both veterinary reception and hospital nursing. Robyn enjoys assisting our clients at reception and is especially interested in nursing our hospitalised patients, pain management, anaesthesia and diagnostics. Robyn hopes to complete her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing next year through Otago University while still continuing her role at Stoke Vets. Robyn has a rescue dog name Clancy and enjoys hiking the hills around Nelson with her dog, mountain biking and yoga.

Casual Vet Nurse
  • Certificate in Animal Management
  • Currently in last year of studying for Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

Growing up on a small farm developed my love of animals and lead to a decision to study towards a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Throughout my time studying, I have developed a keen interest in animal behavior.
Outside of work, I am a big horse fanatic and love competing, but also spending time with my dog, Mouchka.

Meet Our Client Support
Team Leader
  • Veterinary Nurse - CVN

Diane has been a member of the Stoke Vet Clinic team since 2001. Graduating with a NMIT National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing her role has evolved over time in the practice. Team Leader and administration tasks have become her primary role as the practice has continued to grow. Diane has continued to pursue qualifications to aid her administrative role including a Certificate of Small Business Management, Certificate in Money Management and a Certificate in Computer Technology. She enjoys living in the Nelson area with extended family and friends. Diane has two mini schnauzer dogs, Billie-Mae who is 3 years old and Tessie-Bear who is only a wee pup!

Client Relations

After years in the hospitality industry, Debbie has found her true calling working with animals as well as people. She is kept busy with her two dogs, Billy and Roxy, but would take all animals home if given half the chance!!

Client Relations

Katie started at the Stoke Vets in 1999 after completing her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing, making her one of our longest standing staff members!  Apart from a three year stint overseas teaching horse riding at a summer camp in the USA,  locum vet nursing around the UK and having her son Josh, she has been with us ever since! 

Katie has always had various animals growing up on a farm in Wakefield, horses being a big part of those years. Now at home, she has two big dogs, chickens, ducks, sheep and fish to keep her busy! 

Client Relations

Shari joined the team in March 2018 after being a long standing client of the practice. Shari is well known for her great customer service skills and friendly smile.

Shari has two cats called Bikkie and Carter, and a naughty papillon named Toby. But be careful, Shari will steal your pet away from the waiting room for a snuggle!

Client Relations

We were so lucky to have Vicki join our Client Relations team in April 2019. Vicki has been working with animals for the past 12 years with a range of different animals including exotic, native and farm animals. Vicki is a bird handling superstar! She has a lovely Labrador called Izzy, together they have been a regular client of the clinic for 9 years.

Client Relations

We are so pleased to have Jayde join our team in a fixed term position over 2019-2020 to cover parental leave. Jayde has completed her Animal Care certificate and volunteered at the SPCA, helping all the animals. Then she started studying towards Veterinary Nursing at the start of 2019 through Otago Polytechnic distance learning. She has always been passionate about animals and their well-being.

Jayde grew up in Nelson and she has always had pets, so pursuing a career in a veterinary clinic made perfect sense to her! She has two pet cats at home, Luna and Wednesday.