Support Staff

We pride ourselves on the quality of our nursing staff and client relations team. As part of our Best Practice Accreditation all our nursing staff must be fully trained, however they are much more than that – approachable, dedicated and continually striving for excellence. Their attitude and attention to detail ensures that your pets are in the best of hands. You can email the nurses at


Client Relations/Team Leader Finance

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. Administration tasks have become her primary role as the practice continues 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 a lucky ‘special needs cat’ called Ted who is thoroughly spoilt and a Mini Schnauzer who is 18 months old and keeps Ted on his toes!
You can contact Diane at



Client Relations

Shannon is our receptionist and front of house person. She has been involved with animals all her life having grown up on a farm. Shannon holds a National Certificate in Business Administration and completed a Certificate in Companion Animals Services. During her spare time is a small bore target rifle shooter. Shannon has a vibrant personality and great sense of humour – just the person to welcome our clients and pets on their visits.




Team Leader/Senior Nurse

Tina is our Team Leader and has worked for Stoke Vet Clinic since 1997. Since qualifying in 1994 she has completed a Certificate in Canine Behaviour through Massey University and a number of business management papers. Tina has also tutored Animal Care and Vet Nursing students in both the class room and practice for NMIT and runs our popular pig hunter first aid courses. Her responsibilities include management of our skilled nursing team and ensuring our continued high practice standards through NZVA Best Practice Accreditation. She is an extremely skilled and experienced vet nurse with a wealth of knowledge – a great resource of practical advice for our clients. Tina is currently away on maternity leave until early 2019.



Head Nurse

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 a passion for surgery and intensive care and has a growing interest in pathology and diagnostics. Ele helps lead our team of nurses in advanced nursing techniques and patient care. She has relocated from a busy Practice in Wellington and is enjoying a ‘new life balance’ that Nelson has to offer with her partner and furry family




Senior Nurse

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 Nurse

Lisa has been part of the team since 2005 and has the role of Senior Veterinary Nurse. Lisa’s responsibilities include ordering consumables, managing the hospital area, training and mentoring new staff members and assisting alongside Tina with
BestPractice Accreditation. Lisa has also attended annual veterinary nursing conferences to maintain her skills and has a special interest in running our nurses clinics and providing a wealth of information to clients regarding dental care and weight management. In 2014 Lisa Jamieson was awarded the prestigious New Zealand Veterinary Nurse of the year. Lisa was thoroughly deserving of this award and we at Stoke Veterinary Clinic are very proud to have her on our team. Lisa is currently our team leader while Tina is away on maternity leave until early 2019.





Jo is a vet nurse here at Pet Doctors Stoke. She has a house full of furry friends who have often been lucky enough that gave them a 2nd chance and they moved on in! Jo relocated from sunny Kerikeri to Nelson a few years ago and makes the most of the lifestyle and family here.






Samantha’s love of animals began when she grew up on a dairy farm in Morrinsville. After living in Karamea for her high school years, she returned back to Morrinsville to study a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Wintec. Samantha enjoys working with different people and their animals, and hearing about the quirky stories of what their pets get up to. She has a special interest in pet nutrition.

Samantha used to have a cat named Jasper but unfortunately he ran away just before she moved to Auckland, so she might be on the look out for a new cat! She has ridden horses since she was 2-years-old and has competed in A&P shows since 5. Although Samantha doesn’t have a horse right now, she plans on buying one in the near future.





Client Relations

Katie began her Veterinary Nursing career in 1998 at age 17 by completing her Certificate in Animal Care (Otago Polytechnic) while still attending school at Waimea College. In 1999 Katie began working at Stoke Veterinary Clinic while she completed her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing through NMIT. After 4 years at the clinic Katie decided to head overseas for her OE and during this time she gained invaluable experience as a locum nurse at practices throughout the UK. Katie returned to us in 2007 to resume her role as one of our veterinary nursing team. Katie is always a friendly face for all our clients.


Shari and Debbie

Client Relations

Joining our client relations team earlier this year, Shari and Debbie are very keen to learn more about our clients and their pets while expanding their animal care and husbandry knowledge, We are pleased to such great enthusiastic team members.






Robyn holds a certificate in Veterinary Nursing from Otago polytechnic with her Animal Care Certificate being endorsed with excellence. Her role at Pet Doctors Stoke 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 a k9 rescue from the clinic called Bree and enjoys hiking the hills with her trail buddies!







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, currently on maternity leave we hope to see Carmen back in early 2019.