Support Staff

We pride ourselves on the quality of our nursing staff. 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


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 living in her house.



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.




Tina is our nursing unit manager 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.



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




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. Since 2004 she has been responsible for organising and helping run our Puppy Preschool alongside Sue Walsh (Dog Almighty). 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.




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.





Donna joined us in 2007 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our nursing team. She has the role of Senior Veterinary Nurse and has both her National Certificate of Veterinary Nursing (Otago Polytechnic)  and her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing with Distinction (Massey University)  and has worked at clinics in both Australia and New Zealand as well as  tutored Animal Care and Vet Nursing students at both NMIT and Otago Polytechnic. Donnas responsibility include ordering consumables and pharmaceuticals, managing the laboratory and radiography areas, training and mentoring new staff members and running our pet first aid courses . Donna has attended Veterinary nursing conferences and a small business management course  to maintain her skills, and was invited as a speaker at the 2013 NZVNA conference in Nelson. Her high level of qualification and experience is a real asset to our veterinary nursing team. Not to mention she was the vet nurse featured in the “that’s the job” Television show.




Lea joined our team in 2011 after completing her nursing training. Lea is a seasoned traveller and has worked in various roles both in NZ and overseas before deciding to take on the challenges on veterinary nursing. Lea is a conscientious and enthusiastic member of the nursing team who loves working with animals and providing high standards of care to our patients. Lea has decided to continue her passion for travel and will remain as a locum nurse for the practice when required.





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 has returned to the clinic after maternity leave to support our front of house staff – always a friendly face for our clients.



Amy is another valuable member of the nursing team. Amy volunteered at the Marlborough SPCA for 2 years before graduating with a Vet Nursing Certificate from NMIT. She is a highly active person and enjoys fishing, swimming, bushwalking and running half marathons. Amy loves working with our patients and is a ‘people person’ too – the ideal ingredients for a vet nurse. We are thrilled to have Amy returning to us from maternity leave in 2014.




Robyn holds a certificate in Veterinary Nursing from Otago polytechnic with her Animal Care Certificate being endorsed with excellence. Her role at Stoke Vets 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.





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Leah holds a certificate in Veterinary Nursing endorsed with excellence from Otago polytechnic. Her primary role at Stoke Vets is full time veterinary receptionist. Leah says she enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice with her main interests including animal behaviour and nutrition. She especially enjoys interacting with clients and is passionate about providing an excellent, friendly and informative customer service. Leah has many pets at home including cats, dogs, sheep, goats, cows and a special pony named Jazz. In her spare time Leah enjoys horse riding, biking, walking and running.






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.