The veterinary team at Stoke have a broad range of clinical interests and experience. Our pursuit of excellence in those areas of interest through continuing education and training means we are able to provide you with a wealth of knowledge and experience across the spectrum of small animal veterinary care.



Joyce Ballance


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. Joyce became a director of the practice in 2011. She also runs our Puppy Preschool. She is active in the visual arts and is a keen gardener and also enjoys exploring the outdoors with her crazy cross breed Tui and mountain biking with partner Paul. You can email Joyce at

Meg Irvine


Meg was born in Nelson and graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of veterinary science in 1999. Since then Meg has worked in companion animal practices in Australia, England and elsewhere in NZ. Meg came to work for us in 2005 and has a passion for small animal medicine in particular feline medicine. Meg has recently completed an intensive year long course in feline medicine through Sydney University. This course has cemented Megs desire to provide high quality up to date medical care for our feline patients. Meg feels that the human animal bond that we see on a daily basis is the best thing about being a vet. Helping owners keep their pet healthy through preventative health care and practicing leading edge medicine when they are not well is Meg’s passion. In October 2014 Meg became a director of the Stoke Veterinary clinic. As well as her work, Meg is a mum to three busy boys and enjoys many outdoor activities in her spare time such as mountain biking and trail running. You can email Meg at

Kim Vickerman


Kim initially started as a locum with the clinic in 2009 but has joined the team permanently from October 2011. 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 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 is currently completing 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


Anah Vorgers BVScAnah

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 here at Stoke Vets 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. You can email Anah at

Dr Phillipa Bagnall

Veterinarian – BVSc

We are very lucky to have Phillipa join us from Pet Doctors Harewood. Phillip and her husband have relocated to Nelson from Christchurch to be closer to family and enjoy the community and lifestyle Nelson offers.

You can email Phillipa at

Dr Ingrid Cole

Veterinarian – 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.

You can email Ingrid at