At Tasman Street Vet Centre, Dr Rachel, Dr Nicole, Dr Gearoid, and our team are here to help you to maintain your pet in the best possible health throughout his or her life. When things go wrong we work hard to get a fast diagnosis (we find out what is wrong) and prognosis (we tell you how serious the problem is). Then we work with you to draw up the best treatment plan possible for your pet. We respect that clients have different philosophies on pet care and different resources at their disposal. You’ll never find us being judgemental, we provide the skills and information and work with you to make the best decisions possible for your pet. We can do all this because we have knowledge, experience and, importantly, we understand you and your pet. 

Meet Our Team
Dr Rachel Wingate
Lead Vet
  • BVSc MANZCVS

I am excited to have joined the team at Tasman St Vet Centre as their lead veterinarian. I have worked as a companion animal vet since graduating in 1997, mostly in Wellington but with a 6 year stint in the UK. I returned to New Zealand after having my first child and now very much enjoy combining the stimulation of working in clinical practice with family life. I have a wide range of experience to bring to the clinic and I love the variety of challenges that general practice presents.

My favourite aspect of practice is helping families enjoy pet ownership, I find the human-animal bond to be one of the most fascinating and rewarding parts of life in practice and it is a pleasure and a privilege to be allowed this special insight into people’s lives.

When not at work, I am responsible for 3 cats, 3 children and 1 adult bloke but I would like to extend my household to include a beehive…. I look forward to meeting the Tasman St community and helping the lovely team to continue their excellent work caring for your pets.

Dr Nicole Sims
Vet
  • BVSc

I graduated from Massey University at the end of 2016. I first worked in Auckland at a companion animal practice for just under two years before deciding to move back home and join the Tasman Street Vet Centre team in October 2018. I enjoy working with companion animals and being able to positively impact the lives of people and their pets is so special. A lot of my free time is spent riding and looking after my horse who I have had for over 10 years now, he is a big part of my life! I also enjoy getting out and about in the city and relaxing at home with my partner and my cat. I look forward to meeting you all and your special little furry friends!

Dr Gearoid Hussey
Vet
Laura
Practice Manager
  • DipVN

Originally from a lifestyle block in Hawkes Bay, I studied at The Universe College of Learning (UCOL) in Palmerston North and completed my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2013. I then moved to Wellington to further my career. Since moving I have worked in two clinics as a Senior and Head Veterinary Nurse, which has led me to be Tasman Street Vet Centre’s new Practice Manager. When not at work, I enjoy exercising with my dog, Rufus, and relaxing with my two cats, Bow and Sprocket. I also enjoy sewing, creating wearable arts, training trapeze and have a keen interest in classic cars. I can't wait to meet you and your fur-baby the next time you visit us!

Ciara
Vet Nurse
  • DVN

Growing up on a farm in the Wairarapa, I discovered my passion for wanting to help animals at a young age. I gained my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2019 and moved to Wellington to pursue my career. I have been at Tasman Street since November 2019. I have always had a passion for exotic animals, including birds, reptiles and endangered animals and would love to some day have a chance to work alongside them.

In my spare time I love cooking, collecting plants, spending time outdoors and with my cats, and love to travel. I really enjoy working in a feline friendly clinic, and love meeting all your fluffy family members.

Sharon
Receptionist

I am a Yorkshire lass who has travelled to many places before settling in New Zealand in 2006. In 2019 I made a huge career change and am now studying towards my Veterinary Nursing Diploma. I was excited to start working on the reception at Tasman Street Vet Centre in July 2019. I love helping all our lovely clients as well as supporting the veterinary team with our adorable patients.

At home I have two cats of my own, as well as two frogs and many tropical fish.

When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy spending time with my pets. I also enjoy running, cycling, walking in the hills or on the beach, gardening and relaxing with friends over coffee.

Lisa
Cattery Manager
  • BA (Creative Technologies)

After working at a smaller cattery in Wellington, I came to the Tasman St Vet Centre to manage the cattery. I adore working so closely alongside cats and getting to know all of the big feline personalities of Wellington. I have a Bachelor in Creative Technologies and cats will often inspire my artwork which I create in my free time.

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