Meet our team
Dr Sam Bate
Veterinarian
  • BVSc

Sam qualified as a veterinarian from Massey University in 2017 and has worked as a small animal vet since graduating. Sam has recently moved up to Auckland from a small animal practice in Taupo.

Sam is passionate about all areas of veterinary medicine but has a special interest in dermatology and pathology.

Outside of work, Sam loves playing the cello and performing yoga.

Krysta
Team Leader and Veterinary Nurse

Krysta was born and bred in the small town of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty. She moved to the City of Sails in 2011 to pursue a faster paced lifestyle. Her passion for animals led her to complete a Diploma in Veterinary nursing at UNITEC, graduating in 2015.

Krysta has a keen interest in small animal dentistry, surgical nursing and feline medicine (she is a crazy cat lady, after all).

Outside of work, Krysta enjoys travelling, snowboarding, exploring new restaurants and spending time with her partner and their crazy ginger cat, Pumpkin.

Gabriella
Veterinary Nurse

Gabby graduated with a Diploma in Veterinary nursing from UNITEC in 2018 after completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Auckland.The most rewarding aspect of her job is caring for hospitalized and surgical patients.Gabby has a soft spot for large breed dogs and is passionate about making a visit to our clinic as positive as possible for all patients

Clare
Veterinary Nurse

Originally from Scotland, Clare now calls New Zealand home. Clare gained a Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Nursing from Napier University in Edinburgh in 2006. She has been nursing in Auckland for the past 14 years, and currently lives locally with her partner, two young children and three feline fur babies.

Clare has a special interest in Puppy Training and also loves to provide gold standard care and keep our patients comfortable during there time in the clinic. Kindness and cuddles go a long way!

Sandy
Veterinary Nurse

Originally from Melbourne Australia, Sandy moved to NZ and joined the West Harbour team in January 2020. She has been working in the veterinary industry for 13 years, with the past 10 years in small animal veterinary clinics.

Sandy is passionate about caring for our hospitalized patients and has a keen interest in pet nutrition, and providing our clients with the advice they need to better their animals health. She admittedly has a soft spot for the golden oldies.

On Sandys days off, you will find her exploring the great outdoors, snowboarding, camping and enjoying Japanese and Vietnamese food joints.

Amber
Veterinary Nurse

Amber joined the West Harbour team in December 2020 and has enjoyed working with an amazing team of Vets and Nurses.

Amber has completed a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing Assistance in 2017 and has been working within clinical practice since 2018. She is currently studying towards her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing this year while working part time here at West Harbour.

Amber enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing from client relations to monitoring anaesthetics.

Amber has 3 cats named Maggi, Matt and Melo who are very special members of the family

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