Hospital Nursing Team
Yshma Kavanagh Diploma in Vet Nursing
Yshma had been working in hospitality for 10 years and decided to try her luck at study again. She completed the National Certificate in Animal Care at EIT in 2012, Certificate in Vet Nursing in 2012 and while working full time completed the Diploma in Vet Nursing in 2018 - no mean feat!
Yshma joined the team at Carlyle in April 2013 and is loving everyday. Her commitment to always keeping up to date and at the forefront of nursing is evident in completing and passing courses in 'Emergency Medicine' and 'Anaesthesia'.
"I enjoy a rewarding career that makes a difference."
Briana Hancock Diploma in Vet Nursing
Briana grew up loving animals and wanted to be a vet one day. She gained her Diploma in Fashion Design but decided that it would just be a hobby!
Having always loved animals and wanting to work with them everyday, Briana decided to complete the Veterinary Nursing Diploma and graduated at the end of 2018. She has 4 cats - a real cat lover!
Briana began her full time career with us in December 2018 and has fast gained her confidence and is a real asset to the team.
"I do my best to go above and beyond to help all our patients as their well being is my top priority."
Courtney Grant Diploma in Vet Nursing
Courtney has always known that she has wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse from a young age. Growing up on a farm in Reporoa, her Father would bring home orphaned or injured animals that he would find on the farm for her to raise, rehabilitate and release.
Courtney moved to the Waikato in 2017 to study and gain her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, she graduated at the end of 2018 and moved down to sunny Hawkes Bay to start of her career. She has a sunny, cheerful personality which is a breath of fresh air when she is on reception.
"I put my all into the care of your animals, plus a few cuddles on the side!!!"
Kayla Knibb Diploma in Vet Nursing
Kayla has always loved animals and entered the vet nursing programme in 2016 completing the Diploma in 2017.
She worked in pet stores during and immediately following her study while searching for the right position in the right clinic. This experience exposed her to caring for many different species including exotics and she now has a cat and a bearded dragon.
"I am so excited to start my career in nursing and pass on my knowledge to clients helping them during the time their pet is with us."
Zena Carroll Certificate in Vet Nursing
Zena grew up in Central Hawkes Bay and after leaving school spent 5 years working in the meat works. As she has always had a passion for animals so began her studies and completed her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2014 while working part time at Carlyle Vets. She is now halfway through studying for the Diploma and aims to complete this in 2020.
Zena has 2 children and a passion for pitbull terriers. In her leisure time she enjoys hunting with her family mostly locally - deer and pigs.
"Medical nursing is my passion, spending time with our hospitalised patients ensuring they are comfortable and giving them the extra TLC that very ill pets require.
Jo joined the team in 2003 as a part time Hospital Assistant. Her role is varied with some days working full time in the hospital caring for your sick and injured pets and other days keeping the clinic spic and span.
Jo and her partner Malcolm together have four daughters, three sons and six gorgeous grandchildren which keep them very busy in their spare time.
Jo has a four year old cat—Rhetta—who she rescued from the SPCA.
Jo's interests include socializing with friends, music and travel.
"I feel very privileged to be able to care for your pets when they are in our hospital and I strive to make their stay as comfortable and stress free as possible."
Ann has been with us here at Carlyle Vets since 1997. Her main role is reception, however in the last few years she has expanded this to include the scheduling of farm work and retailing farm products.
Ann also shares responsibility for creditor management and steps into the financial management role when needed. Her job is always varied and unpredictable, as we never know from day to day what and who is going to come through the door. Ann enjoys meeting people and has always worked in positions dealing with the public. She prides herself in always trying to exceed our customers expectations.
Ann and her husband Kevin have been married since 1975. They have two sons, Aaron in Tauranga and Ryan their second son who lives and works in the engineering field in Napier. A wee granddaugther completes their family.
Ann's interests include gardening—her and Kevin grow all their own vegetables and have a beautiful flower garden, cooking, exercise and at the weekends they both enjoy biking.
Reception and Administration
Sharon joined the team in April 2013 to spearhead a new initiative to contact our clients following consultaitons and surgeries. This role has expanded to include coordinating our weight clinic, a position she takes very seriously and supports clients who are committed to getting thier pet to their optimum weight and increasing the chances of a long and healthy life.
Sharon has lived all her life in Napier and has been breeding purebred Labrador Retrievers since 1995. In addition, Sharon has shown and bred horses and ponies. She is married to Colin and has 1 daughter, Candace and 3 delightful granddaughters.
Sharon was the Administrator at Otatara Childrens Centre for 18 years and made the decision to take a career change to indulge in her passion for animals. She has wide experience in dealing with people from all walks of life and is enjoying the variety that this position offers.
"I really enjoy talking to you and hearing about the progress and recovery of your pets after their visit to us."
Business Manager and Owner
Pippa has worked in management roles for a most of her working life and has been with us since 1996. As the overall Manager of the business her role encompasses marketing, financial managment, inventory control, IT and human resources.
As co-owner of the business and Michael’s wife, Pippa frequently accompanies him after hours and really enjoys going out on farm work when the opportuniyt arises– ‘great to get out from behind the desk.’
She is a conscientious, hard working manager who takes pride in ensuring that we always provide you with the best possible outcome.
Pippa's interests include travel, running and combined with her love of the Hungarian Vizsla is often seen running Napier's pathways accompanied by these beautiful gundogs. She breeds and shows the Vizsla's which is a great way to combine a love of the breed and socialising with friends.
Mike and Pippa have 3 grown up sons - 2 in New Zealand; Matthew and his wife Lucy with a beautiful son, Flynn and Colby the cat (Cambridge), Chris and Claud (London), and Paddy and Nicki with naother gorgeous son, Van (Tauranga).
“I am passionate about your pet's health and wellness and always try to ensure our clinic has the best equipment, services and staff on offer in Hawkes Bay."