Kathy Preston - Small Animal Vet

BVSc (Massey)

Kathy, a born and bred Cantabrian started with RVC in Sept 1997. A small animal vet, she is primarily located at the Kaiapoi clinic, her specialist interest is preventative medicine. Outside the RVC environment Kathy is active with her two fabulous boys and enjoys a good game of golf, walking, social tennis, reading, gardening and getting stuck into renovations.

Kathy and her family have 2 cats and are looking for a new pup to replace a beautiful dog they lost from cancer.

Melissa Conroy - Vet Nurse

Melissa graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology in 2012 before joining the RVC Kaiapoi team in April 2015. She is especially interested in birds, anaesthesia, client relations and education as well as customer service and marketing. 

Melissa was born in Wellington and is an avid member of the Yellow Fever - she loves football, tennis, cooking and baking. 

Along with her partner Ben she adores her family of pets which includes Belle a black Labrador, Gorgeous a SPCA special Tabby and Nala a smokey Tabby. Melissa also has a house trained chook called Winnie and 8 others who are all named! Rounding out the family are Aunty Dot and Abigail, the cows, and the sheep - Gordon RAMsay and his girls.

Erika Buhler - Vet Nurse

Erika who grew up in the Taranaki region, gained a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and joined the RVC Kaiapoi Vet Clinic team in September 2016. Her special interests include customer service, pain management and emergency care.

She has an absolute love for cats, which has rubbed off on her young daughter Thea.  At home, the cat family includes a 10 year old naughty Tortie called Marbles, Odie a 6 year old silver tabby and the baby tabby, Daisy. When she has time, Erika likes DIY, building and reading. 

Zuzana Ranftlova - Vet Nurse

Zuzana (Zuzi) joined the Kaiapoi team as a vet nurse in October 2017 after previously graduating as a Vet at the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical sciences Brno in the Czech Republic and has a special interest in dog's medicine, soft-tissue surgery, internal medicine and dermatology. She

Outside the vet clinic she is very active and loves hiking, rock climbing, biking, travelling, dancing and walking her dogs.

Zuzi was born in the Czech Republic where she lived until 2013 when she and her partner moved to New Zealand.

Her two lovely Golden Retriever girls, Suri and Bonett, are currently living with her parents in the Czech Republic she misses them so very much. They are the most beautiful goldies in the world, both are doing canistherapy and working as gun-dogs.