• Our Staff

    OUR STAFF

Dr. Jörg Thamm
Principal Veterinary Surgeon

Jörg who hails from Germany  experienced what life and work is like in a few different countries before finally settling in the best place in the world – Tauranga in New Zealand. Jörg gained his veterinary degree at the over 200 years old Berlin Vet School, Alexander von Humboldt in 1995 during which time he completed 3 and 4 months internships in Paris and New York City. He worked his first year in Germany, then one year in Spain, having to communicate in Spanish. He then moved to the UK where he worked for the next 10 years. There he developed a special interest in orthopaedics and undertook some further training. In 2000 and 2001 he was running an internal orthopaedic referral service for the London branches of a large corporate practice. In 2001 he moved to Cornwall where he developed an animal charity from scratch, called Cornwall Animal Hospital. In 2004 he set up his own three-centre clinic with a purpose-built hospital as the hub in Cornwall (St Clement Vets in Truro). In 2008 Jörg decided to sell up and move to Tauranga, New Zealand in order to embrace the great New Zealand lifestyle. After re-sitting his exams for the NZ Vet Council – Jörg started a mobile vet service in 2010, using an Ambulance to provide a complete surgical and diagnostic service. In 2011 he purpose-built and opened the Mount Vet Hospital as he was missing to utilise his surgical skills in orthopaedics and advanced soft tissue surgery. In 2018 a second purpose built clinic was opened in Tauriko and both clinics are now called KORUVETS.

Jörg loves the NZ outdoor lifestyle and spends a lot of time exploring nature and loves sports such as mountain biking and is obsessed with snow and water skiing. He owns Abbi the Staffi and Minni Magic the cat, both are rescue animals.

 

Dr Genevieve Botha
Veterinarian

Genevieve originates from South Africa where she graduated from Onderstepoort (University of Pretoria) in 2012.
She spent 4 years in a busy small animal hospital with a focus of canine reproduction. In 2017 Genevieve and her husband moved to beautiful Tauranga, joining Koru Vets in 2018.

Genevieve loves primary health care: she enjoys helping your new pet get the best possible start to life and older pets live longer, more comfortable lives. Special interests include reproduction, soft tissue surgery and diagnostic imaging.
After work you can find her climbing the mount, strolling along the beach or hiding with a good book.

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Dr Nicole Brown
Veterinarian

Nicole graduated at the highly regarded Veterinary Faculty in Hanover, Germany, in 1998 and made NZ her home shortly after that.

Nicole initially started as a small & large animal vet in the Bay of Plenty (Tauranga, Opotiki and Rotorua) before focusing on small animals only. She then moved to Auckland where she owned her own practice “Pet & Vet” in the beautiful North Shore suburb of Milford for 15 years.

Nicole has the unusual mix of loving her consulting as much as the surgery field of our profession. Nicole’s veterinary interests include orthopedics & ultrasound diagnostics, as well as Veterinary practice management and coaching.

She is very excited to have moved her family back to Tauranga in January 2022 and have her son grow up on a block of land, building a tree house and enjoying the beaches.

When she is not following the passion of her profession, she can be found riding & training her two horses, Ayla & Evo, or spending time with her dogs, Suzie and Luna, or being a creative artist.

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Paige
Veterinary Technologist

Paige is a qualified veterinary technician who completed her studies at Massey University in 2016. Paige started working at Koru Vets in 2017 and loves all aspects of  her nursing career!

In 2019 she decided to pursue her dream of an OE and moved to Canada for a year but when Covid-19 struck she decided New Zealand was the best place to be and returned home. She was lucky enough to get her old job back and has settled back in well.

In her spare time Paige enjoys exploring the many hikes we have in NZ, snowboarding, baking and spending time with family.

 

 

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Bridgette
Veterinary Nurse/ Admin Support

Bridgette is a qualified Diploma Veterinary Nurse, who studied at Otago Polytechnic for her qualification.  She has lived in Tauranga for 24 years.  She has always loved animals and from a young age wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse, but was delayed with overseas travel and raising her four children. As her children are now independent she fulfilled her passion.  She has two dogs “Skyy & Chase” and two cats “Fanta & Nikita”.  Her interests are going to the beach, camping and spending time with her family.

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Sarah
Veterinary Nurse

Sarah is a qualified Diploma Veterinary Nurse, who studied at Wintec in Hamilton and moved over to Tauranga at the end of her studies, to start her career. She has always had a huge passion for animals, which is why she decided to study to be a Vet Nurse. She has multiple pets, including a Cardigan Welsh Corgi called Arlo, who loves to play with his favourite toy “red disk”, and go for big walks with his mum. Sarah is passionate about the outdoors, in her spare time you find her camping, bush walking, on the beach, anything to do with exploring nature!

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Anya
Veterinary Nurse

Originally from Palmerston North Anya worked in Canada in a Doggy on her OE. 

Since moving back to New Zealand after Covid19 struck, Anya decided she would like to pursue her love in caring for animals and become a qualified vet nurse. Recently Anya studied at Unitec gaining a Certificate In Veterinary Nursing in 2021, and is currently studying towards her Diploma in Vet Nursing through Otago Polytechnic.

Anya has always had a passion for animals and has a Yorkshire Terrier dog and cat of her own which she adores. In her spare time she loves to go on walks, spend time with family and explore the beautiful country we live in.

 

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Kimberley
Veterinary Nurse

Kimberley graduated in 2011 with a Veterinary Nursing certificate from Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. Born and raised in Mount Maunganui Kimberley spent four years in Auckland before moving to London for a two year OE. 

She acquired a Burman cat called Leopold and a Border Collie x Retriever called Lusi – her best friend!

The sunny Bay of Plenty just couldn’t keep Kimberley away and pulled her back to continue her career in the nursing world with us at Koru Vets! Kimberley enjoys all aspects of nursing but she especially loves assisting in surgery and creating a strong rapport with her clients. On her days off, you’ll find her hiking through the forest, running her dog along the beach, paddle boarding and snorkeling or road tripping across this beautiful country

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Daryan
Student Veterinary Nurse

Darian has always had a passion for animals, where she has spent time in the past volunteering at rescue shelters. She now looks to pursue her studies and start her qualification to become a vet nurse.

After a few years by the lake and the mountains in Queenstown she has decided to relocate back to the beach, where she now lives in Mount Maunganui.

Darian in her spare time loves hiking, spending time with her family and cuddling her dog Kevin.

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Ellie
Veterinary Nurse

Ellie studied at Toi Ohomai gaining a certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2020. She is currently enrolled with Otago Polytechnic to gain a diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6). 

Ellie is originally from the UK, however has spent the majority of her life in New Zealand.  She grew up with a German Shepherd, Kyla, and multiple mini-lop rabbits. She currently has one black cat, Luna, and takes care of her ‘nephew’ Clyde, a large mixed breed dog.

She has a passion for traveling, hiking and caring for animals.

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Teishan
Dog Groomer

 Teisha moved to Tauranga in 2015 from Tirau. She loves animals and always had pets growing up, so since she was little she knew that she wanted to work with animals. “I actually thought I would be a farmer, until I moved to the city which pretty much became impossible.

Teisha didn’t even know what grooming was until she moved to Tauranga. When she found out that down the road was a grooming salon/ doggie-day-care she popped in there one day and asked if they needed any volunteer walking the dogs. But instead of walking dog they asked me if I wanted to bath dogs instead. She said and it all started from there. Tge amazing team taught her how to groom and in 2017 Teisha enrolled in the IPG (international Professional Grooming) Course and completed completed Track 1 and 2. Eventually Teisha would love to get her Masters Certificate.

ies and start her qualification to become a vet nurse.

After a few years by the lake and the mountains in Queenstown she has decided to relocate back to the beach, where she now lives in Mount Maunganui.

Darian in her spare time loves hiking, spending time with her family and cuddling her dog Kevin.