• Our Staff


Dr. Jörg Thamm
Principal Veterinary Surgeon
Julia Stanton-Jones
Office Manager

Jörg gained his veterinary degree at the Berlin Vet School in Germany in 1995. He completed internships in Paris and New York and worked his first year in Spain. 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 all London practices of a large corporate practice. With the arrival of his first child, he and his Kiwi partner Julia Stanton-Jones decided to settle down, so they moved to Cornwall. Together they built up a three-centre clinic with a purpose-built hospital as the hub. 2 more children were born in Cornwall and in 2008 Jörg and Julia decided to sell up and move to New Zealand in order to embrace the great New Zealand lifestyle especially for the benefit of their 3 young children.

Jörg loves the NZ outdoor lifestyle and spends a lot of time exploring the natural beauty of New Zealand together with his family. He also enjoys windsurfing, mountain biking and is a keen skier. Jörg and his family can be seen as slightly animal mad as they enjoy looking after Baron and Prince (2 horses), Cute smile and Wacko (2 Guinea Pigs), Lily and Minnie-magic (2 cats) and Abi our rescue dog.

Julia trained as a Veterinary Nurse at UNITEC Institute of Technology in 1994, then went on to work in small animal practice in Auckland. An opportunity arose to return to UNITEC as a Veterinary Nurse/Laboratory technician in 1995. Julia progressed to become a tutor on the Certificate in Veterinary Nursing course and then programme co-ordinator.

In her spare time she became a volunteer Zookeeper at Auckland Zoo and eventually worked as a veterinary nurse there on the odd weekend and holidays. This experience influenced her decision to take a years sabbatical spending 6 months in Thailand as a volunteer for the Thai Society for the Protection of Wild Animals caring for bears, gibbons, elephants and 250 stray dogs! The following 6 months was spent in London as a Locum Veterinary Nurse where she met Jörg Thamm and then spent the next 7 years building up a 3 branch Veterinary practice in Cornwall.

Julia returned to New Zealand in 2008 and is happy to be living in beautiful Tauranga with her 3 children and collection of animals that she’s finally allowed to have!


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Dr Genevieve Botha
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Dr Alexandra Walker BVSc

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.
Aftr work you can find her climbing the mount, strolling along the beach or hiding with a good book.

Originally from the UK, Alex gained her Veterinary degree from the University of Liverpool. She is one of the most recent vets to join the practice having previously worked at an Equine practice in Queensland, Australia. Alex enjoys all aspects of companion animal medicine and has a special interest in feline medicine and exotic species. Alex also has a cat and two geriatric ponies that are currently back in the UK. In her spare time Alex participates in a wide range of adventurous sports and usually spends her weekends rock climbing or horse riding. She is looking forward to exploring everything that New Zealand has to offer.

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Yukari grew up in Japan, surrounded by small animals including pets and wildlife rescues. These experiences fostered a passion for animal welfare and her subsequent involvement in the veterinary industry. Yukari moved to Auckland in 2014 and studied vet nursing. She has since come to love New Zealand and the way of life here. In her spare time she enjoys surfing, learning languages and teaching tricks to her pet mouse Yuki. 

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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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Toban is a qualified Vet Nurse from New Plymouth. He finished his study at UCOL in Palmerston North in 2018. In early 2019, he became a search detection dog trainer and handler. He now enjoys living in Tauranga and Vet Nursing at Koru Vets – Tauriko.
Toban is very passionate about working with all kinds of animals (especially dogs), and in his spare time he likes to create music, mountain bike, snowboard and spend time with his partner, friends and family.

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Janelle grew up right here in Tauranga. After school she spent four months on an OE in Europe and after coming back decided to enroll and study for her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing Assistance at Toi Ohomai after which she continued her studies in Hamilton at Wintec to gain her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

Janelle loves nursing both small & large animals and has a huge passion for surgical vet nursing. She has one spoilt cat and hopes to one day own her own farm. She enjoys everything in and around the water, whether it may be diving, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, or kayaking.

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Imogen graduated in 2018 with a diploma in Veterinary Nursing from Wintec, Hamilton.Born and raised in Auckland and then spending a few years in the Bay of Plenty, Imogen relocated to the Waikato a few years ago.

She aquired many pets and her home became a miniature farm with her miniature horses, ducks, chickens, free range rabbit, cat, her mother’s dog, and her best friend – a black bearded collie x Labrador who is currently sporting the early onset greys and a few extra kilos of love.

The sunny Bay of Plenty just couldn’t keep Imogen away and pulled her back to start her career in the nursing world with us at Koru Vets! Imogen enjoys all aspects of nursing but she especially loves caring for hospitalised patients 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 or road tripping across this beautiful country

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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.