• Our Staff

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

“I grew up in a town close to Cape Town, South Africa. After School, I took a gap year, during which I worked on a wine estate and travelled around Europe. In 2017 I graduated from the Univeristy of Pretoria in South Africa. The year after my graduation, I worked in Kimberley with a wide range of animals including wildlife, exotics, farm animals and companion animals. 

I have always wanted to work abroad and expand my skill set while having the opportunity to see and really experience life in another country. Being able to work in New Zealand is a dream come true! I have fallen in love with the Bay of Plenty and I really enjoy being a companion animal vet. I find it tough to pick my favourite area of veterinary science as there is so much variety within our profession and that is probably why I love it so much! However, I especially enjoy small animal medicine cases and soft tissue surgery. The best part of my job is getting to help animals and their owners on a daily basis and building good relationships with them. Also, not many jobs include cuddling puppies and kittens as part of the job description!

In my spare time, you will find me travelling and exploring new places. I love the great outdoors, photography, spending time with my friends and family, reading and relaxing with a glass of wine! I look forward to working at Mount Vet Hospital and Koru Vets and meeting all of the wonderful clients and their pets!”

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Yukari
Senior Veterinary Nurse

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
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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Toban
Veterinary Nurse

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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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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Ashalyn
Veterinary Nurse

Ashalyn graduated in 2019 with a diploma in Veterinary nursing from UCOL in Palmerston North. She was born in Palmerston North but has spent most of her time growing up in Tauranga. 

Her parents have 3 jack russells , Tas, Toby and Tendo which are her fur babies too. 

Ashalyn has always wanted to work with animals and her dream job when she  was little was to be involved with animal rescue.

Ashalyn loves all aspects of vet nursing but her favourite would be looking after the hospitalised patients and seeing them on the road to recovery.

 

 

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Teisha
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.