• Our Staff


Dr. Jörg Thamm
Principal Veterinary Surgeon
Dr Genevieve Botha

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 34 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 skills in orthopaedic and advanced soft tissue surgery. In 2018 another 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.


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.

Dr Linka van Heerden
Veterinary Technologist

“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!”

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.



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.

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!

Veterinary Nurse

Shania grew up in Waihi Beach and and moved to Tauranga in 2019.

She studied for a level 4 certificate for Animal Management in 2019 at Toi Ohomai Institute Of Technology and in 2020 completed the  certificate of veterinary nurse assistant (level 5). She is enrolled at Otago University for 2021 to gain the diploma for veterinary nursing which she is very excited for.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, snow boarding and mountain biking.


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

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.



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.