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Dr David Toomey

B.Vet.Med.(London), M.A.C.V.Sc. (Small Animal Surgery)


The Welsh like to talk, but David doesn’t waste his words. With a mix of intuitive brilliance and dry wit he can at times astound you with the depth of just a handful of words. This boyo talks to all like a true friend, and despite his understated demeanour, his warmth is always obvious.

A graduate of London’s Royal Veterinary College in 1976, David started his veterinary career in a busy small animal practice in London’s East End, taking surgical referrals from neighbouring clinics.
David came to New Zealand in 1986 to avoid the bleak Canadian winters of Winnipeg, where he settled after several years in London and Wales. He arrived at Abbotts Way Veterinary Clinic in 1995, becoming a partner in 1998.
In 1991 he passed the membership examination for the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Surgery.  He is able to carry out three procedures for cruciate surgery (TTO, MMP, Lateral Suture), Ridgestop for Patellar Luxation and bone plating and intramedullary pinning for fractures.  He also performs some of the more specialised soft tissue surgery on ears, eyes, skin, soft palate,  abdomen and the urinary tract at Abbotts Way.
David is a dedicated father to two sons, has owned several cats, many Bernese Mountain Dogs, and a Bull Mastiff.  In his spare time he can be found on the greens at the Whitford Golf Course.:

Dr Rachael Williams

BVSc 1998 (Massey University)


If you leave Abbotts Way with a smile on your face, there’s a good chance you’ve spent some time with Dr Rachael!  This fun-loving Cantabrian known for her warmth and pragmatism, is deeply concerned about every animal and owner she meets. Rachael’s compassion for animals was apparent from an early age, “rescuing” many a duckling and baby bird in her home town, Geraldine possibly killing some with kindness.

A 1998 Massey Graduate, Rachael started her small animal career at Straven Road, a medical and surgical referral practice in Christchurch where she worked as an emergency veterinarian. She then did a four year stint in the UK where she worked at a busy North London practice before returning to join Abbotts Way in 2004, becoming partner in 2005.
Her particular interests are in Internal Medicine and Ultrasound and she has completed post graduate studies in both of these fields through Sydney University. She has now been using abdominal ultrasound in practice for almost ten years and uses it daily to diagnose a variety of medical and surgical conditions.

In 2016 she completed further training in both Cardio-Respiratory Medicine and Advanced Echocardiography (Cardiac Ultrasound) which now allows us to diagnose most heart conditions at Abbotts Way without the need for referral.  

She loves meeting clients and their pets and helping them through what can sometimes be a really stressful time and values the friendships she has made with her longstanding clients over the years.

In her spare time Rachael loves hanging out with friends and her family – husband Mark, children Tessa, Ben and Alex, Max the cat and Stan the accident-prone Labrador.  On the weekends you’ll probably find them outdoors enjoying the beautiful parks and beaches in the Eastern Bays:

Dr Alice Henry

BVSc (Massey)

Alice is a born and bred Aucklander having grown up in Torbay on the North Shore. She is the boffin of the practice having spent six years studying at the University of Auckland, graduating with a BSC and Post Graduate Diploma in Science before taking the plunge and moving to Palmerston North to finally follow her true calling as a veterinarian – another five years of study!

She spend her first five years as a veterinarian working at a busy North Shore practice where at a relatively early stage she stepped up to the role of Senior Veterinarian before moving to the Eastern Bays and joining us at Abbotts Way in 2017

Alice is a true all-rounder and genuinely loves all aspects of veterinary medicine. She is constantly updating her knowledge with CPD courses and also attends the Veterinary Specialists journal club. She loves to break new ground and ensure that the standards at Abbotts Way are maintained to a very high level.

She is passionate about welfare and preventative health care for all companion animals including the smaller pets such as Rabbits Rats and Guinea Pigs as well as the feathered members of the family.

Working with a focus on preventative health suits Alice’s enthusiasm for holistic health care, or caring for an animal as a whole, and requires a high level of care and dedications across the spectrum of veterinary disciplines.  She will not rest until she has resolved whatever ailment your pet may have and also happens to be a thoroughly  lovely person!

In her down time she is subjected to continual requests for food from her lovely but weight challenged cat Abigail and enjoys sailing, dancing and Auckland’s live music scene.

Dr Nick Timms

BVSc (Massey)

Nick is a local lad who has returned to his old stomping ground after graduating from Massey University near the top of his class in 2016. At the same time he passed his American Veterinary Licensure Examinations, which enables him to be able to practice in the United States. This was a 7 hour exam testing all animal species including lizards, turtles, birds and even elephants and involved months of gruelling study.  In between all this he found time to pop over to Samoa to work as a volunteer, helping to neuter dogs – he likes to keep busy! Nick loves all aspects of veterinary medicine though he has already developed a strong interest in dentistry, surgery and dermatology.

He is the gentleman of the practice and is known for his calm gentle and thorough approach and laid back, sunny nature.  He also bakes a good cake for the Abbotts Way morning teas!

In his spare time Nick is a very keen golfer playing off a 9 handicap, capable of giving David a run for his money on the golf course. He also enjoys playing tennis, going rock climbing, playing indoor football and going to the gym. He also does pet-feeding for some local people while they are away.

Dr Rory Liston

MVB (Dublin)

As you can probably tell from his accent, Rory is from Ireland and graduated from University College in his home town, Dublin in 2014. Travelling has always been a big part of his life so his first step after graduation was to move to Aylmer, a small town in Ontario, Canada where he worked at a large mixed animal practice.  Whilst he loved this he found that he was being steadily drawn towards companion animal practice and in 2016 he decided to leave the snow behind and move to New Zealand with his veterinary nurse girlfriend, Amanda.

Rory loves the variety and fast paced nature of general small animal practice and in particular loves the challenge of Medicine cases especially the management of kidney disease. He also has a strong interest in small animal nutrition.

He loves getting to know his clients and their pets and is always up for a chat his but don’t let his laid back demeanour and dry sense of humour fool you. He is also a very competent, knowledgeable and pragmatic veterinarian and has been a welcome addition to the Abbotts Way team.

Rory has always had a strong interest in sport particularly rugby and he was president of the veterinary rugby team in his final year of University. These days he enjoys sport more as a spectator over a couple of pints with his mates.    On his days off you can typically find him travelling around various parts of the country looking for the next hike to conquer: Rory@

“We have been clients of Abbotts Way for many years and cannot praise them highly enough. On one occasion we had a very sick dog who would surely have died if it had not been for the love , care and attention she received, not only from the vets but the nurses too. At Abbotts Way they know we treat our dogs as part of our family and so do they.”

– Jason & Jackie Osborn, Kohimarama