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.: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim hails from all over the country, but was raised mainly in the family home, by the lake, in Rotorua. She grew up with a kind and quiet curiosity about creatures, great and small, and to this day can be seen trailing behind on a walk to take a photo of a tiny beetle on the ground, or a bird that no one else has noticed.
After graduating in 2012 from Massey University, Kim worked at Unitec Veterinary Hospital, where her role in guiding Veterinary Nursing students through their studies meant she was able to develop excellent communication skills and patience. After this, she spent a few years working in small animal general practice, fostering valuable relationships with her clients and their furry family members. Kim is passionate about providing her clients and patients with the highest possible standard of care, small animal dentistry, internal medicine and geriatric feline patients.
If Kim isn’t around at Abbott’s Way, she is probably using more of her annual leave to volunteer in the Pacific Islands with South Pacific Animal Welfare (SPAW), a charity that helps provide Veterinary care to animals in need. Kim has been on over 12 SPAW trips in the last six years, and is well and truly addicted to volunteering. Kim has two beautiful rescue cats, Smoggy and Ludo, one ridiculously tiny, floofy dog named Chip, and one Boyfriend named Ryan. In her spare time, she enjoys various outdoor activities including mountain biking, snowboarding, kayaking and
travelling (especially around New Zealand) and spending time with family.
After graduating from Massey University’s Class of 2016, Lilian worked in a small animal practice in East Auckland before joining the team at Abbotts Way.
She enjoys all areas of veterinary general practice, especially working together with clients to provide the best care for the furry members of the family.
She is passionate about internal medicine and nursing hospitalized patients back to health, but also has a strong interest in surgery which she hopes to further develop at Abbotts Way.
Born and raised in Auckland but with roots in Hong Kong, Lilian speaks three languages – English, Cantonese and Mandarin, and aspires to learn Japanese.
In her spare time, Lilian can usually be found cuddled up with a good novel, spending time with friends and family, or answering to the demands of Pumba, her bossy rescue kitten.”
Born and bred in Auckland, Rosie studied at Massey University. After graduating, she moved to Tokoroa to start her first job as a mixed animal veterinarian. She spent over three years there and absolutely loved her time working with both large and small animals and getting to know the community.
From 2017 until the end of 2019, Rosie and her fiancé Michael lived and worked abroad in London. She made the most of being on the other side of the world and travelled to over 25 countries during this time. In London, Rosie found a real love for small animal work, and is enjoying pursuing it now she is at Abbotts Way.
She enjoys all aspects of general small animal practise and the special client relationships that the profession can build. She is hoping to further develop her skills in dermatology over the next few years.
Outside of work Rosie enjoys getting out and exploring our beautiful NZ backyard, playing sports and hanging out with friends and family.
“Hi our names are Arabella, Charlie, Whisky and Gina Roberton and we are all patients of the Abbotts Way Veterinary Clinic. We would like to thank David & Rachael for their outstanding and friendly service over the years. During an emergency the staff have looked after not only us but our parents Anna & David. We have ALWAYS had a follow up phone call to see how we are and we receive personally addressed letters containing treats when our vaccines are due. We are happy to get out of our cages when we arrive as we know that even during injection and worming time we will be pampered. From all of us in chorus, MEOW, MEOW, MEOW, MEOW and a very big thank you for all you have done for us”
-Anna & David Roberton, St. Heliers