Our Staff

Brett Finlayson


I was born and raised on a farm in Maungataroto, Northland. That is where my love for animals stems from. I went to secondary school at St. Kents in Auckland and had a year as an AFS student in the USA in 1972 (doesn’t seem that long ago!). After graduating from Massey University in 1978, I spent a year in mixed practice in Matamata before going overseas for a year doing locum work. On returning to NZ I worked for Ivan Fuyala at Red Beach for 3 years before shifting to the Waikato for almost 20 years working in mixed practices. The love of overseas travel reared its head again so Jenni and I took our family to Jersey in the Channel Islands off the coast of France for three years.

In 2004 we purchased the Orewa Veterinary Centre from Ivan Fuyala. We absolutely love living and working on the Hibiscus Coast and are here for the long haul! My partner in business and life is my wife Jenni, who is a real estate agent in Orewa. Jenni used to regularly take our Labrador Elle to visit local retirement homes to brighten up the residents through contact with animals. She worked under a program called Outreach Therapy which we strongly believe in. Unfortunately Elle has passed on now. 

We have three children, Cameron, Leah and Gabrielle who are all well on their way to doing their own thing now. We have a Miniature Schnauzer called Phoebe and a Maine Coon cat called Stella, they are real characters! I love my work, I enjoy the bond that exists between pet owners and their “best friends”. It is very satisfying to provide a one-stop shop for the care of our patients, from the initial consultation to lab tests (most can be done at the clinic), radiographs, surgery, medical treatment and nutritional advice.



I grew up surrounded by pets of all shapes and sizes, and spent as much time as I could around animals on friends’ farms and yards. This is where my love of animals stemmed from, and it only grew over the years with work experience, supporting my own pets through conditions and watching vet TV shows on repeat!

I graduated from Cambridge University in 2016, spent a few years working in the UK where I am originally from and moved to NZ with my partner in 2018. I relocated from the city centre to Stillwater last year and started at Millwater Vet Hospital in May 2020, and have loved working here ever since.

I am particularly interested in soft tissue surgery and feline medicine but really enjoy everything that general practice has to offer and am passionate about providing the best service I can to all of our patients and their owners.

In my spare time, I love exploring NZ through tramping, biking and camping. I enjoy training at the gym for sports events, playing netball and doing art when I can. I look forward to meeting you all and being a part of this vibrant community!



I have worked at the Orewa Veterinary Centre since 1997, previously with Ivan Fuyala and with Brett since he purchased the clinic in 2004. I have lived on the Hibiscus Coast since I was 7 and currently live in Red Beach with my 2 daughters Mhina and Sabine. Animals have always played a huge part in my life and I always enjoy the challenges that being a nurse brings. Helping owners understand what their pets are going through is something I find very rewarding, and compassion and empathy are traits I pride myself on.

At home my four cats enjoy the run of the house and are helping me train Hershey, a chocolate Labrador that has just moved in. When I’m not in the clinic I am with my girls, or playing cricket.

I look forward to helping you and your pets and might see you at the beach or around this piece of paradise we call home.



I was born and raised on Auckland’s North Shore and knew for a while that I wanted to become a veterinary nurse. The inner animal lover in me was fueled as a teen when my parents took over running a cattery in Greenhithe when I was 15 years old and I have been looking after animals ever since.

I graduated as a veterinary nurse from Auckland’s Unitec in Mt Albert in 2015 before going on to spend 9 months as a full-time manager of the cattery I spent my teen years working at. I went travelling in 2016 before landing a full-time role at a different clinic in 2017.

I got offered my place at Orewa, Millwater and Manly Vets in May 2018 and I have never looked back. Other staff members are so warm and welcoming to each other and to all our clients.

My interest is mainly in cats and I have experience in dealing with all types of cats, both happy and grumpy. There is no cat I am afraid to handle.

I work mostly at our Millwater clinic and enjoy getting to know both you and your pets.



I am new to the area in Orewa – I live out west on my family farm with my partner, two boys and two dogs. 

I have been working at Orewa Vet Hospital since December 2020. I am a qualified veterinary nurse, and previously managed my own veterinary team and worked as a senior nurse. 

I have a passion in behaviour and pharmacology, and absolutely love creating relationships with our furry friends. 

I look forward to meeting you and your babies.



I graduated with a Bachelors in Veterinary Nursing in 2022. I am so lucky to have been able to join this incredible team who have been helping and supporting me on my journey. I am a Coastie born and raised but have also lived in Scotland and the USA where I worked at Disney World and at a summer camp as a horse-riding instructor. I have always had a big passion for animals and have wanted to be a vet nurse since I was a little girl. I’ve grown up with a variety of animals including rabbits, birds, and fish. I now have a little 9-year-old fluffy white dog called Charlie. I can’t wait to meet you and your fur babies.


MILLWATER receptionist

I am Sheree the receptionist at Millwater Vet Hospital. I have done some previous study in Veterinary Nursing and was a foster carer for Saving Hope Foundation for quite a while. I look forward to greeting you and your pet and getting to know you all.

Gill Blackburne

My name is Gill. I am Irish and have recently moved to NZ. I live on a dairy farm back home. I love all animals large and small.
I graduated from the University college of Dublin in 2021. After working for a year in the south of Ireland I decided I wanted to try Veterinary medicine abroad.
I always liked the idea of traveling to NZ so moving here was an easy decision.
I look forward to getting to know all the kiwi pets and people while I am here.