The perfect team — a great mix of knowledge, empathy, experience and compassion. 


Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Brendan Hickman, Vet

BVSc, BAppSc, PGDipBA

Brendan enjoys getting to know clients and their loved pets. Helping owners get what is best for them and their pet, because everyone's situation is different, is something he appreciates across all aspects of clinical practice.

Brendan grew up on a farm in Marlborough and is relishing the move back to the 'top of the South' after many years working in the upper North Island. Before that he spent time locuming in various city, village and emergency clinics in the United Kingdom (as well as a stint in Saudi Arabia). 


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Carol Cathman, Vet

DVM, BA

Fleeing the frigid winter of Minnesota in the USA, Carol and her husband first fell in love with New Zealand years ago with just a couple of backpacks on their backs. Now 12 years later with a house (and mortgage) and three kids, the roots have taken hold and they are here to stay! They love the Nelson region and all the great outdoor opportunities it has to offer.

Carol relishes both small animal internal medicine and surgery.  "I am thrilled to be part of the team at Victory Vets".


Chris Saunders, Vet

BVSc (Hons)

Chris qualified from the University of Liverpool in 1981 and has worked continuously and exclusively in small animal practice initially in the UK and then in New Zealand. His special interests include dermatology (skin) and soft tissue surgery.

He is married, and has 2 boys, 2 whippets, 4 cats, 4 alpacas, and 3 ducks! He came to live in New Zealand in 2004, and has no regrets about making the move. When not at work Chris spends time on their lifestyle block and his current non-veterinary project is an old plywood boat which will one day take him fishing.


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Jacqui Hickman, Vet

BVSc

Since graduating in 2007, Jacqui has practised in clinics in Auckland and Northland including the emergency after hours clinic AEC. She has spent time in the United Kingdom in various clinics in London and in the English countryside. Jacqui is passionate about working through those difficult cases to get the best outcome for the client, regardless of their budget. She enjoys ultrasound and x-ray imaging. 

She is loving being here in Nelson with husband Brendan and their young energetic toddler! Enjoying the outdoors and doing up their house take up any spare time!


Linda, Vet Nurse

Linda was born in Iran, and grew up surrounded by animals. Her family moved to New Zealand when she was 9 and settled in sunny Nelson. Linda graduated from Veterinary Nursing in 2002, when she joined the practice. Cat and dog behaviour are a special interest and she runs puppy pre school along with two colleagues. Like all our nurses, Linda is extremely caring and always keeping a close eye on all our in-patients. 

Linda loves photography, skiing, and exploring exotic places. At home she has a Burmese cat who keeps her on her toes!


Jacqui, Vet Nurse

After holidaying in Nelson for a number of years, Jacqui decided to move here.  "I have always had a love for animals", and so she joined the clinic in 2002, graduating from Veterinary Nursing in 2003.  At present she has two cats and an Indian Ringneck parrot.  Jacqui loves the variety of being a vet nurse and is often our weekend nurse dealing with all the after-hours emergencies. 

Jacqui enjoys watching horror movies, reading, cycling and playing playstation games.


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Tahnee, Vet Nurse

Tahnee grew up in a small rural town on the West Coast, and spent her childhood looking after all creatures, great and small, so "it felt only natural to have a career in vet nursing". She moved to Nelson in 2006 to complete the Certificate in Vet Nursing and then decided to make the big move to the UK. Tahnee settled in Edinburgh working in a great vet clinic and taking every opportunity to explore Europe.

Now back in Nelson Tahnee is an integral part of our team of dedicated nurses. 


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Rachel, Reception & Vet Nurse

Rachel is originally from Nelson and completed her Vet Nurse training in 2003. She worked at Victory Square Vets after qualifying from 2003 to 2005.  After a stint in Brisbane she moved back in 2009 and have been with the practice ever since. Rachel has a keen interest in working with all animals and especially enjoys running our puppy preschool with Linda. 

Currently Rachel is away on maternity leave and is loving being a new mum! 


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Trudi, Reception & Vet Nurse

Trudi graduated Veterinary Nursing in 2003, and worked in a mixed animal practice for ten years, leaving to start a family in 2013.  She jumped at the chance to join the Victory Vets team in 2015, and is enjoying being back in the veterinary world.  She has picked up the ropes here at Victory very quickly to become a valued member of the team.

Outside of work Trudi spends time testing out playgrounds, making sandcastles, and jumping in muddy puddles (only for her toddler's sake of course).


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Susanne, Reception & Vet Nurse (training)

Susanne is the friendly face you'll often get on the front counter or over the phone. She is in the process of finishing her vet nurse training and plans to graduate in November. Outside of the clinic she is a keen cyclist, runner and enjoys theatre, both acting and watching. 

She lives with her husband, tuxedo cat, and four chickens. 


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Siobhan, Reception & Vet Nurse

Siobhan is another qualified vet nurse on our front counter ensuring quality advice. She started with Victory Vets in 2015 and is loving the great relationship the clinic has with clients and pets. 

Siobhan is a local girl, born and raised in Motueka. After finding a passion for animals she moved to Wellington to study Vet Nursing and completed her certificate in 2014. Siobhan currently has an Indian Ringneck Parrot and two dogs. Outside of the clinic Siobhan enjoys sports, socialising and watching movies.


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Karen Vet Nurse & Cattery

Karen was born and raised in Nelson and apart from a few years living in Napier, has spent her life here. She moved to the Victory Area with herhusband in 2001. They really enjoy living here with their two sons and pets, which include dogs, cats, chickens and tropical fish.

Karen completed her Vet Nurse training with the Victory Vets team in 2011 and has continued to work at the practice since then. Karen loves working with the team here at Victory Square Vets and is our lead nurse for looking after the cattery.