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The perfect team - A great mix of knowledge, empathy, experience, and compassion

Knowledge - We keep up to date. We go to conferences and a few of us have done post-graduate study such as extra certificates

Empathy - We are pet owners ourselves, we understand what pets mean to you

Experience - Our team has combined over 230 years of combined experience in the Veterinary Industry

Compassion - We want to look after pets and their owners - we can support you and your pet no matter what the circumstance or condition



Dr Adam Stanyer BVM&S, BSc (Hons), Practice Partner

Dr Jacqui Hickman BVSc, Practice Partner

Dr Carol Cathman DVM, BA

Dr Rachel Stanyer BVM&S, MSc WAH

Dr Alissa Hutchison BVSc

Dr Jade Hackney MVB

Dr Grace Miller BVSc

Dr Brechtsje Tacoma BVSc BSc

Dr Brendan Hickman BVSc BAPPlSc PGDipBA, Practice Partner, Managing Director





Brendan Hickman, Vet


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). 

Jacqui Hickman, Vet


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 three young energetic boys! Enjoying the outdoors and doing up their house take up any spare time!

Adam Stanyer, Vet 

BVM&S, BSc (Hons), GP Cert SAS

Adam graduated from Edinburgh in 2008 and gained experience in the UK as a small animal vet. In 2011 he completed a 2 year post graduate certificate in small animal surgery which covered advanced surgical techniques. He enjoys surgery and does a lot of orthopaedics. 

Adam and his wife Rachel volunteered on a Macaw research project in the Amazon rainforest in South America before emigrating to New Zealand in 2015. They brought their beloved dog, “Mr Brown” to New Zealand with them and love the Nelson lifestyle. When not at work Adam’s main hobby is mountain biking and Adventure racing (he and Brendan won the GodZone 2017 Pursuit race!) so he can often be found in the local hills. 

Carol Cathman, Vet


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".

Linda, Vet Nurse


Jacqui, Vet Nurse