Ourvets is a multi-location practice, where each veterinarian’s area of expertise fits together to create an extensive portfolio of veterinary skills and knowledge.

We love our own pets as much as you love yours. If you want the best care for your pet you have come to the right place.

Ourvets offer a wide range of preventative medical services such as vaccinations, nutrition and puppy playschool. We do both routine and advanced surgeries. Our well equipped central hospital has in-house laboratory, digital xray, ultrasonography, CT scanner and emergency and critical care equipment. This enables us to diagnose and treat complex and critically ill pets. Accepting referral patients from all over the South Island for advanced imaging and surgery, we also enjoy a close working relationship with other referral practices should your pet need this. Our veterinary nursing team are dedicated to making your pet’s stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Meet Our Vets
Dr Simon Howarth
Lead Vet

I joined Ourvets as the Lead veterinarian for the Halswell and Riccarton branches in March 2020. After graduating from Massey University in 2009. I initially began practising in Auckland before travelling to the UK and living and working in England for 6 years. During my time in the UK I had many exciting opportunities including learning keyhole surgery, and working with the UK guide dog association. Thank fully returning home for a more relaxed culture and warmer temperatures at the end of 2019 proved to very timely to avoid the border closures with COVID-19. I have experience in most areas of small animal general practice and particular interests in soft tissue surgery and preventative healthcare

I enjoy travelling to new areas and experiencing different cultures and foods as well as watching the latest sports events. My wife, Bethany, and I have a cat, "Wobbles", who was born with a congenital brain defect but it hasn't held her back as she has travelled to the UK and back too!

Dr Zani Van Rooyen

Zani became a member of the team in August 2017 after moving from Rustenburg, South Africa with her husband and two young daughters. She graduated in 2008 from the University of Pretoria and started her work in a mixed practice.

Zani has encountered and treated an amazing variety of patients in her career including tigers, antelopes, lions, and even once preformed a caesarean section on a marmoset monkey!

Within the veterinary field, Zani enjoys soft tissue surgery and general medicine. She is loving getting to know our regular patients, especially since she had to leave her beloved pets back in South Africa with friends and family.

In her free time, Zani enjoys being in the great outdoors, particularly hiking, swimming and taking in all New Zealand has to offer. She also loves reading and of course, spending time with her wonderful family.  

Meet Our Vet Nurses
Catherine Daniel
Practice Manager
  • Cert VN

I joined the Ourvets Riccarton team in June 2020 and have worked as a veterinary nurse since graduating in 1998. I have spent the last 10 years as a Practice Manager and Vet Nurse and love the variety of work this gives me.

I am passionate about making your pets visit to the vet as stress-free as possible and have recently become the clinic advocate for the Cat Friendly Clinic program. As a team, we are all very excited to be part of this.

My partner and I have two children, two spoilt elderly cats and a very energetic little dog who resembles Hairy Maclary.

Brooke Smith
Vet Nurse

Brooke has been a part of the fantastic Ourvets Riccarton team since 2017. She graduated with her Diploma in veterinary nursing in 2013 from the Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill. She has worked in a variety of small and large animal vet clinics since then, in Ashburton, Timaru, and now here with us in Christchurch. She loves seeing the difference veterinarians & nurses make to the quality of a pet's life and enjoys educating clients.

In her spare time, she can be found on adventures with her Springer Spaniel ‘Dobson’, swimming, or hiking. She has just begun studying a Bachelor of Environmental Science and is now working with us part-time. At the clinic, she spends most of her time in the cattery and at the reception desk. g movies, and getting into the outdoors on day walks.

Catherine Tinning
Vet Nurse
  • Diploma VN

I completed my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2019, graduating from Ara Institute of Canterbury. Throughout my studies, I undertook placement at Ourvet’s Halswell. This gave me a foot in the door and ultimately led to a post-graduate job here at Ourvet's Riccarton (much to my delight.)

Growing up, I’ve always had a real love for animals although it wasn’t until a few years out of high school that I truly realised I wanted to turn that passion for animals into a career. I am thoroughly enjoying myself thus far and love how rewarding the job is.

Outside of work I love to keep active. Most of my time is spent on the hockey field although I also enjoy exploring the outdoors, going for hikes with friends, and participating in various water sports.

Caitlin Doherty
Cattery Attendant

I am a full time veterinary nursing student and work at the Kitty City Hotel Cattery every weekend. I enjoy helping the nervous cats settle into the cattery by giving them lots of attention and love.

I am very passionate about animals and I’m super excited to begin my veterinary career!

When I’m not working or studying, I love spending my time with my partner, friends & my pets. I have a gorgeous 13 year old ginger cat named Tiger, he’s a very chatty wee man and loves his treats!