Veterinary Nurses



Shirley Schreiber RVN - Vet Nurse

Shirley was born in Zambia and grew up in small town in Zimbabwe in an animal crazy family surrounded by cats, dogs, birds, fish, mice, rats and tortoises. On completing her schooling she moved to England to train as a veterinary nurse as there was no training available in Zimbabwe.

Her training started at a busy animal charity in south London dealing with cats and dogs and the occasional fox, badger and swans. She finished her training at a mixed animal practice in Taunton, South West England and then returned to Zimbabwe. Back at home she worked at the Harare SPCA where they treated many neglected and sick animals. They helped treat and neuter cats and dogs at makeshift clinics out in the low density areas. She then spent six months at an Angora rabbit home industry where the rabbit's hair was used to make wool and then woven into blankets or knitted into jerseys.

In 1998, due to political unrest, Shirley moved with her husband Laurence and young daughter to England. They settled in Uxbridge, Middlesex where she worked at a clinic dealing mainly with cats, dogs and rabbits. At the same time, she helped hand-rear kittens and foster nervous cats for the Cats Protection until new homes could be found for them.

After the birth of her son Shirley moved with her family to High Wycombe where she worked at a vet clinic in a pet shop where they treated rabbits, hamsters and gerbils as well as cats and dogs.

In 2015 Shirley moved with our two cats Jack and Stoffie to New Zealand for the sea, sun and outdoor life! Shirley joined the Town & Country Vet nursing team and you can often find her at our Wakefield clinic. Shirley enjoys helping care for Kiwi creatures and the new challenge of learning about our farm animals.

Caitlin Walker VN - Vet Nursewalker

Caitlin is orginally from Springfield, a small Canterbury town west of Christchurch. She completed her certificate in Veterinary Nursing at the Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill in 2006. Caitlin then joined the Town & Country Team in November 2009 after moving up to Nelson from Wanaka.

Outside of work Caitlin is a keen snowboarder. mountain biker and loves being in the garden. She lives in Stoke with her husband Matt and their young daughter Elsie and son Joe.

Jo Gordon BSc (Hons) VN - Vet Nurse

gordon Jo was born and raised in Wanganui. She has always had an interest in animals and after finishing high school went on to Otago University to do a degree in Zoology. She graduated with Honours in 2008 and completed her dissertation on Predation in Domestic Cats. After finishing her degree she went on to do Certificates in Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing which she completed in 2010.

Jo joined the Town & Country Team in May 2011. She originally split her time between nursing at the clinic and working at our subsidiary Urban Tails Pet Store. Since this closed in April 2013 she now works full time at the clinic.

Jo is enjoying living in the sunniest place in New Zealand and in her spare time just likes to relax. She has just one cat (who thankfully isn't much of a predator!).


Elora Hallett DipVN - Vet Nurse

Elora grew up on a lifestyle block in Kaukapakapa on the outskirts of Auckland surrounded by horses and all other manner of four legged creatures. After leaving school and briefly entering a career in photography she then decided to go back to university and graduated with a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing from Unitec in 2013. She worked briefly on Waiheke Island in a small single-vet practice before moving to Warkworth and working in a mixed practice there.
She joined the Town & Country team October 2016 as a Locum Nurse before becoming full time in January 2017.
In her spare time Elora enjoys training her Warmblood colt, riding, running, tramping and spending time with her two dogs.

Mollie Houston VN - Vet Nurse

Mollie moved over from Fife, Scotland 5 years ago with her parents and younger brother and relocated to Wanganui where she started a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing at UCOL in Palmerston North. She completed her Certificate of Vet Nursing in 2012 but decided to have a break to go travelling with friends in Australia. In 2014 Mollie saw practice with us for two days a week while she was completing her second Vet Nursing year and in 2015 joined the team as a part time nurse.  She became full time in 2016.
Mollie has recently moved out to Wai-Iti to a lifestyle block where she has bought her first horse, Oberon.  We think this home will be prefect for her and all the waifs and strays that she takes home.


Emily Gray VN - Vet Nurse

Gray Emily was born in England but brought up Motueka. She went to Motueka High School where she concentrated on a Certificate in Equine Management and Basic Certificate in Animal Care Science.

Emily completed her Vet Nursing through the Otago Polytechnic in 2013/14. She joined the Town & Country Team in October 2012 as part of the reception team. She is now working mostly as a nurse.

Emily lives with her partner and two kelpies - Axle and Taupe as well as 2 horses. She is also an avid horse rider and enjoys going riding on the weekends.


 Krissy Sims VN - Vet Nurse

Krissy grew up in Richmond and gained her certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2004. She originally volunteered at Town & County Vet (then CRT Vets) for a year before she was employed as a full-time nurse. She took some time off in 2010 for maternity leave, then returned to working part time at RVC in 2011. After the closure of RVC she returned to Town & Country Vet in 2015.

Krissy has extensive experience in both mixed and small animal practice but her favourite part of the job is surgery and caring for our hospital patients.

She lives in Stoke with her husband Cameron, their daughter Anya and a very boisterous young dog – a huntaway named Tico. When she’s not working she spends her time with her family and friends, watching movies, listening to music and taking her radio-controlled car for a spin!


Holly Thomas VN - Vet Nurse

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Emily Ramsay - Vet Nurse Assistant

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Laura Kinghorn - Vet Nurse Assistant

kinghorn Laura is born and bred in Richmond. She attended Waimea College and completed the NMIT Certificate in Animal Care in 2006.

Laura joined us in 2009 and is the Vet Nurse Assistant at Town & Country. She also worked at the Richmond Vet Clinic since 2006 until its closure in 2015. Laura is a keen observer of cat and dog behaviour and is always generous with cuddles for our hospital patients.

Outside of work Laura volunteers at Nelson Dog Training and enjoys spending time with family and her cats. She can also be found relaxing with a spot of gardening!