The Vets

Niamh Currid / Veterinarian & Owner


Niamh graduated from UCD, Ireland in 1999. She moved to NZ in late 2008 after working in small animal practices in the UK and Ireland, and is our full time Vet at Pt Chevalier Clinic. Niamh enjoys all aspects of general practice but especially soft tissue surgery and internal medicine.

Meeting the clients and getting to know their furry friends is one of the highlights of her day! Outside of work she enjoys heading to Auckland's beautiful west coast beaches and renovating her house in Titirangi.


Mike Sanders / Veterinarian & Owner


Mike graduated from Massey University in 1992 and began his Veterinarian career in the Waikato before spending 4 years in the UK. After returning to New Zealand Mike has been based in Auckland and has been working out of the Balmoral Clinic since 2002. From 2003 Mike has been a partner in the clinic balancing his work time between management and veterinary work.

Mike enjoys all aspects of veterinary work, his areas of interest include surgery and the challenge of unusual medical cases. When not working Mike certainly keeps busy chasing after his four kids. With his remaining spare time Mike is an avid cyclist competing in many of New Zealands races as well as recently racing in France.


Olaf Klesse


Olaf is a Massey University veterinary graduate. He started his companion animal career in the Hawkes Bay, and after working in practices in Australia and the UK, has recently returned to Auckland to join the team at Balmoral Vets. While he has a keen interest in surgery he very much enjoys being the family's veterinary GP.

Olaf has completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Florida, as well as Master of Science degrees in both Christchurch and Edinburgh. He grew up in countries as diverse as New Zealand, Germany, Kenya and Barbados. In his spare time he remains a keen sportsman, loves to travel and is an avid photographer.


Anna Edwards


Anna graduated from Massey University in 2001 and began her Veterinarian career in the Waikato before spending 5 years in the UK in Small Animal Practice. During her time overseas Anna and her husband traveled extensively, India and South America being among her favorites. After returning to New Zealand Anna took time out to start a family before joining the team at Pt Chev in June 2013.

Anna enjoys all aspects of veterinary work; her areas of interest include clinical pathology and soft tissue surgery. In her spare time Anna likes to get outdoors for a run or mountain bike. Coffee also rates highly on her weekend activities.


Kate Bitter


Kate graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2008. She moved to New Zealand in September 2014 after working for 6 years in mixed rural practice in South Australia. Kate is enjoying being able to focus more on small animal medicine and surgery since moving to Auckland, and loves meeting all her furry patients and their families.

Outside of work Kate likes to play netball and hopes to make the most of New Zealand winters and head to the snow for plenty of skiing. She can also be found exploring Auckland and the rest of New Zealand with her husband and 2 labradors or spending time at their bach in the Coromandel.


Andrew Patterson / Locum Veterinarian


Andrew has many years of experience gained in New Zealand, England, Greece and Egypt and all clinics in our group love having him to cover our full-time Vets when they are on holiday.

Apart from being a Vet, Andrew has a keen interest in DIY building & landscaping and during the summer is an avid water skier.


The Nurses




Rachel studied her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in Otago before starting her nursing career in Tauranga. In 2014 she started with our Pt Chevalier team before re-locating to our Balmoral branch to take on the role of head nurse in 2016. She loves being involved in the day to day running of all three clinics while keeping staff, clients and most importantly their pets as happy as can be. She has a particular interest in animal behaviour and loves running puppy pre-school classes.

In her spare time Rachel is a keen athlete and spends most of her spare time training, playing volleyball and catching up with friends and family.




Sarah graduated in 1995 and joined our team in 2007, first at Royal Oak and she is now part of the Balmoral team. Sarah has a keen interest in surgical nursing and also enjoys creating relationships with our clients and their pets.

She shares her home with her husband, daughter and a menagerie of pets including her beloved chickens.




Lucy started working part time at our Balmoral branch in early 2016 while completing her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from Unitec. Now fully qualified, Lucy has come on as a full time staff member at Balmoral where she enjoys every aspect of nursing as well as fitting in a quick pamper session with the animals to make sure their stay with us is more comfortable.

Outside of work Lucy has one fluffy fur baby, Oscar her schnauzer cross. As well as spoiling him, Lucy enjoys spending time with her husband and family and likes discovering the best walking spots around Auckland.


Elaine / Office Manager


Elaine is the friendly face at reception and has been with Balmoral Vets since 2005. She is the heart of the clinic and keeps us running smoothly. Elaine has an especially soft spot for senior pets, she believes there is a "forever home" for every pet and occasionally fosters and places pets in new homes.

Elaine loves to travel overseas and explore New Zealand, and always has her camera ready to capture special moments.




Jaimee graduated with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2010 and joined our team in May 2012. She is especially interested in working with exotic animals such as birds and reptiles, having successfully bred Bearded Dragons in the past.

Outside of work she enjoys riding horses, snowboarding and fishing. When at home, Jaimee enjoys spending time with her two lizards, three cats, her dogs Abbie and Roxie.




Natalie started with our Balmoral clinic in 2014 while finishing her nursing studies and is now working at our Pt Chevalier clinic after completing her Diploma in Veterinary nursing through Unitec in 2015. She enjoys all areas of veterinary nursing with an extra interest in behaviour and the surgical aspect of nursing.

Natalie is our resident geek and outside of work likes to balance that playing soccer and spending time with her friends & family. She also likes to spend time with her two cats Jess & Jasper.




Sam qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2009. She spent her time working in general practice, orthopaedic referral and for the last 4 years in a dedicated after hours clinic in the UK. Sam joined the Pt Chev clinic in Nov 16 having moved to New Zealand 4 weeks earlier. She enjoys medical nursing and an interest in behaviour.

Outside of work Sam has been enjoying the local beaches with her dog Harrison and is looking forward to exploring her new home in New Zealand.




Lance graduated in 2016 with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from Unitec and joined our Pt Chevalier team in 2017. Having spent the last 10 years working in the I.T sector he decided to pursue another passion of working with animals. Lance enjoys the hands on aspect of nursing and getting to know the personalities of all the animals that come into our clinics. He has dreams of one day becoming a veterinarian.

Lance is a computer geek and enjoys spending time playing computer games with his friends in his spare time, but also enjoys spending time out in the real world with his friends playing and watching soccer, cricket and table tennis, he is an avid fan and supporter of the Black Caps and the Liverpool Football Club.




Cat has been nursing since she graduated from Unitec in 2002 and joined our Royal Oak team in April 2016. Her focus is cat and dog behaviour and she also enjoys surgical nursing and critical care nursing.

Cat has 3 cat fur-babies at home and in her spare time she enjoys reading (anything and everything), films and DVDs, and travelling abroad when she can.




Amanda graduated with a Diploma in Veterinary Technology in 2014. She has been working in veterinary clinics in Canada ever since. In January 2017 she relocated to Auckland and joined our Royal Oak team. Her special interests are anesthesia, emergency and critical care and dentistry