Caring Quality Service
160 Main North Road, Papanui, Christchurch
Northlands Animal Hospital
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Our Team!

Northlands Animal Care Hospital is committed to providing “Caring Quality Service”.

Our staff will take the time to communicate with our clients so that they can fully share in the partnership of care of their special patient.

We have a high level of medical and surgical skills to enable rapid return to recovery for our sick patients.

Our nurses are all fully qualified and regularly attend continuing education seminars. Their expertise in the fields of nutrition, behaviour, preventative animal care, dental care and parasite control and is freely available to all our clients!


Dr Euan Purdie BVSc – Owner/Veterinarian

Euan & Jet

Euan & Jet

Graduated from Massey in 1978 and completed a USA veterinary degree in 1979, before practising in Cleveland, Ohio for 3 years.

In 1982 Euan established Northlands Animal Care, and together with Sharryn his wife, they have developed the practice to where it is today.

Euan loves his life as a veterinarian, even after 40 years, and enjoys interacting and advising pet owners and treating their four legged family members, including caged birds from budgies to American parrots.

Euan loves new puppies and kittens and has actively bred many litters of German Shorthaired Pointers, Burmese and Abyssinian kittens. He has a special interest in cancer therapy, reproduction, dermatology, and orthopaedic surgery.

When not working at the clinic, Euan is an active sportsman, enjoying boating, fishing, diving, snowboarding, kitesurfing, mountain biking, and multi sports.



Veterinary Nurses

Judith and her Reps

Judith and her Reps

Judith – Practice Manager/Vet Nurse

Judith has been involved in the Canine fraternity for over 25 years and has specialised in the breeding and exhibition of Rottweilers throughout New Zealand. Her dedication to the Rottweiler breed has resulted in having produced the first Rottweiler Grand Champion in the South Island.

Her occupation as a vet nurse began over 20 years ago and has since evolved into an exciting and passionate activity, which she greatly enjoys.

Judith has dealt with many animal situations in the past and without doubt will continue to do so in the future, anticipating nothing less than being faced with a different scenario each time.

Although at times her passion for our domestic friends may stretch a little, she has always found a sense of responsibility for them respectfully genuine and sincere.

Karen and her cat Meg

Karen and her cat Meg

Karen Whittington - Veterinary Nurse

Karen graduated from CPIT in 2009, having first completed an Animal Care certificate in 2008. As part of the Animal Care course, she spent time working at both Dog Watch and Cat Protection.

Karen joined Northlands Animal Care Hospital while studying, first doing practical training, then as a trainee and later junior nurse. Karen is now one of our senior nurses.

Karen likes to garden, walk, help to organise Neighbourhood Support events, and play an active role in both her children’s schools.

Kaiya bonding with Hugo

Kaiya bonding with Hugo

Kaiya Shepherd – Animal Behaviour Consultant/Veterinary Nurse

Kaiya has grown up country style in the lower SW of Western Australia (2 hours south of Perth). She always had a huge passion for animals, growing up riding horses and surrounded by dogs from a young age.

She completed her vet nursing qualification in 2000, working in a mixed country practice and living with her best mate – a 65kg Mastiff called Nitro.

In 2009 she completed a course of study which qualified her as an Animal Behaviour Consultant and Professional Animal Trainer.

In the beginning of 2014 she and her partner relocated to New Zealand to start a new life together.

Kim with one of her Post Op charges

Kim with one of her Post Op charges

Kim Wilcock - Veterinary Nurse/Cattery Assistant

Kim completed a sports course and worked for a year, before deciding on a change of profession and qualifying through CPIT in 2013. Kim says she had always wanted to work with animals.

Kim loves her job as it is both challenging and rewarding. Every day brings something new. She says it is most rewarding to help animals recover from illness or injury and see them return to good health.

Kim lives in a multi pet household with two dogs, a cat and a mouse.

Carol checking on a patient

Carol checking on a patient

Carol Fleming – Cattery Manager/Veterinary Nurse

Carol came from an office background, her last office position being a PA in an engineering firm. After being made redundant, she studied through distance learning at Otago Polytech, attaining her Animal Care certificate and then Vet Nursing qualification in 2011. This allowed her to work in her dream profession

Carol loves running the cattery and lavishes care and attention on all her charges with enthusiasm.

She considers herself very lucky to be able to work with animals, extending her care and knowledge from her menagerie at home, which includes cats, dogs, birds, poultry, alpacas, Kune Kune pigs and a donkey jenny.

Carol has been involved in showing dogs since the late 70’s and has bred numerous Samoyed litters. Health checks are very important for breeding so working at a vet clinic is very beneficial for the breed in general.

Marie with one of the clinic patients

Marie with one of the clinic patients

Marie Barnes - Veterinary Nurse

Marie completed the National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2014. She studied through Otago Polytechnic Distance Learning, completing her required hours with the clinic during 2014 and joining the staff in November 2014. She also helps in the boarding cattery and has a real empathy with animals.

Julie with one of the clinic patients

Julie with one of the clinic patients

Julie Macdonald - Veterinary Nurse

Julie graduated with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2011, studying at SIT in Invercargill. She worked in an Invercargill clinic for 2 ½ years before moving back home to Canterbury in 2015. Growing up on a farm Julie has always been animal orientated and has two cats of her own. She is looking forwarded to enlarging the menagerie with the addition of a horse and puppy very soon.