511 Cameron Road, Tauranga, (Between 10th &11th Ave)
Hello everyone, firstly I would like to thank both my grandparents Arfon and Audrey for the love I have for animals.
Originally from New Plymouth, most of my days were spent horse riding with the disabled as well as visiting lots of zoos and farms. I also grew up on a farm looking after horses, cows, variety of birds, cats, dogs and even tropical fish.
I travelled to Fiji where I visited the SPCA in Suva where I donated food and money. One day I will head back and volunteer with my daughter.
I still had the desire that I needed to do more, so with hard work and integrity I graduated a NZQA certificate in Vet nursing level 5.
I'm honoured now to be given the opportunity to be apart of an amazing team at SmartVets. I can now offer more to help our furry or feathered friends. It's very rewarding to be greeted daily with a tail wag and a mouth full of teeth smiling back at you and of course the odd kiss doesn't go a miss. It's always a pleasure to also bond with the owners and share the same passion.
In my spare time I enjoy swimming, zumba, yoga and spending quality time with my beautiful daughter Harper, and my handsome dog V8.
I look forward to meeting you all very soon.
Dr. Shrawan Bhandari is a New Zealand registered mixed practitioner and has several years of working experience both with pets and farm animals. Originally from Nepal, he migrated to New Zealand in 2004 and is now a NZ citizen. Besides overseas, in New Zealand he has worked as a vet in South Canterbury, Manawatu and Waikato regions.
He was qualified as a vet (BVSc) in 2001. After working for two years in mixed practice, he completed a masters degree from Massey University specialising in reproduction in 2004. He then moved to Canada and worked at University of Saskatoon. He came back to New Zealand to undertake a PhD in lung infections. After five years of research works, he successfully completed the doctoral degree from Christchurch School of Medicine, Otago University. He then studied at Massey to complete a postgraduate diploma in small animal oncology (study of cancers) and anaesthesia. He has also completed postgraduate course in Emergency Medicine from Massey University.
Janelle was born and bred right here in the beautiful Bay of Plenty. She attended local schools and studied at Toi Ohomai in 2017 to gain her Veterinary Nursing Assistant certificate. Janelle is currently working part time at Smart Vets while she continues to study in Hamilton to achieve her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.
Janelle knew from a young age that she loved animals but growing up only ever had one cat and two goldfish. She volunteered at the Tauranga SPCA where she got to meet many gorgeous rescue cats and dogs. It was when Janelle got a job on a rescue goat farm that she realized her passion for working with large animals too. Smart Vets is a mixed animal practice which means Janelle gets the best of both worlds!
Janelle loves to travel and experience different cultures. She has travelled to over 16 different countries across Europe, the UK and the South Pacific. One day Janelle hopes to return to the UK and Europe to work as a Veterinary Nurse abroad.
Jaz is originally from South Africa where she grew up on a dry stock farm with her big family who bred Rottweiler’s and German Shepherds.
She then went on to start horse riding at the age of 7 years old. With her veterinary experience starting at the age of 12 where she volunteered at a PDSA(Poor Dispensary for Sick Animals)in Cape Town, this organization was in a very rough area and most of the animals were strays and abuse cases, Jaz started as a kennel assistant and by the age of 16 was a veterinary nurse assistant.
In 2010 Jaz moved to New Zealand, upon arrival she was involved with Riding for the Disabled and horse rehabilitation in Auckland. She worked on a dry stock farm in the Waikato for a year and was also highly involved in breaking in horses and horse riding camps, Jaz went on to study Vet Nursing in Auckland soon after. Before and while studying Jaz worked as a riding instructor and boarding kennel assistant, where she was also highly involved in dog rescue and chained dog rescue.
As a qualified nurse Jaz has experience in a variety of animals in and out of a clinical scene this includes Rabbits, Rats + Mice, Lizards, Birds, goats and all farm animals.
Jaz has a funny farm of her own which includes Two dogs (Huntaway + Siberian Husky), 4 Cats, 12 chickens+ quills and a pair of beautiful Orpington ducks.
Jaz has a HUGE passion for cat rescue + proper cat handling/care. Jaz hopes to one day open a Cat sanctuary + rehoming in New Zealand.
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