Our Team

Brendan Hickman

BVSc, BAppSc, PGDipBA - Practice Owner & Managing Director

In 2023 Brendan celebrated 20 years since qualifying as a Veterinarian, although he’s less on the tools these days, having slowly made the transition from being a clinical veterinarian to focusing on his role as the Managing Director of Nelson Vets and its team of 35+ people. 

Brendan makes sure we are always progressing, always improving and are living by our core values. While he is no longer performing consultations and surgeries on a daily basis, he is still very much involved in ensuring that both clinics are running smoothly and that clients and their pets are being given the best care possible. 

Brendan is passionate about his work, and loves building relationships with clients and organisations, being integral in our support to local charities; the Nelson SPCA and Natureland Wildlife Trust. He also donates some of his time towards the Veterinary Business Branch for the New Zealand Veterinary Association, with the aim of helping to increase wellbeing and retention within the profession.

Outside of work, he ‘actively relaxes’ by partaking in adventure racing, and gets a lot of training opportunities chasing after his three adventurous, but very lovable, children.


 

Veterinarians

Adam Stanyer

Adam Stanyer

BSC (Hons), BVM&S, GP Cert SAS

Practice Owner

Alissa Hutchison

Alissa Hutchison

BVSc

Brendan Hickman

Brendan Hickman

BVSc, BAppSc, PGDipBA

Practice Owner & Managing Director

Carol Cathman

Carol Cathman

DVM, BA

Grace Miller

Grace Miller

BVSc

Iain Pashby

Iain Pashby

BVM&S

Jacqui Hickman

Jacqui Hickman

BVSc 

Practice Owner & Deputy Head Vet

Jonathan Spurgeon

Jonathan Spurgeon

BSc (Hons), BVSc CertGP SAP, CertGP Fel.P MRCVS

Katie Bowron

Katie Bowron

BVSc

Kelly Phillips

Kelly Phillips

BVetMed (Hons), BSC (Hons)

Head Vet

Melanie Zwiener

Melanie Zwiener

DVM, DrMedVet

Rachel Stanyer

Rachel Stanyer

BVM&S, MSc WAH

Rick Hesketh

Rick Hesketh

BVSc