Meet our team
Dr Shanaka Sarathchandra
  • BVSc (dist)
  • MANZCVS (small animal medicine)
  • MANZCVS (small animal radiology)
  • GradDipVetStud (Dist)

Shanaka graduated at Massey University 2004, he has worked in Australia, UK and various clinics in NZ. Completing a small animal rotating internship at the University of Sydney 2006 and passed the Australian College Membership exams in Small Animal Medicine 2008 and small animal radiology in 2018. He was received the National Vet Care award for the most outstanding vet for 2019.
He enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice.
Outside of work Shanaka enjoys cooking, trail running and travelling.

Dr Aileen Russell
  • BVSc
  • MANZCVS (small animal medicine)

Aileen graduated at Bristol University 1996, initially being employed as a mixed animal Vet for 3 years in UK before leaving for her OE. Originally only planning to stay in NZ for 1 year but 16 years later Aileen calls NZ home. In 2010 Aileen joined Pet Doctors where she enjoys all facets of veterinary practice including soft tissue surgery and medicine. She obtained membership qualification in small animal medicine in 2018. Aileen has done volunteer work in India with Vets Beyond Borders where she treated street dogs and educated local communities.

Outside of work Aileen enjoys running and exploring the countryside with her 2 ponies Rue and Mia.

Dr Fran Stephenson
  • BVetMed

My name is Fran, I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2007. After several years working in mixed then small animal only practice in the UK I came to New Zealand in 2013 for a year to travel and work. 6 years later I am still here and work mainly at the Tristram Street clinic with a day a week at Dinsdale. I enjoy all aspects of small animal practice and in my spare time enjoy exploring New Zealand and overseas, crossfit, running and hanging out with my kitten Archie a rescue from Tristram Street.

Dr Jess Caldwell
  • BVSc

Jess graduated from Massey University in 2011. She spent her first three years in practice working in Rotorua and has been with the Hamilton Pet Doctors team since 2016. She particularly enjoys soft tissue surgery. Jess works every Monday at Tristram St. Outside of work she enjoys tramping, gardening and heading out sailing with family.

Dr Rebecca Coote
  • BVSc

Rebecca graduated from Massey University in 2008. She has been part of the Hamilton Pet Doctors team since November. Rebecca works every Thursday at Tristram St. She previously worked with Pet Doctors in Auckland and moved to the Waikato with her family late last year.

Rebecca enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and previously worked as the primary care vet for Guide Dogs and Customs Detector dogs.  She has a passion for dentistry, surgery and medicine.

Rebecca loves the outdoors whether it is walking the dogs, going on a bush walk or playing at the park with the family.

Dr Karyn Flaherty
  • BVSc
Veterinary Nurse/ Team Leader

Hi my name is Maree,
I have been working for Pet Doctors since 2014, and nursing since 2006. I am very passionate about animal welfare, and enjoy continually learning within the Veterinary industry. I have 2 dogs, called Croc and Toby.

Veterinary Nurse

Hi, my name is Bettina and I've been with Pet Doctors a little over a year now. I enjoy a good coffee and cute kittens. I have a cat named Jasper and a dog named Loki, both are rescues and both are adorable.

Veterinary Nurse
  • Dip VN

I have been working with animals of all shapes and sizes since 2008 including a dog training club and my local SPCA that supported me with a scholarship to attend animal care and veterinary nursing studies. I owned a business in dog grooming for 10 years and still enjoy grooming the occasional small dog.

I have 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rats and over 20 goldfish at home!

Veterinary Nurse
  • DVN 

Completed my studies in the Waikato and spent my first two years nursing in the Bay of Plenty where I adopted my cat Fern and did a lot of work with the SPCA. As lovely as it was living in the Bay I have returned home to work with Pet Doctors for my next challenge. I look forward to meeting you and your pets!

April A
Vet Nurse
Vet Nurse

Hi i’m Lauren. I have always had a passion for animals and my favourite tv channel growing up was Animal Planet. I started working at Pet Doctors Tristram Street as a Veterinary Nurse Assistant on the weekends in June 2021. I qualified with my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2022 and have been working full time since. I look forward to meeting you all and your fur babies!

Cattery Manager

All Paws Up! I’m Rochelle and I have been looking after our wonderful cat hotel for the past 7 years, my aim is to help our guests have the most pawsome holiday they can possibly have. I take huge pride in having a pristine, happy hotel full of positive catitude.

Cattery Attendant
Front of House

Hi, I’m Erin, and have recently joined the Team!

I live on an 8 acre lifestyle block, raising Waygu Beef, and also have sheep, lambs, chickens, ducks, two cuddly alpacas (Thelma and Louise), a rescue dog (Molly) and two cats (Lucy and Ziggy). I enjoy travelling to experience exotic wildlife and so far have managed to ride an elephant, pat tigers, cuddle lion cubs and handle some snakes! When not at work, I love gardening, baking, cross-stitching and walking the Te Awa walkways. I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies soon!

Front of House

Kia ora!

I'm August, and I am one of the new faces at Reception here at Tristram Street.

I started here in April 2022, and am absolutely loving being in this environment surrounded by furry friends and lots of knowledge.

I have a gorgeous puppy named Oscar, and he is my bestfriend. I also have 3 free range chickens who are yet to be named (suggestions welcome!)

One of my favourite things so far about working here is meeting all your beautiful canines and getting to give them lots of pats and treats.

I look forward to meeting you and your pet in clinic soon!

Clinic Bird

Tristram is the resident bird at Tristram Street Pet Doctors. He is a cockatiel, the smallest bird in the cockatoo family. He takes pride of place in reception at our clinic, where he sings beautiful songs when he feels like it. He loves to sit in front of his mirror and admire himself, often wolf whistling at his own reflection.

Tristram is often spoken to by all our clients and he loves the attention. If he is not getting any attention, then sometimes he uses his outdoor voice, with not such a beautiful song being sung. He loves his millet and shredding paper, and he really loves to wear his bell as a hat. We respect his bird wishes, and do not handle him, as he is quite happy without humans touching him and messing up his feathers.

We all love Tristram, and you will find all the staff will have a chat to him through the week, just checking in to ensure he is alright.