Dr. Alex Gilmore DVM PhD
Hello I am Dr. Alexandra Gilmore and moved to Waiheke Island 6 years ago. It all started off with Vets on Waiheke on Putiki Road and we now have expanded over to Waiheke Vets in Oneroa. I'm originally from Germany (I graduated in Germany 2004), but to combine my passion for traveling and veterinary I became a vet here in New Zealand. The path to come here wasn`t always easy, as I had to re-sit all my veterinary exams and fight a battle with New Zealand's immigration office at the same time. Running two vet practices and a family- yes life has become very busy, but we just love what we do!
When I'm not working I enjoy going to the cinema or the gym, photography, reading, pottery, traveling or just simply walking the dog down a beach or socializing with friends. Since recently- its also our little son Eden who is turning 4 years soon.
Looking back at my life and what I´ve done with it so far, I think, I can be pretty proud: working at a couple different companion animal clinics all over Germany, traveling the world to Australia, South Africa, India (where I also done some of my practical training and volunteer work), America, Europe (that's an easy one, as I am from there!), writing my PHD in Brazil....to sit here now and watch the sun set over Waiheke Island.....isn't really bad after all.
Dr. Heather Reeder BVSc
I graduated from Veterinary School in 1998 and then worked in a practice in Auckland. My husband and I decided we would like to work overseas, so we both found work in England and stayed there for the next 4 years. We came back to NZ and I spent time raising my two children; Keelan and Maddison. I have a long association with Waiheke Island and I am enjoying working here. My family and I have been living on the island for over 2 years now.
Lianne Mellin -Fifth year student BVSc (hons) - starting Jan 2021 as our new graduate Vet
Kia ora! I’m Lianne, a graduate veterinarian from The University of Queensland, Australia. I may have studied across the ditch but I grew up and went to school just over a smaller body of water in the Bucklands Beach area on the mainland. I actually received my vet school acceptance letter via email whilst I was on Waiheke Island and I remember driving past the clinic and imagining myself working here… full circle!
My passions lie in both companion animals and lifestyle animals and I have a very soft spot for alpacas and llamas. I’m also interested in surgery, dentistry, and ultrasonography.
Outside of veterinary, I love to spend time at the beach, going horse riding and spending time with friends and family. I also enjoy video editing, making jewellery (ask me about my earring collection) and dancing!