Nursing Team

Toni Burnett DVN

Senior Veterinary Nurse

Toni joined MVS in April 2011 as part of our Small Animal Team

Toni graduated from Wintec in 2012 with a Diploma in Vet Nursing

Toni initially started working at an Equine reproduction facility but after her first day spent in a Small Animal clinic she was hooked and hasn’t looked back since. Toni has a love of hospital nursing, and fostering neonatal kittens and enjoys playing a role in the day to day running of the clinic.

Outside of work Toni enjoys hiking the many tracks that can be found locally, and occasionally venturing further afield to take in some on NZ’s breath taking scenery. After a trip to Europe she officially has caught the “travel bug” and further over seas travel is on her bucket list. Toni also has a love of all things 1920’s to 1950’s and is a regular at Art Deco weekend, Beach Hop and many other events where there is a opportunity to put her glad rags on and kick up her heels.

Christina Janse van Rensburg DVN

Veterinary Nurse

Christina joined MVS in September 2015 after being at the Animal Emergency Centre in Mt Albert, Auckland for 4 years.

Christina completed her Veterinary Nursing Diploma in December 2011 at the Unitec Institute of Technology in  Auckland and prior to that she spent 3 years doing calf rearing in the South Island.

Christina really enjoys a challenge at work and is always willing to do her best to help patients through the tough times. She excels in emergency and toxicity situations, as it is a main interest of hers and she has a lot of experience in it. You will often find her ‘head down, bum up’ counting or ordering stock as she manages the stock system for the department. A quote that Christina especially resonates with is “loving animals means loving all animals, not just the ones we share our homes with”.

Outside of work Christina will be found in her backyard fixing or doing up things on her 3.5 acre lifestyle block. She also actively competes her horse ‘Lady’ at Eventing Horse Trials all over the North Island, as well as having lessons with top NZ riders. Christina is also on the committee for the Walton Boxing Club and will be found there training 3 times a week. She has a Springer Spaniel called Cruz and 6 chickens who keep her very entertained outside of work.



Rachel Lynch CVN

Veterinary Nurse

Rachel joined MVS in August 2016 as part of the Small Animal Team.

Rachel completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in Australia in 2010 and has worked in emergency & welfare based clinics around Australia and has also volunteered as a veterinary nurse in South-East Asia.

Rachel is an all-rounder at the clinic and loves giving hospital/surgical patients the TLC they need when away from their families. She will treat your pets as though they were her own.

Outside of work Rachel enjoys going hiking with her husband and two dogs and exploring the beautiful Waikato. You will also find her in all of the opshops looking for vintage items to upcycle.

Shaina Lewis CVN

Veterinary Nurse

Shaina joined MVS in November 2016 as part of our Small Animal team.

Shaina graduated from WINTEC in 2011. She has previously worked in a range of animal-related fields including a pet store, boarding kennels and animal welfare.

Shaina is often the first person to greet you at our small animal counter and is very keen to assist you when selecting the best healthcare products for your pet. When not in reception, you will find Shaina assisting our vets in surgery and caring for our hospital patients. Shaina has a keen interest in animal nutrition and dog behaviour.

Outside of work Shaina enjoys renovating her house with her husband and spending time with her 3 cats and 3 dogs.

Rebecca Holton BSc

Veterinary Nurse

Rebecca joined MVS in August 2018 as part of our Small Animal team covering Shaina whilst on maternity leave.

Rebecca completed her Bachelor of Science with a focus on Veterinary Nursing in 2018 at the University of Bristol and has worked in both first opinion clinics and referral hospitals.

Rebecca most enjoys one on one patient nursing where she can get involved in a case and follow it through.

Outside of work you will find Rebecca exploring New Zealand and enjoying all of our fabulous hikes. She has a love of travelling and hopes to see as much as possible while she is here.

Kristie Gulbransen CVN, BSocSc

Veterinary Nurse/ Receptionist

Kristie re- joined MVS in July 2018 as part of our Small Animal Team

She graduated from Waikato University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Social Science and also graduated from Wintec in 2002 with a Certificate in Vet Nursing.

Kristie originally joined MVS in 2002 spending 12 years in the Small Animal and GlenBred Teams.  She couldn’t resist returning to MVS as a Small Animal Vet Nurse Administrator in 2018.

Kristie has a love of animals, an interest in dog behavior, enjoys the organizing of our busy day to day schedule and meeting and greeting clients.  She will be one of the first people you see when you walk through the door.

Kristie is married to Tony, they have a 7 year old son Liam and a golden retriever called Bailey.  Outside of work Kristie is passionate about travel, enjoys squash, yoga and the great outdoors.