Nursing Team

Toni Burnett Dip VN

Veterinary Nurse

Toni joined MVS Small Animals in April 2011.

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, fostering neonatal kittens and emergency cases.

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, with her partner and young daughter in tow. After a trip to Europe she officially has caught the “travel bug” and further over seas travel is on her bucket list.


Christina Janse van Rensburg Dip VN

Veterinary Nurse

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

She completed her Veterinary Nursing Diploma in December 2011 at the Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland and prior to that spent 3 years 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.  Emergency and toxicity cases are a main interest of hers and with her vast experience is where she most excels.   Christina is often found lingering at reception ensuring our retail products are fully stocked or sourcing alternatives for our clients.

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 can  be found on her lifestyle block doing up or fixing things.  She enjoys spending valuable time with her husband Willem and her son’s Larson & Colton.  Christina is also on the secretary on the Matamata Equestrian Group committee where they hold a Horse Trial in Matamata each year in March.   She has 2 cats called Jax and Tara and 3 chickens who keep her very entertained outside of work hours.


Esther Atkins DipVN

Veterinary Nurse

Esther became a Veterinary Nurse in 2017 and joined MVS Small Animals in February 2019.

Esther enjoys the variety that nursing brings with a special interest in the intensive hospital nursing care. She strives to make the stay for our hospital patients as comfortable as possible and goes that extra mile to give them all lots of TLC.

Outside of work Esther enjoys hanging out with her husband and 4 children.  They enjoy the outdoors, swimming and the beach.  Esther also has a well loved animal family consisting of 3 cats and 3 dogs.


Stevie Gray DipVN

Veterinary Nurse

Stevie joined MVS Small Animals in February 2019.  She graduated as a Diploma Veterinary nurse from Wintec in Hamilton in 2018.

Stevie is very interested in surgical nursing and the various rewards and challenges it brings. She likes to provide excellent monitoring and care to our fury friends. If she could, she would happily spend all her time in the kennels with the animals giving them cuddles and pats to make sure they feel safe.

In her spare time she loves to explore NZ through road trips and hikes, spend time with friends/family and relax listening to music while doing art work. She looks forward to eventually travelling overseas and is aiming to head to Ireland and Scotland first.


Paris Kepa DipVN

Veterinary Nurse

Paris began nursing for MVS Small Animals in a part time locum capacity whilst studying since the beginning of 2020.  Not long after, she became a permanent team member.   Hospital and surgery are her favourite work areas.  She gains much satisfaction seeing positive results when patients’ reap the rewards due to the care, time and effort devoted towards them.

Recently Paris has been working alongside an orthopedic surgeon outside her normal work hours and is constantly developing new skills.

Paris grew up in Hamilton and studied Veterinary Nursing at Wintec.  She enjoys hiking and taking in the beautiful scenery New Zealand has to offer, watching live music and spending time with her nieces/nephews.


Ellis Kingsbury CVN

Veterinary Nurse 

Ellis joined MVS Small Animals in July 2021.

Ellis graduated in 2016 from the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic with a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing and jumped straight into working as a Vet nurse for the last 5 years in the Bay before recently moving to Matamata in June.

She enjoys all aspects of the job but mainly loves dealing with surgical and hospitalized patients needing a little TLC. Outside of work Ellis enjoys getting outside, whether it’s going for a walk with her dog Louie or heading over to the beach for the day


Liz Allen VN

Veterinary Nurse

Liz joined MVS Small Animals in 2023.  She started vet nursing in 1993 and qualified in the UK in 1996.  She worked in various small animal and mixed practices in the UK before moving to NZ in 1999.   Liz worked in Hamilton and Cambridge as a vet nurse before going on maternity leave for 13 years!  Liz has previously worked in a sausage factory, as a teacher aide, a cleaner, a gardener and on farm whilst bringing up her 2 children, now aged 11 and 13.She has a dog, horse and 2 guinea pigs at home and lots of cows.

When Liz came to NZ she wanted to learn how to ski, surf and ride a motorbike.  She has achieved all 3, but enjoys surfing the most, or just hanging out at the beach.

The best part of being a Veterinary Nurse is meeting amazing clients and making a difference for them and their pets.  Intensive nursing and nutrition are favourite subjects for Liz.


Stacey Naea CVN

Veterinary Nurse AssistantStacey joined MVS Small Animals in October 2023 as a full-time student pursuing a Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing.Her journey in the field began with certifications in companion animal care (2019) and animal technology (2023) attained from Auckland Unitec. Alongside her academic pursuits, she actively gathered invaluable experience across various clinics and catteries, honing her practical skills.Her passion lies in delving into the intricate responsibilities of a veterinary nurse, with a keen focus on animal behaviour and specialised post-surgery care. Stacey’s enthusiasm for providing exceptional care and attention to animals drives her dedication to this profession.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Stacey finds joy in family and pet activities. Her interests extend to football, dance and music which she passionately engages in outside of her work commitments.