Our Clinical Team


Richmond Clinic
Andrew Conway
Dr Andrew Conway B.V.Sc.  (Owner & Practice Manager)

Andrew graduated from Massey University in 1975 after growing up on a sheep and cattle farm in Canterbury. Andrew is a true mixed practice vet, enjoying a combination of farm animal work and small animal orthopaedics, advanced dental work and acupuncture. Andrew and his wife Jacqui own the business, having now lived in Nelson for over 28 years after working in England for several years. They live just south of Wakefield on about 120 acres where they farm deer and provide a home to a collection of Jack Russells and ducks. Andrew enjoys digital radiography and has a keen interest in equine lameness and management.

Kelly Phillips
Dr Kelly Phillips BVet Med Hons, BSc Hons M.R.C.V.S.​  (Clinical Manager)

Kelly was born in the South of England, and graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in London with Honours in 2002. She worked in a mixed practice in the UK for a year, then took the plunge and moved to Nelson to work with us. Kelly’s main veterinary interests are animal acupuncture for which has undertaken a year long diploma course, and diagnostic imaging for which she completed a postgraduate distance education course in 2006. Kelly also enjoys venturing into natural medicine, this compliments accupunture and conventional medicine nicely and is certainly being well supported by our clients. As well as a variety of medicine, Kelly enjoys a variety of wildlife, particularly birds of prey, and is often found vetting at equine endurance events. Outside work, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband Neville and their children Jasmine and Josh.

Dr Lyndon White B.V.Sc

Lyndon came to join us at the beginning of 2016, having spent the previous 3 years on the Hauraki Plains in a predominant dairy practice.  Lyndon has a broad base of skills, both with Companion Animals and the large animals. Married to Emma, they have three children, two of which are twins .. so life is very busy !!  Lyndon is originally from the Nelson area and he is a great asset to have back in this area.

Dr Alex Warner D.V.M., M.R.C.V.S.

Alex grew up in rural Lancashire in North West England. After graduating from Glasgow University in 2010, she returned home to Lancashire where she worked in mixed practice for 4 years. Keen for a new challenge, she moved to New Zealand in 2014, living and working in South Canterbury. Since then she has worked in various practices across Australia and the UK, as well as stints volunteering in Fiji and the Greek islands. Alex enjoys travelling, hiking, skiing and most team sports and is looking forward to exploring the Nelson Tasman area.

John Mace
Dr John Mace B.V.Sc.

John grew up on a dairy farm in the Waikato, and graduated from Massey in 1988. John, with his wife, Vicky, and three children live on a lifestyle farm in the Moutere. Johns particular interest is in all large animals particularly in dairy medicine, horses and alpacas, for which he has attended conferences to keep him up to date with medical advances. Most recently, John has become qualified as an InCalf Advisor as part of DairyNZ’s efforts to address the nationally recognised poor fertility in Dairy Cows.

Motueka Clinic
Matt Evans
Dr Matt Evans, B.V.Sc  (Clinical Manager)

Matt graduated from the same class at Massey as Paula and has since worked in mixed animal practices both in NZ and overseas including 8 years in a practice on the Island of Guernsey where he gained a wealth of experience tending to ‘all creatures great and small’ – snakes, lizards and exotic parrots dropping in amongst the cats, dogs, horses and cows. Matt has a particular interest in orthopaedic surgery and cardiology and also runs a behavioural consultancy, K9 Correction, helping owners work through various behavioural issues with their dogs.Matt is married with 3 young children who are make sure he is kept on his toes! He enjoys sport, especially rugby and cricket but also finds time for a bit of guitar and art.


In todays advanced veterinary environment, veterinary nurses provide a critical role in the delivery of quality veterinary care. Without their expertise, professionalism and care, veterinary clinics would not be able to provide the medical and surgical care expected by todays public.

Richmond Clinic
Jennifer Chaddock
Jennifer Chaddock.

Jen gained her Veterinary Nursing Certificate in 2008, achieving the Shoof award for Excellence in Anaesthesia. She has been working for us full time since graduating. Jen quickly became involved with the running of our Puppy Classes and Weight Management consults, and is always happy to help owners and puppies develop great relationships. She loves studying and has completed courses in reception skills and dogs and is looking for courses to keep her challenged! Outside work she is an active member of the Civil Defence Urban Search and rescue team, and enjoys an active lifestyle. Jen spends a lot of her spare time with her rescue dog Penny who helps Jen teach the dog behaviour component in her puppy classes and her wildlife kitten Terror.

Nicky Black
Chloe Bartlett.

Chloe graduated in 2012 with her National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing from Otago Polytechnic. She has a passion for animals and welfare including her extra curricular involvement in Project Jonah Whale Rescue. Chloe has Two border collies at home, Tasha and Neko, both keeping her busy outside of work.





Nicky Black.

Nicky started working for us in 1992, and gained her certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 1994. Nicky works two days a week, and ensures our customers are well looked after. Outside of work Nicky enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and menagerie of pets including another rescue dog from our clinic called Jade, as well as her companion Rosie and multiple rescue cats!!!!

Kay Bishell
Kay Bishell.

Kay gained her Veterinary Nursing Certificate in 1998 achieving the Merial Meritorious Award for Excellence. Kay joined our clinic full time in 2000, and has a strong interest in animal rehabiliation and physio, and is keen to learn and expand on the rehabiliation within the veterinary field. She enjoys training vet nursing and animal care students that are with us regularly. Outside of work Kay enjoys getting outside and spending time with her family, her dog Moss and her cat Russian, both rescues from the clinic of course!

Motueka Clinic
Lauren Metz.

Ren has been working at the Motueka branch (originally under Tasman Bay Vets) since she graduated as a vet nurse in July 2005. In the last few years she has moved away from the nursing side of things and is more involved in the admin/reception side of the business. She also runs the clinics puppy school classes. Outside of work she spends most of her spare time riding, keeping her mare fit for competing in local competitive trail rides and endurance rides. She also loves spending time out walking her dogs and going on the occasional hunt. Ren and her husband have 10 dogs between them – three are pets and the rest are pigdogs.


Karen has recently returned to NZ from Australia where she completed her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2005. She is a mother to 4 human babies and loads of fluffy ones including; her wonderful Staffy, Devon, Indy the cat with attitude, Secoya the goat who thinks she is a dog, a turkey couple who love a good gobble, about 20 hens and 3 kuni kuni pigs.

Lydia Williams.

Lydia graduated in 2013 as a Veterinary Nurse through Otago and shes been with us ever since. Lydia is seen mostly at the Motueka clinic and sometimes at the Mapua clinic. Lydia enjoys playing rugby, spending time with family and friends and going on adventures with her dog Maisy to stay fit and active outside of work.


There is an immense amount of paper work involved in running a veterinary practice, and to ensure that everything happens on time and in a well organised way. Key people are needed to make this happen at our individual clinics.

Katie Halliday.

Katie has been an on and off part  of our team for a few years now but is a Marine Biologist by trade. Katie has decided to stay on dry land with her husband Dave and her furr baby Encke after a three year stint doing dolphin research in Marlborough Sounds.

Helen Fry.  (Accounts Manager)

Helen has worked at Tasman Bay Vets forever! She started at the practice by chance of fate and having always been an animal lover it suited her down to the ground. These days she not only keeps the Mapua clinic running smoothly, handling everything from the reception work, ordering stock and helping the vets, but also does the finances and accounts for both clinics.Helen is a keen horsewoman and is involved in riding, training and breeding. Her five horses Bert, Junior, Billy, Bree and Blue keep her very busy but she still finds time for her lovable feline Mr Bear, a slightly rotund charcoal grey domestic short hair and Scully, the newest addition, who is a collie/huntaway X. She also enjoys gardening, clowning around and spending time with friends.

Jacqui Conway


Jacqui Conway. (Practice Manager & Owner)

Jacqui is married to Andrew and together they own the Vet Centre clinics.

Jacqui has a broad management role checking on systems and processes to ensure that both clinics are well run and coordinated.

Tim Varley
Tim Varley.

Tim has worked for many years in retail with a strong background in the stock companies. Tim lives in Richmond and usually found out on the road servicing his clients and those of The Vet Centre. Tim’s sells other products for Tasman Crop alongside the animal health products from The Vet Centre.Tim can be contacted directly by phoning027 430 8893 or Contact The Vet Centre