|ESTUARY VETERINARY CLINIC||
Dr. Griff Lash - Veterinarian
My family had a dairy farm in Stratford Taranaki where I was raised working with animals so studying for a Veterinary
degree was always on the cards
I Graduated from Massey University in 1974 and headed to Manaia in South Taranaki and
worked there for 5 years in a dairy practice.
After the birth of our daughter Rebecca we set off on our big OE where we travelled in a camper van around England and Europe, working in between times in mainly small animal practices in and around London.
December 1980 we decided to go to a warmer climate in Johannesburg
South Africa. After 2 1/2 years of working in small animal and equine
practices in Johannesburg, and the birth of our son Heath, we were bitten by the Africa bug and the family moved to Kimberley the hub of the Diamond
industry in the Northern Cape to take over a mixed practice.
After 13 successful and enjoyable years spent in Kimberley we decided to move back to New Zealand in January 1996. I worked in a mixed practice in Kamo Whangarei for 2 1/2 years and in September 1999 we moved south to
Christchurch and purchased Ferrymead Veterinary Clinic and together built a successful business over the years until February 2011 when the clinic was lost in the earthquake. We are delighted to be able to set up in close proximity to the old clinic as the Estuary Veterinary Clinic.
When not working in the practice I am a keen cyclist, kayaker and golfer and also enjoy tramping and camping in the Southern Alps.
Maree Lash -
I hail from the North Island , Stratford in Taranaki. I am a registered Nurse ( yes people nurse) and trained in Palmerston North.
I worked as a registered nurse at Hawera hospital before the birth of our daughter Rebecca.
We all left New Zealand on our OE in 1979 and travelled to England, and around Europe for 1 1/2 years before going to South Africa.
We worked in Johannesburg for 2 1/2 years where our son Heath was born.
We loved the life style, the warmth and the wild life so eventually purchased a practice in Kimberley in the Northern Cape where I managed our veterinary clinic. I also did some volunteer work helping cancer patients at home. We then returned to New Zealand in 1996 working in Whangarei .
In 1999 we made the journey south and purchased Ferrymead Veterinary clinic . We had many years living and working in the area creating a wonderful family environment for our clients and their fur babies.
The Ferrymead Veterinary clinic was badly affected in the February earthquakes and has subsequently been demolished .
My interests include patchwork and any crafts . I also enjoy cooking and walking with friends .
Steph McLaffarty - Veterinarian
Lin Brown -
Qualified Veterinary Nurse
I have been a qualified veterinary nursing for "many " years now and am still very
passionate about the well being of your pets.
Having had many of my own pets I understand the importance they have in your life.
My husband ,Pete and I live with two cats," au the moment, Alice (fancy pants) who was hand raised by us from two days of age, at the old xxx clinic, and "Tau" who was an abandoned Earthquake rescue cat.
It is a privilege to share in the lives of your pets and I look forward to meeting old and new "four pawed "friends .
Tiff Dawson- Qualified Veterinary Nurse
I have worked as a qualified vet nurse for a number of years now and still love the daily contact with clients and their pets and seeing the special bond they share.
I have had many animals myself although am currently "in between" pets at the moment, a situation I am sure will change soon as I am not good at being an "empty nester".
I live by the beach and in my spare time spend alot of time trying to grow a garden in the sand.
I am really pleased to be working with the team at Estuary Vet and am looking forward to meeting you all in the new clinic.
Pip Henderson -
Qualified Veterinary Nurse
My home consists of Me, my partner Tony, two little boys Jimmy and Gus, Wilma the dog (the furry princess) and Fozzie the cat (Fozz Balls).
We also call our home “The Halfway house for waifs and strays” as we often have an animal hanging about who is needing some extra care before we find them a new home.
I have been a veterinary Nurse for 15 years now and still love the contact with the animals and their owners. I’m really enjoying being back after a break raising our boys and post earthquake.
Hoping to add many thousands of new pets in the future to our clan as I would like to become a Beekeeper.