Geoff Mehrtens – Veterinarian
As the founding veterinarian Geoff has been with the clinic since its inception in 1993.
He has a special interest in orthopaedic surgery and dermatology.
When he isn’t at the clinic or busy farming, he likes to spend time with his three daughters, cycling, jet boating, or taking part in outdoor sports.
Geoff has dabbled in a little TV vet stuff on Animal Academy. There have been no offers from Hollywood as yet!
John Ingles – Veterinarian
John owned his own veterinary clinic in Christchurch before joining the St Albans team in 2005. He has special interests in surgery and oncology (cancer management and treatment).
When not working at the clinic or renovating his home, John enjoys running, reading and gardening to relax. John was all set to run in the New York marathon in 2011 before injury struck, watch this space he may get there yet!!
Thea Taylor – Veterinarian
Thea graduated from Massey in 2012 and worked at another Christchurch practice before joining us in 2014.
She is mountainbike obsessed, currently working on ticking off the great New Zealand single tracks one by one with her partner Tom.
Her pride and joy is her handsome dog Gloucester, who she found in a cardboard box on Gloucester St as a tiny pup. He is a great running buddy and guard dog, and now the top model on the Ourvets books.
Jonathan Busch – Veterinarian
Jonathan joined the team atOurvets in November 2011. He graduated from Massey University in 2006. Jonathan enjoys being a veterinarian and is studying towards his Masters in Vet Medicine. He particularly enjoys medical cases, as well as surgery.
Outside of work, his interests include hockey, snowboarding, mountain biking and mountain running. He has a young German Wire Haired Pointer called Heidi, who keeps him busy!
Richard Lucy – Veterinarian / Ultrasonographer
BVSc MANZCVSc (Radiology) MRCVS Royal College Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology (UK) DipVCS (Dist.)
Richard joined the team at Ourvets in 2014 having just completed a 2 & 1/2 year training program in human ultrasonography/echocardiography at Christchurch Public Hospital.
Previously Richard worked at Massey University, Sydney University and the Royal Veterinary College in London, where he lectured and gained qualifications in Radiography and Veterinary Cardiology.
Richard sees referral patients from all around the South Island, as well as our regular Ourvets clients.
In his spare time he can often be found mucking around on his lifestyle block (and yes, this is a picture of him performing an ultrasound on a Cheetah).
Alice Finch – Veterinarian
Alice has been a part of our veterinarian team since May 2017. She works across all three of our clinics and enjoys the variation that each clinic brings.
From a young age, Alice wanted to be a veterinarian. She was known to bring home a vateity of lost and hurt animals to her parent’s farm in Omakau to nurse them back to health. In 2015, she graduated from Massey and has worked in Christchurch as a vet ever since.
Back on the farm, Alice has an old horse named Napoleon and a cat called Oscar.
Within the veterinary field, Alice has a particular interest in performing surgeries and takes pride in her attention to detail. She also loves meeting new clients and getting to know them and their pets.
In her spare time, Alice enjoys riding horses and absolutely loves dancing. She dances modern jive competitively and also enjoys a bit of Brazilian Zouk.