Veterinary Surgeons


Iain Malcolm

Iain graduated in 1985 as a vet and has spent many enjoyable years working at BBVets since the early 1990s and is now one of the owner-partners of the clinic.

He enjoys the many aspects of vet clinic work but has a particular interest in internal medicine, radiology and ultrasound.

He lives on a small lifestyle block with his wife Julie, their four horses and cat. When not working he is often to be found out enjoying the outdoors: biking, tramping, swimming, hore-riding & skiing.  

Joanne Watkinson

Joanne graduated from Massey University in 2000, joined the practice in 2008 & became an owner-partner in 2022.

Joanne grew up in Bucklands Beach and since qualifying as a vet has worked in Wellington, Hamilton, the United Kingdom & Auckland.  Her particular interest is in feline & emergency medicine.

Joanne and her husband have two young boys & two gorgeous tabby cats. Her interests outside of work include travel, photography and diving.

Ashleigh Wilson-van Duin

Ashleigh joined us early in 2020.  In addition to a Veterinary  Degree, Ashliegh has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Otago (Genetics and Zoology) and also from the University of Oregon.   She has always been passionate about animals, and loves being able to meet and work with the unique personalities of pets that we see on a daily basis.


Deborah Jones

Debbie has been a veterinarian for 30 years and has worked mostly in London or Auckland. She lives in an apartment in a converted flour mill in central Auckland.  Debbie has a very shy rescue cat called Moth who only has three legs. Moth was a badly beaten SPCA cat. She had to amputate one of her hindlegs as it was in so many pieces.  Moth came home with Debbie to recover and learn to walk again and luckily for her, she never went back to the SPCA.  Moth is named after a fairy in Shakespeare’s Mid Summer Nights Dream. The other fairies are Cobweb, Mustardseed and Peaseblossum, so she has three more cats names ready!

Outside of work Debbie loves books, film – addicted to Auckland film festival every year; theatre, travel and obviously Shakespeare!


Anna Jolly

Anna is an experienced veterinarian who has worked in the Howick/Bucklands Beach area for many years including most recently as part of the Manukau After Hours Veterinary Clinic team.  She was a staff member as a young graduate at Bucklands Beach Veterinary Clinic and so has returned "home" in a way.  She is enjoying working in a collaborative environment with our team of veterinarians.

Lianne Mellin
BVSc (Hons)

Lianne graduated from The University of Queensland with a Veterinary Science (Honours) degree. Before joining us in 2022, she was working as a mixed practice vet on Waiheke.

Lianne is incredibly passionate about helping owners care for their pets with a keen focus on preventative health care.

In her spare time, you'll fiind Lianne sharing more about the role as a veterinarian on social media via the handle @yourvetlianne. When she isn't doing this, she is out rollerskating, enjoying the beach, dancing, meeting up with friends, crocheting or collecting/making earrings!

Veterinary Nurses


Kim Elphick

Kim has been a Veterinary Nurse since 1986 and has been working at Bucklands Beach Veterinary since 1994. She is passionate about animals and is thankful to work with an amazing team of people. She has had numerous pets over the years and currently has 2 dogs and 2 cats.

Kim is married to Terry and has two daughters Kirstin and Brittany. Outside of work she enjoys reading, baking and gardening.

Karen Hogg

Karen has been a long term staff member having worked at the clinic for 2 periods of 8-10 years since 1991.  Karen is our main receptionist and is well known to our clients.



Karen Hill

Karen is now in her third decade working at the clinic after starting in 1987 as a newlywed. She and her husband Brett have raised three children and are almost entering the “empty nest” phase of their lives! The pets, clients and staff here at Bucklands Beach Vet Clinic have made this a dream job.

Deborah Eagleton
Certificate in Veterinary Nursing and Animal Care

Deborah has worked at the clinic since 1997. She completed her qualifications in 1999 and gained a Certificate in Animal Care and Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. She enjoys the challenge of working in a busy environment and helping with the day to day running of the clinic.  

Deborah is married to Quentin and they have a daughter, Holly.  Prior to the arrival of Holly, Deborah was our Head Nurse.  She now works part-time, job-sharing with Karen Hill.  Deborah is a loyal member of the team and enjoys the relationships she has built with clients and their pets over the years.



Christy Dudley
NZ Certiificate in Animal Technology (NZCAT)
Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (DVN)
Christy joined our team in early 2019.  She is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing.  Christy has a huge passion for fur babies.  She has 3 gorgeous pets - Cooper, Chance & Versace.  She also likes to cat feed and pet sit & has looked after many of our clients pets while they are away.  Christy also ran our puppy classes last year.  When not at work Christy loves outdoor adventures.  
Chris Henwood
Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (DVN)





Sophie Bedggood
NZ Certiificate in Animal Technology (NZCAT)
Sophie joined our team in mid-2021 after completing a student placement with us earlier in the year.  She is currently still studyiing and hopes to finish her Veterinay Nursing Diploma at the end of 2022.  Sophie is very passionate about all animals, but she especially loves cats.  If Sophie is not at work, she is most likley cuddling her fur baby, Ivy, or spending time with her partner, friends or family.

Jordyn Smith
NZ Certiificate in Animal Technology (NZCAT)

Jordyn did work experience with us mid 2021 and started working for us shortly after.  She currently holds a NZ Certificate in Animal Technology and is in her final of year of study for her Diploma of Veterinary Nursing.

Outside of work Jordyn takes hiphop dance classes once a week.  She enjoys hanging out with family and friends, baking, gardening and travelling.

Shauna Povey
Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (DVN)

Shauna graduated with a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing and joined our team a short time later.  Shauna grew up in West Auckland, before moving to Pakuranga.  


Shauna has two cats, Gizzy & Rusty as well as two Labradors, Harley & Pippi.  


In her spare time Shauna loves to be active, go for bush walks, swim at the beach and go to the gym.  She also loves to bake.