Matt Ebbers

David Thurgood


David Thurgood BVSc


David joined Whitianga Vets in 2009 after an extended working holiday in the UK. It was while in the UK that he met his wife.

Dave is vastly experienced as a small animal clinician but has a particular interest in small animal surgery, and

in the spring, he is equally at home up to his armpits calving a cow. Dave lives on a lifestyle block just out of Whitianga with his wife, 3 daughters, 2 dogs, a cat, 10 chickens, 30 sheep and 6 cows.

In his spare time he can be found on the end of a fishing rod or swimming along the bottom of his favourite fishing/diving spot in the Mercury Bay. 

Matt Ebbers BVSc

Matt joined us after working in mixed practice in the Waikato and Central Plateau for nine years. When the opportunity arose to move to a much warmer and less foggy place, the decision wasn't too difficult.

Matt is passionate about the dairy industry and improving both economic and animal health outcomes, while supporting farmers to continue the proud history of farming in the Mercury Bay area.

Matt is also a capable small animal vet and can often be found in clinic putting pig dogs back together.

Matt lives on a small lifestyle block outside of Whitianga with his wife and 3 young children. When possible, they enjoy tramping through some of the stunning Coromandel scenery.

Kirsty Holtzhausen BVSc


Kirsty joined the Whitianga Vets team at the start of 2018 and now knows most of the local characters. South African born but New Zealand raised, Kirsty has settled in well with the local community.

Kirsty recently graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University, with a broad interest in all animals large and small. She complements the team well as Whitianga Vets is a true mixed animal practice.

Keep an eye out for her mischievous cat Loki who has been known to steal steak from neighbouring properties.

While she is not working, she can be found hiking, scuba diving for crayfish, or getting stuck into her garden.

Anna Lomonossoff BVSc


Anna joined our team in November 2019, having graduated from the University of Liverpool with distinction in July 2018.

She is interested in all things animal-related, and spends most of her free time out on walks with her dog Napoleon (and her husband Michael!), as well as learning to surf.

Anna has a particular small animal focus, however can occasionally be seen with animals with hooves.

Anna and Michael moved here from the UK last year, and are loving the laid-back, friendly, Coromandel lifestyle.


Meg Fryer 


Head Vet Nurse

Meg grew up in the sunny Bay of Plenty where she studied a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing.

Her love for the outdoors and animals inspired her to work in the veterinary profession.

Meg has been in the industry since 2014, and joined the team at Whitianga Vets as head vet nurse. 

Meg owns two Pomeranians (that she is VERY passionate about!) and a much spoiled pig dog that has rights to the double bed. 

You will often find Meg out with her Pomeranians, hiking in the bush with her pig hunting dog, or on the boat fishing.

Daphne Rea

Daphne is our longest serving staff member and has been a Whitianga local longer than Lover's Rock. Daphne runs a local haulage business and dry stock farm with her two sons.

Daphne's knowledge of the local community and area is vast, and probably comparable to a Mercury Bay encyclopedia (if there is one).

Daphne has a particular passion for her Hereford beef cattle and can often be seen corralling them on the family farm on McLeod's straight. 

Anoushka Wales 

Vet Nurse

Anoushka was born in Gisborne but has been living in Whitianga for the last 4 years. She recently graduated from Wintec with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. While studying, Anoushka completed her work placement with us and was subsequently welcomed into a full-time position. She is passionate about small animal nursing, patient care (and after-care) and anything rabbit related. She is mum of two Jack Russells and two cheeky rabbits. In her spare time Anoushka can be found exploring the Coromandel, building DIY projects and practising photography.

Debbie Balsom

Receptionist/ Trainee Vet Nurse

Debbie is our receptionist/ nurse-in-training.

She loves animals and comes from a dairy farming background in the Waikato. Debbie's been in Whitianga for 18 years and lives here with her partner and three children, two dogs and two cats. You might see her out running with two golden retrievers "George" and "Molly". In other lives Debbie was a hairdresser, and likes to spends her spare time with her family or in the garden.

Debbie will start her vet nurse training early this year and can't wait to get into it.

Michael Lomonossoff


Michael started with us in October 2019 to help out on the front desk, and is more than happy when he gets taken out to help on farm calls as well (at least, this is the plan!).

He graduated from the University of Lincoln with a history degree in 2017, however his career has taken a rather unexpected but enjoyable turn.

Michael is a friendly, approachable guy who is in his element when helping clients, whichever way he can. He and our vet Anna are married, (they moved over from the UK last year). They have a dog called Napoleon and are suckers for fostering anything cute.