our friendly experienced staff

Meet the staff

Wairakei Rd Veterinary Clinic employs trained, experienced staff. The veterinarians and nurses have been committed to veterinary care for many years and have a deep devotion to pets and their welfare. This ensures that you and your pets will be treated with the compassion and understanding that you and they deserve. Our aim is to help you provide a long, happy and healthy life for your pets. Our team can be relied upon to provide the best standards of care to your pets.

Our veterinarians

Trevor Thompson - Veterinarian

After studying at Lincoln University, I developed an interest in veterinary science and moved to Massey, graduating as a vet in 1977. I have now worked in pet practice for 36 years, and have enjoyed being at the Wairakei Rd Veterinary Clinic for 33 years. My wife Lorraine and I are the present owners of the clinic. My passion has always been small animal medicine and surgery.

My other passions include family life with my wife and sons, fishing and weekends in the high country.

[photo: Trevor & Phostulox]

Kyleah Traber - Veterinarian

Having graduated from Canterbury University with a BSc in Biology in 2009, I spent a few years doing office work before I decided to change my career and find my passion. I found it at vet school, and graduated from Massey University with a BVSc in 2016. I love the variety of working as a vet, and enjoy working with clients to achieve the best possible outcome for their beloved pets.

In my spare time I like to work on my arts and crafts projects, explore the outdoors, and spend time with family and friends.

Michael Meehan B.V.Sc, B.Sc, (Hons), Phd - Veterinarian

After graduating from University Of Queensland I spent three years in a busy small animal clinic in Sydney before setting off to the Uk. In the Uk I worked in a small animal clinic which also dealt in exotic pets such as South American Chinchilla, hampsters and other pocket pets. I came back to Australia in the early 2000's and worked in a emergency/critical care clinic which I enjoyed. I am also very interested in the animal/human relationship so this led me to further my studies and I gained a PhD in this field. I was then fortunate enough to get a job in a Canadian University teaching in communications in the veterinary field.

I was then swayed by the beauty of New Zealand and moved here with my wife in 2015. I really enjoy the outdoors tramping and finding remote huts. I also have three cats at home two tonkinese and one very timid rescue moggy.

Our vet nurses

Jai Tompkins – Senior Nurse/Office Manager

I graduated nursing in 2003 and joined the team at Wairakei Road in 2004 so am part of the furniture now. I love how everyday is different and you never know what to expect. I now manage the day to day running of the clinc but still keep my hand in surgery which I particularly enjoy.

My spare time is now mainly taken up by husband and wee boy Callum but I also enjoy music and dancing. I also can't forget my fur child Tom the cat who rules the house and neighbourhood.

[photo: Jai & Molly]

Joeey Rodley – Vet Nurse

I graduated nursing at the end of 2015 and was fortunate enough to be offered a position at the Wairakei Road Vet Clinic after being a student here throughout my training.

In my spare time I love curling up with a good book and a cup of tea and visiting my family and fur babys, Chadwick, Casey & Nicky.

Di Speden – Vet Nurse

Since graduating in 2014 I joined the Wairakei Road team in June 2017. Before that I was a keen baker however my passion to nurse animals back to health and having a soft spot for old dogs lead me to this career. I have a rescue Collie X called Tom who I love dearly and am sure there will be many more pets in the years to come.

When I am not at work or with Tom I spend time with friends, traveling and biking.

In 2017 I went back to study, completing the Diploma of veterinary nursing and look forward to applying that new knowledge to my work.

Kelsey King – Vet Nurse Assistant

In 2017 I did my work placement at Wairakei Road. After qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse Assistant I was lucky enough to be offered a casual position whilst carrying on my studies to gain my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I also have my fur babies Toby the cat and Bella Blue my beautiful Sheltie who keep me busy.