Our Staff

Your pet's wellbeing is our greatest priority. To do so we are committed to continued education for all Staff, Vets and Nurses. Learn about our team below.

Scott Drummond B.V.Sc (dist.)

Scott Gained his Veterinary qualification with Distinction from Massey University in 1988.

After initially working in Wellington, he has subsequently worked in the UK on 3 occasions and also in practices in Invercargill, Mosgiel and Dunedin, before purchasing the Green Island Veterinary Clinic in 2001. This marked a return to a suburb that he grew up in, having attended Abbotsford Kindy and Green Island Primary School.

Scott has worked briefly in mixed animal practice early in his career but is now 100% focussed on small animal medicine and surgery. He has a particular interest in endoscopic cases and general surgery.

Away from work, Scott enjoys watercolour painting, a hit of golf and spending time with his family.

Vicky Armstrong B.Sc, B.V.Sc (dist.)

Vicky qualified with Distinction from the University of Liverpool in 2009 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science to accompany her previous degree in Bioveterinary Science. Vicky is also a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

After working in a mixed animal practice in the UK, Vicky moved to NZ with her husband. Since then she has focussed on small animal medicine and surgery and has a particular interest in long term care cases.

Outside of work, Vicky is an avid Salsa dancer and also has 2 young children as well 2 dogs and is studying for a Masters of Veterinary Medicine at Massey University.

Kristen Martin B.Sc DVM

Kristen completed her veterinary degree in 2015 at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Canada.

After completing her degree, she worked for 2 years as a veterinarian in a busy small animal walk-in/emergency practice in Regina, Canada. There she developed her diagnostic and surgery skills with the collaboration of a wide range of specialized colleagues.

In 2017 Kristen moved to New Zealand with her partner Ben and cat Abby, were she worked as the primary practitioner at a small veterinarian clinic for just over a year before joining the Green Island Team.

Preventative practises and owner education are a major focus in Kristen’s approach to veterinary medicine. She is motivated to improve animal welfare by teaching how small changes reduce risks, delay onset, and lessen the severity of many common small animal ailments.

In her spare time Kristen enjoys hiking, cycling, and rock-climbing; driven by her love of the outdoors.

Helena Akesson CVN, BCCSDip.CanBhvPrac

After a successful management career in retail, Helena retrained as a Veterinary nurse and graduated with her Certificate in Veterinary nursing in 2012.

As well as loving her new vocation, Helena is passionate about dog training and behaviour and regularly attends workshops to further her knowledge in this area.

Helena also teaches dog training outside of work and runs puppy classes at the clinic.

In her free time, she enjoys running, biking and training her four rescue dogs to do agility, Nose-works, and Treibball.

In case you are wondering, Helena's second qualification is, British College of Canine Studies, Diploma of Canine Behaviour (practitioner)

Lara Connor CVN

Lara graduated with her Veterinary nursing certificate in 2010 and has been an integral part of the nursing team since then.

Lara enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing and has a special interest in surgical nursing. At home, Lara also looks after a beautifully well-trained collie -x, called Georgia. Lara enjoys Zumba, dancing, renovating her house, and spending time with her young family. 

Kerri Gray CVN, CRAT (rural animal technology)

Kerri is an experienced veterinary nurse and rural animal technician, who has worked for us on a casual basis in the past, but who has now joined the practice in a permanent capacity.

Kerri is currently working towards her Diploma. She will graduate in March 2020. She has 2 cats and 4 dogs. Special interest in emergency medicine and surgical nursing. 

Ellen Andrews CVN, Dip VN

Ellen graduated with a Veterinary Nursing Certificate in 2012 and initially gained experience for 3 months in a small animal practice in Dunedin.

Since then Ellen has embarked on an OE around the United States. Ellen joined our team in July 2014. She enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Nursing with a special interest in surgical nursing and raising awareness of dental health in companion animals.

Ellen has completed the study requirements for her Diploma in Veterinary nursing and will graduate in March 2017.

Graduated National Diploma as the top of the class in March 2017. Special interests are in dentistry and hospital care.