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Welcome to VetCare Unitec 

Uniquely located on Unitec's Mt Albert campus, VetCare Unitec is your local vet for residents in Pt Chev, Western Springs, Mt Albert, Waterview Blockhouse Bay, Avondale and West Auckland. 

In addition to providing your cherished cat, dog or other pets with the highest level of Medical and surgical veterinary care we also assist staff and students of Unitec with there veterinary nursing training and study.

Call us for free advice about the health of your cat or dog. Additionally, many common pet health questions are answered in our Handouts and FAQ sections.

Connect with us on social media to see and share great pet stories, photos and videos!


Dr. Jody Burchall, Auckland Veterinarian | VetCare Unitec | 0800 864838 | Building 46, Entrance 3 Auckland, Auckland 1025

Video from our 2016 Open Day

PawPack Rewards

Join our PawPack loyalty programme and be rewarded! If you have not taken advantage of this great system and visit VetCare regularly for food, flea products or treatment for your pet then just text the word "vet" to 4664 and you will be given prompts about how to join and a free gift to thank you for joining.  For every $300 you spend at VetCare you will be emailed a $15 voucher.


Meet Our Skilled Team

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  • B.V.Sc., M.R.C.V.S.
    Alex Melrose
    Practice Principal

    Alex checking Vegas (our clinic's 3 year old chocolate Burmese) over for injuries from lying around too much (Even the average cat sleeps 16 hours a day! The sleepiest of all mammals). Vegas's more rounded and definitely more silent shadow Jim, would be close by, probably eating some stolen nurses sandwiches. Keep an eye out for these two cats in the waiting room looking for attention. Alex also has a fantastic Black Brussels Griffon, Prince. He's friendly to one & all, knows lots of tricks, is sneaky, very fast & can swim and surf. Check him out on his own Facebook page.

    Jody Burchall
    Senior Veterinarian

    Hi, my name is Jody Burchall. I have been at VetCare since September 2009 and would like to tell you a bit about myself. I graduated as a vet from Massey University in 1991, but between 2003 - 2009 I was living and working as a vet in Rugby England. Over in England I gained valuable experience with some challenging cases in feline and canine medicine and surgery. I also developed an interest in reptiles and other small furries and enjoy seeing these different pets as a change. I also bought back my husband Dave and a 7yr old Italian Greyhound called Blue. Since then we have adopted another dog called Kelly and a chocolate burmese cats called Soloman. We are enjoying living in Auckland and I have recently developed a passion for property, so really enjoy many different parts of Auckland. Both Dave and I enjoy live music, I collect NZ contemporary art and Dave can be seen at local theatres or the small screen as a part time actor. I am looking forward to meeting you and your pets at VetCare soon.

  • Danielle Ryden-Stokes
    Head Nurse

    Hi my name is Danielle, I am the new Head Nurse of Vetcare Unitec, graduated with a Certificate in Animal Management, and a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. I have been lucky enough to be working with Vetcare for 6 years now, you may recognize me from being down at Grey Lynn for that time. I am now on a new exciting adventure here, I am very excited to meet all of you and your beloved pets. As student liaison for Vetcare Unitec, I am really looking forward to helping the first year Diploma Vet nurses, to grow and develop their skills, to go on to be our great future nurses. I love being outdoors, I have a passion for art and all things creative. But my real love is animals, particularly my pets. I have a 6 year old black and white, called Sammy, he loves his food a bit too much, and is well known for stealing the neighbor’s food. Gracie is a 4 year old ginger cat, which I hand reared from 2 days old, and loves to potter in the garden. Kitten is a SPCA rescue, who loves nothing more than cuddles.

  • Louise Forster
    Junior Vet Nurse

    Hi, my name is Louise and I am a junior nurse at VetCare Unitec. I graduated in 2014 year and I look forward to furthering my experience in the animal care field. Prior to studying to be a vet nurse I was working at a kennels and cattery which helped me to obtain my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

  • Denise Laurie
    Vet Nurse

    Hi I’m Denise. I can usually be found working at VetCare Unitec but also work at our Grey Lynn branch so I'm lucky to get to see lots of clients and work with all of our wonderful VetCare team. I graduated from Unitec with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2015. I’d previously worked in event management, human resources and as an executive assistant both here and in the UK, where I lived for 10 years. However a few years ago I started volunteering at the SPCA working on the ‘cat-flu ward’ and it ignited my nursing passion for animals. I completed a Certificate in Animal Care part time in the evenings in 2013 and gave up work the following year to study full time. I joined the VetCare team when we opened our Unitec clinic, at the end of my first year of study. It’s been an amazing learning journey so far and one that hasn't ended! I have been lucky enough to travel to Tonga as part of the Unitec team in association with SPAW (South Pacific Animal Welfare) where we performed 180 de-sexing surgeries in 5 ½ days – an awesome experience! When I'm not working I'm usually found pottering around at home being followed by my two cats, visiting family in Matamata or planning my next trip to the States (I love driving the coastline and through the mountains of the Western US).

  • Marie Yorston
    Vet Nurse

    Hi, my name is Marie. I am a senior nurse at Vet Care Unitec and the newest member to the team! I have been a vet nurse for 6 years, graduating from Unitec with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing back in 2010. I have spent the last 6 months working at an exotic referral clinic in Auckland where I got to nurse animals such as moreporks, lizards and rabbits, I was also the head nurse for cats and dogs. I love all aspects of my job from medical to surgical but my biggest interest has to be nutrition and behaviour, I feel that these two roles play such a vital part in a pet’s health and wellbeing. My most recent interest and new challenge is cat behaviour, thanks to my mischievous rescue Pikelet. I also have a huge passion for all things bunny related and have been deemed 'the bunny lady' by past colleagues and clients. I live in One Tree Hill with my partner, my cat 'Pikelet' and bunny 'Stewie'. They are both extremely spoilt. Stewie even has his own Wendy House! Both my boys were rescues that came to a clinic I previously worked at. Pikelet was found in a park as a wee thing and Stewie was surrendered because he was born with an incisal malocclusion. This means his front incisors don't align properly which can be detrimental in bunnies as their teeth are constantly growing! A few months ago I lost my other rabbit and Stewie’s companion Lua, she was nearly 8! I am currently on the lookout for a new rescue wife for him.


Read What Our Clients Say

  • "An exceptional team of nurses and vets, so dedicated to helping pets, people and teaching the next generation of veterinary nurses."
    Alex M.
  • "Dr Mark Robson, Nurse Val, Amanda and team, WE LOVE YOU ALL. Our whanau is ever go grateful and blessed to have you care for our Cruzy Te Amo. From day 1, Dr Mark made it possible for us to understand what was happening with our Cruzy. He tried everything possible to make our Cruzy better, but unfortunately our Cruzy had other "plans". Dr Mark and his team did everything they could, stubborn "lil s#!t"....RIL CRUZY TE AMO...."
    Kahu T.

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