Russell Tucker


Russell and his wife Joanne have owned the Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic since 1984.

Graduating from Massey University in 1976, Russell worked as a dairy cow veterinarian in the Waikato for four and a half years. He then went to practice in Cape Town, South Africa, where his interest in feline and canine medicine and surgery developed.

Returning to New Zealand he then bought Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic.

Russell has since furthered his knowledge in veterinary medicine by attending many continuing education courses.

He is a Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. As a Diplomate he is registered with the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Board of Veterinary Specilaties, as a Veterinary Dentist.





I qualified as vet nurse in the UK. In 2003, and spent the first part of my career working in a first option and orthopaedic referral centre in Wales. I arrived in New Zealand in 2006, where I started working with the Kohi team full time. I took time out to experience working with in a charity organisation and some years as a full time mum.

I now work part time in order to keep up my passion for vet nursing along side mother hood. I love all aspects of nursing, and my philosophy has always been to give patients the treatment and respect I would hope to receive if I were the patient. 



Alexa joined Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic in November 2017 shortly after finishing her final exams towards completing her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Unitec Institute of Technology. She is originally from Taupo, however has been living in Auckland for the past six years. Alexa has a love for equestrian and has been riding since the age of five but has always had a passion for working with all animals. Alexa has been enjoying her time at Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic and looks forward to meeting all of you.




Vanesa is an Argentinian Veterinarian who graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 2016. During her training, she worked as a vet nurse in a small animal clinic in Buenos Aires.
Vanesa's initial job as a Vet was in the shearing season in south Patagonia and her love for sheep was what brought her to New Zealand.

After a year of travelling around, she found a home in this country and got the opportunity to come back to the profession at Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic.

She is passionate about animal health and welfare and is looking forward to meeting everyone and their pets.



Stephanie has worked part time at this clinic since 2010. In 2018 she took on the role of practice manager. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in 2013 and a Graduate Diploma in Business in 2016. She has always had a love of animals and enjoys getting to know both the clients and their pets. She is very proud to work in a company that has been providing the highest level of care to pets in the local community for the last 35 years.