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. 



Vanesa is well known to many of the clients at Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic where she has worked as a nurse for 3 ½ years.

Vanesa is an Argentinian Veterinarian who graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 2016. 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 veterinary profession at Kohimarama Veterinary Clinic, where she worked as a Senior Veterinary Nurse.

After working for 1½ years as a veterinarian under Dr. Tucker’s supervision, Vanesa has passed the National Veterinary Examination held by AVBC in November 2022 and is now a fully Registered Veterinarian in New Zealand.




I graduated from Massey University in November of 2021 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree. Following graduation, I volunteered at a companion animal practice in my home-city of Kolkata for 6 months. After which I made my big move to Auckland to work full-time at KVC in May of 2022. I have now been here 1.5 years and loving it. It has been a pleasure to meet you and your pets. My main interest lies in soft tissue surgery, wound management, preventative health and radiology. With the occasional chase down of the odd medical mystery!

[For those of you who struggle with my name, and there are a lot of you , it is pronounced ‘Aww-neen-dee-ta’.]