Jörg gained his veterinary degree at the Berlin Vet School in Germany in 1995. He completed internships in Paris and New York and worked his first year in Spain. He then moved to the UK where he worked for the next 10 years. There he developed a special interest in orthopaedics and undertook some further training. In 2000 and 2001 he was running an internal orthopaedic referral service for all London practices of a large corporate practice. With the arrival of his first child, he and his Kiwi partner Julia Stanton-Jones decided to settle down, so they moved to Cornwall. Together they built up a three-centre clinic with a purpose-built hospital as the hub. 2 more children were born in Cornwall and in 2008 Jörg and Julia decided to sell up and move to New Zealand in order to embrace the great New Zealand lifestyle especially for the benefit of their 3 young children.
Jörg loves the NZ outdoor lifestyle and spends a lot of time exploring the natural beauty of New Zealand together with his family. He also enjoys windsurfing, mountain biking and is a keen skier. Jörg and his family can be seen as slightly animal mad as they enjoy looking after Baron and Prince (2 horses), Cute smile and Wacko (2 Guinea Pigs), Lily and Minnie-magic (2 cats) and Abi our rescue dog.
Julia trained as a Veterinary Nurse at UNITEC Institute of Technology in 1994, then went on to work in small animal practice in Auckland. An opportunity arose to return to UNITEC as a Veterinary Nurse/Laboratory technician in 1995. Julia progressed to become a tutor on the Certificate in Veterinary Nursing course and then programme co-ordinator.
In her spare time she became a volunteer Zookeeper at Auckland Zoo and eventually worked as a veterinary nurse there on the odd weekend and holidays. This experience influenced her decision to take a years sabbatical spending 6 months in Thailand as a volunteer for the Thai Society for the Protection of Wild Animals caring for bears, gibbons, elephants and 250 stray dogs! The following 6 months was spent in London as a Locum Veterinary Nurse where she met Jörg Thamm and then spent the next 7 years building up a 3 branch Veterinary practice in Cornwall.
Julia returned to New Zealand in 2008 and is happy to be living in beautiful Tauranga with her 3 children and collection of animals that she’s finally allowed to have!
Neil has over 45 years of experience working as a veterinarian in Australia, England and NZ with small animals, equine, farm animals and exotics! Neil is originally from over the ditch, however he sees himself as a “kiwi” enjoying his weekend offs speeding through the hills on his mountain bike.
Neil lives and works in Rotorua and travels to the Bay to work with us every fourth weekend.
After completing her Vet nursing certificate, Rachael worked in an equine practice in the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She got sick of the bush fires, flooding (and accent!) so after six years, she decided to come home to the Bay of Plenty. Initially, Rachael was a vet nurse but has now taken the role of practice manager.
Her bubbly personality brings positivity to our team in every day. Now back in her home town and with her family, Rachael and her 3 year-old daughter, Laila, are enjoying all that Tauranga has to offer.
Katikati local, Jo is a great asset to our team with her very calm and caring way with animals and huge dedication. She enjoys all aspects of Veterinary nursing but has a special interest in surgery.
Jo completed the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at UNITEC Institute of Technology in Auckland in 2011. Outside of work, her three adopted Kaimanawa horses and dog Goldie keep Jo on her toes!
Since the end of 2015, when Mel joined our team she has shown that she has a massive heart and brightens the clinic with her presence. Mel graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2015.
Mel has a strong interest in animal welfare and has spent time in Samoa on a voluntary basis assisting with vaccination, desexing and parasite treatment programmes. In her spare time Mel enjoys riding horses, photography and exploring the BOP.
Meg has been with us since December 2014 after graduating from the Western Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. It is very unusual not to see Meg with a smile on her face and we appreciate her bubbly personality and positive outlook on life.
Meg has a special interest in canine behaviour and breeding. She enjoys socialising, spending time with her family and her large brood of dogs.
Nicole is our latest addition to our team of nurses. She has recently completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Technology and has decided to settle in the beautiful Bay to be close to her family (and cat, Diesel!) who live in Tokoroa.
With a massive passion for animals and her eagerness to learn, we know that Nicole fits perfectly for this position and we are so happy to have her as a part of our team!