Dedicated to pets receiving the best possible care
We also provide a diagnostic interpretation service and phone consultations are available for cardiorespiratory medicine.
Our Veterinary Expertise in Hamilton and Tauranga
Each of our team are dedicated professionals who want to provide the best outcome for every patient they treat.
The referral process requires primary veterinarians to refer pets to us. We need them to send us all the relevant medical records, diagnostics undertaken and laboratory results. Without these we can not provide the next level of care.
We send our referral patients back to their primary veterinarian as soon as we can with all the information they need so they can continue with the aftercare and ensure there is a full recovery.
This is important to us and our relationship with veterinarians in NZ so please respect this and ask your primary veterinarian to organise a referral.
Patients requiring care from a registered veterinary specialist will be given this option.
COMMITTED TO VETERINARY CARE
Dr Trudi McAlees
Trudi is a New Zealand veterinarian and Massey graduate who after starting her career in the Waikato in mixed practice before heading off to the UK for the obligatory period of locum work and travel. She returned to NZ for a short period in small animal practice in Auckland and then moved to Melbourne to pursue a 2-year position in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at the University of Melbourne teaching hospital. She stayed at the University for 10 years before returning to private practice. Trudi has memberships of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, and in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care and was the first person to achieve Fellowship in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care in 2008. Trudi is a Registered Specialist in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care.
When not working at TRC, Trudi spends time with her family on their lifestyle block.
Dr Sylvia McLean
Sylvia is a1983 Munich, Germany graduate and has lived and worked as a small animal practitioner in New Zealand for the past 40 years. As early as in the late 1980s, Sylvia developed a strong interest in veterinary dermatology. As a result, in 1989 Sylvia was sponsored by Ethical Agents to attend the very first ever World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology in Dijon, France. Sylvia became a member of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology in 1995 and has regularly attended international congresses In Australia, the USA and Europe for training and workshops over the years. In the late 1990’s, Sylvia made the decision to focus solely on dermatology referral work. Nowadays, Sylvia works as 1 of 2 clinicians within Animal Dermatology Canterbury. This referral service covers Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago and the Westcoast of the South Island and has its own base clinic in Woodend, North Canterbury. Since 2016 Sylvia has travelled to Hamilton approximately monthly to welcome referral patients at The Referral Centre.
Dr Ivan Aleksic
Ivan immigrated to NZ in 1996 after completing his veterinary degree at the University of Belgrade in Serbia in 1993. He completed the National Veterinary Exam in 1998, obtaining the license to practice veterinary medicine in NZ. He started working for Carevets Chartwell in 2000, ultimately working as a head veterinarian. Ivan achieved Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine in 2002. When CV Chartwell purchased its first ultrasound machine 15 years ago, Ivan was hooked! He has attended numerous ultrasound courses in Australia and the USA over the last 10 years which has enabled him to stay up-to-date with all new developments in the field of small animal ultrasound.
When not working, Ivan plays squash. Ivan has a wife, two nearly grown up children and an ex SPCA rescue cat called Danny Crane, who is now approaching 16 years of age.
Dr Daniel Alexander
Daniel graduated in South Africa in 2013 and has recently joined TRC in a surgical capacity. He will be offering various services including TPLO surgery, MPL surgery, fracture repair, BOAS procedures and a variety soft tissue surgeries. He has a keen interest in growing his surgical skills and will be working towards an advanced practitioner status.
When not working, Daniel spends time with his wife and young family, their mildly energetic GSP and 3 lazy cats. He enjoys self-powered and multisport adventures with Remmi the GSP.
Dr Martin Earles
Dr Martin Earles is a Tauranga raised veterinarian and Massey University graduate. He started in small animal practice in Auckland, before moving back to Tauranga where he has worked since 2000.
Martin has developed a special interest in avian and exotic pet medicine and surgery since 2010. In 2019 passed exams to become a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the subject of Medicine and Surgery of Unusual Pets.
He is a member of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) and Association of Avian Veterinarians – Australasian Committee (AAVAC). He will be initially available on Tuesdays and Fridays at The Bay Referral Centre for exotic and avian consultations and surgery. This includes rabbits, rodents (guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats and mice), reptiles (lizards, turtles and tortoises), amphibians, ornamental fish and bird species (pets, aviary birds, backyard poultry and pigeons).
Dr. Kellam Bayley
Dr Kellam Bayley BVSc MVSc(dist) CertVOphthal MANZCVS Dip ECVO is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and a Registered Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology.
Dr Bayley graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University in 2006. He then went on to work as a mixed practice veterinarian in southern Waikato for several years before moving to the UK. During his early career he had already developed a special interest in ophthalmology, and he took this further while overseas by completing his Royal College of Veterinary Scientists Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2011.
On returning to New Zealand he worked in companion animal practice, before beginning his residency training with mentor Dr Tony Read at Veterinary Ophthalmic Referrals in Adelaide. During his residency training Dr Bayley was awarded a Master of Veterinary Science with distinction from Massey University. He completed his ECVO residency training in 2018 and went on to pass his ECVO diplomate board examinations in early 2019.
Rachel’s primary degree and post graduate studies focused on the science of equine performance. After a stint in academia, the UK racing industry, equine hydrotherapy and rehabilitation, Rachel emigrated to NZ in 2002.
All hydrotherapists careers are ignited by a passion to help a dog of their own. A poor prognosis of degenerative joint disease in her young Labrador, Cally sent Rachel down a path to transfer her skills and knowledge to the canine world opening Hydropaws in 2006. Hydrotherapy helped to support Cally to live a full and athletic life of 15years and Rachel has helped many thousands of dogs live their lives to the fullest since then.
Rachel is passionate about continued professional development and best practice in canine hydrotherapy, founding New Zealand Association of Canine Hydrotherapyin 2017. Outside of hydrotherapy, Rachel enjoys training her spaniels and rural life in NZ.
Virginia acquired her Diploma in vet nursing in 2014, then worked in busy general practice clinics until she became part of The Referral Centre from pretty much our beginning in April 2019. During this period, Virginia split her time between The Referral Centre and a general practice clinic until she realized she had a real passion in providing nursing care to critical patients along with discovering how much more she was learning in referral practice. Her real interest is in working closely with, specialist, Dr Trudi and skin expert, Dr Sylvia.
Continuing to build on the knowledge on how to best provide optimum nursing care was the reason she decided to complete her Bachelors in Veterinary Nursing in 2022.When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her human family, her dog, Bellzimus, an ex blood donor dog and her two sets of two matching cats.
Tamzyn started veterinary nursing in 2011 while studying towards her veterinary nursing certificate. She has spent the last 12 years working in both mixed practice and after hours clinics. She graduated with her Diploma in veterinary nursing in 2015. Tamzyn started at The Referral Centre in March 2022 after returning from maternity leave. She loves the variety of cases seen in referral practice and the high standard of care given to all patients.
Bella is currently working as a junior nurse and studying for her diploma in veterinary nursing. She has always been interested in working with animals, and once she moved to New Zealand from South Africa, she started working towards her goal and making it a reality. After working mainly after-hours, she has moved to do more shifts in the Referral Centre. Working in the Referral Center has allowed her to work with regular clients and patients and build those connections. Working in Both clinics has tested and grown Bella’s knowledge and helped immensely with her studies. She couldn’t think of a better place to learn.