Our Team

Warkworth veterinary hospital

Our experienced team of caring, friendly staff are here to help with all of your veterinary needs.

Meet our team


Dr Jon Makin (BVSc)


Jon was raised on a sheep and beef farm In Te Akau, where he first considered a career as a vet. He graduated from Massey University in 1993 and spent his first two years of practice in Wairoa. From there he spent 8 years in predominantly equine practice in the UK.

Jon moved back to NZ in 2004 and has been part of Warkworth Vets ever since. He thoroughly enjoys the variety and challenge of mixed practice with no two days being alike. Jon is a director of the practice, and lives on a small lifestyle block in the hills with wife Lynley, two daughters, dog, cat  and boutique flock of sheep.

In his spare time he is a keen tramper, avid conservationist, fair weather hunter, mountain biker and appreciator of well made craft beer.


Dr Daniel Cash (BVSc)


Danny was brought up on a lifestyle farm right here in Warkworth, after attending Mahurangi College he pursed a ten year career as a communications engineer before throwing away the suit and tie to return to university. He joined the team here as a Veterinary graduate in 2012, and today continues to enjoy the challenge of working on the most diverse array of species seen at any one practice in the country. Danny and his wife Anne have three wonderful children, Ted, Ciaran and Maisie. Whilst not saving lassie or with his arm in a cow Danny enjoys fishing, mountain biking, camping, golf and spending time with his family.


Dr Chelsea Gill (BVSc)


Chelsea joined Warkworth Vets as a new graduate in 2017. She has quickly become an integral member of our team. She has developed great skills in all aspects of mixed practice, particularly small animal medical and surgical cases. Chelsea is part way through a Masters of Veterinary Science at Massey University which she manages to study for in between a busy work schedule.

Out of work Chelsea is developing a very good knowledge of the scallop beds of the north which she visits regularly.

Dr Neil Warnock BVM&S


Neil is an Edinburgh University graduate from 2008. He has many years experience both in NZ where he worked as a large animal vet in Southland, and as a mixed practice vet in Scotland. Neil joined Warkworth Vets in December 2020 and is a welcome addition to the team. He has enjoyed the transition to a mixed practice and is thriving on it’s challenges.

Out of work Neil is enjoying being a new Dad and has mastered the arts of swaddling and nappy management. He looks forward to scoring tries for the local footie team while being cheered on by his little daughter.

Jackie Nicholls (BVSc)


Jackie is a Massey university graduate from 1992 and has been settled in the Warkworth area for decades. She worked with us as a new graduate, and is back in a part time basis after rearing her brood of four. Jackie is a very experienced veterinarian and brings with her a wealth of knowledge. Out of work she is very busy. Along with vetting she is a Mum, a music teacher and a dairy farmer. Jackie works with us on Fridays and the occasional Saturday.


Dr Justine Miller (BVSc)


Justine graduated from Massey Veterinary School in 2010 and has come to Warkworth vets via practices in Wellington and Silverdale where she focused on companion animal medicine.

In her spare time Justine is getting out and about exploring this beautiful region with her partner Edward, their two kids and a huntaway dog called Bear.

At home Aroha the moggy keeps the couch warm.


Becky George


Becky joined Warkworth Vets in May 2004 as receptionist. She has since studied and graduated with a certificate in Veterinary nursing in 2016. Becky’s roles include reception, greeting our clients and their caregivers and stock control. Her efficiency and never ending energy has won the admiration of staff and clients alike. She has lived in Warkworth since 1985 and is married with 2 daughters. Outside of work Becky umpires netball and has a passion for stand up paddle boarding.


Carmel Colville

Receptionist/Accounts, Warkworth

Carmel joined Warkworth Vets in November 2008 in an accounts/receptionist role. Carmel’s background is in office administration and accounts. Being able to combine her skills in these areas with the pleasure of daily contact with the many different animals that come into the clinic is considered a real bonus by her.

Carmel lives in Kaiwaka with her partner Martin. When not working they both enjoy pottering around on their bit of land in the company of their 3 dogs, 2 cats and (of course!) several free range chooks.


Nicola Brady

Veterinary Nurse

Nicola graduated with a diploma in veterinary nursing from Auckland UNITEC in 2011 and has been with Warkworth Vets ever since. Nicola is originally from Warkworth and is well known particularly by those in the equine fraternity. Nicola has recently married a local dairy farmer from Ahuroa and spends every moment outside of work helping on the farm. When she has some spare time she likes to go for a relaxing hack over the farm on her horse.


Alice Murray

Veterinary Nurse

Alice graduated with a certificate in veterinary nursing from Vet Nurse Plus in 2016, she has been working at Warkworth vets since graduation and has just completed her first puppy preschool class held here at Warkworth Vets- which has proven very popular.

In her spare time Alice enjoys spending time with her two dogs and has a keen interest in riding horses.


Gayle Draycott

Veterinary Nurse/Receptionist

Gayle has worked at the Wellsford branch since it opened in November 2007.

Gayle and her partner Brett own a lifestyle block near Kaiwaka but lives at Oneriri Station, a 9000 acre sheep and beef farm on a beautiful peninsula, a touch of paradise. In her spare time she trains and competes dressage horses from novice through to advanced level.  She also breeds and trains quarter horses and has a “great, but rather too large!!”, team of horses.  Being a crazy animal lover she also has a rather large number of dogs, both pets and working dogs and two beautiful rescue cats and a miniature pony.


Kim Voss

Vet Nurse, Wellsford/Warkworth

Kim is a certified Vet nurse currently studying for a diploma in vet nursing. She has worked extensively, and is well known and regarded within the equestrian community. She is expanding on her passion for animals within the veterinary industry.

During her free time Kim continues to ride and teach and enjoys gardening on her lifestyle property.

Sarah Prior

Vet Nurse, Warkworth

Sarah joined our practice in March 2021. Sarah is a fully qualified veterinary nurse with a special interest in surgical nursing. Out of work Sarah is a Mum and a keen photographer, a hobby which she gets plenty of inspiration for from her veterinary nursing career.