Meet our team
Dr Allen Yang
Lead Veterinarian
  • BVSc

Allen graduated from Massey University in 2010. After working at Wellington SPCA for 4 years, Allen made the move back to his home town of Auckland to begin work as an exotic pet veterinarian.

While Allen mainly focuses on tending to our exotic patients, he still likes to see the occasional cat and dog which always brings back good memories of the SPCA days.

Outside of work, Allen can be found at the gym, playing basketball, eating (a lot) and chasing after his son and daughter

Dr Taryn Hutt

Taryn graduated from Massey University in 2011 and has been working and living in Auckland as a companion animal veterinarian ever since. She has always had a huge interest in Avian and exotic animal medicine and surgery, so joining the team in December 2020 was a dream come true. While she loves avian and exotic animal medicine, she still enjoys some feline and canine medicine, particularly dentistry and soft tissue surgery.

Nothing beats a good kitty snuggle. In her free time Taryn enjoys rescuing baby birds, breeding show budgies, and doing arts and crafts. She has a large animal family comprising of Juno the dog, Max the cat, Bennee the sparrow, Pete the pigeon, an aviary of show budgies, 2 rescued turtles and some rescued pigeons and doves.

Dr Linda Yang

Linda graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the US in 2014. She has always been interested in non-traditional species and worked as a volunteer and student manager of a wildlife clinic during her vet school years. Upon graduation, Linda has focused her career on avian and exotic pet medicine though she does enjoy seeing dogs and cats.

In November 2022, Linda made the leap across the world from her hometown of Chicago and joined our team.

Linda and her husband have been enjoying exploring the various hiking trails and beaches around Auckland, (and eventually the rest of NZ!) as well as observing the unique wildlife found only in this part of the world. If she's not out exploring NZ you'll probably find her outside in the garden or cozy inside putting puzzles together

Dr Olivia Patterson

Dr Olivia graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (with distinction!) from Massey University in 2019.

Prior to her life as a veterinarian she was a veterinary nurse for 2 years, achieving a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from Unitec Mt Albert in 2012. She kept up her clinical skills by working as a veterinary nurse while studying her veterinary degree.

Her passion is exotic pets and she services them exclusively at Pet Doctors St Lukes. She is currently in the process of studying for her Membership in Unusual Pet Medicine and Surgery (and will eventually go for dual-membership by tackling her Membership in Avian Medicine and Surgery).

In her spare time, she is very dedicated to pole-dancing and trains most days of the week. She is also a bunny-mum to Arlo and Quinn - who remind her every day why she gives her all to the exotic pets of Auckland (and beyond!).

Practice Manager and Veterinary Nurse
  • DVN

Codee graduated with her diploma in veterinary nursing in 2015, joining the PDSL team in 2019, and taking on the practice manager role at the beginning of 2021.

Although she enjoys all aspects of nursing, her favourite part is creating bonds with patients and their dedicated and caring owners.

One of her goals is to improve the mental wellbeing in the veterinary industry and abolish the stigma around mental illness.

Codee is hugely family orientated so outside of work, if she's not at the gym, you will probably find her hanging out with loved ones.

Head Veterinary Nurse
  • DVN

Rebecca (or "Becca" as you'll probably hear us call her) joined us in 2019 after making the move from Dunedin. She worked in companion animal clinics for a number of years before moving over the world of exotic pets.

Rebecca has a special interest in wildlife and enjoys the variety of working in our very mixed practice. She especially loves all of the baby birds we often look after in the spring, even hand raising a few Silvereye chicks this season.

When not at work, Becca enjoys trail walks and exploring the great outdoors.

Vet Nurse

Dawn graduated with her diploma in veterinary nursing in December 2018.

After completing her studies she worked in a couple of general cat and dog clinics, however always planned on working with exotic pets after gaining experience and joined our practice in February 2022.

Dawns favourite animal to work with are rats, but will cuddle all animals if they let her.

When not at work Dawn can be found walking her huntaway cross Roxy at the beach in summertime, practicing boxfit at the gym or socialising with friends.

Vet Nurse

Rosie graduated from Otago Polytechnic with her diploma in veterinary nursing in 2019. After 2 years practicing in a busy cat and dog clinic in Christchurch, Rosie decided she wanted to further her career and follow her dream of working with exotic animals, joining the PDSL team late in 2021.

Rosie is particularly interested in working with small mammals, rodents and reptiles, however will always have an especially soft spot for cats.

When she isn’t at work, Rosie is usually studying as she works towards completing her degree in veterinary nursing. In her free time she can usually be found crocheting, or spending time with her own cat, Geronimo.

Vet Nurse

Lucie is a travel bug originally from France, she has travelled around the world and has wound up in little ol' New Zealand.

In 2019 she graduated with her diploma in veterinary nursing. Taking a particular interest in exotic animal care, she joined the team in August 2021 with some experience in exotic care prior, from another clinic and birdcare Aotearoa.

You can easily spot Lucie out in a crowd due to her vibrantly dyed hair. And when she is not working or thinking of a fun new colour palette for her hair, she’s out exploring what New Zealand has to offer.

Vet Nurse

Gemma graduated from Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin with her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2020. She then moved back home to Auckland to further develop her passion in the veterinary industry.

Gemma has come from a small cat and dog clinic to pursue her interests in exotics, and is enjoying learning new things and putting this into practice.
She loves all animals but has a soft spot for cats.

When she isn't at work you can find her spending time with her family and friends, reading, listening to music and solving puzzles.

Vet Nurse

Jimena (pronouced Heh-meh-nah), is a veterinarian from Argentina that has more than 7 years of experience in exotic and wild animals.

Currently Jimena is in the process of sitting the Australasian Veterinary Examination, as her degree is not recognised in New Zealand. She enjoys ecology, staying active, trying new foods (as long as it's not spicy), and traveling.

When traveling the world Jimena likes to volunteer at veterinary clinics to observe different practices and learn new ways to manage/treat cases.

In general, she is not a fan of routines but likes stability

Vet Nurse

Georgia is a recent Unitec vet nurse graduate who loves animals of all shapes and sizes (the tiny patients are her favourite though!).

She always wanted to work with exotics and wildlife so starting her career here has felt like a blessing and she can't wait to learn everything she can.

When she's not caring for animals she can be found caring for her plants, painting up a storm or playing video games.

Veterinary Nurse Assistant

Always wanting to work with animals Briar made the shift from the Banking world and is in the process of studying to become a veterinary nurse to continue her journey with animals.
If she could she would bring any animal possible home with her. As she is keen on learning she can’t wait to experience growing her knowledge with all animals, whether they’re small or large.
In her spare time you can find her with a nose in a book while cuddling Gerald her attention loving cat , taking her small chewbacca looking dog for a hike or covered in paint from a new art project.

Veterinary Nurse Assistant

Joining our team in early 2021 as a student, Nicole is a enthusiastic animal lover that is currently in her last year of study in veterinary nursing. She has a particular passion in the medical/surgical side of nursing and enjoys constantly expanding on her skills and knowledge of cats, dogs and exotics.

If she’s not at our clinic, she will either be buried in study, playing hockey, sketching, or cuddling her two Burmese cats Mocha and Sidney.

Client Relations

Allanah joined the team after spending a number of years working in the animal care industry, at pet stores and working with the beautiful dogs of the Blind Foundation Guide Dog program.

Throughout her life Allanah owned almost all of the pets we see here at the clinic, from cats and dogs, rabbit and guinea pigs, rats and mice, beardies and geckos, to fish and even hamsters when she lived overseas!

Outside of work Allanah enjoys spending time with her labradors Hettie and Loma, cat Lizzie, and rabbits May and Augustus. She also enjoys reading and raising guide dog puppies!

Client Relations

Kathryn moved up to Auckland from the south island to join our team after training for some time in the animal care field.

Prior to Pet Doctors she spent a lot of hours volunteering in the animal industry for facilities such as the SPCA and doggy day care companies.

She has a love for all of our furry, feathered, and scaly friends that we have coming into Pet Doctors St Luke's and can't wait to meet even more!

Animal Care Assistant