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A vet for over 25 years, Alex runs VetCare Animal Hospitals on Great North Rd & Carrington Rd in central Auckland.
He always wanted to be a vet and even remembers trying to save a road-killed possum when he was 3.
Unfortunately, that was one of the few that didn’t make it under his expert care.
Alex is both a cat and dog person who, on the one hand, makes him a bit of a fence sitter in any which-pet- is-better debates, but on the other hand obviously makes him perfect vet material.
And he clearly loves his job ‘cos he’s got no problem taking work home either, where Prince, his fantastic Black Brussels Griffon (who loves to stand up paddle boarding with Alex) and Vegas, his stunning Burmese cat keep him, and his six-year-old son Darius pretty busy.
Alex sees having pets as an integral part of a community. In his view, they don’t take anything but add everything.
Which is why he reckons, he’s the luckiest man in the world being able to save an animal’s life and seeing it stop suffering.
Studied five years BVSc in Massey Palmerston North (no repeat years, you will notice), he chose to go into companion animal medicine and surgery, working in U.K. for a few years at a few reputable hospitals, gaining techniques and speed with three-minute consults during peak hours! He also took on a ton of surgical challenges and has a pretty steady hand (“unfortunately I shoot with this one”)
Dr. Alex has had many collaborations in treating cases and swapping knowledge with vets from all over the world.
He came back to Mount Maunganui for the surf lifestyle and then decided that he wanted to open a clinic. So Dr. Alex headed back to his hometown, Grey Lynn in Auckland 15 years back and opened a clinic. He also partnered up with Unitec Vet Nursing school four years ago and took on the practical teaching of nearly 100 vet nurse students, just working on continuing to develop both clinics into the best around for pets and their servants alike.
See more detail about Dr. Alex at VetCare.