Rolleston Vets


We work closely with several veterinary specialists such as ophthalmologist Craig Irving who will regularly consult from our clinic. We also have a close working relationship with Veterinary Specialist Group in Auckland for surgical cases, Massey University for medical cases, Veterinary Oncology Consultants in Australia for cancer cases and Genetic Technologies in Australia for DNA testing.

Nicky Shackleton Bsc BVsc (Dist) DACVP, American Board certified Clinical Pathologist Consultant

Nicky has experience working both as an academic and diagnostic pathologist. She graduated with Distinction from Massey University and worked in a busy small animal practice in Hamilton before traveling to America to pursue her interest in clinical pathology. After a residency in Clinical Pathology at North Carolina State University she passed her American Board exams and became a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. The training program involved both an in depth and broad study of cytology, clinical biochemistry and haematology.

After this she returned to New Zealand and worked for several diagnostic laboratories all over the country. She now works as a private consultant to veterinary practitioners and we are lucky to be working with her. She is always available to us in the work up of difficult medical cases involving clinical pathology. We get the results accurately and promptly, so we can offer our clients the appropriate choice of treatment.

Craig IrvingĀ  BVSc, MACVSc, Registered Specialist Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Ophthalmologist Craig Irving regularly consults from our clinic.

After graduating with distinction from Massey University in 1970, I took up a Veterinary Internship at Melbourne University for one year followed by two years working in private practice in Adelaide. Since 1973 I have combined Veterinary Practice in Palmerston North with an adjunct lectureship in Veterinary Ophthalmology at IVABS, Massey University teaching 3rd, 4th and 5th year students. I have also been teaching at JCU in Townsville, Australia, for the last four years.

I am currently on the Companion Animal Society Editorial Board and conduct Specialist Eyevet Services Practice from Pet Doctors Clinic in Palmerston North, as well as from a number of other Veterinary clinics in New Zealand.

I am currently one of two Registered Veterinary Specialist Ophthalmologists working in New Zealand.

I have has been a recipient of the NZVA Presidents Award and the Companion Animal Service Award at various times, as recognition for outstanding service to the Veterinary profession in New Zealand.

Adult children, who still require repairs and maintenance, as well as a number of grandchildren, make life an expensive proposition so I continue to work. Interests include staying fit, waking up in the morning, indoor rowing, mountain and road biking, teaching as well as the odd good Pinot Noir or Shiraz.

Duncan Graham BVSc BSc (Hons), Animal Dermatology referral Service

Duncan graduated from Massey University in 1984 and worked in several North Island clinics. 1988 he became a partner in the Halifax Veterinary Clinic in Nelson. Followed by some years abroad (esp. USA) where he deepened his interest in dermatology. He also sat and passed the California veterinary board exams. Duncan returned to Nelson in 1993 and commenced dermatology trips around New Zealand. In 2001 Duncan left general practice to concentrate solely on companion animal skin disease, its diagnosis and treatment. Duncan is not a specialist dermatologist, but a veterinarian with a particular interest in dermatology.

Duncan supports clinics all over the New Zealand in the diagnosis and the treatment of ear and skin diseases in companion animals.