Staff

Valerie Goldfinch – Practice Manager

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Valerie started working in the practice as a receptionist in 1982. After completing a diploma in business management at the University of Auckland, she was promoted to practice manager.

Valerie’s hobbies include Bridge, reading and walking/tramping and she also loves travelling to Australia and Asia to visit extended family.

Valerie has been instrumental in promoting and overseeing the many changes at Greenlane Veterinary Centre in recent years. Principally the major renovations and the achievement of accreditation which is quite a milestone. Renovations in the boarding cattery were started last year and will be ongoing throughout this year.

She is very keen to see staff pursue continuing education and further qualifications.

Ingrid Shum – Veterinarian BVSc

Ingrid graduated at Massey University in 2018 and joined the Greenlane family right after vet school. She was born in New Zealand and grew up in Hong Kong so feel free to talk to her in Cantonese or Mandarin if you find it easier to communicate.

Ingrid enjoys clinical pathology and medicine, as she finds it fascinating to work cases up with the aid of our in-house laboratory and modern diagnostic techniques. Ingrid has an interest in dentistry and is continuing her studies to develop expertise in this important area of our patients health. She is well on the way to becoming a knowledgeable and caring veterinarian.

Outside of work Ingrid enjoys exploring new restaurants, going to escape rooms with friends and hitting the gym (trying to…). She currently has no pets but is open to having one or two if conditions allow.

Brooke Hill- Veterinary Nurse/Receptionist

Brooke joined Greenlane Vets in 2018 while completing her veterinary nursing diploma at Unitec Institute of Technology.   

Brooke decided to pursue her passion for animals in 2017, and while still gaining a lot of knowledge in this practice, she is excited for what her future career will bring filled with rewarding experiences. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing and while she likes building good relationships with clients, she also endeavours to provide the best possible care to their pets.  

In her spare time, she likes to travel, go on hikes, reading, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Sara Salamo Alvarez – Veterinary Nurse

Sara joined the Greenlane vets family in 2020. She is a veterinarian overseas who enjoys working as a veterinary nurse while completing her veterinary registration in New Zealand. Sara is originally from Spain where she graduated in 2010 from the University of Murcia. Sara has worked in a variety of practices throughout Spain and the United Kingdom for almost 8 years until 2018 where her partner and her decided to permanently move to New Zealand.

She has a natural love for animals and enjoy taking care of our furry patients at Greenlane Veterinary Centre.  She loves all the clinical aspects of veterinary nursing with special interest in diagnostic imaging and surgery.

In her spare time she enjoys exploring the amazing New Zealand outdoors and spending time with her daughter Lola.