Our Team Members

Dr. Debbie Simpson | Veterinarian
Dr. Debbie Simpson | VeterinarianRegistered Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

Dr. Debbie Simpson BVSc MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine) FANZCVS (Veterinary Dermatology)

Debbie completed a five year undergraduate veterinary degree at Massey University in New Zealand.  On graduating in 2008 she was awarded the Pfizer (Zoetis) Internship at the Veterinary Specialist Group in Auckland, New Zealand – the opportunity to do this internship in her first year of practice was a wonderful experience and it was a privilege to work with the talented team of specialists at the Veterinary Specialist Group.  During this year Debbie also worked as an emergency veterinarian on evenings and weekends at the Animal Emergency Centre.

In 2009 she moved to Australia to undertake a further internship at Veterinary Specialist Services in Brisbane which gave her more experience working with specialists in surgery and medicine.  A residency in Veterinary Dermatology followed at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre from 2010-2013.  In May 2013 she was accepted for further training at Cornell University in New York State with two of the most respected and best known veterinary dermatologists in the world, Dr Danny Scott and Dr Bill Miller.

In 2014 Debbie passed the Fellowship exams of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Dermatology and is now a Registered Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology.  In 2017 Debbie is the Head Examiner for the Dermatology Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists examining Dermatology Fellowship Candidates.

She has presented several times at the Science Week conference on the Gold Coast of Australia – in July 2010 on the topic of canine lymphoma and in July 2013 on the topic of feline pemphigus and recently gave a presentation to the Auckland Veterinary Society on the topic of feline atopy.

Publications include an original research paper on feline pemphigus and a case report on pyoderma gangrenosum for Veterinary Dermatology, a paper on hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the September and December 2009 issues of the Australian Veterinary Practitioner, which also won the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists medal and an undergraduate article on the subject of total ear canal ablation and bulla osteotomy in the newsletter of the Companion Animal Society of New Zealand.

In January 2016 Debbie left Melbourne and moved back to Auckland.  She has started a brand new dermatology referral business called “The Skin Vet” which began seeing clients on the 5th April 2016.

Ellie Clark | RVN
Ellie Clark | RVNRegistered Veterinary Nurse

Ellie Clark RVN Registered Veterinary Nurse

Ellie is originally from the south west of England where she started her veterinary nursing career in 2001. She qualified with a diploma in veterinary nursing from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004 and worked in a busy first opinion practice as head nurse.

Ellie has always had a passion for travel and has volunteered and worked with a wide range of species in Africa, Namibia and Australia.

Travel brought Ellie to New Zealand in 2009 which she now calls home. She is an experienced nurse who has worked in two small animal practices in New Zealand and also in a canine hydrotherapy centre. For the last two years she has been teaching the veterinary nursing qualification to students.

Ellie is very excited to be working with Debbie and enhancing her knowledge of dermatology to a high level. She has a keen interest in animal behaviour, and is certified in low stress handling for cats and dogs. That teamed up with a passion for client relations she hopes to offer The Skin Vets clients, both human and animal, the very best of care!

In her spare time Ellie is a fitness fanatic, who enjoys mud runs and obstacle races. She shares her home with her partner Michael and their furry children, Eddie the lurcher and their cat Blossom.

Sophie Meneghin | RVN
Sophie Meneghin | RVNRegistered Veterinary Nurse

Sophie Meneghin RVN Registered Veterinary Nurse

Sophie grew up in the South Island in the countryside. Riding horses and being around animals was her happy place and her love towards animals grew from there. Once she finished college, her passion for the health and wellbeing of animals led her to move to Auckland and begin studying for her New Zealand diploma in Veterinary Nursing. While studying, Sophie has also been working in a Best Practice accredited veterinary practice for the past two years. Graduating in 2017, Sophie decided to explore what veterinary medicine has to offer. Sophie is super excited and eager to work with and learn from Debbie and Ellie and expand her knowledge and interest in dermatology. In her spare time she loves going back home and going on adventures with her Rottweiler Axle and going to the gym to keep up her with her own health and fitness.

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