Meet The Team

 Dr Kate RattenburyBVSc


kate_rat.jpg I joined the team at Blockhouse Bay Vets in February of 2017 after 2 years in a very busy small animal veterinary hospital. I am interested in all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery, particularly the use of different imaging modalities in diagnosis.

 In my spare time I enjoy hiking, swimming and scuba diving. You can find me most weekends walking or running in the Waitakeres or lounging on Bethell's beach with my partner and two rescue dogs Ese and Pablo.

Dr Morwenna Hawkins BVSc



Growing up in Raglan on a 25 acre ‘lifestyle block’ surrounded by everything from cats, cockatiels and dogs, to pigs, dairy goats, cattle and horses, animals were a huge part of Morwenna’s childhood. Usually found with her horse or ‘out on the farm’ this lead naturally to the decision to become a vet.

 Morwenna completed her veterinary degree at Massey University, graduating in 2001 with distinction. She then spent 3 years in the South Waikato in mixed practice before heading to the United Kingdom for her ‘OE’.

 Initially doing locum vet work and some travelling, the opportunity arose for a partnership in a new small animal practice. This went very well and extended the ‘OE’ a little… However, Morwenna always had the desire to return home and be closer to family. After nearly 12 years living and working in the UK she moved back to New Zealand 18 months ago, bringing her English partner and their young daughter.

 Since starting at Blockhouse Bay Vets in August 2017, Morwenna (also known as Mo) has been enjoying working with the friendly staff team and getting to know our clients and their pets.

Dr Geoff Neal BVSc

geoff-cropped.jpg Hi I’m Geoff Neal, I joined the Blockhouse Bay Vet Centre in 2009. Born and bred in Te Kuiti, I did my veterinary training at Massey University before starting my veterinary career in 2000 for Manawatu Veterinary Services. After working in mixed practice in the Manawatu and King Country for 5 years, the Kiwi O.E. beckoned for me and my fiancée Rebecca. Over in the UK, I concentrated solely on small animal work, which has continued to be my focus after arriving back in New Zealand and shifting up to Auckland to join the friendly team at Blockhouse Bay.

I have now taken over as manager of the practice but still enjoy all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery.

In may spare time I volunteer my services to SPAW a veterinary charity that provides veterinary services to the Pacific Islands especially Tonga and Fiji. I find this very rewarding.

    Dr Lara Lambert BVSc



I graduated from Massey University in 2013. After working for 2 years in a busy small animal clinic in South Auckland I moved to the Uk where I balanced locum work and travel for 2 years.

I recently made the move back to New Zealand where I joined the team at Blockhouse Bay Vets. I am interested in soft tissue surgery and diagnostic imaging.


In my spare time I enjoy being active, playing netball, walking my greyhound Perry and when the season suits, swimming, scuba diving and snowboarding.