Meet The Team

Dr Lance Eastman BVSc


Lance-cropped.jpg I graduated from Massey in 1991 and started my career in mixed practice in the Waikato before heading off for my big OE in the UK. I developed a passion for small animal medicine and became interested in surgery especially orthopaedics and radiology.

I returned in 1997 with my new Scottish wife Jacqueline and took a job working at Blockhouse Bay Veterinary Centre. After a couple of years we decided to return to the Uk to travel and to develop our veterinary careers further.

In 2001 an opportunity arose to manage this clinic. I have always loved this clinic and the area so jumped at the chance. A few years later Jacqueline and myself bought the practice. When I am not working my passion is mountain biking and you will find me most weekends in Woodhill forest with my dog Breeze.

Dr Jacqueline Eastman BVMS


Jacqueline-cropped.jpg I graduated from Glasgow Veterinary School ( Scotland,UK) in 1991. After 1 year in Scottish rural practice, I moved to SW London to work in a companion animal clinic in SW London, so I could further develop my interest in diagnostic medicine and soft tissue surgery.

During this period I met my Kiwi husband, Lance, who brought me back to New Zealand. I have worked in several different vet clinics in Auckland over the years but decided to join Lance at Blockhouse Bay. I really enjoy working at our clinic as the staff are like family and many of the clients have turned out to be friends.

In my spare time I’ll be out running in the Waitakere Ranges or surfing the West Coast waves, usually with our doggie , Breeze…

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’ve made the trip north to Blockhouse Bay with Rebecca and our Spoodle Java, who is slowly getting used to a change in vocation also, having to make the adjustment from chief dog and cattle shifter on 2500 acres to city dog with not a sheep or cow for miles.

Outside of work, I’m enjoying getting acquainted with all the sights and activities that life out west has to offer a boy from Te Kuiti.

 Dr Kate RattenburyBVSc

 

kate_rat.jpg I am Blockhouse Bay's newest vet, joining the clinic 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.