Meet The Team

At Vets4Pets our aim is to consistently provide outstanding customer service and take great care of your pets. We carefully select staff members that are friendly, helpful, and committed to looking after both pets and their owners.




Dr Alex Hicks

Veterinarian & Director

Alex graduated with a BVSc from Massey University in 2007 and has practiced veterinary medicine in both New Zealand and in the UK. He started his veterinary career in the beautiful Golden Bay region of the South Island and gained experience in both large animal and companion animal medicine and surgery. Following this, Alex travelled to the UK and practiced in many areas of England before returning home to settle in Taranaki. He is vastly experienced in the field of small animal medicine and surgery, having special interests in orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery.  Outside of work Alex enjoys outdoor pursuits, squash and spending time with family and friends.

He is a director and founder of Vets4Pets, together with his partner Helen.

Dr Helen Knox

Veterinarian & Director

Helen has been living in Taranaki since early 2009, where she started her career with Inglewood Vet Services (now Energy Vets) in Inglewood & Waitara. Since that time she has also worked in New Plymouth, and volunteered her veterinary services overseas while on her OE travelling through Africa and Europe. She is passionate about ensuring people feel good about their veterinary clinic, making sure they feel understood and their needs are met, and developing solid relationships to improve animal care. She has special interests in internal medicine, including medical imaging. In her free time Helen loves fishing, vegetable gardening, and quality time with loved ones.


Together with Alex, the pair have an exuberant boxer “Rubi” and three cats “Bruce”, "Lewis" and "Flea".

Dr Craig Nicholls




Nurses and administration staff

Paige King

Vet Nurse

Paige returned to New Plymouth after working in Wellington and joined the team in July 2017. She has a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology which she studied in Palmerston North before relocating to Wellington for work after graduation. Paige has a cavoodle named Molly, and enjoys baking, netball and spending time with family & friends. 

Victoria Watson

Vet Nurse

Victoria is originally from Wellington and now resides in New Plymouth.  Victoria has always loved and owned animals, and has bred rabbits and fostered cats and kittens. She volunteered at an animal shelter in Wellington and fosters for the North Taranaki SPCA. Victoria has a gorgeous persian kitten, Clementine, and enjoys spending time with family & friends, going to the beach and shopping. 

Catherine Burton


Catherine hails from New Plymouth and joined the team in April 2017. She studied a Certificate in Animal Care through Otago Polytech, and volunteers weekly at the North Taranaki SPCA. Catherine also works zookeeping on the weekends at Pouakai Zoo. She has a life-long love of animals and had always wanted to be an “animal rescuer”. Catherine has a passion for music, singing and is a big fan of musical theatre. 

Kerry Heller