Dr. Barbara Pringle
BVSc (Dist.) MACVSc (Medicine)
Barbara Marris was born and raised in Kaiapoi, on a small dairy farm where all the cows had names, such as Tilly’ and ‘Bonnie’. She went to Kaiapoi Borough and then to Rangiora High School.
Barbara married Murray Pringle in 1976,the same year as graduating from Massey University with her Veterinary Science degree with Distinction, and as a Massey Scholar.She joined the busy Christchurch practice of Bailey and Marshall and began her lifelong interest in small animal medicine. Two years were spent as an intern in Small Animal Medicine at the Melbourne University veterinary Teaching Hospital in Werribee, Melbourne, and she achieved her MACVSc exams in 1981. Barbara was also an examiner for this college for 5 years and made regular trips back to Massey to examine candidates.
In 1981 and 1984 daughters, Donna and Nikki were born, and they grew up in Clarkville, enjoying ponies, calf rearing, and chickens.
Barbara and Murray now live in Kaiapoi, within walking distance of the clinic, and walk their three dogs, Nitro, Jack and Willow, regularly along the many great tracks and beaches in the Waimak area.
Barbara’s areas of interest are cat and dog medicine, particularly skin diseases. She especially enjoys the psychology of the human- pet bond and the amazing stories and relationships that develop, which make sharing one’s life with a pet so enriching.
She also enjoys gardening, walking and biking, quiet times in the Sounds, and lots of fun with grandchildren Flynn and Olivia.
Dr. Murray Pringle
BVSc ,MACVSc (Surgery)
Murray graduated from Massey University in 1976 and has worked his entire career in Canterbury except for a 2 year surgical residency at the University of Melbourne Veterinary School in 1979/81. He gained his postgraduate MACVSc qualification in small animal surgery in 1981 and was also an examiner for this qualification for 10 years. Murray's areas of veterinary interests and skills therefore revolve around things surgical (orthopedic and soft tissue). Together with Dave Marshall, Murray successfully performed the first canine prosthetic hip implantation (hip replacement) in New Zealand in 1983. Murray and Barbara established the Kaiapoi clinic in 1993.
Murray has two daughters, Donna and Nikki, grandchildren Flynn and Olivia, and dogs Nitro, Jack and Willow. His interests include boating & fishing, vegetable gardening, walking the dogs , music and cooking
Dr. Donna Pringle
Donna graduated with distinction from Massey University in 2005, initially working in a busy companion animal practice in Wellington. She moved back to Christchurch following the February 2011 earthquakes to volunteer with the Farmy Army and provide assistance and relief work cover for several practices around Christchurch, including Marshall and Pringle Kaiapoi. She has been working with the team at Petmed on a permanent basis since 2012.
Her veterinary interests include medicine cases especially feline medicine and oncology (cancer care).
Donna also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business from Massey University which she completed with distinction.
Donna enjoys travelling and has incorporated her work skills into several holidays, taking part in aid programmes in various countries including Nicaragua and Thailand.