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Our Vets

The people of Petmed Your Vets


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 & 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, Olivia, Lachie and Sylvester.

 

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 Marshall & Pringle Petmed Kaiapoi clinic in 1993.

Murray has two daughters, Donna and Nikki, grandchildren Flynn, Olivia, Lachie and Sylvester, and dogs Nitro, Jack and Willow. His interests include boating & fishing, vegetable gardening, walking the dogs, music and cooking.

 

Dr. Donna Pringle

BVSc (Dist.) PGDipBus (Dist.)

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. Providing assistance and relief veterinary work cover for several practices around Christchurch, including Marshall & Pringle Petmed. She has been working with us now 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.

Donna is currently on Maternity leave, enjoying time with her gorgeous baby boy Sylvester.

 

Dr. Marloes Heslop

BVSc, MVM (Surgery)

Marloes graduated with her BVSc from Massey University in 2012, initially working at a busy small animal practice in Geelong, Australia (1 hour out of Melbourne). After relocating back to New Zealand at the start of 2015, she spent a few months locuming in Canterbury before joining the team at Marshall and Pringle Petmed in September 2015.

Marloes recently completed her Masters in Veterinary Medicine with an endorsement in small animal surgery (MVM), whilst working full-time - a wonderful accomplishment! She has successfully completed postgraduate papers in Orthopaedic Surgery, Clinical Pathology, Ophthalmology, Emergency Medicine and Soft Tissue Surgery. She has also completed a research project on the long-term outcome of the OssAbility Tibial Tuberosity Advancement surgical procedure for canine cruciate ligament disease. Surgery is her passion and she enjoys the variety of cases we see here at Marshall & Pringle Petmed.

Marloes adores her German Wirehaired pointer, Frankie; and her two cats, Salt and Pepper.

In her spare time, Marloes enjoys walking her dog, yoga, reading, gardening and anything to do with food!

 

Dr. Jessica Morris

BVSc

Jess graduated with her BVSc from Massey University in 2016. She worked at a reproduction clinic in Christchurch before starting at Marshall & Pringle Petmed in 2018. 

Jess has a strong interest in medicine cases and enjoys working with all animals, including rats and rabbits - of which she is now our resident expert! 

Outside of work she loves being active, especially walking her border collie, Thor. She also enjoys baking and trying out new restaurants.