Dr. Justin Badenhorst

Director and Veterinarian

There was never an option B for me, for a veterinarian I was certainly going to be! I loved animals growing up, having a good mix of cats and dogs over the years. Seeking a natural approach to animal health care, I completed a 4 year homeopathy diploma in animal health. It was a fantastic start, however I was limited with treatment, particularly surgery options. I then spent another 5 years at Massey University and graduating in 2014, I moved to Papamoa East where I still reside today. Together with my wife, daughter and son, we enjoy everything that Tauranga has to offer. Particularly, the beauty and novelty of this immediate growing area of ours in Palm Springs and Golden Sands.

Having worked locally for the past 5 years after graduation, I met a great deal of fantastic people. For me, the career of being a vet is far more than just offering health care services to pets. I really enjoy getting to know my clients, having laughs, helping them out in good times of life as well as aiding in transitioning more troublesome ones. The desire to offer this kind of service to my local community brought about the creation of Coastal Pet Vet.

I am zealous about health and fitness. I have always had the desire to live a full active lifestyle, supported by great nutrition. Fitness and nutrition I believe makes a huge difference to our family pets, no matter their age.

When I’m not at the clinic, you can usually find me at the beaches and parks with my family in tow.


Veterinary Nursing (Level 5)

Practice Manager

My name is Sarah and I’m so excited to be working at Coastal Pet Vet. I graduated from Toi Ohomai in 2017 with a certificate in Vet nursing and the Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Meritorious Award. Before becoming a Vet Nurse, I lived in Australia managing bars, other businesses and worked in business development. I’d always dreamed of working with animals so I decided to move back to New Zealand, study Vet Nursing and spend more time with my family.

I was born and raised in Tauranga and love living back here. I have a passion for animals and an even bigger passion for animal education. I love learning and passing on what I learn to our customers. As Benjamin Franklin once said “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

My hoard of animals keeps me busy and quite often I’m on the other side of the desk with my own fur babies. I’ve got a chocolate Labrador/Staffy Cola, a brindle Boxer cross – Maddy and a Corgi/Jack Russell – Roxy. My Ragdoll cross siblings Basil and Tilly don’t give me too much trouble but my youngest cat Thistle can be quite the handful. I’ve also got a huge interest in fish and have a few tropical freshwater tanks. When I’m not spending time with my pets, you’ll find me creating art or growing vegetables in my garden.

Simone with banner


Veterinary Nursing Level 5


Hi my name is Simone and I’m the newest member of the Coastal Pet Vet team. I graduated from Toi Ohomai in 2017 with a certificate in Veterinary Nursing and have been working in the veterinary industry ever since.

I was born and raised in Mount Maunganui and since I can remember have always had a passion for animals and health. Since becoming a Vet Nurse, I have found myself taking a special interest in dental procedures and more recently puppy preschool classes.

In 2018 I adopted a sassy little Boxer cross named Tilly who loves swimming and doing zoomies at the park or beach. If I’m not at work you will find me going fishing with my partner or in the kitchen cooking up a storm.

I look forward to meeting you and your pets!



Veterinary Nursing Level 5


Hi my names Teressa, I joined the Coastal Pet Vet team at the end 2021 after completing my studies in Vet Nursing level 5. During my studies I had practicum hours to complete which I mainly completed here through Coastal Pet Vet, after they were finished I didn’t want to leave. So far, I am loving every bit of it and finding the job really rewarding, it definitely is a bonus that the crew here are so supportive and encouraging.

Over the years I’ve had many pets and lived on dairy farms where I did calf rearing before moving back to Tauranga and beginning my studies. I started my studies by gaining the New Zealand certificate in Animal Care level 3, then moved on to the level 5 Vet Nursing certificate and have future plans to tackle the diploma in vet nursing.

When I’m not working I’m usually running around after my two kids or exploring rivers and parks with the family, we love the local spots like McLaren’s and Kaiate falls.

At home I have only cat however I’ve been getting my fur baby fix by fostering kittens through a great local charity called RRR. I have plans on adding an addition to the family as soon as our house renovations are finished and our fence goes up we’ll adopt a dog, I’m super excited for that!

I’m really keen to get to know more of Coastal Pet Vets awesome clients and their fur babies!



Veterinary Nursing Level 5


Hi my name is Rubi! I am currently completing my Vet Nursing Certificate through Otago Polytechnic. I started with Coastal Pet Vet in 2021 and I really enjoy working here and gaining valuable experience alongside my studies.

I have lived in the Mount for the past 8 years and really enjoy the chill atmosphere and beaches here. I grew up with a mix of dogs, cats and horses but currently just have a naughty, little black cat named Slinky.

I hope to meet you and your fur-babies soon!

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