Dr. Justin Badenhorst

BVSc, Veterinary Science

Dip, Homeopathy Animal Health

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.

Dr. Cameron Paul

BSc. Animal Sciences

BSc. (Hons) Wildlife management

BVSc. Veterinary Science


Cameron Grew up in Durban, on the east coast of South Africa. He studied at the university of Pretoria, studying animal science and wildlife management before Veterinary science. He graduated in 2015 after which he was stationed in Rural South Africa as part of the government community service scheme. While working for the government he was positioned at a training college for animal health technicians while opening and running a community outreach clinic. After this he moved to exclusive small animal and exotic practise in a small mining town, in central SA before moving to New Zealand.


He loves going on day hikes and exploring the country, he’s always up for an adventure seeking waterfalls around the country. He has a keen interest in astronomy, you will find him outside on clear nights looking for satellites.


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.

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