Meet Our Vets
Dr Gareth Dunkerley
Ponsonby Head Vet
  • BVSc 

Dr Gareth is originally from Hawkes Bay and qualified from Massey University, Palmerston North in 1999. Gareth spent 7 years working in London in companion animal general and emergency practice before returning to Auckland to head the team at Ponsonby Veterinary Centre.

Gareth enjoys all aspects of small animal internal medicine and his involvement in emergency practice in London has given him a keen interest in this area of veterinary care. His other areas of interest are dentistry and imaging.

Gareth is a keen horseman. He spent many years pursuing his interest in eventing and hopes that one day he will find the time to jump back into the saddle. He also enjoys swimming, going to the gym and running.

Dr Jenna Knight
  • BVSc (Dist.)

Dr Jenna splits her time between Ponsonby Vet and Herne Bay Vet. She graduated from Massey University with distinction in 2013. In her spare time Jenna enjoys going on hikes all over New Zealand and taking her Griffon puppy Greta for adventure walks in dog friendly nature reserves.

Dr James Graves
Vet Surgeon
  • BVM
  • BZool
  • MSc (Animal Welfare)

Dr James is originally from the UK (England) and is qualified in veterinary medicine from University College Dublin after graduating from the University of Glasgow with a Bachelor Degree in Zoology and a Masters of Science in Animal Welfare and Law.  James started working in London in a vet practice that worked alongside the RSPCA and the Metropolitan Police dogs. He then moved on to a larger company which included emergency out of hours care within a 24-hour veterinary hospital. 

James moved to New Zealand to join the Ponsonby team as a Veterinary Surgeon in July 2019 to further his interest in surgery and take on more advanced orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery.

James enjoys travelling, kayaking, off-road driving and camping in his free time, he can defiantly taste the difference between Coca-Cola and Pepsi and has a published dissertation on imaging chickens and Antarctica is the only continent he hasn’t been to... yet!

James' family home is made up of 1 briard, 1 mallinois, 2 Australian Kelpies, 1 Australian shepherd, 2 domestic short haired cats (22 years old!), 6 chickens, fish and reptiles.

Dr Kevin Dalton
Vet Surgeon
  • BVSc

Dr Kevin graduated vet school in 2015 at Massey University Palmerston North. He had always wanted to be a vet since his bunny rabbit imaginatively named Jumpers became ill when he was a kid. Kevin grew up in North Shore Devonport and that will always be home to him, his mum is Canadian and is dad is English.

When Kevin graduated, he moved to the tropics in Cairns QLD to enjoy the life of diving and hiking. He had been working with companion animals as well as the odd snake or lizards there for the last 4 years. But he soon started to miss the Pohutukawa trees and NZ summers, so he has since moved back home to be with friends and family and has joined the family of Ponsonby Vets as a Veterinary Surgeon.

Kevin is a D or E or possibly even Z class celebrity having recently starred on NZ’s Heartbreak Island. His favourite spot to be is in the middle of NZ summer on Tawharanui Beach attempting to surf or playing overly competitive ultimate Frisbee.