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Introducing the duo behind ‘Surgery to Sanctuary’ in NZ (Feb 2019)

If you’re a vet, vet nurse, or associated veterinary professional currently living/working in NZ, we hope you’ll join us for the inaugural ‘Surgery to Sanctuary’ events in Christchurch and Auckland in February 2019.

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Here are the details:

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Just in case you would like to know more about the people who are excited and honoured to be presenting these events, here’s some info on who we are and what we are passionate about!

Dr. Sylvie Mclean BAgSc BVSc

Sylvie and Hudson
Sylvie and our unofficial mascot, Hudson!

Born in Germany and a 1983 Munich graduate, Sylvie came to New Zealand in 1983. She has been practicing as a companion animal veterinarian for 35 years.

Sylvie has also been a working mother and has operated her own clinic from 1987-2013. She now runs a dermatology referral service: Animal Dermatology Canterbury.

Sylvie was invited to master yoga teacher Mark Whitwell’s Christchurch workshop about 10 years ago, at a time when she saw the need for herself and others around her to deal with the day-to-day stresses of professional life in a different way.

The earthquakes resulted in major disruptions for people’s lives in Christchurch and this prompted her to seek a certified yoga education, initially for the benefit of family and friends. Over the next 2 years, Sylvie accomplished over 500 hours of Yoga Alliance certified trainings and has been teaching regularly since 2012. She also teaches at retreats under the banner of “Exotic Immersions” in New Zealand and Bali.

Sylvie lives on a lifestyle block in Loburn/North Canterbury, sharing the property with her son, Angus, and daughter-in-law, Sheryl. She is a grandmother to one year old Layla.


Dr. Chloe Hannigan BVetMed MRCVS

Chloe (VetYogi) also with Hudson, as I just couldn’t bear to crop him out!

Chloe comes from the UK, and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2012. She came to NZ in March 2017 on a working holiday visa, so she could locum, practice yoga, and travel around this stunning part of the world. Having started off in mixed, Chloe has worked in small animal only for the last few years, and has worked in the UK, Australia, and NZ.

Chloe passionately believes that the tools learned on the mat in yoga and meditation can be extremely beneficial off the mat in our day to day working lives as veterinary professionals. She wanted to teach both yoga and meditation to her veterinary colleagues in an evidence-based manner, and to this end trained as a yoga teacher in 2017, and started her company ‘VetYogi’. For more info see From Neutering to Namaste: Why one Vet decided to become a Yoga Teacher.

Since starting VetYogi, Chloe has taught yoga and meditation at the UK’s first veterinary conference, WellVet Weekend, and will be returning for the 2019 event. She was recently featured in the Vet Record in the UK, and continues to work on her website to provide yoga and meditation advice to veterinary professionals, as well as starting the VetYogi YouTube channel.

Since qualifying as a yoga teacher it has been her goal and dream to establish yoga retreat events for her veterinary colleagues, and she was delighted to find a like-minded soul in Sylvie to help with the NZ events!

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If you think this event might be right up your street, contact to request a booking form. Just let us know which location (Christchurch/Auckland) you would like to attend, as places are limited at each event. Hope to see you there!

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