Auckland and Satellite Locations call: 09 478 4070
Palmerston North call: 027 200 5357


To improve the lives of animal companions and their families by
practicing and advancing the science and art of veterinary dermatology

Animal Dermatology Clinic was founded nearly 40 years ago when Dr. Craig Griffin set out to improve the lives of animal companions by providing state-of-the-art diagnostics and therapies through clinical advancements in veterinary dermatology. By acquiring Dr. Allan Bell’s practice, we have been able to provide a continuum of care to his patients, partner with local primary veterinarians and start the first veterinary dermatology residency program in New Zealand.

Solid Foundation and Support Structure

Being part of the largest group of veterinary specialists in the world, our experience and knowledge base is unprecedented when it comes to dermatology cases. Our team has the support and resources from ADC’s team of board-certified specialists who are responsible for curating and advancing the field of veterinary dermatology.

Veterinary Nurses
Craig Griffin

Craig Griffin, DVM, DACVD

Founder of Animal Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Craig Griffin is a graduate of Cornell University and completed his residency at UC Davis in 1980 where he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD). He served on the Board of Directors and examination committee for the ACVD and held the position as president of the ACVD in 1999/2000. He also served as president of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology and of the Western States Veterinary Conference.

Leslie Sauber

Leslie Sauber, DVM, DACVD

Dr. Leslie Sauber received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry followed by a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University. She was in general practice for 8 years before starting a dermatology residency at the University of Illinois. In 1996 she completed her residency and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.

Dr. Sauber is very excited about emigrating to New Zealand! On her initial trip she was touched by the friendliness, helpfulness and welcoming attitude of the NZ people. She was also impressed that so many Kiwi’s could find Oklahoma on the map (a feat that most Americans cannot do). Seems Steven Adams is quite an icon in both NZ and OK. Go Thunder!

Helen Orbell

Helen Orbell, BVSc, Dermatology Associate

Dr. Helen Orbell graduated from the University of Queensland with a BVSc in 2001 and worked in various mixed practices in New Zealand, England, and Scotland before starting in the companion animal clinic at Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2005. She traveled to the US for a year in 2007 and worked in community practice at Washington State University VTH, Pullman. After returning to New Zealand her interest in dermatology grew which led to an acceptance of a residency position in 2016 with Animal Dermatology Clinic.

Kirsty Colley

Kirsty Colley, Practice Manager

Kirsty Colley is a UK qualified Veterinary Nurse with over 12 years of experience within the veterinary industry. She is the key contact for our Auckland clinic. Kirsty has worked in a variety of clinics from mixed animal, small animal to specialist clinics in Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. She assists with all dermatology procedures which are carried out within the clinic. Originally from Scotland, Kirsty has been living in New Zealand for the last 5 years and thoroughly enjoys the lifestyle here.

Craig Griffin

Danielle McCabe, Clinic Co-ordinator (Palmerston North)

Danielle graduated with a diploma of Veterinary Nursing in 2010 and spent 2 years working in a busy rural practice in Dannevirke doing a mix of both small and large animal work. She spent 2 years working as a community practise nurse at Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. It is here that she developed her interest for dermatology while working alongside Dr. Helen Orbell. In June 2016, Danielle joined Animal Dermatology Clinic and is planning on completing her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Dermatology. Danielle and her husband welcomed daughter Evelyn Florence into their family in 2016. She also has a great love for all things pugs.

Craig Griffin

Liz Harper-Slade, Veterinary Nurse

Liz is a qualified and experienced veterinary nurse originally from the UK. Liz has over 17 years of veterinary nursing experience and has also worked at the New Zealand Blind Foundation Guide Dogs. In her spare time Liz enjoys fitness, eating out and exploring New Zealand with friends. Liz and her husband, Jon, have two gorgeous dogs, Flo and Karl, and two cats Daisy and Colin.

Craig Griffin

Amanda Christensen, Veterinary Nurse

Amanda grew up surrounded by animals, helping out at her dad’s veterinary practice from an early age. She obtained her National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing by correspondence in 2004. Since then she has worked in a mixed general veterinary practice in the Horowhenua. She is excited to now be part of the team in Palmerston North. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family on their lifestyle block and riding her horse.