About Us

Te Are Manu (Cook Islands) Incorporated is a Cook Islands Registered Charity Organisation, based in Rarotonga, that operates the only Veterinary Service in the Cook Islands. Our clinic is a community based initiative and is 100% locally owned and operated.


Te Are Manu (TAM) Vet Clinic relies solely on the generosity of the community and the members of the veterinary industry who volunteer their services here in the Cook Islands.


We are always in need of volunteers who are keen to make a difference whilst enjoying our beautiful island paradise! Volunteering with TAM means experiencing a varied and sometimes challenging caseload, along with plenty of opportunities to explore this beautiful place that we call home.


Te Are Manu (Cook Islands) Incorporated is a Cook Islands Registered Charity Organisation founded in 2017 to provide quality veterinary care for the animals of the Cook Islands and improve the standards of animal care and welfare through education.

Our board is staffed entirely by volunteers based in Rarotonga. Te Are Manu has a full-time Clinic Manager (Debbie Topp) who runs the day-to-day operations of the clinic and takes excellent care of our volunteers.


Our Current Board of Directors:

Patricia Barton (President)

Virginia Wiig (Vice President)

Gwen Welland (Secretary/Treasurer)

Julie Bateman (Board Member)

Eleanor Rivera (Board Member)

Michelle Grey (Veterinary Technical Adviser)

All donations go directly to Te Are Manu Vet Clinic, allowing us to continue providing the animals and people of Rarotonga and the Cook Islands with the best veterinary care possible!

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PO Box 830, Rarotonga, Cook Islands    Phone 27 719    Emergency hotline 57 206
Email us at: tearemanu@gmail.com or volunteer@tearemanu.com

"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated" - Mahatma Gandhi