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Mike Lange CEO VetSouth
Chief Executive Officer

Mike Lange

Mike Lange CEO VetSouth
Chief Executive Officer

Mike Lange


Mike hails from Hokitika on the West Coast and is married with 4 children.  With a background in farming (not to mention a wife who is the daughter of a Veterinarian), Mike has been in and around the industry in various roles over the years.  This includes a number of positions with FMG, where Mike was instrumental in changing the company and introducing broader services for farming and rural clients.  From there, Mike moved to Fonterra as GM of Innovations and Programmes and was instrumental in the roll out of Agrigate, the major IT bridge between Fonterra and LIC. 

Mike brings with him a wealth of knowledge and a passion for innovation and customer focused solutions. 

Veterinarians

Peter Moono Veterinary Winton Vet Clinic
Epidemiologist / Veterinarian

Peter Moono

Peter Moono Veterinary Winton Vet Clinic
03 236 6090
Epidemiologist / Veterinarian

Peter Moono


Veterinarian

Agnes Meredith

Veterinarian

Agnes Meredith


Veterinarian Angela Wright Winton Vet Clinic
Veterinarian

Angela Wright

Veterinarian

Ashlin Urieli

Veterinarian

Ashlin Urieli


Caroline Walker Veterinary at Gore Vet Clinic
Veterinarian

Caroline Walker

Caroline Walker Veterinary at Gore Vet Clinic
03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Caroline Walker


One of our very talented vets from overseas, Caroline is a product of England and was educated at the University of Liverpool, where she gained her BVSc in 2015. In her role at VetSouth she gets to work with both large and small animals, a great mix of work and part of the appeal of working at VetSouth. A keen cook and photographer, Caroline enjoys exploring New Zealand with her partner and discovering the many hidden gems NZ has to offer.
Veterinarian

Chelsea Fowler

Veterinarian

Chelsea Fowler


Veterinarian

Eleanor Robertson

Veterinarian

Eleanor Robertson


Veterinarian

Emily Chisholm

Veterinarian

Emily Chisholm


Veterinarian

Femke Bluemink

03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Femke Bluemink


With a Master of Science: Farm Animal Health & Public Health (2018) from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht, Netherlands, Femke has been with VetSouth since July 2018 as a large animal vet. Femke undertakes all sorts of large animal work but confesses to a love of dairy. Outside of work, New Zealand is for exploring. Not to mention a good glass of wine with friends. Or even a competitive game of football for Winton FC.
Veterinarian

Henri Mostert

03 217 6688
Veterinarian

Henri Mostert


A small animal vet, Henri hails from Pretoria, South Africa. Gaining a BVSc in 1993 and with VetSouth since 2018, he has a preference for surgery and enjoys the team atmosphere of the Invercargill clinic. Married with children, life outside of work is full of outdoor activities like camping, hunting and fishing. Then there’s the love of a good 4WD session off road. The future? Henri wants to build a house.
Veterinarian

Katrine Mangold

Veterinarian

Kim Burke

Veterinarian

Kim Burke


Veterinarian

Liz Cork

Veterinarian

Liz Cork


Veterinarian

Marlina Lobitz

Veterinarian

Marlina Lobitz


Veterinarian

Megan Sheat

Veterinarian

Richelle Eger

Veterinarian

Rosie Herrington

Veterinarian

Rosie Herrington


Veterinarian

Shona Black

Veterinarian

Tom Essink

Veterinarian / Managing Director

Vince Sharp

03 209 0101
Veterinarian / Managing Director

Vince Sharp


Vincent has been working at VetSouth Gore since 1998 after making the big move north from Invercargill. Vince’s strong interest in production animal health has suited the high producing potential of the Gore area. His particular interest in dairy production and herd health fits in well with running the dairy side of the Gore and West Otago vet clinics. Vincent is a director of VetSouth Ltd.
Visiting UK Vet

Lisa Morgans

Visiting UK Vet

Lisa Morgans


Lisa Morgans is livestock veterinarian and head of precision livestock at Innovation for Agriculture - a UK charity that helps farmers use and apply research and technology on farm. Lisa has a PhD from Bristol University where she investigated a farmer-led approach to reducing antimicrobial use on farm and now advocates a bottom-up approach to change in farming.

Veterinarian

Briar Cooper

03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Briar Cooper


‘Brizzle’ has been with VetSouth since graduating from Massey in 2014. A large animal vet, it’s the ‘cool peeps’ at VetSouth make it a fun place to work. Life out of work is taken up with skiing, eating and travelling.
Veterinarian

Charlotte Gibson-Smith

03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Charlotte Gibson-Smith


On Maternity leave.
Veterinarian

Dan Cragg

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Veterinarian

Dan Cragg


Dan graduated from Massey in 2011 and started working in VetSouth Winton for three and a half years. After this he married his wonderful wife Sarah and commenced on a long two year honeymoon around UK and Europe. After learning the UK system of farming and vetting, he has recently returned to VetSouth to head up the Balclutha branch. Dan is a very keen hunter and tries to get in the bush as much as possible. He is also a volunteer firefighter and has recently transferred to the Balclutha Brigade.
Veterinarian

David Granby

03 217 6688
Veterinarian

David Granby


One of our fine English vets, David was educated at the University of Nottingham (2015 BVM BVS Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery).  Whilst most of his time is spent caring for small animals, David enjoys helping out with the large animals, particularly around calving time.  He also enjoys playing golf badly, surfing and hiking.  With VetSouth since 2015, the appeal is in working for a company which really cares for employees well being and makes you feel valued.  

Veterinarian

Donna Hamilton

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Veterinarian

Donna Hamilton


Donna grew up on a sheep farm at Enfield (Oamaru). She now lives with husband Brett and their three boys on a 1100ha sheep and beef farm at Greenvale. Donna started at Gore Vets in 2002 as a mixed animal vet. Now Donna mostly works with sheep and beef farmers. Donna’s passion is for increasing productivity and profitability on farms.
Veterinarian

Fleur Barker

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Veterinarian

Fleur Barker


Fleur was raised on a sheep/beef farm in Stanley Brook in the Nelson district. After studying veterinary science at Massey.  She moved south, beginning  her career  with Gore Vets in 1996.

Fleur now works predominantly  from the Tapanui Vetsouth Branch, where her main interests are with sheep, beef, dairy and deer. She has become a well known member of the West Otago Community.

Veterinarian

Hayden Dore

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Veterinarian

Hayden Dore


A local Southland boy, hailing from Isla Bank, Hayden has been with VetSouth since October 2006 and is a shareholder in the company. Since graduating from Massey in 2004 (BVSc), Hayden has mostly worked as a large animal vet, specialising in dairy. And some of this work has been alongside his Veterinarian wife, Sunita. Away from work, simply hanging out with his wife and 2 children is what brings enjoyment. As does keeping fit, spearfishing and hunting (deer and tahr). The future? To stay healthy and bring up the children to be good human beings.
Veterinarian

Joel Hughes

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Veterinarian

Joel Hughes


Teach a man to fish...and he’ll go fishing. Which is what Joel likes to do when not working hard as a Veterinarian at our Gore clinic. From the mighty Whakatane and educated first at Waikato University (2006 BSc) and then Massey in Palmerston North (2011 BVSc), It’s the people, region and work with sheep and deer that keep Joel happy. As do his partner, Louise and their children Olivia and Georgia. Plus Matilda the cat and Tika the dog. Ambitions for the future? Well, maybe a spot more fishing and some moonlighting as a fishing guide.
Veterinarian

Keryn Cresswell

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Veterinarian

Keryn Cresswell


Home has been a few places for Keryn, going to school in NZ, Rarotonga and Samoa. This was followed by time at Massey to get a Vet Degree, before heading off to James Cook University in Townsville for some post-grad work. This gives Keryn the impressive qualifications of BVSC 1992, MTVSc 2000 and PhD 2007. But what’s more impressive is her work as a Large Animal vet, focusing mostly on dairy (although she has a soft spot for Alpacas).
Veterinarian

Liesbet Leenknegt

03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Liesbet Leenknegt


Veterinarian

Lisa Roberts

03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Lisa Roberts


A graduate of Massey University (Bachelor of Veterinary Science 2010), originally Wellington born. Working as a mixed Veterinarian but with a special focus on deer, sheep and beef, it’s the relationships you get to build with clients that make it a special place to work for Lisa. At home there are two young children, Lachie and Angus, to keep her busy. Then, when time permits, travelling and exploring is a special love.
Veterinarian

Lisa Stuart

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Veterinarian

Lisa Stuart


Lisa qualified from Massey University in 1997 and has worked in Southland as a mixed animal vet since then. She made the change to solely companion animals in August 2015 and enjoys medical and surgical cases including orthopaedics. Outside of work her time is filled up by a busy family and a menagerie of pets.
Veterinarian

Neil Hume

03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Neil Hume


An elder statesman of VetSouth, Neil has been here since the beginning and is one of the original 7 shareholders.   Hailing from Northumberland, England (he still has the accent) Neil graduated from Edinburgh in 1988 (BVM&S).  Specialising in Cows (his car number plate is ‘COWDR’), Neil is well known for his expertise and knowledge, particularly in fertility and scanning.  Less so for his golf swing, which is how he spends his spare time, along with going to the gym and spending time with his wife and 3 children.  What’s kept Neil at VetSouth for so long?  He puts it down to “the people, the environment and the vibe”.

Veterinarian

Sara Berryman

03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Sara Berryman


Imported from Australia, Sara is a shareholder in VetSouth and has been with the team since the early days. A graduate of Massey University in 2006 (BVSc), Sara spends her time focused on dairy cows and small animals. Keeping Sara at VetSouth is the awesome team and clients. Keeping her busy at home is a (very patient) husband, 2 children, cows, sheep, goats, chickens and a cat. To relax, there’s a bit of tramping, the odd game of squash….and a love of a good social event.
Veterinarian

Sunita McGrath

03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Sunita McGrath


Originally from Sydney, Sunita attended Massey University, where she met Hayden (now her husband and fellow shareholder at VetSouth) and gained her BVSc.  A large animal vet, Sunita has been with VetSouth since the early days.  The appeal (apart from Hayden being here) is in the great people, in a pretty area with no traffic.  Outside of work is just as busy.  There’s horse riding, show horses, painting, crocheting, baking, running and making things look pretty.  There’s also the husband, 2 kids, 1 cat, 4 dogs, 5 horses, 1 yak, 1 deer, 1 goat...and a few more animals.  Once all that is done and tended to?  Then it’s time complete a diploma in interior design.  Phew.

Veterinarian

Theo Wieggers

03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Theo Wieggers


Theo graduated from Utrecht University (NL) in 2012. After graduation he went to New Zealand to start pursuing his dream of working as a large animal vet. Together with Elena he moved to Southland in the winter of 2015. Theo predominantly works as a dairy cow vet. IN his time off he enjoys hunting, fishing, boating and socialising.
Veterinarian

Tiffany Jooste

03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Tiffany Jooste


A graduate of the University of Queensland in 2017 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons), Tiff hails from sunny Brisbane. Since joining VetSouth in early 2018, her specialties are large animals but she regularly covers on the small animals clinics for a dose of cute cats and dogs. As for downtime, that’s taken up with mountain bike riding, skiing, camping...and tramping with 2 beloved kelpie cross’ that came across from Australia with her.
Veterinarian / Epidemiologist

Elena Knupfer

03 236 6090
Veterinarian / Epidemiologist

Elena Knupfer


Elena graduated from Utrecht University (NL) in 2013. She decided to follow Theo to New Zealand and started working as a mixed vet in the North Island. Together they moved to Southland in the middle of 2015. Besides working as a mixed vet Elena has strong interest in epidemiology. Outside work Elena loves the outdoors: tramping, boating, climbing, skiing etc, and she doesn’t like to miss out on a good party either.
Veterinarian / Clinical Head / Director

Georgette Wouda

03 236 6090
Veterinarian / Clinical Head / Director

Georgette Wouda


Veterinarian, Shareholder, Director, Dairy Farmer & Mother - Georgette is one busy Dutch lady. Coming to VetSouth via the University of Utrecht (2003 DVM) Georgette has been with VetSouth since July 2016 and is currently our Clinical Head (West). Spending most of her time with dairy cattle, there is a special interest in ruminant nutrition and dairy farming systems. An active relaxer, the great New Zealand outdoors is a playground to Georgette, partner Dave and two children, Liam and Amelie. Running, biking and watersports are enjoyed by all, as is Georgette’s cooking and skill in the garden. Then there’s the 300 cows in their Lely robotic dairy.
Veterinarian / Managing Director

Mark Bryan

03 236 6090
Veterinarian / Managing Director

Mark Bryan


Mark qualified from Glasgow in 1988, and spent the next seven years moving between intensive dairy practice in the North of England and climbing mountains. A stint in New Zealand convinced him that this was the best place to do both, so in 1995 he moved to the Waikato in the North Island.

In 1997 he moved South to head up the dairy side of Central Southland Vets in Winton. He became a director in 2001 by which time the practice had doubled in vet numbers and quadrupled in dairy farm numbers. In 2005 Winton and Gore vets joined to form VetSouth, in an attempt to create a well-resourced clinic environment with top clients that would attract and retain the best vets in the country.

In 2004 Mark gained his Masters in Epidemiology, and whilst still leading the dairy side of VetSouth, he now splits his time with heading the research group within VetSouth. His role is 50% clinical; 50% research; and 50% management…He is also an executive member of the Society of Dairy Cattle Vets in New Zealand; has a share in a 600 cow dairy farm; and at home runs 1800 sheep and 3 kids on 400 acres.

Creating VetSouth was all about elevating rural vet practice; the belief that just because we live a long way away from things farmers shouldn’t receive second rate veterinary services. To that end, VetSouth continues to develop and innovate and attempt to work with some of the best farmers in the country to add value.

He has climbed all over the world, including 4 expeditions to the Himalayas, and first ascents in South America and Antarctica. These trips formed a large part of his early travels and public presentations. Nowadays his travels are more concerned with presenting at conferences rather than climbing mountains.

Veterinarian / Clinical Head Companion Animals

Oliver Young

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Veterinarian / Clinical Head Companion Animals

Oliver Young


Olly graduated from Glasgow University, Scotland in 1991. After a couple of years working in mixed practice he moved to Hong Kong to set up a companion animal clinical. The following years saw Olly working in Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. In 1997 he immigrated to New Zealand with his kiwi wife and shortly afterwards set up a Companion Animal practice in Ponsonby, Auckland. He sat his examination for Membership of the Australian Veterinary Scientists in Emergency and Critical Care in 2001. In 2006 he moved to Central Otago with his two young children for the lifestyle and shortly after started work at Vetsouth in Gore.

In 2017 Olly took on the role of Small Animal Clinical Leader at Vetsouth. A role that provides an overview of all the companion animal services at Vetsouth. He is interested in all aspects of clinical work and strives to ensure that all the staff and clinics are well resourced with equipment, continuing education and resources to ensure that our clients and patients have the best possible care.

Equine Veterinarian

Brendon Bell

03 217 6688
Equine Veterinarian

Brendon Bell


Brendon was born and raised in Invercargill. He finished vet school in the mid 80’s and briefly worked in mixed practice in Invercargill before travelling overseas. After 3 years in the UK he travelled to the USA and completed a 3 year Equine Surgical Residency. After this he worked in horse practice in South Auckland and gained specialist registration with the Veterinary Council of NZ in Equine Surgery. He returned home to Southland in 1996 to become a partner in Southern Veterinary Centre along with Michael Brown. They built a purpose built horse hospital on the edge of the Invercargill Racecourse. A small animal side was soon added a year later and a substantial extension was completed in 2010. Southern Veterinary Centre became part of the VetSouth group in 2015.

The practice offers all manner of routine and specialist equine and dairy veterinary work and Brendon manages this side of the practice. Both his two daughters have safely flown the nest and his ideas of being able to do more hunting and fishing might come to fruition.

Equine Veterinarian

Grace Reed

Equine Veterinarian

Megan Reidie

03 217 6688
Equine Veterinarian

Megan Reidie


From Invercargill originally, Megan gained her BVSc from Massey, graduating in 2008. With VetSouth as an Equine Veterinarian, her special interest is equine breeding. This is a theme which flows through to Megan’s free time, which is taken up breeding and racing standardbreds...and breeding pigs. Family is a husband, two kids, one cat and one dog.
Veterinarian

Alicia Kemp

03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Alicia Kemp


From the sun-kissed beaches of South Australia, Alicia graduated from Perth in 2016 (BSc, BVMS) before joining VetSouth in 2017. It’s team environment that keep her here, along with the variation of work between small and large animals. Downtime is spent tramping, travelling and playing netball. Home is shared with her partner, dog and cat.
Veterinarian / Clinical Head

Bianca MacKintosh

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Veterinarian / Clinical Head

Bianca MacKintosh


Our Clinical Head (East) is also a shareholder.  More importantly, Bianca is also a true local and is Southland born and bred.  She popped away to the North Island and Massey University to gain a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (2006) before returning to the mainland and joining VetSouth.  It’s here where concentrates on large animals, with a special interest in dairy reproduction and herd health.  At home there is husband, Dan plus daughter, Isla.  Let’s not forget Hudson the cat though.  Outside of all that, it's about relaxing with friends and playing sport. 

Veterinarian

Cecilia Landman

03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Cecilia Landman


Cecilia grew up on a sheep & beef farm in Waipara, North Canterbury before moving to Christchurch. She spent a few years overseas working as a physiotherapist before realising that veterinary science was where her true passion lay. She graduated from Massey in December 2016 and enjoys working with both production & companion animals. Outside of work Cece likes to get out into the hills for tramping, skiing, enjoying the Southland views and is very much enjoying getting back to her rural roots.
Veterinarian

Christine Simons

03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Christine Simons


Home is with her partner on a dairy farm.  But that wasn’t always the case for Christine.  Her story started in Scotland and includes time spent at the University of Glasgow (2015 BVMS Hons).  Fast forward to today, you’ll find Christine working as a mixed vet in our Gore clinic.  There’s a particular interest in neonatal medicine.  Outside of work, tramping is the main interest, exploring the great outdoors of New Zealand. 

Veterinarian

Claire Hunter

03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Claire Hunter


After leaving Massey in 2007 Claire worked as a mixed vet in southern Southland until joining the VetSouth production animal team in 2014. She hails from Te Anau and now calls Glenham home. When she’s not working she might be found on the hockey turf or being taken for a run by her dog
Equine Veterinarian

Heather Busby

Veterinarian

Hugh Hasselman

03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Hugh Hasselman


Hugh is a Massey University Veterinary Science graduate from 1979. At first he worked in North Canterbury for two years , did small animal work in the USA for one year and travelled for a year before moving to Gore in 1984 . Although starting in a mixed practice role he soon moved to solely small animal work. Hugh has a special interest in veterinary surgery , especially orthopaedics, in which field he continues to enjoy the demanding case load of companion animal pets and working dogs presented to the clinic. Hugh is a Director and the senior small animal veterinarian in VetSouth, he strives to ensure that the SA Department staff are well resourced, trained and equipped to develop the professional skills and diligence needed to provide a high standard of care to the companion animal patients.
Veterinarian

James Stretton

03 209 0101
Veterinarian

James Stretton


James joined us after finishing his studies at Massey in 2016. Originally from North Canterbury, James has moved south in search of greener pastures and is looking forward to getting stuck into all aspects of production animal work. When he’s not working James enjoys the outdoors, including surfing, skiing and tramping and is enjoying exploring Southland.
Veterinarian

Jill Smyth

03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Jill Smyth


With a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (2001 University of Otago) and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (2006 Massey University), Jill uses her considerable knowledge to provide the best care for small animals. Dealing with a diverse caseload keeps her Vet skills sharp and the fabulous colleagues keep the smile on her face. Reasons to smile outside of work include her husband and three young children...along with a love for the great Kiwi outdoors.
Veterinarian

Louise Hughes

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Veterinarian

Louise Hughes


Louise joined VetSouth after graduating from Massey University, leaving her North Island roots behind to seek the best tramping, fishing, skiing and sightseeing spots of Southland. She is doing this with husband Joel and puppy Tika in toe.

She is interested in all aspects of vet work including sheep, beef cattle, dairy, and companion animals.

Veterinarian

Penelope Hicks

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Veterinarian

Penelope Hicks


Penny was raised in Victoria, Australia being involved in the family beef and cropping farm. After completing her studies at the University of Melbourne in December 2017, she has come to Southland to pursue her interest in farm animal production and small animal medicine. She enjoys ice skating and running and is looking forward to taking up tramping in the near future.
Veterinarian

Rosie Burkitt

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Veterinarian

Rosie Burkitt


Rosie graduated from Massey in December 2013 and joined VetSouth a month later. She grew up in Jaffa-land but welcomed the big move down to Southland. Rosie has a keen interest in all aspects of the production animal field.
Veterinarian

Sarah Cragg

03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Sarah Cragg


Maternity Leave

Sarah graduated from Massey University in 2011 and joined the VetSouth team based in Winton as a small animal veterinarian. After a few years she and her husband Dan spent 2 years travelling on their O.E., which included spending some time working for vet clinics in Yorkshire, the Scottish Central Lowlands and Fife. Despite enjoying the UK they decided to come back to the VetSouth family and are now living in Balclutha with Sarah working from the Gore clinic. She has always had a preference for small animal work, and loves the challenge and variety that a rural clinic offers. Outside of work she enjoys exploring the outdoors, tramping and photography and is excited to be starting a family in December 2017.

Veterinarian

Tina Henriksen

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Veterinarian

Tina Henriksen


After finishing her veterinary studies in Denmark, Copenhagen 2011 Tina came to New Zealand and got her accreditation at Massey University. Hereafter, she joined VetSouth initially in a mixed vet role, but is now working with companion animals including working dogs. When not at the clinic Tina helps out at the farm or is exploring the beauties of New Zealand preferably from an altitude

Vet technicians

Equine Veterinary Nurse

Karen Wilson

Equine Veterinary Technician

Sonya Nicholas

Team Leader/Veterinary Technician

Mandy Trevathan

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Team Leader/Veterinary Technician

Mandy Trevathan


Hailing from the mighty Tarras in Central Otago. Mandy joined us in 2014, her role as Veterinary Technician Team Leader keeps her busy….and it’s the great team and family feel at VetSouth that makes it all worthwhile.  Downtime is spent in the great outdoors, on the farm, riding horses or playing rugby for Mossburn Hinds.  At home, there’s Anthony and Gus the beagle, plus 6 x working dogs.

Team Leader/Veterinary Technician

Mel Pierce

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Team Leader/Veterinary Technician

Mel Pierce


Mel grew up on a local sheep and beef farm; which eventually converted to a dairy farm. Mel has always had a keen interest in large animals and farming. She gained 3 years of dairy experience before she started at VetSouth in October 2014 as a Vet Tech. In Mel’s spare time she enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, netball and walking her dog.
Vet Tech

Alice Sherratt

Vet Tech

Alice Sherratt


Vet Tech

Jeanine McDonald

Veterinary Technician

Anna Hamilton

Veterinary Technician

Brittany Buchanan

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Veterinary Technician

Brittany Buchanan


One of Tuatapere’s finest, Brittany was educated at Southland Girls. Since joining VetSouth in 2014 she’s completed her Certificate in Dairy Knowledge through Telford and has been a key member of the excellent Veterinary Tech Team. The reason for staying around is because Brittany gets to work with “a great bunch of people. And if course, I love the work with large animals”. Time out of work is shared with her partner and 4 dogs (Neeva, Jess, Indy and Tess). And being in Southland, there’s the beauty of nature to enjoy with walks and hikes. Not to mention for passion for netball. And socialising!
Veterinary Technician

Cherise McPherson

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Veterinary Technician

Cherise McPherson


Hailing from Kelso and coming to VetSouth via Massey University (2013 Bachelor of Veterinary Technology), Cherise can be found found working wonders as a VetSouth Vet Tech. It’s the mix of work, from small animal nursing to large animal tech jobs, along with the people (employees and clients) that keeps work fun.
Veterinary Technician

Gillian Swinton

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Veterinary Technician

Gillian Swinton


One of a number of Scots at VetSouth, Gill has been a key member of the Vet Tech Team for almost a year. She says that team is ‘pretty awesome...and someone is always around to teach you something new”. Then there’s the fun work with calves in spring. Snowboarding, hiking, fishing and biking fills up her spare time. As does her partner and their large, overfed ginger cat.
Veterinary Technician

Jackie Dennis

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Veterinary Technician

Jackie Dennis


Jackie grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Southland. Before heading to Massey University and graduating in 2015 with a Bachelors of Veterinary Technology. Jackie worked at Remarkable Vets as a Vet Nurse after graduating before coming to work at VetSouth as a large animal Technician in May 2016 and also helping out as a small animal nurse when required.
Veterinary Technician

Janelle Healy

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Veterinary Technician

Janelle Healy


Veterinary Technician

Kaitlyn Wright

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Veterinary Technician

Kaitlyn Wright


Born in Taumaranui but raised in sunny Nelson, Kaitlyn found her way to VetSouth in January 2018. This wasn’t long after gaining a Diploma of Rural Veterinary Technicians from Telford. The appeal of VetSouth for Kaitlyn is “the team and how nice everyone is”. Life outside VetSouth is very busy Kaitlyn has a 20 acre lifestyle block with Belted Galloway cows that she plans to breed from, plus there’s a few sheep. Luckily, there’s help at hand in the form of Reign and Blake the Border Collies, along with Cooper the Jack Russell. The cats, Frankie and Milly, are probably less help.
Veterinary Technician

Katie McLeod

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Veterinary Technician

Katie McLeod


Katie grew up in the Otapiri Gorge on a sheep and beef farm. She then studied in Invercargill doing the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing, graduating in 2014. Katie enjoys working with both large and small animals, she loves the outdoors and getting together with her friends.
Veterinary Technician

Laura Dalzel

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Veterinary Technician

Laura Dalzel


A Winton native, Laura has been with VetSouth as a Vet Tech since 2018. And it’s a fun job too…”working with a great bunch of people and always having the opportunity to try new things”. Laura enjoys working with dairy cows. And at home, she enjoys spending time with her cat.
Veterinary Technician

Laura Horton

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Veterinary Technician

Laura Horton


A Tapanui local, Laura has been working for VetSouth full time since 2018, and casually on and off before that. A valued member of the Vet Tech team and with a passion for dairy and young stock work, Laura loves being able to get outside and amongst it with farmers. She was educated at Otago Polytechnic, gaining a certificate of Veterinary Nursing (2012) and spends her spare time rearing calves and refereeing rugby.
Veterinary Technician

Nikaitla Robertson

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Veterinary Technician

Nikaitla Robertson


Born and bred in Invercargill, Nikaitla graduated with merit from Telford in 2017 with a Diploma of Rural Veterinary Technician. Nikaitla has been with VetSouth, working as a Vet Tech, since April 2018.
Veterinary Technician

Rebecca Herzig

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Veterinary Technician

Rebecca Herzig


Rebecca may have studied in Nelson (Vet Nursing) and Dunedin (RAT) but she is originally from beautiful Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. A Vet tech specialising in dairy work, Rebecca reckons VetSouth is a great place thanks to the team environment. When not busy at work, she’s busy at home renovating the lifestyle block with her partner (Nath) and looking after their 2 dogs (George and Bronk), 1 cat (Frankie), 2 chickens (Thelma and Louise) and 7 sheep (nameless but not without individual character). If there is any time left over after all of that, then dirt biking and camping is on the agenda.
Veterinary Technician

Stephanie Allison

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Veterinary Technician

Stephanie Allison


A teacher by trade (Otago University, Bachelor of Teaching), Stephanie decided it was much more fun working with animals rather than children, joining VetSouth as a Vet Tech. When she’s not out and about on farm, Stephanie can be found playing squash, doing jigsaw puzzles or enjoying cuddles with Gypsy the Cat.
Veterinary Technician

Tiarna Smith

03 236 6090
Veterinary Technician

Tiarna Smith


Tiarna is from Southland where she grew up around sheep and beef farms. She started work at VetSouth as a Vet Tech in January 2014 after completing her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through SIT in 2013.

When not working Tiarna enjoys getting outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

Veterinary Technician

Tory Hagan

Veterinary Technician

Tory Hagan


Veterinary Technician

Vicki Jensen

03 236 6090
Veterinary Technician

Vicki Jensen


Veterinary Technician

Victoria Guile

03 209 0101
Veterinary Technician

Victoria Guile


A native of Geraldine, Victoria was educated at Otago Polytechnic (2014 National Certificate of Veterinary Nursing & 2017 Certificate in Rural Animal Technology). In her role as a Vet Tech, she has a special interest in Sheep and Beef. There is also a special interest in baking, hiking and learning guitar. The audience for guitar playing normally includes Hedi the cat and Dougal the dog.

Veterinary nurses

Kennel Assistant

Sahra Miller

Kennel Assistant

Sahra Miller


Veterinary Nurse

Jennifer Lowther

Veterinary Nurse

Jennifer Lowther


Veterinary Nurse

Jessica Anderson

Veterinary Nurse

Kendyl Richmond

Veterinary Nurse

Kendyl Richmond


Veterinary Nurse

Madison Hamilton-Dyett

Veterinary Nurse

Madison Hamilton-Dyett


Veterinary Nurse

Michaela Blair

Veterinary Nurse

Michaela Blair


Veterinary Nurse

Michaela Clarke

Veterinary Nurse

Michaela Clarke


A grad of SIT (2018 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing), Michaela has been with the team ever since and is based in our Invercargill clinic. She enjoys anesthesia and nursing medical patients, also the team environment and how every day is different. Spare time is spent in the company of fiance, Ngawai, and their 2 pet rabbits, Cookie and Russell. Michaela’s ambition is to learn as much as possible...and to also make it onto the VetSouth website (Ed: you’re welcome).
Veterinary Nurse

Monique Anderson

03 209 0101
Veterinary Nurse

Monique Anderson


Veterinary Nurse

Nicole Hewitson

03 209 0101
Veterinary Nurse

Nicole Hewitson


Veterinary Nurse

Sarah Herbert

Veterinary Nurse

Sarah Herbert


Veterinary Nurse

Seori McGown

Veterinary Nurse

Seori McGown


Veterinary Nurse

Norah Harris

Head Veterinary Nurse

Courtney Owen

03 236 6090
Head Veterinary Nurse

Courtney Owen


From Invercargill, Courtney graduated from the Southern Institute of Technology in 2008 with a diploma in Veterinary Nursing.  At Vetsouth for just over a decade, Courtney is now the Head Vet Nurse and specialises in cat behaviour and low stress handling, along with meeting the needs of critical care patients.  Care for cats sometimes includes adopting rescue cats.  Indeed, 5 rescue cats have made their way home with Courtney to join her Black smoke maine coon (Hades) and Boxer dog (Ollie).  Courtney would love to spend more time travelling with her husband, Karl.  She’s also somewhat of a movie buff (horror and superhero) concert junkie and sometime comic convention attendee. 

Veterinary Nurse

Jeni Watts

03 236 6090
Veterinary Nurse

Jeni Watts


After graduating with her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from SIT, Jeni joined our practice in 2010. Jeni hails from Cheshire, England and has lived in New Zealand for 17 years. As a Vet Nurse, Jeni takes care of the small animal patients from when they are admitted, during surgery, and afterwards until ready to be discharged, as well as a wide range of other duties.
During her spare time Jeni enjoys badmington and trout fishing.

Veterinary Nurse

Kim McColl

03 236 6090
Veterinary Nurse

Kim McColl


An Invercargill native, Kim joined the team after gaining her Vet Nursing certificate in 2014. Kim is especially keen on surgery nursing and retail sales. The appeal of VetSouth? Getting to work with her friends everyday. Outside of work, Kim can be spotted riding Gary the Horse at Sandy Point on Sunday mornings. At home there is husband, Sean, along with her children; Rachel and Sam. The future? It’s all about staying injury free for Kim!
Head Veterinary Nurse

Megan Irvine

03 209 0101
Head Veterinary Nurse

Megan Irvine


From Wyndham but now residing in Gore, Megan was educated at Menzies college, followed by the Southern Institute of Technology where she gained a diploma in Veterinary Nursing (2011). Now occupying the role of Head Veterinary Nurse, she enjoys being involved in the major surgeries and more complex treatments. Spare time is all about relaxation. Well, not all. There’s the part ownership in a race horse, partner David, 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 galahs, 2 japanese quale and 2 finches to stop her from kicking back. As for the future - it’s all about VetSouth and continuing to lead a team of exceptional nurses.
Veterinary Nurse

Dale Johnstone

03 209 0101
Veterinary Nurse

Dale Johnstone


Straight out of Tokanui, Dale got her diploma in Veterinary Nursing from Otago Polytechnic. Dale says the thing about VetSouth is the great team environment and constant learning that keep things fresh. Home life consists of her husband, 2 teenagers, 2 cats and a hedgehog. Yes, really…a hedgehog.
Veterinary Nurse

Holly Harris

03 217 6688
Veterinary Nurse

Holly Harris


A registered Veterinary Nurse, Holly graduated from SIT in 2012. It’s the family orientated culture and great team environment that make work so enjoyable for her. Not to mention the drama of emergency cases and being able to help animals in desperate need of medical attention. There’s a veritable menagerie at home, with…(big breath)...1 Staffy X Bulldog, 1 Staffy Mixed Breed, 1 Pug (all rescue dogs)...3 cats (all rescue) including quite possibly the happiest 3 legged cat in the world...1 house trained indoor/outdoor Giant Flemish X Angora Rabbit...and countless tropical fish. Oh, plus a husband and two young girls. Phew.
Veterinary Nurse

Laura Gerken

Retail/Customer services

Customer Services

Anne-Marie Fulton

03 236 6090
Customer Services

Anne-Marie Fulton


Customer Services

Bernie Agnew

Customer Services

Bernie Agnew


Customer Services

Donna Hughes

03 415 9400
Customer Services

Donna Hughes


After moonlighting as a Tech over Dry Cow/Teatsealing time for a couple of years Donna has taken up a permanent position at VetSouth as the Customer Services Rep at the new Clydevale clinic. She lives on a large block in Owaka and in her spare time enjoys competing on the rodeo circuit barrel racing her horse Maverick.

Customer Services

Geraldine Brenssell

03 248 9030
Customer Services

Geraldine Brenssell


Customer Services

Heather Coles

03 225 8206
Customer Services

Heather Coles


Heather has taken up the Customer Service Representative role since September 2015, after been in the dairy industry in the Waikato and now in Southland for the last 15 years.

Now all the children are grown up and some married, with 4 grandchildren, it was time to change from calf rearing and start a new stage in life.

She lives near Wairio and in her spare time loves to go caravanning with her husband Kev and making soaps.

Customer Services

Jeanette Skidmore

03 418 0600
Customer Services

Jeanette Skidmore


Jeanette graduated from the Scottish Agricultural College in 2002 with a degree in Agriculture and then worked as a soil fertility consultant throughout the UK until she decided to take the plunge and travel to New Zealand. Jeanette fell in love with South Otago and has never left! She was born and bred into a large sheep, beef and arable farming operation in the north of England, and has spent many years working on farms both in the UK and South Otago. In Jeanette’s spare time her two children and her dog keep her very busy, and she loves to bake and cook. When time allows she also loves camping, the beach and disappearing into the Catlins!
Customer Services

Judith Kinaston

03 209 0101
Customer Services

Judith Kinaston


Judith is one of those valuable employees who can turn her hand to any job needed. She covers reception duties in the morning then without so much as a phone booth to change in she jumps into the VetSouth Ltd batmobile and drives to Tapanui with the supplies required for the efficient running of that branch. She covers the lunch break there and then returns to Gore where you can then find her working in the shop for the afternoon.
Customer Services

Julie Evans

Customer Services

Julie Evans


Customer Services

Rochelle Kellor

03 217 6688
Customer Services

Rochelle Kellor


Rochelle joined the Vetsouth team in October 2014. Rochelle has a diploma in Veterinary Nursing from S.I.T. Small animals are her passion and she loves having a chat and getting to know all the clients and their pets. Her customer service and vet nurse roles keep her busy in our Invercargill clinic. In her spare time Rochelle enjoys reading, spending time with her daughter and many pets.
Customer Services

Rochelle Shaw

Customer Services

Rochelle Shaw


Customer Services

Sheree Black

Customer Services Outbound

Stephanie Litchwark

03 236 6090
Customer Services Outbound

Stephanie Litchwark


Steph is originally from the Waikato but came down to Invercargill to study the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing and has been working at VetSouth since 2011. Steph enjoys running the Puppy Pre School programme and has several pets on the weight loss programme offered at VetSouth. In her spare time she relief milks cows and enjoys walking her dog.
Inventory Lead

Tegan Sutherland

03 236 6090
Inventory Lead

Tegan Sutherland


A bigger house for the ‘fur babies’ is the future requirement for our Tegan. That’s because she shares her home with husband, Damien, along with 5 cats, 2 labradors and a Giant Flemish rabbit. Her space at work is shared with the rest of the Winton retail team. The fast pace of the Inventory coordinator role Tegan has held since 2018 is what keeps Tegan around, as do the people. Tegan has a National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing and enjoys clay bird shooting, the garden and sled dog racing in her spare time.
On Farm Sales

Dave Mackenzie

03 209 0101
On Farm Sales

Dave Mackenzie


Dave MacKenzie was brought up on a small lifestyle block and has always had a strong passion for animals and farming. He has worked on various farms in Southland and South Otago and completed a mustering season in the ‘Kimberlys’ in Western Australia. The last 2 ½ years David has worked for Advance Agriculture Ltd as their store man. His hobbies include fishing, duck shooting, fire brigade, young farmers, friends and family and of course a good ole BBQ and a few beers. David is looking forward to meeting new clients and catching up with the old ones.

 

On Farm Sales Rep

Receptionist

Mel Warburton

Receptionist/Nurse

Wendy Flawn

Retail Advisor

Jim Lambie

03 236 6090
Retail Advisor

Jim Lambie


Jim has been with VetSouth for 23years, he is the all round handy man with a great knowledge of all products and clients. All ways there to lend a hand Jim enjoys spending time with his family and is religious golf player.
Retail Coordinator

Sharon Arthur

03 209 0101
Retail Coordinator

Sharon Arthur


Sharon is based in our Tapanui Clinic, where she looks after all things retail in her role of Retail Coordinator. Sharon cites her work colleagues as what makes VetSouth a great company to work for. Home for Sharon is filled with her husband and two sons. As for relaxing and kicking back, Sharon has case of wanderlust and loves traveling.
Retail Customer Service Rep

Jo Hoffman

Retail Customer Service Rep

Jo Hoffman


Retail Customer Service Rep

Kyra Williams

Retail Customer Service Rep

Kyra Williams


Retail Customer Service Rep

Maree Thomas

Retail Customer Service Rep

Maree Thomas


Retail Lead - East

Santina Bryan

Retail Lead - East

Santina Bryan


Retail Lead - West

Lis Rietveld

Retail Lead - West

Lis Rietveld


Retail Manager

Corrina Bruce

03 236 6090
Retail Manager

Corrina Bruce


Corina is really enjoying being back in Gore where she was born and breed. She has spent the last 12 years living in Heriot, West Otago with her husband Jason and their son Reuben who is 12. Corina has been working on a casual basis mainly involving sheep and beef farming around Heriot. They have recently purchased their own 40 acres handy to Gore.
Customer Services

Cameron Osborne

03 209 0101
Customer Services

Cameron Osborne


Cameron has recently joined the retail sector, and has a background in hospitality. His spare time is spent outdoors, hunting with the Eastern Southland Hunt Club.
Retail Support Co-Coordinator

Casey Allison

03 236 6090
Retail Support Co-Coordinator

Casey Allison


Casey originally from South Otago was brought up on a sheep & beef property in Clydevale. She has worked on a sheep/deer/beef property as well as a dairy farm during the calving season. She then moved to Wanaka where she completed her certificate in Rural Animal Technology via correspondence while working at Aspiring Vets. She enjoys working in the rural industry & in her spare time enjoys horse ridding & trips to Central for a bit of Water Skiing.
Customer Services

Kayla MacFadgen

03 209 0101
Customer Services

Kayla MacFadgen


Kayla spent her time growing up in Gore with her Mum & Step Dad, as well as in Te Anau with her Dad, Step Mum & brothers on the family’s sheep and beef farm. Kayla has always had a keen interest in both small and large animals which lead her onto studying Veterinary Nursing at SIT in Invercargill, while doing this she completed all her placement at VetSouth in Gore before graduating with her Diploma in 2016. She then went on to dairy farming for a while before starting as a Vet Nurse at Vet South in September 2017.

Outside of work Kayla enjoys following the rodeo circuit around New Zealand with her partner Dan who is a keen bull rider, as well as going outdoors mainly in Fiordland and spending time with her friends and family, especially her dog Jax!

Support staff

Technical Analyst / Project Co-ordinator

Jennie McGrattan

03 209 0101
Technical Analyst / Project Co-ordinator

Jennie McGrattan


Accounts Administrator

Claudia Orchard

03 236 6090
Accounts Administrator

Claudia Orchard


Accounts Administrator

Elizabeth Blomfield

03 236 6090
Accounts Administrator

Elizabeth Blomfield


Accounts Administrator

Joan Sivertsen

03 209 0101
Accounts Administrator

Joan Sivertsen


Having been a staff member of the Vet clinic since 1987 I have seen many changes. From early beginnings in the old clinic to the brand new clinic in 2002. From Gore Veterinary Supplies to VetSouth Limited. I have a very busy position as Account Administrator and one I enjoy very much. I enjoy working as part of the team at Vetsouth Ltd with all other staff. A great bunch to work with.
Business Analyst

Julia Johns

03 236 6090
Business Analyst

Julia Johns


On Maternity leave. Julia graduated from Lincoln University in 2007 with a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science. She has spent the last 2 years working in the United Kingdom and has now settled in Southland. She is originally from a sheep and beef farm in Cave, South Canterbury.
Dallas Peters CFO VetSouth
Chief Financial Officer

Dallas Peters

Cleaner

Christine Shaw

Cleaner

Liz Richardson

03 209 0101
Cleaner

Liz Richardson


Cleaner

Michelle Humffreys

Clinic Manager

Mel Sexton

Clinical Engagement Lead

Ruth Ungerer

Clinical Engagement Lead

Ruth Ungerer


Data Owner

Geoff Hay

East Farm Services Lead

Angela Nicholson

East Farm Services Lead

Angela Nicholson


Farm Services Administrator

Katie Robinson

03 209 0101
Farm Services Administrator

Katie Robinson


Farm Services Administrator

Kendall Kilpatrick

Farm Services Administrator

Kendall Kilpatrick


Farm Services Administrator

Shay Cruickshank

Farm Services Administrator

Shay Cruickshank


Finance Business Partner Invercargill

Rachel Mackay

Finance Business Partner Invercargill

Rachel Mackay


Head of Client Services

Rachel Lock

03 236 6090
Head of Client Services

Rachel Lock


Head of Information Services

John Driver

03 209 0101
Head of Information Services

John Driver


John was brought up in the North of England and spent his early life climbing mountains and training to be an outdoor pursuits instructor. After realising that taking groups of delinquent kids into his beloved Lake District wasn’t really his thing, he joined the rest of the masses and moved to London where he developed a love for obscure indie music, and began his career in IT. He has been wrestling with technology in one form or another ever since. He met a kiwi girl and emigrated to New Zealand in 1999. Since then he has worked in, trained in and experienced a variety of IT roles and has developed a firm belief that simple, well applied technologies can benefit us all. He still listens to obscure Indie music but his travels tend to be based around family and fly fishing these days.

 

 

Head of Marketing and Engagement

Warrick Low

gemma sloan human resources manager
HR Manager

Gemma Sloane

gemma sloan human resources manager
03 209 0101
HR Manager

Gemma Sloane


Gemma joined VetSouth in 2012 and has worked in various HR related roles since 2005. Born in Christchurch, but having spent her last years of high school at Northern Southland College, she is happy to be back in the area, and considers Southland home. Outside of work interests include camping trips, theatre and waterskiing in the summer holidays!

 

HR Manager

Wendy Metcalfe

03 236 6090
HR Manager

Wendy Metcalfe


An Invercargill native, Wendy was educated in Invercargill and Dunedin, gaining a 2012 B App Mgmt and 2018 Dip in Health & Safety. Wendy says her role as HR Manager never has a dull moment. A spot of gardening and watching sport is the out of work agenda, made all the more pleasurable with the company of her husband and 26 year old son (although it may be possible he’s welcome to leave the family home if he wants to). As for the future? Simply to be happy and enjoy life.
IS Technical Support

Narendra Varma

03 236 6090
IS Technical Support

Narendra Varma


Narendra Varma joins VetSouth Ltd as an IT Technical support, based in Winton. Narendra and his wife moved to Invercargill from India so she can undertake tertiary studies at SIT. Prior to leaving India, he had 10 Years’ experience working in a help desk capacity at GcomSupport (Mumbai). In Narendra’s spare time he likes to go to the gym to work out.
IS Trainer/Facilitator

Stephanie Smith

IS Trainer/Facilitator

Stephanie Smith


Operations Coordinator

Krista Farley

03 236 6090
Operations Coordinator

Krista Farley


Operations Coordinator

Michelle Davers

03 209 0101
Operations Coordinator

Michelle Davers


Michelle grew up locally on a sheep farm at Brydone and Waimumu. Michelle started with Gore Vets in 1996 and has been employed in a variety of roles within VetSouth including retail, customer services, vet nursing and more recently as the Operations Manager at VetSouth Gore. Outside of work Michelle is busy with her family, which includes two boys of 15 & 13 and a lifestyle block.

 

 

Product Procurement Data Analyst

Lauren Voysey

03 209 0101
Product Procurement Data Analyst

Lauren Voysey


West Farm Services Lead

Robecca Richardson

03 209 0101
West Farm Services Lead

Robecca Richardson


Born in Invercargill and educated in Dunedin, Robecca heads up our West Farm Services Team. Always busy, it’s the wonderful people and variety of work that make the job enjoyable for our Becs. Life outside VetSouth is consumed by running, watching sports and spending time with her son, Kayden. Special shout out to Sooty the cat who looks after the house when Becs is doing great things at work.
XLVet Resource Manager

Alice Geddes

XLVet Resource Manager

Alice Geddes


Assistant Accountant

Ben McGimpsey

03 236 6090
Assistant Accountant

Ben McGimpsey


A Southland boy, the VetSouth Finance Manager is certainly well qualified, with a BCom Accounting, BA Philosophy and BSc Psychology. Ben is responsible for keeping the finances in order and the company in the black. When not staring at complex spreadsheets that no-one else understands, Ben plays the saxophone, is an avid cricket fan and enjoys a spot of diving for Paua.
Regional & Marketing Co-ordinator

Carey Buchanan

03 236 6090
Regional & Marketing Co-ordinator

Carey Buchanan


Originally from the sandy beaches of Timaru, Carey joined the VetSouth Winton clinic in 2011 after spending 8 years in Queenstown in various roles from Personal Training to Wedding Planning!

Outside of work hobbies include snowboarding, wakeboarding and wine tasting!  Interesting fact, although she lives on a sheep farm, Carey is allergic to wool and doesn't like lamb.