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Veterinary team

Director; Veterinarian

Vince Sharp

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Director; Veterinarian

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.
SA Nurse

Norah Harris

Head Veterinary Nurse

Courtney Cosgriff

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Head Veterinary Nurse

Courtney Cosgriff


Courtney qualified from SIT in 2008 gaining her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and joined the VetSouth team in 2009. As a Vet Nurse, Courtney 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.
Courtney also has a certificate in dog behaviour from Massey University and outside of work is a member of the Southland Sled dog Association where she races with her Mum’s huskies as well as her Boxer dog, Ollie. She also has five cats of her own, Oscar, Bear, Pixie and Maine Coons Mishka and Hades whom you may see at local cat shows.

Veterinarian

Adele English

Veterinarian

Adele English


Adele graduated from Massey in 2016. She orginated from Rotorua but spent most of her childhood in Rarotonga. Adele enjoys both sheep and dairy work but also helps out with small animals when needed. She loves everything involving outdoors, including tennis, soccer, netball and horse riding!
Veterinarian

Briar Cooper

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Veterinarian

Briar Cooper


Briar graduated from Massey in 2013. She orginated from Waikato (Cream of the Country) Morrinsville. She has always wanted to be a large animal vet, enjoying both dairy and sheep work. Briar loves everything involving outdoors, singing and cheese rolls!
Veterinarian

Charlotte Berry

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

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Veterinarian

David Granby


David graduated from the University of Nottingham in July 2015 and immediately packed his bags and headed out to start his career over here in New Zealand.
He has a keen interest in all aspects of mixed practice and has even spent time working with zoo and aquatic animals.
Away from work David lives to travel and he cannot wait to begin exploring this region of the world.

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

Erin Noonan

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Veterinarian

Erin Noonan


Erin graduated from the University of Melbourne before making the move down to Southland in January 2014. Although her main focus is dairy, she also enjoys working with sheep, deer and small animals. On the weekend, she enjoys tramping, rock climbing and skiing.
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


Hayden joined VetSouth Ltd in October 2006. A native Southlander, Hayden has been working as a veterinarian in the Southland region since graduating in 2005. His non-vet interests include hunting, fly fishing, rugby and golf.
Veterinarian

Joel Hughes

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Veterinarian

Joel Hughes


Joel joined us after finishing his studies at Massey University in 2011. Originally from dairy country in the Bay of Plenty, Joel likes to get stuck into all aspects of production animal work, especially dairy, sheep, beef, and deer. He enjoys the outdoors, and is very much looking forward to getting into some local sport, hunting, and fishing – anything Southland has to offer.
Veterinarian

Keryn Cresswell

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Veterinarian

Keryn Cresswell


Keryn has worked as a vet in Samoa and North Queensland as well as New Zealand. After working in the tropics she moved to Southland in 2010 to experience the other end of the spectrum. Although mostly working with dairy cattle, she also does a bit of small animal and sheep work. She and her husband Max have two children.
Veterinarian

Liesbet Leenknegt

Veterinarian

Lisa Roberts

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Veterinarian

Lisa Roberts


Lisa joined VetSouth Ltd in January 2011 after finishing her Vet degree at Massey in 2010. Her family is originally from the Otago and Southland area, but she was born in Wellington. Lisa especially enjoys working with production animals, with dairy, deer and sheep work of particular interest. She also spends some of her time in the small animal department. Outside of work Lisa enjoys hunting, shooting small game, running, biking and tramping.
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

Liv Gasland

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Veterinarian

Liv Gasland


Liv is a companion animal vet who Qualified at Bristol University in 2001 and worked in the UK for 8 years before moving to NZ with her husband and 2 border collies. She worked in Greymouth for 15 months before moving to Otago to do locum work for Vetlife. In 2012 she moved to Southland and initially worked for CVS, then for Vetco before joining the PetSouth team end of September 2015. On her spare time she enjoys DIY, gardening and travelling.
Veterinarian

Lizzie Wheeler

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Veterinarian

Lizzie Wheeler


Lizzie is originally from the UK and has moved to New Zealand to join VetSouth in Gore. She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2009 and has worked as a mixed animal vet in Wales since then. Her hobbies include a wide range of outdoor activities including kayaking and climbing.
Veterinarian

Mary Noon

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Veterinarian

Mary Noon


Mary graduated from Liverpool in 2011 then after working in mixed practice in Devon, she couldn’t pass up an opportunity to work in New Zealand this year.

Mary loves knitting and baking in the weekends and has been spotted at the local chess championships.

Veterinarian

Neil Hume

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Veterinarian

Neil Hume


Neil is a shareholder at the Winton clinic. His main interest is in dairy cows, in particular fertility (he is an In-calf trained advisor), trace elements and herd health. Neil was born and bred in Northumberland in the north of England, and qualified as a vet from Edinburgh University in 1988. After spending 14 years in mixed practice in the UK, he moved to Winton with his young family in 2002.

Neil is married to Nikki and they have 3 sons. He enjoys most sports (especially rugby!!) but more as a spectator than a participator these days. He does still do a wee bit of tramping, mountain biking and has recently become a keen gym goer- needing to do something to maintain his honed physique! Always keen for a cider, he can be found at most clinic social events. Look out for his “COW DR” Toyota Prado when driving around Southland.

Veterinarian

Sally Taylor (Maternity Leave)

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Veterinarian

Sally Taylor (Maternity Leave)


Sally graduated from Massey in 2006. She spent 3 years in mixed practice in Otago and Southland before going on her OE. As well as plenty of travel adventures, Sally spent two years working in farm (mainly dairy) practice in the UK. She has been back in Winton now since Feb 2012 and her main interests are dairy cattle reproduction and mastitis. Sally enjoys working on mastitis investigations and consultancy and is a registered healthy udder provider.

Outside of work she enjoys tramping, biking and travelling.

Veterinarian

Sara Berryman

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Veterinarian

Sara Berryman


Sara Berryman BVSc— Qualified in 2006 from Massey. Born in Malaysia then moved to Perth and then to NZ in 2002. Enjoys working with all species and will give anything a go. Enjoys a bit of dancing and squash.
Veterinarian

Sunita McGrath

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Veterinarian

Sunita McGrath


Australian born with an Indian mum and Kiwi dad, Sunita came to VetSouth as a new graduate in 2005.

Since arriving she has worked with all sorts of animals but has a very strong interest in dairy practice. She does a bit of horse work in between her cow work and loves getting out and about seeing clients. She has quite a menagerie of animals which seems to be growing all the time. In her spare time Sunita enjoys horse riding,  travelling to hot countries and the odd bit of gardening.

Sunita is married to Hayden and has a 2 year old daughter who is more than likely going to become a vet as well!

Veterinarian

Theo Wieggers

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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

Veterinarian / Epidemiologist

Elena Knupfer

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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 / Epidemiologist

Skye Fruean

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Veterinarian / Epidemiologist

Skye Fruean


Skye hails from Kangaroo Island, Australia where she grew up on sheep and beef farm. Early childhood dreams of becoming a vet (hairdresser a close second) came true when she graduated from University of Melbourne in 2004.

Since then, Skye’s had a liquorice allsorts career, working in dairy practice in Warrnambool (Australia), speying (lots of!) dogs in Samoa, working alongside animal health agencies in Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste on biosecurity projects, and with indigenous communities in northern Australia on exotic disease surveillance.

Outside of work, Skye’s achievements include growing three humans, completing a Masters in Veterinary Public Health Management (through the University of Sydney), and gaining membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in epidemiology.

Skye made the big move across the ditch with her young family in early 2017 to join VetSouth’s research team.

In her little spare time, Skye enjoys getting outside in the famous Southland weather, drinking wine, prancercising and drinking wine.

Veterinarian/Director

Georgette Wouda

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Veterinarian/Director

Georgette Wouda


Georgette joined VetSouth Ltd in July 2006.  A graduate of the Utrecht Veterinary School in the Netherlands, Georgette moved to NZ in 2003 and worked in dairy practice in the  South Taranaki region for almost 3 years.

Georgette moved to Southland with her partner David who is a dairy farmer. They have two young children, Liam and Amelie, and have ownership in a Lely robotic dairy farm near Winton.

Georgette has a passion for the dairy industry and has a special interest in farm management and dairy nutrition. In the little time left outside work, family and farm commitments she enjoys cooking, travelling and outdoor activities like gardening, tramping and biking.

Veterinarian/Director

Mark Bryan

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Veterinarian/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.

Veterinary Nurse

Gina Gallichan

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Veterinary Nurse

Gina Gallichan


Gina joined our vet nursing team in early 2012. Gina was our resident foster carer until one of her foster kids “Saphire” a black lab, rottweiler cross stole her heart.
Veterinary Nurse

Jeni Watts

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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. She lives on a lifestyle block with her husband and their menagerie of animals including three dogs Pip, Anna and Dante the Italian Spinone and two cats Zoro and Henry.

Veterinary Nurse

Kim McColl

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Veterinary Nurse

Kim McColl


Kim started at VetSouth in June 2014 after studying veterinary nursing at S.I.T. Kim enjoys nursing the hospital patients, and has a special interest in the farm dogs. Out of work Kim enjoys competing with her own heading dog, Fergie, in the obedience show ring.
Small Animal Clinical Leader

Oliver Young

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Small Animal Clinical Leader

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

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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

Head Vet Nurse

Megan Irvine

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Head Vet Nurse

Megan Irvine


Megan started with VetSouth in February 2012 after completing her Diploma of Veterinary Nursing in 2011 at SIT. In Megan’s spare time she trains standardbreds and enjoys looking after her menagerie of animals on their lifestyle block.
Head Veterinary Nurse

Courtney Cosgriff

Head Veterinary Nurse

Courtney Cosgriff


Courtney qualified from SIT in 2008 gaining her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and joined the VetSouth team in 2009. As a Vet Nurse, Courtney 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.
Courtney also has a certificate in dog behaviour from Massey University and outside of work is a member of the Southland Sled dog Association where she races with her Mum’s huskies as well as her Boxer dog, Ollie. She also has five cats of her own, Oscar, Bear, Pixie and Maine Coons Mishka and Hades whom you may see at local cat shows.

SA Nurse

Norah Harris

Vet Nurse

Dale Johnstone

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Vet Nurse

Dale Johnstone


Dale is originally from Tokonui, then Invercargill before finally moving to Gore. She is married with two teenagers and a few furry housemates. Dale started initially with VetSouth in the shop team and has recently moved into the small animal clinic while studying for her Vet Nursing Diploma at Otago Polytechnic. Dale also spends one day a week working from the Tapanui clinic.
Vet Nurse

Georgia Rhind

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Vet Nurse

Georgia Rhind


Georgia grew up in Gore and completed her studies at SIT in Invercargill. Georgia has her certificate in Animal Care, Certificate in Veterinary Nursing and Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Georgia graduated in 2017 and started work at VetSouth in November 2017. Georgia has a passion for caring for animals especially her two pet rats at home.
Vet Nurse

Kayla Pullar

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Vet Nurse

Kayla Pullar


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!

Vet Nurse

Michaela Blair

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Vet Nurse

Michaela Blair


I grew up on a dairy farm in west Otago. I have recently joined VetSouth this year and enjoy working with animals both at home and at work. In my spare time you will find me milking cows or riding horses.
Vet Nurse

Shbourne Cameron

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Vet Nurse

Shbourne Cameron


Shbourne grew up in Gore and attended Menzies college in Wyndham, she then studied in Invercargill at SIT to become a vet nurse. Shbourne worked at Northern Southland Veterinary Services for 4 years before joining the team at VetSouth. Shbourne and her partner Phillip have 4 fur babies. Dogs, Buddy & Doofy and cats Clifford & Cheryl.

Shbourne enjoys playing sport and hanging with friends and family in her spare time.

Veterinarian

Alicia Kemp

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Veterinarian

Alicia Kemp


Alicia grew up on a dairy farm in South Australia and has always loved the rural lifestyle and the outdoors. She graduated from Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia in December 2016. Alicia then moved to Southland and is living on a dairy farm with her kiwi partner. Alicia has a strong interest in production animal work and also enjoys being involved in the small animal clinic. Outside of work Alicia spends her time playing netball, helping out on the farm, tramping and plans to learn how to ski.
Veterinarian

Bianca MacKintosh

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Veterinarian

Bianca MacKintosh


Bianca was raised on a sheep farm in Waimahaka (Southland). She attended Southland Girls High School, boarding at Enwood Hostel. Her love of animals and working outdoors led her to pursue a career as a veterinarian. After five years study in Palmerston North, where she met her now husband, she graduated in the top 5% of her class and returned to Southland to practice as a mixed animal veterinarian. She started with Gore Vets in January 2006.

Gore Vets then became VetSouth Ltd later in 2006 after the amalgamation with Central Southland Vets. With the continued expansion of the dairy sector in Southland her role has become predominantly dairy focused, but she still enjoys the odd small animal and sheep and beef call. She has a special interest in dairy herd reproduction and BVD management. Bianca became a shareholder at VetSouth Ltd in 2011.

Veterinarian

Cassandra Lapham-Simpson

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Veterinarian

Cassandra Lapham-Simpson


Cassie has recently moved to New Zealand from the United States to join the VetSouth team. She grew up in Placitas, New Mexico and graduated from Colorado State University in May 2011. She has worked as a vet in southern New Mexico and west Texas with mainly companion and zoo animals. Cassie enjoys many aspects of the veterinary field, but is especially interested in farm animal production medicine. She is keen to learn about New Zealand farming systems and to experience and explore this side of the world.
Veterinarian

Cecilia Landman

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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

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Veterinarian

Christine Simons


Christine hails from Scotland, where she graduated from Glasgow Vet School in July 2015. Having spent her gap year in 2010 milking cows in Clydevale and Milton then two subsequent calving seasons in Milton involved in all aspects of dairy farming including calf rearing, calving cows and winter feeding, she is delighted to return to the Otago/Southland region of New Zealand in her first veterinary job.

Christine is particularly interested in production animal work, especially calving and herd health; but is enjoying working with all types of animals regardless of size or shape. She lives on a dairy farm in Clydevale and often ends up milking cows and fixing fences on her days off, even when the weather is bad!

In her spare time she enjoys tramping, running, cycling, skiing and swimming, so is extremely excited to explore more of the great Kiwi outdoors; plus enjoy the awesome weather which is a big improvement on Scotland!

Veterinarian

Claire Hunter

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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
Veterinarian

Heather Cottle

Veterinarian

Hugh Hasselman

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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

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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

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Veterinarian

Jill Smyth


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

Liv Gasland

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Veterinarian

Liv Gasland


Liv is a companion animal vet who Qualified at Bristol University in 2001 and worked in the UK for 8 years before moving to NZ with her husband and 2 border collies. She worked in Greymouth for 15 months before moving to Otago to do locum work for Vetlife. In 2012 she moved to Southland and initially worked for CVS, then for Vetco before joining the PetSouth team end of September 2015. On her spare time she enjoys DIY, gardening and travelling.
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

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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
Veterinarian/Epidemiologist

Elena Knupfer

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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.
Veterinary Nurse

Gina Gallichan

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Veterinary Nurse

Gina Gallichan


Gina joined our vet nursing team in early 2012. Gina was our resident foster carer until one of her foster kids “Saphire” a black lab, rottweiler cross stole her heart.
Veterinary Nurse

Holly Harris

Veterinary Nurse

Jeni Watts

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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. She lives on a lifestyle block with her husband and their menagerie of animals including three dogs Pip, Anna and Dante the Italian Spinone and two cats Zoro and Henry.

Veterinary Nurse

Kim McColl

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Veterinary Nurse

Kim McColl


Kim started at VetSouth in June 2014 after studying veterinary nursing at S.I.T. Kim enjoys nursing the hospital patients, and has a special interest in the farm dogs. Out of work Kim enjoys competing with her own heading dog, Fergie, in the obedience show ring.
Veterinary Nurse

Laura Gerken

Vet technicians

Customer Services

Cherise Thompson

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Customer Services

Cherise Thompson


Cherise grew up on a farm West Otago, and always wanted to work with animals. She studied towards a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Massey University, graduating in 2013. She returned home and started at VetSouth as a Vet Technician in November 2013.
Equine Veterinarian

Karen Wilson

Team Leader Technician Services

Debra McCorkindale

03 236 6090
Team Leader Technician Services

Debra McCorkindale


Debra is a Winton local and originated from a sheep property at Hedgehope. Debra studied Small Business Management then went on to work out of the region before moving back south to work with the BNZ in a split Agri/Personal based banking role. It was while doing this time she also strengthening her knowledge of the rural sector, gaining valuable dairy knowledge before starting with Vetsouth in 2008. Debra is also a member of the LAVT and continues to help develop the technician role within New Zealand. In her spare time Debra enjoys spending time in the outdoors and catching up with family and friends.
Vet Technician

Mandy Trevathan

03 236 6090
Vet Technician

Mandy Trevathan


Mandy is originally from Central Otago and was brought up on a sheep and beef farm in Tarras. She has worked on a cattle station in Australia and on a dairy farm in Southland. Mandy started at VetSouth in March 2014.

When not working she loves getting outdoors and catching up with friends and family.

Vet Technician

Brittany Buchanan

03 236 6090
Vet Technician

Brittany Buchanan


Brittany is originally from Southland where she has grown up on several dairy farms. She enjoys the rural industry especially diary, and getting outdoors. In her spare time she loves getting together with friends and also helping her parents on the farm.
Vet Technician

Cherise Thompson

03 209 0101
Vet Technician

Cherise Thompson


Cherise grew up on a farm West Otago, and always wanted to work with animals. She studied towards a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Massey University, graduating in 2013. She returned home and started at VetSouth as a Vet Technician in November 2013.
Vet Technician

Jackie Dennis

03 209 0101
Vet 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.
Vet Technician

Janelle Healy

Vet Technician

Kaitlyn Wright

Vet Technician

Mel Pierce

03 209 0101
Vet 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 Technician

Nicole Brand

Vet Technician

Rebecca Herzig

03 209 0101
Vet Technician

Rebecca Herzig


Rebecca is originally from Oregon, USA. Moved over to NZ in 2003 and completed her certificate in Veterinary Nursing in Nelson. After working as a vet nurse in Takaka for five years, she decided to head south for a change. She then trained as a large animal technician and gained her RAT certificate with merits through Otago Polytechnic. Rebecca has joined the Vet South team originally working in different areas where required such as retail, reception, technician and nursing roles. She has been a full time technician at the Gore clinic since mid January 2014. In her spare time she rides motorbikes, shooting at the range and has been a volunteer fire fighter since 2007.
Vet Technician

Sonya Nicholas

Vet Technician

Stephanie Allison

Vet Technician

Tiarna Graham

03 236 6090
Vet Technician

Tiarna Graham


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.

Support staff

Gemma O’Neill

03 209 0101

Gemma O’Neill


Gemma, her husband and two small sons, are recently new to Gore. Gemma is Southland born and bred, spending her childhood in Invercargill with her family still residing there. Outside of her work at VetSouth Gemma enjoys the outdoors with her family.
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.
Assistant Accountant

Ben McGimpsey

03 209 0101
Assistant Accountant

Ben McGimpsey


Born and raised in Heddon Bush, Ben is a local who has returned to Southland after gaining accounting experience by studying and practicing first in Dunedin and then for three years in Australia. He now lives in Winton and enjoys Cricket, Card Games and playing the Saxophone.
Assistant Accountant

Ben McGimpsey

03 236 6090
Assistant Accountant

Ben McGimpsey


Born and raised in Heddon Bush, Ben is a local who has returned to Southland after gaining accounting experience by studying and practicing first in Dunedin and then for three years in Australia. He now lives in Winton and enjoys Cricket, Card Games and playing the Saxophone.
Assistant Retail Coordinator

Lauren Voysey

03 209 0101
Assistant Retail Coordinator

Lauren Voysey


Cleaner

Marie Boatwood

Cleaner

Christine Shaw

Clinic Manager

Mel Sexton

Customer Service Representative

Sheree Black

Customer Services

Angela Diamond

03 204 8233
Customer Services

Angela Diamond


Angela was born and bred in West Otago so has a good knowledge of the area and the locals! She has 3 teenage children and is married to Mark. In her spare time she enjoys being with her family and friends, gardening, pets, cooking and driving their 67 Valiant! Angela joined the team at VetSouth in April 2009, her role at the Tapanui clinic varies from day to day, Vet nursing, running the shop to keeping the vets on the straight and narrow!! And smiling all day.
Customer Services

Anne-Marie Fulton

Customer Services

Donna Hughes

03 415 9400
Customer Services

Donna Hughes


(on maternity leave)

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 Brensell

03 248 9030
Customer Services

Geraldine Brensell


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

Katie McLeod

03 236 6090
Customer Services

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.
Customer Services

Rochelle Kellor

03 217 6688
Customer Services

Rochelle Kellor


Rochelle joined the Vetsouth team in October 2014. Mainly customer services at Invercargill you may also catch her every now and then at our Winton branch. 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. In her spare time Rochelle enjoys reading, spending time with her daughter and many pets.
Customer Services

Stephanie Williams

03 236 6090
Customer Services

Stephanie Williams


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.
Customer Services Coordinator

Casey Allison (Maternity Leave)

03 236 6090
Customer Services Coordinator

Casey Allison (Maternity Leave)


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 Representative

Cameron Osborne

03 209 0101
Customer Services Representative

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.
Customer Services Representative

Jeanette Skidmore

03 418 0600
Customer Services Representative

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 Representative

Judith Kinaston

03 209 0101
Customer Services Representative

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 Representative

Rosie Olsen-Vetland

03 415 9400
Customer Services Representative

Rosie Olsen-Vetland


Originally from Hampshire in the UK, Rosie completed her degree in Animal Production in 2000 and went to work on a large arable estate having previously gained livestock experience in both Devon and Winchester. Rosie, along with her husband, then immigrated to New Zealand in 2006 and began working on a dairy farm near Gore. They went on to win the Farm Manager of the year title in 2011 and went 50:50 share milking from June 2011. In 2017 they decided to take a break from dairy farming so they could spend more time with their children. Rosie started with VetSouth in April 2018.
Farm Services Analyst

Julia Johns

03 236 6090
Farm Services Analyst

Julia Johns


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.
Farm Services Assistant

Joanne Snyman

03 236 6090
Farm Services Assistant

Joanne Snyman


Born in Scotland where she lived till the age of four, Joanne then grew up in South Africa and during that time spent 7 years working for the Department of Veterinary Services in KwaZulu Natal as an administrator, before immigrating to New Zealand in 2007. Since then she has worked in various roles including Recruitment, Contract administration and Office manager for a Drilling Company. Joanne has three teenage children and enjoys tramping, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Farm Services Assistant

Robecca Richardson

03 209 0101
Farm Services Assistant

Robecca Richardson


Born and bred a Southlander (except for a 10 year stint in Dunedin) I recently relocated to Gore from Invercargill with my husband Bruce and son Kayden. When not at work I enjoy spending time with Bruce, Kayden and my two step-daughters Paige and Naomi, as well as with friends and family, and getting out and about to see the area more. Looking forward to working with the team at VetSouth.
Farm Services Coordinator

Debbie Hill

03 209 0101
Farm Services Coordinator

Debbie Hill


Debbie has been with VetSouth since 2005, firstly in reception , and now solely working in Farm Services. A local Eastern Southlander, she & husband Mike are dairy grazers just out of Gore. You can contact Debbie anytime you need a Vet or Tech on farm, or to discuss any of our training workshops or on farm programmes. Outside of work Debbie enjoys sea fishing off Kaka Point, limestone carving, duck-shooting, spending time with family and following their sport.

 

Head of Clinical Services

Rachel Lock

Head of HR

Sheena Naughton

03 236 6090
Head of HR

Sheena Naughton


Sheena, originally from Scotland, has been in New Zealand since 1999. A large chunk of her career has been in HR management in the health sector, both in the UK and with Southland District Health Board. She has worked as an HR consultant in Queenstown for several years, followed by a year at Tiwai, before joining the VetSouth team. In her spare time she enjoys playing the fiddle and gliding.
HR Manager

Gemma Sloane

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

Inventory and Vision Data Manager

Rebecca Clinton

03 209 0101
Inventory and Vision Data Manager

Rebecca Clinton


Born and bred in North Canterbury Rebecca has been with VetSouth since 2006, making the move south after completing a degree in agriculture from Massey University and marrying a Southland local. With previous jobs in veterinary nursing and research she started off life at VetSouth in Farm Services then moved into retail coordination and now inventory, data management and finance, Rebecca has worked across most areas of VetSouth’s business and has enjoyed immersing herself in a fast paced and ever evolving environment that is constantly challenging..

Now working part time after having her 3 children, when not at work Rebecca can be found spending time with her young family or in her kitchen trying out new recipes.

 

Inventory Co-ordinator

Tegan Sutherland

IT Manager

John Driver

03 209 0101
IT Manager

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.

 

 

IT Manager

John Driver

03 236 6090
IT Manager

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.

IT Technical Support

Narendra Varma

03 236 6090
IT 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.
IT Technician

Jennie McGrattan

03 209 0101
IT Technician

Jennie McGrattan


Key Account Developer

Shana Wilkinson

03 236 6090
Key Account Developer

Shana Wilkinson


Originally from Sydney, Shana graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management (maj. Equine Studies) in 2007, before moving to Alberta, Canada, where she worked in the beef cattle industry for almost four years. She returned to the southern hemisphere at the end of 2011 to commence study for a Master of Agricultural Business Management, didn’t quite make it back to God’s country and landed in Winton instead, where she began work at VetSouth as a vet technician before moving into her current role as Key Account Developer in July 2013
Key Vet Administrator

Teresa Newell

On Farm Rep / Vet Technician

Melissa George

03 236 6090
On Farm Rep / Vet Technician

Melissa George


Melissa is Originally from Bombay, north of the Waikato. Before working for vetsouth Melissa studied with Telford and AG ITO where she gained certificates in animal health and Agriculture, she than went on to dairy farming for 12 years in the Winton region, where she gained a lot of hands on experience in agriculture. When she’s not working, she enjoys chasing the waves surfing on a hot day, bush walks and spending time with family and friends, and travelling somewhere she’s never been before.
On Farm Sales Rep

Dave Mackenzie

03 209 0101
On Farm Sales Rep

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

Operations Co-ordinator

Victoria Marshall

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 the company 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 5 & 8 and she enjoys horse riding and pottering about on their lifestyle block.

 

 

Receptionist

Mel Warburton

Receptionist/Nurse

Wendy Flawn

Regional & Marketing Co-ordinator

Carey Buchanan

03 236 6090
Regional & Marketing Co-ordinator

Carey Buchanan


Carey joined the VetSouth Winton clinic in 2011 after spending 8 years in Queenstown in various roles from Marketing to Wedding Planning!

Interests outside of work include snowboarding, wakeboarding and good wine!

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 joined the VetSouth team in March 2013. Before then she was involved in the dairy industry and education sector in West Otago. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two sons. Sharon is enjoying working with the enthusiastic friendly group of people at VetSouth Gore.
Retail Manager

Corina Bruce

03 209 0101
Retail Manager

Corina 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. Retail Manager
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.
Strategic Marketing Manager

Neil Kilby

Vet Technician

Sarah Baxter

03 204 8233
Vet Technician

Sarah Baxter


Sarah started working for VetSouth at the end of August 2012. She lives on a sheep/beef farm with her husband Kevin, not far from the Tapanui Clinic. She has two children, Dean who is an apprentice diesel mechanic in Mosgiel and Kaitlyn who is a student at Blue Mountain College.