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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

 Amarins Sijsling
Equine Veterinarian

Amarins Sijsling

 Amarins Sijsling
03 217 6688
Equine Veterinarian

Amarins Sijsling


Agnes Meredith
Veterinarian

Agnes Meredith

Agnes Meredith
03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Agnes Meredith


Angela Wright
Veterinarian

Angela Wright

Angela Wright
03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Angela Wright


Ashlin Urieli
Veterinarian

Ashlin Urieli

Ashlin Urieli
03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Ashlin Urieli


Chelsea Fowler
Veterinarian

Chelsea Fowler

Chelsea Fowler
03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Chelsea Fowler


Eleanor Robertson
Veterinarian

Eleanor Robertson

Eleanor Robertson
03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Eleanor Robertson


Emily Chisholm
Veterinarian

Emily Chisholm

Emily Chisholm
03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Emily Chisholm


Erin Noonan
Veterinarian

Erin Noonan

Erin Noonan
03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Erin Noonan


Femke Bluemink
Veterinarian

Femke Bluemink

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

Fluer Barker

Veterinarian

Fluer Barker


Liz Cork
Veterinarian

Liz Cork

Liz Cork
03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Liz Cork


Liz is one of our large animal superstar vets in the Gore clinic.
Liz Flatt
Veterinarian

Liz Flatt

Liz Flatt
03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Liz Flatt


Marlina Lobitz
Veterinarian

Marlina Lobitz

Marlina Lobitz
03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Marlina Lobitz


Megan Sheat
Veterinarian

Megan Sheat

Richelle Eger
Veterinarian

Richelle Eger

Richelle Eger
03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Richelle Eger


Rosie Herrington
Veterinarian

Rosie Herrington

Rosie Herrington
03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Rosie Herrington


Shona Black
Veterinarian

Shona Black

Shona Black
03 418 0600
Veterinarian

Shona Black


Tom Essink
Veterinarian

Tom Essink

Tom Essink
03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Tom Essink


Walter Schutjens
Veterinarian

Walter Schutjens

Walter Schutjens
03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Walter Schutjens


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.
Dan Cragg
Veterinarian

Dan Cragg

Dan Cragg
03 418 0600
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.
David Granby
Veterinarian

David Granby

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

03 209 0101
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.
Fluer Barker
Veterinarian

Fleur Barker

Fluer Barker
03 209 0865
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.

Hayden Dore
Veterinarian

Hayden Dore

Hayden Dore
03 236 6090
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.
Joel Hughes
Veterinarian

Joel Hughes

Joel Hughes
03 209 0101
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 working 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.

 Keryn Schuster
Veterinarian

Keryn Schuster

 Keryn Schuster
03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Keryn Schuster


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).
Lisa Roberts
Veterinarian

Lisa Roberts

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.
Lisa Stuart
Veterinarian

Lisa Stuart

Lisa Stuart
03 217 6688
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.
Sara Berryman
Veterinarian

Sara Berryman

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, a cat and a cute dog. To relax, there’s a bit of tramping, the odd game of squash….and a love of a good social event.
Sunita McGrath
Veterinarian

Sunita McGrath

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 to complete a diploma in interior design. Phew.

Theo Wieggers
Veterinarian

Theo Wieggers

Theo Wieggers
03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Theo Wieggers


Theo graduated from Utrecht University (NL) in 2012. After graduation, he moved to New Zealand to start pursuing his dream of working as a large animal vet. Moving down South in the winter of 2015, Theo predominantly works as a dairy cow vet. In his time off he enjoys hunting, fishing, boating and socialising.
Elena Knupfer
Veterinarian / Epidemiologist

Elena Knupfer

Elena Knupfer
03 236 6090
Veterinarian / Epidemiologist

Elena Knupfer


Elena graduated from Utrecht University (NL) in 2013. She decided to travel to New Zealand and started working as a mixed vet in the North Island. Moving down to Southland in the middle of 2015. Besides working as a mixed vet Elena has a 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.
Georgette Wouda
Veterinarian / Clinical Head / Director

Georgette Wouda

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 are the 300 cows in their Lely robotic dairy.
Mark Bryan
Veterinarian / Managing Director

Mark Bryan

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.

Oliver Young
Veterinarian / Clinical Head Companion Animals

Oliver Young

Oliver Young
03 209 0101
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.

Brendon Bell
Equine Veterinarian

Brendon Bell

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.

Grace Reed
Equine Veterinarian

Grace Reed

Megan Reidie
Equine Veterinarian

Megan Reidie

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.
Alicia Kemp
Veterinarian

Alicia Kemp

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.
Bianca MacKintosh
Veterinarian / Clinical Head

Bianca MacKintosh

Bianca MacKintosh
03 209 0101
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 she 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. 

Cecilia Landman
Veterinarian

Cecilia Landman

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.
Christine Simons
Veterinarian

Christine Simons

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. 

Claire Hunter
Veterinarian

Claire Hunter

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
Heather Busby
Equine Veterinarian

Heather Busby

Heather Busby
03 217 6688
Equine Veterinarian

Heather Busby


Veterinarian

Byrony Knowles

Veterinarian

Byrony Knowles


Hugh Hassleman
Veterinarian

Hugh Hasselman

Hugh Hassleman
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 caseload 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.
James Stretton
Veterinarian

James Stretton

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.
Jill Smyth
Veterinarian

Jill Smyth

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.
Louise Hughes
Veterinarian

Louise Hughes

Louise Hughes
03 209 0101
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.

Penny Wallace
Veterinarian

Penny Wallace

Penny Wallace
03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Penny Wallace


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.
Rosie Burkitt
Veterinarian

Rosie Burkitt

Rosie Burkitt
03 209 0101
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


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.

Tina Henriksen
Veterinarian

Tina Henriksen

Tina Henriksen
03 209 0101
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

Karen Wilson
Equine Veterinary Technician

Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson
03 217 6688
Equine Veterinary Technician

Karen Wilson


Sonya Nicholas
Equine Veterinary Technician

Sonya Nicholas

Sonya Nicholas
03 217 6688
Equine Veterinary Technician

Sonya Nicholas


Mel Pierce
Team Leader/Veterinary Technician

Mel Pierce

Mel Pierce
03 209 0101
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.
 Olivia Moffitt
Veterinary Technician

Olivia Moffitt

 Olivia Moffitt
03 236 6090
Veterinary Technician

Olivia Moffitt


Alice Sherratt
Veterinary Technician

Alice Sherratt

Alice Sherratt
03 236 6090
Veterinary Technician

Alice Sherratt


Anna Hamilton
Veterinary Technician

Anna Hamilton

Anna Hamilton
03 418 0600
Veterinary Technician

Anna Hamilton


Brittany Buchanan
Veterinary Technician

Brittany Buchanan

Brittany Buchanan
03 236 6090
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 dogs. 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!

 

As VetSouth partner with Weight It Up in 2021, Britt took a lead role and you will find her out and about weighing stock!

Emily Gunn-Jillett
Veterinary Technician

Emily Gunn-Jillett

Emily Gunn-Jillett
03 209 0101
Veterinary Technician

Emily Gunn-Jillett


Jackie Dennis
Veterinary Technician

Jackie Dennis

Jackie Dennis
03 209 0101
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.
Janelle Healy
Veterinary Technician

Janelle Healy

Janelle Healy
03 236 6090
Veterinary Technician

Janelle Healy


Katie McLeod
Veterinary Technician

Katie McLeod

Katie McLeod
03 236 6090
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.
Laura Dalzel
Veterinary Technician

Laura Dalzel

Laura Dalzel
03 236 6090
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

03 209 0101
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.
Megan Schnachenberg
Veterinary Technician

Megan Schnachenberg

Megan Schnachenberg
03 209 0101
Veterinary Technician

Megan Schnachenberg


Natalia Cuttance
Veterinary Technician

Natalia Cuttance

Natalia Cuttance
03 236 6090
Veterinary Technician

Natalia Cuttance


Nicole Kennedy
Veterinary Technician

Nicole Kennedy

Nicole Kennedy
03 209 0101
Veterinary Technician

Nicole Kennedy


Nikaitla Robertson
Veterinary Technician

Nikaitla Robertson

Nikaitla Robertson
03 209 0101
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.
Rebecca Herzig
Veterinary Technician

Rebecca Herzig

Rebecca Herzig
03 209 0101
Veterinary Technician

Rebecca Herzig


Rebecca is originally from beautiful Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and started with VetSouth in 2013. A Vet tech specialising in dairy and lifestyle block 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 their menagerie of dogs, cats, chickens and sheep! If there is any time left over after all of that, then dirt biking and camping is on the agenda.
Stephanie Allison
Veterinary Technician

Stephanie Allison

Stephanie Allison
03 236 6090
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.
Tiarna Smith
Veterinary Technician

Tiarna Smith

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.

Tory Hagan
Veterinary Technician

Tory Hagan

Tory Hagan
03 209 0101
Veterinary Technician

Tory Hagan


Vicki Jensen
Veterinary Technician

Vicki Jensen

Vicki Jensen
03 236 6090
Veterinary Technician

Vicki Jensen


Victoria Guile
Veterinary Technician

Victoria Guile

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.
 Mandy Trevathan
Veterinary Technician Team Leader

Mandy Trevathan

 Mandy Trevathan
03 236 6090
Veterinary Technician Team Leader

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.

Veterinary nurses

Brenna Dunlop
Veterinary Nurse

Brenna Dunlop

Brenna Dunlop
03 209 0101
Veterinary Nurse

Brenna Dunlop


Gareth Skeggs
Veterinary Nurse

Gareth Skeggs

Gareth Skeggs
03 209 0101
Veterinary Nurse

Gareth Skeggs


Heather Campbell
Veterinary Nurse

Heather Campbell

Heather Campbell
03 209 0101
Veterinary Nurse

Heather Campbell


Jennifer Lowther
Veterinary Nurse

Jennifer Lowther

Jess Anderson
Veterinary Nurse

Jessica Anderson

Jess Anderson
03 217 6688
Veterinary Nurse

Jessica Anderson


Madison Hamilton Dyett
Veterinary Nurse

Madison Hamilton-Dyett

Madison Hamilton Dyett
03 209 0101
Veterinary Nurse

Madison Hamilton-Dyett


Michaela West
Veterinary Nurse

Michaela West

Michaela West
03 217 6688
Veterinary Nurse

Michaela West


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).
Monique Anderson
Veterinary Nurse

Monique Anderson

Monique Anderson
03 217 6688
Veterinary Nurse

Monique Anderson


Nicole Hewitson
Veterinary Nurse

Nicole Hewitson

Nicole Hewitson
03 209 0101
Veterinary Nurse

Nicole Hewitson


Seori McGown
Veterinary Nurse

Seori McGown

Seori McGown
03 209 0101
Veterinary Nurse

Seori McGown


Norah Harris
Veterinary Nurse

Norah Harris

Courtney Cosgriff
Head Veterinary Nurse

Courtney Owen

Courtney Cosgriff
03 217 6688
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 sometimes comic convention attendee. 

Jeni Watts
Veterinary Nurse

Jeni Watts

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.

Kim McColl
Veterinary Nurse

Kim McColl

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!
Dale Johnstone
Head Veterinary Nurse

Dale Johnstone

Dale Johnstone
03 209 0101
Head 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.
Holly Harris
Veterinary Nurse

Holly Harris

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.
Laura Gerken
Veterinary Nurse

Laura Gerken

Retail/Customer services

Fiona Ross
Animal Health Support

Fiona Ross

Fiona Ross
03 209 0101
Animal Health Support

Fiona Ross


Mel Sexton
Clinic Manager

Mel Sexton

 Cori Laurie
Customer Services

Cori Laurie

 Cori Laurie
03 418 0600
Customer Services

Cori Laurie


Customer Services

Rosie Olsen-Vetland

03 418 0600
Customer Services

Rosie Olsen-Vetland


Alex Newton
Customer Services

Alex Newton

Alex Newton
03 418 0600
Customer Services

Alex Newton


Ange Deans
Customer Services

Ang Deans

Ange Deans
03 225 8206
Customer Services

Ang Deans


Annabelle Dean
Customer Services

Annabelle Dean

Annabelle Dean
03 209 0101
Customer Services

Annabelle Dean


Anne-Marie Fulton
Customer Services

Anne-Marie Fulton

Anne-Marie Fulton
03 236 6090
Customer Services

Anne-Marie Fulton


Bernie Agnew
Customer Services

Bernie Agnew

Bernie Agnew
03 209 0101
Customer Services

Bernie Agnew


Donna Robinson
Customer Services

Donna Robinson

Donna Robinson
03 415 9400
Customer Services

Donna Robinson


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 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.

Geraldine Brenssell
Customer Services

Geraldine Brenssell

Geraldine Brenssell
03 248 9030
Customer Services

Geraldine Brenssell


Jo Hoffman
Customer Services

Jo Hoffman

Jo Hoffman
03 236 6090
Customer Services

Jo Hoffman


Joy Calder
Customer Services

Joy Calder

Joy Calder
03 418 0600
Customer Services

Joy Calder


Judith Kinaston
Customer Services

Judith Kinaston

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.
Julie Evans
Customer Services

Julie Evans

Julie Evans
03 209 0101
Customer Services

Julie Evans


Kyra Williams
Customer Services

Kyra Williams

Kyra Williams
03 236 6090
Customer Services

Kyra Williams


Mel Warburton
Customer Services

Mel Warburton

Rochelle Kellor
Customer Services

Rochelle Kellor

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.
Rochelle Shaw
Customer Services

Rochelle Shaw

Rochelle Shaw
03 209 0101
Customer Services

Rochelle Shaw


Sheree Black
Customer Services

Sheree Black

Tonii Wright
Customer Services

Tonii Wright

Treena Symons
Customer Services

Treena Symons

Treena Symons
03 236 6090
Customer Services

Treena Symons


Wendy Flawn
Customer Services/Nurse

Wendy Flawn

Wendy Flawn
03 217 6688
Customer Services/Nurse

Wendy Flawn


Beks Price
Farm Delivery

Beks Price

Beks Price
03 236 6090
Farm Delivery

Beks Price


Tegan Sutherland
Inventory Lead

Tegan Sutherland

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.
Dave MacKenzie
On Farm Sales

Dave MacKenzie

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

Stephanie Lichtward
Project Development (Companion Animal)

Stephanie Litchwark

Stephanie Lichtward
03 217 6688
Project Development (Companion Animal)

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.
Jim Lambie
Retail Advisor

Jim Lambie

Jim Lambie
03 236 6090
Retail Advisor

Jim Lambie


Jim has been with VetSouth for years, he is the all round handyman 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 a religious golf player.
Santina Bryan
Retail Lead - East

Santina Bryan

Santina Bryan
03 209 0101
Retail Lead - East

Santina Bryan


Lis Rietveld
Retail Lead - West

Lis Rietveld

Lis Rietveld
03 236 6090
Retail Lead - West

Lis Rietveld


Corrina Bruce
Retail Manager

Corrina Bruce

Corrina Bruce
03 209 0101
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.
Cameron Osborne
Customer Services

Cameron Osborne

Cameron Osborne
03 209 0101
Customer Services

Cameron Osborne


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

Casey Allison

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.

Support staff

Sharon Arthur
Clinic Coordinator

Sharon Arthur

Sharon Arthur
03 209 0865
Clinic Coordinator

Sharon Arthur


Sharon is based in our Tapanui Clinic. 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 a case of wanderlust and loves travelling.
Anneke Prince
Farm Services

Anneke Prince

Anneke Prince
03 236 6090
Farm Services

Anneke Prince


Cherie Whitehead
Farm Services

Cherie Whitehead

Cherie Whitehead
03 209 0101
Farm Services

Cherie Whitehead


Debs Strachan
Farm Services

Debs Strachan

Debs Strachan
03 209 0101
Farm Services

Debs Strachan


Jordan O'Connor
Farm Services

Jordan O'Connor

Jordan O'Connor
03 236 6090
Farm Services

Jordan O'Connor


Rachel Bremer
Farm Services

Rachel Bremer

Rachel Bremer
03 236 6090
Farm Services

Rachel Bremer


Katie Robinson
Farm Services Administrator

Katie Robinson

Katie Robinson
03 209 0101
Farm Services Administrator

Katie Robinson


Farm Services Analyst

Teresa Newell

03 236 6090
Farm Services Analyst

Teresa Newell


Robecca Richardson
Farm Services Lead

Robecca Richardson

Robecca Richardson
03 236 6090
Farm Services Lead

Robecca Richardson


Born in Invercargill and educated at the SIT, Robecca heads up our 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, playing soccer and spending time with her son, Kayden.
Debra McCorkindale
Technical Adviser

Debra McCorkindale

Debra McCorkindale
03 236 6090
Technical Adviser

Debra McCorkindale