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Veterinarians

 Amarins Sijsling
Equine Veterinarian

Amarins Sijsling

 Amarins Sijsling
03 217 6688
Equine Veterinarian

Amarins Sijsling


Amarins joined the Invercargill Equine team in 2020 after moving to NZ with her husband, Walter, in early 2019. Amarins has most recently completed an Internship in Equine Clinical Studies at Massey University.

Agnes Meredith
Veterinarian

Agnes Meredith

Agnes Meredith
03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Agnes Meredith


Agnes joined us in 2019 and is originally from Sāmoa. She completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland. When Agnes isn't on-farm as a Vet, she can be found keeping fit through CrossFit and Waka Ama - which will not only help her stay fit for work but also keep up with mum life. She would love to volunteer in the Pacific Islands in the future, but for now, we are stoked to have her in our team.

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


Ashlin is from Holywood in Northern Ireland and joined the Gore team in 2019. Ashlin studied at Massey University gaining his Bachelor of Veterinary Science. He enjoys working at VetSouth because he believes the people here are just awesome. "It's the teamwork, comradery, the willingness to help and get the job done is the best part of working at VetSouth." Throwing himself into the community, he volunteers as a firefighter with the Gore Fire Brigade and plays competitive netball for the local men's team. And when he has spare time he enjoys tramping, skiing and travelling to new places.

Eleanor Robertson
Veterinarian

Eleanor Robertson

Eleanor Robertson
03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Eleanor Robertson


Hailing from Scotland, Eleanor joined the team in 2020. She graduated from Liverpool University with her degree in Veterinary Science. She took a year out of her studies to complete a Masters in Global Health which took Eleanor to The Netherlands, India and Russia, ending up all the way over here in New Zealand. In her spare time in Southland, she enjoys being outdoors - exploring mountains by bike, on foot or on skis.

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


Studying at the University of Melbourne, Erin has been in our team since 2015. When Erin isn't develvelveting deer or scanning cows, she can be found out in the mountains enjoying what NZ has to offer. She believes the community at VetSouth is what she enjoys the most. Did you know she used to be a Marine Biologist?

Femke Bluemink
Veterinarian

Femke Bluemink

Femke Bluemink
03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Femke Bluemink


Femke joins us from The Netherlands where she gained her Master of Science at Utrecht University. She thrives when working together with farmers to achieve their farm goals and enjoys being actively involved with animal health on their farm. Her main interests are in the dairy industry, but also enjoys the sheep and beef side of things. Recently, she has been involved in Lifestyle Block development, mainly due to her passions for chickens. Where she currently lives, she cannot have inside animals so she has filled her block with chickens and a pet duck! When not tending to her poultry, she enjoys horseriding, travelling NZ in her van and being socially involved with the community. Regularly playing soccer and attending Young Farmers meetings, Femke has well and truly become a part of the community.
Veterinarian

Johanna Vicary

03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Johanna Vicary


Liz Cork
Veterinarian

Liz Cork

Liz Cork
03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Liz Cork


Liz is one of our superstars in the large animal team in Gore. Originally from Australia, she completed her Veterinary Medicine (BSc DVM) at Murdoch University, Western Australia. She loves tramping and beach trips, as well as teaching dog tricks and agility - which will come in handy with her deaf dog and deaf cat at home!

Liz Flatt
Veterinarian

Liz Flatt

Liz Flatt
03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Liz Flatt


Liz joined the Gore team from Buller Vets after graduating from St George's University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. Liz is originally from Georgia, USA.

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


Rosie is originally from Aberdeenshire in Scotland and gained her BVM&S at Edinburgh University. Always smiling in the clinic, she believes the best part of working for VetSouth is the team, the social and friendly environment - and also getting to work around beautiful Southland. Rosie enjoys anything outdoors, preferably in the snow or up high - skiing, tramping, rafting, climbing. Ideally paired with a Speights or two. If you are lucky she might show you her saxophone skills.

Shona Black
Veterinarian

Shona Black

Tom Essink
Veterinarian

Tom Essink

Tom Essink
03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Tom Essink


Tom is from The Netherlands and studied at the Utrecht University. He loves working in a good team and thrives when he gets to work with motivated farmers. He can be often found out on his bike, hiking or exploring NZ. He enjoys playing soccer and can make an impressive home brew beer!

Walter Schutjens
Veterinarian

Walter Schutjens

Walter Schutjens
03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Walter Schutjens


Since moving to NZ from Holland with his wife, Amarins, in early 2019, Walter joined the Winton production animal team in 2020 after working as a mixed animal vet in Dannevirke. Walter currently works out of our Invercargill clinic but you may see him traveling between Winton and Invercargill. 

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 her husband Brett and their three boys on an 1100ha sheep and beef farm at Greenvale. Donna joined the Gore clinic in 2002 as a mixed animal vet. Now Donna mostly works with sheep and beef farmers. She has a passion for increasing productivity and profitability on farms. She thrives being part of her rural community through involvement with the local school, farming groups and scouts.

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 Cresswell
Veterinarian

Keryn Cresswell

 Keryn Cresswell
03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Keryn Cresswell


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

Liesbet Leenknegt

03 236 6090
Veterinarian

Liesbet Leenknegt


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. She is often out running, biking, adventure racing and camping - anything outdoors! When at work, she loves working in a dynamic, multicultural team environment with people who are passionate about what they do, who strive to do the best they can do for their clients.
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.
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 Utting

Christine Simons
03 209 0101
Veterinarian

Christine Utting


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


Byrony Knowles - VetSouth
Veterinarian

Byrony Knowles

Veterinarian

Byrony Knowles


Byrony joined the VetSouth Winton team as her plans to travel overseas were put on hold due to Covid. Prior to joining us, Byrony worked in Northland, Blenheim and most recently in Auckland.
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.
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 on her families 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 being a part of her local church's community - as well as helping out on her sheep farm!

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 spending time with her beautiful family.

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


 Olivia Moffitt
Veterinary Technician

Olivia Moffitt

 Olivia Moffitt
03 236 6090
Veterinary Technician

Olivia Moffitt


Olivia joined our Tech team in the West in 2021. Originally from Fairlie in South Canterbury, she studied at the Otago Polytechnic and gained her Certificate in Animal Technology (Rural Animal Technician) and Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She started right in the deep end of scanning but is loving the supportive environment and also getting to work alongside a great group of people. Outside of work, Olivia enjoys playing hockey, catching up with friends and exploring Southland.

Alice Sherratt
Veterinary Technician

Alice Sherratt

Alice Sherratt
03 236 6090
Veterinary Technician

Alice Sherratt


Alice is a Southland local, living and working on a local dairy farm with her beautiful young family. She joined our Tech team in Winton in 2019 on a fixed-term contract over teatsealing. She loved the job and the team so much she applied for a full-time position at the end and she's been thriving ever since. Committed to learning as much as possible, she embraces every learning opportunity provided to her at VetSouth. When not working as a technician, Alice is spending time in her ever-growing plant collection and with her family.

Anna Hamilton
Veterinary Technician

Anna Taylor

Anna Hamilton
03 418 0600
Veterinary Technician

Anna Taylor


Anna is from Rangiora up in North Canterbury and gained her Diploma of Rural Veterinary Technician at Telford. She has a very busy year as she takes spring off to go be an AI Technician, which is part of why she loves working for VetSouth as she is offered the flexibility required.

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 of course, her 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, hikes and also out on the jetboat. Not to mention for passion for netball. And socialising! Did you know she used to play the snare drum in the Waimatuku Pipe band for 6 years?!

 

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


Emily studied at SIT Invercargill and gained a certificate in Rural Animal Technology. Hailing from the mighty Palmerston North, Emily joined our Tech team in 2020. She loves working in a team with like-minded people, as well as the work-life balance that VetSouth offers. She loves spending time in her garden and also with her animals.

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 Laughton

03 209 0101
Veterinary Technician

Laura Laughton


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 raising her beautiful family!
Megan Schnachenberg
Veterinary Technician

Megan Schnachenberg

Megan Schnachenberg
03 209 0101
Veterinary Technician

Megan Schnachenberg


Megan is originally from Cape Town in South Africa where she gained a BSc in Animal Science at the University of Pretoria. Her first language is Afrikaans and she moved to NZ in 2017. She enjoys the great team environment at VetSouth and the work-life balance it provides, allowing her to spend time outdoors with her dog, horse trekking or mountain biking. Megan is also very competitive when it comes to mini-golf.

Natalia Cuttance
Veterinary Technician

Natalia Cuttance

Natalia Cuttance
03 236 6090
Veterinary Technician

Natalia Cuttance


Natalia joined the Tech team in the West originally as a fixed-term employee over Teatsealing in 2020. She has since joined the techies full time and is the Here for Good representative for the team. Natalia is originally from Southland and is an avid member of the local Young Farmers group. She is currently studying and enjoys the work-life balance that VetSouth offers.

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 Graham
Veterinary Technician

Tiarna Graham

Tiarna Graham
03 236 6090
Veterinary 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.

Tory Hagan
Veterinary Technician

Tory Hagan

Tory Hagan
03 209 0101
Veterinary Technician

Tory Hagan


Tory originates from Waikouaiti/Dunedin and joined our Tech team in the East in 2020. She first studied at the University of Otago focusing on Psychology and Bachelor of Social Work before going back to her roots and realising animals was her passion. Tory then studied a Certificate in Vet Nursing Assistant at Otago Polytechnic and then the Vet Tech course. When not at work, she can be found on her home sheep and beef farm and loves spending time with all her dogs.

 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

Stephanie Lichtward
Head Veterinary Nurse

Stephanie Litchwark

Stephanie Lichtward
03 217 6688
Head Veterinary Nurse

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.
Veterinary Nurse

Amy Egan

03 209 0101
Veterinary Nurse

Amy Egan


Brenna Dunlop
Veterinary Nurse

Brenna Dunlop

Brenna Dunlop
03 209 0101
Veterinary Nurse

Brenna Dunlop


Heather Campbell
Veterinary Nurse

Heather Campbell

Heather Campbell
03 209 0101
Veterinary Nurse

Heather Campbell


Jennifer Lowther
Veterinary Nurse

Jennifer Lowther

Jennifer Lowther
03 217 6688
Veterinary Nurse

Jennifer Lowther


Jennifer is originally from Tauranga, she made the excellent decision to move down to "sunny" Southland as she gained her qualification in Veterinary Nursing at SIT in 2019. Her bubbly smiling face is often seen in both our Winton and Invercargill clinics, she loves how each day is so different. She has a strong passion for nursing and enjoys helping her patients heal and getting back home as soon as possible.

Jess Anderson
Veterinary Nurse

Jessica Anderson

Jess Anderson
03 217 6688
Veterinary Nurse

Jessica Anderson


Jess joined the team in 2019, after gaining her qualification in Veterinary Nursing at SIT. Although an Invercargill native, Jess started her career as a Vet Nurse in Melbourne. Glad to have her back over the ditch, she spends her free time with her partner and her dogs.

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


Veterinary Nurse

Seori McGown

03 209 0101
Veterinary Nurse

Seori McGown


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 every day. Outside of work, Kim can be spotted riding Gary the Horse at Sandy Point on Sunday mornings. She is passionate about gingernuts and loves spending quality time with her family.
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.
Laura Gerken
Veterinary Nurse

Laura Gerken

Laura Gerken
03 217 6688
Veterinary Nurse

Laura Gerken


You can always find Laura smiling around the clinics, working at both Winton and Invercargill for the small animal teams. She had done some placements with us whilst she was studying her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at SIT, she loved it so much she stayed around and joined us full time in 2018! She loves the teams, and she absolutely loves caring for the animals that come in. With two days never the same, she loves the look of clients faces when you return their animals to them after their visit. She loves camping, travelling and watching Netflix as well as spending time with her partner and many animals at home.

Retail/Customer services

Fiona Ross
Animal Health Support

Fiona Ross

Fiona Ross
03 209 0101
Animal Health Support

Fiona Ross


Mel Sexton
Clinic Support Representative

Mel Sexton

Mel Sexton
03 217 6688
Clinic Support Representative

Mel Sexton


 Cori Laurie
Customer Services

Cori Laurie

 Cori Laurie
03 418 0600
Customer Services

Cori Laurie


Alex Newton
Customer Services

Alex Newton

Alex Newton
03 418 0600
Customer Services

Alex Newton


Alex joined the Balclutha team after hanging up her Telford tutoring hat at the start of this year. She is excited to be part of the team and to continue to utilise her agricultural knowledge and experience.

Annabelle Dean
Customer Services

Annabelle Dean

Annabelle Dean
03 209 0101
Customer Services

Annabelle Dean


High flyer Annabelle joined our Gore team in 2020, and she loves being a part of the team that offers her support and encourages her to keep learning. As well as been a keen rugby fan and horse rider, she's been in a helicopter more than she can count on her hands!

Anne-Marie Fulton
Customer Services

Anne-Marie Fulton

Anne-Marie Fulton
03 236 6090
Customer Services

Anne-Marie Fulton


Anne-Marie is a familiar face to most of you at the Winton clinic. She has been behind the desk since 2017 and hails from the mighty Invercargill. Anne-Marie loves helping our clients, but her favourite part of the job is the puppy cuddles she gets regularly!

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


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


Rochelle Shaw
Customer Services

Rochelle Shaw

Rochelle Shaw
03 209 0101
Customer Services

Rochelle Shaw


Sheree Black
Customer Services

Sheree Black

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


Wendy joined the team in 2015 after studying for a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at SIT in 2014. Wendy loves working with animals and the clients that come in with them!

Beks Price
Farm Delivery

Beks Price

Beks Price
03 236 6090
Farm Delivery

Beks Price


A Northern Southland local, Beks has a strong agricultural background and joined our Winton team in 2020 stepping into the farm delivery representative role. She loves getting out on-farm and seeing the clients in their natural habitat. Her job takes her all around Southland and she loves getting out there. When not touring Southland, she is busy on her own farm and raising a wonderful family in Athol.

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.

Lis Zeestraten
Practice Manager

Lis Zeestraten

Lis Zeestraten
03 236 6090
Practice Manager

Lis Zeestraten


Lis joined our team in 2019 and came to us from Omarama. She studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science which combined with her farming experience, provides our West Retail team with some valuable knowledge. Lis loves working with farmers daily and helping them find the right products for their specific farm to improve their production. She loves her retail team and has been a positive burst of energy into the team that seems to do a little bit of everything. Lis loves spending time outdoors, with her horses and dogs making the most of Southland. Did you know she was a solo glider pilot at 17 years old?!

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


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.
Katie Robinson
Customer Services Representative

Katie Robinson

Katie Robinson
03 209 0101
Customer Services Representative

Katie Robinson


Debs Strachan
Farm Services

Debs Strachan

Debs Strachan
03 209 0101
Farm Services

Debs Strachan


Debs joined the Farm Services team in 2020. Originally from Timaru, she enjoys the team atmosphere at VetSouth as everyone is so friendly and helpful towards each other. She enjoys being outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. She is also looking forward to becoming a grandmother!

Jordan O'Connor
Farm Services

Jordan O'Connor

Jordan O'Connor
03 236 6090
Farm Services

Jordan O'Connor


Born and bred from Invercargill, Jordan joined the Farm Services team in 2021 and is loving being part of a friendly team. When not at work, she loves getting outdoors with friends, family and her pets!

Rachel Bremer
Farm Services

Rachel Bremer

Rachel Bremer
03 236 6090
Farm Services

Rachel Bremer


Cherie Whitehead
Farm Services Lead

Cherie Whitehead

Cherie Whitehead
03 209 0101
Farm Services Lead

Cherie Whitehead


Cherie is a firm fixture of the Farm Services team and is the glue that holds the place together. She joined our team in 2020 and has been a major part of the company's transition into a new operating system. She studied social work at Otago University gaining a Bachelor's Degree. She enjoys working for VetSouth because the company is good at seeing where staff can progress - "its not just one thing, there are many different areas of the business that do completely different things." In her spare time, she enjoys reading comic books, spending time with her pets and playing video games!

Robecca Richardson
Farm Services Lead

Robecca Richardson

Robecca Richardson
03 236 6090
Farm Services Lead

Robecca Richardson


Robecca joined the team in 2016 locally from Invercargill. She studied in Dunedin, when not at work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, whilst getting out and exploring our region. She is the Farm Services Lead, so you may think juggling would be her main skill but she actually used to do kickboxing for 5 years! Watch out! She loves working for VetSouth and working with the people here, and the fact that no day is ever the same.