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PO Box 242, Gore
Phone 03 209 0101
Fax 03 203 9221

Monday to Friday: 8am – 5:30pm
Small Animal Clinic by Appointment only
9:00 – 11:00am
1:30 – 2:00pm
4:00 – 5:00pm (Monday – Wed – Fri)
4:00 – 5:45pm (Tues – Thurs)
Saturday: 10am – 12 Midday – shop only


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Dedicated to offering the higest quality veterinary medecine and working with our clients to develop optimal health plans and solutions, the Gore clinic caters to a strong dairy and sheep client base.  We also work closely with our local deer and horse clients. 

VetSouth Gore is also distinguished by providing an outstanding level of companion animal medicine and surgery. Our dedicated veterinarians offer years of experience in emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, ultrasound, dentistry, and more. The facilities and diagnostic tools we offer reflect our strong commitment to supporting a wide range of pets. Our enthusiasm is contagious- we are here because we enjoy working with our clients and their farms (and pets!).

 

 

 

The Gore team

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Veterinary team

Director; Veterinarian

Vince Sharp

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Director; Veterinarian

Vince Sharp


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

Megan Irvine

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Head Vet Nurse

Megan Irvine


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

Oliver Young

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Small Animal Clinical Leader

Oliver Young


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

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

Vet Nurse

Michaela Blair

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Vet Nurse

Michaela Blair


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

Kayla Pullar

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Vet Nurse

Kayla Pullar


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

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

Vet Nurse

Dale Johnstone

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Vet Nurse

Dale Johnstone


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

Shbourne Cameron

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Vet Nurse

Shbourne Cameron


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

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

Vet Nurse

Georgia Rhind

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Vet Nurse

Georgia Rhind


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

Hugh Hasselman

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Veterinarian

Hugh Hasselman


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

Jill Smyth

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Veterinarian

Jill Smyth


Veterinarian

Sarah Cragg

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Veterinarian

Sarah Cragg


Maternity Leave

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

Veterinarian

Tina Henriksen

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Veterinarian

Tina Henriksen


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

Bianca MacKintosh

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Veterinarian

Bianca MacKintosh


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

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

Veterinarian

Rosie Burkitt

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Veterinarian

Rosie Burkitt


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

Claire Hunter

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Veterinarian

Claire Hunter


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

Louise Hughes

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Veterinarian

Louise Hughes


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

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

Veterinarian

Christine Simons

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Veterinarian

Christine Simons


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

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

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

Veterinarian

Cassandra Lapham-Simpson

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Veterinarian

Cassandra Lapham-Simpson


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

Cecilia Landman

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Veterinarian

Cecilia Landman


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

James Stretton

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Veterinarian

James Stretton


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

Alicia Kemp

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Veterinarian

Alicia Kemp


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

Penelope Hicks

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Veterinarian

Penelope Hicks


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

Joel Hughes

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Veterinarian

Joel Hughes


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

Donna Hamilton

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Veterinarian

Donna Hamilton


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

Lizzie Wheeler

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Veterinarian

Lizzie Wheeler


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

Lisa Roberts

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Veterinarian

Lisa Roberts


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

Vet technicians

Team Leader

Mel Pierce

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Team Leader

Mel Pierce


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

Rebecca Herzig

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Vet Technician

Rebecca Herzig


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

Jackie Dennis

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Vet Technician

Jackie Dennis


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

Support staff

Gemma O’Neill

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Gemma O’Neill


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

Joan Sivertsen

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Accounts Administrator

Joan Sivertsen


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

Lauren Voysey

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Assistant Retail Coordinator

Lauren Voysey


Customer Services Representative

Judith Kinaston

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Customer Services Representative

Judith Kinaston


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

Cameron Osborne

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Customer Services Representative

Cameron Osborne


Cameron has recently joined the retail sector, and has a background in hospitality. His spare time is spent outdoors, hunting with the Eastern Southland Hunt Club.
Farm Services Assistant

Robecca Richardson

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Farm Services Assistant

Robecca Richardson


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

Gemma Sloane

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HR Manager

Gemma Sloane


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

 

Inventory and Vision Data Manager

Rebecca Clinton

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Inventory and Vision Data Manager

Rebecca Clinton


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

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

 

IT Manager

John Driver

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IT Manager

John Driver


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

 

 

IT Technician

Jennie McGrattan

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IT Technician

Jennie McGrattan


On Farm Sales Rep

Dave Mackenzie

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On Farm Sales Rep

Dave Mackenzie


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

 

On Farm Sales Rep

Operations Coordinator

Michelle Davers

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Operations Coordinator

Michelle Davers


Michelle grew up locally on a sheep farm at Brydone and Waimumu. Michelle started with Gore Vets in 1996 and has been employed in a variety of roles within the company including retail, customer services, vet nursing and more recently as the Operations Manager at VetSouth Gore. Outside of work Michelle is busy with her family, which includes two boys of 5 & 8 and she enjoys horse riding and pottering about on their lifestyle block.

 

 

Retail Coordinator

Sharon Arthur

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Retail Coordinator

Sharon Arthur


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