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Gore Veterinary Clinic
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PO Box 242, Gore
Phone 03 209 0101

8:00am - 5:30pm


03 209 0101

Dedicated to offering the highest quality veterinary medicine 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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Veterinarians

Megan Reidie
Equine Veterinarian

Megan Reidie

Megan Reidie
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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.
Liz Flatt
Veterinarian

Liz Flatt

Liz Flatt
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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.

Agnes Meredith
Veterinarian

Agnes Meredith

Agnes Meredith
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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.

Liz Cork
Veterinarian

Liz Cork

Liz Cork
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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!

Ashlin Urieli
Veterinarian

Ashlin Urieli

Ashlin Urieli
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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.

Marlina Lobitz
Veterinarian

Marlina Lobitz

Marlina Lobitz
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Veterinarian

Marlina Lobitz


Hugh Hassleman
Veterinarian

Hugh Hasselman

Hugh Hassleman
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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 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
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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.
Tina Henriksen
Veterinarian

Tina Henriksen

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
Rosie Burkitt
Veterinarian

Rosie Burkitt

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.
Claire Hunter
Veterinarian

Claire Hunter

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
Louise Hughes
Veterinarian

Louise Hughes

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.

Christine Simons
Veterinarian

Christine Utting

Christine Simons
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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. 

Cecilia Landman
Veterinarian

Cecilia Landman

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.
Penny Wallace
Veterinarian

Penny Wallace

Penny Wallace
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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!

Joel Hughes
Veterinarian

Joel Hughes

Joel Hughes
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Veterinarian

Joel Hughes


Teach a man to fish...and he’ll go fishing. Which is what Joel likes to do when not working hard as a Veterinarian at our Gore clinic. From the mighty Whakatane and educated first at Waikato University (2006 BSc) and then Massey in Palmerston North (2011 BVSc), It’s the people, region and 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.

Veterinarian

Donna Hamilton

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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.

Lisa Roberts
Veterinarian

Lisa Roberts

Lisa Roberts
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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.
Bianca MacKintosh
Veterinarian / Clinical Head

Bianca MacKintosh

Bianca MacKintosh
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Veterinarian / Clinical Head

Bianca MacKintosh


Our Clinical Head (East) is also a shareholder. More importantly, Bianca is also a true local and is Southland born and bred. She popped away to the North Island and Massey University to gain a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (2006) before returning to the mainland and joining VetSouth. It’s here where 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. 

Oliver Young
Veterinarian / Clinical Head Companion Animals

Oliver Young

Oliver Young
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Veterinarian / Clinical Head Companion Animals

Oliver Young


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

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

Veterinarian / Managing Director

Vince Sharp

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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.

Vet technicians

Tory Hagan
Veterinary Technician

Tory Hagan

Tory Hagan
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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.

Nicole Kennedy
Veterinary Technician

Nicole Kennedy

Nicole Kennedy
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Veterinary Technician

Nicole Kennedy


Megan Schnachenberg
Veterinary Technician

Megan Schnachenberg

Megan Schnachenberg
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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.

Emily Gunn-Jillett
Veterinary Technician

Emily Gunn-Jillett

Emily Gunn-Jillett
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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.

Nikaitla Robertson
Veterinary Technician

Nikaitla Robertson

Nikaitla Robertson
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Veterinary Technician

Nikaitla Robertson


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

Support staff

Debs Strachan
Farm Services

Debs Strachan

Debs Strachan
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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!

Cherie Whitehead
Farm Services Lead

Cherie Whitehead

Cherie Whitehead
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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!

Veterinary nurses

Dale Johnstone
Head Veterinary Nurse

Dale Johnstone

Dale Johnstone
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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.
Veterinary Nurse

Amy Egan

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Veterinary Nurse

Amy Egan


Heather Campbell
Veterinary Nurse

Heather Campbell

Heather Campbell
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Veterinary Nurse

Heather Campbell


Brenna Dunlop
Veterinary Nurse

Brenna Dunlop

Brenna Dunlop
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Veterinary Nurse

Brenna Dunlop


Veterinary Nurse

Seori McGown

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Veterinary Nurse

Seori McGown


Nicole Hewitson
Veterinary Nurse

Nicole Hewitson

Nicole Hewitson
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Veterinary Nurse

Nicole Hewitson


Retail/Customer services

Fiona Ross
Animal Health Support

Fiona Ross

Fiona Ross
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Animal Health Support

Fiona Ross


Rochelle Shaw
Customer Services

Rochelle Shaw

Rochelle Shaw
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Customer Services

Rochelle Shaw


Annabelle Dean
Customer Services

Annabelle Dean

Annabelle Dean
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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!

Bernie Agnew
Customer Services

Bernie Agnew

Bernie Agnew
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Customer Services

Bernie Agnew


Julie Evans
Customer Services

Julie Evans

Julie Evans
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Customer Services

Julie Evans


Judith Kinaston
Customer Services

Judith Kinaston

Judith Kinaston
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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.
Cameron Osborne
Customer Services

Cameron Osborne

Cameron Osborne
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Customer Services

Cameron Osborne


A now familiar face, Cameron joined the team in January of 2017. Since then, he has been gaining sufficient knowledge in the veterinary retail sector, with a particular interest in large animal. Outside of work, Cameron has a strong interest in fitness and exercise, as well as travel.

Dave MacKenzie
On Farm Sales

Dave MacKenzie

Dave MacKenzie
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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.

Santina Bryan
Retail Lead - East

Santina Bryan

Santina Bryan
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Retail Lead - East

Santina Bryan