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Meet Our Pet Vets

Our pet vet team can’t wait to meet you and your new animal or long-term friend in one of our NZ pet veterinarian clinics. Hopefully we’ll see you for a routine check-up and cuddle, rather than an emergency, but your animal is in safe hands with our pet vets either way. For now, our pet veterinarians would like to take the opportunity to tell you a little bit about themselves. This way you’ll see a familiar face when you pop into one of our 16 clinics.

Jane McDermott
Veterinarian

Jane is a 2003 Massey Graduate, she started her career in mixed practice in Northland and after 3 years in the sunny north she left along with all the other kiwis on her OE. She spent 2 years locuming mainly in small animal practices in the UK and travelling anywhere and everywhere every spare moment. On her way home she took a small side trip to South America where amongst all the travel and sightseeing  she worked with Iguanas on an island off Honduras, walked Jaguars and Pumas in the amazon and worked with other Amazonian animals including various Monkeys, Toucans  and a Tapir named Herbie. On arriving back to New Zealand in 2010, She was keen to get back into Dairy Cattle medicine and production and has been working with VETENT since then.  During 2011 Jane spent 6 months working in Vietnam on a large intensive Dairy project. Jane is particularly interested in the calf rearing and young stock side of Dairy cattle medicine and in training and education of Farm Staff. Outside of work Jane enjoys Ceroc and West Coast Swing dancing, hiking, tennis and still loves travelling to see new and exciting places, though from now on sadly, only short trips are possible.

Clinic:
  • Te Awamutu
Janine Cumming
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Ferrymead
Jasmine Golding
Support Staff/Vet Nurse

Jasmine is covering maternity leave and is very excited to  meet all our clients and animals. she has three children, a husband, two cats and three chickens. Working at a vet clinic has always been a goal for her and she is really looking forward to the next 8 months of learning opportunity. 

Qualifications: National Certificate of Veterinary Nursing
Clinic:
  • Havelock North
Jason Leslie
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Darfield
Jennifer Closey
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Ashburton
Jenny McMurdo
Vet Nurse
Clinic:
  • Darfield
Jess Fenn
Vet Nurse

I’m a Qualified Veterinary Nurse and Rural animal Technician and after nursing for the last 5 years I am currently completing the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing through Otago Polytechnic. I have recently moved down to the South Island from the Bay of Plenty, and am now on a dairy farm near Rangitata. I have 3 dogs and 4 cats who all made the move down with me, they keep me very busy. Any spare time I have is spent exploring the beautiful South Island. I look forward to meeting you and your furry friends at the Ashburton clinic.

Clinic:
  • Ashburton
Jo Watherston
Technician

Jo was brought up on a farm in Kurow, and prior to starting her family mustered around both Australia and New Zealand.  She lived on a high country farm in the Mackenzie Country for 10 years where she raised her 3 sons.  She now lives on a lifestyle block in the Alexandra area with her partner Izzy and Fern the Visla.  

Jo worked out of Aspiring Vets in Wanaka for 4 years prior to VetEnt purchasing the clinic. She now works out of the Alexandra clinic but moves around the entire Otago region taking care of the Production animal Vet Tech side of things.

 

 

Clinic:
  • Aspiring
  • Queenstown
  • Cromwell
  • Mosgiel
  • Ranfurly
  • Alexandra
Joanne Thorpe
Technician

Born and breed on a sheep and beef property in North Canterbury, then finishing school on a sheep property in Mid Canterbury. I was always destined for work in the agricultural sector, after school I went down south with a team of dogs, mustering for two years before flying to Western Australia and working on a cattle station, then into a gold mine as a geology technician.

Bringing home my husband Rob, we had Brady now 18 and Bonnie, 16. Furthering my education, I completed my national certificates in Agri Business Management while working on a sheep and beef property just out of Methven.

I secured casual work with VetEnt Riverside (Ashburton) in 2012 and 2013, helping on an animal trial, debudding calves and TB testing. I followed this with permanent work on a dairy farm to broaden my knowledge, learning about treating lane cows, reproduction in diary, rearing calves to heifers and also being involved with flushing cows and embryo implants. The last two winters I have worked causally teat sealing heifers, I am looking forward to this new step in my career working permanently for VetEnt.

Qualifications: National Certificate in AgriBusiness Management, National Certificate in TB
Clinic:
  • Ashburton
Joe Bennett
Veterinarian/HUB Operations Leader

Joe graduated from Massey Uni in 2005 and started work at VetEnt Wairoa. He worked there for just under two years, making the move to the Napier branch late 2006. At the Napier practice he worked primarily as a production animal veterinarian and had an active role in the management of the practice. In 2009 he made the move back to Wairoa where he now works in a truly mixed practice. He spends most of his time working as a large animal vet, focused on improving stock health and production. He also enjoys the variation working dog medicine and surgery offer, especially orthopaedic surgery. At the start of 2015 Joe made the move down to the South Island is based out of our Riverside clinic where he is the HUB operations leader for the area as well as still completing Vet work out of this clinic. When not at work (and when the wife allows) Joe enjoys hunting the variety of game that the South Island has on offer.

Clinic:
  • Ashburton
Judy Chapman
Clinic:
  • Havelock North
Katarzyna Chapman-Labecka
Clinic:
  • Lincoln
Kate Clatworthy
Vet Nurse
Clinic:
  • Darfield
Kate Gloyn
Veterinarian

Kate graduated from Massey University in 2007 and is a large animal veterinarian based in Otorohanga.  Kate grew up on a dairy farm near Matamata, and from there her interest in the dairy industry stemmed.  Kate is passionate about dairy medicine, in particular reproduction, and enjoys interacting with farmers and using Infovet in identifying problems and areas where she can add value. Kate places great emphasis on client service and on tailoring plans and programmes to every farm, and gets great satisfaction in being involved with increased farm productivity and profitability. Kate is currently a member of the Dairy Cattle Veterinarians Committee.

Clinic:
  • Te Kuiti
  • Otorohanga
  • Te Awamutu
Katya Houghton
Clinic:
  • Lincoln
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