Meet Our Dairy Vets

Our dairy vet team are always pleased to meet you, whether it’s on the farm or online. VetEnt’s dairy veterinarians would like to take this opportunity to introduce themselves. Find out which cow veterinarian works in which of our 16 branches, how long they have practised as a dairy vet and how they ended up at VetEnt!

Alice Lee
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Mosgiel
Annika James
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • King Country
Becks Smith
Becks Smith
Veterinarian

Becks joined the Central Vets team in late 2009 as a new graduate veterinarian.  Having spent her childhood in the North Island, Papua New Guinea and Dunedin she is quick to embrace new communities.  This has definitely been the case in Ranfurly where she has taken all opportunities to partake in rural life.  In her spare time Becks enjoys a wide range of sporting activities (especially skiing), socializing with friends, Young Farmers Club and training any working pups that come her way!!  Becks lives with her partner Jason and has Colin the cat and Mint the Dog keeping her busy when not at work or sporting.

Qualifications: BVSc
Clinic:
  • Ranfurly
Catherine Hayward
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Ashburton
Charlotte Matthews
Veterinarian
Qualifications: BVSc
Clinic:
  • Wairoa
Colin Coker
TB Technician
Clinic:
  • King Country
David Dodd
David Dodd
Veterinarian

Dave is our senior vet and apart from an initial 18 months in Hokitika has spent all his working life in Ranfurly. Dave lives with Kate on a 150 acre lifestyle block that occupies his time.  Being the sole vet for most for most of this time, spare time has been precious, but he is obsessive about quail hunting with his G.W.P’s.  When quail are not allowed, ducks, geese and trout are the targets.

Qualifications: BVSc
Clinic:
  • Ranfurly
Elise Jaunay
Technician
Clinic:
  • Te Awamutu
Emma Cuttance
Emma Cuttance
Veterinarian

Emma is a large animal vet who started at VetEnt at the end of 2007. Having completed a Masters of Veterinary Studies in epidemiology focussing on facial eczema management she now runs the research division of VetEnt – VetEnt Research. She is currently completing her phD in Failure of passive transfer in dairy calves through Massey Univeristy, funded by DairyNZ and Sustainable Farming Fund.

Qualifications: BVSc, MVS (epi)
Clinic:
  • Te Awamutu
Esme Telfer
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Ashburton
Hannah MacPherson
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Otorohanga
Hannah MacPherson
Clinic:
  • Otorohanga
Jane McDermott
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
Joe Bennett
Jo 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
Kate Foxcroft
Kate Foxcroft
Veterinarian

Kate has been involved with VetEnt Ashburton since graduating in 2009.  Her main interests include Farm Productivity, Reproduction and Calf & Young stock. During the hours away from the office Kate loves to be out water skiing or on the netball court and is sharemilking 900 cows with her partner Mike.

Qualifications: BVSc
Clinic:
  • Ashburton
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