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
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
Belinda Hamlin
Belinda-Hamlin-WEB
Veterinarian

What’s the best part about your job? I love that I can do my job anywhere and adapt it to the resources I have at hand. Of course I also love getting to meet and help so many amazing creatures.

How did you get involved with the industry? I think I first wanted to be a vet from about 5 years of age. I grew up with pets of my own and helping on uncles farms then started volunteering at my local veterinary clinic when I was 13.

What’s your area of expertise? My current passions are veterinary dentistry and management of skin cases. I have also recently completed the Massey MVM Companion animal endocrinology paper and am currently studying small animal soft tissue surgery.

What are you most proud of? I know it’s cliché but I’m super proud of my kids aged 11 and 13, I love their creativity and enthusiasm for life.

Who inspires you? I’m most inspired by working with a dedicated, caring colleagues and love always learning new ways of doing things.

Where is your favourite place in the world? In the bush anywhere in New Zealand.

If you could be any animal, which would you be? Perhaps a monkey, they’re kind of cheeky and it must be fun climbing around in the trees all day.

What are you passionate about? Sharing knowledge with others

What are you currently watching on Netflix? Our Netflix subscripton has lapsed at the moment so my library membership is getting a good workout.

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now? Enjoying adventures in Aotearoa, after being away for 8-9 years it’s great to be home.

What’s your secret talent that no one knows about? Being really awesome at squeezing way more stuff into the boot of a car than you would think is possible.

Clinic:
  • Lincoln
Catherine Hayward
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Ashburton
Charlotte Matthews
Veterinarian
Qualifications: BVSc
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
Elise Jaunay
Technician

Clinic:
  • Te Awamutu
Emma Cuttance
Emma Cuttance
Veterinarian
Qualifications: BVSc, MVS (epi)
Clinic:
  • Te Awamutu
Hannah MacPherson
Hannah-MacPherson
Veterinarian

Hannah is a mixed animal veterinarian who works across small and large animal medicine with a focus on production animal work. She is currently working on her masters in veterinary medicine completing a study on Mastitis. One of Hannah’s favourite parts about about her role with VetEnt is the variety of being able to be out on farm helping farmers, and then seeing clients in clinic with their pets.

Outside of work, Hannah enjoys spending time with her retired working dog Mia and is a keen scuba diver, spear fisher and is now also learning how to surf!

Clinic:
  • Otorohanga
Hannah MacPherson
Clinic:
  • Otorohanga
Jane McDermott
Jane McDermott
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Te Awamutu
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
Kate Gloyn
Kate-Sommerville
Veterinarian/HUB Operations Manager

Kate graduated from Massey University in 2007 and is a large animal veterinarian based in Otorohanga. She is also the Waipa/King Country Hub Leader so oversees the five clinics, and their management, in this area.  Kate grew up on a dairy farm near Matamata, and her interest in the dairy industry stemmedfrom there.  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 VetEnt’s ability to tailor plans and programmes to every farm,finding great satisfaction in being involved with increased farm productivity and profitability. Kate is currently a member of the Dairy Cattle Veterinarians Committee, and is the President of the Large Animal Veterinary Technician committee and is very active in this area, promoting the development and career advancement of technicians within the industry.

When Kate isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband Regan and two daughters Madison and Mila on their lifestyle block in Te Awamutu.

Clinic:
  • Te Kuiti
  • Otorohanga
  • Te Awamutu
Krispin Kannan
Krispin Kannan
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Te Awamutu
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