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!

Andrew Downing-Smith
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Alexandra
Ashley Whitehead
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Ashburton
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
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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
Chloe Ashworth
Veterinary Technician
Clinic:
  • Ashburton
Christine Hahn
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Timaru
Daniella Whitaker
Technician
Clinic:
  • Ashburton
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
Emma Cuttance
Emma Cuttance
Veterinarian and Head of VetEnt Research
Qualifications: BVSc, MVS (epi)
Clinic:
  • Te Awamutu
Hannah Catley
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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
Ian Hodge
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Technical Services Manager
I began working at Riverside Veterinary Services (now Vetent Riverside) in 1999 as a mixed animal practitioner. The following ten years saw an emphasis on dairy cattle practice with the growth of the dairy herd in Mid Canterbury. I helped to form the PureMilk Mastitis Consultancy for which I now work full time. I have a special interest in veterinary education, knowledge and skill transfer to other vets in the practice. I am a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists following examination in dairy cattle medicine in 2003, an In Calf advisor, a Countdown Downunder advisor and an Accredited Vet under the Fonterra Demerit Relief Scheme. I am married to Helen, and we have two teenage children who ensure our weekends are always full! Any spare time I have is spent fishing, building something or practicing to play my old faithful Guitar.
Qualifications: BVSc
Clinic:
  • Ashburton
Jane McDermott
Jane McDermott
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Te Awamutu
Jo Gaze
Technician
Clinic:
  • Te Awamutu
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
Jodie Eggleston
Technician
Clinic:
  • Ashburton
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