Meet Our Farm Vets

Our large animal vet team are always pleased to meet you, whether it’s out on the pasture or online. VetEnt’s farm vets would like to take this opportunity to introduce themselves. Livestock veterinary, cattle vet or farm veterinarian, find out who works in our 16 branches, how long they have practised as a farm vet and how they ended up at VetEnt!

Alanda Rafferty
Alanda Rafferty
Veterinarian

I was born and schooled in England and gained two degrees in Zoology with Physiology and Osteopathy. I then did a conversion course from human to animal Osteopathy and started my own practice in human and animal osteopathy as well as working as an Osteopath in a GP’s practice. However, I only ever wanted to be a vet. I met my Irish husband Colin, in the UK, and we married in my local village in 2000 at a James Bond themed wedding. Great fun for all – with a casino at the reception and everyone dressed up in character – it was a cool day! We then honeymooned in NZ before emigrating in February 2001. After travelling around in a campervan for months we bought a house in Napier and I started at Massey Vet School and was accepted onto the course as a NZ permanent resident. At last I was going to be a vet!! My life’s Dream was going to become reality! I graduated and was accepted by VetEnt to start work in Wairoa. Wairoa is a mixed practice and I absolutely love my job. I have been in Wairoa for over 5 years now and am very happy. I love the variety of cases that I get to see on a daily basis. . I am currently studying for a Masters in Veterinary Medicine (MVM) in my spare time while working fulltime in Wairoa. My special interest in Veterinary Science is Ophthalmology. I also enjoy surgery. I have a three year old son called Teigan who delights and surprises us every day! Some of my vet work has rubbed off on him. He can often be heard talking his way through a surgery – for example “I’m going to surgery on this dog because he ate a stone and it got stuck in his intestines”. As a family we enjoy the outdoors, tramping, cycling and adventure racing. We also have a menagerie of rescued pets including a dog with 3 legs, a heading dog that is scared of sheep, various chickens, a bald lorikeet and a crazy cat.

Qualifications: BVSc
Clinic:
  • Havelock North
Alexander Marshall
Clinic:
  • Rangioria West
Alice Lee
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Mosgiel
Andrew Postles
Clinic:
  • Rangioria West
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
Ben Hodgson
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Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Te Kuiti
Billy-Dean Fleming
Clinic:
  • Gisborne
Brittany Bebbington
Clinic:
  • Ashburton
Catherine Hayward
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Ashburton
Catriona Jaine
Clinic:
  • Ranfurly
Charlotte Matthews
Veterinarian
Qualifications: BVSc
Clinic:
  • Wairoa
Christian Davies-Colley
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Te Awamutu
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
Ellen Eyre
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Otorohanga
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