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!

Abbie Eggleston
Technician
Clinic:
  • Ashburton
Alistair Smith
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Ashburton
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
Diana Duder
Veterinarian
Clinic:
  • Te Kuiti
Dianna Chalmers
Technician
Clinic:
  • Ashburton
Emma Cuttance
Emma Cuttance
Veterinarian and Head of VetEnt Research
Qualifications: BVSc, MVS (epi)
Clinic:
  • Te Awamutu
Everest Fitch
Technician
Clinic:
  • Te Awamutu
Hannah Catley
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
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