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Hastings Team

The Vet Services clinic in Hastings has a comprehensive team of companion animal, production animal and equine vets. The practice offers a wide range of services for all animal species including dog breeding AI services. Open 7 days a week, we are conveniently located on Heretaunga Street West. The clinic offers a 24/7 after hours service.

Management Team

Clare Ryan

Production Animal Vet Team Leader

Clare has worked for Vet Services Hastings since 2001 and is the Hastings Production Animal Vet Team Leader.  

She enjoys all aspects of production animal work but has a special interest in dairy production. Clare has recently been involved with equine, cattle and sheep embryo transfer.  

In her spare time Clare is busy with her family, their horticultural business and spending time at the beach. 

Neil Stuttle

Companion Animal Vet Team Leader

Neil graduated from Massey University in 2001 and spent two and a half years in a mixed practice followed by five years in companion animal and equine practice in the UK. Neil joined Vet Services in 2008 as a full-time companion animal veterinarian and became a company director in 2016. Neil’s interests are in feline and canine medicine and surgery and is certified in the Penn Hip scheme in the screening for hip dysplasia. Neil is the Hastings clinic companion animal team leader. Outside of work Neil loves spending time with family and trying to keep up with three active kids.

Sue Hatton

Hastings Clinic Coordinator

Sue joined the Vet Services team in 2006 and became Hastings Clinic Coordinator in June 2009.   

Sue finds being part of the busy reception team a satisfying challenge with no two days being the same. She particularly enjoys working alongside a dedicated team of vets, nurses and support staff and building good relationships with our customers.

Vet Team

Dave Warburton

Production Animal Veterinarian

Dave graduated from Massey University in 2002 and has worked as a production animal veterinarian ever since.

He began his career in Rotorua and Hunterville and now Hastings  

Also spent time on a very large stud cattle ranch in Montana USA and managed a large sheep stud in Southland.  

When he is not at work Dave is busy on his Angus and Hereford cattle studs, playing a bit of hockey and have a young family to occupy more spare time.

Greg Tattersfield

Production Animal Veterinarian

Greg has a member of the production animal team in Hastings since June 2018.   

After graduating in 1996 he has followed his passion in the sheep, beef and deer sector, working mainly on the East Coast of the North Island. He has held roles both as a rural vet and in supervisory management in several large, corporate sheep and beef farms.  

Greg’s real passion is in helping farmers to improve the profitability of their farms by improving animal nutrition, health and welfare in a holistic way.   

Greg is also an approved Farmax consultant. 

Helen Crawford

Companion Animal Veterinarian

Helen works in the companion side of our business and divides her time between the Napier and Hastings clinics.

After graduating from Massey in 2002 she worked mainly in central Auckland before moving to the Hawke’s Bay in 2012. She enjoys all aspects of small animal surgery and medicine but has a special interest in feline medicine.

She recently attended a course in feline behaviour and small animal dentistry.

Rachel Muir

Companion Animal Veterinarian

Originally from Wellington, Rachel’s love for the outdoors and sunshine meant she and her family couldn’t resist the move to the sunny Hawke’s Bay, which they made in late 2012. After graduating from Massey in 2018, Rachel joined our Companion Animal team in our Hastings Clinic. She loves working in a busy and diverse clinic and enjoys all aspects of companion animal work but has a keen interest in internal medicine and ultrasound. When she’s not hustling at work she is doing so elsewhere, be it training for marathons or practicing for the Les Mills classes she instructs. Te Mata Peak is one of her favourite places to escape in her spare time, as well as the kitchen where she whips up a storm of plant based goodies. Rachel is one of many cat-crazy ladies in the Hastings team and enjoys visiting her family’s lifestyle block which, amongst it’s 20 odd animals, is currently occupied with 6 lovely kitties! She also has a love for working dogs and loves the high number the Hastings clinic gets to see being a mixed practice. 

Richard McKenzie

Equine & Production Animal Veterinarian

Richard originally joined the Vet Services Team in 1989 arriving for a three-month locum and staying for three years.  

He spent four years abroad working in mixed bred and equine practices across the UK returning to our Hastings Clinic with a cemented interest in Equine work. 90% of Richards day is now involved with horses of all sizes and disciplines. He has interests in performance horses, equine lameness, radiography and reproduction.   

Outside of work his kids, partner and thoroughbred horses take up most of his time but enjoys swimming, fishing, and a bit of armchair critiquing for rugby and racing when he gets the chance.

Roger McKinley

Companion Animal Veterinarian

Roger is a senior member of the companion animal team, and has special interest in canine breeding programmes, surgery (both orthopaedic and soft tissue), ophthalmology, canine behaviour and internal medicine. 

Sharne Boys

Companion Animal Veterinarian

Sharné is originally from South Africa but did her BVSc vet degree in Palmerston North. She moved to Hawkes Bay in 2011 to practice as a companion animal veterinarian and to this day is still loving it. She finished her Masters of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery with distinction at the start of 2017 and also completed a masters orthopaedic surgery paper in 2020. As can be deduced from this, she has a keen interest in all things surgical, especially orthopaedics and she is therefore one of the main small animal orthopaedic vets at VS. She is a self-professed crazy cat lady and will always find time to visit all the feline patients for a pat and a cuddle. Anything sporty will get her excited – she currently plays indoor football, outdoor football, futsal and hockey. She also enjoys boxing and weight training at the gym and snowboarding. With a busy lifestyle she always tries to find time for her friends and luckily, she has her Hawkes Bay born and bred husband Mark to support her in all her endeavours.

Stuart Badger

Companion Animal Veterinarian

Stuart Badger is a senior member of the companion animal team, having started working with Vet Services in Waipukurau in 1979 and moving to join the Hastings team in 1996. Stuart’s areas of special expertise include a long devotion to orthopaedic surgery and these days he enjoys tackling some of the more challenging broken leg surgery cases from the other branches of Vet Services. Since 2003 Stuart has pioneered advanced canine reproductive services including frozen semen artificial insemination, semen freezing and the import and export of frozen dog semen. Breeder clients from the lower half of the North Island make use of this service. In his spare time Stuart’s recreational pursuits include photography, scuba diving, hunting and spear fishing.

Vicki Gilchrist

Companion Animal Veterinarian

Vicki graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2005. After working in busy clinics in the UK for 6 years she packed her bags to experience life overseas. Her first job in New Zealand was as a locum in the Waipukurau clinic in January 2011 and she liked it so much that after finishing her travels she came back and started a permanent position in our Hastings clinic. Vicki has since married a farmer and has 3 energetic sons who keep her busy when she’s not working. After maternity leave, Vicki is now back to stay part-time in the Hastings clinic and is loving the variety and really enjoying working with such a great team again. She has years of experience in the UK with rabbits and other small furry creatures, enjoys getting stuck in to interesting medical cases and loves a good stitch up. In her spare time, she likes to practice yoga and can be kept happy with a good book and a cup of tea.

Vet Nurse & Technician Team

Celina Lovejoy

Senior Nurse

Celina is a passionate and friendly nurse who joined our Vet Services Team in March 2018. She enjoys assisting with orthopaedic surgeries, and helping pets and their owners overcome challenges, particularly with rehab work and nutrition. As part of this nutrition work Celina helps Yvonne run a Porky Pets Programme, educating pet owners about keeping their pets fit, and at a healthy weight.

When she is not at work, you may find Celina competing in agility with her Australian Working Kelpies (Riot & Villian), or in the bush 4x4ing with her partner and family.

Hardy Foreman

Vet Technician

Arriving from South Africa in January 2014, Hardy took on a new career in the animal health industry. He enrolled in a hoof trimming course at Veehof and was soon working with Franklin Vets and dairy cattle in Taupiri. Over 3 years Hardy continued his training and took a role as a Vet Technician. In 2018 after moving to Hawke’s Bay Hardy joined Vet Services Hastings. He enjoys the laboratory work and the challenges that come with working with a variety of large animals on farm. In his spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, being on the beach and watching a good game of rugby.

Kylie Wilson

Vet Nurse

Kylie joined Vet Services in 2016 and has enjoyed working in a large team and fast paced clinic.

She is particularly interested in anaesthesia and patient care after surgery.

When she is not at work you will find Kylie spending time with family, with her 3 black cats, and enjoying the great outdoors Hawke’s Bay has to offer.

Michelle Marshall

Vet Nurse 

Michelle studied vet nursing at EIT in 2012 and apart from a small break to have her daughter in 2016, has worked in small animal practice ever since.

She has worked at Vet Services two separate times, the first being in 2015 prior to moving to Palmerston North, and then again in 2019 after returning to Hawke’s Bay.

She enjoys medical nursing, dentistry and helping new nurses and students. When she is not at working she is busy with her young daughter who keeps her on her toes! 

Morag Robinson

Customer Service & Equine Technician

Morag is a bright and bubbly member of our Production Animal Customer Service and Equine Team.

She joined Vet Services in 2017 as a Production Animal Receptionist fielding farm and equine enquiries, bookings and charges. Morag recently made the move to a new Equine Technician role and is very excited as this is an area she has a great interest in.

When she’s not at work you’ll find Morag spending time with her husband Wayne and two children Harry and Lucy on their lifestyle block at Ocean Beach, or enjoying some equestrian activities.

Nicola Sutherland

Equine Technician

Nicola joined the Vet Services Team in 2003 and is a key member of our Hastings Companion Animal and Equine Team.

She has been a mother hen to our Hastings nurses making sure things run smoothly in all areas of the small animal department.

Nic recently accepted a new role as one of our Equine Technicians, and is looking forward to spending more time with horses. Outside of work her two boys, hubby Callum, horses and farm keep her busy.

Paige Van Rompaey

Vet Nurse

Paige has been a Vet Nurse in the Hastings team for about three years. She is passionate about nursing critical patients back to health and being on the frontline for urgent animal care.

In the future Paige hopes to work on physiotherapy with pets recovering from orthopaedic surgery.

When she is not at work you will find Paige at the beach or river with my partner and dog whitebaiting, fishing or swimming.

Sammy Woon

Vet Nurse

Sam graduated from EIT with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2019. I started at Vet Services toward the end of my first year of study in 2018, as a nurse assistant working part time. I then began full time work (half at reception and half nurse assistant) while studying full time in 2019. I am now a full time nurse and try to help out at reception when I can.   

I prefer the medical side of nursing the most, taking care of patients and being a part of their recovery is the most rewarding part of the job! Being able to support a patient and their family is very important to me and advocating for the patient is my passion. I am also one of the nurses who take puppy preschool classes, another really enjoyable part of the job, who doesn’t love helping people set their puppy up for a healthy and happy life.   

In my spare time I enjoy walking my 2 dogs, Nala and Kenny with my husband. I also enjoying running, the beach during the summer (and a good day in winter) and collecting many different house plants.  

Sarah Flett

Vet Nurse

Sarah graduated from EIT with a Vet Nursing Diploma in 2016. She had a great experience working at a dog grooming, boarding and kennel facility for two years before joining Vet Services in a full-time position.   

Sarah enjoys the medical challenges vet nursing provides. She has a special interest in pocket pets and dogs and is actively involved in Vet Services puppy preschool, and loves watching owners and their energetic pals’ bond and learn throughout the preschool course.   

Sarah’s pet family includes two dogs a friendly husky and adventurous chihuahua (who has their own life jacket so he can join her kayaking), a cat, chinchillas and a hand-reared dove. In her weekends Sarah likes to spend time with her dogs, and curling up with a cup of tea and a good book.

Summa Maybury

Vet Nurse 

Summa joined Vet Services in 2016 and has been a member of our nursing team ever since. She has always been passionate about the outdoors, farming and working with animals. One of her favourite parts of the job is reuniting happy, healthy animals back with their owners.

In 2020 Summa helped the Vet Services team with pregnancy scanning and looks forward to working with sheep and large animals more in the coming seasons.

When she’s not at work you will find Summa in the vege garden, with her dogs, or working on her lifestyle block where there is always plenty to do.

Yvonne Haren

Nurse Coordinator

Yvonne qualified with a Certificate in Veterinary nursing in 2008, and began her career in a Veterinary Clinic in Napier before joining Vet Service Hastings in 2015 as their Nurse Receptionist.  Yvonne brings loads of energy and enthusiasm to her role of helping and assisting both our Hastings team and their clients in providing an extra arm of care, service and problem solving. Puppy preschool and Porky Pets are among her ‘pet’ projects, educating pet owners so that their furry friends get the best possible life.  Outside of work, Yvonne is an avid reader, she like nothing more than getting away with her husband and 2 dogs in their campervan.

Companion Animal and Production Animal Support Teams

David Lowe

Retail Manager

Dave Lowe joined the Vet Services team in 2019.   

He brings with him 32 years with corporate animal health companies from Coopers Animal Health 1987 to Boehringer-Ingelheim 2019 in a territory managers role.  

Joined Vet Services in October 2019 in the retail managers role in the Hastings clinic.  

Special interest in ecto parasiticide control in sheep and cattle.  

Enjoy open water swimming, hunting and endurance events.

Garry Jones

Retail Manager

Garry joined the Vet Services team in November 2020. Garry brings a wealth of product, client and farming knowledge to the team and it is fantastic to have him on board.

He has previously held positions managing the PGG Wrightson retail store in Hastings, a similar position at a veterinary clinic in the King Country and worked for Farmlands.

Heather Ewart

Customer Service & Companion Animal Receptionist

After a long and fruitful career with Ziera Shoes Heather joined the team in June 2020.  

She brings a wealth of customer service experience to our reception team.  

When she is not doting on her little grandson, she is out on Community Patrol keeping the residents of Havelock North safe. 

Haley Gray

Customer Service & Companion Animal Receptionist

Haley has spent time in both our Hastings and Napier Clinics as one of our customer service superstars.

When she is not at work, Haley can be found busy in the kitchen decorating amazing cakes and with her young family.

Holly Spurrier

Customer Service & Production Animal Receptionist

Holly began her Vet Nurse career in our Dannevirke branch in 2008 then worked up in Wairoa for a couple of years before heading off to England on her big O.E. There she gained experience working for Jason Webb at his Australian Horsemanship yard while zipping about her homeland catching up with family and friends. 

Holly joined the Vet Services Hastings Nursing team in 2014 then moved to the Production Animal team in 2017 where she grows and shares her equine and farming knowledge along with a big smile and a bit of fun banter. 

Holly is a country girl at heart and loves spending her time at home on the farm in Puketitiri with her partner Chris Whittle as well as hacking out on her horse Harvey and working to help improve the land and its’ environment.

Jo D’Ath

Customer Service & Production Animal Receptionist

Jo joined our Hastings Clinic after completing a Bachelor of Business Studies to be part of the Companion Animal reception team, many moons ago!  Whilst working on reception she also completed a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing by correspondence with Otago Polytechnic.    

In her early 20s Jo did her big OE in the UK working with polo ponies based in Ascot. While horsing around over there Jo stumbled upon carriage driving and even competed at England’s Horse of the Year Show with Gary Docking.  

Currently spending most of her time on our Production Animal desk, Jo is definitely our go to girl for tech assistance.

Naomi Knight

Customer Service & Companion Animal Receptionist

Since arriving in NZ from the UK in 2000, Naomi continued to follow her passion in travel by lecturing for over 10 years in Auckland. After all the excitement of the big smoke she came to the fabulous Hawke’s Bay and was renovating property and working in Hospitality before joining the team at Vet Services in 2013 on the front desk.  Her busy role on reception is always performed with excellence and attention to detail.  To her friends she is known as ‘The hostess with the most-ess’ and loves to entertain with dinner parties.

Sydnee Porter

Companion Animal Receptionist & Nurse Assistant

Sydnee started working at Vet Services Hastings in 2019, helping both our reception and vet nursing teams while she completes her Diploma in Vet Nursing and additional training to become a rural Vet Technician. Her favourite part of the job is having a large, supportive team and getting to work with such cute patients!

Outside of work and study you will find Sydnee outdoors at the beach or river with her fiancé and dog or curled up with a book in the backyard with her three cats.