Meet tHe

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

Practice Manager

Clare has worked for Vet Services Hastings since 2001 as a Production Animal Vet Team Leader and is now our Hastings Practice Manager.  

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. 

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Natalie Murtagh

 Clinic Manager

Nat is focussed to develop the team in their professional growth and to build a culture that complements the business, and the community in what we do and provide.   Great customer service is of the utmost importance when it comes to running and growing a business and Nat is excited about being able to deliver this to our existing and ever growing client base and getting to know them all.

Nat and her partner Jase, Coco the Löwchen and Casper the Lhasa Apso dogs enjoy a more relaxed life now that their adult children are off exploring the world and can often be found tramping the rivers and fishing for trout when their busy schedules allow.

 

Marit De Jong

Companion Animal Team Leader 

 

Veterinary Team

Anyika Scotland

Production Animal Veterinarian

Anyika is a Hawke’s Bay local who grew up on a Sheep and Beef property in Patoka. As a farmer’s daughter she was always passionate about the outdoors and creating the best possible outcomes for farm production.

After graduating from Massey University, Anyika spent some time working as a mixed practice veterinarian, caring for both pets and livestock but soon decided she would prefer to focus solely on production animals. She spent a number of years working in our Waipukurau Clinic is now based in Hastings so that she can be closer to home and her young family.

Outside of her veterinary work, Anyika loves to keep active and competes in a variety of multisport and adventure races across New Zealand – always cheered on by her children and husband Duncan.

Celia van Kampen

Mixed Practice Veterinarian

 

 

Caterina Poletti

Mixed Practice Veterinarian

 

 

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.

Emmie Mulinder

Mixed Practice Veterinarian

 

 

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.

Henry Yule

Production Animal Veterinarian

Henry Yule’s passion for animals started from an early age while growing up on a sheep and beef farm in Hawke’s Bay.

After graduating from Massey, Henry moved to South Auckland and spend a number of years working as a mixed practice veterinarian at Franklin Vets. 

In late 2020, Henry returned to Hawke’s Bay with a focus on production animals and equines. He enjoys the variety of interesting cases and helping clients achieve their performance goals.

In his spare time Henry likes to keep active with his partner and their dog Ruby.

 

Mitchell Lowe

Companion Animal Veterinarian

Mitch joined the Vet Services team as a new graduate in 2021. 

 

 

Neil Stuttle

Companion Animal Veterinarian

 

Reshika Fonseka

Mixed Practice Veterinarian

 

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.

Sal Bredenkamp

Mixed Practice Veterinarian

Sal joined our Hastings team as a mixed practice veterinarian at the start of 2021, with a focus on large animals.

She grew up in sunny South Africa and worked in the dairy industry in Taranaki before going to university. During her studies at Massey University she spend some time at our Waipukurau clinic and enjoyed the sheep, beef and deer work.

Outside of work she plays some hockey and enjoys outdoor activities such as trail running, surfcasting and tramping.

Vet Nurse & Technician Team

Aaliyah Elliffe

Vet Nurse

Brenna McCutcheon

Vet Nurse

Brenna joined the Vet Services team after moving from Dannevirke to Hawkes Bay in 2019 to study a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing at EIT. 

She enjoys working with a variety of animal patients (but has a soft spot for working dogs) and loves being a part of their recovery. 

There is never a dull day for Brenna working amongst the ‘smallies team’ and she looks forward to developing her career surrounded by supportive, passionate people.


CELINA LOVEJOY

Vet Nurse

Senior Clinical 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.

 

Cheyenne Caples

Vet Nurse Assistant

 

Emmy Cook

Vet Nurse

 

Jorja Slade

Vet Nurse 

Morag Robinson

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.

Portia Wright

Vet Nurse & Equine Technician

Born and bred in the Hawke’s Bay, Portia started riding horses from a young age and started competing at 13.

Portia has a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from EIT and has worked in both our Waipukurau and Hastings Clinics. .

Portia currently shares her time between VS Equine and the Napier clinic. She is passionate about all animals and is excited to see where this career path leads.

In her spare time you’ll find Portia riding, playing hockey, or on her family farm in Crownthorpe. 

Rebecca Dawson

Vet Nurse

 

Sammy Woon

Vet Nurse

Sam started at Vet Services as a Nurse Assistant in 2018, while completing her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at EIT. After graduating we were happy to have Sam join the team full time. 

For Sam, seeing a pet make a full recovery is the most rewarding part of the job! 

In her spare time Sam enjoys keeping active,  walking her 2 dogs, Nala and Kenny and spending time with her young family. 

Summa Maybury

Vet Technician 

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.

Kayla Knibb

Veterinary Nurse

 

Companion Animal and Production Animal Support Teams

Georgia Linton

Marketing, Social Media & Equine Receptionist

 

Hamish Grant

Production Animal Retail Assistant 

& CHB Farmers Vet Club Secretary 

Hamish joined the Vet Services in 2020 bringing plenty of practical farming and product knowledge to the retail team.  

Until recently, Hamish was predominantly based in Waipukurau, and is actively involved in the CHB farmers Vet Club – and your go to man for all things club related (membership, scholarships etc).

Outside of work Hamish likes to keep fit – playing in many social sports clubs and representing Hawkes Bay in the Senior Men’s Netball Team. In his downtime you will find Hamish on farm with his dogs, breaking in show cattle, and exploring the best of what Hawke’s Bay has to offer.

Hannah Smith

Customer Service & Companion Animal Receptionist

 

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.

julie Hanna

Customer Service & Production Animal Receptionist


Lucy Priest

Customer Service & Companion Animal Receptionist

Lucy joined the Vet Services team in 2020 and can be found on small animal reception in the Hastings clinic. She has previous experience in animal science and care, as well as customer service, and is on a mission to do the best for our clients and their animals.

Lucy is a long time animal fan who loves any and all creatures, including snakes and spiders! She owns a variety of her own fur babies at home but particularly loves her horses.

Lyn Bremer

Customer Service & Companion Animal Receptionist

 

Megan Atkinson

Customer Service & Companion Animal Receptionist

 

Nadia Edmonds

Customer Service & Companion Animal Receptionist

Nadia joined the reception team at Vet Services Hastings in 2021 after completing her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through EIT.

She enjoys seeing all the fluffy’s walk through the door as they sure do brighten up a day J. She looks forward to providing a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Sapphire Johnson

Customer Service & Companion Animal Receptionist

 

Belinda Morrison

Customer Service & Companion Animal Receptionist