The Vet Services Wairarapa Equine Team
Stuart qualified from Massey University in 1979 and first practiced in Ruatoria for 3 years as an employee of the Gisborne Vet Club. In 1983 he shifted to the Wairarapa and practiced in partnership for a small 2 man practice for 14 years.
In 1997 he established Chapel St Veterinary Centre (now Vet Services Wairarapa), his key objective for doing this was to establish a contemporary veterinary service for both rural and urban customers.
Stuart's main responsibility in the practice is to service the farming community doing routine veterinary work such as pregnancy scanning cows, vasectomising rams, calving cows, attending to sick animals etc.
He has a special interest in the investigation of trace element deficiencies of livestock and in recent years has enhanced the services of the clinic by providing consultancy services to farmers wanting full animal health plans. Stuart also contracts his services to commercial pharmaceutical companies to test new products on farm animals.
He is married to Pam and has 4 children and 4 grandchildren. His interests are travel, cycling, golf, gardening and cricket watching.
Louisa had a varied upbringing, including living overseas and also on a NZ milking goat farm.
She qualified as a vet from Massey University in 2002. She then worked with Roy Farman in mixed practice in Masterton, before moving to England in 2004. She mostly did equine practice (with some companion animal) whilst there and realised that this is where her passion lies. Louisa completed further education in the equine sector, including doing her General Practitioner’s Certificate in Equine Practice through the European school of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies.
Upon her return to NZ in 2011, she set up Wairarapa Equine, a dedicated horse only practice serving the lower North Island. This soon outgrew the single vet capacity and so was merged with Vet Services Wairarapa (formerly Chapel St Vets). Louisa loves the challenges that the varied workload in the Wairarapa offers – whether it be happy hackers, elite performance horses or miniature donkeys!
She spends most of her spare time either riding and training horses for competition (mostly eventing), renovating her house with her husband Dan or trying to keep their toddler out of trouble.
While talking to Sandy, it won’t take you long to figure that she’s not from around here. Born and raised in America, she had a sheltered, but wholesome start to life on a lifestyle farm.
In 2005 she broke out of the bubble and studied for a year at Lincoln University as part of an Animal Science degree at Oregon State University. Life in New Zealand agreed with her, so she made it a permanent move and took up work on a dairy farm in Canterbury alongside her partner, Xavier.
After a few years of dairy farming and other odd jobs, she went back to study towards her veterinary qualification at Massey University, qualifying in 2014. She took up the exciting, mixed-animal position at Vet Services (formerly Chapel Street Veterinary Clinic) in January 2015 and is loving the challenges and variety of sheep & beef farm work.
Our lovely Head Nurse Deb has been with us from the very beginning. She hails from Masterton and started worked with Farman and Bruere and later moved to Chapel St Vets (now Vet Services Wairarapa).
She enjoys all aspects of her job but particularly likes building relationships with clients.
In her spare time, she trains her dressage mare Vegas, reading and also spends time developing her lifestyle block on the outskirts of Masterton.
Belinda moved to New Zealand from the UK 13 years ago and loves living here. After 2 decades working as a Biomedical Scientist she decided 8 years ago to follow her passion for animals and retrain as a vet nurse, a decision she has never regretted! Belinda has 3 children and 1 grandchild and many pets including dogs, cats, horses and chickens.
Our Office Manager Raewyn started with the company in 2008 and has firmly been the hub of the office since. Previously she worked in accountancy, school finance and also 12 years in the health care sector. She thrives on the variety of work offered in the veterinary field and really enjoys developing positive relationships with clients.
She lives in Masterton and spends her spare time establishing her beautiful garden. Her top priority in life is her relationship with her 2 gorgeous granddaughters.
Emma joined the Vet Services Wairarapa team in June with the opening of the new clinic. She has two National Certificates in Business Administration and Computing and a background in the administration field. Emma is looking forward to new challenges and is enjoying being part of the team.
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