Vet Services Wairarapa Ltd, 24 Lincoln Rd, Masterton

Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 5:30pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

The Vet Services Wairarapa Team

Nicola Haglund

Nicola Haglund Practice Manager

Nicola took over from Stuart as Practice Manager in November 2017. Stuart wanted to concentrate more on growing the Large Animal side of the Practice and Nicola was keen to step up and accept the challenges that the role of Practice Manager creates.

She has worked with the practice (formerly Chapel Street Vet Centre) since 2003. She grew up in the Far North on a mixed farm - sheep and dairy and finishing beef. She studying Veterinary Science at Massey University graduating in 1995.

Following graduation she worked in dairy cattle practice in Taranaki for 2.5 years before moving to Upper Hutt and working in mixed practice for over 5 years. There were still a few dairy farms and beef farms in Upper Hutt then as well as an increasing number of life style blocks and pleasure horses.

She made the move to Masterton in 2002 with her husband Nathan whose family has been present in the Wairarapa since the 1800's. Having done some of her student training with Stuart Bruere when he was at Farman and Bruere, she was keen to pursue a permanent position with his new practice on Chapel Street and so approached him about job opportunities. The rest as they say is history.

Initially her job in the practice was equally shared between large animals and small animals but as the practice grew and vet numbers expanded she moved mainly into the companion animal side. Nicola still gets out on farm each year during the busy scanning season to help out with the cattle pregnancy diagnosis which she enjoys as a great change of pace and scenery.

Nicola is particularly keen on companion animal medicine. Endocrine diseases such as diabetes and Cushings as well as canine reproduction are areas she is particularly interested in.

Away from work she enjoys managing the stock on her lifestyle block and spending time with her 3 children.

Sarah Proctor

Sarah Proctor Vet

Sarah has joined the team in 2021
She has a vast amount of experience in both small companion animal medicine and Large animal medicine
If there is ever a calving Sarah will be the one person to put up her hand and be there for our clients. Sarah has a passion for the dairy industry also. She looks forward to meeting our clients both in clinic and out on farm.

Keri Giles

Keri Giles Vet

Keri has joined us in December 2020 after graduating
She enjoys the aspect of working both with small companion animals, large animals and Equine.
Keri lives with her partner James on a sheep and beef farm
In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit and active at the gym, being on the farm and getting back into the equestrian scene again

Aimee Alexander

Aimee Alexander Vet

Aimee joined us in January 2021 after completing her BVSc with Distinction from Massey University in 2020. Prior to this, Aimee also completed a BSc in Biological Sciences at Massey.

Originally from Wellington, Aimee has had 10 years of experience including working at the SPCA, in catteries, and veterinary nursing. Much of her prior experience has been working with cats, and Aimee is particularly interested in pursuing further qualifications in Feline Medicine.

Although from Wellington, she has always considered making the move from the big city to the Wairarapa, looking for a more rural lifestyle, and to enjoy the scenery the Wairarapa has to offer.

She looks forward to meeting all our lovely clients, particularly our feline friends.

Sarah Wolland

Sarah Wolland Veterinarian

Sarah was raised on a dairy farm in the Taranaki, she graduated from Massey University in 2000. After her first job in dairy practice in the Waikato it was off to the UK to help with the foot and mouth outbreak. Staying on to locum around England for another couple of years.

She moved to the Wairarapa and been at Vet Services Wairarapa (formerly Chapel St Vets) since 2011 in mixed practice, but particularly enjoys the companion animal medical and surgical side of the practice.

She enjoys running, cycling and keeping active with her three children.

Louisa Broughton

Louisa Broughton Veterinarian

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), attacking her garden with her husband Dan or trying to keep their 2 small kids out of trouble.

Sanneke Neal

Sanneke Neal Veterinarian

Sanneke is a Colorado native that graduated from Massey University in December 2018. Her love for hiking, skiing and everything outdoorsy stemmed from growing up in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.

Her interest in veterinary medicine began at a young age and she started working at a small animal practice near her house at the age of 13. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in biological science in 2011 and subsequently has had many varied experiences in the industry; an externship with a mixed animal practitioner in the Swiss Alps, managing a mobile sterilization unit in Phuket and working in the critical care unit at Massey's vet teaching hospital.

While in New Zealand she met her now fiancé, Pete. She is excited to explore more of the Wairarapa region and continue to develop her skills as a mixed animal practitioner.

Sara Sutherland

Sara Sutherland Veterinarian

Congratulations, Sara, for passing her exams to become member of the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science in Sheep Medicine. She is now back at Vet Services from her recent maternity leave. 

Sara developed her passion for sheep health growing up on a sheep farm in Quebec, Canada. Before becoming a vet she worked as a shepherd in Canada, the US, and New Zealand, as well as visiting and working on sheep farms in Australia, the UK, France, Switzerland and Spain.

She has worked with sheep in intensive and extensive situations, on large and small flocks, and on several dairy sheep farms. She gained a Master’s degree in sheep behaviour from the University of Guelph in Canada in 2006, and finished her veterinary degree at Massey University in New Zealand in 2010. She worked in Taumarunui for two years before moving to the Wairarapa, where she has been since 2012.

Sara has a special interest in sheep parasites, lamb survival and causes of ill thrift in ewes. She loves getting her hands dirty – faecal egg counts and post mortems are favourite jobs. When not working she enjoys traveling, and has done volunteer work with donkeys and mules in Morocco for the British charity SPANA in 2012 and 2013.

Nicki Bramwell- Cooke

Nicki Bramwell- Cooke Rural Animal Technician

Nicki officially joined Vet Services in 2021 after completing her Rural Animal Technician course in 2020

Nicki grew up on sheep farms north of Masterton and has always had an affinity with animals, small and large. As an adult Nicki is still surrounded by a multitude of animal, they are just squeezed onto a lifestyle block, rather than a farm. The animals include Arapawa Sheep and goats which she is particularly fond of.

When Nicki is not working at the clinic she works as a primary school teacher at a local rural school. They say not to work with animals or children, but Nicki loves both! Nicki is a keen gardener who loves keeping fit, working on outdoor projects and spending time with her husband and her two children 

Amber Titchener

Amber Titchener CA Purchaser

Amber comes from a small town in Mid Canterbury. She moved to the Wairarapa in 2011. She has a BSc from Canterbury University. In her spare time she plays netball and goes tramping in the Tararuas. She has a young son and daughter and spends time at home with them when she is not working.

Her role at Vet Services is as one of our reception staff so expect to see her when you come into the clinic or hear her friendly voice if you give us a phone call.

Bec Penn

Bec Penn Reception

Bec is a passionate horse woman, with a focus on dressage She enjoys working in reception and meeting clients.
In her spare time she likes to spend time with her Husband Tim and son Jamie and walking in the hills with the dogs

Dena Hunt

Dena Hunt Receptionist

Dena is one of our friendly receptionists who will meet you at the front desk or be on the end of the phone. 

Dena has vast amount of knowledge and has many years of experience also in farming practices having run the family farm with husband Ken for many years, worked at PGG wrightsons and Farmlands and Vet clinic in Pahiatua.

When not at work Dena loves spending time at their coastal property, spending time with family or planting and devleloping their property just out of Masterton.

Shannon Mckenna

Shannon Mckenna Receptionist

Shannon is the friendly face at the counter always with a warm greeting to our clients. Shannon joined us in 2021 and has a background in sales and also Large animal experience having reared calves and shown cattle .

Kirsten O' Fee

Kirsten O' Fee Stock Manager

Kirsten grew up on an Angus stud in the Manawatu.  She completed her veterinary nursing diploma in 2012. Since then she has found her passion is in retail.  She moved to the Wairarapa in 2017 after her partner got a job on a farm in the area and she transferred from our Vet Services Napier branch.

Kirsten has a wide knowledge of all products available and experienced in farming practises, and supports the Large Animal team on a daily basis.

Currently on Maternity Leave  & in her down time she loves being outdoors with her husband Samuel and their many dogs.

Kate Southey

Kate Southey Retail Manager

Kate Southey is the  Retail Manager at Vet Services Wairarapa, grew up in the Wairarapa, attended Wairarapa College, and went on to graduate from Lincoln University in 2008.

Throughout her travels she has worked at Farmlands branches & Masterpet, covering the territory between the Wairarapa through to Gisborne. 

Kate has a strong passion for farming and rural industries and loves all aspects of farming and the outdoors. She has spent many years on the farm, until recently becoming a "townie" with unexpected life changes.

Kate in her free time can be found chasing around after her two boys Johnny and Scotty, on the hockey field, walking in the hills with her dog , getting out on farm  or riding her horse.

Michelle Corley Groomer

Michelle is one of our highly skilled groomers , doing this on Wednesday's, Thursday and Friday mornings.

Aside from the grooming Michelle assists and helps the nurses in clinic run a well oiled ship in the constant chaos of a Vet clinic 

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