The Vet Services Wairarapa Team
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.
Jacques was born and raised in South Africa. In 1987 he qualified as a vet from the University of Pretoria and completed 2 years of military service after that. He then opened a mixed animal practice in the Western Cape, which he sold after 12 years, to move to New Zealand.
Jacques joined the Chapel St Vet Centre, now Vet Services Wairarapa, in September 2002 working mainly as a small animal vet with a special interest in Orthopedic surgery.
He is married to Debbie and has 2 daughters, Kay-Anne and Nicki. When given the opportunity, Jacques enjoys either getting out tramping or going fishing.
Sarah Wolland 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 with her husband Tim 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 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 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.
Naya Brangenberg BSc BSc MSc DVM hails from USA originally but is now a NZ citizen.
Naya is a locum veterinarian with a wide range of interests but particularly loves giant breed dogs as she has Great Danes and a lovely rescued St. Bernard. Naya and her husband Jeremy have a lifestyle block in Longbush and also run Longbush Free Range Pork.
Naya spent several years in mixed small animal practice before moving to work for Ministry for Primary Industries for 10 years before returning to practice. From her time in government work Naya has special interests and experience in animal welfare and veterinary epidemiology.
When not working at Vet Services Wairarapa Naya works at other local veterinary practices and the SPCA - Masterton. Naya has speyed and neutered over 150 animals through the SPCA caravan so far in 2019 and will continue to do so as there remains a need for this service.
In her spare time Naya is a keen gardener and cheese maker. Naya milks her Jersey cows and now has dairy goats as well. She has cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, dogs, cats, geese, chickens, and has owned ducks, guinea pigs, parrots, rats and mice - you name it!
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.
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 Brownie, reading and also spends time developing her lifestyle block on the outskirts of Masterton.
Sarah has been employed with us since 2012, starting at Chapel Street Vets and continuing on to Vet Services Wairarapa.
She is born and bred locally in the Wairarapa, completing her secondary education at Wairarapa Collage. From there she moved to Invercargill where she spent 3 years working on a dairy farm, before shifting to Dunedin to complete her veterinary nursing studies at Otago Polytechnic.
Sarah is an enthusiastic animal lover, who is keenly interested in small animal infectious disease cases and small animal paediatrics. At home she has Eddie, a 3 year old British Bulldog and two cats, Desmond and Ruby.
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.
Justine is our resident groomer, working on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s. She has had 13 years experience in the veterinary field doing a bit of everything from vet nursing, reception and of course grooming.
Justine lives on a lifestyle block which she has managed to fill with a variety of animals and is a keen horse rider in her spare time.
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.
Dawn moved to the Wairarapa 10 years ago from Whangarei. She has had 11 years experience working in vet clinics and her main role with us is receptionist, she is that smiley face who greets you either on the phone or when you arrive in the clinic. Dawn enjoys the variety this position offers.
She has a daughter who is currently studying at university and any spare time Dawn may have is spent reading or enjoying the outdoors.
Emma joined the Vet Services Wairarapa team when we moved to the Lincoln Road location. She has two National Certificates in Business Administration and Computing and a background in the administration field. Emma is enjoying new challenges and loves being part of the team.
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 is currently covering our large animal retail section, she has a wide knowledge of all products available and experienced in farming practises.
In her down time she loves being outdoors with her partner and their many dogs.
Kate Southey, the new 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 both the Masterton and Taihape Farmlands branches & for the past three years has worked for Masterpet, covering the territory between the Wairarapa through to Gisborne. This was promoting Eukanuba and Iams into vet clinics and pet stores.
Kate lives locally in the Wainuioru district on her husband's family sheep & Beef farm, Glenlean & Atea. She has a strong passion for farming and rural industries and loves the outdoors. Kate is an avid and keen participant in the equestrian and hockey scene so this is usually where you will find her at the weekend.
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