Catching up with Lis Zeestraten

Lis Zeestraten

Tell us a small bit about your background?

I grew up in Dunedin and had a strong interest in agriculture. I studied a Bachelor of Agriscience and then worked on a farm. After that, I moved to Omarama to work for Vetlife. Moving to Marama for work also worked with my other passion - flying glider aeroplanes.

I worked for Vetlife in the McKenzie Region for five and a half years then for another two years in their dairy consultancy business. We moved south to contract milk and began working for VetSouth in 2019 as the West Retail Lead. This year I have moved into the West Practice Manager role.

What is your new role at VetSouth and what does it entail?

As the West Practice Manager, I oversee the Winton, Lumsden and Otautau clinics. We aim to get things moving as smoothly and efficiently as possible for both staff and our fantastic clients. 

What does a perfect weekend look like for you?

The perfect weekend is being at home, outside with the animals and my husband getting things done. Followed by dinner or catching up with all our family, especially the nieces and nephews. 

With running an essential service throughout a pandemic, what do you do to look after your mental health?

An essential service through a pandemic is busy! I try to look after my mental health by trying to make my time as efficient as possible so I have some spare time to actively relax. By helping others where I can, but then also making time to do something for myself outside. 

A quote that motivates you.

Where there is a will there's a way.

- Lis Zeestraten


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