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Gore Veterinary Clinic
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PO Box 242, Gore
Phone 03 209 0101

8:00am - 5:30pm


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Dedicated to offering the highest quality veterinary medicine and working with our clients to develop optimal health plans and solutions, the Gore clinic caters to a strong dairy and sheep client base.  We also work closely with our local deer and horse clients. 

VetSouth Gore is also distinguished by providing an outstanding level of companion animal medicine and surgery. Our dedicated veterinarians offer years of experience in emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, ultrasound, dentistry, and more. The facilities and diagnostic tools we offer reflect our strong commitment to supporting a wide range of pets. Our enthusiasm is contagious- we are here because we enjoy working with our clients and their farms (and pets!).

 

 

 

The Gore team

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Veterinarians

Veterinarian

Agnes Meredith

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Veterinarian

Agnes Meredith


Veterinarian

Liz Cork

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Veterinarian

Liz Cork


Liz is one of our large animal superstar vets in the Gore clinic.
Veterinarian

Ashlin Urieli

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Veterinarian

Ashlin Urieli


Veterinarian

Marlina Lobitz

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Veterinarian

Marlina Lobitz


Caroline Walker Veterinary at Gore Vet Clinic
Veterinarian

Caroline Walker

Caroline Walker Veterinary at Gore Vet Clinic
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Veterinarian

Caroline Walker


One of our very talented vets from overseas, Caroline is a product of England and was educated at the University of Liverpool, where she gained her BVSc in 2015. In her role at VetSouth she gets to work with both large and small animals, a great mix of work and part of the appeal of working at VetSouth. A keen cook and photographer, Caroline enjoys exploring New Zealand with her partner and discovering the many hidden gems NZ has to offer.
Veterinarian

Hugh Hasselman

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Veterinarian

Hugh Hasselman


Hugh is a Massey University Veterinary Science graduate from 1979. At first he worked in North Canterbury for two years , did small animal work in the USA for one year and travelled for a year before moving to Gore in 1984 . Although starting in a mixed practice role he soon moved to solely small animal work. Hugh has a special interest in veterinary surgery , especially orthopaedics, in which field he continues to enjoy the demanding case load of companion animal pets and working dogs presented to the clinic. Hugh is a Director and the senior small animal veterinarian in VetSouth, he strives to ensure that the SA Department staff are well resourced, trained and equipped to develop the professional skills and diligence needed to provide a high standard of care to the companion animal patients.
Veterinarian

Jill Smyth

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Veterinarian

Jill Smyth


With a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (2001 University of Otago) and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (2006 Massey University), Jill uses her considerable knowledge to provide the best care for small animals. Dealing with a diverse caseload keeps her Vet skills sharp and the fabulous colleagues keep the smile on her face. Reasons to smile outside of work include her husband and three young children...along with a love for the great Kiwi outdoors.
Veterinarian

Sarah Cragg

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Veterinarian

Sarah Cragg


Maternity Leave

Sarah graduated from Massey University in 2011 and joined the VetSouth team based in Winton as a small animal veterinarian. After a few years she and her husband Dan spent 2 years travelling on their O.E., which included spending some time working for vet clinics in Yorkshire, the Scottish Central Lowlands and Fife. Despite enjoying the UK they decided to come back to the VetSouth family and are now living in Balclutha with Sarah working from the Gore clinic. She has always had a preference for small animal work, and loves the challenge and variety that a rural clinic offers. Outside of work she enjoys exploring the outdoors, tramping and photography and is excited to be starting a family in December 2017.

Veterinarian

Tina Henriksen

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Veterinarian

Tina Henriksen


After finishing her veterinary studies in Denmark, Copenhagen 2011 Tina came to New Zealand and got her accreditation at Massey University. Hereafter, she joined VetSouth initially in a mixed vet role, but is now working with companion animals including working dogs. When not at the clinic Tina helps out at the farm or is exploring the beauties of New Zealand preferably from an altitude
Veterinarian

Rosie Burkitt

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Veterinarian

Rosie Burkitt


Rosie graduated from Massey in December 2013 and joined VetSouth a month later. She grew up in Jaffa-land but welcomed the big move down to Southland. Rosie has a keen interest in all aspects of the production animal field.
Veterinarian

Claire Hunter

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Veterinarian

Claire Hunter


After leaving Massey in 2007 Claire worked as a mixed vet in southern Southland until joining the VetSouth production animal team in 2014. She hails from Te Anau and now calls Glenham home. When she’s not working she might be found on the hockey turf or being taken for a run by her dog
Veterinarian

Louise Hughes

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Veterinarian

Louise Hughes


Louise joined VetSouth after graduating from Massey University, leaving her North Island roots behind to seek the best tramping, fishing, skiing and sightseeing spots of Southland. She is doing this with husband Joel and puppy Tika in toe.

She is interested in all aspects of vet work including sheep, beef cattle, dairy, and companion animals.

Veterinarian

Christine Simons

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Veterinarian

Christine Simons


Home is with her partner on a dairy farm.  But that wasn’t always the case for Christine.  Her story started in Scotland and includes time spent at the University of Glasgow (2015 BVMS Hons).  Fast forward to today, you’ll find Christine working as a mixed vet in our Gore clinic.  There’s a particular interest in neonatal medicine.  Outside of work, tramping is the main interest, exploring the great outdoors of New Zealand. 

Veterinarian

Cecilia Landman

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Veterinarian

Cecilia Landman


Cecilia grew up on a sheep & beef farm in Waipara, North Canterbury before moving to Christchurch. She spent a few years overseas working as a physiotherapist before realising that veterinary science was where her true passion lay. She graduated from Massey in December 2016 and enjoys working with both production & companion animals. Outside of work Cece likes to get out into the hills for tramping, skiing, enjoying the Southland views and is very much enjoying getting back to her rural roots.
Veterinarian

James Stretton

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Veterinarian

James Stretton


James joined us after finishing his studies at Massey in 2016. Originally from North Canterbury, James has moved south in search of greener pastures and is looking forward to getting stuck into all aspects of production animal work. When he’s not working James enjoys the outdoors, including surfing, skiing and tramping and is enjoying exploring Southland.
Veterinarian

Alicia Kemp

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Veterinarian

Alicia Kemp


From the sun-kissed beaches of South Australia, Alicia graduated from Perth in 2016 (BSc, BVMS) before joining VetSouth in 2017. It’s team environment that keep her here, along with the variation of work between small and large animals. Downtime is spent tramping, travelling and playing netball. Home is shared with her partner, dog and cat.
Veterinarian

Penelope Hicks

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Veterinarian

Penelope Hicks


Penny was raised in Victoria, Australia being involved in the family beef and cropping farm. After completing her studies at the University of Melbourne in December 2017, she has come to Southland to pursue her interest in farm animal production and small animal medicine. She enjoys ice skating and running and is looking forward to taking up tramping in the near future.
Veterinarian

Joel Hughes

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Veterinarian

Joel Hughes


Teach a man to fish...and he’ll go fishing. Which is what Joel likes to do when not working hard as a Veterinarian at our Gore clinic. From the mighty Whakatane and educated first at Waikato University (2006 BSc) and then Massey in Palmerston North (2011 BVSc), It’s the people, region and work with sheep and deer that keep Joel happy. As do his partner, Louise and their children Olivia and Georgia. Plus Matilda the cat and Tika the dog. Ambitions for the future? Well, maybe a spot more fishing and some moonlighting as a fishing guide.
Veterinarian

Donna Hamilton

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Veterinarian

Donna Hamilton


Donna grew up on a sheep farm at Enfield (Oamaru). She now lives with husband Brett and their three boys on a 1100ha sheep and beef farm at Greenvale. Donna started at Gore Vets in 2002 as a mixed animal vet. Now Donna mostly works with sheep and beef farmers. Donna’s passion is for increasing productivity and profitability on farms.
Veterinarian

Lisa Roberts

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Veterinarian

Lisa Roberts


A graduate of Massey University (Bachelor of Veterinary Science 2010), originally Wellington born. Working as a mixed Veterinarian but with a special focus on deer, sheep and beef, it’s the relationships you get to build with clients that make it a special place to work for Lisa. At home there are two young children, Lachie and Angus, to keep her busy. Then, when time permits, travelling and exploring is a special love.
Veterinarian / Clinical Head

Bianca MacKintosh

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Veterinarian / Clinical Head

Bianca MacKintosh


Our Clinical Head (East) is also a shareholder.  More importantly, Bianca is also a true local and is Southland born and bred.  She popped away to the North Island and Massey University to gain a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (2006) before returning to the mainland and joining VetSouth.  It’s here where concentrates on large animals, with a special interest in dairy reproduction and herd health.  At home there is husband, Dan plus daughter, Isla.  Let’s not forget Hudson the cat though.  Outside of all that, it's about relaxing with friends and playing sport. 

Veterinarian / Clinical Head Companion Animals

Oliver Young

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Veterinarian / Clinical Head Companion Animals

Oliver Young


Olly graduated from Glasgow University, Scotland in 1991. After a couple of years working in mixed practice he moved to Hong Kong to set up a companion animal clinical. The following years saw Olly working in Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. In 1997 he immigrated to New Zealand with his kiwi wife and shortly afterwards set up a Companion Animal practice in Ponsonby, Auckland. He sat his examination for Membership of the Australian Veterinary Scientists in Emergency and Critical Care in 2001. In 2006 he moved to Central Otago with his two young children for the lifestyle and shortly after started work at Vetsouth in Gore.

In 2017 Olly took on the role of Small Animal Clinical Leader at Vetsouth. A role that provides an overview of all the companion animal services at Vetsouth. He is interested in all aspects of clinical work and strives to ensure that all the staff and clinics are well resourced with equipment, continuing education and resources to ensure that our clients and patients have the best possible care.

Veterinarian / Managing Director

Vince Sharp

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Veterinarian / Managing Director

Vince Sharp


Vincent has been working at VetSouth Gore since 1998 after making the big move north from Invercargill. Vince’s strong interest in production animal health has suited the high producing potential of the Gore area. His particular interest in dairy production and herd health fits in well with running the dairy side of the Gore and West Otago vet clinics. Vincent is a director of VetSouth Ltd.

Vet technicians

Team Leader/Veterinary Technician

Mel Pierce

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Team Leader/Veterinary Technician

Mel Pierce


Mel grew up on a local sheep and beef farm; which eventually converted to a dairy farm. Mel has always had a keen interest in large animals and farming. She gained 3 years of dairy experience before she started at VetSouth in October 2014 as a Vet Tech. In Mel’s spare time she enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, netball and walking her dog.
Veterinary Technician

Nikaitla Robertson

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Veterinary Technician

Nikaitla Robertson


Born and bred in Invercargill, Nikaitla graduated with merit from Telford in 2017 with a Diploma of Rural Veterinary Technician. Nikaitla has been with VetSouth, working as a Vet Tech, since April 2018.
Veterinary Technician

Jackie Dennis

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Veterinary Technician

Jackie Dennis


Jackie grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Southland. Before heading to Massey University and graduating in 2015 with a Bachelors of Veterinary Technology. Jackie worked at Remarkable Vets as a Vet Nurse after graduating before coming to work at VetSouth as a large animal Technician in May 2016 and also helping out as a small animal nurse when required.

Support staff

Technical Analyst / Project Co-ordinator

Jennie McGrattan

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Technical Analyst / Project Co-ordinator

Jennie McGrattan


Accounts Administrator

Joan Sivertsen

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Accounts Administrator

Joan Sivertsen


Having been a staff member of the Vet clinic since 1987 I have seen many changes. From early beginnings in the old clinic to the brand new clinic in 2002. From Gore Veterinary Supplies to VetSouth Limited. I have a very busy position as Account Administrator and one I enjoy very much. I enjoy working as part of the team at Vetsouth Ltd with all other staff. A great bunch to work with.
Cleaner

Liz Richardson

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Cleaner

Liz Richardson


East Farm Services Lead

Angela Nicholson

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East Farm Services Lead

Angela Nicholson


Farm Services Administrator

Katie Robinson

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Farm Services Administrator

Katie Robinson


gemma sloan human resources manager
HR Advisor

Gemma Sloane

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HR Advisor

Gemma Sloane


Gemma joined VetSouth in 2012 and has worked in various HR related roles since 2005. Born in Christchurch, but having spent her last years of high school at Northern Southland College, she is happy to be back in the area, and considers Southland home. Outside of work interests include camping trips, theatre and waterskiing in the summer holidays!

 

IS Trainer/Facilitator

Stephanie Smith

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IS Trainer/Facilitator

Stephanie Smith


Operations Coordinator

Michelle Davers

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Operations Coordinator

Michelle Davers


Michelle grew up locally on a sheep farm at Brydone and Waimumu. Michelle started with Gore Vets in 1996 and has been employed in a variety of roles within VetSouth including retail, customer services, vet nursing and more recently as the Operations Manager at VetSouth Gore. Outside of work Michelle is busy with her family, which includes two boys of 15 & 13 and a lifestyle block.

 

 

Product Procurement Data Analyst

Lauren Voysey

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Product Procurement Data Analyst

Lauren Voysey


Veterinary nurses

Head Veterinary Nurse

Megan Irvine

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Head Veterinary Nurse

Megan Irvine


From Wyndham but now residing in Gore, Megan was educated at Menzies college, followed by the Southern Institute of Technology where she gained a diploma in Veterinary Nursing (2011). Now occupying the role of Head Veterinary Nurse, she enjoys being involved in the major surgeries and more complex treatments. Spare time is all about relaxation. Well, not all. There’s the part ownership in a race horse, partner David, 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 galahs, 2 japanese quale and 2 finches to stop her from kicking back. As for the future - it’s all about VetSouth and continuing to lead a team of exceptional nurses.
Veterinary Nurse

Kendyl Richmond

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Veterinary Nurse

Kendyl Richmond


Veterinary Nurse

Michaela Blair

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Veterinary Nurse

Michaela Blair


Veterinary Nurse

Seori McGown

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Veterinary Nurse

Seori McGown


Veterinary Nurse

Sarah Herbert

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Veterinary Nurse

Sarah Herbert


Veterinary Nurse

Madison Hamilton-Dyett

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Veterinary Nurse

Madison Hamilton-Dyett


Veterinary Nurse

Nicole Hewitson

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Veterinary Nurse

Nicole Hewitson


Veterinary Nurse

Monique Anderson

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Veterinary Nurse

Monique Anderson


Veterinary Nurse

Dale Johnstone

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Veterinary Nurse

Dale Johnstone


Straight out of Tokanui, Dale got her diploma in Veterinary Nursing from Otago Polytechnic. Dale says the thing about VetSouth is the great team environment and constant learning that keep things fresh. Home life consists of her husband, 2 teenagers, 2 cats and a hedgehog. Yes, really…a hedgehog.

Retail/Customer services

Customer Services

Rochelle Shaw

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Customer Services

Rochelle Shaw


Customer Services

Bernie Agnew

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Customer Services

Bernie Agnew


Customer Services

Julie Evans

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Customer Services

Julie Evans


Customer Services

Judith Kinaston

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Customer Services

Judith Kinaston


Judith is one of those valuable employees who can turn her hand to any job needed. She covers reception duties in the morning then without so much as a phone booth to change in she jumps into the VetSouth Ltd batmobile and drives to Tapanui with the supplies required for the efficient running of that branch. She covers the lunch break there and then returns to Gore where you can then find her working in the shop for the afternoon.
Customer Services

Cameron Osborne

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Customer Services

Cameron Osborne


Cameron has recently joined the retail sector, and has a background in hospitality. His spare time is spent outdoors, hunting with the Eastern Southland Hunt Club.
On Farm Sales

Dave Mackenzie

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On Farm Sales

Dave Mackenzie


Dave MacKenzie was brought up on a small lifestyle block and has always had a strong passion for animals and farming. He has worked on various farms in Southland and South Otago and completed a mustering season in the ‘Kimberlys’ in Western Australia. The last 2 ½ years David has worked for Advance Agriculture Ltd as their store man. His hobbies include fishing, duck shooting, fire brigade, young farmers, friends and family and of course a good ole BBQ and a few beers. David is looking forward to meeting new clients and catching up with the old ones.

 

On Farm Sales Rep

Retail Manager

Corrina Bruce

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Retail Manager

Corrina Bruce


Corina is really enjoying being back in Gore where she was born and breed. She has spent the last 12 years living in Heriot, West Otago with her husband Jason and their son Reuben who is 12. Corina has been working on a casual basis mainly involving sheep and beef farming around Heriot. They have recently purchased their own 40 acres handy to Gore.