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Winton Vet clinic
PO Box 12, Winton
Phone 03 236 6090
Monday to Friday: 8am – 5:30pm

After hours & emergency 03 236 6090

Our Winton clinic services all species. Traditionally heavily focussed on sheep and deer, we have retained a deep interest and strong expertise in these species. However, as the dairy industry has expanded in Southland we have developed a significant leading role in the management of large herds and in animal health amongst complex farm businesses. We have developed specialised mastitis and milk quality services which are second to none in the South Island. We have a strong research team, with a superb team of research technicians and specialists allowing us to be the only South Island Veterinary clinic performing large scale field trials on all aspects of dairy animal health.

The Winton clinic works alongside our Otautau and Lumsden clinics to service this large area. Our team is passionate about delivering excellent animal health; effective, hard working and fun. We work well together and closely with our clients. Our team is highly specialised, and our tech team has allowed us to broaden our services to all areas of farm production.

The Winton team

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Veterinarians

Veterinarian

Emily Chisholm

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Veterinarian

Emily Chisholm


Veterinarian

Tom Essink

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Veterinarian

Tom Essink


Veterinarian

Richelle Eger

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Veterinarian

Richelle Eger


Veterinarian

Femke Bluemink

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Veterinarian

Femke Bluemink


With a Master of Science: Farm Animal Health & Public Health (2018) from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht, Netherlands, Femke has been with VetSouth since July 2018 as a large animal vet. Femke undertakes all sorts of large animal work but confesses to a love of dairy. Outside of work, New Zealand is for exploring. Not to mention a good glass of wine with friends. Or even a competitive game of football for Winton FC.
Veterinarian Angela Wright Winton Vet Clinic
Veterinarian

Angela Wright

Veterinarian Angela Wright Winton Vet Clinic
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Veterinarian

Angela Wright


Veterinarian

Neil Hume

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Veterinarian

Neil Hume


An elder statesman of VetSouth, Neil has been here since the beginning and is one of the original 7 shareholders.   Hailing from Northumberland, England (he still has the accent) Neil graduated from Edinburgh in 1988 (BVM&S).  Specialising in Cows (his car number plate is ‘COWDR’), Neil is well known for his expertise and knowledge, particularly in fertility and scanning.  Less so for his golf swing, which is how he spends his spare time, along with going to the gym and spending time with his wife and 3 children.  What’s kept Neil at VetSouth for so long?  He puts it down to “the people, the environment and the vibe”.

Veterinarian

Hayden Dore

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Veterinarian

Hayden Dore


A local Southland boy, hailing from Isla Bank, Hayden has been with VetSouth since October 2006 and is a shareholder in the company. Since graduating from Massey in 2004 (BVSc), Hayden has mostly worked as a large animal vet, specialising in dairy. And some of this work has been alongside his Veterinarian wife, Sunita. Away from work, simply hanging out with his wife and 2 children is what brings enjoyment. As does keeping fit, spearfishing and hunting (deer and tahr). The future? To stay healthy and bring up the children to be good human beings.
Veterinarian

Sunita McGrath

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Veterinarian

Sunita McGrath


Originally from Sydney, Sunita attended Massey University, where she met Hayden (now her husband and fellow shareholder at VetSouth) and gained her BVSc.  A large animal vet, Sunita has been with VetSouth since the early days.  The appeal (apart from Hayden being here) is in the great people, in a pretty area with no traffic.  Outside of work is just as busy.  There’s horse riding, show horses, painting, crocheting, baking, running and making things look pretty.  There’s also the husband, 2 kids, 1 cat, 4 dogs, 5 horses, 1 yak, 1 deer, 1 goat...and a few more animals.  Once all that is done and tended to?  Then it’s time complete a diploma in interior design.  Phew.

Veterinarian

Sara Berryman

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Veterinarian

Sara Berryman


Imported from Australia, Sara is a shareholder in VetSouth and has been with the team since the early days. A graduate of Massey University in 2006 (BVSc), Sara spends her time focused on dairy cows and small animals. Keeping Sara at VetSouth is the awesome team and clients. Keeping her busy at home is a (very patient) husband, 2 children, cows, sheep, goats, chickens and a cat. To relax, there’s a bit of tramping, the odd game of squash….and a love of a good social event.
Veterinarian

Keryn Cresswell

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Veterinarian

Keryn Cresswell


Home has been a few places for Keryn, going to school in NZ, Rarotonga and Samoa. This was followed by time at Massey to get a Vet Degree, before heading off to James Cook University in Townsville for some post-grad work. This gives Keryn the impressive qualifications of BVSC 1992, MTVSc 2000 and PhD 2007. But what’s more impressive is her work as a Large Animal vet, focusing mostly on dairy (although she has a soft spot for Alpacas).
Veterinarian

Briar Cooper

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Veterinarian

Briar Cooper


‘Brizzle’ has been with VetSouth since graduating from Massey in 2014. A large animal vet, it’s the ‘cool peeps’ at VetSouth make it a fun place to work. Life out of work is taken up with skiing, eating and travelling.
Veterinarian

Theo Wieggers

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Veterinarian

Theo Wieggers


Theo graduated from Utrecht University (NL) in 2012. After graduation he went to New Zealand to start pursuing his dream of working as a large animal vet. Together with Elena he moved to Southland in the winter of 2015. Theo predominantly works as a dairy cow vet. IN his time off he enjoys hunting, fishing, boating and socialising.
Veterinarian

Charlotte Gibson-Smith

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Veterinarian

Charlotte Gibson-Smith


On Maternity leave.
Veterinarian

Liesbet Leenknegt

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Veterinarian

Liesbet Leenknegt


Veterinarian

Tiffany Jooste

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Veterinarian

Tiffany Jooste


A graduate of the University of Queensland in 2017 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons), Tiff hails from sunny Brisbane. Since joining VetSouth in early 2018, her specialties are large animals but she regularly covers on the small animals clinics for a dose of cute cats and dogs. As for downtime, that’s taken up with mountain bike riding, skiing, camping...and tramping with 2 beloved kelpie cross’ that came across from Australia with her.
Veterinarian / Clinical Head / Director

Georgette Wouda

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Veterinarian / Clinical Head / Director

Georgette Wouda


Veterinarian, Shareholder, Director, Dairy Farmer & Mother - Georgette is one busy Dutch lady. Coming to VetSouth via the University of Utrecht (2003 DVM) Georgette has been with VetSouth since July 2016 and is currently our Clinical Head (West). Spending most of her time with dairy cattle, there is a special interest in ruminant nutrition and dairy farming systems. An active relaxer, the great New Zealand outdoors is a playground to Georgette, partner Dave and two children, Liam and Amelie. Running, biking and watersports are enjoyed by all, as is Georgette’s cooking and skill in the garden. Then there’s the 300 cows in their Lely robotic dairy.
Veterinarian / Epidemiologist

Elena Knupfer

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Veterinarian / Epidemiologist

Elena Knupfer


Elena graduated from Utrecht University (NL) in 2013. She decided to follow Theo to New Zealand and started working as a mixed vet in the North Island. Together they moved to Southland in the middle of 2015. Besides working as a mixed vet Elena has strong interest in epidemiology. Outside work Elena loves the outdoors: tramping, boating, climbing, skiing etc, and she doesn’t like to miss out on a good party either.
Veterinarian / Managing Director

Mark Bryan

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Veterinarian / Managing Director

Mark Bryan


Mark qualified from Glasgow in 1988, and spent the next seven years moving between intensive dairy practice in the North of England and climbing mountains. A stint in New Zealand convinced him that this was the best place to do both, so in 1995 he moved to the Waikato in the North Island.

In 1997 he moved South to head up the dairy side of Central Southland Vets in Winton. He became a director in 2001 by which time the practice had doubled in vet numbers and quadrupled in dairy farm numbers. In 2005 Winton and Gore vets joined to form VetSouth, in an attempt to create a well-resourced clinic environment with top clients that would attract and retain the best vets in the country.

In 2004 Mark gained his Masters in Epidemiology, and whilst still leading the dairy side of VetSouth, he now splits his time with heading the research group within VetSouth. His role is 50% clinical; 50% research; and 50% management…He is also an executive member of the Society of Dairy Cattle Vets in New Zealand; has a share in a 600 cow dairy farm; and at home runs 1800 sheep and 3 kids on 400 acres.

Creating VetSouth was all about elevating rural vet practice; the belief that just because we live a long way away from things farmers shouldn’t receive second rate veterinary services. To that end, VetSouth continues to develop and innovate and attempt to work with some of the best farmers in the country to add value.

He has climbed all over the world, including 4 expeditions to the Himalayas, and first ascents in South America and Antarctica. These trips formed a large part of his early travels and public presentations. Nowadays his travels are more concerned with presenting at conferences rather than climbing mountains.

Visiting UK Vet

Lisa Morgans

Visiting UK Vet

Lisa Morgans


Lisa Morgans is livestock veterinarian and head of precision livestock at Innovation for Agriculture - a UK charity that helps farmers use and apply research and technology on farm. Lisa has a PhD from Bristol University where she investigated a farmer-led approach to reducing antimicrobial use on farm and now advocates a bottom-up approach to change in farming.

Vet technicians

Team Leader/Veterinary Technician

Mandy Trevathan

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Team Leader/Veterinary Technician

Mandy Trevathan


Hailing from the mighty Tarras in Central Otago. Mandy joined us in 2014, her role as Veterinary Technician Team Leader keeps her busy….and it’s the great team and family feel at VetSouth that makes it all worthwhile.  Downtime is spent in the great outdoors, on the farm, riding horses or playing rugby for Mossburn Hinds.  At home, there’s Anthony and Gus the beagle, plus 6 x working dogs.

Vet Tech

Alice Sherratt

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Vet Tech

Alice Sherratt


Veterinary Technician

Vicki Jensen

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Veterinary Technician

Vicki Jensen


Veterinary Technician

Laura Dalzel

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Veterinary Technician

Laura Dalzel


A Winton native, Laura has been with VetSouth as a Vet Tech since 2018. And it’s a fun job too…”working with a great bunch of people and always having the opportunity to try new things”. Laura enjoys working with dairy cows. And at home, she enjoys spending time with her cat.
Veterinary Technician

Gillian Swinton

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Veterinary Technician

Gillian Swinton


One of a number of Scots at VetSouth, Gill is a key member of the Vet Tech Team at the Winton Clinic. She says that the team is ‘pretty awesome...and someone is always around to teach you something new and I get to see all different parts of Southland”. Snowboarding, hiking, fishing and biking fills up her spare time.
Veterinary Technician

Katie McLeod

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Veterinary Technician

Katie McLeod


Katie grew up in the Otapiri Gorge on a sheep and beef farm. She then studied in Invercargill doing the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing, graduating in 2014. Katie enjoys working with both large and small animals, she loves the outdoors and getting together with her friends.
Veterinary Technician

Brittany Buchanan

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Veterinary Technician

Brittany Buchanan


One of Tuatapere’s finest, Brittany was educated at Southland Girls. Since joining VetSouth in 2014 she’s completed her Certificate in Dairy Knowledge through Telford and has been a key member of the excellent Veterinary Tech Team. The reason for staying around is because Brittany gets to work with “a great bunch of people. And if course, I love the work with large animals”. Time out of work is shared with her partner and 4 dogs (Neeva, Jess, Indy and Tess). And being in Southland, there’s the beauty of nature to enjoy with walks and hikes. Not to mention for passion for netball. And socialising!
Veterinary Technician

Tiarna Smith

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Veterinary Technician

Tiarna Smith


Tiarna is from Southland where she grew up around sheep and beef farms. She started work at VetSouth as a Vet Tech in January 2014 after completing her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through SIT in 2013.

When not working Tiarna enjoys getting outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

Veterinary Technician

Janelle Healy

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Veterinary Technician

Janelle Healy


Veterinary Technician

Kaitlyn Wright

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Veterinary Technician

Kaitlyn Wright


Born in Taumaranui but raised in sunny Nelson, Kaitlyn found her way to VetSouth in January 2018. This wasn’t long after gaining a Diploma of Rural Veterinary Technicians from Telford. The appeal of VetSouth for Kaitlyn is “the team and how nice everyone is”. Life outside VetSouth is very busy Kaitlyn has a 20 acre lifestyle block with Belted Galloway cows that she plans to breed from, plus there’s a few sheep. Luckily, there’s help at hand in the form of Reign and Blake the Border Collies, along with Cooper the Jack Russell. The cats, Frankie and Milly, are probably less help.
Veterinary Technician

Stephanie Allison

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Veterinary Technician

Stephanie Allison


A teacher by trade (Otago University, Bachelor of Teaching), Stephanie decided it was much more fun working with animals rather than children, joining VetSouth as a Vet Tech. When she’s not out and about on farm, Stephanie can be found playing squash, doing jigsaw puzzles or enjoying cuddles with Gypsy the Cat.

Support staff

Accounts Administrator

Claudia Orchard

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Accounts Administrator

Claudia Orchard


Accounts Administrator

Elizabeth Blomfield

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Accounts Administrator

Elizabeth Blomfield


Assistant Accountant

Ben McGimpsey

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Assistant Accountant

Ben McGimpsey


A Southland boy, the VetSouth Finance Manager is certainly well qualified, with a BCom Accounting, BA Philosophy and BSc Psychology. Ben is responsible for keeping the finances in order and the company in the black. When not staring at complex spreadsheets that no-one else understands, Ben plays the saxophone, is an avid cricket fan and enjoys a spot of diving for Paua.
Business Analyst

Julia Johns

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Business Analyst

Julia Johns


On Maternity leave. Julia graduated from Lincoln University in 2007 with a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science. She has spent the last 2 years working in the United Kingdom and has now settled in Southland. She is originally from a sheep and beef farm in Cave, South Canterbury.
Cleaner

Christine Shaw

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Cleaner

Christine Shaw


Data Owner

Geoff Hay

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Data Owner

Geoff Hay


Peter Moono Veterinary Winton Vet Clinic
Epidemiologist

Peter Moono

Peter Moono Veterinary Winton Vet Clinic
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Epidemiologist

Peter Moono


Farm Services Administrator

Kendall Kilpatrick

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Farm Services Administrator

Kendall Kilpatrick


Head of Client Services

Rachel Lock

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Head of Client Services

Rachel Lock


HR Advisor

Wendy Metcalfe

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HR Advisor

Wendy Metcalfe


An Invercargill native, Wendy was educated in Invercargill and Dunedin, gaining a 2012 B App Mgmt and 2018 Dip in Health & Safety. Wendy says her role as HR Manager never has a dull moment. A spot of gardening and watching sport is the out of work agenda, made all the more pleasurable with the company of her husband and 26 year old son (although it may be possible he’s welcome to leave the family home if he wants to). As for the future? Simply to be happy and enjoy life.
IS Technical Support

Narendra Varma

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IS Technical Support

Narendra Varma


Narendra Varma joins VetSouth Ltd as an IT Technical support, based in Winton. Narendra and his wife moved to Invercargill from India so she can undertake tertiary studies at SIT. Prior to leaving India, he had 10 Years’ experience working in a help desk capacity at GcomSupport (Mumbai). In Narendra’s spare time he likes to go to the gym to work out.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Carey Buchanan

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Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Carey Buchanan


Originally from the sandy beaches of Timaru, Carey joined the VetSouth Winton clinic in 2011 after spending 8 years in Queenstown in various roles from Personal Training to Wedding Planning!

Outside of work hobbies include snowboarding, wakeboarding and wine tasting!  Interesting fact, although she lives on a sheep farm, Carey is allergic to wool and doesn't like lamb.

Operations Coordinator

Krista Farley

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Operations Coordinator

Krista Farley


Technical Adviser

Debra McCorkindale

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Technical Adviser

Debra McCorkindale


West Farm Services Lead

Robecca Richardson

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West Farm Services Lead

Robecca Richardson


Born in Invercargill and educated at the SIT, Robecca heads up our West Farm Services Team. Always busy, it’s the wonderful people and variety of work that make the job enjoyable for our Becs. Life outside VetSouth is consumed by running, playing soccer and spending time with her son, Kayden.

Veterinary nurses

Veterinary Nurse

Jennifer Lowther

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Veterinary Nurse

Jennifer Lowther


Veterinary Nurse

Jeni Watts

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Veterinary Nurse

Jeni Watts


After graduating with her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from SIT, Jeni joined our practice in 2010. Jeni hails from Cheshire, England and has lived in New Zealand for 17 years. As a Vet Nurse, Jeni takes care of the small animal patients from when they are admitted, during surgery, and afterwards until ready to be discharged, as well as a wide range of other duties.
During her spare time Jeni enjoys badmington and trout fishing.

Retail/Customer services

Customer Services

Anne-Marie Fulton

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Customer Services

Anne-Marie Fulton


Inventory Lead

Tegan Sutherland

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Inventory Lead

Tegan Sutherland


A bigger house for the ‘fur babies’ is the future requirement for our Tegan. That’s because she shares her home with husband, Damien, along with 5 cats, 2 labradors and a Giant Flemish rabbit. Her space at work is shared with the rest of the Winton retail team. The fast pace of the Inventory coordinator role Tegan has held since 2018 is what keeps Tegan around, as do the people. Tegan has a National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing and enjoys clay bird shooting, the garden and sled dog racing in her spare time.
Project Development Coordinator (Companion Animal)

Stephanie Litchwark

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Project Development Coordinator (Companion Animal)

Stephanie Litchwark


Steph is originally from the Waikato but came down to Invercargill to study the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing and has been working at VetSouth since 2011. Steph enjoys running the Puppy Pre School programme and has several pets on the weight loss programme offered at VetSouth. In her spare time she relief milks cows and enjoys walking her dog.
Retail Advisor

Jim Lambie

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Retail Advisor

Jim Lambie


Jim has been with VetSouth for 23years, he is the all round handy man with a great knowledge of all products and clients. All ways there to lend a hand Jim enjoys spending time with his family and is religious golf player.
Retail Lead - West

Lis Rietveld

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Retail Lead - West

Lis Rietveld


Retail Support Co-Coordinator

Casey Allison

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Retail Support Co-Coordinator

Casey Allison


Casey originally from South Otago was brought up on a sheep & beef property in Clydevale. She has worked on a sheep/deer/beef property as well as a dairy farm during the calving season. She then moved to Wanaka where she completed her certificate in Rural Animal Technology via correspondence while working at Aspiring Vets. She enjoys working in the rural industry & in her spare time enjoys horse ridding & trips to Central for a bit of Water Skiing.