BVSc: Small Animal Veterinarian
Carolyn graduated from Massey University in 1997 and spent five years working in the Deep South before embarking on an OE. A highlight of her three years overseas was six months working in rural Ethiopia as a cow and buffalo vet! Since returning to New Zealand, she and husband Keith have made Whakatane their home. Carolyn works part time at VHC while raising their three kids. She has recently completed her Master's degree with a thesis on Mycoplasma bovis in dairy cows - no small achievement! Carolyn enjoys dermatology and loves nothing better than seeing itchy cats and dogs! In her spare time she enjoys biking and helping on the Community Board.
BAgrSc(Hons): Practice Manager/Veterinary Technician
Bridget joined our clinic in 2004, working primarily as a rural animal technician. In 2006 she took on the Commercial Managers role for both clinics. Since then she has progressed into the role of Practice Manager. Bridget worked for over 10 years in the sheep and beef industry as a shepherd, casual musterer, and farm manager mainly in the Taupo and Matawai areas. She still enjoys getting out on farm doing technician work. Bridget and her 'other half' Wayne manage a sheep and beef station down on the East Cape, with most weekends being dedicated to her horses, either at home or away at competitions.
BVT: Large Animal Veterinary Technologist
Tai grew up in the Bay of Plenty and worked in our Whakatane clinic as an after school helper a few years ago now! She completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Massey University in 2018 and worked in Levin until her partner finished up his service in the New Zealand Army, and they both decided it was time to relocate 'back home', where she now works out of our Whakatane and Opotiki clinics once again! Tai brings us a wealth of experience in all things farm, and has a particular interest in lifestyle block services, dairy cattle and small animal rehabilitation. Tai is also an accredited Body Condition Scorer, and co-ordinates our Welfarm programme. Fun fact: Tai is also a volunteer firefighter at the Matata Fire Station, and has been for nine years! In her spare time you can find Tai riding her horses, at the gym, or out adventuring with her two gorgeous dogs Alfie and Maisie!