Principal

  • Dr Chris Peterson

    BVSc MACVSc: Principal Veterinarian/Owner

    Chris has worked here for an undisclosed but significant number of years, having previously worked in Tauranga, the Manawatu and at Massey University. He has a particular interest in Equine and Dairy work, but covers all areas of the business. Chris performs Pre-Purchase Exams for horses and is a fully accredited Body Condition Scorer. Chris has a passion for horses both work related and recreationally. He enjoys hunting his horses through the winter and travels about the country showjumping in the summer. Chris and his wife Gillian now live in Whakatane with their two beautiful young girls and many pets.

Vets
  • Dr Sandra Hegh

    BVSc: Veterinarian

    Sandy has been here since the early 90’s! She is primarily a dairy vet however she is a very experienced orthopaedic surgeon and does all the orthopaedic surgeries for both clinics. Horses and dogs are Sandys other passions and she has accumulated a few of both. She is a keen tally-ho hunter during the winter and is kept busy training her young horses throughout the year.

  • Dr Joanne Allan

    BVSc: Veterinarian

    Jo started in Opotiki on the 1st of June 1999, she enjoys small animal medicine and surgery although she covers farm calls as required. Jo is a breeder of Belgian Shepherds and has a very keen interest in all facets of dog training, obedience, agility and breed showing. She loves competing with her dogs and tending to her lovely farm plot in Opotiki.

  • Dr Gillian Hogarth

    BVMS MRCVS: Veterinarian

    Gillian (Mrs Boss) is from a Dairy farm in Ayrshire (west coast of Scotland) and studied at Glasgow University, working in Scotland and Northern England after graduating as a dairy/small animal vet. She was involved in the control and eradication of the Foot and Mouth outbreak of 2001. Gillian discovered New Zealand working as a locum in Opotiki and has since decided to make it her home with husband Chris. Due to motherhood Gillian works part time doing mainly small animal consults and surgery.

  • Dr Ben Miller

    BVSc: Veterinarian

    Ben is our senior dairy vet in Whakatane, and his main interest is dairy cows. Ben also works out of the Opotiki clinic a couple of days a week. He is currently completing a course in Advanced Dairy Production Systems, is an accredited body condition scorer and is InCalf trained so is a wealth of dairy knowledge. He also claims to be a fully certified disbudding and teatseal insertion specialist! In his spare time Ben is an avid fisherman and keen surfer. Along with his wife and 3 young children Ben lives in Ohope and loves summers at the beach with the kids.

  • Sally Gummer

    BVSc: Veterinarian

    Has worked in Whakatane since 2000 after working in a range of places including Waiuku, North Shore and Te Puke. She enjoys all aspects of small animal work and has been a mentor to many young vets through the practice. Sally and her husband Ron are kept busy with their Matata lifestyle block and their two children who are high level competitive rowers.

  • Heather Wise

    Veterinarian

    Heather is originally from Canada but has been working in New Zealand for a number of years as a mixed Veterinarian with a dairy focus. She coordinates a lot of our animal health programmes in Whakatane and is handy in all fields of the job. She and her husband Bruce who is farming in the region live conveniently between the two clinics so she spends Mondays and Thursdays in Opotiki and the rest of the week in Whakatane.

  • Anna Cochrane

    BVMS MRCVS: Veterinarian

    Anna gained her qualifications from Glasgow, Scotland. From then until 2003, when she came to New Zealand she worked in a Mixed Practice in the Derry/Donegal area of Ireland. Her main interest were in Sheep and Beef production, however she is a mixed practice Vet in Whakatane and due to motherhood (she got a bit carried away with 4 children) she mainly does part time small animal work which gives her time at home to enjoy her kids but you will also catch her afterhours. Anna is married to Charles and they live on a small lifestyle block out of Waimana. Outside of work Anna enjoys most sports especially playing soccer and hockey and looking after her menagerie of animals/children.

  • Ashley Graham

    BVSc: Veterinarian

    After graduating from Massey Ashley returned to her home town of Whakatane to join our team. 

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  • Carolyn Hamill

    BVSc: Veterinarian

     

Practice Manager

  • Bridget Malcolm

    BAgrSc(Hons): Practice Manager/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 manages a life style block at Ohiwa which runs sheep, beef and horses, with most weekends being dedicated to her horses, either at home or away at competitions.

Support Staff - Whakatane
  • Rebecca Wright

    Vet Nurse

    Bex is our senior vet nurse and finds the job highly rewarding as she loves seeing people's pets go home happy and healthy. She moved to the BOP from Hamilton in 2007 and is a central part of our companion animal team with her years of experience, excellent handling abilities and great initiative. She has a young son named Thomas and another on the way for 2016 so we are looking after her well

     

     

     

    Pippa Moon 

    Vet nurse / Vet Technician

     

     

    Kayla Anderson

    Vet nurse / reception

  • Jude Anderson

    Reception/Retail Sales

    Jude welcomes you at the clinic in the mornings until 12pm and can be relied on to help out with all things especially having a good time. Jude and her husband Mike live at Taneatua on a lifestyle block with fig trees, cattle and horses.

  • Melanie Goodburn

    Administration

    Mel works mornings in the office and keeps tabs on our extensive pile of paper work. She has just come back to work after having her second beautiful baby with husband Steve.

  • Lisa Ross

    Vet Nurse/Technician/Reception

    Lisa joined our team in early 2010 as a qualified vet nurse, gaining her Certificate in Vet Nursing from Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. Originally from Opotiki, Lisa and her husband and young baby now live in Whakatane. Although she took a short break from work recently due to motherhood she is back, to lend a hand in many fields including rural technician work and managing the pet shop (and keeping Charlie happy).

  • Olivia Mexted

    Reception

    Raised in the Eastern Bay, on a dairy farm in Waimana, Olivia joins us having completed her Bachelor of Tourism Management at Victoria University in Wellington. Since returning to the Bay Olivia has also volunteered in the Whakatane community, including the SPCA, Blind Foundation, and Theatre Whakatane. Apart from her passion for animals, which serves her well in the clinic, Olivia has a long-standing passion for dance.

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Support Staff - Opotiki
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    Isobel Rau

    Vet Nurse

    Isobel joined our team in 2020.  After studying and working as a Vet Technician in the South Island, she is happy to be based in Opotiki, not far from her familys sheep, beef and deer farm in Matawai.

  • Allister Watson

    Commercial Sales/Technical Support

    Allister (also known as the “drench guy”) joined our team in 2009. He has a farming background including drystock, dairy and even pig farming! In more recent years Allister has been a car salesman. He lends a strong helping hand during spring, working with the vets at disbudding time, and also as part of the dry cow/teatseal insertion team in autumn. A true local, Allister enjoys rugby, league and cricket and spending time with family.

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    Jodi Greenall

    Receptionist

    Jodi joined us in 2021.  Jodi has a varied background having been a hair dresser, she's worked in the mines and has also managed a dairy farm.

  • Carmen Donner

    Admin/Clinic Support

    Has been with the clinic since December 2013, she is most likely the friendly voice who will receive your phone calls. She manages a lot of the administration work, bookings and sales

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    Petra Parkinson

    Relief Vet Nurse

    Petra's back again! With a long history at the Opotiki Vet Centre, Petra is an asset to the business and we are happy to welcome her back on board. Petra took a break from her Vet Nursing career to try farming on the Cape and brings a new wealth in large animal experience to her work here. Now back in the clinic she is taking on studies in the National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing to support her years of experience. 

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  • Lizzie Saxony

    Receptionsist / Vet Nurse


    After woking for a vet clinic in Auckland Lizzie saw the light and moved to Opotiki and joined our team. 
    Lizzie works thre days a week allowing her plenty of time to enjoy riding her horses.
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