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Veterinarians

Veterinarian

Monique Woods

Veterinarian

Monique Woods


Monique joined the team in 2021 as a companion animal veterinarian. She is looking forward to meeting our clients and fur friends to build lasting relationships and make sure your pets are happy and healthy. She enjoys medicine and surgery in cats and dogs but after moving onto a lifestyle block with her family and raising pet lambs for school ag days, she has got her dusty Massey sheep text books and loves it. 

Veterinarian

David Stewart

Veterinarian

David Stewart


A 1981 Massey University graduate, David initially spent time performing goat embryo transfers, before travelling to Taranaki, where he worked for six years in predominately dairy cattle practice. In 1988 he joined Vet Clinic Morrinsville and has been here ever since, apart from a year-long sabbatical working as a vet in England.

He has special interests in dairy cattle production medicine and dairy goat medicine. He has experience in nutrition, fertilisers, early ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis and mastitis troubleshooting. David is one of only a handful of people who can accurately perform early foetal sexing in cattle.

Davids interests outside work include cycling, boating, his family and home handyman work.

Veterinarian

Richard Mason

Veterinarian

Richard Mason


Richard is a 1986 graduate from Massey University Veterinary School. At university, he completed a Bachelor of Philosophy studying Marlin and their survival chances after tag and release.

Richard developed his veterinary skills working in mixed practice around the Waikato in Putaruru, Te Aroha and Otorohanga, before joining Vet Clinic Morrinsville in 1993. His primary interest is dairy cattle production medicine and has attended extensive post-graduate courses in many subjects including dairy cattle reproduction, mastitis, mineral nutrition and nutrition.

Outside of work, Richard enjoys open water swimming, boating, mountain-biking and his spending time with his family.

Veterinarian

Vivienne Judd

Veterinarian

Vivienne Judd


Viv is a 2007 Massey graduate, who initially worked in a mixed-practice in Greymouth, before heading north. Her biggest interest is in dairy cattle medicine and small animal medicine and surgery. She finds there is a bit less travelling here, as, on the West Coast, farms could be hours away, miles up dead-end valleys. There is also a bit less snow (actually she hasn’t seen any here yet!) and the sandflies aren’t as big.

When not working, Viv enjoys spending time with her wonderful family. If she gets any spare time she tries to get out in the great outdoors on her mountain bike. 

 

Tracey Kemp
Veterinarian

Tracey Kemp

Veterinarian

Tracey Kemp


Tracey is a small animal veterinarian who grew up in South Wales and did her training at the Royal Veterinary College in London. She qualified in 1993 gaining a BVetMed. After working for two and a half years in the UK Tracey embarked on her OE and settled in New Zealand.

While living over here she has worked in Auckland, Te Kuiti, Otorohonga and now Morrinsville. During her career, she has completed the Australia and New Zealand advanced radiology course making her the clinic expert on x-rays.

When she's not at work she enjoys riding her many horses and spending time with her family.

Veterinarian

Jackie Davies

Veterinarian

Jackie Davies


Jackie is a mixed animal veterinarian, who grew up not far away in Paeroa. She graduated in 2004 from Massey University, working in a variety of mixed practices in the Waikato and King Country. She has also worked in the UK, so has experienced a wide range of farming systems. Jackie still enjoys the variety of mixed practice, both getting out on the farms, and small animal medicine cases.

When not at work Jackie is busy looking after her young daughter or running with the dogs, she enjoys squash, gardening and the great outdoors, including white water kayaking.

Veterinarian

Sally Taylor

Veterinarian

Sally Taylor


Sally is an experienced large animal vet who has gained experience in different clinics including a year in the UK and several years in Southland. Growing up in Cambridge and still having family there she moved back up to the Waikato and joined the Vet Clinic Morrinsville team in January 2019. She enjoys working on mastitis investigations and consultancy and is a registered healthy udder provider. 

Sally and her husband enjoy getting into the outdoors on their time off with their daughters.

Veterinarian

Bethan Martin

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Veterinarian

Bethan Martin


Beth graduated from Massey in 2018, joining the team as a new graduate. You will find her in the clinic and out on farm, working with both production and companion animals. She is the life and party of the clinic, bringing a positive attitude to everything she does. In her spare time, Beth enjoys running, mountain biking and playing hockey, as well as spending time with friends and family. She is also an active member of the local Ngarua Young Farmers Club.

Vet technicians

Eden Whittaker
Vet Technician

Eden Whittaker

Vet Technician

Eden Whittaker


Eden has started with VCM in late 2021 as a Rural Large Animal Technician. Grew up in Te Awamutu but has recently moved to Te Aroha. Eden's family runs a livestock transport company so she has been around the farming community all her life. When not on-farm, Eden may also be spotted with small animals in clinic or in reception as she is also a qualified Veterinary Nurse. 

When not working, you will catch Eden at the beach, going on bush walks with her dog or with friends/family. 

Emily Woore
Veterinary Technician

Emily Woore

Veterinary Technician

Emily Woore


Emily is originally from Rotorua but has recently moved to Morrinsville. With many family members in the veterinary industry, it was natural for Emily to follow in their footsteps. Before working at VCM, Emily worked at Massey Equine Clinic in Palmerston North, but now enjoys working in the dairy industry. Emily moved to Morrinsville for a change of scenery, bringing her horse Toffee and cat Daisy with her. She has just added a new addition - a Smithfield collie puppy called Bob. 

Emily is part of the Ngarua Young Farmers and when she is not at work, you can find her out horse riding, tramping or swimming. She loves being on-farm with the cows at any chance she gets, so if you are lucky you may see her in clinic. 

Veterinary Technician

Melissa Cook

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Veterinary Technician

Melissa Cook


Melissa joined the vet clinic at the end of 2017 as a trained and qualified rural animal technician and has since completed her diploma in veterinary nursing. Her role includes assisting vets on farm with teatsealing, dehorning and various other jobs, as well as office administration and vet nursing when needed in the clinic. She is an all-round superstar. 

Melissa originated from Morrinsville and her family farms locally. She lives on a farm with her young son and partner along with her beloved dog and cats.

Veterinary nurses

Veterinary Nurse

Megan Chalecki

Veterinary Nurse

Megan Chalecki


Megan is our veterinary nurse, she’s been working with the practice since mid-2012.

She obtained her certificate in Veterinary Nursing from Otago university in 2003 and has also done extra training in dog behaviour. She is a very skilled dog trainer with a history of training dogs at the Hamilton Obedience Club, running obedience training courses and our puppy pre-school.

She has also worked as a dog groomer. Her main love is German Shepherds and she was involved with a pedigree kennel while studying nursing.

When she’s not working Megan lives in Hamilton with her husband and a multitude of pets, they enjoy visiting the beach and teaching their dog's new tricks. 

Rachelle Gee
Veterinary Nurse

Rachelle Gee

Veterinary Nurse

Rachelle Gee


Rachelle is a born and bred Waikato girl. She has worked as a small animal Veterinary Nurse for the past 18 years and we are delighted to have her as part of the team. Her areas of interest are anaesthesia, surgery and radiography. Rachelle loves the rewarding work of being a vet nurse and working with a compassionate team and caring for all the much-loved pets. In her spare time, you will catch her at the beach, camping, fishing and adventuring with her three kids and Schnoodle Louie. 

Retail/Customer services

Customer Services

Lesley Anderson

Customer Services

Lesley Anderson


Lesley is our enthusiastic receptionist. She will be booking your vet calls when you phone the clinic and helping you out at the reception when you come in. She used to work long hours as a baker but has been working at Vet Clinic Morrinsville since 2009.

Lesley is busy after work with her family and pets. She enjoys cooking, fishing and entertaining in her spare time.

Melissa Laing
Customer Services

Melissa Laing

Customer Services

Melissa Laing


Melissa grew up on a dairy farm and absolutely loves the county side. With experience relief milking, Melissa also spent two years as a farm assistant near Paeroa. Her favourite part of the job was calving season! She is passionate about sports and has a degree in Sports and Leisure. She is looking forward to meeting with our client in the clinic, and would love a chat about rugby, cricket or any sports for that matter!

 

Lisa Lile - Vet Clinic Morrinsville
Practice Manager

Lisa Lile

Practice Manager

Lisa Lile


Lisa has returned back to Vet Clinic Morrinsville in the role of practice manager and she is very much looking forward to working with the team and our clients in her new role.

Lisa has been married with two daughters and a gorgeous grandson, but we can't forget the pets - Izzy a teacup Maltese, Charlie the Chocolate Lab and the cats Doug and Skinny Cat.

Lisa started her career in hospitality with great intentions of becoming a chef or baker. However, this quickly changed when she met her husband, became a farmer and a mother. Lisa and her husband farmed together for 25 years and retired from farming in May 2020. During this time, they had a number of positions off-farm that involved some form of hospitality/nutrition, retail, leadership, coaching, education, governance, and business ownership. Lisa's interests outside of work are dancing, tramping, cooking, and travelling. 

Her role here at Vet Clinic Morrinsville as Practice Manager will be to achieve the best possible outcome for all - healthy, happy animals. 

 

Denise Esterhuizen - Vet Clinic Morrinsville
Stock Control

Denise Esterhuizen

Stock Control

Denise Esterhuizen


Denise is our accounts and stock control administrator. Joining the clinic in 2019 with 7 years of experience in administration prior to this.  She takes a personal interest in Fresian horses and has tried her hand at breeding them.  Denise is one of our team's committed baby animal rescuers, willing to get up at the small hours of the night to feed featherless birds and nurture hairless animals into independence.  

When it comes to products - need something specific and can't find it elsewhere? Denise will turn over each and every stone to assist you in your quest.