Past Interns

Megan du Toit | BVSc

Megan joined MVS in August 2018 as an Equine Intern. She graduated with Honours from the University of Queensland in 2017. After working for 7 months in a mixed practice in New South Wales, she joined the MVS team to pursue her goals in equine veterinary medicine. She has particular interests in diagnostic imaging and internal medicine.

Outside of work Megan enjoys spending time with friends and being outdoors – running, horse riding, hiking and playing touch footy.

Jonathan Tam | BVSc

Jonathan joined MVS in July 2017 as an intern veterinarian. He graduated from Massey University in 2017. Jonathan completed externships at Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons in Newmarket and many equine hospitals in New Zealand. Born and bred in Hong Kong, Jonathan has completed a few placements at the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Before joining MVS, he was an intern veterinarian at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Australia.

Jonathan has an interest in diagnostic imaging. He likes going to race meetings in Hong Kong. Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys landscape photography, backcountry skiing, tramping, and playing musical instruments.

On finishing his internship with MVS in July 2018, Jonathan returned to Hong Kong to complete a PhD.

Cordelia Francis | BVSc (dist.)

Cordelia graduated with distinction from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2016. As a student Cordelia carried out several placements abroad including an externship at an equine referral hospital in New York and three weeks at the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Cordelia was also a volunteer at the London 2012 Equestrian Paralympics and thoroughly enjoyed meeting athletes and veterinary surgeons from around the world. She commenced an internship with MVS Equine in 2016. In her free time she enjoys music festivals and outdoor pursuits such as skiing and hiking.

Cordelia stayed on as a full-time equine veterinarian following her internship with MVS, and returned to UK in May 2018 to join her family’s practice.

Marcus Allan | BSc BVSc

After graduating from Massey University in 2011, Marcus worked in mixed animal practice in the Bay of Plenty for 5 years starting off as a general practitioner seeing animals of all shapes and sizes. He developed a particular interest in large animal medicine and progressed into a senior position managing predominantly dairy and lifestyle clients from a branch clinic. During this time his exposure to a moderate equine caseload seeded his interest in equine medicine prompting him to develop a sound grounding in this area by undertaking an internship at MVS Equine in 2016.

Prior to Massey University Marcus completed a Bachelor of Science at Waikato University majoring in Biological Sciences. To balance work life Marcus is a sports enthusiast and particularly enjoys tennis and rugby and getting to the gym. High on his priorities is a good coffee a day.

Esther Van Herwaarden |DVM (dist.)

Esther graduated with great distinction from Ghent University in 2014, main subject horses. She has a special interest in equine podiatry and lameness work ups and really enjoys doing anaesthesia and looking after the patients in the hospital.

She grew up surrounded by animals and used to do a lot of competitive showjumping. After her graduation, she started travelling and saw practice at several equine hospitals on her way. This way, she got to know MVS and she had such a good experience here that she decided to apply for the equine internship. Outside of work, she enjoys running and is trying to see as much of New Zealand as possible.

Esther left MVS in March 2017 to travel and complete volunteer work in Asia.

Samantha Clarke | BVSc MRCVS

Samantha graduated from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2014 and has a special interest in Equine Medicine, reproduction and anaesthesia.  Sam particularly enjoyed a farrier placement as well as the opportunity to work alongside the vets at Worcester Races.

Outside of work Sam enjoys riding, teaching children to ride, and running.  She is enjoying the beautiful New Zealand countryside and is looking forward to exploring more of New Zealand during her time here.

Rebecca Atherton | BVSc MRCVS

Rebecca qualified from the University of Bristol Veterinary School, UK in 2013 and spent two years working in Wales as an ambulatory equine vet and small animal veterinary surgeon. After travelling around the South Island of NZ  for several months, Rebecca started working at MVS in January and hopes to develop her interests in Internal Medicine, anaesthesia and sports medicine.

Rebecca grew up exercising National Hunt horses and competing ex race horses, outside of work Rebecca enjoys running and exploring the countryside.

Rebecca finished up at Matamata Veterinary Services in August 2016


Marieke Schildkamp | DVM

April 2014 – March 2015

Position: Equine Internship

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Jordana Del La Varis | BVSc (Dist)

Jordana graduated from Massey University in 2014. She grew up on a small sheep and beef block and currently owns 3 thoroughbreds which she events in her spare time. She has worked in both gallop and harness racing stables and at an eventing yard.

Jordana has a special interest in sports medicine and lameness and is looking forward to her time at MVS.

Sarah Vincent | BVSc

Jan 2013 – June 2014

Position: Equine Internship

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Frances Peat | BVSc PGCertEP

Jan 2010 – May 2014

Position: Equine Veterinarian

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Alexandra Leander | BVSc

September 2012 – August 2013

Position: Equine Internship

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Caroline Gordon | BVSc

Dec 2011 – April 2013

Position: Equine Internship

Caroline is preparing to travel overseas where she will be doing equine volunteer work in Northern Africa, followed by an equine job in the UK.

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Rabecca McKenzie | BApplSc BVSc MANZCVS DipHBM

Rabecca graduated from Massey University in 2008 with degrees in Veterinary Science and Applied Science. She also holds a Diploma in Horse Business Management (Marcus Oldham College, Australia), and a British Horse Society Preliminary riding instructor’s certificate. She has competed in equestrian events in both the southern and northern hemispheres. Rabecca has a strong interest in equine stud medicine and in 2013 she attained membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Science in Equine Medicine. Rabecca has also had an article study titled “Three cases of a presumptive atypical myopathy in New Zealand horses” accepted for publication in the New Zealand Veterinary Journal in 2013.