Nursing Team

Dot Hallyburton | Head nurse

Dot moved to New Zealand from Scotland in 1999 to work as the foreman for a Cambridge racehorse trainer and held an amateur jockey licence before joining the MVS team in 2005. Prior to her move to the other side of the world, Dot was an instructor at Gleneagles Equestrian Centre in Scotland and groomed for the Irish event team. More recently, Dot has spent time at the world-renowned Rossdales Equine Practice in New Market, UK.

Tamarin Lee | NDipES

Tammy graduated from Tshwane University in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2014 with a National Diploma in Equine Science, in which she obtained a Distinction in Equine Breeding & Genetics. Throughout her course she worked at Onderstepoort (an academic hospital in Pretoria). She has also been involved with horse racing for nine years.

She moved to New Zealand in 2014 where she has worked at a selection of top horse farms concentrating on broodmare and foaling management, and yearling prep. Her most recent role was as a Foaling Manager.

Her equine areas of interest are breeding, foaling and surgery. Outside of work she enjoys playing golf, fishing and horse riding.


Amber Wilton | DVN

Amber joined MVS in April 2018 as part of our Veterinary Nurse team. Amber graduated from UCOL in 2002 then worked in the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital mainly as a Small Animal Nurse for nearly five years.

She then moved to the Waikato where she gained extensive experience as an Equine Veterinary Nurse while working for a local equine veterinary practice for over 10 years before joining the MVS team. Amber’s main areas of interest are surgery and neonatal intensive care.

Outside of work Amber enjoys horse riding, mountain biking and hanging out with family and friends.

Robyn Peters

Robyn joined MVS part-time in 2014 as part of our nursing team. She moved into a full-time position in 2017. She loves working with a great bunch of people at MVS and always learning day to day.

Robyn grew up in Raglan on a big farm so the love for animals started early. She went to school in Hamilton and when she was 17 she left and started work at a well-known training yard. She was there for around 10 years before starting her own breaking and pre-training farm working for some of Auckland’s top trainers, which she did for about 5 years. She was a private breaker/pre-trainer for about 3 years before the Takanini training complex closed down. She then moved to Cambridge for work before starting her own family, which saw her move to Matamata.

Outside of work Robyn enjoys going horse riding when she gets a free moment. She also loves rugby and watching kids do school sports.


Felicity Gardner | RAT

Felicity joined MVS in February 2019 as part of our Veterinary Nurse team. Felicity graduated from Otago Polytechnic in 2018 as a Rural Animal Technician.

Prior to working at MVS she worked as a shepherd and was also a polo groom for a season. Outside of work Felicity enjoys hunting with the Waikato Hunt Club and she has also started barrel racing. She also enjoys the outdoors and travel.