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.

Jen Kuiumdjian

Jen joined MVS in 2016 as part of our Equine nursing team. Jen brings an impressive range of skills to the team having studied for her Diploma in Applied Sciences which included Equine papers and continuing on to gain her Certificate in Vet Nursing in 2007.

Having a true passion for horses, Jen has worked at many stud farms both in New Zealand and overseas, working extensively with foals and in yearling preparation. These experiences cemented her desire to combine her love for horses with her nursing skills, and this makes her a great asset to the team!

Outside of work Jen enjoys swimming, riding her horse Tonka and taking her two beautiful dogs out and about.

Indyah James | CVN

Indy joined MVS in July 2017 as part of our Nursing Team. She studied as a Veterinary Nurse in 2014 and then worked for a mixed animal clinic. Indy then followed her passion for horses working in both yearling preparation and sales then continuing her experience in a high performing racing yard. Outside of work Indy enjoys riding, snowboarding and running.

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.


Joni Poole

Casey Lock

Casey joined MVS in August 2018 as part of the nursing team. Casey has worked within the racing industry for over 15yrs as a trainer and stable foreman. She has travelled around Australasia preparing yearlings for sales for a number of years.

Outside of work Casey enjoys horse riding, hanging out with family and friends, along with a bit of photography.