Rabecca McKenzie | BApplSc BVSc MANZCVS DipHBM

Rabecca McKenzie | BApplSc BVSc MANZCVS DipHBM

September 18, 2017

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.

Caroline Gordon | BVSc

June 17, 2017

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.

Contact details: caroline.r.gordon@gmail.com

Alexandra Leander | BVSc

November 4, 2016

September 2012 – August 2013

Position: Equine Internship

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Frances Peat | BVSc PGCertEP

May 5, 2015

Jan 2010 – May 2014

Position: Equine Veterinarian

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Sarah Vincent | BVSc

June 19, 2014

Jan 2013 – June 2014

Position: Equine Internship

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Jordana Del La Varis | BVSc (Dist)

January 19, 2014

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.

Marieke Schildkamp | DVM

December 30, 2013

April 2014 – March 2015

Position: Equine Internship

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Rebecca Atherton | BVSc MRCVS

August 15, 2013

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


Samantha Clarke | BVSc MRCVS

August 4, 2013

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.

Esther Van Herwaarden |DVM (dist.)

April 1, 2013

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.

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