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Farm Services Team

Ben Davidson - Large Animal Vet (Director)

Born and raised on a sheep farm in Omihi, Ben is also a local bred. He has been at RVC for 15 years and became a partner over 10 years ago. He enjoys all aspects of large animal practice but has particular interests in camelid medicine and husbandary and is also enjoying the challenges of recently taking over as the main vet for Orana wildlife park. A closet goat breeder and lifestyle blocker Ben is well supported by his wife Sarah and their three talented children. He enjoys a hit of tennis, skiing and is often seen on stage in varying roles performing with the local musical society.

Richard Nortje - Large Animal Vet

Recently married Richard, Tash and their varied dogs joined the RVC team from Southern Rangetiki Vets in Bulls. Leading the dairy team Richard enjoys herd and preventative dairy health/consultancy and is currently working towards his post graduate diploma in veterinary preventative medicine through Massey University. He is a registered provider of the DairyNZ IN-Calf and Healthy Hoof programmes and has recently completed trial work with Dr Neville Grace on the effect of Vitamin B12 supplementation in replacement dairy heifer calves. When not working Rico can be found chasing golf balls round the various farways and greens of North Canterbury.

Lucie Stanley - Large Animal Vet

Having graduated from Cambridge University in the UK in 2006, Lucie spent six years in a mixed animal practice in North Wales. During this time she developed a keen interest in bovine reproduction, and was able to implement many different reproductive programmes on farms to enhance their performance. She also has a special interest in bovine surgery, and performed laparoscopic AI and helped with the ET teams with sheep and cattle. Lucie has also spent time in Zambia, Nigeria and South Africa working with local communities and wildlife.

Having spent a summer at university on a farm in Fairlie, including ski touring up the Tasman glacier, Lucie was keen to return to NZ. She spent two calving/mating seasons in Waimate as a mixed animal vet, returning to Wales for their calving/lambing season, some say she must be crazy doing two calving seasons in a year!

The offer of having her dogs brought out was too good to refuse, so she returned to Waimate for two more years with animals in tow! She then spent a year in a dairy vet position in Ashburton where she implemented reproductive programmes based on ovarian scanning, before joining RVC in October 2017.

Lucie loves the outdoors and owns three active dogs, she is keen on tramping, climbing, kayaking and biking. She recently climbed Mt Cook and then completed in Godzone a few months later, which she admits is a slight step up from previously doing Coast to Coasts - but definitely worth it!

Lucie is looking forward to meeting and working with all the local farmers, and exploring the region on foot/bike/kayak of course!

Dave Martin - Large Animal Vet

Recently semi-retired, other than a few years as a new graduate in Southland, Dave has spent his entire 30 plus year career at RVC. From being the Orana Wildlife Park vet, and featuring on the wild vets TV series, to develetting deer and fixing lame horses Dave is a true mixed practice vet. He had been a partner in the practice since the late 80’s and has gained a huge amount of respect from both staff and clients over this time. An active member of the Brackenfield hunt Dave enjoys his horses, tennis and the outdoors.

Ben Finlayson - Large Animal Vet

Ben graduated from Massey university in 2012 and spent three years in mixed practice in Geraldine before moving to the warmer climate of North Canterbury. Now working full time with large animals, and focussing on dairy cows, Ben is a registered provider of the In-Calf and Body condition score programmes and is working towards accreditation with Fonterra as a "Grade Buster." Ben has played hockey for a number of years and during winter plays for the Rangiora club as well as umpiring across the senior grades, during summer he is frequently found attempting to play tennis with his partner.

Collin Cromie - Animal Health Technical Support

Colin is our on farm large animal technical and product support person. He assists farmers to ensure they have enough of the right product at the right time to achieve the results they need. Working closely with clients, the vet team, and product companies Colin has a vast and detailed farming knowledge which he pulls together to get clients results on farm. From drawing up and implementing planned annual animal health plans to getting required products and advice onto farms Colin is the man. If not on the roads of North Canterbury in his delivery ute Colin enjoys getting out in his mobile home and keeping an eye on what’s happening farm wise in other parts of the country.

Kellie Grieve - Large Animal Technician

 Kellie began working at RVC casually in May 2017, but then accepted a full time position as a technician in October 2018.

After graduating Vet nursing at Ara in 2016 and realising she had a bigger interest in the dairy sector, Kellie completed a certificate in Rural animal technology in 2017 whilst working on a dairy farm in North canterbury.

Born in Christchurch and growing up in West Eyreton, Kellie recently brought a house in Sefton where she lives with her partner and 2 cats, Gus and Mia.

In her spare time, you will find Kellie spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoys travelling around NZ and being outdoors, such as fishing and renovations on their house.

Rebecca Kreisel - Large Animal / Equine Support

Rebecca has a certificate in vet nursing and has been a familiar face at RVC since 2012.

She has a special interest at RVC in pet insurance, and also horses, this particular interest in horses carries on outside the clinic environment and extends to dressage and Shetland ponies, along with anything outdoors

Born in Christchurch and growing up in North Canterbury, she is married to Adam and together they have a gorgeous daughter, Lily. Extended close knit family members live pretty close by and they enjoy getting together as a family, along with Rebecca’s menagerie of pets including dogs Ruby, a Japanese Chin and Cobber, a Jack Russell, Baldrick the horse, Izzy, Rose and Kadion the Shetland ponies, 9 sheep, 5 chooks and 1 goat.

 

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