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.

Anna Hamilton - Large Animal Technician

Rangiora is Anna’s home town, she attend primary and secondary school locally and from a young age took an interest in the agriculture sector, her first relief milking job was at the age of just 13! Straight from High School she went into a dairy assistant role, where she realised she had a true passion for animal health in the dairy industry, and went on to study, graduating with a Rural Vet Technician Diploma in 2015.

With a Diploma under her belt Anna went straight to work in casual vet clinic roles in the Culverden area, including an AI assist run with a head technician. With Rangiora and home calling she started working with RVC over the dry off and teat seal period, which eventually lead to her current appointment as a full time technician. Anna continues to advance her skills, and recently became a Certified Dairy NZ Body Condition Scorer.

For a number of years, Anna has enjoyed playing netball over winter, and in the summer her weekends are spent traveling over the South Island for speedway racing with her partner.


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