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Chair
Dr Cath Watson (BVSc (Dist.))

Dr Cath WatsonCath has been a companion animal clinical veterinarian since 2000. She has worked in a range of practices, both in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. Currently based in Central Otago and travelling the country as a locum contractor. She has spent 12 years as a part-owner of a mixed animal practice in Invercargill, and has also served on the Board of the New Zealand Veterinary Association, was President of its Companion Animal Branch for three years, and a Southland regional representative for 10 years. Cath has also worked for the Veterinary Council of NZ as a Continuing Professional Development auditor, is a trustee of Companion Animals NZ Trust, and has been contracted to the SPCA to help write their veterinary procedures. Cath has a passion for anything in the outdoors, and loves exploring New Zealand's back-country haunts by foot, bike or skis. She shares her central Otago home with her husband, who is also an experienced companion animal veterinarian.

Prof. John Munday (BVSc, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, DSc)

Prof. John MundayJohn's first veterinary job was in Whangarei, but an interest in research lured him back to Massey after a couple of years of clinical practice. After completing a PhD he decided to explore his interest in understanding how diseases develop. To learn more he completed a two-year pathology residency at Michigan State University. After becoming a member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists John took up a role as a diagnostic pathologist at the University of Georgia where he spent his time investigating skin diseases and tumours in companion animals. After four years he decided to return home and has been at the pathology department at Massey University since. His main research interest is investigating causes of cancer in animals and trying to more accurately predict cancer behaviour. This research has revealed the role of infectious diseases in cancer biology in animals and John has written around 180 peer-reviewed publications as well as chapters in prestigious textbooks both in the fields of infectious diseases as well as cancer in domestic animals. In 2020 his contribution to veterinary science was recognised by being award the degree of Doctor in Science (DSc). In 2021 John became the Research Director of the School of Veterinary Science at Massey University. In his free time John enjoys mountain biking and taking his dogs on long walks.

Dr Robyn Jarrett (BSc, BVSc, MVM, MANZCVS)

Dr Robyn JarrettRobyn graduated in 1986 from Massey University, initially working in large animal practice in South Auckland. She has also worked in the United Kingdom in companion animal medicine before returning to New Zealand working part time in Tauranga while raising a family. Since 2009 she has been based in Auckland working full time as a companion animal veterinarian.

Robyn completed a Masters in Companion Animal Medicine in 2011 and became a member of the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine in 2012.

Laura Harvey (RVN, BSc, PG Cert Vet Education, MSc)

Laura HarveyLaura joined the veterinary nursing industry in 2008, having graduated from Unitec with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Her veterinary nursing career has been a varied one. She started off working in a couple of small animal practices in Auckland before heading off on a 12 month OE to the UK. She worked in a variety of practices around England, including four months at the RSPCA, before returning to New Zealand to manage a veterinary clinic in Auckland, a role she thoroughly enjoyed. In 2013 her career focus changed with the opportunity to follow a dream and start teaching veterinary nursing. She is currently the Academic Programme Manager in Applied Animal Health at Unitec Institute of Technology, which is one of the primary veterinary nursing education providers in New Zealand. Teaching, research and advancing the veterinary nursing profession has become her passion. Her research includes looking into the role of the veterinary nurse in modern practice, and a focus on compassion fatigue. She is a member of the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association executive committee, and the South Pacific Animal Welfare board. She spends most of her spare time either in dance class or at dance competitions. She has one dog, Min, who regularly joins her at work, providing plenty of cuddles for her students.

Simon Clark (BVSc)

Simon ClarkeSimon graduated from Massey University with a BVSc in 2001. After a few years in clinical practice in Auckland he applied to the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program and was placed on a rotating internship at the Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles. He then worked in general practice and emergency hospitals in Las Vegas before returning to Palmerston North to complete a Master of Veterinary Medicine. In 2016, after 14 years in companion animal clinical practice, Simon moved to industry to work for Virbac as a Technical Product Manager. Soon after starting at Virbac, Simon joined the New Zealand Veterinary Association Companion Animal Veterinarians Special Interest Branch executive, the Waikato Regional Branch committee, and became a Healthy Pets New Zealand trustee. For each of these entities he is now also the treasurer. Simon is passionate about animal welfare, good public education and evidence-based medicine. He lives in Hamilton with one cat, enjoys running and hiking, and the occasional triathlon.

Campbell Johnston (BVSc Dist)

Campbell JohnstonAfter graduating from Massey University with a BVSC in 1980, Campbell began working in a mixed practice in Waihi with his wife (and former classmate) Alison. After 3 years, they left for the UK where Campbell spent a further 3 years working as a companion animal vet at different clinics around England. He returned to New Zealand in 1987 to a companion animal clinic in Tauranga- and has been there ever since! He has worked in many different roles over the years from employee, to partner, to owner, to shareholder and then back to employee. Campbell was Massey Vet School’s first Practitioner in Residence, he spent 6 years on the Companion Animal Vets Executive, and was the sponsorship chair when NZ hosted the WSAVA congress. Campbell was also was responsible for creating the “Veterinary Refresher Scheme” for companion animal vets returning to clinical practice. Campbell has a special interest in surgery and endoscopy and receives referral cases from the wider Bay of Plenty. When not working as a vet, he can be found working on his sheep and beef farm with his dogs, Chase and Sam.

 

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