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Our Team

Supported by the New Zealand Veterinary Association, our team of veterinary professionals cares deeply about the health and welfare of Kiwi pets. We volunteer our time so they can live longer, healthier and happier lives.

Chair
Dr Cath Watson  (BVSc (Dist.))

Cath 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. Now based in Central Otago, she was previously based in Invercargill for 12 years, where she part-owned a mixed animal practice. Cath has served on the Board of the New Zealand Veterinary Association, and was President of its Companion Animal Branch for three years, and also an association Southland regional representative for 10 years. Cath has a passion for anything in the outdoors, and loves exploring New Zealand's back-country haunts. She shares her central Otago home with her husband, who is also an experienced companion animal veterinarian.  

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

John'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 looking at the role of alcohol and antioxidants in the prevention of heart disease in people 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. John enjoys the teaching component of his job and says coming back to New Zealand was the best decision of hislife, "as here I met my wonderful partner with whom I now have two young children." In his free time John enjoys mountain biking and taking his dog on long walks.

Dr Robyn Jarrett (BVsc, MVsc)

Robyn is a member of the Vet Centre practice based in Pukekohe, Auckland. Brought up on dairy farm, she has always had a passion for animals. After leaving the family farm, she studied veterinary medicine at Massey University. After graduating she returned to the area where she grew up to practice as a large animal veterinarian before heading to the UK with her husband. There she practiced small animal medicine and returned to New Zealand where she completed a Masters in Companion Animal Medicine in 2011. Robyn went on to become a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine in 2012. Today she enjoys the same rural lifestyle she did as a child. With her family she looks after a dog, two cats and two kunekune pigs. 

Laura Harvey 

Laura 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 a lecturer in Applied Animal Health at Unitec Institute of Technology, which is one of the primary veterinary nursing education providers in New Zealand. Teaching has become her passion, and after having completed a BSc and PG Cert in Veterinary Education, she is working towards an MSc, and has begun research into the veterinary nursing profession, which includes looking into the role of the veterinary nurse in modern practice. 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 thoroughly enjoys ceroc dancing, which she says is not her forte but helps to keep her fit, and gives her the opportunity to meet lots of interesting people.

Simon Clarke (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.

Marketing and Communications Manager
Mike Eng (BA, Grad Dip J)

Mike is an experienced communications and advocacy practitioner who has been fond of companion animals for as long as he can remember. He shares a house with Bugatti, a six-year-old Mandalay cat. Bug, as he's usually referred to, enjoys sleeping for long stretches in the sun and is adept at finding the warmest spot in the house by any means necessary (this includes opening doors!)

 

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