Selwyn-Rakaia Vet Services Ltd 03 325 4444 After-hours/Emergency Phone: 03 325 4444

Meet Our Team

Donald Arthur  BVSc, Dip ACVP
Practice Owner

Originally from Taranaki, Donald was exposed to dairy farming from a young age. He did his vet degree at Massey and postgraduate training at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.  As the team leader/practice manager at SRVS he still loves to get out on farms but the amount of time spent on management tasks means he now spends a lot of time in the office.

He and Jose have three young adult daughters, all of which have left home for now anyway.

Thoroughbred and Greyhound racing/breeding are Donald’s out of work interests.  With the greyhounds are doing much better than the thoroughbreds. The clinic has one of Donald’s greyhounds called Fabulass which we all hope will do great things.

 

Jose Arthur  Dip HSc Dietitian
Practice Owner

Married to Donald, together we have 3 daughters who sadly have now all left home.  I love living on our small lifestyle block just out of Lincoln were we have a bit of everything cat,dog,chickens, sheep, cattle & horses. (Why not when you are married to a vet).  I grew up on a dairy & deer farm in Whakatane, went to Otago Uni then became a Dietitian.  We lived & worked overseas & in Palmerston North for a while before moving to Canterbury over 20 years ago.  I help out at the vet practise when needed .  My hobbies include gardening and family holidays.

Bernice Mangnall  BAgrSc (Hons), BVSc (Distinction)
Veterinarian

Bernice graduated from Lincoln with a BAgrSc (Hons) in 1991, worked for a couple of years and then returned to university and graduated with a BVSc (Distinction) from Massey in 1997.

Bernice has worked for Selwyn Rakaia Veterinary Services since 1997 as a dairy vet (now part-time) and combines this with an intensive 800 hectare farm business (cropping, beef and lamb finishing, and dairy support), 2 children, school board of trustees, school PTA, NZ Dairy Cattle Vet executive .... and a tendency to travel and enjoy life as much as possible.  Bernice’s interpretation of enjoying life includes travelling, skiing, scuba diving, hockey, good food and wine.

Karley Hermans  DVM
Veterinarian

Karley is a native from the great state of Michigan in the USA where she grew up on a small farm raising cattle and sheep. She completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (Honors) at Michigan State University.  After the undergraduate degree, she moved out to New York to study Production Animal Medicine at Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. During her time in vet school, Karley had the opportunity to see production systems throughout the USA, Canada, China, Peru, and now NZ. She completed the Summer Dairy Institute at Cornell providing advanced training in Dairy Production Medicine for veterinarians.  

Karley started working at Selwyn Rakaia Vet Services in 2012. Karley is a trained InCalf advisor and enjoys working with farms on herd level reproductive issues. Other professional areas of interest include infectious diseases (Johnes , BVD), young stock, and milk quality. Karley is also the practice’s Alpaca veterinarian.  When not working, she enjoys working in her garden, making cheese, reading, and tramping with her partner Caleb.

Chris Norton  BVSc
Veterinarian

Chris has been chasing dairy cows for the last twenty odd years. He trained at Massey University and then spent ten years working in the Taranaki. During this time he toured the UK four times working as a dairy vet (and playing!).Jobs in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland meant the “grand slam” was completed with heavy exposure to varying feeding (and drinking!) systems. During the UK foot and mouth outbreak he spent a year and a half fighting FMD in Northern England earning the undisputed title as NZ’s longest serving FMD vet!  Battle won, Chris returned to NZ with English prize in tow. Buying a small farm he settled in Canterbury. Twelve years later, with two high BW crossbred bull calves added to the family, he is enjoying working with Canterbury dairy farmers and their cows.

Paul Daly  B.Sc Ph.D BVMS
Veterinarian

Paul is our ‘Irish vet’ and has spent many years working in the UK and Ireland. He comes from a dairy, beef, sheep and arable farm in Galway, Ireland. He was awarded his veterinary degree from Glasgow University and worked in a large farm animal practice in the UK dealing mainly with dairy

Holstein and beef farms. Prior to this he took an unusual academic route obtaining an honours degree in Biology and Chemistry and Ph.D in Cancer research. Paul has also spent a number of years working in veterinary research and running clinical trials. But most of all Paul likes getting out on farms and getting back to his roots. He currently holds the Bayer National Calving cup for the highest number of calvings in the practice. Paul enjoys travelling around New Zealand or tramping as the kiwi's call it. In his spare time he likes to restore cars and is currently working on a 1961 VW Kombi. It is a rust bucket at the moment but he tells us that someday, in the not so distant future, it will be seen on the roads around Canterbury.

 

 

 

Rachel Lieuwes  BVSc
Veterinarian

Rachel grew up in the Hororata area on an extensive sheep and beef farm and has loved animals right from the beginning.  She graduated from Massey in 2008 as a veterinarian and has since worked several years in the north of Ireland and the Netherlands as a mixed practitioner.  She returned to NZ and has worked part time for Selwyn Rakaia Vets since July 2013 fitting in work on a small dairy farm conversion at other times.  She is married to Ruurd who is from the Netherlands, since arriving back their animal family has extended into a herd of cows and calves as well as sheep, dogs, horses and a cat.  They are expecting their first baby in October and expect life to get busier.  The new farm is her all consuming other job at the moment where she hones her skills as fencer, engineer, builder, stockwoman, accountant and tractor driver to name a few in the cause of building a dream.

Lewis Sparrow  BVSc
Veterinarian

Born and raised in Ashburton, studied at Massey University for 5 years before moving to South Otago and working in Balclutha and Milton for 2 years.

My previous role was as a mixed animal practitioner, working with both small and large animals, although primarily dairy cow focused. My favourite part of the job is getting to perform surgery, whether it is on large or small animals.

 

I have a dog named Chester and a cat named Winston.

I am currently living in Templeton with my partner Ellie, who is an intern clinical psychologist, and two flatmates.

In my spare time I try to get out hunting as often as I can and will be keen for some advice on where to go in Canterbury I have done a little bit of tramping, most recently in Milford, and also dabble in a bit of amateur carpentry.

Emma Cairney  MRCVS, BVM&S, BSc (Hons)
Veterinarian

Growing up on the outskirts of the City of Stirling in Scotland, Emma developed her passion for working on farms when she went to university to study veterinary medicine.  Six years of studying and two degrees later she graduated from vet school with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery and an honors degree in physiology.  Upon graduating, she wasted no time leaving to come to New Zealand to work.  When she first arrived, Emma spent 4 months working on a Dairy farm in Hororata over the calving season to learn how us Kiwi’s farm before coming to work with us at Selwyn Rakaia Veterinary Services.

 

In her spare time she enjoys everything rugby.  As well as playing, she is a big Hurricanes fan and enjoys going into town to watch the Mitre 10 cup.  Slowly but surely she is making her way round New Zealand seeing all there is to see, making the most of this fantastic country!

Rajiv Balbharan  BVSc
Veterinarian
Rajiv joined the team at Selwyn Rakaia in January 2017. He was born in South Africa and moved over to New Zealand in 1997. 
After graduating from Massey University in Palmerston North, Rajiv moved down to Ashburton where he worked as a mixed animal Vet for over two years. In 2016, Rajiv traveled over to the UK where he worked as a dairy/sheep/beef Vet in West Sussex. 
In his spare time some of the things Rajiv enjoys are; travelling, spending time with family and friends, golf, mixed martial arts and tramping. 
Rajiv is excited about the new role at Selwyn Rakaia and looks forward to working with the team at the clinic and clients in the area.
Alex Pidgeon  BVSc
Veterinarian

Alex joined the team in January 2017. She recently graduated from Massey with her vet degree and has returned to the South Island. She was born in Christchurch but grew up in Wellington and is excited to be back and is eager to explore the area. She enjoys both the production animal and small animal aspects of the job, so is looking forward to meeting all your animals of many sizes. She currently lives in Springston with her partner, flatmates and their dog, Tiff. In her spare time, she likes to help out on her partner’s farm, go tramping/camping, play tennis, golf and social netball.

Halie Robertson  National Cert in Vet Nursing
Rural Animal Technician

Halie started working at the clinic in January 2009 as a Veterinanry Technician after completing her Certificate of Veterinary Nursing and a stint at Lincoln University. Growing up the eldest of 6 kids on her parents Dairy Farm in Southland, Halie has a love for all things Dairy!

After embarking on her OE to the UK, Europe and Australia in 2013/14 Halie and her partner have recently purchased a house in Lincoln and are enjoying being settled back in Canterbury.

Outside of work Halie enjoys getting involved with social touch rugby, netball and biscuiting on a lake somewhere as much as possible in summer! Sewing and pottering about with some arts and crafts are a must for her but her favourite thing to do is hang out with her Labrador, Holly.

Kate O'Connell  National Cert in Vet Nursing
National Cert in Rural Animal Technology

Rural Animal Technician

Kate joined the Selwyn Rakaia Vets team in March 2013 as a vet nurse/large animal technician. She grew up on a sheep & cropping farm near Methven and completed her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing at Christchurch Polytechnic in 2006. She then worked for a mixed practice in Methven for 3 years.  During this time, she completed her Certificate in Rural Animal Technology before heading overseas for her big OE!  Kate spent 6 months in the USA teaching horse riding at a summer camp and then on to the UK where she worked as a vet nurse at the RSPCA in London for 2 years.  Kate has a love of the outdoors and enjoys horse riding, football, touch rugby & skiing.

Ange Stonyer  
Rural Animal Technician

Angela became a technician at SRVS in August 2013, after spending the best part of fifteen years in the Thoroughbred industry and freighting horses throughout Australasia and Asia.  She has a Diploma in Journalism and enjoys photography.  Growing up on a farm in Ashburton, it was inevitable that working with animals was on the cards.

She enjoys hunting (with the hounds), taking the dirt bikes out and spending time with friends and family.

Ellen Bonniface  Bachelor of Veterinary Technology
Rural Animal Technician

Ellen joined SRVS in January 2014 as a Veterinary Technician.  She graduated from Massey University at the end of 2013 with a Bachelor in Veterinary Technology.  Ellen is originally from Christchurch, growing up in the city while also spending time at the family farm out at Lake Ellesmere.  Outside of work she enjoys horse riding, clay target shooting and freshwater fishing.

Sue Harris  Certificate in Veterinary Nursing
Rural Animal Technician

Sue joined Selwyn Rakaia Vets as a technician in 2011. She has qualifications in Equine Management and Technology and worked at the Gribbles Pathology Lab in specimen reception and haematology for ten years. She is also currently studying for her Vet Nursing Certificate and hopes to carry on and complete the Rural Animal Technician course next year.  In her spare time she enjoys anything to do with horses, especially dressage, and has three horses at home along with her two dogs and a small herd of Belted Galloways.

Olivia Holt  Bachelor of Veterinary Technology
Rural Animal Technician

Olivia joined the Selwyn Rakaia Vets team in January 2016 as a large animal technician.

She was born and raised in Auckland until she moved to Palmerston North for 3 years to complete her Bachelor of Veterinary Technology degree. After 2 years working in a small animal emergency clinic, Olivia is loving the large animal work and lifestyle.

Outside of work, Olivia is a lover of travel and adventure and enjoys getting out running, mountain biking and rock climbing whenever she can. She is also determined to master snowboarding, now that she is so close to the mountains! 

Olivia lives in Halswell with her partner Tom and their black labrador puppy, Luna.

Elle Bryant  Diploma for Rural Veterinary Technicians
Rural Animal Technician

Elle was born and raised in Taranaki and grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Awakino. In 2016 she studied a Diploma for Rural Veterinary Technicians at Telford - A Division of Lincoln University, and joined the SRVS team in January 2017. Before going off to study Elle did a gap year in England then came home and worked on a milking goat farm in Taranaki for 2 years.

 
Elle is currently living in Tai Tapu with her partner and 3 dogs.
Stefan Brenmuhl  Dip in Farm Management
Rural Animal Technician

I suspect there are very few who don't know who I am, but most know me as an excellent source of reliable information on a wide range of most things.

I have a very patient wife Sarah who is a nurse and we have three largely out of control boys who monopolise every spare minute. We are in the process of moving to Darfield as we have worn out our welcome in Kirwee.

I have been with Selwyn Rakaia Vets since 2006 and am enjoying the growth of SRVS. I look forward to giving our clients the help and support they need to remove the worst of the gorse from their pockets and to have a laugh along the way.

Brad Sutton  
Farm Consultant

Brad has returned to Canterbury from a stint overseas to join the SRVS team to help establish a whole farm approach and add dairy consultancy to the practice. 

Brad graduated from Lincoln University in 1993 and has farm consulted in both Canterbury and the West Coast and has had a wide and varied farming career.  This ranged from running intensive, irrigated Canterbury dairy farms to full TMR dairy and beef systems in Africa.  This experience has given him valuable insight into the challenges facing dairy farmers and the solutions needed to address them.

Katharine Sheppard  B.S. (Animal Science)
Receptionist

I'm going to depart from the standard here and write mine in first person!  I have been working in the office in some capacity at Selwyn/Rakaia Vets since November 2003, with a couple of breaks for maternity leave (and another coming up very shortly!).  I originally hail from Fairbanks, Alaska, and have a B.S. in Animal Science from Colorado State University – and did a year’s study abroad at Lincoln in 2000.  The usual story...met a good Kiwi bloke, fell in love, and ended up moving back here after finishing my degree in 2002.  All the rest of my family is still in Fairbanks and we try to get back for a visit every couple years or so.

Outside of work, I am mum to two beautiful kids (Claire (4.5) and William (nearly 3)), and expecting #3 at the beginning of August.  I am currently president of Dunsandel Playcentre and chair of the Dunsandel Plunket volunteer group, and truly enjoy being involved with the community in that capacity.  If I have spare time outside of those things...I enjoy crafty things like quilting, knitting and sewing.

Little bits of Alaskana: coldest temp I’ve been in is -60 F (-51 C) but in summers we can see temps over 30 C...Fairbanks is ~200 miles south of the Arctic Circle (about 64° N – and in case you’re wondering 64° S just skims the top edge of Antarctica) so on winter solstice we have 3 hours 43 mins of sunlight, and summer solstice 21 hours 49 minutes of direct sunlight (but it is plenty light to see by 24/7 even when the sun’s not up)...moose frequently traipse through the front yard...the aurora borealis (northern lights) are visible ~200 days per year...and we normally have snow that sticks by early October and is mostly all gone by early-mid May, depending on the season.

Jade Farrant  
Office Administrator

Jade joined Selwyn Rakaia Vets in July 2013 in an office administration position. She lives and grew up on a lifestyle block in West Melton. Her main hobby is horse riding and she rides competitively in dressage and showing competitions. Her other interests include spending time with friends and family and playing sports which include netball and touch rugby.

Julia Cottrell  
Receptionist

I have a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing and have many years practicing as a Vet Nurse.  In that time I have worked in rural mixed practice's in Canterbury and Hawkes' Bay, predominantly specialising in small animal surgery.  I have a rural background having grown up on Banks Peninsula where my parents farmed.  I now live at Ashley Gorge where my husband manages a large sheep and beef property.  Horses are my interest, I enjoy hunting to the hounds in the winter and scurry racing my miniature horse in the summer.

Tonya Williams  
I joined Selwyn Rakaia Vets in 2015 as an office administrator.
I moved to Rakaia from Christchurch 22 years ago and enjoy the quiet country life.
Working in the organic food industry prior to the vet clinic has been a change but a very enjoyable and handy one because I have two dogs and two cats.
I have two children and am lucky to still have them living locally.  They both work in the farming industry.

I enjoy biking, gardening and tinkering.  I am biking the Otago Rail trail this February and am looking forward to it.