Our People's Stories

Dr Greg Lindsay

Director & Veterinarian  |  Kopu

I started with Franklin Vets as a new-grad out of Massey University working between the Pukekohe companion animal and Te Kauwhata large animal branches in a mixed practice role.  Although I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Pukekohe, I gravitated more towards the large animal side of veterinary medicine and settled into a primarily dairy & dry stock role in our Te Kauwhata Clinic. Having grown my skillset and experience in Te Kauwhata I was offered a position as practice partner and was tasked with opening a new clinic in the town of Kopu, in the Hauraki-Coromandel District. We have been in Kopu for three years now, and have grown what was a garage start-up into a vibrant and sustainable clinic, creating new relationships, and providing the Franklin Vets standard of care to this group of valued clients – both farm and companion animal alike.

As an undergrad veterinarian, I had always seen Franklin Vets as industry leaders, particularly so on the farm services front, but also across their companion animal side. This along with positive and engaging people that I met while doing practical work as a student certainly swayed me towards choosing a job with Franklin Vets.

What motivates me is working alongside clients, veterinarians and other staff to achieve a high level of performance on the farms we are involved with and helping both our clients and our people grow and achieve.

As a young graduate, getting some worldly experience through travel was important to me. Franklin Vets was very accommodating, allowing me to take 1.5 months and then 3.5 months off at different stages to explore South-East Asia and then South America.  Although not directly related to veterinary medicine, this travel certainly opened my eyes and helped my overall growth.

Dr Liz Macintosh

Large Animal Vet  |  Te Kauwhata

I trained in Glasgow, Scotland and spent a month during my 4th year experiencing vet practice in NZ. The NZ practice offered me a job following graduation and in July 2009 I moved to NZ and started work in Pukekohe as a mixed practice vet. Four years later, I started work as a farm animal vet for Franklin Vet Services in Te Kauwhata.

My role is 90%+ dairy cow work. I also form part of the Te Kauwhata clinic management team and am on the Large Animal Management team which is a practice wide group. I work part time as I have two pre-school children.

I was attracted to Franklin Vets because they were fulfilling the requirements I had for proactive farm work and creating evidence based herd decisions based on farm/area based data.

My favourite part of my role is that it is ever changing. I am growing the farm businesses that I am involved with by increasing the herd reproduction/production performances, while also creating new skills and increasing my knowledge and experience of clinic management. Our point of difference is that we try to keep vets in a role that grows their passion and area of interest, rather than trying to make them a ‘jack of all trades!’

As a part time worker, I have been amazed with how flexible Franklin Vets has been with me. The team know I have a responsibility for my two young children and at times it is difficult to juggle both kids and work! They have made my transition back into work after maternity leave as easy as possible.

Kirsty Hannaford

Head Vet Nurse  |  Pukekohe

I have been with Franklin Vets for five years after returning home from time spent living/working in Australia. I am now the head nurse at our Pukekohe clinic and manage a growing team of 10 veterinary nurses.

Upon knowing I was returning home to New Zealand, and having already worked in a couple of veterinary clinics, I knew I wanted to work in a large, up to date/modern clinic with high standards for patient care along with advanced imaging and diagnostic equipment. I thrive on multitasking, a busy environment and embrace complex cases and that’s exactly what I got, and continue to get at Franklin Vets. No day is the same and you never know what could walk through the door.

Amongst the variety of different cases and treatments required, our in-house laboratory is definitely one of my passions. Not only do I enjoy running the different kinds of samples and tests, but our in-house Idexx setup means we can get results quick smart for our patients, which is critical to get the right treatment started as soon as possible.

Julia Harrison

Inventory Manager  |  Pukekohe Clinic

I graduated from Massey in 2004 with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and have worked as a vet nurse since then. I started at Franklin Vets Pukekohe in 2009 as the Head Veterinary Nurse, had my daughter Alice in 2012, returned to Franklin Vets in 2014 as the Inventory Manager in charge of stock ordering, management, promotions and product lines.

I was attracted to working at Franklin Vets because it is a progressive clinic with good career opportunities.

My favourite part about working here is that I work with great bunch of people. My role allows for travel to all eight branches which means a variety of locations and people to work with.

I have found Franklin Vets flexible with accommodating its peoples’ lifestyle commitments, and I believe this makes for happier employees. As I am a predominantly a solo parent, my role allows me to work from home and on the road as needed. This is turn allows me to prioritise my daughter when I need to, which lets me to fulfil both my personal and work duties 100%.

Lisa Berge

Accounts Administrator  |  Papakura Clinic

I’ve been with Franklin Vets for just over 12 years.  I started part-time doing data entry/accounts and large animal reception support. The role has grown into full time debtor management and customer care.

I was attracted to Franklin Vets because it was a local company offering me part-time hours and I had a general interest in farm animals.

My favourite parts of working for Franklin Vets are my colleagues and our clients. Although the company has grown significantly in staff numbers, for me it still has the feel of a ‘family company’.

Franklin Vets has been very supportive of my family and all that it entails. Whether it’s a sports day, a sick child or you just need to juggle your usual hours to allow time for something personal, it’s never a problem.  In a nutshell, everyone supports one another.