86 Harris Street, Pukekohe 2120
Veterinary Hospital, Cattery and Pet Supplies, Farm, Lifestyle and Equine Services & Supplies
Companion Animal Services
This BESTPRACTICE® accredited clinic is fully equipped, and open 7 days. We offer diagnostic, medical and surgical facilities and pet supplies, plus we have a cattery onsite run by our fully trained vet nurses. We also have cat-friendly accreditation, which means we have met a list of requirements for reducing the stress for cats visiting our clinic.
Dr Paul Eason leads our team of Companion Animal vets, nurses and support staff.
NOTE: During Level 3, all pet consults & supply pickups are by appointment only. Thanks for your patience.
Farm, Lifestyle & Equine Services
Our farm services are available 24/seven. Dr Jason Fayers leads our team of dairy, lifestyle and equine vets.
Companion Animal Services
This BESTPRACTICE® accredited clinic is fully equipped, and open 7 days. We offer diagnostic, medical and surgical facilities and pet supplies. Paul Eason, Director & Veterinarian heads the team of Companion Animal vets and support staff.
Dr Paul Eason
BVM&S MANZCVS (Surgery, Emergency & Critical Care)
Paul graduated in 1989 at Edinburgh and worked a variety of practices in the UK, before moving to New Zealand in 1997. He is now a director of Franklin Vets (based at Pukekohe) where his main interests are in surgery, particularly orthopaedics, and he enjoys mucking about with lame dogs.
Paul also holds Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Surgery and Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.
Dr Nikki Frost
BSc BVSc MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats)
Nikki received a BSc from Auckland University in 2000 and then went on to complete a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University in 2005. Nikki achieved Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in the Medicine of Cats in 2018. She enjoys feline medicine, dentistry and dermatology.
Nikki lives in Pukekohe with her family, which also includes two golden retrievers and a tortoiseshell cat.
Dr Katherine Johnson
Katherine graduated from Massey University in 1996. She enjoys caring for client’s companion animals and working as part of our skilled team.
She has worked in several Auckland companion animal clinics and joined Franklin Vets in 2009 as a locum, before becoming permanent in March 2017.
Outside of work Katherine enjoys spending time with her family, walking their dog and doing the occasional triathlon.
Dr Bryan Hughes
Bryan graduated from Massey University in 1995. After spending 2 years working in New Zealand, he set off his overseas experience which ended up lasting 20 years with him working in a small animal practice in Surrey, in the United Kingdom.
Outside of work Bryan enjoys watching rugby, winter biathlon and spending time with his family.
Dr Linda Sharp
Linda graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2000. Since then she has worked in various practices in Australia and New Zealand, in both large and small animal roles. She joined the Franklin Vets companion animal team in 2016 and particularly enjoys the challenges of dermatology and geriatric care.
Dr Kelly McKenzie
After graduating from Massey University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Kelly moved to Australia with her now fiance for 5 years, working as a vet in both mixed and equine practices in Victoria and Queensland. In 2020 it was time to move home, and she initially went back into equine work before making the move solely to companion animal practice with Franklin Vets in 2021. Kelly enjoys connecting with people and their pets, the science of vet medicine, and she is keen to further her interests in dermatology and ophthalmology.
Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family, friends and her little Aussie import cat, exercising, and getting into the outdoors.
Dr Priya Kana
Born and raised on a lifestyle block in Pukekohe, Priya has a strong passion for helping people and pets in our community. She joined the Franklin Vets companion animal team in early 2018 after studying for five years at Massey University vet school in Palmerston North.
Outside of work, Priya can be found exploring New Zealand’s natural beauty with friends, or at home spending downtime with family (including her beloved mischievous cat, Olive).
Dr Marie Potthoff
Marie grew up in California, USA then moved to New Zealand and became a veterinarian by completing a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Massey University in 2019. She then moved Franklin Vets to join the companion animal team. She enjoys looking after not only dogs and cats but also has an interest in birds, rabbits, and any other pets that may swim, or fly or crawl into the clinic.
Outside of work Marie loves tramping, kayaking, climbing, or just exploring the country.
Dr Shenade Benson
Shenade graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2020. She is looking forward to developing a mixture of skills in both companion and lifestyle animal medicine and surgery, with a particular interest in both imaging and nutrition. Working at both the Pukekohe and Waiuku clinics, Shenade is looking forward to meeting a broad variety of pet owners and working with them to achieve the best care for their animals.
In her spare time, Shenade enjoys catching up with family and friends, playing hockey, snowboarding, attempting golf, and travelling.
Dr Jarrin Kistanna
After completing the Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2020, Jarrin moved up from the humble Palmerston North to join the companion animal team at Pukekohe. Full of enthusiasm, he is excited to practice high-quality medicine and provide the best care for all his patients.
Out of the clinic, you might spot Jarrin hiking throughout the country or visiting family and friends. If you want to distract Jarrin, just ask him about his spoilt and adored dog, Lucy.
Head Vet Nurse
Hannah started with Franklin Vets in November 2015. She has been around animals since she was born, growing up on a dairy farm. Her main passion is cats and dogs, focusing on the surgical element (she loves scrubbing into surgeries).
In her spare time, Hannah loves hiking, cooking and looking after her animals.
Customer Service Team Leader
Abby joined the Franklin Vets Team in late 2020 after spending almost 10 years working in animal shelters. Abby moved from Australia to New Zealand in 2018 after falling in love with New Zealand on a previous holiday. Outside of work Abby enjoys fostering bottle feeding kittens, spending time exploring New Zealand and training her dogs.
Our farm services are available 24/seven.
Dr Jason Fayers
BVM&S CertCHP (Cattle Health & Productivity) Director & Veterinarian
Jason graduated from Edinburgh in 1996. He holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Cattle Health and Productivity with experience split between high yielding Holstein dairy cows in the UK and NZ Dairying Systems. Jason became a director of Franklin Vets in 2007. Jason is also an Accredited SmartSAMM Accredited Veterinarian, InCalf Advisor, and Healthy Hoof Advisor.
Jason coached and played rugby at Onewhero for several seasons, but after another concussion he is now resigned to being a vocal supporter!
Dr David Hawkins
BVSc Director & Veterinary Consultant
David graduated from Massey University in 1992. After several years in mixed practice in New Zealand and abroad he started with Franklin Vets in 1997 as a farm services veterinarian and became a director of the company in 2003.
David oversees Franklin Vet’s farm consulting and research division. He has an established Intelact (soon to be Headlands) clientelle dealing with herd health, nutrition, farm systems and sustainability issues. David is a tutor on NZ’s Advanced Mastitis Course and sits on the National Mastitis Committee. He oversees a wide variety of research projects which will be summarized on our website over coming months.
Outside of the job he spends a lot of time with family and church activities enjoying music, sailing, traveling and water sports. David is based at our Pukekohe clinic.
Dr Brent Neal
BVSc MANZCVS Veterinary Pharmacology
Brent worked in the cold, wet and beautiful west of Scotland as the head dairy vet of a varied mixed practice before returning to New Zealand with his wife, and two children. Brent’s work interests include bovine reproduction and disease control / eradication (BVD being his passion).
Outside of work he enjoys his rugby, fishing and the occasional game of golf.
Dr Graeme Charteris
Graeme joined Franklin Vets in May 2019 as a farm vet based out of Pukekohe. He grew up on a dairy farm in coastal Taranaki. There he developed a love of the outdoors and enjoyment of helping animals. This led to an interest in becoming a veterinarian. Since leaving university in 2006, Graeme has worked in Taranaki and Waikato. He enjoys calving cows, solving problems and helping farmers keep their animals healthy.
Outside of work Graeme enjoys Squash and golf, and spending time with his young family.
Dr Tim Batchelor
Tim originally joined the Franklin Vets team back in 2014 at the Kopu Branch. He spent 4 years working his way around the farms and lifestyle blocks of the Coromandel and Hauraki Plains, then took a brief diversion into the companion animal sector with Franklin Vets Papakura.
Tim said his farewells to the team in 2019 as he dutifully began following his partner around the country as she continued her medical consultancy training. After spending 6-months in the dusty winery-filled Hawkes Bay, working primarily with dry stock, Tim has returned to Franklin Vets fold with 6 months in Taupiri and now joining the Pukekohe farm team.
Dr Heath Macleod
Heath joined the Franklin Vets team in October 2021. He graduated from the University of Calgary in 2017. After a year in mixed animal practice, he moved to a cattle practice in Western Canada for three years before making the move to New Zealand.
In his spare time, Heath enjoys curling, playing hockey, putting maple syrup on most foods and wearing plaid.
Production Animal Technician
Katie has been with Franklin Vets since August 2018 after completing a Rural Animal Technician Certificate. She joined the Taupiri team in early 2019 and then moved to the Pukekohe team in June 2019. She enjoys working outdoors and is interested in all areas of large animal work.
She enjoys swimming and playing netball and in her spare time can be found at the beach with her dog Speight.
Linsay has been with Franklin Vets since 2017 and enjoys a split role which sees her working with David Hawkins as a research assistant and helping on farm as a Large Animal Technician. Linsay completed the Massey Uni Vet Tech degree several years’ ago, after working in the Interior Design & Textile industry in Auckland for many years.
She enjoys animals, playing with colour, fabrics, textures, and tramping around in bush or climbing coastal hills, paddling around beaches & harbours by kayak, riding mountain bike trails and exploring country roads by bike. Once upon a time she was a capable distance runner and cyclist, and got to wear the silver fern finishing 18th at the World Duathlon champs.
LA Customer Services Manager
Gretchen has worked for Franklin Vets for since 2014 and enjoys working with our farming clients. She grew up on a high-country sheep & beef farm in Northland before moving to Auckland for a career in banking and finance. After starting a family, she moved back to help on her brother’s farm in the Wairamarama district, and has now settled down the road in the Pukekawa district.
LA & Equine Customer Services
Sandra has worked in veterinary clinics for the past eight years, and joined the Franklin Vets team in mid-2016. Locally born and bred, Sandra and her family now live on a lifestyle block in Glenbrook surrounded by a collection of livestock and pets, mainly horses.
She has a long equine background having family involved over the years with both Standardbreds, Thoroughbreds and Sport Horses.
86 Harris Street, Pukekohe 2120