Farm & Lifestyle Services

We know that consistency of vets is important to you, and the Taupiri and Te Kauwhata branches are run closely together to share after-hours and emergencies. Our aim is to have one lead vet and a backup vet allocated to your farm, to ensure we have a good understanding of your business and your farming goals. We know that the service we provide (and relationships that we form with our clients), is key to our ongoing success.

Farm Services

Our farm services team is available 24/seven. Kris Brownlee leads the team of dairy &  lifestyle vets.

Dr Kris Brownlee Veterinarian

Dr Kris Brownlee – Regional Manager

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Kris is the lead vet for our Taupiri and Te Kauwhata branches and has many years of experience in the North Waikato area. She is passionate about dairy cattle vetting especially with a whole of herd focus, and as a result of this, has developed special expertise in dairy cattle reproduction, nutrition and mastitis.

Kris an one of our InCalf Advisors and is keen to work with farmers to improve efficiencies on farm.

Dr Jordan Lay vet

Dr Jordan McGimpsey

BVSc (Dist.)
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Jordan is originally from The New Forest, England, and moved with her family to a small lifestyle block, just outside Pukekohe in 2005. She graduated from Massey University in 2018 and joined the team at Taupiri in early 2019. Jordan’s interests include most aspects of production animal medicine and surgery. She is especially enjoying working with dairy clients to improve animal health and production on a herd level.

Outside of work, Jordan is passionate about cricket and can be found each summer avidly supporting the Blackcaps, unless they are playing England of course! She is also a massive foodie and she loves exploring the Waikato region.

Dr Belinda Borman Farm Vet

Dr Belinda Borman

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Belinda joined Franklin Vets in 2020. Born and raised in the Waikato she became passionate about farming after all the time she spent at her grandparent’s large dry stock farm.

She qualified in 2010 and then moved to Kaitaia as a new graduate. After a couple of years, she came back down to the Waikato and has stayed working in the Hamilton surrounds. She enjoys working with all types of farm animals, especially dairy goat work.

When she’s not working she puts time into training her dog for obedience competitions, watching sport and movies.

Caitlin Nielsen Vet Tech

Caitlyn Nielsen

Veterinary Technician
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Caitlyn joined the Franklin Vets team in April 2019 after completing her Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Massey University in 2018. Although she specialised in equine, she has a keen interest in dairy and lifestyle animal care as well. She especially enjoys calf care and looks forward to mucking in during calving and disbudding season!

In her spare time, she enjoys riding her horse and exploring the trails and walkways around the Waikato.

Jeneane Malan Veterinary Technician

Jeneane Malan

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Jeneane joined Franklin Vets in May 2020 just after the lockdown ended, this being her first job after completing a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Massey University 2019. Spending her last year working on the Massey Dairy 4 farm sparked a passion for working with large animals, especially calves. Outside of work she enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and exploring the outdoors.

Ross McDonald Rural Trade Manager

Ross McDonald

Rural Sales Manager
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Ross has over 30 years’ experience in the animal health field, including working as a representative for an animal health company, and as rural sales manager and branch manager for a vet practice in Te Kuiti. Ross forms a vital link with our vets and support staff. This provides a team approach to the service of our clients, supplying commercial products including parasite drenches, trace elements and bulk products such as magnesium and zinc.

Judy Customer Service Taupiri

Judy Amstad

Customer Services Team Leader
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Judy joined Franklin Vets in 1996.  She spent nearly 20 years at Pukekohe Farm services, initially part-time then moving to a full-time team leader position. She left this position in 2015 taking on a clinic-wide relief position. Judy joined the Taupiri team in 2017 on a part-time basis while still doing some relief work and thoroughly enjoys being part of the team and getting to know the Taupiri clients.

Judy and her husband sharemilked for many years and now live on a small block just out of Tuakau allowing her time for grandchildren, netball, travel and regular Raglan getaways.

Katie Bell Customer Service Taupiri

Katie Bell

Customer Services
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Katie joined the Franklin Vets team in May 2020. She grew up on a sheep and beef property west of Huntly and has worked in a variety of farming roles including sheep and beef, dairy, equine as well as a rural fencing business.

Katie and her husband along with their three teenagers live on a lifestyle block west of Huntly. Katie enjoys being involved and supporting her children in their equestrian and dirtbike sports.

57 Great S Rd, Taupiri 3721