Franklin Vets Te Kauwhata clinic

Farm, Lifestyle & Equine Services

We know that consistency of vets is important to you, and the Te Kauwhata and Taupiri 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, Lifestyle & Equine Services

Our farm services team is available 24/seven. The Te Kauwhata team of dairy, equine and lifestyle vets is lead by David Moors and senior vet Liz Macintosh.

Dr David Moors

Dr David Moors – Branch Manager

BVSc (Dist) BSc
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David graduated from Liverpool University in 2010, having completed a final year elective in farm animal practice with a focus on dairy. He spent his first years working in the UK in mixed practice in Wales and the Lake District, and the came to New Zealand to work for Franklin Vets in 2012. David’s professional interests are in calf health and surgery.

In his spare time, David is an avid sportsman and was awarded faculty colours at university for contributions to sport having captained the football team and also played hockey and rugby.

Dr Liz Macintosh

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Liz joined our team in January 2013 and takes the lead in calf rearing throughout the practice. She trained in Glasgow, Scotland and moved to New Zealand upon graduation in 2009. Liz’s interests lie in calf rearing, young stock management and proactive herd level organisation and seasonal animal health/nutrition planning.

When not at work Liz enjoys spending time with her young family and rowing at Mercer and surfing at Port Waikato.

Dr Matt Wong

Dr Matt Wong

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Matt joined the practice in April 2017, coming from a large dairy practice in the South Island. Matt has a split role assisting with both companion animals and farm work in both Te Kauwhata and Pukekohe. He particularly enjoys the challenges of calvings, prolapses and other emergency large animal work!

Outside of work, Matt enjoys rock climbing, hiking and the odd game of tennis.

Dr Melissa Kane vet

Dr Melissa Kane

BVSc Hons
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Melissa qualified as a veterinary nurse after high school and has worked in the animal industry for the past 13 years, including a stint at Ambreed (now CRV) collecting semen, and looking after young up and coming stock. After moving to Australia in her early 20’s she attended vet school in Queensland where she graduated in 2017 with BVSc Hons and then moved home to NZ to start her vet career with Franklin Vets.

During vet school, Melissa worked as a nurse in the specialist equine hospital and as a research assistant for mastitis and lameness research in dairy cattle. She is interested in research and is currently looking to publish her first journal article on an early detection tool for mastitis. Her current fields of interest in vet medicine are equine and dairy medicine. In her spare time, she likes to go to the beach and catch up with her family and friends.

Dr Katie Kindleysides equine vet

Dr Katie Kindleysides

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Katie grew up in rural northern England on a dairy farm where she learnt to ride native ponies. After qualifying from Liverpool University in 2008, Katie started her working career in a busy equine referral hospital working with referral colic and emergency surgeries as well as training in anesthesia, before moving to general & referral equine practice in Yorkshire (England) where she remained until moving to New Zealand in March 2012.

Katie enjoys the full range of challenges horses throw at her daily but has developed a particular interest in equine veterinary dentistry in which she has completed multiple post-graduate courses, practical sessions and university modules.  This is in keeping with her passion for preventative healthcare which she enjoys educating owners on whilst working with them to keep their horses’ welfare in top order.

Katie is in the Te Kauwhata region on Thursday afternoons.

Amanda Carr veterinary technician

Amanda Carr

Production Animal Technician
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Amanda lives in Te Kauwhata and has previously been farming in the area for over 8 years. Most of her farming experience is with dairy cattle and rearing replacements, however, she has also worked on a dairy goat farm. She has always wanted to work in veterinary medicine and after a year of study graduated top of her class in early 2017 with a certificate in vet nursing.

Amanda started work at Franklin Vets Te Kauwhata in August 2017 and after completing her first season she feels that she has a good base to continue learning and adding to her experience in the role. In particular, she has enjoyed de-budding calves, taking blood samples, being an “in the field” surgical assistant and the bolusing of both cattle and sheep. She is interested in learning more about sheep work as she had not worked with them before joining Franklin Vets.

Karen Elliott

Client Services Manager
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Karen has been working at our Te Kauwhata branch since its opening in 2006 and in that time, she has gained a wealth of knowledge in the veterinary health sector. Karen enjoys the great relationships she has developed with our clients over the years, and working with the dedicated and professional North Waikato team.

Angela Pater

Customer Services
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Ange started with Franklin Vets in 2012 and enjoys working in a business that is an integral part of her home town. She enjoys helping out our customers and catching up with the locals she has grown up with over the years.

Companion Animal Services

We have a pet clinic with surgical facilities running 3 days a week at our Te Kauwhata branch.  These services are backed up with additional diagnostic, medical & surgical facilities, which are available in our main hospital in Pukekohe. This BESTPRACTICE accredited hospital is fully equipped and open 7 days.

After hours emergency care for companion animal patients for all Franklin Vets clinics is provided by the Manukau After Hours Clinic.

Dr Matt Wong

Dr Matt Wong

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Matt joined the practice in April 2017, and has recently taken the role of Lead Companion Animal Veterinarian in TK. Splitting his time between the busy Pukekohe animal hospital and the Te Kauwhata clinic as well Large Animal work keeps him fairly busy.

Outside of work, Matt enjoys rock climbing, hiking and the odd game of tennis.

Dr Katherine Johnson

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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.

Toni Beasley vet nurse

Toni Beasley

Vet Nurse – BVTech
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Toni has been working at Franklin Vets as a Veterinary Nurse since she graduated from Massey University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. Toni also works in our Pukekohe clinic but enjoys the small town community that Te Kauwhata offers. She has really enjoyed getting our small animal surgery up and running and looks forward to caring for all your pets.

When she’s not at work, Toni enjoys spending time on her lifestyle block with her young family and menagerie of animals.

Unit 2, 91 Waerenga Road, Te Kauwhata 3710

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