2 Court Street, Waiuku 2123
Veterinary Hospital, Pet Supplies, Farm, Lifestyle and Equine Services & Supplies
Companion Animal Services
Our Waiuku BESTPRACTICE® accredited clinic shows that we have a commitment to ongoing professional excellence and that you can have confidence in us.
Ongoing critical evaluation of our surgical, medical, diagnostic, nursing and dispensing practices ensure that our patients and clients receive the most up to date care and advice. By having systems in place to support our staff we are able to provide friendly and helpful service. You can be sure that when you entrust your pets and farm/lifestyle animals to us that they are receiving the best in veterinary care.
Nick Twyford, Director & Veterinarian, heads the team of Companion Animal vets and support staff.
Dr Nick Twyford
BVSc MANZCVS (Medicine of Dogs)
Nick started with Franklin Vets in 1982, becoming a Director in 1986. That same year he became a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, in the subject of canine medicine. Nick’s main clinical interests are orthopaedic surgery and dentistry.
He is also a keen fisherman.
Dr Estelle Louard
BVSc MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine)
Estelle has a keen interest in Dermatology and enjoys improving the lives of pets with chronic skin conditions. She became a member of the Australian & NZ College of veterinary scientists in 2018, in the subject of Small Animal Medicine.
Estelle endeavours to give patients a positive experience during their visit to the clinic by using a gentle & calm handling approach. She is passionate about animal welfare and is involved with animal charities.
Dr Christina Booker
Christina joined Franklin Vets in 2018 after graduating from Massey University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2017. She previously worked as a veterinary nurse at our Papakura branch before embarking on her veterinary science studies.
Christina enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery with a particular interest in ophthalmology and nutrition.
Farm, Lifestyle & Equine Services
Our farm services team is available 24/seven.
Dr Dan Fitzharris – Branch Manager
Dan leads the farm team at our Waiuku branch and has a particular interest in BVD.
Dan has joined the Waiuku Rugby squad, a rangy lock who has played for Coastal in Taranaki and was rated as one of the top locks in club competition, as well as a former NZ Universities player. Dan adds some height to the Waiuku pack and we will be following his team’s progress closely, as we have been proud sponsors of Waiuku Rugby for many seasons.
Dr David Hawkins – Director
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 operates from the Waiuku branch servicing farm and lifestyle clients. He has a broad experience in mastitis management and control, clinical trial work and is growing an Intelact consultancy base. David is the current Dairy Cattle Veterinary Society Representative on the National Mastitis Committee and contributes regularly to various farming publications on mastitis and milk quality issues.
Outside of the job he spends a lot of time with family and church activities enjoying squash, music, bush walking and water sports. David is based at our Waiuku clinic.
Dr Kendra McLeod
Kendra is a Florida native and following vet school she furthered her veterinary training by becoming certified in equine acupuncture and veterinary chiropractic. She has previously worked in both NZ and Australia, and is excited to be back here and she looks forward to meeting you and your horses.
Kendra is one of only a few certified veterinary chiropractors in New Zealand. Chiropractic focuses primarily on restoring normal range of motion and movement in the spinal column. During these treatments, she uses her hands to manipulate the joints and is effective even with subtle movements when the horse is relaxed.
Kendra will be based in Waiuku on Wednesdays.
BCert RATech (Production Animal Technician)
Since leaving school Emily has studied and worked in the rural sector and after spending time overseas, she studied to be a vet technician.
Emily started working at Franklin Vets in 2009, and she loves contributing to the high standard of animal care, welfare and client services that the team offers.
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 Dan 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.
Rural Sales Manager
Mike has a background in farm retail and has a good knowledge of farm systems, and will be known by some clients from his days as a professional fire fighter. Mike has continued his commitment to his community service by continuing his role as a volunteer with the Waiuku Fire Brigade.
Farm Customer Services
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Kerry has been a long-serving member of our Waiuku clinic, and in 2018 became our Farm Customer Services Rep. While it’s a big change from caring for cats and dogs Kerry is enjoying the challenge of learning the ins and outs of our seasonal workloads.
A very family orientated person Kerry is happiest surrounded by her two grown children and two grandchildren. However, in their absence, Kerry is quite happy to act as surrogate mother to our younger team members and is often fondly thought of as “Work Mum”.
2 Court Street, Waiuku 2123