Veterinary Hospital, Cattery and Pet Supplies, Farm, Lifestyle and Equine Services & Supplies

Companion Animal Services

Our 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)
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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)
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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

Dr Christina Booker

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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

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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

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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.

Goran Medic

Dr Goran Medic


Goran graduated from Belgrade University in 1991. After several years spent in large animal practice in Serbia, he immigrated to NZ with his family in 1994. After passing the NZ veterinary examination in 1996, he spend 11 years working in a regulatory environment for MPI.

Goran joined the Franklin Vets family in 2008 as a farm services veterinarian. He is based at Waiuku, and also provides veterinary services to our Pukekohe and Papakura farm and lifestyle clients.

In his spare time Goran likes spending time with his family and enjoys riding his distinctive light blue Vespa while discovering the beautiful NZ countryside. He relaxes by playing the piano accordion and training Aikido at the Ramarama Dojo.

Dr Kendra McLeod equine vet

Dr Kendra McLeod

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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.

Mike Culpin

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.

Margaret Ellis

Client Services
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Margaret is indispensible, organising not only many farmers and the Waiuku reception but the vets too!  A mean feat by any standards. You will catch Margaret in local equine circles and at the Horse of the Year Show.

2 Court Street, Waiuku 2123

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