Having in the past had vets who had very poor communication skills and getting information was like pulling teeth! We now have vets who have very good people skills, they give information freely and keep us informed at all times. We have an excellent relationship with all of our vets, this comes when your practice is not too big and your customers have names not numbers. We are very grateful we made the move to The Cow Vets.
Mark O'Callaghan BVSc DipEnvAgSci DipHRM
Mark graduated from Massey in 1994 and has worked in dairy cattle practice in the Waikato ever since, apart from 4 years out for an OE. He purchased the Cambridge Pet vet & Cow vet clinic in May 2005, rebranding it and expanding the business to include 2 more clinics. Mark has a keen interest in nutrition, reproductive performance and minimising the incidence of metabolic disease on dairy farms. In 2012 Mark was the first New Zealand based person to complete the Dairy Australia Diploma in HR management, which is specifically aimed at farming businesses. He now incorporates staff management into his consultancy work with clients. He and his wife Cathy have three children, James, Sarah & George.
Patrick Taylor BVSc
A farmer’s son from Gordonton, Patrick graduated from Massey in 2015 and went straight into dairy practice in Canterbury. He then spent two years locuming in England and travelling Europe with his partner Eleanor. In 2019 he returned to his home turf in the Waikato and a temporary calving job quickly became a permanent one, as he remembered how much he loved calving cows! Patrick enjoys working with farmers to improve cow performance and has a particular passion for surgery and condition scoring. In his spare time Patrick enjoys paragliding – he is currently having lessons with the aim being to offer a ‘fly in fly out’ veterinary service to suitable farms! He also has a passion for baking bread and training his new kitten Arcus.
Charlotte Plummer Bvsc
Charlotte is an experienced British vet who joined our team in June 2019. Charlotte comes from a dairy farming family in the UK so has a lifetime of experience with cows. Her professional interests include beef production systems and bovine medicine. Outside of work Charlotte enjoys the local young farmers club and travelling New Zealand from top to bottom. Her highlights so far include holidaying in the Coromandel, kayaking the Wanganui river and campervanning around the South Island.
Michelle Dixon BVSc
Michelle is a mixed animal vet who joined us in December 2017, after working in Glenview for 9 years. Michelle graduated from Massey in 2009 and has a broad range of skills across both farm animals and pets.
Jessica Harris BVSc BSc PGDipWilm
Jess graduated from Massey and joined us in Early 2019. Jess spent a lot of time with us as a student while at vet school and is looking forward to the challenge of a new career having previously gained a BSc in Zoology and a post grad diploma in Wildlife management. She's also worked and traveled overseas extensively so has lots of experience of the real world! At home she is supported by her fiance Simon, and her dogs Kobi and Benson, her cat, couple of cows, chickens...