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.
Anna Whitfield Bvsc
Annie graduated from Massey in 2004 and spent the first 3 years in mixed animal practice in Opunake and Otorohanga before venturing over to the UK on her OE. There she spent 4.5 years locuming in various locations in mixed and small animal practice and travelled to many parts of the world. In 2011 she returned to the Waikato and has since been working predominantly with dairy cows in Te Awamutu. She enjoys working with farmers to give them a structured approach to mating, mastitis and metabolics. Annie and her husband Dan live in Cambridge with their young son Stanley & naughty border terrier, Dudley.
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.
Jess graduated from Massey at the end of 2018 and will be joining us in Early 2019. Jess spent alot of time with us as a student over the last 3 years and is looking forward to the challenge of a new career.
James Young BVSc MVPHMgt PhD
James has had a long association with The Cow Vets having spent time with us as a student in 2006 and then as a spring locum in 2008 and 2009 between his trips to China working on Fonterra's developing Dairy Farms in Tianjin. James has spent a fair bit of time in the Waikato having grown up in Te Awamutu and Cambridge and attending high school in Hamilton. Currently James is working on Research Aid projects in Cambodia and Lao PDR, seeking improved methods for smallholder beef production through the University of Sydney. This involves investigating methods to prevent diseases exotic to NZ including foot-and-mouth disease and haemorrhagic septicaemia, as well as improved cattle feeding and nutrition.