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.
Chris Jolley BVSc
Chris Graduated from Massey in 1993, and commenced work in a dairy practice in Tirau. Chris and his wife, Kim, established The Cow Vet and Cambridge Pet Vet clinic in 1998. Chris had a break from clinical practice for 4 years, giving share-milking and working in industry a try. Luckily for us Chris decided to return to clinical practice in 2010. With over 20 years experience in the industry, Chris's biggest strength is his aility to find simple, practical solutions for problems on client's farms.His other interests include carpentry (he is very good) and playing the guitar (he built one himself)
Anne 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.
Scott Dawson BVSc
Scott is from a dairy farming family in Matamata. At one stage Scott was a client of the clinic when he was running a dairy farm in Roto-o-rangi he owned in partnership with his brother. They converted the farm to dairy goats and then Scott went off to vet school. He graduated in 2012 and went to work for Annexa in Morrinsville. He has recently moved back to his farm in Matamata and will be primarily based in that area with Mark.
Meredith Love BVSc
Meredith is originally from a sheep & beef farm in the Manawatu. She has spent the last 10 years as a mixed practice veterinarian up in Northland. Meredith is a trained In-Calf adviser and is currently undertaking a year long course in dairy nutrition. Her veterinary favourites include calvings, disease outbreaks and all things BVD.
James Young BVSc MVPHMgt
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.