Hugh Bentall BVSc
Practice Principal & Head Large Animal VeterinarianI have been with the practice for over 30 years now. I enjoy working with animals as well as the ownership of the practice. I have special interests in dairy cattle reproduction and surgery, and orthopaedics in small animals. I find my work in this vet practice stimulating, and I try to do something new or different each year in the vet world. I enjoy being part of a team practice and the chance to share ideas and discuss cases. I spend my spare time at my kids' sports, motor biking (dirt and road), swimming and walking. I'm helping with a few community groups now, with a few committee and board meetings. I look forward to developing the new ideas that we have for the practice.
Jane Langton Burnell BVSc MRCVS
Business Development ManagerI am from Bristol, England. I qualified from Liverpool University in 1985, and came out to this practice as a new graduate to work for a year while Hugh was on his OE. I returned to England, but after 3 years of huge telephone and travel expenses, I married a local dairy farmer and came back to Levin! I worked in this practice for several more years, and then had a 6-year partnership in Levin Veterinary Centre. In 2001, Levin Veterinary Centre merged with Horowhenua Veterinary Services to form Levin and Horowhenua Veterinary Centre, so I'm back! I now have an advisory role in the large animal side of the practice, and am part of the management team. Between work, the dairy farm and my husband and three sons, life is certainly never dull, but I like to take the boys back to England as often as I can to keep in touch with family.
Nic Chalmers BVSc
Companion Animal VeterinarianI have been working in the Horowhenua since graduating from Massey University In 2011. I have 2 young boys, 4 dogs and 1 cat at home. I work part time to allow me to enjoy training my dogs and having family time.
Keith Christensen BVSc
Mixed Animal VeterinarianI hail from up north, and came to Levin in 2002. I graduated from Massey University in 1999 after which I worked in the United States in a small animal clinic and in the North of England during the Foot-and-Mouth epidemic of 2001. I live with my wife Amanda, children Elisabeth and Ben, and our Cleveland Bay horse Peace and tabby cat Ylang Ylang on a lifestyle block. My interests are in dairy cattle production and medicine, lifestyle farms and alpacas, as well as tackling a varied surgical and medical caseload in the small animal clinic. Out of the clinic I am the Group Leader for Kotuku Sea Scouts and I enjoy tramping, sailing and mountain biking.
Charlene Christensen BVSc
Companion Animal VeterinarianI graduated from Massey in 2009, and recently moved to Levin after practising for two years in the Hawke's Bay. I enjoy a mixed practice caseload, when I'm not working I enjoy running, gardening and vetting the occasional endurance ride. My husband and I have two cats, and hopefully shortly a new pup.
Janine Janssen DVM
Large Animal VeterinarianI graduated in The Netherlands in January 2007, and immigrated to New Zealand shortly after, starting work in Rotorua. In April 2008 I joined Levin and Horowhenua Vets as a full time large animal vet. I worked in Levin for 2 years before going the Waikato for 3 months, during the spring season, to calf cows. Since 2010 I am working part-time for the clinic, mainly large animals and equine. I am qualified as a healthy hoof consultant and love giving herd based advice to help the farm progress. I live in town with my little girl Michelle. She is an adorable toddler and is very active. She is very interested in my vet truck and the work I do with animals. We have two cats at home who Michelle loves playing with. I also have two horses, which are grazing on a dairy farm. One is a rescue horse the other is a show jumping/ dressage horse. During spring I work full-time as a large animal vet, while during the rest of the year I work part time so I can spent some time with my fast growing little girl. I am looking forward to meeting you out and about on the farm or lifestyle block.
Richard Munn BVSc MANZCVS (Pharmacology)
Mixed Animal VeterinarianI saw practice at Levin & Horowhenua Vets many times as a student, and am very glad to be working here now. My wife Rachel also saw practice at the clinic and has now graduated as a veterinary technologist. I started working with whole herd health management for a practice that specialises in serving large dairy herds across the country. I came to Levin to broaden my experience but also bring experience in large animal medicine that I hope will be an asset for us all. Outside of work I am a keen outdoorsman. Rachael and I live in Levin with our two young children, three turtles, an axolotl, a Paradise fish, a dog and a cat.
Andrew Weller BVSc
Mixed Animal Veterinarian
Julie Whitehead BVSc
Mixed Animal Veterinarian
Amanda CVNI have a great love for animals having been involved in the veterinary industry all my life with my Dad (a mixed veterinarian). I spent many weekends and holidays helping him in the clinic and out and about with the large animals. Not to mention helping with caesareans - rubbing puppies in the early hours of the morning! I became his veterinary receptionist/nurse in 2003. I worked full-time and studied part-time through Otago Polytechnic for 2 years to obtain my National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. I’ve since worked at two other veterinary clinics in the area before coming to Levin & Horowhenua Vets. I was Head Nurse before going on maternity leave, and now work part-time in the clinic. I live with my husband Keith, children Elisabeth and Ben, and our Cleveland Bay horse Peace and tabby cat Ylang Ylang on a lifestyle block.
Lorna CVNOriginally from Yorkshire, England, I moved to the Hawkes Bay with my family in 2002. I decided to remain in the Bay to complete my tertiary education and graduated in 2012 with a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. I worked in clinics in Auckland and the Hawkes Bay before starting at LHVC at the end of 2015. I enjoy the diversity in cases and the passionate team I work with. I find nursing an extremely rewarding career and have a particular interest in critical care. My partner, Brendan, and I share our house with two goofy Labradors, Lilly and Choppa, and Rupert the guinea pig.
After moving up to Levin from Wellington in July, I started working at Levin and Horowhenua Vets in October 2017. I have always had a strong passion for animals and have wanted to go the extra mile in order to help them. I studied my National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2014 and have just completed my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2017. I come from a small family and have a cat called Marty and a Border Collie called Ralph. It is a privilege to be able to care for, nurse and enhance quality of life for peoples pets and being able to bond with them.