Meet The Team

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Veterinarians

Hugh Bentall BVSc

Practice Principal and Head Large Animal Veterinarian

hughlhvcvetI 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.

Julie Whitehead BVSc

Companion Animal Veterinarian

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Nic Chalmers BVSc

Companion Animal Veterinarian

niclevinvet I have been working in the Horowhenua since graduating from Massey University In 2011. I have two young boys, four dogs and a cat at home. I work part time to allow me to enjoy training my dogs and having family time.

Keith Christensen BVSc

Mixed Animal Veterinarian

keithlhvcvetI 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 really enjoy the varied life of the mixed practice veterinarian, which can see me diving into any challenge in any species, any day of the week! My main workload is dairy cattle but I enjoy sheep and beef cattle medicine when I can and have branched out into deer work over the last year as well. The lifestyle blocks of the Horowhenua present us with varied work that keeps us busy with plenty of horse, alpaca, goat and pig work too. I won’t object to throwing my hand in with the dogs and cats either and love a bit of surgery from time to time when they need me. I live with my wife Amanda, children Elisabeth and Ben, with two horses, one dog, two cats, and five ewes on our lifestyle block. Out of the clinic I am the Group Leader for Kotuku Sea Scouts and I enjoy getting outside with the kids as much as I can.

 Charlene Christensen BVSc

Veterinarian and Headlands Consultant

charlenelhvcvetI graduated from Massey University in 2010, and have worked for LHVC since 2012.  After having practiced as a mixed veterinarian, I made the move into farm consultancy after starting my training through Headlands (what was previously Intelact). Being married to a dairy farmer, the promotion of animal health and improving farm productivity has been a large driver and an area of interest. Particular areas of expertise are subclinical acidosis and the role on herd production, and finding areas within the farming system to reduce the cost of production. Outside of my working life, I have a young family to keep me busy, and enjoy carpentry and getting outside in my spare time.

Sarah Goulter BVSc

Companion Animal Veterinarian

no-imageOriginally from Whangarei, I graduated from Massey Palmerston North with my BVSc in 2011. I worked in a mixed practice in Taranaki for several years but eventually narrowed my focus to companion animals which have always been my true passion. I moved back to the Manawatu in 2017 where I now live with my husband, an energetic young dog, my cat, and two Flemish giant rabbits. I have a special interest in working with less common companion animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs.

Emily Hooper BVSc

Mixed Animal Veterinarian

emilylhvcvetI graduated from Massey University in 2019 and joined LHVC for my first job as a mixed veterinarian in March 2020. I like working with a range of species and am enjoying the variety that comes with working in a mixed practice. I grew up in Dunedin and moved to the Manawatu to study, but I fell in love with the region and have stuck around! In my spare time I enjoy biking, skiing, and exploring new places. I look forward to meeting you all in the clinic and on farm!

Christina Morris DVM CCRP

Companion Animal Veterinarian

christinalhvcvetI grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. I graduated from William Jewell College in 2009 with Bachelors degrees in Biology, Bioethics, and Philosophy. I stayed in the area for another year training dressage horses, and in 2010 moved to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, where I attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. It was there that I met my husband, Matthew, who was on the island teaching kite surfing for his gap year. He and our three dogs moved back to the States in 2013. I finished my doctorate in veterinary medicine at Oregon State University and remained in Portland, Oregon for three years. In 2017 Matthew was accepted to Massey University's veterinary program. I relocated to New Zealand in early 2018 and began working at LHVC. We live on a lifestyle block with our four dogs, two cats, and three goats, but those numbers are sure to grow! I have a deep passion for surgery and rehabilitation, and am a certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. I plan on beginning my training in acupuncture soon. I am very excited to be in New Zealand!

Andrew Weller BVSc

Mixed Animal Veterinarian

andrewlevinvetI joined the practice in the start of 2017, moving to the Kapiti Coast with my fiancee. I have a strong interest in equine medicine, and I spent 2016 working in an equine specialist hospital in Canterbury. However, I greatly missed pulling calves out in the rain in the early hours of the morning and working with puppies and kittens so sought to return to mixed practice. I thoroughly enjoy working at LHVC with the wide variety of cases and the high standards of being a "Best Practice" clinic. When I'm not working, I'm usually on the beach or hiking in the Tararua ranges with my hyperactive four year old labrador.

 


Farm Team

Ashleigh BVT

ashleighlevinvettechI graduated from Massey University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. Over my uni holidays I worked on several farms in the Manawatu as well as working in a large animal vet clinic just out of Palmerston North. I came to work here at LHVC in March 2016. I grew up on a small farm just out of Palmerston North where we've had a large variety of animals from cows, sheep and chickens to cats and dogs. When I'm not at work, I love playing netball and being outdoors.

 Steph BVT

stephlhvcvetI completed the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Massey University in 2017, where I specialised in working with production animals. Throughout my life I have grown up on both a dairy farm and lifestyle block in the Manawatu region. My favourite thing about being a vet tech is the diversity of my role. The ability to work with a number of different species of animals in this role captured my attention. At home I have a small collection of my own animals including a husky puppy, a cat, two rabbits and a hand-trained budgie. Outside of work I love being outdoors, going to the gym and hanging out with friends and family.

Taiesha BVT

tailevinvettech I graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology in 2018, and started out at LHVC straight from uni. I grew up rurally and have worked and lived with all sorts of farm animals ever since leaving the sunny Bay of Plenty to study. It’s hard to think of an area of this job that interests me more than any other, but I have enjoyed working on lifestyle blocks, dairy farms and also with horses. When not at work, you can find me either riding my own horse, at the gym, down at my local fire station where I am a volunteer firefighter, or tending to my small zoo of animals at home!

Britney

britneylevinfarmteam In July 2019 I started working at LHVC as the newest addition to the farm team. I grew up in Levin on a lifestyle block with my horse, sheep and cats. I enjoy being outdoors and with my family and friends. I previously went to Massey University where I completed my Diploma in Science and Technology. I am really enjoying working at Levin & Horowhenua Veterinary Clinic and getting to interact with a range of different people and learning about all the different animals and their needs.
 

Veterinary Nurses

Sarah P DVN

sarahlevinvetnurse I graduated from Massey University with a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing in 2011. I have since worked in Australia as well as NZ in companion animal practices, in emergency critical care, and lecturing at UCOL with the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing course. I joined the LHVC team in 2016 and immediately loved the high standard of patient care that is practiced here. I love all aspects of nursing and have recently been studying towards my CCRP certification in Canine Rehabilitation.  I thoroughly enjoy meeting our clients, helping them understand their animals better and I love providing the best care for all our patients. When not at work I love walking my mixed breed dog Phineas.  He is providing some behavioural challenges though, which keeps me grounded and keeps me learning and being challenged. I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies.

Sian DVN

no-image I grew up in an animal-loving family and knew I would eventually work with animals. After studying and working for a few years, I decided to go back to uni and study veterinary nursing. I graduated in 2015 and began working here in March 2016. I have really enjoyed my time here. I live with my partner, two cats and my much-loved greyhound, Binty. In my spare time I enjoy going for bush walks, attending organised meet-ups with other greyhound owners, and spending time with family and friends.

Alysha AHT

no-image I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University in 2013. Following graduation I was fortunate to be employed by a small animal practice in Vancouver where my passion for working with animals began. I remained there for almost four years during which I completed my Animal Health Technology diploma through a distance program offered by Thompson Rivers University. However, I was not quite done with my education. Upon acceptance to Massey University's Veterinary Science program I moved to Palmerston North, New Zealand in July 2017. I began work as a part time nurse at LHVC in June 2018 and am very grateful to be able to gain clinical experience, maintain my technical skills and study at the same time. My sweet Golden Retriever Ellie Mae is back home but my flatmate's dog, Scooby, (and all the lovely patients at LHVC) help when I need my fur baby fix.

Yvonne CVN

yvonnevetnurseOriginally from Southland, I completed my Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2013 at the Southern Institute of Technology. I have always had a love for animals and it is my greatest privilege in life to be able to work with them. I am particularly interested in field ecology and conservation, and as such completed my Bachelor of Science in biological sciences and psychology in 2017, I am now working towards my Master of Science in zoology. I joined the awesome team at LHVC in late 2018 so that I could fuel my passion for animals, and have more hands-on time with them. I am based in Palmerston North and live with my beloved cat Milly, to whom I am an absolute slave. I may be a crazy cat lady but I adore all animals whatever their species.

Serena

serenalevinvetnurse I am a Veterinary Nurse and I graduated from Otago Polytechnic in 2014. I have been working at Levin & Horowhenua Vets for two years now. My main interests at work are Surgery and Canine behavior. For the last four years I have been running Puppy Preschool classes which is a lot of fun to do; I really enjoy watching the puppies grow and develop over the four week course. Working at Levin & Horowhenua Vets has really allowed me to develop my nursing skills and it's a great place to work.

Abby

abbylevinvetnurse I started working as a vet nurse in 2019 when I was offered a job while on placement as a student. I have been around animals my entire life which is why I am so passionate about the industry. I am always kept on my toes working in the clinic because you never know what is going to walk through the door during the day. I have owned many animals before, but I currently only have one very goofy chocolate Labrador called Arlo. I also love to foster for the SPCA and have bottle fed and raised many kittens! My favourite part of being a vet nurse is of course, all the puppy cuddles!

Chloe BVT

chloevettechlevin I graduated from Massey University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. Before that, I already had a degree in Zoology and Animal Science. I always knew growing up that I was going to work with animals and decided that working in the veterinary industry was the way to go. I have a passion for radiology and physiotherapy and love working with dogs. In my spare time I love working out at the gym, playing modern board games and taking my Corgi (named Jedi) for walks. Working at LHVC has given me a lot of opportunities to expand my knowledge and pursue my passions.
 


Customer Services & Support Team

Laura

lauralevinvetclinicmanagerI started working at LHVC in June 2017 and am now the Office Manager. I was raised in Levin, but moved down to Canterbury with my partner after I finished college. I went to Lincoln University and completed my first year of an Agricultural Science degree, which I hope to complete extramurally. After that, I spent four years on a dairy farm in Methven, Canterbury.  After five years away, we decided it was time to move back to our hometown, and have both picked up jobs we really enjoy. I am a big lover of animals, large and small, and have a cat and dog of my own.

Victoria

victorialevinvetsI started working at Levin & Horowhenua Vets in February 2019. Both myself and my husband were working on a large dairy farm in Taranaki and we have recently moved to a dairy farm in the Horowhenua with our two dogs and countless chickens! I am enjoying working in a veterinary clinic and the new challenges that the small animal support team brings, which has all been very rewarding so far. I can't wait to meet you and your pets, because the best part about the job is being able to meet our clients' fur babies and help them with anything they need!

Jackie

jackielevinvetsI started working at Levin & Horowhenua Vets during the Covid-19 lockdown. My first day working here I had the privilege of being part of an emergency C-section on a dog and it was then I knew this was the job for me! Having been brought up on a dairy farm in Otaki, I lived the good life! This is where my passion for animals began. I have recently moved back home from Taupo to live the good life again! I missed being on the farm, where there is always something happening. At home I have a rescue dog, two cats and a rescue rooster. My favorite animals are the weird and wonderful! I love working with the wonderful team here. It's just like a big family!

Paula

paulalevinvetinwardgoodsI started at Levin and Horowhenua Vet Centre in November 2019. I have spent many years working at Carters as an Inward Goods Coordinator and two years at Spotlight Kapiti as a Goods Receiver, so ready for the next step (and dare I say challenge!) as an Inventory Manager.  I'm fortunate enough to work in an animal environment, where we care and treat animals daily, as I have been an animal lover all my life. I live in Paraparaumu Beach with my husband Arron, 14 year old son Dominic and two spoilt cats Luca and Millie.