Meet The Team

Veterinarians

Hugh Bentall BVSc

Practice Principal & Head Large Animal Veterinarian

Hugh BentallI 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 Manager

JANE LANGTON BURNELL I 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 Veterinarian

nicI 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 Veterinarian

KEITH CHRISTENSENBCS Assessor CertI 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 Veterinarian

Charlene ChristensenI 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 Veterinarian

JANINE JANSSEN I 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 Veterinarian

RICHARD MUNN BCS Assessor CertI 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

 

 

 


 Veterinary Nurses

Amanda CVN

Amanda Christensen I 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.    

Jessica DVN

   

Leran DVN

Lorna CVN

lorna listed vn badgeOriginally 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.  

Marita DVN

MartyAfter 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.

 

Sarah G DVN

After achieving a BPhED, I chose to study vet nursing as an adult student because I wanted to do something I am passionate about. I graduated with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from Massey University in 2011. I love looking after animals as things that may seem small and insignificant, such as giving a cat a brush, can make a lot of difference to the animal and their ongoing wellbeing. I love intense medical nursing as well as working together with the team in an emergency. I love talking to owners about husbandry and nutrition, and have a soft spot for rabbits. I have worked in Australia where I got to treat snake bite victums and blue tongued lizards, and have worked at Massey in the ICU. I have also taught in the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing course at UCOL, but I'm glad to be back nursing. I love it.

 Sarah M CVN

   

Sian DVN

sian 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.

 

     

Customer Services & Support Team

Reception

Briar

 

Charlene

I was employed at LHVC as a full time front desk receptionist in August 2017. I’m an outgoing, happy, bubbly person & animals are my passion. Having 2 dogs & 4 cats myself if testament to this. My favourite aspect of the role here is watching out fantastic vets & nurses work their magic on your beloved pets. I really look forward to meeting you & your fur babies.  

Emily

 

Roimata

Toni

Wendy

WENDY Having previously been employed in mostly admin/reception positions nothing quite compares to dealing not only with the public, farmers and reps, but also having the added bonus of cats, dogs, bunnies, birds and even the odd alpaca walk through the door! It is a very busy practice and some days very challenging, but to be able to greet, laugh, give a wee hug and even share a tear, makes my job very special. I do love it here. I have 2 cats - Bubbles and Squeak, and a handful of canaries.

Farm Support Team

Ashleigh BVT

ashleighI graduated from Massey University Palmerston North 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 have grown up on a small farm just out of Palmerston North where we've had a large variety of animals, from cows, sheep and chickens, cats and dogs. When I'm not at work, I love playing netball and being outdoors.  

Kat

I was born and bred in Foxton on a dairy farm. I am part of the farm team here at LHVC. I'm super bubbly, always up for a laugh, but at the same time I take my job very seriously and will do my best to help anyone to the best that I can. I have three beautiful children and a super handyman husband.

Laura

I started working at LHVC in June 2017. I am part of the farm team, and absolutely love it! 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 1st year of an Agricultural Science degree, which I hope to complete extramurally. After that, I spent 4 years on a dairy farm in Methven, Canterbury.  After 5 years away, we decided it was time to move back to our home town, 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.

Steph BVT

StephI 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, 2 rabbits and a hand-trained budgie. Outside of work I love being outdoors, going to the gym and hanging out with friends and family.

Yvonne

YVONNE I started at the clinic in January 2008. At that time I was the farm desk coordinator. My role now includes being farm team leader, 2IC to the reception support team and I have many administrative jobs on the large animal side of the practice (or maybe I’m just a ‘jack of all trades’!). Working at LHVC is busy but rewarding and no day is ever the same. I was born and bred on a sheep and beef finishing farm. I have many years’ experience in office administration, the equine industry and as a commercial calf rearer. I have two awesome cats – one is a pedigree Maine Coon with special needs, and the other a lovely SPCA re-home. My husband and I enjoy riding our motorbikes, and drinking nice wine – but never at the same time.

 

Administration

Catherine

CATHERINE

Customer Service Accounts

I started working here at LHVC in late 2013 as a part-time receptionist. I loved being part of the team and working with the animals. As the years have gone on, my role at the practice has evolved and I'm now working in the accounts team, mostly looking after debtors. I find the position very challenging, which is why I took the position in the first place! Most of all I find it rewarding and fulfilling; I get to help some great clients through very tough and sometimes emotional times, finding a realistic way for them to be able to afford the much needed veterinary treatment for their beloved pets. The "thank you" I get from those clients makes my job worth it. When I'm not working I enjoy going to the gym, or working on the house that my fiancé, Steven, and I share with our daughter, Payton, our two dogs, Harley and Halo, and our LHVC adopted cats, Rori and Joey.

Peggy

PEGGY

Administration Officer

I have been working at LHVC since 2007. My position as Administration Officer covers a range of duties including looking after the debtors, creditors, accounts for Levin and our affiliated clinic in Otaki. I love a challenge and find there is never a dull moment! When I’m not at work I am spending quality time with my husband, David, and our two adopted pets from the clinic, Bailey and Itchy.      

WendyG