Hugh Bentall BVSc
Practice Principal & Head Large Animal Veterinarian
I 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.
Tracey Wallace BVSc
Head Small Animal Veterinarian
Keith Christensen BVSc
Mixed Animal Veterinarian
I 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
I 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
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.
Stef Knaack BVSc
Small Animal Veterinarian
Originally from Germany, I have lived in New Zealand since January 2002 when I started studying towards my Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Massey University in Palmerston North.
I have been at LHVC since January 2008 and enjoy working with both large and small animals in the clinic and out of the vet truck. I manage our Animal WOFs for Lifestyle Blocks programme.
I share my house with three dogs, Zoey, Daisy and Penny, as well as two cats, Betsy the adorable blind tabby and cheeky long-haired Lilo.
I also have two lovely pet sheep called Tim and Tam, who were born by caesarean section and bottle raised in 2012.
In my free time I have taken up Roller Derby with Levin's local team the Whenua Fatales, and I also enjoy walking the dogs, reading books and relaxing with two cats fighting over my lap...
Jane Langton Burnell BVSc MRCVS
Business Development Manager
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.
Richard Munn BVSc MANZCVS (Pharmacology)
Mixed Animal Veterinarian
I 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.
Anna Stephenson BVSc
Companion Animal Veterinarian
I was born in Scotland and raised in London. I moved to New Zealand at 12 years old, and graduated from Massey in 1995. I have worked at the clinics in Levin & Otaki for over 15 years.
I live on a lifestyle block with my twin girls, Sasha and Leah, and our ever-expanding menagerie. I work with companion animals and have a special interest in internal medicine and ultrasound.
Andrew Weller BVSc
Mixed Animal Veterinarian
Julie Whitehead BVSc
Mixed Animal Veterinarian
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.
Jacqui is currently on leave.
Originally 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.
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
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.
I did my Diploma at UCOL, graduating in 2000. During my studies I worked as a part-time pet groomer and SPCA volunteer. I came to work at LHVC in 2001.
I worked full-time for five years and was head nurse in my last year prior to going on maternity leave. Now I work part-time in the clinic.
My husband and I have two daughters, a cat and a dog. I really enjoy my job; I find it interesting, challenging and rewarding.
Customer Services & Support Team
I am originally from Glasgow, Scotland. I have lived in New Zealand since 1986. I graduated from doing a Vet Nursing Diploma in 2000 and have recently returned to the clinic in 2016. I enjoy living and working in the Horowhenua. I love spending time with my family and friends, barbeques, walking, swimming and gardening.
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
I graduated from Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital 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.
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.
I started at the clinic in January 2008 as your Farm Desk Co-ordinator - a very busy role at our practice, especially in spring time! At times I can be organising up to seven vets out on calls. I tell the vets where to go on a daily basis! It pays to be highly organised as you never know what the day will bring. It’s great to be part of such a hard-working team.
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.
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.
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.