Vets on Riverbank Team

Meet the Vets on Riverbank team.

We are proud of the hard working team here at VoR – we pride ourselves on employing the right people and providing an engaging, challenging and progressive place to work.

Veterinarians

Charlie Georgetti Veterinary Surgeon BVSc

Charlie graduated in 2003 and went to work in the back blocks of Taihape where he quickly learnt to wrestle cows, deer and sheep as well as looking after sick and injured farm dogs. Followed by a stint in Gisborne, Charlie embarked on his OE to Britain for three years. In the UK, Charlie changed tack and concentrated on small animal medicine and surgery.

On returning to New Zealand in 2011, Charlie started work at Vets on Riverbank. His interest firmly in the companion animal sphere, Charlie has completed significant further study in this area and is now one of the clinics full time small animal vets.

Charlie is married to Koo, also a veterinarian and they live with their two children, two cats and a Labrador in Peka Peka.

Charlie enjoys the great outdoors in the form of running, cycling and kayaking.

Ray Lenaghan Veterinary Surgeon MVB, MANZCVS (Eq Dent)

Ray trained in Ireland and worked for a time in mixed practices in the United Kingdom before coming to New Zealand in 1999. A well timed telephone call to Graham meant Ray first worked on Lord of the Rings and then full time in the practice from 2001.

Ray has developed outstanding skills in the equine area, especially in dentistry and lameness. In 2012 Ray became one of only five New Zealand veterinarians to sit and pass his membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Dentistry. He now sees referral dental and sinus cases as well as routine work.

Married to Jane and living in Otaki with their two children, Ray rarely finds time to get away from veterinary practice to follow his passion for golf.

Margaret Leyland Veterinary Surgeon BVSc

Margaret is a veterinary graduate from Bristol University in the UK. Following graduation she completed an Equine Internship at Massey University before going on to work for Totally Vets in Palmerston North for five years, so Margaret brings a wealth of experience to the practice.

Margaret’s particular interests are in equine medicine and reproduction and she is also a very experienced equine dentist. With these skills, Margaret fits in well into the ambulatory type of practice we provide in the Wellington region, and has done since March 2014.

Margaret lives with her dog Gypsy in Pukerua Bay and when away from veterinary practice, Margaret is an exceptional mountain bike rider and competes competitively throughout New Zealand.

Erin Simpson Veterinary Surgeon BVSc

Erin has been part of Equine and Farm Veterinary Services since 2005. She is very enthusiastic about all aspects of veterinary practice, with a special interest in the Equine, Dairy and Lifestyle areas, particularly reproduction.

Erin, with her partner Bryan, take a full part in the local community including the Te Horo Fire Brigade and Horowhenua Search and Rescue.

With two adult children now living away from home, Erin and Bryan spend their spare time outdoors, enjoying all the district has to offer especially hunting and fishing.

Rachel Hocking Veterinary Surgeon BVSc

Rachel graduated from Massey University in 2021 and joined the large animal team at Vets on Riverbank in 2022.

 

Rachel enjoys all aspects of large animal medicine and has a special interest in equine and lifestyle block medicine. She has been involved with all aspects of thoroughbred racehorses, from foaling right through to racing. Throughout university has spent a lot of her holidays working on thoroughbred studs in the Waikato and with deer, sheep, and beef cattle in the Manawatu and the West Coast of the South Island.

 

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys travelling and exploring the outdoors. Her hobbies include hiking, hunting, fishing, going to the gym and playing a number of different sports. 

Mary Flemmer Veterinary Surgeon BVSc

Mary graduated from Massey University in 2014. She then worked in mix practice in Waipukurau for three years seeing everything from cats and dogs to chooks and alpacas.

Mary joined the Vets on Riverbank team mid 2018. She loves treating and caring for all birds but particularly chickens.

When she isn’t working she is singing, pottering around the garden servicing a serious rose addiction, or forcing her attentions on her two cats, Zoe and Humphrey who really wish she wouldn’t.

Ed Dakin Veterinary Surgeon BVSc

Ed graduated from Liverpool University in 2000. He worked in mixed practice in the UK before moving to New Zealand, and has worked with small animals in the Wellington region for the last 12 years.

Ed  joined the practice in November 2018. He lives in Otaki.

In his spare time Ed would like to enjoy off shore yachting, extensive international travel and fine dining, but instead enjoys tramping, camping, and tinkering with anything he can get his hands on.

Sarah Anderson Veterinary Surgeon BVSc (dist)

Sarah graduated from Massey University in 2014. After working in a mixed practice in Dannevirke for 3.5 years, she left New Zealand to embark on her OE in the UK.

During her time in the UK, Sarah worked mainly as a small animal locum, as well as travelling throughout Europe, Africa and Asia.

After returning to New Zealand, Sarah joined the Vets on Riverbank team in June 2020 as a companion animal veterinarian.

In her spare time she enjoys renovating her house with her husband Dan, baking, travelling and cuddling her cat Freddie.

Warren Stroud Veterinary Surgeon BVSc

Warren has lived and worked in the Kapiti Coast for 25 years as a companion animal Veterinarian. He graduated in 1995 and has spent time working in dairy and sheep and beef practice also and has owned and run a Veterinary practice.

He has an interest in orthopedic and cancer  surgery but still enjoys all aspects of general Veterinary practice.

He is married and lives in a lifestyle block with many animals.

He enjoys playing football, watching his kids play sport, playing with his dogs and riding his motorcycle.

Astrid Russell-Smith Veterinary Surgeon BVSc

Astrid graduated in 2016 from Massey University. She joined the team in 2022 and has a keen interest in medicine cases and imaging.

She lives on the Kapiti coast with her partner, her cat Cosmo and her Corgi George. In her spare time Astrid enjoys hiking, reading and gaming.

Equine & Large Animal Assistants

Vicky Equine Assistant

Vicky moved to Otaki over 30 years years ago to work with horses, mainly thoroughbreds, in both the stud and racing industries. Since then she has, at some time or another, been involved with every aspect of horse management from foaling, weaning to breaking in, racing and breeding.

Vicky enjoys her present roll with the vets, providing assistance in handling a variety of large animals. and the the preparation of mares for artificial insemination and embryo transplant.

This works in well with her stables where she cares for the clinics injured and recuperating horses.

Vicky lives with her husband Paul and menagerie of dogs, cats and horses.

 

Matt Rural Animal Technician

Matt spent 10 years in the horse racing industry after graduating from Victoria University in 2008 with a impractical history degree.

Matt completed his Rural Animal Technician qualification from Otago Polytechnic in 2019, having done his placement with Vets on Riverbank.

In 2020 Matt started working full time with the Vets on Riverbank team where he enjoys assisting Ray with his dental work.

In his spare time Matt loves travelling to remote areas of the country to surf good waves with his partner Janey and their Siberian Husky Braxton.

 

Maddie Rural Animal Technician

Maddie graduated from Otago Polytechnic in 2021 with a Certificate in Rural Animal Technology.

Maddie has been involved with horses since a very young age and always wanted to be involved in the veterinary profession.

She is dedicated to the well-being of all animals and feels very privileged being a Vet Technician as part of the large animal team at Vets On Riverbank.

In her downtime she enjoys riding her own horses and spending quality time with friends and family.

Veterinary Nurses

Kelsey Head Veterinary Nurse DVN

Kelsey graduated from Massey University in 2009 with her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Since then, she has worked at various clinics around Wellington, including a stint at the Wellington Zoo veterinary hospital. She joined the team at Vets on Riverbank in 2016.

Kelsey particularly enjoys nursing sick and hospitalised patients and managing the team of fantastic nurses.

Kelsey lives in Te Horo on a lifestyle block with her husband Tyler, their daughter Bonnie, Rocco the Border Terrier, Star the Labrador, Russell the sheep and five cows.

Gemma Veterinary Nurse CVN

Gemma graduated in 2013 with a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing from Otago Polytechnic, after studying by correspondence for two years.

From an early age Gemma had a keen interest in animals and did voluntary work after school at the clinic. This fortunately lead on to full time employment. As well as general nursing and reception duties, she is also involved in stock control and ordering.

Gemma lives on a dairy farm in Otaki with her husband Hayden along with three dogs, five cats, a horse and Richard the sheep. She can be found most weekends working on the farm, and tending to her “fur babies”.

Shanyn Veterinary Nurse DVN

Shanyn graduated from UCOL in 2015 with her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, and after some volunteer work at the clinic was offered a permanent role as a companion animal nurse.

Shanyn really enjoys assisting with surgery and monitoring anaesthesia. While she is now off studying human nursing full-time, you will still see her face in the clinic on Saturday mornings.

In her spare time, you will find her at the beach or going on road-trips throughout the country. She also enjoys spending time with her two cats Primrose and Billie Jean.

Brooke Veterinary Nurse DVN

Brooke graduated from UCOL Palmerston North in 2017 with a diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She worked in a clinic in Wellington before joining the team mid 2018.

Brooke enjoys all aspects of nursing from caring for critical patients, surgery, assisting the vets in consults and cuddling cute puppies and kittens.

Brooke currently lives in Levin with her partner Riley and their dog Lola. On the weekend you will find Brooke in and around the water fishing or diving.

Zoe Veterinary Nurse DVN

Zoe graduated with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing though Weltec in 2019. During her studies she worked at Vets on Riverbank as a veterinary nurse assistant and was then offered a full time position as a small animal nurse.

Zoe grew up and lives on a sheep and beef farm in Otaki  where her passion and care for animals started at a young age.

Her interests include snowboarding, horse riding and helping out on the farm.

 

 

Alezhia Veterinary Nurse DVN

Alezhia graduated from UCOL in 2014 with her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

She started her career working at VetCare Paraparaumu/Waikanae (Wellpet) before joining the Vets on Riverbank team in early 2020.

Her favourite part about nursing is assisting in surgery and seeing all the little puppies and kittens grow up!

Alezhia lives in Waikanae with her partner Zach and their 2 dogs Diesel and Winston and 3 cats.

On the weekends you will find Alezhia tinkering with her car, taking the dogs down to the beach or spending time with her stepson Henry.

Rachael Veterinary Nurse DVN

Rachael graduated from Massey University in 1998 with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

She has worked at a few different companion animal clinics on the Kapiti coast over the years, and joined the Vets on Riverbank team mid 2020.

Her main interests include surgical and intensive care nursing.

Rachael lives in Paraparaumu beach with her husband, dog Riley, two cats and cockatiel Cookie.

Outside of work she likes to play golf, do stand-up paddle boarding, cycling and exercising her dog Riley.

Tamara Veterinary Nurse DVN

Tamara graduated from Otago Polytechnic with her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2019. Since then, she has been working in clinics around the Wellington region – joining the Vets On Riverbank team mid 2020.

Tamara enjoys surgical nursing and critical care cases, and has a keen interest in exotic species – she has recently completed her Certificate in Avian Wildlife Nursing.

Her and her partner live with their pets Meows and Leela. In her spare time she enjoys playing board games, gardening and walking her dog.

Emma Veterinary Nurse DVN

Emma graduated from UCOL with her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in  2020 after a few years of working in the corporate industry and wanting a new challenge. During her studies she did placement at Vets on Riverbank and was offered a full time position as a small animal nurse.

Emma is enjoying the challenges of learning the role and enjoys all the aspects of nursing so far.

Emma lives in Levin with her partner James and two cats, Gatsby and Daisy. You will find her playing soccer on the weekends or finding new bush walks to do around the region.

Haley Veterinary Nurse DVN

Haley graduated from UCOL in 2017 with a diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Since graduating, she has worked as a Veterinary Nurse on the Kapiti coast – joining the VOR team in early 2021.


Haley enjoys caring for our hospital patients, as well as surgical nursing.

In her spare time, Haley loves getting active in nature, including biking and walking her dogs. She also enjoys gardening and collecting indoor plants.

Megan Veterinary Nurse DVN

Megan graduated from UCOL in 2020 with a diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Megan has worked at clinics in the Kapiti coast, as well as Taupo.

Megan joined the VOR team mid 2021 and has a keen interest in emergency medicine.

In her spare time, Megan enjoys horse riding, hunting and riding her dirt bike.

Chelsea Veterinary Nurse CVN

Chelsea graduated with a certificate in Veterinary Nursing through Weltec in 2009. She worked on the Kapiti Coast for 4 years before heading over to the United Kingdom to work and travel. Since returning she has been back working on the Coast and joined the VOR team in 2021.

Chelsea lives in Otaki with her partner, their cat Meow Meow and Border Terrier Arlo.

In her spare time she enjoys walking Arlo up the river or down the beach, reading and of course travelling!

Administration

Cindy Administration

Cindy joined the practice in 1996 with Graham Carthew as a vet nurse, accounts, stock purchaser and everything in between. Vet nursing took a back seat as the practice grew from one vet to eight over the years. Her duties have evolved to managing the clinic’s day to day finances, bill payments and payroll as well as assisting with large animal and equine appointments.

Cindy enjoys the company of her mini Schnauzer, Miss poppy and her Mainecoon, Hugo. She has a past life of training, competing and representing NZ in dressage with Playskool. Having won Horse of the Year titles, National Championships, competing in Australia and in Rome at the 1998 World Equestrian Games.

Cindy loves to spend her spare time coaching dressage for a few friends and gardening her extensive garden.

Jill Administration / Accounts

Jill joined the team in early 2022 and has fit into the team with ease.

She lives in Paraparaumu with her husband Clive, their two teenage boys and two cats.  Her interests include spending time with family and friends, going for walks, listening to music, dabbling in a bit of quilting and gardening.

Sharon Equine & Large Animal Receptionist

Sharon joined the Vets on Riverbank team in 2019. Her role is arranging appointments for the farm animals/equine clients, answering phones and dispensing medications.

She is a keen horse rider with experience in breeding, starting and training horses and competes at dressage. Sharon lives on a lifestyle block with horses, cattle, sheep, chickens etc…. and her husband Matthew.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her increasing number of grandchildren, organic gardening, yoga and walking to keep fit along with horse riding of course.

Carrie Equine & Large Animal Receptionist

Carrie joined the Vets on Riverbank large animal team in 2022.

In her free time Carrie hangs out with her husband Marty and their three teenage girls.

She has a passion for the outdoors be it gardening, tending to the sheep and chickens or running with her 2 dogs. She also organizes a series of locally based Adventure Race events.