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.


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 cats and Labrador in Peka Peka where Charlie is able to enjoy 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 faithful dog Holly 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.

Kate Georgetti Veterinary Surgeon BVSc

Kate started her veterinary career in 1996 in an equine and small animal practice in South Auckland. Since then she has worked in the South Island and central North Island before returning home to Otaki in 2003.

The daughter of local vet, Graham Carthew, Kate grew up inside a vet clinic! This may contribute to her ability to listen and communicate clearly with her clients and the enormous compassion she has with for her patients. Over the years Kate has gained vast experience in small animal medicine and surgery.

Kate and her husband Chris, who teaches at Otaki College, live in Manakau with their three children.

Francesca Nossell Veterinary Surgeon BVSc (dist)

Francesca (Chessie) graduated in 2017 and came straight to the large animal team here in Otaki.

Chessie’s interests are primarily in equine medicine and she has a passion for treating lameness and wound management. Since starting at Vets on Riverbank in January 2018, she has also completed further extensive dental training with Ray.

Chessie grew up with sporthorses in the UK and currently has a 5 year old Warmblood called Spook. She is also an avid traveler enjoying the outdoors and keeping fit. When she is not with her horse you will find her running, at the gym, or hiking throughout New Zealand.

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 Gormsby who really wish she wouldn’t.

Ed Dakin Veterinary Surgeon

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.

Equine & Large Animal Assistants

Vicky David 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.


Chandra Garrod-Harvey Equine Veterinary Technician

Chandra graduated from Massey University in 2015 with a bachelor degree in Veterinary Technology. She has worked in two rural practices first as a large animal technician and then in a mixed role as a small animal nurse and large animal technician. She joined the team at Vets on Riverbank as an veterinary technician in October 2018.

Chandra assists Ray throughout his day with routine health checks, lameness examinations and equine dentals. She enjoys learning about equine dentistry and has a strong interest in radiography.

Chandra lives in Otaki and spends her free time riding her horse Karma and going on walks in the hills and forests in the Kapiti area.

Veterinary Nurses

Kelsey Dennett Head Veterinary Nurse

Kelsey graduated from Massey University in 2009 with her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She has since worked at several companion animal clinics around Wellington, and most recently at Wellington Zoo. She joined the team in 2016 as a companion animal nurse.

Kelsey really enjoys nursing critical-care hospitalised patients and along with dogs and cats is experienced with the nursing and anaesthesia of rabbits, guinea pigs, reptiles and birds. She recently spent a week in Tonga in 2017 volunteering with South Pacific Animal Welfare.

Kelsey lives in Paekakariki with her partner Tyler and her Border Terrier Rocco. In her spare time she enjoys walking along the beach and through Queen Elizabeth Park.

Georgie Poynter Veterinary Nurse

Georgie graduated in 2004 from the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology with a certificate in Veterinary Nursing. She joined the Riverbank Road team in 2009 and has thrived on the pressure of working in a busy veterinary practice.

Georgie has participated in a number of roles with in the practice including receptionist, stock nurse and puppy preschool trainer but she particularly enjoys surgery and anaesthetics and managing the social media aspect of the clinic.

Georgie is currently living in Levin with her daughter Nellie, two cats and a scruffy dog called Peanut.

Shanyn Hyde Veterinary Nurse

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.

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.

Gemma Simcox Veterinary Nurse

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.”

Brooke Reilly Veterinary Nurse

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 Louie. On the weekend you will find Brooke in and around the water fishing or diving.

Selena Pettengell Veterinary Nurse

Selena graduated from Weltec Petone with a certificate in veterinary nursing in 2014.

Selena started her nursing career at CareVets where she worked for 3 years before joining the team at Vets on Riverbank in early 2018.

She enjoys all the new experiences she is gaining from working in a busy rural practice.

She loves everything to do with animals and currently shares her home with her dog and rabbit and partner Troy. In her spare time, she likes going on bush walks, watching movies and taking her dog Haze to the beach.

Zoe Mansell Veterinary Nurse

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

She enjoys assisting as a surgical nurse especially in caesarean surgeries.

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


Cindy Kent Administration

Cindy has been with the practice since 1996. Originally coming from a secretarial/finance money market settlements role, Cindy started with Graham Carthew as a veterinary nurse as well as overseeing the large animal appointments.

She has seen the practice grow from one vet to eight. Her work has evolved in the practice to where she now manages the clinics day to day finances, bill payments and payroll as well as helping with the large animal and equine appointments.

Cindy ‘s past life working in a riding school and training facility for 11 years, breaking in young horses and competing in dressage has greatly helped with the horse side of the practice. With her dressage horse Playskool, they won, among other competitions, the Horse of the year title three times and culminating in competing at the World Equestrian Games in Rome in 1998.

Although now not competitive, Cindy coach’s dressage in her spare time but loves to spend time in her extensive garden assisted by Miss Poppy her mini Schnauzer and Dolphin her aged cat.

Julia Atkins Administration

Julia has been part of the practice since it opened in 2009, working quietly in the background. Her duties consist of debtor control, account queries and marketing.

Julia’s outside interests include growing lavender for essential oil and tending to four acres of garden. Relaxing means the love of cooking and sharing good food with friends and when possible working on another quilting project.

Married to Mike, Julia lives on their lifestyle block in Te Horo, with one large old cat, Macintosh.