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Dr Vaughan Parker BSc BVSc Hons

-Director & Veterinarian

Vaughan joined the practice in 1997 and became a partner in 1999.  He works solely on farm with dairy cows and enjoys the travel to service our Whakamaru clients. Vaughan is also an In Calf Advisor and is Condition Scoring Accredited. He has completed VetScholar courses on BVD, Mastitis Grade Busting and Cattle Reproduction Diseases. Vaughan enjoys sharpening his wit on the unwary, so be on your game when he’s out on your farm.

Dr Eddy De Weerd DVM

-Director & Veterinarian

Eddy came to New Zealand from the Netherlands in 1999 and has not looked back since. Initially covering both small and large animals, Eddy has since focussed his time on that which he loves most – dairy cows. He became a partner in the business in 2006. On the weekends you wont find him in the Waikato though, as he has a holiday home on Waiheke Island to spend time relaxing at during his days off.

Dr Rochelle Jager BVSc

-Veterinarian & Practice Partner

Rochelle has worked at the clinic since graduating in 2009, splitting her time between large animal calls and working with cats and dogs in the clinic. Whilst her heart may lie in small animal medicine and surgery, her favourite time of year is definitely the calving period. When not working, she can be found either training her dogs in the sport of agility, or at Ruapehu hitting the slopes snowboarding. 

Dr Jess Yardley BVSc


Jess is one of our two new graduates and hails from Kaikoura (like Dan!). She started at the clinic in December 2014 and is doing both cattle and small animal work. Jess has experience training and rehabbing rescue dogs and also holds a degree in Zoology.

Dr Daniel Broughan BVSc

-Veterinarian & Practice Partner

Dan has been working for us since December 2011. He quickly found his place here, working mostly with our dairy clients and has become a valuable member of the team. Originally from Kaikoura, (the place where the whales are), he and his partner Rebecca have settled into Tokoroa well and are really enjoying themselves here. His interests outside of work include general fitness, squash and touch rugby.

Olivia Houghton

  1. -    Head of Reception

Olivia has been part of the team since September 2013. She came to us with 6 years previous clinical experience and has proven a valuable asset to our clinic. She works out front in reception managing the day to day runnings and responsibilities of all areas within the practice. Ollie has recently given birth to her and Braums first child - a baby girl! She is currently on maternity leave and will hopefully rejoin the practice in future.

Tegan Lamb    Certificate in Veterinary Nursing

-Veterinary Nurse & Reception Manager

Tegan has returned to us after having her first baby girl, Melah, back in Sept 2014. Like Edwina, she is qualified in all areas of practice but is currently working mainly at reception whilst Ollie is on maternity leave. Tegan often disappears with her husband Nathan in the weekends up to Corommandel to visit her father, but you will see her during the week either in our Tokoroa clinic or down in Whakamaru manning the branch store there.

Georgia Van Straalen   Certificate in Veterinary Nursing

-Veterinary Nurse

Georgia started work here in December 2014 - another one snagged after doing practical work experience. She works mainly in the clinic as a small animal nurse but also enjoys getting out on farm sometimes. She is also new to Tokoroa, having shifted over from Hamilton for the job. Georgia has a large menagerie at home, with 2 cats, 3 dogs, 2 goats and even some alpacas!

Sara Sawford

-Farm Tech & Minda Co-ordinator

Sara is the daughter of one of our dairy farm clients and started work with us in June 2014 to act as a large animal technician and help our vets out on farm. She has fitted in well and now works in all areas of the clinic. Many of our dairy clients can expect to see her out in the summer on farm working with our Minda Software. Sara has a gorgeous daughter and has settled well into Tokoroa after moving down from Northland where she hails from.

Lorna Hutchinson

-Putaruru Clinic

Lorna started for us in 2015 after Lena decided she wanted to finish up work and start some serious travelling. Lorna has extensive experience with companion animal work, having been the South Waikato SPCA inspector for many years. She is now learning to handle the dairy farming side of the district as well in our Putaruru branch. If you are passing through Putaruru, be sure to pop into the clinic and say hi!

Dr Tom McCormack BVSc


Tom is our other new graduate and like Jess is enjoying getting into both the dairy farm work and companion animal work at the clinic. Also holding a degree in Zoology, Tom has shifted up from the thriving city of Wellington to humble little Tokoroa. An avid sports fan, the first thing he did was sign up to MySky!

Dr Rebecca Fone BVSc

-Veterinarian & Practice Partner

Bex is Dans partner, and spends most of her time in the small animal clinic, though she does cover large animals too when needed. Her bubbly personality makes her a great co-worker, and she won’t be leaving anytime soon. Bex also covers small animals consults at our Putaruru Clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We jokingly call her our “social co-ordinator” as she has made herself responsible for planning all our clinic social events.

Haidee Clausen    Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

-Veterinary Nurse

Haidee joined us in February of 2016 after completing her degree. A semi-local girl, she grew upon her parents dairy farm in Gordonton near Hamilton. Haidee is a keen nurse and spends most of her time assisting the vets ‘out back’ in the clinic, but you can still spot her on farm or in reception occasionally. In the weekends she’ll be often at the beach or out & about with her partner Max.

Jo Tyson Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

-Head Veterinary Nurse

Jo came to our clinic in May 2012 to perform some practical work experience whilst completing her vet nursing training. She fitted in so well that she came to work for us full time in December that year. Jo took some time off after the birth of her first baby girl in January 2016 and is currently back working part time down in our Whakamaru branch clinic. We hope she will rejoin us here back in Tokoroa one day soon!

Edwina Wooderson     Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

-Veterinary Nurse & Reception Manager

Edwina has rejoined us back in Tokoroa after a stint working for Miraka and LIC Herd testing. She is a qualified vet nurse and works in all areas of the clinic, so you might see her out on farm, behind reception at the clinic or she may be out back monitoring anaesthetics on your pets. Outside of work, Weens races her motorbike in Cross Countries and Enduros or is sometimes found convincing people to enter competitons like “Tough Guy & Girl”!

Dr Nicole Morris BVSc


Nicole started working for us in April 2016 as a new graduate. She is Toms partner, but was a year behind him at Massey Vet School. She has settled in well and is currently learning the ropes in both the hospital and out on farm.