Veterinary Nurses

Karen Oldfield

Karen qualified as a vet nurse in 2016 after spending 40 years as a human nurse. During her career as a human nurse Karen spent time in intensive care/coronary care, the bone marrow transplant unit in Christchurch and the last 20 years of her nursing in elderly care.

Karen has been in Taupo since 2002 and lives on a lifestyle block with an animal menagerie including seven chickens, nine sheep, two cats, two birds and her husband Peter. Karen is a proud mum of her daughter, currently in her last year of a Masters degree in Ecology and Biodiversity. 

At Vetora Taupo, you'll often find Karen caring for the surgical patients, monitoring their anaesthetics and recoveries and sneaking out to the cat ward for cuddles with the cats. Karen is a very dedicated, reliable nurse who has vast amounts of knowledge and you will find is an absolute pleasure to deal with.

Adele Geerkens

Adele is our most recent addition to the Taupo family, joining us in 2019. Adele studied vet nursing after leaving school in 2012 and then went on to study a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Agricultural Science and minoring in Animal Science. Since then Adele has worked on dairy and sheep and beef farms, a racehorse stud and a cattle ranch in Canada. After this wealth of large animal experience, Adele has come back to small animals and her nursing passion at our Taupo clinic, although you'll still catch her out on the farms getting in some rural technician work when she can. 

Adele loves working with animals big and small and has her own farm at home with three dogs, one cat, six chickens, two cattle, three pigs and two horses!

Simone Groosman

Simone started at Vetora Taupo in 2016 after finishing her nursing certificate while living in Christchurch in 2015. She is quite often the friendly voice on the end of the phone or behind the front counter.

Simone has a special interest in dog behaviour, always having an affinity for dogs and training them. She also particularly loves horses, spending time within the racing industry in 2009 and enjoys riding and caring for these amazing animals.

Simone loves living in Taupo with her young family, enjoying what our beautiful town has to offer, in particular the outdoors and the small town community. At home Simone has a cat Rocky and dog Nala. 

Tamara Wiersma

Tamara came to us from Rangiora in 2017 and after spending a year exclusively in the Taupo clinic, she is now a large animal technician working out of our Reporoa branch. We are very lucky to have her in the Taupo clinic utilizing her excellent nursing skills when we can. Tamara graduated from Otago Polytech with a National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2008. She has since worked as a small animal nurse, had large animal tech duties, on top of calf rearing and full time on a Horse Stud for a period. 

Tamara often runs puppy pre-school classes at the Taupo clinic when she can, and most recently with help form Adele. 

Tamara has enjoyed the move from the South Island, bringing Dash, her very special horse with her on the journey. She enjoys riding as much as she can, and loves outdoor adventures and travelling.

Veterinarians

Rebecca Newth

Rebecca graduated from Massey University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and worked for five years in a busy mixed practice in Napier before moving to Rotorua for a brief period covering maternity leave. She also graduated with a Masters of Veterinary Medicine in 2014, studying as she worked over five years and wrote a dissertation on Traumatic Brain Injury.

Rebecca and her husband Mark moved to Taupo in 2013 to have their first daughter and have since had another in 2015. Rebecca especially enjoys ophthalmology, neurology and soft tissue surgery. 

She is an avid supporter of regional and international rugby union and league and enjoys playing netball and getting outside and enjoying what Taupo has to offer. She has an 11 year old boxer at home called Gin.

Yael Schneider

Originally from Israel, Yael started with us in Taupo in 2016 after moving from the South Island with her young family. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) from the University of Jerusalem, and then a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Pretoria after moving to South Africa in 2005.

After moving to New Zealand with her husband Tal (who is also a veterinarian) in 2011, Yael worked at a referral clinic -VetSpecs in Christchurch. After the birth of her first daughter she worked as a locum in several clinics part time in Blenheim, with wine tasting in the weekends. 

Yael has a particular interest in providing the utmost care to her patients, with a focus on welfare and also ophthalmology. She enjoys our wonderful town with her three daughters, husband, and Labrador - Jack and Willow, a ragdoll cat. 

Jessica Johnson

Jess is currently taking a five month sabbatical in Scotland, and will be back in September. Originally from Christchurch, Jess has been in Taupo since 2016 after graduating from Massey University in 2015 and works as a mixed vet in our Taupo and Reporoa branches. Jess is laid back and friendly and enjoys the variety of work that being a vet offers.

Jess is a volunteer firefighter in the Taupo district and is a keen outdoors explorer. We are missing her while she has been away and are all looking forward to her return and the stories that come with her.



 

Fiona Kipling

Fi is our newest vet in Taupo, travelling all the way from Yorkshire in the UK to join our fantastic team. Fi graduated from Glasgow University in 2016 and spent her first few years at a busy mixed practivce in Nottinghamshire before making the move to New Zealand.

Fi is a mixed vet at Vetora, spending two days a week in our Taupo clinic, with the remaining three at the Reprora branch servicing large animals. Fi enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice, especially the  variety of work and animals she comes across. 

Fi is a keen netball player, already involved with the local Richmond club and also enjoys water polo and cycling. 

Colin McCormack

Colin has come to us from County Westmeath, which is in the centre of Ireland. He went to University College Dublin and graduated in 2014. Colin ventured to New Zealand at the start of May 2017 after hearing how great we all are over here and to see the NZ dairy system in operation.

He started in Ngongataha and Rotorua with Vetora and worked there until end of May 2018 when he made the move over to Taupo. Colin works in the Taupo clinic two days a week doing mainly small animal work, and the rest of the week in Reporoa servicing farm and lifestyle animals. He is particularly interested in improving dairy reproduction and small animal surgery. 

Colins' favourite thing to do outside of work is explore our beautiful country, he is a keen rugby fan and tries to get in a bit of skiing whenever he can.