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Why is choosing the right dairy vet so important?

Here at Dairy Vets our vision is to impact wellbeing whether that's your herd or your team by inspiring trusting, rewarding and caring relationships.

Our History

Nathan and Anna started Dairy Vets in 2013. We started off with our kitted out vet trucks, working out of our home garage. We were pleased to employ our first vet after a year and a half and have a night off being on call! Since then Dairy Vets has continued to grow and evolve: we have moved offices twice with the need to have more space to accommodate our growing team.

We are incredibly proud of our team of vets, technicians and office staff. They are a team of enthusiastic, committed people who are passionate about the dairy industry. Our working values are we have fun; we build sustainable relationships and we support each other.

Our Vision

Our vision is to impact wellbeing: this is for animals and people. It’s important to us that what we do improves animal health and wellbeing by providing the best possible service to our dairy clients.

Our mission

Our mission is to inspire trusting, rewarding and caring relationships: we believe this is the basis for great outcomes for our dairy clients.

What our clients say...

Our core purpose at Dairy Vets is to partner with you for the long term to make a true impact on livestock wellbeing, bottomline to help support your team by sharing our knowledge and expertise.

If you would like to know more, ask around about us or we can connect you with a local farmer to find out how we add value and make a difference. Feel free to get in touch with us and we can connect you with a like minded local.

Significent physical & financial performance improvements

“What I like about Dairy Vets is there is a good mix of planning, capable vets, and analysis of results.

This has helped us to incrementally improve our management of :-

  • wintering on fodder beet
  • body condition
  • transition cows
  • reproduction
  • mastitis

Our Farm Managers and staff enjoy working with the vets and technicians. With good planning and proactive communication there is never any doubt about what needs to be happening on farm, and when it needs to happen.

The physical and financial performance of the farms has improved significantly over the period we have been involved with Dairy Vets.”

Tom Mason, Terracostosa Farm Group, 3000 cows.

Great people, with great values

“I’ve known Anna and Nathan from before they started their business. I always liked the fact that both of them think as farmers and that they aren’t focused in treatment but in prevention.

We run very low cost of production systems and their approach suits us perfectly. Over the years we have improved the way we farm thanks to their support and advice.

The other very important quality Anna and Nathan have are their values. They are very kind and approachable and our staff have always felt comfortable working with them. This is also the same with the staff Dairy Vets employs. All the vets, techs and office staff are great people with great values.”

Carlos Cuadrado. 900 and 560 cows. Seafield.

International experience proves valuable

“The team at Dairy Vets have international experience and attention to detail that have proven valuable to our dairy business. This has allowed us to focus not only on treating clinical issues, but also on disease prevention and mating management.”

Jessie Chan & Hayden Dorman.  Share-milking 950 cows, Rakaia

Welcome to our team of passionate local dairy specialists.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Yes, we always have a vet on call out of hours, simply call 03 308 0493 and you will be transferred to the after hours vet.

When we are open you can collect medicines from our practice Monday – Friday between 8am – 5pm,  at 418 East Street, Ashburton.

To collect medicines outside our normal hours if needed, please contact us to arrange collection from our designated collection area.

Our general area of service is all of Mid Canterbury from Dunsandel to Rangitata.

No, we are dedicated to the dairy industry.

Get in touch, we look forward to speaking with you soon!

Our Dairy Farm Health Care Plans

If you would like to find out more about how Dairy Vets Farm Health Care Plans can assist your dairy operation, please feel free to contact us any time. One of our customer service team will be in touch with you to discuss the plan options and pricing. Simply complete the enquiry form below.

Farm Health Care Plan Enquiry Form.

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    Lets talk...

    We look forward to speaking with you soon, if you have any questions for us, please complete the form below or call the practice on 03 308 0493 anytime. Call this number if you require 24hr emergency assistance.

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      Anna Tarver

      BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Dairy Medicine)


      Brought up on her families pedigree Holstein herd and after studying an Animal Health degree at Harper Adams Agricultural College, Anna moved to Sydney to study her Vet degree. After graduating in 2006 she then worked in mixed practice in NSW before working in England in dairy practice before the move to NZ in 2010.

      Anna undertook and passed a membership in dairy cattle medicine in 2013: this is recognition of advanced level knowledge and experience in this topic. Outside of work her three children, horses, dogs and Suffolk sheep stud keep her busy!

      Professional interests include reproduction, mastitis and infectious disease, particularly BVD. Anna has a keen interest in data analysis and identifying areas where gains can be made in reproduction and animal health.  Accredited BCS scorer.

      Nathan Back

      BVSc (Hons) BAgrSc


      Nathan completed an Agriculture degree before spending two years working in the USA on feedlot dairies and a dairy farm in NZ before heading back to University to study Veterinary Science. After graduating he worked in dairy practice in the UK before settling in NZ.

      Passionate about all aspects of dairy farming he ran a calf rearing business in the UK and then started rearing dairy heifers and carrying over dairy cows in NZ. Nathan enjoys spending time on the mini farm while away from work, his cow passion continues with his Speckle Park stud.

      His professional interests include calf rearing, nutrition and farm economics. Accredited BCS scorer.

      Angharad Wellwood

      BVSc MRCVS


      Angharad (Harry) joined the practice in December 2020 after graduating from the University of Liverpool. She has always had a keen interest in NZ dairy farming and grew up with kiwi cross cows on her parents block calving dairy farm in Leicestershire. Professionally Harry has interests in young-stock management and reproduction but mostly just enjoys all aspects of being out on farm. 

      Outside of work she spends her time swimming and hiking and is very much looking forward to taking advantage of all the beautiful scenery NZ has to offer. 

      Accredited BSC scorer.

      Phil Stoakes

      Phil Stoakes

      BVSc MRCVS


      ​Phil has worked with Dairy Vets for since 2017, before that working locally as a dairy vet for three years. He has made NZ his home after being brought up on his family farm in Oxfordshire and working in farm animal vet practice in Wiltshire, UK. Professionally he has a passion for cow lameness and surgery. Outside of work he is an adrenaline sports enthusiast and enjoys skiing and trail riding to name a few!

      Accredited BCS scorer. Accredited Health hoof advisor. In the process to become an accredited Fonterra milk quality assessor.

      James Postlethwaite

      James Postlethwaite

      BVSc MRCVS


      James joined us as a locum in 2017 having worked as a farm animal vet in Scotland. It didn’t take him long to realise NZ had much better weather than Scotland and became a permanent member of the team! James enjoying taking himself on exciting adventures all over the south island when he’s not working. He enjoying tramping, mountain bike riding and crossfit. 

      Professionally James has a interests in surgery and mastitis. Accredited BCS scorer. In process to become an accredited Fonterra milk quality assessor.

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      Polly Flack


      Polly joined our technician team in 2020. Originally from the North Island she bring a lot of dairy experience having working on dairy and research farms as well as more recently being involved with the M.Bovis response on their sampling team.

      Accredited Dairy NZ condition scorer. 

      Sherree Bowles

      Technician Team Leader

      Sherree has been part of the team since 2017, bringing with her a wealth of experience; having worked locally as a full time dairy technician for 15 years. She is team leader for our technician team and loves getting out on farm and getting stuck in!

       Outside of work she enjoys multi-sport events, mountain biking and the outdoors. 

      Accredited Dairy NZ condition scorer.

      Abbie Mcleod


      Abbie joined us as a full time technician in July 2019 after doing a couple months as a casual on the teat seal team. She is originally from South Otago and was brought up on dairy farms.

      Outside of work Abbie enjoys competitive horse endurance and competitive trail riding where she has won national awards on her horse Sparky. Also enjoys anything outdoors from mountain biking to hunting. 

      Accredited Dairy NZ condition scorer

      Nicky Williams

      Office Manager

      Nicky has been with us since we first started having a manned office. She is our office manager and keeps all the team and the office organised! As well as reception duties she is kept busy with stock control and managing accounts

      Nicky enjoys fishing and boating and family time outside of work

      Jo Dellow

      Office Administration

      Jo joined Nicky in 2019 to help with our calving season; we then realised we couldn’t manage without her and she became a permanent team member! She is the always happy voice at the other end of the phone!

      When not at work she enjoys spending time on her lifestyle block or heading away in the Motorhome with her husband and their dog Wolfie.


      Brochure Download:

      Thank you for your enquiry.  Please complete the form below and a copy of our Farm Health Care Plans, will be emailed to you.  If you would like to discuss plan pricing and any other details, please feel free to contact us.

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        Thank you for your enquiry about our Farm Health Care Plan packages and pricing.  Please complete the form below and we will email to you a copy of our brochure including pricing. 

        Please note pricing will be emailed by our administration team during normal business hours. 

        If you would like to discuss plan pricing and any other details, please feel free to call us on 03 308 0493

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          Daniel Goldstein

          BM BVSc (Hons) MRCVS


          Dan is originally from Sydney, where he graduated from University of Sydney in 2017. He spent his first 2 years in practice working in Yorkshire Dales in the UK. He has always had a passion for dairy work and in 2020 made the move to New Zealand to join the team at Dairy Vets. Professional interests include bovine surgery and lameness.

          Sally Mavor

          Office Administration

          Sally joined the team in January ’21 with our second clinic opening in Rakaia. She brings with her a wealth of experience having been dairy farming since 1995.  Outside of work she enjoys the outdoors, spending time helping on the run-off with the young stock, catching up with family, walking and gardening.

          She looks forward to seeing you at both offices, splitting her week between Ashburton and Rakaia.


          Vanessa Orr

          Office Administration

          Hi, I’m Vanessa and I’m the full-time based Rakaia person. I live in Leeston so not too far away; I have 2 late teen boy’s and several animals. When I’m not working, my family keeps me busy, mainly running around my oldest son and his rugby at Southbridge, at markets for my own small home business in crafts and doing countless loads of washing! I grew up around sailing, horse riding, sheep and cropping so cows are something I’m busy learning now.

          Annie Kennedy


          Annie has worked for dairy vets since 2020 causally while finishing university then started full time in 2022. She grew up on a dairy farm in South Canterbury. She enjoys working as part of the Dairy Vets team. Outside of work Annie enjoys Netball, running, spending time with friends and family. Annie is constantly furthering her education on all things Animal based.

          • Bachelor Of Environment and Society (Lincoln University NZ)
          • Diploma in Animal welfare and Veterinary assist (Career Academy NZ and AUS)
          • Accredited Dairy NZ condition scorer
          • Authorised person for MPI under the Biosecurity Act 1993 (MBOVIS)

          Anita Renes

          BVSc MRCVS


          Anita started at Dairy Vets in March 2021.  She grew up in South Canterbury and has previously practiced as a large animal vet in the North Island and as a locum in Mid Canterbury.  Anita and her husband have been contract milking on a dairy farm at Dorie since 2012.  Outside of work she is kept busy with 3 children, the farm business, various community roles and a bit of hiking, biking and netball.

          She has particular interests professionally in milk quality, calf rearing, trace elements and lameness. Accredited Healthy Hoof provider.


          Will McLean



          Originally from a relatively small (by Mid Canterbury standards!) dairy farm in Aberdeenshire, Will graduated from Glasgow University in 2019 and worked in mixed practice in Scotland for 18 months. He then decided to come to Ashburton to gain experience where’s there’s an abundance of cows and learn about New Zealand farming systems.  Accredited Dairy NZ Body Condition Scorer.


          Outside of work Will is a long suffering Scotland rugby fan and is keen to bag as many huts as he can out tramping on the South Island.