Peter Aitken

Peter Aitken BVSc MANZCVS MRCVS
Production Animal Team Leader

Peter first began working in the Manawatu in 2002. Since then he has taken a couple of breaks to work overseas, predominantly in the UK. Peter now leads and supports the Awapuni Veterinarian team. His passion is cows and preventative health strategies, particularly nutrition as a driver of health and production. Peter loves working with his clients to ensure that their herds are as healthy and productive as possible.

 

 

 

Greg SmithGreg Smith BVSc
Production Animal Veterinarian

Greg spent his early years in mixed practice in Rotorua working with dairy cows, deer, sheep and beef, horses and even companion animals. After a few years of OE that included locums in the UK, he eventually returned to his home province and started work at Manawatu Veterinary Services in Feilding, that has since become Totally Vets. Greg has an interest in all things dairy, and in particular mastitis, but still enjoys the opportunity to work with any of the production animal species, and even the occasional horse.

 

 

 

Ellie GrievesEllie Grieves BAVBSc DVM
Equine and Production Animal Veterinarian

Ellie started with Totally Vets in 2017. She graduated from Melbourne University in 2014, then went into mixed practice in Taranaki. After a few years, she went back home to Melbourne to complete an equine internship with the Victorian Equine Group. In her spare time, you will find Ellie busy riding her horse or helping out on the dairy farm with her partner Sam. 

 

 

 

Phylisia LohPhylisia Loh BSc BVMS
Equine Veterinarian

Phylisia graduated from Murdoch University in 2016 and spent some time working in Western Australia as an equine vet before returning home to Singapore to continue working with horses in 2017. Her love for travel and adventure brought Phylisia to New Zealand and she joined Totally Vets in 2021. She gets excited about equine lameness workups and performance horse medicine but also enjoys working with different species, especially companion animals.

 

 

 

Tasneem ArbiTasneem Arbi BVSc
Mixed Animal Veterinarian

Taz graduated from University of Pretoria in 2014. She worked as a mixed animal veterinarian in both South Africa and Botswana. Taz moved over to New Zealand with her husband and pets in December 2019, where she spent the following year as a dairy vet in Northern Waikato. She enjoys getting involved with all species, small and large. She is looking forward to exploring the Manawatu region with her four-legged creatures and husband.

 

 

 

Sarah TaylorSarah Taylor VN BSc (Hons) BVetMed Cert ES(Ortho) PhD
Mixed Animal Veterinarian

Sarah graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London followed by specialist training in equine orthopaedics and surgery. She worked in the UK and NZ and provided training and support through charity work with vets in the Ukraine and Pakistan. Sarah has an interest in pain management and trained in veterinary acupuncture and gained a certificate in chronic pain management. She has worked as an equine surgeon and companion animal vet at Massey University whilst completing a PhD in equine tendon healing, worked for herself providing a referral horse performance and pain management service for all species, and has worked for MPI where she gained valuable experience in animal welfare.

 

 

 

Georgina CampbellGeorgina Campbell BVSc
Mixed Animal Veterinarian

Georgina graduated from Massey University and initially worked in the Hawke’s Bay. Georgina grew upon a farm in the Manawatu and has returned to the area to work here at Awapuni after a stint at Totally Vets Taumarunui. She has an interest in all animals from cattle, sheep, deer, and horses to dogs and cats. Outside of work, basketball, netball and now golf are keeping her very busy.

 

 

 

Amarins SijslingAmarins Sijsling MSc
Equine Veterinarian

Amarins started working at Totally Vets Awapuni as an equine veterinarian in March 2022, along with her husband Walter who is a production veterinarian. Amarins graduated in 2018 at the University of Utrecht and worked as an ambulatory veterinarian in The Netherlands before starting her new adventure in New Zealand. She completed an internship at the Equine Clinic at Massey University and has a passion for equine dentistry - knowing that proper dental care has huge importance on the welfare and performance of our equine athletes. Outside of work she’s busy with her horse, a Shire X mare.

 

 

 

Walter SchutjensWalter Schutjens MSc
Mixed Animal Veterinarian

 Born and raised in a small town in the south of The Netherlands, Walter studied Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht. After working for 3.5 years in a mixed practice with mainly cattle and horses, and a small detour in the pharmaceutical industry, Walter and his wife Amarins came to NZ early 2019. Walter worked for Tararua Vets in Dannevirke and then in a practice all the way down south in Invercargill.  “I'm a passionate large animal vet and mainly love working with farmers and their animals, but also with horses and their owners. I look forward to meeting new clients along the way.”

 

 

 

Selena JohnsonSelena Johnson Currently enrolled in Dipl. Vet Technician
Veterinary Technician

Selena started with Totally Vets at Awapuni in 2010 out front in customer services. She then moved into her current role as a production animal technician and ventured out on farm alongside the production animal veterinarians, thoroughly enjoying getting her hands dirty. Taking bloods, carrying out herd BCS, vaccination programs, dry cow therapy and teat seal application, calf disbudding are just some of her capabilities - she is also a dab hand in the kitchen!

 

 

 

 

Kokila AdgerKokila Adger BVetTech
Veterinary Technologist

A Manawatu local, Kokila recently graduated from Massey University as a qualified veterinary technologist. Since then she has been a casual technologist at Massey University Veterinary hospital, working in all departments from ICU to farm services. Kokila's passion lies in dairy herd health and in particular lameness, mastitis, and young stock management, but enjoys working with all species. Kokila is excited to learn everything there is to know in veterinary medicine and is looking forward to giving back to her local community. In her spare time, you'll find her somewhere in the outdoors, catching up with friends and family or getting her horsey fix.  

 

 

 

Jessica Leong SonJessica Leong Son BVetTech
Veterinary Technologist

Jess was born in Mauritius (where the dodo bird comes from). Since graduating in 2017, Jess worked as an equine and farm services vet tech, then in 24/7 pet emergency.

“I have a horse, two dogs and pet hubby who all keep me plenty busy outside of work. I have a big interest in the equine industry and try to attend a variety of activities with my horse whenever possible.”

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