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Veterinarians

Veterinarian

Laurence Cohen

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Veterinarian

Laurence Cohen


Laurence graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 2013. He started work straight away as a large animal vet in a mixed practice in South West Wales for 2 years. He visited New Zealand as a teenager for six months and liked it so much he decided to return. He has been a part of our Greymouth practice since December 2015. Laurence enjoys being out on farms and exploring the local area.
Veterinarian

Ciara Couper

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Veterinarian

Ciara Couper


Ciara graduated from the Royal Vet College in 2011 and came to Greymouth to work at Animal Antics. She has since also practiced in Canada and Ireland, before returning to work for West Coast Vets in 2016. Ciara works in the Greymouth clinic and has special interests in ultrasonography and companion animal medicine. She is also the proud owner of our lovely clinic dog “Mac”.
Veterinarian

Amber Bone

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Veterinarian

Amber Bone


Amber qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2005.  She arrived on the Coast in 2006 and has been serving the animals of the West Coast ever since.  At work she runs the companion animal team and has a particular interest in small animal surgery and her work with the local SPCA.  At home she is kept busy with two young daughters, a husband and three cats. She currently works four days a week in the Greymouth clinic.

Veterinarian

Gwen Graf

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Veterinarian

Gwen Graf


Gwen graduated from Washington State University in 2017 and took a few months off to travel before starting at the Greymouth clinic in 2018. Passionate about a wide variety of species, you'll find her on the small animal side working with everything from birds to reptiles to mammals. When she's not working at the clinic, you're liable to find her at the local movie theatre or one of the various restaurants around town. Gwen's goal is to have the most spoiled rabbits on the Coast, although she's happy to see quite a few of her clients giving her stiff competition in that regard!
Veterinarian

Hayden Datt

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Veterinarian

Hayden Datt


Hayden was originally born in Auckland but also spent 10 years growing up in Brisbane, Australia before returning to NZ for university. He graduated from Massey University at the end of 2019 and now works out of the Greymouth clinic. He enjoys working with both small and large animals, though he is particularly fond of chickens and deer. Outside of work Hayden plays the guitar and loves exploring the great outdoors. Hayden can’t wait to experience what the West Coast has to offer.  

 

Veterinarian

Marjan Sprock

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Veterinarian

Marjan Sprock


Upon completing her vet degree in Utrecht in the Netherlands, Marjan worked for four years over there. In 2003 she emigrated to New Zealand, commencing work in Murchison. After a dairy season she moved a bit southwards and she has resided in this beautiful part of the country ever since. Marjan is passionate about trying to improve overall performance on farm and interested in all things related to ruminants. Preventing diseases and/or problems through nutrition are her specialty. Currently Marjan is the only member of the NZARN (New Zealand Association of Ruminant Nutritionists) on the West Coast. Most often you can find her on farms working with cows, sheep and other farm animals. But small animals are not strange to her either! Outside work she enjoys the outdoors (tramping, mountain biking, sailing, fishing) with her other half Jim and two daughters
Veterinarian

Simon Hewitt

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Veterinarian

Simon Hewitt


Simon joined West Coast Vets at the start of October 2014. Simon and his family have moved over the hill from Darfield Canterbury, where for ten years they owned and managed the Darfield Vet Centre. Simon is married to Tara and they have two teenage children Ruby and Sam. Simon and Gary were classmates at Massey University both graduating in 1991. Since then he has worked predominantly in Canterbury since graduating but also spent time working overseas in the UK and three years in his hometown of Taupo. Simon is a General Practitioner but with a definite focus on production animals that is dairy, sheep, beef and deer. He is also an experienced orthopaedic surgeon and small animal vet having treated all manner of furry critters in the UK, and he isn’t averse to seeing the odd horse, alpaca or pig if required. The outdoors have always been a big part of Simon’s life, he is a mad keen mountain biker and skier and semi- retired kitesurfer/windsurfer/climber. He loves doing stuff with his family and is a keen home handyman, not averse to a bit of a landscaping at home or bike track grafting. Active holidays are his thing.
Veterinarian 

Nadine Hahn

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Veterinarian 

Nadine Hahn


Nadine completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Science in November 2016 and started working at West Coast Vets in Greymouth in January 2017. She grew up on a farm in the Grey Valley before making the move to Palmerston North to study.  She is a large animal vet with interests in dairy and deer.   Nadine is enjoying playing netball back on the Coast, and taking her two dogs for walks. 
Veterinarian

Lynda Murphy

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Veterinarian

Lynda Murphy


Lynda is a Massey graduate and started off her career in Greymouth many years ago before heading off on her OE. She eventually returned to NZ and found her way back to the Coast having missed the multitude of easily accessible outdoor opportunities, the people and the weather! Lynda now works part time in the companion animal clinic in Hokitika and spends ‘days off’ working towards a post-graduate certificate in small animal medicine, raising her family and taking care of the hodge podge of animals that have come her way over the years, including a pig, two goats and a very active Jack Russell Terrier. When not at home she can usually be found tramping, camping, skiing or upside down in the lake in an attempt to learn how to sail.
Veterinarian

Shannon Boyle

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Veterinarian

Shannon Boyle


Shannon joined the team in 2020 as a mixed animal vet. She originally grew up in Auckland but moved to Palmerston North in 2015 to complete her veterinary degree at Massey University. In her final year of study, Shannon was selected for an exchange to a Thailand veterinary university and a sizeable exotic animal clinic. A valuable experience, she took away a new appreciation of New Zealand farming and spicy food. Shannon has a keen interest in Dairy but also loves companion animals and meeting new people every day. In her spare time, she enjoys getting outdoors, playing squash, and keeping up with her garden
Veterinarian

Troy Styles

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Veterinarian

Troy Styles


Troy joined the practice after graduating from Massey University in 2012. Originally from Christchurch Troy couldn’t wait to get back to the beautiful south after spending 5 yrs studying in Palmerston North. He is an enthusiastic mixed animal vet, with a dairy focus. Out of work Troy enjoys running, badminton and heading into the mountains for tramping.
Veterinarian

Ariane Prichard

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Veterinarian

Ariane Prichard


Ariane graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2011 and has specialized in farm animal work since then. She enjoys many sports and when not at work she can usually be found out on her mountain bike in most of the weathers the West Coast can produce.
Veterinarian

Nicola Harris

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Veterinarian

Nicola Harris


Vet technicians

Veterinary Technician

Maria van der Geest

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Veterinary Technician

Maria van der Geest


Veterinary Technician

Marlene Bourke

Veterinary Technician

Marlene Bourke


Prior to Marlene joining the team at West Coast Vets in January 2020 she was dairy farming in Canterbury, and more recently on the West Coast for 5 years. Outside of work she enjoys getting outdoors.
Veterinary Technician

Ros McCann

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Veterinary Technician

Ros McCann


Ros completed her studies as a Vet Tech in 2017 and started working with West Coast Vets in early 2018. Ros has been on the Coast her whole life – home for her is the Grey Valley and that’s where she plans to stay! She has been farming since before she left school and has a huge passion for the dairy industry – she just seriously LOVES cows! Ros also has a lot of horse experience, she grew up around thoroughbred racing as her Dad was a jockey – She takes after him somewhat being not much over 5ft! When Ros isn’t working you’ll probably find her out on the farm or playing one of her many sports including netball, touch, biking, swimming, running or hiking in the outdoors. Ros is looking forward to learning all there is to offer as a nurse and a technician and meeting all the lovely clients and their fur babies.

Veterinary nurses

Veterinary Nurse

Alicia Mitchell

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Veterinary Nurse

Alicia Mitchell


Alicia grew up on a farm on the Coast and went farming as a relief milker in the time after school, she continued farming once finished school and was in the industry for 3 years. While working Alicia completed her National Certificate in Agriculture, Cattle Health and Husbandry, as well as her National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing by distance through Otago Polytechnic. Alicia started working for West Coast Vets in Greymouth as a Veterinary Nurse in 2015. Alicia has most recently obtained her New Zealand Diploma of Veterinary Nursing L6 through Otago Polytechnic by distance in 2018.

Veterinary Nurse

Susan Du Preez

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Veterinary Nurse

Susan Du Preez


Susan was born in South Africa and moved here with her family in 2008. She started working for West Coast Vets at the start of 2019 and has recently completed the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care. She is currently working towards completing the Level 5 New Zealand Certificate of Veterinary Nursing via correspondence.
Veterinary Nurse

TJ Fredrickson

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Veterinary Nurse

TJ Fredrickson


TJ joined the crew at West Coast Vets in April 2020 as a Veterinary Nurse. Her professional working and educational background include Zoo Keeping, Veterinary Nursing, Business Management and Photojournalism. Originally from Australia, TJ moved to Hokitika in 2017 with her husband and teenage boys. Spending time with her clan, getting out for a good tramp, cooking great food, running, writing or reading generally take up most of her time outside of work.
Kennel Assistant

Lydia Gill

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Kennel Assistant

Lydia Gill


Lydia is our super-star assistant. You may not see her but she is very busy behind the scenes.
Veterinary Nurse

Bonnie Dempster

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Veterinary Nurse

Bonnie Dempster


Bonnie joined the team at West Coast Vets Hokitika in 2019, after completing her NZ Certificate in Animal Technology (level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant). She is currently studying towards the NZ Diploma in Veterinary Nursing with Otago Polytechnic through distance learning. She has always lived on the West Coast and loves the lifestyle that comes with it. Outside of work she enjoys spending time at the beach, riding her horse 'Rewa' and looking after her cat 'Pika'.
Veterinary Nurse

Georgia Gill

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Veterinary Nurse

Georgia Gill


Georgia joined the team in 2019 as a Vet Nurse Trainee. She is currently completing her Vet Nursing qualification through Otago Polytech. Georgia is a Greymouth local, and an active member of the Cobcen Hockey Team. Outside of work she enjoys the outdoors, hockey, horse riding and looking after her pets Milly, Ace, Jessie & Garfield.

Retail/Customer services

Retail Coordinator

Corina Wilson

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Retail Coordinator

Corina Wilson


Corina enjoyed the country life she had growing up. She worked on the family dairy farm in the Grey Valley for nine years after leaving school. Corina and husband Andrew have a lifestyle block with wiltshires, a few beefies, goats, chooks and Charlie a chocolate lab. Prior to starting at West Coast Vets in 2017, Corina spent five years in rural banking. Outside of work Corina can be found road cycling, gardening, card making and baking with whole foods.

Support staff

Customer Services

Julie Martin

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Customer Services

Julie Martin


Julie has been with West Coast Vets Hokitika since 2017 as a part time receptionist, having returned to the coast from Dunedin where she was working as a Retail & Customer Services Manager for a veterinary practice. Prior to this Julie was the National Sales Manager for a small animal supply company based in Auckland. She has a background in Veterinary Nursing. In her spare time she enjoys taking her daughter to pony club and walking her dog “Delta” along the beach and bush tracks.
Administrative Assistant

Liz Ross

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Administrative Assistant

Liz Ross


Liz has just recently joined the team in Hokitika. She comes from an administration and banking background and is a born and bred West Coaster. Liz enjoys swimming and walking, and spending time with her adult children and grandchildren , and her cat Berta.
General Manager

Harold Lee

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General Manager

Harold Lee


Harold has been part of the veterinary business here on the Coast since 1997. Prior to that he worked for Telecom & Pgg Wrightson as well as doing some insurance work. He enjoys being part of a successful team and believes providing the very best customer service will always achieve the best positive outcomes. Now working 3 days a week more time is available to spend with his wife Mary and six grandchildren.
Human Resources

Tara Hewitt

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Human Resources

Tara Hewitt


Tara moved with her family to Hokitika in 2014 from Darfield where she and her husband had owned and managed the Darfield Vet Centre for over a decade. Originating from Hawkes Bay Tara’s background prior to this was in Sales and Marketing where she worked as a key account manager for wine companies in both the North and South Islands. Her passions are ones she shares with her family – skiing, mountain biking and time together in the hills.
Reception

Leanne Reeve

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Reception

Leanne Reeve


 

Leanne started at Animal Antics in 2009 and has continued working for West Coast Vets as a receptionist/vet nurse ever since. She loves seeing all the animals and clients every day.  Leanne has a young English Bull Terrier, Chap, who keeps her entertained, and when not working they spend as much time as possible with her grandsons.

 

Farm Services Administrator

Aubyn Wilson-Russ

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Farm Services Administrator

Aubyn Wilson-Russ


Aubyn first came to West Coast Vets as a student in 2016 while studying towards her Certificate in Animal Technology through Otago Polytechnic via correspondence. Aubyn has a wealth of experience previously working in the red meat processing industry, hospitality and banking! She is now qualified as a Veterinary Nurse and has officially joined the West Coast Vets team and is loving every moment of it. Aubyn is a born and bred West Coaster and absolutely adores animals all shapes and sizes! In her spare time she enjoys playing netball, reading and spending time with her rescue cat, George and her two mini-lop rabbits, Lennon and Cashew.