Support Staff

Annette McFadgen (Antech) VN, BHSAI - Support Staff Manager

McfadgenAnnette is a Nelson local. She has had various careers including Loans Officer, Riding Instructor, Nanny, Veterinary Nurse and most recently was a tutor in Veterinary Nursing, Animal Care and Equine Studies at the NMIT. She joined the Town & Country team as Head Nurse in January 2008. She took over the job of Support Staff Manager in 2014 and  loves the constant challenges that come with the job and has a passion for excellent customer care.

Annette has a passion for the care of all animals, she loves working with people and has empathy, compassion and patience (most of the time!).

When Annette is not in the clinic, she enjoys horseriding, gardening, reading and socializing. She owns a menagerie of pets! Including horses, dogs, cats, sheep and numerous waifs and strays! She lives with her partner in Upper Moutere.

 


Clare Broderick VN - Front of House

Clare with ParrotClare grew up on a farm in Woodstock in the Motueka Valley. Her parents originally grew tobacco then went on to farm sheep and cattle. Clare loves animals and had many pets including lambs, calves, horses, pigs, chooks, ducks, dogs, cats and even the odd rabbit and ferret.

At the age of 17 she started working full time at the Halifax Veterinary Centre in Nelson and she gained her veterinary nursing certificate two years later. She worked at Halifax for 19 years before resigning to spend more time with her young children.

Clare joined the Town & Country Team in August 2014 and is now a familiar face on the front counter.

Clare and her husband Grant live with their two children on their lifestyle block in Redwood Valley. They have a small flock of sheep, four chooks and a very old cat. In her spare time Clare and her family enjoy spending time at the batch in French Pass boating and fishing. She also enjoys white-baiting and motorbike riding at Anatori. She is a keen gardener and likes to snowboard and play touch rugby.


Karen Bailey - Accounts Manager

Bailey Karen is a born and bred Nelsonian. She came to work for Town & Country Vet in November 2008 and immediately slotted into the team. She has a varied background of farming, gardening, administration and accounts. She heads our Accounts department taking care of all things financial within the business.

At home Karen lives on a lifestyle block with her miniature horses, calves and six border collies. She enjoys a nice glass of Nelson wine to relax! You may come across Karen on the end of the phone or on the front counter.


Amanda Lucas VN - Front of House

Amanda has worked as a vet nurse since 2004. She originally started at Town and Country (when it was CRT Vets) then moved to Richmond Vet Clinic to fill the role of head nurse in 2007. She then came back to Town & Country Vet after the closure of RVC in 2015.
You can now often see her friendly face on reception and she is enjoying becoming reacquainted with the clients she remembers, greeting the old RVC clients, and meeting our clients who are new to her. The dogs are quickly working out that her pockets are full of treats!
She lives in Motueka with a menagerie of pets and a very tolerant husband, Andrew.
 

Laurie Arnold VN - Front of House

Arnold Laurie enrolled on the Vet Nursing course at the Nelson Polytech in 2002. During the six months gap in the course she headed off to Christchurch to work in a showjumping yard. Having completed the Vet Nursing course in 2003 Laurie took a job at the Halifax Vet Centre. She joined the Town & Country Vet team in 2006.

Laurie spends the majority of her time greeting the clients at our front counter, however as her passion lies with horses, she can answer all your equine reproduction, nutrition and performance questions.

At home Laurie lives with her husband, their son, 2 cats, 1 dog and her chickens. She also has 5 horses of her own, she enjoys showjumping and breeding warmbloods as her hobbies.

 


Kelsey Biggs VN - Front of House and Vet Nurse
Kelsey Biggs

Kelsey was born here in Richmond but she has always had a passion for the rural lifestyle. She completed her Certificate of Veterinary Nursing at Otago Polytechnic via correspondence in 2014 then joined the Town and Country team in July 2015. Kelsey spends most her time at reception greeting clients with her big smile. She can also be found out with our Equine Vet Mitch assisting with X-rays or nursing out the back.

In her spare time Kelsey enjoys competing her Horse Black Champagne in the Show ring and training her young horse Ben Nevis. She hopes to eventually turn him into a quality Show Hack Show Jumper.

Kelsey also has two very similar Black and white cats, Pippin and Quinny, and sometimes finds it hard to tell them apart!

 


Jenny Pollitt - Front of House

Jenny started working in the Vet Industry in 1982 as a nurse at the Richmond Vet Clinic on Salisbury road. She has since worked on and off between there and Town and Country Vets over the years along with raising a family and running a business. Jen also managed the Urban Tails Pet Store from 2011 until its close in 2014.

You will find Jen  on reception at our Richmond clinic and occasionally relieving staff at our Wakefield branch.

Jen lives in Hope with her family on a lifestyle block with the usual collection of cats, dogs and chooks.

 


Mike McKinstry - Rural Sales Manager

Mckinstry Mike was a country boy from Ranfurly, first going to Flock House in Bulls to do a Diploma in Agricultural Pest Control and Management, as well as then going on to do shearing, dairy farming and farming on his own account.

He has worked in Ashburton, Napier, Alexandra, Ranfurly and Seddon for the Agricultural Pest Destruction Council. This work saw him controlling rabbit numbers as well as TB possum and goat control throughout these areas.

Working in Seddon saw him go into shearing for a living and this then took him to Ashburton where he owned a three man shearing gang.

Work in dairying then saw him move through the ranks and he ended up managing corporate farms in and around Ashburton as well as farming on his own account where, together with his wife, they did dairy grazing, heifer rearing as well commercially growing olives for oil production.

Mike joined the Town and Country Vet team at the beginning of 2013. He loves working with the farming community and servicing there on farm needs.

Mike is married to Rosie and has two children and two cats and outside of work enjoys fishing, hunting and boating.


Vikki Logan - Stock Manager

Logan Vikki grew up on a farm in NSW, Australia. A childhood of heat, flies, snakes, droughts, locust and mice plagues encouraged her to move to Sydney for University then off overseas.She returned to her family farm, rural business and chaff industry. After 7 years working in the family business, she met a travelling Kiwi who convinced her that the land of the long white cloud is the best place in the world. She has now been living in Nelson for 4 years with a Kiwi, one dog and three cats and would have to agree that New Zealand is a very special place.

Vikki joined the Town & Country team in 2010.

 

 

 


Sonja Kamphuis - Support Team

Sonja grew up on a lifestyle block in the Waikato then went to Victoria’s Marcus Oldham Farm Management College to complete a Diploma in Equine Management.
Returning to NZ she spent 10 years in the thoroughbred industry in various roles – breeding, breaking-in, yearling preparation, veterinary assistant and equine insurance.
When the travel itch became too strong she headed overseas to spend several years leading and driving overland tours all over the world.  

Sonja joined the Town & Country team in 2009 and moves between administration and front of house.  She lives with her family in Tahunanui.

 


Bryant Quarterman - Technician

Quaterman A country boy schooled close to the main trunk line in Taumarunui before going to Lincoln Uni to do a Diploma of Agriculture, plus experience in stud sheep, cropping and dairy farming.

MAF Quality Mgt – AgriQuality for 39 years working in Christchurch, Ranfurly, Ruatoria and Nelson / Blenheim / Westcoast; as a Livestock Officer and District Mgr. The bulk of his time with MAF included all aspects of TB control, animal welfare, staff management and exotic disease control in livestock and bees. He has been with Town and Country Vet as Veterinary Technician for the last 3 + yrs.

With 30 + yrs in Nelson, he has a wide knowledge of farms and farming in the area plus experience with farming in several other parts of the country.

Bryant loves working with animals and in the farming community. The range of duties, the people he works with and the people he meets make the job enjoyable and satisfying. He enjoys learning about new products and better internal parasite control in farm animals, and after 50 yrs+ working with animals, is still learning!

Bryant is married to Sue and has 3 sons, 3 stepsons and 1 grandson. His hobbies include gardening, photography, blow-carting and tinkering in the workshop. His pet papillion, Abbie, keeps him on the move and entertained.

Bryant officially retired at the end of 2012, but continues to come into the clinic on a part-time basis to help us out!