Llyn originally came from Kirikau, a small farming settlement 21 miles south of Taumarunui. He was brought up on a large sheep and beef hill country farm and attended the local school with a total of 13 children! He also claims to have been head boy at St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton!?
He attended Massey University and graduated in 1988. He worked in Tokoroa with Wally Nederer (mixed practice with a large hunting/sport horse client base) and at Southern Rangitikei Vet Service (mixed practice with a large race/polo/sport horse client base). He then headed overseas to the UK where he mostly worked in mixed practices around Manchester.
Llyn returned to NZ in 1995 when he joined Roger and Danny at CRT Vets. He also took on the role of Practice Manager in 2014 after the retirement of Jeff Grimmett.
Llyn is definitely our most diverse vet! He has a developing horse clientele and is often seen touring the Nelson/Tasman/Golden Bay area performing horse dentistry and lameness examinations. His special interests are in small animal orthopedics, equine lameness and equine dentistry. He loves our new equine facility,
To relax Llyn can be found taking part of many sports, water & snow skiing, windsurfing, racquet sports, touch rugby and mountain biking. He also enjoys diving, fishing and has recently got back into golf. Llyn lives on a lifestyle block close to Richmond with his wife Sally and two children, Scarlet and Hamish, three cats, one dog.
Roger Bay BVSc Dip VCS - Partner
Roger was born in the eastern Waikato under the mountain called Te Aroha. He spent the early years of his life growing up on a farm surrounded with every animal that could be captured, incubated, tanned or tamed!
By the age of 12 he had decided that rising at 4am to milk cows every day and leaving the beach by 2pm in the afternoon to again milk those cows was reason enough to consider an alternative - but complimentary career path. It was only later that he realised he would often be getting up a lot earlier – and not getting to the beach at all in his chosen life vocation!
Seven years at Massey University training and working brought Roger to seek new adventures in the beautiful Nelson region.
After a few years as an employee, Roger decided it was time to go out on his own and start a mixed, large and small animal Veterinary practice based in Richmond, but servicing the greater Nelson region. Roger started in 1993 as CRT Vets, based from the Richmond CRT store with the fantastic support of Karen Mackey and Jack Varley. The veterinary business grew rapidly. By the end of the decade they were providing comprehensive services to all fields of animal health with a team of vets and support staff.
The change of business name and building to Town & Country Vet occurred in 2005. This was largely because of the successful growth of clients, staff and services provided.
Throughout this time, Roger and his wife Rebekah have developed a farm and had a family of their own with four beautiful children. Roger is still a part time farmer and our Beacon Hill Equine Clinic was set up at his property near Richmond in 2008.
When asked why Roger thinks the business has grown so significantly over this time, he can only point to the great people that have committed themselves to the business and the genuine belief that our clients and their animals should be treated the way we would like our own family to be treated.
Danny Hajdu BVSc - Partner
Danny was born and raised in Kakahi in the North Island but his heritage is Slovakian and Ukranian. Danny has a passion for small furry creatures, and from a young age he has taken in all the less unfortunate animals in this world. He currently has adopted two local stray cats and has a flock of turkeys roaming the farm.
Danny graduated at the top of the class from Massey in 1977 and worked in general practice in Taranaki and over in Australia. He also spent a couple of years overseas including a stint in general practice in Zimbabwe.
Danny returned to New Zealand and moved to Nelson in 1992. He was planning to travel about and be a locum until Roger Bay snapped him up and they joined forces as CRT Vets. Danny lives out in Tapawera and spends most of his time travelling between farms and goes undercover during sheep scanning season.
Outside of Town & Country Vet, Danny is a passionate fisherman and can often be found roaming the banks of the Motueka River!
Paula Oram BVSc - Associate
Paula was born and raised in Southland and grew up on a harness racing stables which helped with her decision to be a vet. She moved up to Palmerston North to attend Massey University and graduated in 1999. Since then Paula has practiced in Australia and the UK and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to do volunteer vet work in Nepal, Morocco and Ethiopia.
Paula has been in Nelson since 2004. She is a mixed animal vet but spends more time these days with the small animal side of the clinic. She can usually be found in the hub of activity at our Richmond Clinic, but consults once a week at Wakefield.
Outside of work Paula is married to Kelvin, with two gorgeous daughters. They have one short tailed cat called Lulu and Billie, the gorgeous but very naughty beagle. She enjoys cooking and socialising. Paula also has an identical twin!
April Rumsey BVSc - Associate
April has been with Town & Country Vet since 2000 and works as a small animal vet. She is interested in soft tissue surgery, medicine and dermatology.
She enjoys the variety of animals we deal with, and pleasant friendly attitude of our clients. Outside of work her two children, one cat and one rabbit keep her busy!
Brenda Halliwell BVSc - Associate
Brenda was born in Wellington but grew up overseas in the UK and Africa until she was 5 years old. She then returned to Wellington to complete her schooling and graduated from Massey in 1993. She spent 2 years in Gore in a mixed practice before heading off on her OE back to the UK, where she worked mostly as a small animal locum for about 7 years.
Brenda came back to New Zealand and moved to Nelson in 2007. She lives here with her husband and three children, one moggy, one Burmese, and one very bouncy labrador . To relax Brenda enjoys walking her dog, running, pilates and snowboarding.
Warren 'Mitch' Mitchell BSc BVSc MANZCVSc - Associate
Mitch grew up on a sheep and beef stud farm in Southland. He attended Massey University and graduated in 1994 with both Science and Veterinary Science degrees. His first job was a 2 year stint at Gore Veterinary Services doing mixed animal practice specializing in rugby!
Mitch then went on an OE to the UK working in large animal/equine practices in Cornwall and Newmarket. He also spent 6 months cycle touring and travelling in South America. Mitch returned to NZ in 1999 and spent the following two years doing mixed practice at Darfield Vet Club in Canterbury.
Having really enjoyed the horse work while in the UK, Mitch then moved to the heart of Waikato and spent the next 6 1/21 years at Matamata Veterinary Services Equine Division. Mitch was involved in equine reproduction, thoroughbred race track work and competition sport horses. While working in Matamata he also passed his Australian College Membership exams in equine medicine.
in 2008 Mitch decided to return to do another OE to the UK and moved over with his family and his wife Debbies' two event horses. He worked in an 8-vet specialist equine clinic about an hour out of London. The clinic covered a diverse range of equpine disciplines with many clients competing internationally in polo, showjumping, dressage, eventing and endurance. Mitch had clients competing at the 2011 London Olympics and the 2013 World Equestrian Games in France. in 2014 both teams in the Gold Cup final were looked after by Mitch's practice. Mitch was also involved in providing care for a large number of London Police horses.
Mitch has developed interests in equine reproduction, lameness (poor performance) and dentistry. As well experiencing a wide variety of equine disciplines he has also been involved on the other side with his wife Debbie who competed in the UK and Europe up to 3-star level. His daughter also rides ponies so he has a good understanding of the highs and lows of horse ownership.
Mitch and his family moved to Nelson in 2015 and he joined the Town & Country Team in February of that year. Mitch is looking forward to living and working in Nelson and helping with the local horse population.
Rachel Stanyer BVMSc - Associate
Rachel was born and grew up in the UK and she graduated from Edinburgh University in 2008. She worked as a mixed and large animal vet for 6 years in the UK before doing a masters in wildlife health.
Rachel and her husband moved to New Zealand in late 2014 and worked as a Locum Vet for various clinics in the area. She settled with us at Town and Country Vet in February 2016 and works mostly as a small animal vet but has recently taken on some Large Animal on-call work. She is interested in all aspects of veterinary medicine but particularly exotic animals.
She enjoys trail running, cycling and kayaking. Outside of work she spends a lot of time training alongside looking after her one year old daughter and has great ambitions to complete in the Coast to Coast in 2017!