Meet The Team

Large animal vet

Bill Hancock, B.V.Sc

Chris Pyke, B.V.Sc

Bill manages the farm animal operations of the practice and is the go to person for any issues.  He arrived in 1994 after his first vet job of 2 years in Oamaru “because the fishing is better” but also to be closer to the heart of NZ dairying. Bill has special interests and extra training in mastitis control, lameness treatment/prevention and bull health. He also has experience in sheep practice. Bill is a director of Cambridge Vets. Chris Pyke has been a dairy vet in Cambridge since 1976 and is now specialising in dairy farm consultancy and nutrition.  He is an Intelact consultant.

Peter Briston, B Sc, B Vet Med

Chris Crickett, B.V.Sc

Also known as Pete the Pom, he grew up on a farm and graduated from the Royal Vet College in 1999. After 2 years doing mixed practice in Wales and England, Peter came to New Zealand in 2001 and joined Cambridge Vets in 2004 as a Production Animal Vet. He has settled here with his 3 children, 9 chickens, 4 cows and 2 dogs. Peter is DairyNZ accredited; within the veterinary field, he specialises in mastitis in the dairy cow (BTSCC grading investigations), reproductive (InCalf) analyses and HealthyUdder. Peter also enjoys working with beef, sheep and alpacas too! Chris Crickett has serviced the farm clients of Horahora, Karapiro and Whitehall since 1979. His particular interest is deer farming but he also has experience with cattle, dairy goats, sheep and alpacas.  Chris is well known for his roles in Cambridge local theatre productions.

Julie Hetherington, B.V.Sc B Sc

Cecilia van Velsen, DVM MANZCVS

Graduating in 2004, Julie has been principally focused on production animals. Joining the CVS team in 2011, Julie shows a keen interest in lame cows and is our DairyNZ Healthy Hoof Provider.  She is equally enthusiastic about calf and heifer management and is known to have a wee soft spot for rearing lambs.

Cecilia graduated at Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 2005 and then moved to New Zealand. She specialised in ruminant medicine during her studies and wanted to work with cows. No shortage of these in the Waikato! After being employed in Taranaki for 3 years she decided to move to the Waikato and enjoy some more settled weather. Cecilia worked in Matamata for 6 years before joining our team. Special interests include lameness (Healthy Hoof provider) but enjoys (almost) every aspect of cattle medicine and surgery. Cecilia spends her spare time on her lifestyle block with sheep, chickens, her dog and a lot of bees, or enjoying the outdoors. 

Alex Smith, B.V.Sc 

Alex is helping out for a few months as a spring locum.
He graduated in the UK in 2007 and after three years mixed practice in West Wales decided to visit NZ; the plan was to work and travel for six months but after taking a predominantly dairy position in Canterbury this plan soon went out the window and five years later he was still there! Alex's particular areas of interested are dairy fertility and and preventative health planning but he enjoys all aspects of large animal work. Outside of work he enjoys kayaking, tramping, fishing, and generally anything outdoors. He looks forward to meeting you over the coming months.

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Kelvin Scown

Kelvin is our trading manager, looking after all the product and merchandising enquiries, promotions and bulk purchasing deals. He has extensive experience in the animal health industry. He enjoys fishing and rugby.  


Office and reception staff

Colleen Harvey

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Lyn Mudford

Colleen was raised on a Waikato Dairy Farm. She was worked for veterinary clinics for most of her working life and has been with Cambridge Vet Services since 1987. Colleen looks after our farming clients and enjoys meeting the many varied patients and clients that visit the clinic.

Lyn is an ex-dairy farmer in the Waikato and has been in the veterinary industry for over 20 years. She has been with Cambridge Vet Services since 2007, taking care of the accounts payable and still has a keen interest in the dairy industry.


Dani Inwood

Christina Reichmuth

Dani was born in the Waikato and raised in Turangi. She returned to Waikato in 1995 after being overseas for a few years. She has been working at Cambridge Vet Services since 2010 and enjoys interacting with all the different clients and patients that visit our clinic.
Christina was born and raised on a dairy farm in Morrinsville. She studied at both Waikato University and Wintec and worked in a pet store before joining Cambridge Vet Services in 2010. Christina is responsible for organising the schedule for the dairy vets and enjoys creating the clinic newsletters and looking after our website and Facebook Pages.

Shally Arnold

Karen Rickard

Karen is originally from Auckland before moving to Cambridge in 2015, she has worked previously at a vet nurse in a practice in Auckland. Karen joined the team in 2016, she is our weekend receptionist and is keen in helping both clients and patients.

Katrina Meerkerk


Amber Hannan

Katrina is originally from England came to New Zealand in 2013, she has qualifications in Agriculture and recently studied at Animal Care at Wintec. Katrina joined the team in 2016 to cover the phones while Christina is on maternity leave. She lives on a dairy farm and has a very keen interest in the area.  
Originally from Mt Maunganui, Amber has moved around the country with her Dairy Farmer husband. Now residing in Cambridge since June 2017, Amber joined the team in September as a Receptionist.  Her previous role was dealing with patients of the human variety but is now enjoying the change to animal health.

Cambridge Vets:

Helping your animals since 1944

We offer some 24 hour emergency services.

For emergencies outside of normal hours please ring the clinic phone number (07) 827 7099 which will direct you to the appropriate afterhours contact number.

About Us

We are a team of experienced vets, nurses and support staff dedicated to the health of your animals, both large and small.  We offer a wide range of products and services.
Mon-Weds 8am-7pm
Thurs-Fri 8am-5pm
Saturdays 9am-12.30pm    

Sundays 9am-noon

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