Bill Hancock, B.V.Sc

Director and Farm Animal Veterinarian

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.

Peter Briston, B Sc, B Vet Med

Farm Animal Veterinarian

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!

Julie Hetherington, B.V.Sc B Sc

Farm Animal Veterinarian

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 van Velsen, DVM MANZCVS

Farm Animal Veterinarian

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.

Ben Rooney BVSc

Farm Animal Veterinarian

Ben has experience in dairy and mixed veterinary practice, having worked both locally and overseas.  After graduating from Massey University in 2011, Ben began his vet career working in dairy practice in Tirau.  Keen for an adventure/OE, he then spent a few years working in mixed practice in the UK while taking advantage of the travel opportunities.  On returning home to New Zealand, Ben worked in dairy practice in Morrinsville, before joining the team at Cambridge Vets in 2021.  A Waikato lad, Ben is well settled in Cambridge with his young family.

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Covid-19 Update 😷

To our wonderful clients, we are working hard to keep you and our team safe during this current climate. Unfortunately, even with protocols in place, people are still being impacted by this illness and that includes our team. We are managing this the best we can but there are times when we are not fully staffed.

Please be advised there may be longer wait times, days where we cannot offer our full range of services, and changes to our usual hours. Please be patient with us.We may have to reschedule your appointment at short notice as we take care of our staff too. We are sure you will appreciate that we are working exceptionally hard to provide the best care for your pets.

Thank you for your understanding and we will keep you updated as we work through the next few weeks.

Monday 8am - 7pm
Tuesday 8am - 7pm
Wednesday 8am - 7pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 8am - 12:30pm
Sunday 9am - 12noon