Meet the Team


Paul Hughes

Paul has worked at Taihape Vets since 1979. He has a wealth of experience in rural mixed animal veterinary medicine. He is a former president of the NZVA Beef and Sheep branch and has published extensively on topics relating to the beef and sheep industry including working dogs.

Paul has had a hard working and decorated career attaining achievements such as the Australian College Award, the Alan Baldry Shepherds Crook and the NZVA Presidents Award. In recent years he has taken a step back from the practical side of vetting to concentrate on the business; although, he is still heavily involved in sheep and beef farm management.

Paul and his wife Raewyn have four children and live on a small deer farm north of town. He is passionate about the area and contributing to the community.

Anthony Oswald

Anthony has extensive experience in the sheep and beef industry. He graduated from Massey University in 2000 and has worked in a variety of clinics both in NZ and the UK, before becoming a partner and director in 2010.

Anthony is a mixed animal practitioner but has a particular interest in orthopaedic surgery of working dogs and sheep/beef farm consulting. He is also the current president of the NZ Society of Sheep and Beef Cattle Veterinarians.

He met his wife Charlotte in Taihape and has a daughter, Pippa. His keen interests are taking his jet boat up the Rangitikei river and duck shooting.

Harley Bowsher (BJ)

BJ was born and bred in Taihape. Before Vet School he spent six years shepherding on three of our local High Country stations. He graduated from Massey University in 2007. After experiencing a variety of clinics he chose to base his veterinary career here at the Taihape practice.

He enjoys of all the facets of mixed animal practice, with his main focus being towards deer, sheep and beef. He also has a passion for working dogs, and is keen to improve the performance of farm operations.

BJ is a sports fanatic. Outside of work hours he is frequently found hunting, fishing and diving; or enjoying family time with his wife and two girls.

Julia Henken

Julia loves owls

Julia graduated from Nottingham Vet School in the UK in 2011. After working in a busy small and exotic animal clinic in the UK she moved to Taihape in January 2013 to work at the Taihape Vet Club and be with her partner.

At work her interests are focused on the many weird and wonderful problems of the High Country working dog and especially loves soft tissue surgery. She also has a passion for poultry and any species a bit out of the ordinary.

At home she loves tending to her chickens and cooking up culinary delights for her partner, Kieran, and friends. She enjoys keeping fit, tramping, skiing and starting art projects.


Laiken Whitfield

Laiken joined the clinic as a qualified veterinary nurse in October 2012. She has extensive experience with working dogs from her time spent in Gisborne working in a large mixed animal practice. She also worked in a small animal clinic in Palmerston North where she specialised in nutrition.

She thoroughly enjoys the exciting variety of medical nursing and small animal surgery here in Taihape.

When she isn't being Super Nurse she enjoys riding her horses, training her Boxer and going on adventures.


Cushla Coogan

Cushla has been at Taihape Vets for many years and has extensive experience with all aspects of running the clinic. Her role involves everything from dealing with client requests to debt collecting!

Outside of work Cushla enjoys catching up with friends and travelling.

Andrea Anderson

Andrea started working at Taihape Vets in March 2012. She grew up on a sheep and beef farm in the South Island town of Fairlie. She lives near Mangaweka on a farm with her husband.

She enjoys the rural lifestyle and helping on the farm. She also enjoys skiing in the winter.

Louise Totman

Louise worked full-time at the clinic before leaving to start a family. She now returns to help out at the clinic on occasions when other staff members are away.

As well as being a busy mum to two children Louise enjoys gardening, helping out on the farm, tennis and keeping fit.

Animal Care Assistants:

Amy Bradley

Amy has been working part-time at the clinic for a year. She enjoys the variety of animals she works with in the kennels and spending time with her colleagues here.

When not juggling her busy life of school and work, she loves to play team sports such as hockey and netball, and, of course, enjoys snowboarding.