Meet the Team




Paul Hughes

A well-known and respected vet both locally and nationally, Paul has worked at Taihape Vet Services since 1979. His wealth of experience covers all species. Over the years Paul has published work related to the sheep and beef industry including working dogs. He has been involved in specialist branches and won awards for his contribution to the veterinary sector.

He provides care for livestock on farm and is also involved in farm consultancy work on a number of farms in the area.  He is a partner and director and also has other local business interests.

Paul and his wife, Raewyn, run a red deer stud farm.



Anthony Oswald

After working in a variety of clinics both in New Zealand and overseas Anthony found himself working for Taihape Vets. He became a partner and director in 2010.

Anthony works in a clinical role with sheep, deer, beef and dairy cattle with some horse work along with some farm advisory work. In the small animal clinic, he has a special interest in orthopaedic surgery of working dogs. He is a Wormwise facilitator working to help farmers combat the issue of parasite resistance. He is also involved in practice management and is a partner and director.

Anthony runs a small farm on the outskirts of Taihape. When not working he enjoys participating in wilderness adventure racing and has participated in the GODZone race numerous times. Anthony’s wife, Charlotte, and two children, Pippa and Jonty, are important members of his support team.



Harley (BJ) Bowsher

As a born and bred Taihape local, BJ spent six years shepherding on three of our local high-country stations before heading to vet school. As a result of this he has an excellent understanding of all aspects of running a farming enterprise.

BJ has a special interest in deer and runs the P2P advanced party discussion group for local farmers. He is often found out on the road tending to all livestock, including horses and pigs. BJ is also found in the clinic where he usually takes on the role of small animal vet if Becky is away. He is also involved in the practice as a partner and director.

BJ runs several small blocks on the outskirts of Taihape. He is married to Jody with three children. He has a role on the St Joseph’s School board of trustees where his children are students. When not working he enjoys time in the outdoors and is a keen hunter and fisherman as well as been a strong supporter of local rugby.



Becky Waghorn

Becky is the most recent vet at Taihape Vets, having been here since 2015. She has a background in mixed rural practice focusing more on the companion animal side in more recent years. She is an experienced clinician and soft tissue surgeon and is the small animal vet in the clinic most days, ready to help with all aspects of care for your dog and cat plus those other pets the kids keep in the backyard.

Along with husband, Clint, and two children, she lives on a small sheep and beef farm. She is a hiker and often accompanies the family on hunting and fishing trips into the forest parks of the region.



Kristen Duirs

Kristen was born in Zimbabwe and moved to New Zealand to study veterinary science, graduating in 2006. Kristen began working here in Raetihi as a new graduate the following year. Her main passion is soft tissue surgery, however she enjoys the variety of a mixed animal practice. In her spare time Kristen enjoys horse riding, travelling and water-sports including kite surfing, paddle boarding, sailing and scuba diving.



David Seifert

After graduating from Massey University in 1974, David moved to Taihape to work for the Taihape Veterinary Club. David moved to Raetihi in 1983 becoming the sole vet in the area. In 1988 David became a partner in the business. In 2001 the partnership was dissolved and David took over ownership of the Raetihi clinic. In 2020 he sold the practice and is now enjoying working four days a week. David’s main veterinary interests include working dog orthopaedic surgeries, parasite management of sheep and deer   and equines. Out of work David enjoys farming, skiing, the Rotary Club and spending time with his family.



Ruth Abernethy

Graduating in 1995 Ruth joined the veterinary team in Taihape working there for several years between both the Taihape and Ruapehu Veterinary clinics. She is now working part-time on Mondays and Wednesdays here in Raetihi. Ruth has no time for interests, but can be found working on her off days on the farm, cooking, or following her children’s sports.



Stacy Marchant

Born and raised in the small town of Mahoenui located in the King Country, Stacy has always had a passion for sheep and beef farming. Stacy studied veterinary science at Massey University and graduated in 2019, joining us here in early 2020. Stacy enjoys all aspects of mixed practice and is loving living rurally again. Out of work Stacy enjoys sports, the great outdoors and baking.

Vet Nurses



Renee Evans

Renee is our head nurse in the clinic. She supports the front of house staff as well as working with the vets in the hospital. Renee has a wealth of experience and brings in fresh ideas from her previous positions. She also has a keen interest in physiotherapy rehabilitation for injured dogs.

Renee is based in Palmerston North with her partner Aidan, who is in the military. She has a Huntaway called Beau who is doing well in Obedience & tracking, showing the fancy townies that farm dogs rule.



Miki Bates

Miki has always had a passion for working with animals, having been brought up locally on a sheep and beef farm. Miki has been working at the clinic since 2013 and graduated with a certificate in vet nursing from Otago Polytech in 2017. She enjoys monitoring anaesthetics and the challenges that go with them. Miki’s hobbies include helping out on her family farm, riding horses, hiking and enjoying the great outdoors.



Zoe Herzog

Zoe joined our team in 2012, having previously worked as a vet nurse in Dannevirke and as a dairy farmer in Taranaki. Zoe trained at Massey University graduating with a Diploma of Vet Nursing in 2001. When not at the clinic you can find Zoe trekking around her farm on her beloved horses or spending time with her family.

Reception and Administration



Cushla Coogan

Cushla is a Taihape local who has been in her current role for many years now so will be well known to most of you. She has a wide range of skills and is our go-to person if we have any office queries as her main focus is the office administration.

Cushla is a regular international traveller as well as a keen concert goer. She also enjoys time with family at the lake.



Sally Flynn

Sally has been us since the end of 2018 as the front of shop salesperson. She has previously been employed in a similar position in the South Island that was more dairy based and is enjoying to the change to the more relaxed sheep and beef clientele.

Sally and partner, Shane, live on a lifestyle block on the outskirts of Taihape where they run sheep and beef cattle. They are keen supporters of local and national rugby so can often be found on a side-line somewhere in the country on a wintery Saturday. Unfortunately, we are having some difficulty converting her to support the Hurricanes; Sally is still a strong supporter of the “red and black”.



Maryanne Mallalieu

Maryanne is vet nurse one day a week as well as our ‘go-to’ fill in person. She fills in for Renee, Cushla or Sally as the need arises, so you may see her around the clinic from time to time. Maryanne also has some training as a large animal technician and is very capable in any of her clinic roles.

Maryanne is a well-known local who runs a farm with husband, Geoff, but is also active in support of equestrian events in the district.

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Raewyn Hughes

Paul’s wife Raewyn also has a long association with the business and is involved in the clinic in a part-time management/administration role.

Outside the clinic, her time kept busy with grandchildren, an active outdoor lifestyle, and an impressive garden.



Vicki Hiscox

Office manager

Vicki started at the clinic at young age helping out where it was needed, and has been here ever since. She knows all the ins and outs of the business and is our go-to girl. Outside of work, Vicki enjoys spending time with her family and watching her two young boys playing rugby on Saturday mornings.



Heidi McGowan

Part time office administrator, reception

Relocating from Auckland, Heidi set up her own small business here in the Ruapehu region. She then joined us at the clinic in August 2018 as a part time receptionist as she enjoys the interaction with clients and their animals. Heidi loves spending time at her lifestyle block with her horses and two dogs. Her other passions include photography, art and gardening.



Roger Feickert

Trading manager/Technician

Roger grew up locally coming from a farming background and has done many years of shepherding around the area. Roger decided to join the clinic team in 2001 Rogers role consists of many different branches including sales rep, technician, conveyor overseer and handy man. When not at work Roger enjoys rugby, squash and is an active member of the local cosmopolitan club.