As a service it's the people in our practice that is our greatest asset. Highly skilled professionals collectively working together to ensure the best results possible for our clients. Our team has a history of ground breaking procedures along with fresh new talent, but most of all you have come to the place where people care. If that doesn't give you reassurance... over 50 years as a veterinary clinic should.
Bill studied at Massey University from 1975 –
1979 graduating with Distinction in 1980, gaining several awards including the
National Dairy Prize in Veterinary Surgery, the Upjohn Prize in Clinical
Pharmacology, and New Zealand Freezing Companies Association Prize in
Veterinary Public Health and Meat Hygiene.
From graduation Bill joined the practice which was then Thompson Marks and Christopher at the end of 1979. Bill also advanced in the industry proving himself within the practice in a few short years. It was testament to his work ethic, ability not only as a veterinarian but a businessman when he was asked to cement his position and career as a partner in 1986. Bill is a well respected equine veterinarian who prides himself in keeping up to date with current equine veterinary procedures, especially in the racing and reproductive areas, and he was one of the physicians to help initiate and introduce ultrasound to equine reproduction.
Bill has gained overseas experience, spending time in Kentucky (USA), and Newmarket (UK) in 1998. Outside of the practice Bill's devotion to the broader industry saw him as a committee member of NZEVA for three terms, and also on the committee for the Waikato Branch of the NZTBA for 12 years, and is currently still a long standing member of the Matamata Racing Club Board.
Outside the practice Bill is also passionate towards most things horses, being a breeder and owner of thoroughbreds and sport horses on his own property, a keen racing man often tuned into Trackside. Bill is a family man and like most Kiwi's enjoys many other sports including fishing, golf, cricket and rugby. Situated in the depths of the Waikato he has plenty in common with his clients being a racing and an All Black fan, but it's not so easy when you hail from Auckland and are a die hard Blue's supporter, a clear indication of what he has sacrificed for his career.
Emma joined the team at Marks+Ewen in 2008
after returning back home from working in management for Celebrity Cruise Lines
in the United States and Europe.
Growing up immersed in a family with a strong knowledge and background in everything to do with the equine industry, combined with her acquired business management abilities saw Emma as a natural fit for the role of Practice Manager, where she takes the reins of the day-to-day operations of the Clinic. Emma's diversity allows her to not only to manage the office staff with efficiency, but also to spend time out in the field with the veterinarian team. Being a natural people's person her HR skill-set sees her working closely with staff and clients across resources and business development.
Outside the practice Emma enjoys the leisure of the industry where in her earlier years she rode until her overseas career path halted this, now she is involved in part ownership of race horses keeping an eye on not only the racing meets but also equestrian results. Emma is also on the committee of the Matamata racing club where she can be often seen in the winners circle on race days. A Mother of her two beloved boys she cherishes spending time with her family and friends. Being a very enthusiastic super supporter of the All Blacks she also enjoys the cricket, and that's not due to her husband being a Jamaican, but due to this when New Zealand plays the West Indies the family always celebrates a win.
Originally from Cambridge Kieran firstly completed a biotech science degree at Waikato University before then going onto Vet School at Massey University. Kieran’s first job was here at Marks+Ewen arriving in 2002, a fresh enthusiastic young face he kicked off his career as a vet spending 5 valuable years learning the ropes of the industry from Jim, Bill and team. With Kieran’s quest for offshore experience he did a stint at Ballarat Veterinary Practice (Equine Division), Victoria Australia, then ventured further north to spend a decade at the Singapore Racing Club gaining vast knowledge in an exhilarating and challenging atmosphere. During his time in Asia he completed a Postgraduate study through Edinburgh Vet School Scotland.
When Kieran’s time in Singapore came to an end, and the call of the clean green memory of home was calling, he had one place in mind. Arriving back in NZ late 2017 armed with international experience, he would continue where he left off over a decade ago - Marks+Ewen proudly welcomed Kieran back. Now as a senior member as Head of Veterinarians, Kieran together with the Marks+Ewen team look forward to a bright future. Kieran has valuable ability across all Equine health and management but holds a special interest in Ophthalmology, Sports Medicine and Anaesthesia.
Helping horses is not just a career for Kieran, growing up in Cambridge - another horsing hub, he had a strong interest as a boy riding, then as he got older following the races. It was a natural choice to enter the equine industry, feeling completely at home around horses like second nature. Kieran’s interests outside of his career is indoor rowing where as recent as 2015 saw him win gold for his age group at the Australian Nationals. Lastly Kierans loves a good red wine… we are not sure, but it could have been something he also learnt off Bill and Jim?
Tracey joined us from Ireland where she studied
at the University College of Dublin. After graduating in 2007 Tracey's equine
interest lead her to complete an internship in both surgery and fellowship in
equine internal medicine at Hagyard, Davis and McGee - a large renown
specialised equine institute in Lexington, Kentucky. From the U.S.A Tracey
continued her quest for a specialised career path to Matatmata, another equine
hub were she joined Marks+Ewen in 2009.
Although Tracey enjoys all aspects of equine medicine, she mainly dedicated her time to stud work, where she reaps the achievements of watching horses she has helped bred and treat go onto success on the track. Her main interest and focus is during the breeding season where she commits her time running the neonatal intensive care unit and medical cases at the clinic. Tracey also is involved in sales work and can be seen at the annual Karaka yearling sales.
Tracey also has equine involvement outside of the practice where she rode in dressage events, competing for several years in Ireland before her studies and career intervened. Following a Marks+Ewen tradition she has acquired shares in thoroughbreds, following the races with a keen eye as she waits for one to be the 'next champion'. Like many of the Irish Tracey enjoys watching the national rugby team, where her loyalty finally paid off with a convincing win over the All Blacks cementing their place in history, breaking what seemed to be an everlasting drought, the only thing dry that night were the pubs. Tracey also enjoys tramping the beautiful New Zealand landscape, tennis, a good book and a glass of wine, sometimes the latter more than the others.
Jessica graduated from Massey University in
2011 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. She has since held a variety of
jobs in the equine industry including with top New Zealand horseman and ex world
champion - Vaughn Jefferis show jumping yard in Cambridge and another stint at
Windsor Park Stud as junior vet. As Jessica sought to progress and further her
career she arrived at Marks+Ewen in 2014 where she completed her internship and
is now a veterinarian associate.
Having a devoted equine passion inside and outside of the clinic, it's only natural that Jessica enjoys all aspects across equine medicine - nurturing horses comes as second nature. Her personal involvement in the athletic side sees a growing interest in sport medicine. During the core season Jessica has majority of her time dedicated to stud work.
With a genuine love for everything horses Jessica's interests outside of work involves spending a lot of time with her own horse's, this including show jumping and hunting as well as the breeding of show jumpers and race horses. It's fair to say that when Jessica isn't working with or riding horses she is thinking about horses, and we think when she goes to sleep she also dreams about them.
Holly is from England where she studied at
the University of Nottingham. After recently graduating in 2015 she
journeyed straight to New Zealand, here she plans to lay the foundations for
her future career in equine medicine. Holly joined us here as Marks+Ewen in 2015 as one of our interns, with that under her belt she is now proudly one of our associates.
Holly’s interest in horses was inherited from her racing involvement from a young age. Growing up on Epsom Downs in Surrey, she regularly went out to watch the horses train and frequently accompanied her father to race meets. Going on to work in sport horse and racing yards with a dispassion of an office job, it is evident that the logical choice for Holly was always heading down a path of an equine veterinarian. Holly can be seen at the local track each morning attending to everyone’s treatment needs and then is responsible for running our hospital. Her particular interests of field are internal medicine - neonatal medicine, anaesthesia, radiography and is fascinated in lameness.
Outside of work Holly continues her fathers tradition with a share in a 2yo racing filly. She enjoys shooting (mostly clays!), a spot of tennis and is a tenacious leisure skier, and loves cooking and entertaining. Keen to embrace all aspects of life in New Zealand she has grown in love with our white sand beaches, as a result she plans to take up surfing. Although she has grown fond of New Zealand life she will still be sporting the English Rose on her rugby shirt come game day!
Cāit grew up in County Kerry, Ireland. She joins us fresh out of graduation from the University College Dublin in June 2017. With no time wasted, Cāit (which is Court for us Kiwis) landed with us here at Marks+Ewen in July to start as one of our new Veterinarian Interns. It is full steam ahead into the new season as she kicks off her working career under Bill and his team.
Cāit’s has had a passion for horses from a young age after convincing parents to ride at the age of 7. All these years later and not much has changed, and the attraction drew the her all the way to Matamata New Zealand, she is fitting in naturally here. Spending the better part of her childhood and teenage years riding horses and loving all things equine, from her studies it was a logical choice to pursue the field of equine as a veterinarian. Cāit has an interest in increasing knowledge in all aspects of the industry where she hopes to learn and gain as much experience across the board, here at Marks+Ewen she assists the senior vets and cares for inpatients along with our other intern June.
In her spare time Cāit likes running and exploring new places, being foreign to New Zealand this a good past time to have. She also enjoys riding so looks forward to to the possibilities here in the Waikato. Like many of the Irish she loves watching rugby, and outside of Ireland there probably is no better place to be a spectator, with the NZ rugby season coming into the International games, which i’m sure she will remind us of a certain Chicago. After that it will be late nights watching her favourite team Munster.
June is from England where she grew up in the fine capital of London. A recent graduate in 2016 from the Edinburgh University/Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. With that in hand June then entered the industry as an intern for Chiltern Equine Clinic near Windsor in the UK. With a year experience under her belt June was eager to look for opportunities outside her homeland, she packed her bag and ended up on the other side of the world in another horsing capital of Matamata. Arriving in July here at Marks+Ewen she looks to continue her internship in advancing her knowledge under Bill and his team.
June has always enjoyed working with horses, she has been riding since she was 15 and entered the industry at a young age working for the local stables. The continuation to vet school combined with a love of the horse industry saw a natural choice to pursue the field of becoming an Equine Vet. June is interested in all aspects of both hospital and ambulatory equine practice, but has a growing interest in sports medicine, reproduction and Ophthalmology. She currently assists our senior vets and works alongside our other intern Cāit, together they look after inpatients in our hospital.
When June isn’t with horses she likes to keep fit by swimming, cycling and running, and it’s not only for leisure as she sees this as part of the Job. June enjoys tramping and looks forward to utilising the opportunities whilst in NZ.
Sarita grew up Norfolk Island and eventually moved
to Matamata from Palmerston North where she studied at Massey University.
Graduating in 2007 and after working at various racing facilities around the
North Island she arrived at Marks+Ewen in 2008 as a Veterinary Nurse.
Sarita’s passion for horses means the clinic was a natural environment for her to be immersed in, this love giving her an instinctive characteristic towards equine care and health. Her time is spent between being in the hospital and out in the field with the veterinarians and has interest in neonatal care, lameness and x-raying.
When Sarita is not spending time with client horses she is spending time with her very own. Competing in dressage across the country, Sarita also breeds her own sport horses where she can be often be seen competing on them at the annual Horse of the Year.
Born and raised in Matamata Kim studied at the
Waikato Institute of technology. Gaining a certificate in vet nursing she has
then returned to her hometown as a natural choice, joining us in early 2016 as
a veterinary nurse. Coming from an agriculture background Kim has held various
jobs in the farming industry as well as assisting racehorse training and
preparation of yearlings for the sales.
Having a self confessed horse obsession it's fair to say Kim lives and breathes everything horses, this has given her a natural ability to care which has been engraved into her mindset, some call this a job Kim calls it a passion. Interested in all aspects of the industry, she is a keen learner with an ambition to always broaden her knowledge.
Outside of the business her involvement with horses doesn't stop there, Kim is an avid show jumper where she competes on her own horse. She also is involved with breeding and training thoroughbred racehorses, having success in her first year winning with Gumboots at Waipa. With the small amount of time she allows outside of horses she spends with her friends and family.
Michelle was born and raised in Matamata, where
like many locals, has a strong background in racing. Her early years saw her
working locally in the industry at Richardson Racing and Wexford Stables. She
then travelled down to the South Island working for thoroughbred trainers in
the Canterbury region for 2 years. Like many kiwis she also crossed the ditch
to Sydney where she did a stint for Anthony Cummings. Michelle has been with
Marks+Ewen since 2005 where she is now our account manager.
One of our long serving staff members Michelle has obtained a great deal of valuable knowledge of the practice, together with Emma she heads our accounts team in the running of the business administration. Michelle is also our very own in-house photographer, working with our external advertising team she is responsible for a lot of our great imagery that you can see across our site and marketing, (the only profile photo she didn't take was her own, but she assisted on which button to push). Michelle's photography also extends to our clients where she captures race meets, eventing, show jumping, yearling profiles plus much more.
When not at the practice it’s safe to say she loves going to the races and she obtains shares in a number of thoroughbreds. A highlight was taking Platonic to Melbourne with Richardson Racing to watch it come in first. Michelle continues to pursue photography, this keeps her busy in between watching the rugby, the gym, social events, fishing, and travelling to the U.K where she frequently visits her family.
Louise was born and raised in Auckland but
moved to Matamata in 2013. Studying at the University of Waikato gaining a
bachelor of sport and leisure studies in 2012, she then worked for Jenna Mahoney
as a race horse trainer/stable hand, from here she moved on to work for Profile
Foods as a bulk food manager. Louise arrived here at Marks+Ewen in late 2015
joining our administration team as our receptionist.
Having a passion for horses from a young age Louise is our face of the front office, answering the phones, meeting, greeting and serving our clients as they come into the clinic, whilst organising the day book tracking where and when the veterinarians get assigned to.
With an interest going beyond the clinic doors Louise owns her own thoroughbred she purchased off the track as a 5 year old. Outside of horses she enjoys the outdoors, beaches, animals, travel and socialising with friends.
Michelle grew up in Southland, her first experience with horses came after volunteering at a harness racing stable, attending workouts and race meets. Moving to Christchurch then Queenstown Michelle found herself seeing another side of the racing industry working for the TAB before she obtained her pilot licence. Keen to see America Michelle spent a year travelling around mostly the Southern States. From here Michelle returned to New Zealand to pursue her career in aviation, drawn to the warmer Island of the two she found a new home in the sunny Bay of Plenty as a helicopter pilot. Her love for horses drew her back to the industry she missed, this seeing her gain qualifications in Equine Dentistry where she worked as an Equine Dentist throughout the Bay of Plenty.
Michelle joined Marks+Ewen at the start of June 2017 as an Account Administrator, here she now combines her knowledge with horses and her experience of admin, working closely with the office team assisting on the accounts. A work history on both sides of the fence, Michelle is another one with valuable insights across the board.
Previously Michelle had her own stallions where she bred Welsh Ponies, it was here she first built a relationship with Marks+Ewen as a client, they would scan her mares among other care. Michelle loves to ride her horse and has a growing passion and interest to compete. Maintaining her love for Welsh Ponies, Michelle looks forward to showing her home-bred - Royal Signature in-hand this season. When not attending to her own horses she loves watching others whilst socialising at the races. Finding new bush walks to explore keeps her active, and watching movies (probably with horses in them) is a way to relax. And in true southern style enjoys clay target shooting.
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Marks Ewen & Associates Ltd
Equine Veterinary Hospital
78 Tower Road, RD1, Matamata,
Waikato, 3471 New Zealand
Marks Ewen & Associates Ltd
Equine Veterinary Hospital
PO Box 183, Matamata,
Waikato, 3440 New Zealand
Full surgical facilities / Intensive care & hospitalisation/ Medicine / Reproduction / Lameness evaluation & workup / Digital radiography / Pre-purchase examination / Ultrasonography / Electrocardiograph / Branding / Microchipping DNA / Dynamic-endoscopy / Shockwave / Iraps-therapy / Dentistry / Sport & performance horse work / Scintigraphy / Health Examinations / Chiropractic / Acupuncture / Neonatal Unit
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