Meet the team

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 core staff retention, but most of all you have come to the place 'where people care', and if that doesn't give you reassurance... over 50 years as a veterinary clinic should.

managEment

DR BILL EWEN
BVSc (DIST)

Director

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 WILLIAMS
Practice Manager

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.

veterinarians

DR ROCHELLE KERR
B Ag Sc, Dip Ag Sc, BVSc
Veterinarian

Rochelle is originally from Taranaki however her family then moved to the Waikato. She graduated from Massey University in 1993 where she then spent 4 years in a dairy practice in Taranaki, then ventured over to England gaining 2 years experience in a large animal practice. Rochelle joined Marks+Ewen in 1998, since then she has obtained valuable knowledge within the clinic and is a very familiar face for our clients. 

Rochelle has been around horse most her life riding as a child at Pony Club, then progressing on to show jumping and now hunting. Horses are a lifestyle for Rochelle and she couldn’t image doing any other profession. Rochelle’s main field of expertise is equine stud medicine, a growing interest after honing her skills since the completion of an Equine Medicine post graduate foundation course in Sydney, Australia in 2006. Being involved out on the studs she is also enjoys the reproduction side of the practice.

Outside the practice Rochelle is immersed in a number of equine commitments. Having shares in a number of horses currently racing, this sees her frequently following and socialising at the races. A breeder of her own thoroughbreds she also is on the Thoroughbred Breeders committee. Rochelle loves spending time with her three children, and with her daughter taking after her riding ponies sees Rochelle on the committee of the local A&P Show and Pony Club. Rochelle still loves to hunt on her beloved horse Crickle, this seeing her as a member of the Waikato Hunt Club. Like many of our staff it's fair to say Rochelle lives and breathes horses.

DR TRACEY KERR
MVB, MACVSc (Eq. Med)
Veterinarian

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.

DR ROISIN McQUILLAN
MVB, BAgrSc

Veterinarian

Roisin hails from Ireland where she studied at the University College of Dublin. After graduation in 2004, Roisin worked for 2½ years in a mixed practice in Blarney, Southern Ireland. Roisin then journeyed down under to Australia pursuing an interest in equine reproduction where she spent a year in New South Wales in an equine and small animal practice before arriving in New Zealand in 2007. With a growing equine career path it was a natural progression that many are lured to Matamata, this saw Roisin join Marks+Ewen at the start of 2008.

Roisin has been interested in ponies and horses from a young age, this taking up all of her spare time, now not much has changed. Interested in all aspects of equine medicine she is particularly attentive towards medicine, ophthalmology and reproduction. Being an animal lover, nothing is more satisfying for Roisin than seeing a previous patient in full flight winning at the local track. 

Roisin has enjoyed the exciting highs of the racing industry with her very successful racehorse, and enjoys the entertainment of race meets in general, and that's not just because she is one of the lucky one's that has tasted winning. Roisin enjoys socialising with friends and theatre, and is a enthusiastic outdoors adventurer which include activities such as trail and marathon running to tramping the beautiful sites of New Zealand.

DR AMY WILLIAMSON
BVSc (Hons I), MVS MANCVS (Eq. Srg)
Veterinarian & Surgeon

Amy is from across the ditch in Australia where she studied at the University of Queensland. Once graduated in 2008 she completed her internship at the Gouldburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria. She then moved to Sydney where she worked at a private racetrack practice. Eager to continue in the field of equine surgery and hone her skills, Amy then took up a surgery residency at the University of Melbourne. When an opportunity opened up for a surgeon within Marks+Ewen Amy was a perfect candidate and filled the spot in 2016.

Amy is more than capable across general equine surgery procedures, but is particularly interested in respiratory and orthopaedic complications. Despite being our dedicated surgeon she covers all equine medicine with an attraction to lameness investigation and rehabilitation. 

Like most of us Amy also enjoys the races, she loves a good book and also enjoys 'hiking' (that's tramping for all the Kiwi readers) and she not only embraces the native bush and sights, but also the fact there isn't 100's of creatures to poison her.

DR JESSICA CONNELL
BVSc
Veterinarian

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.

DR HOLLY RICHARDSON
BVMedSci, BVM, BVS, MRCVS
Veterinarian Intern

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 is currently one of our veterinary interns here at Marks+Ewen joining us in 2015.

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 with fellow intern Ellen. 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!

DR ELLEN LEADBITTER 
BSc, BVMS
Veterinarian Intern

Ellen is from across the Tasman where she studied at Murdoch University in Perth. Before graduating in 2015 she spent several years working for thoroughbred studs and trainers across Western Australia preparing yearlings for the sales. Eager to pursue a specialised career in equine Ellen arrived here at Marks+Ewen in 2016 to start her veterinary internship.

Ellen's growth within the clinic sees her responsible for the running of our hospital making sure our in-patients are thoroughly taken care of. This involves administration of anaesthesia and pre surgery and monitoring all requirements and procedures post operation. Recently Ellen has been heavily involved in diagnostic x-rays and also sales radiography of yearlings as they prepare for sales.

When not in the practice, Ellen enjoys the occasional trail or beach ride. When depleted of those warm Western Australian rays she gets her fix frequently visiting the white sand of Mt Maunganui beach to soak up the sun and gaze out to sea, where she is enamoured at the lack of man-eaters. A keen swimmer she can be seen keeping fit doing lengths at the local pool. Ellen likes to partake in the odd casual game of tennis and also enjoys it as a spectator, highlight of the calendar being the Australian open.

veterinarians NURSES

SARITA KENNEDY
BSc(Ag)
Veterinary Nurse

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.

AMBER WILTON
Dip VN
Veterinary Nurse

Originally from Nelson, Amber studied at the University College of Learning in Palmerston North. After graduation in 2003, Amber spent nearly 5 years gaining valuable experience working in the Massey University vet hospital, this laying the foundation of her career before joining the team at Marks+Ewen in 2008. 

Amber's adoration towards horses started early from a young age so it was only fit that she ended up spending her day with them either in the clinic or out assisting the veterinarians. Amber is interested in reproduction, which extends through to the foaling season where she is very devoted to the neonatal intensive care unit. 

Outside the practice Amber has enjoyed breeding her own warmblood horses and watching them compete in equestrian events throughout the country. A keen race goer with shares in racehorses she is often seen strutting in the fashion of the fields, with an array of fascinators in her wardrobe when in need the Marks+Ewen ladies have her number on speed dial. When horses aren’t on the mind Amber finds escape through a good book.

KIM COXON
Veterinary Nurse

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.

MARTIAS GONZALEZ
Veterinary Nurse

Matias has come to us from Chile, South America where he studied at the Universidad de Las Américas. Post graduation  Matias then worked locally in Chile at a veterinary clinic where he laid the foundation for his career. He arrived here at Marks+Ewen in late 2016 filling the position as veterinary nurse.

Curious and eager to gain the insights and knowledge of the New Zealand equine medicine industry, he has arrived determined to learn as much as he can he can across general treatments and procedures. Matias's day is spent assisting the veterinarians out in the field and within the Hospital.

When Matias isn't absorbing and observing around the clinic he enjoys most sports, fishing and brewing beer - this makes him fit right at home here in New Zealand.

ADMINISTRATION

MICHELLE HAYES
Account Manager

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.

LEE SMITH
Administration

Lee has lived in various parts of the Waikato where her and her husband raised a family in Cambridge. Once her children where old enough Lee worked for the BNZ bank for almost a decade. Joining Marks+Ewen in 2006, she has been across several positions within the administration spanning over a decade.

Lee is now in charge of hospital and retail stock, this sees her taking care of not only the product distribution to the clinic veterinarians and nurses, but also our client and customer product demands. As well and purchasing Lee also still assists the office team with administration. 

Outside the practice Lee and her husband Chris are very active and involved in the industry, previously doing a stint on a horse stud in Japan where Lee learnt to ski, and now have their own racing stables where Chris trains from and Lee naturally enjoys to spectate. Lee takes a break from horses through the enjoyment of knitting and is a passionate gardener (horses once again infiltrate life through their manure, it's hard to get away from them). Lee loves to bake - we all love it more when she bakes!

LOUISE LLOYD
BspLS
Receptionist

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.

ELLA HORNBY
Administration

Ella is originally from England. Previously she had four years working in the thoroughbred industry, mainly with yearling preparation at studs across England and France. Ella then came to New Zealand and spent four years at Mapperley Stud, with the last two as yearling manager, then in early 2011 she joined Marks+Ewen's nursing team.

Having a love for horses Ella has always involved this on both sides of her life, only taking a break to start a family. First working as a veterinary nurse she has then migrated to the administration side of the business where she is now part time assisting with charging and invoicing.

Outside the practice her time is spent with her children, and working on progressing her dairy farm business with her husband. Ella enjoys most outdoor pursuits, especially fishing.

contact

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admin@marksewen.co.nz
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PHYSICAL ADDRESS

Marks Ewen & Associates Ltd 
Equine Veterinary Hospital
78 Tower Road, RD1, Matamata,
Waikato, 3471 New Zealand

POSTAL ADDRESS

Marks Ewen & Associates Ltd
Equine Veterinary Hospital
PO Box 183, Matamata,
Waikato, 3440 New Zealand

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