Country Representative for New Zealand
Vicki graduated from the University of California Davis with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology and Population Medicine. She spent three years teaching at the University of Missouri Veterinary School before immigrating to New Zealand. She was a lecturer and a farm services clinician at the only veterinary teaching institution in New Zealand. She lectured at Massey University Veterinary School in NZ for four years and concurrently obtained a Ph.D. in dairy cattle mastitis with emphasis on Streptococcus uberis mastitis. Vicki went into private practice for nine years working in the Waikato Region of the North Island of NZ. In practice, she worked on species including small animals, but her main work was with dairy goats, dairy cattle, beef, sheep, and pig operations. She treated the individual animals, but always focused on the prevention of further clinical cases. In the last few years of private practice, half of the clients she had were commercial dairy goat farmers. After three years of doing contract health audits for all the Dairy Goat Cooperative Ltd (DGC) farms, they decided to employ Vicki full time.
Vicki has over 30 years of experience working with meat, fiber and dairy goats. At present, she is the only veterinary in NZ who is a Member of the Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Science – Goat Medicine. Vicki oversees the health and welfare of approximately 60 thousand goats divided among 71 farms supplying the DGC. She ensures that healthy goats are producing top quality milk to produce formula for infants and children. She is a hands-on clinician as well as assisting and teaching other veterinarians about dairy goat and sheep medicine and management. She has talked at goat meat and fiber producers’ meetings. She is a member of several National Committees, including the National Mastitis Committee and an Animal Welfare Committee. Vicki has traveled extensively to international and regional goat conferences in the Netherlands, France, Australia, USA, England, and Cyprus. She has lost count to how many goat related conferences she has been to in the last ten years but will continue to travel and learn all she can to improve the animal health and welfare of the NZ goat industries.
Vicki’s present goal is to eradicate CAE from all commercially farmed goats in NZ.
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