Our Management Team
James graduated from Lincoln College (now Lincoln University) in the late 1980's, and has worked primarily in animal pharmaceutical and vaccine laboratories supplying to New Zealand veterinarians, firstly with Young's Animal Health and then with Virbac New Zealand for 13 years. He has held many different commercial roles and responsibilities during this time, including senior management roles. More recently James has been with VetSouth where he has served as Productivity and Development Manager reporting to the owners of the business for over three years gaining an in-depth understanding of the workings and challenges of a very busy and complex veterinary business.
James is based in our Auckland laboratory and brings with him a wealth of experience of the New Zealand veterinary industry and is looking forward to meeting as many clients as soon as possible both to introduce himself and understand how Gribbles Veterinary can further support your business and add value to the clients you serve.
James lives in Auckland and has been married to Anna for 22 years. They have three children. James enjoys watching his children’s sporting endeavours, fishing and tramping.
Contact: James Richardson
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Ryan started work in Specimen Reception at Diagnositic Medlab (DML), Auckland in 2000 and completed a QSST (Qualified Specimen Service Technician) qualification in 2008. He then moved into a supervisory role at Labtests, Auckland in 2009 while they were in the transition phase moving the diagnostic testing from DML to Labtests. In 2011 he was appointed HOD of Specimen Reception, Labtests and in 2013 became HOD of the very large Clinical Data Centre in the laboratory.
Ryan has developed very strong management skills during these 5 years with Labtests and has enabled him to relate well to staff. Working in busy pre-analytical departments in medical laboratories has given Ryan an excellent insight into laboratory operations and he is looking forward to adding veterinary pathology to his skill set.
Outside of work Ryan enjoys watching sport and spending time with his family. He lives in Papakura with his wife, stepson and two cats.
Contact: Ryan Johnson
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Dip. Appl. Sci., QTA Microbiology
After graduating from EIT (Napier) with a Diploma in Applied Science, Tara completed a QTA in Microbiology (2002) whilst working at Hawkes Bay District Health Board (Hastings) from 2000-2004 and again in 2006; she also spent a year working in microbiology at Southern Community Laboratories (Hastings). She joined Gribbles Veterinary in 2008 as a microbiology technician in Palmerston North, became Section Leader in 2011, Quality manager in 2017, and now in 2019 she has moved to Laboratory Manager.
Tara has extensive laboratory experience both in medical and veterinary microbiology, understands the level and quality of service required from a veterinary laboratory and has successfully managed both staff and workload in her previous roles. After several years of developing and balancing several roles, Tara is looking forward to the challenges laboratory management will bring.
Her passions outside work include spending time with her family, non-competitive marching, getting out on the golf course when she can, and supporting the All Blacks whenever they play (although it's not the same without Ritchie!)
Contact: Tara Gowland
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BSc, PGDipSci, PGDipBus, PhD
After graduating from the University of Canterbury with a BSc. in Biochemistry and Plant & Microbial Sciences, Isis worked for the New Zealand Blood Service before moving to management and marketing roles in the pharmaceutical and pathology sectors. In 2007, she moved to Vancouver, Canada to complete her PhD in Genetics, focussing on coagulation protein biochemistry for a biopharma application, and subsequently worked as a Product Manager in the stem cell biotechnology sector. Returning to New Zealand in 2014, Isis has since been at Christchurch Polytechnic managing a graduate laboratory training programme, serving as deputy operator for the PC2 containment facility, and building relationships with companies throughout Canterbury for business development initiatives.
Isis has significant and varied laboratory and management experience in medical, biotechnology and teaching laboratories. She is passionate about building
relationships with customers to understand and meet their laboratory testing needs.
Isis lives in Christchurch with her husband Brad, daughters Nimue and Zosia, and their lilac Burmese cats. Isis enjoys spending weekends exploring the South Island with her family, growing orchids, and painting.
Contact: Isis Carter
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NZCS (Biochemistry, Microbiology)
Brent has been involved in the animal health sector in the lower South Island since 1978, when he began his career with what was then the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. With an extensive background in biochemistry and analytical chemistry, he became the Chemistry Section Manager and Quality Manager at MAF Quality Management's Invermay Animal Health Laboratory. In 1991, he became the first laboratory analyst in New Zealand to gain TELARC signatory status (now IANZ) in the field of veterinary diagnostics (biochemistry).
In 1998, Brent was a co-founder, Director and General Manager of Labnet Invermay Ltd, a successful private laboratory established to provide a local veterinary pathology service for Otago and Southland. He was also instrumental in the development of a comprehensive analytical food service, with a nationwide customer base.
In 2002, this company became part of Gribbles Veterinary and Brent took up his current role of Laboratory Manager, whilst maintaining an active role as laboratory scientist.
Contact: Brent Hananeia
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Rachel graduated from Massey University in 2011 with a BVSc. The roles I have worked in since then have given me a broad understanding of customer relationship management, business development, diagnostics product knowledge and analytical advisory skills. I am looking forward to focusing this experience into the Business Development Manager role.
I am looking forward to meeting staff in all the clinics in the lower North Island including South Waikato, Taranaki, Central Plateau, Manawatu and Wellington areas.
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After 12 years within retail sales and management, Chrissy, a trained vet nurse, ventured into territory sales management with Effem Foods. She managed their veterinary specialist diets and premium pet food range for clients across the South Island. After 2 successful years, she joined Boehringer Ingelheim moving into veterinary pharmaceuticals working with small and large animal products and practitioners. Five years later Chrissy transferred to Western Australia with Boehringer to open up a new territory for them and quickly established a successful business environment. She was relocated back to New Zealand as the National Sales Manager for Boehringer's Veterinary Division, a position she successfully held for more than two years.
Chrissy was asked to join Pfizer Animal Health in their marketing team, managing products within their companion animal segment. There for more than 6 years she marketed: Revolution, the companion animal vaccines portfolio and a third party range of dermatological products, all of which experienced significant year on year growth. Aside from continuing to study, wanting to further develop marketing skills and widen retail channel experience, Chrissy joined NZ company Douglas Pharmaceuticals marketing the Clinicians range of health supplements, Phloe and Bio Oil for two years. The last 14 months were spent within the dental sector, managing the multi-million dollar equipment portfolio achieving double digit growth for Ivoclar Vivadent, a global dental business supplying dental units and plant equipment to dentists across New Zealand.
Chrissy is very pleased to have joined our business. She is passionate about providing a great customer experience. Her main focus within Gribbles Labnet over the coming months will be building our analytics business with existing customers as well as new business acquisition.
Chrissy is based in Christchurch.
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Deborah hails from sunny South Africa and has been living in New Zealand for the past 22 years. Her whole family is engaged in the medical field so it’s no surprise that she has been involved in veterinary and pharmaceutical sales for the last 15+ years. Her infectious enthusiasm and ability to ‘think outside the box’ have ensured her success with developing and nurturing long term relationships.
Deborah is thrilled to be back in the veterinary industry as Territory Manager for Southern Auckland, BOP and Hawke's Bay areas. She’s really passionate about being able to play some part in enhancing the health and well being of animals and helping to find new opportunities to provide care and service to our customers.
She has three boys and is lucky enough to have a bitch called Jessica to ‘balance out the testosterone in her house’.
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Jack has had a long and varied career in the veterinary and animal health sectors, enjoying success in a number of sales, product development and marketing roles prior to joining Gribbles Veterinary as a Business Development Manager in September 2010. Jack attributes his success to his ability to build effective and genuine relationships with his customers which in turn facilitates the identification of new marketing opportunities for the benefit of both parties.
Prior to joining Gribbles Veterinary, Jack was well known within the New Zealand veterinary sector having worked previously for Pitman Moore/Schering Plough and Bayer Animal Health. Jack also worked as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in Samoa following the devastation of the September 2009 earthquake and tsunami, experience which helped to prepare him for the recent earthquakes in his home town of Christchurch.
Jack and Sari are the proud parents of three sons. Outside of work Jack has many interests including running half marathons, classic car restoration, motor racing, boating, fishing, travel, wine and food tasting, tramping and mountain biking. In what little spare time he has, Jack is an avid Crusaders fan.
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Tom comes from a background of Food and Pharma development and commercialisation. He has been working as an account manager for the last 5 years, with the last 2 as a Market Manager handling the sales and supply chain for food, nutrition and pharma raw materials and product development for New Zealand. Tom as also had experience working in a molecular diagnositics laboratory as a research fellow.
Tom is a self-starter with strong analytical and problem solving skills, has staff management and relationship management skills and is looking forward to working in the veterinary and food analytics areas. Tom is based in Auckland.
When he's not working Tom enjoys getting out in the surf (mainly out west, Maori bay is his home break). During the winter weekends you will find him up Ruapehu, snowboarding, or covered in mud on a mountain bike in Woodhill or Riverhead forests.
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Our Pathologists and Scientists
- Anatomic Pathology
BSc., DipSci (Dist), BVSc (Dist), MVS (Hons), Diplomate ACVP, Registered Specialist Veterinary Anatomical Pathology
Geoff graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2000 from Massey University, after completing a postgraduate Science degree. His first two years in practice were spent at Manawatu Vets in Feilding as a production animal clinician, after which he spent another two years in mixed practice in a number of practices throughout England and Scotland.
In 2005 Geoff started a combined Residency and Masters of Veterinary Studies in Anatomic Pathology at Massey finishing in mid-2007. From here he was employed as an Instructor in Veterinary Pathology at Washington State University in Pullman, and also studied for the ACVP Board exams which he passed in 2008. Geoff then started as a fulltime veterinary pathologist with Gribbles Veterinary in Melbourne where he also became competent in Clinical Pathology. After three years Geoff returned home in 2011 and worked as a pathologist with NZVP for 6 years before starting at Gribbles Veterinary in Palmerston North in 2017. Geoff was registered as a Specialist in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology in Australia in 2010 and New Zealand in 2011.
Geoff enjoys both anatomic and clinical pathology and his client-focussed, practical approach is one of his strengths. He has gained expertise and local recognition for dermatopathology, oncologic pathology and production animal pathology and herd health investigations.
Outside of work his time is mostly spent with his family on their 50 acre block at Hiwinui where they graze dairy heifers, finish weaner deer and lamb about 30 ewes. Given the chance, Geoff loves to dive, hunt, fish or brew all-grain beer.
Contact: Dr Geoff Orbell
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BVSc., MVS (Hons), Diplomate ACVP, Registered Veterinary Specialist - Anatomic Pathology
Michael is a board certified anatomic pathologist (ACVP) with additional skills in cytology and clinical pathology.
Michael earned his BVSc. from Massey University before spending 10 years in small animal practice, both in Auckland and the United Kingdom. Looking for a new challenge, Michael was subsequently awarded a scholarship to study Veterinary Pathology at Massey and graduated with a Master of Veterinary Studies (Hons.) in 2011. After completing this program, Michael spent a year as a Senior Resident in the busy teaching and diagnostic service of the Pathobiology Department at Auburn University in Alabama, USA while preparing to sit the American College of Veterinary Pathology Board examinations, which he passed in September 2012. He subsequently returned to Auckland and has worked for Gribbles Veterinary since the end of 2012.
Mike is very enthusiastic about pathology, and enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with the veterinarians, clients and animals of the region. His particular interests include immunohistochemistry and dermatopathology.
Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and pets, and keeps fit by training for sprint triathlons.
Contact: Dr Michael Hardcastle
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BVSc., Diplomate ACVP, Registered Veterinary Specialist - Anatomic Pathology
Cathy Harvey graduated from Massey University in 1987 with a BVSc., then worked in practice in Waikato for 3 years prior to undertaking a 5-year pathology residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. In 1997 Cathy passed her American board examinations and became a Diplomate of the ACVP (anatomic pathology). For the following two years she worked as a pathology fellow at the San Diego Zoo.
Since returning to New Zealand in 1999 Cathy has worked in veterinary diagnostic laboratories as an anatomic pathologist, and became a Registered Specialist in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology in 2009.
Cathy has extensive experience in histopathology and post mortems, clinical pathology interpretations, cytology and a special interest in wildlife pathology.
Contact: Dr Cathy Harvey
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BVSc. (Distinction), MVS (Hons), MACVSc., Diplomate ACVP, Registered Specialist Veterinary Anatomic Pathology
Bernie graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with distinction in 2004. He spent the next 5 years in clinical practice, gaining experience in both production and companion animal medicine and surgery.
Having always held an interest in pathology, Bernie accepted an opportunity in 2009 to study pathology through the Gribbles-IVABS masterate scholarship. The residency at Massey University included training in anatomic and clinical pathology, completion of a research project, and teaching responsibilities. Bernie completed MANZCVSc exams in veterinary pathology in 2010. After completing the masters in veterinary pathology in early 2011, Bernie took up a position at Gribbles in Palmerston North. He passed ACVP board exams in anatomic pathology in 2012 and gained specialist registration soon after.
Bernie keenly enjoys all aspects of diagnostic pathology and has particular interests in mechanisms of disease, production animal diseases and herd health problems, and companion animal surgical pathology. He has published journal articles on viral and genetic diseases of farmed animals and enjoys sharing and presenting cases.
Home life is full with wife Vanessa and 4 young children holding the fort along with a few sheep, cattle, chickens, and small carnivores. Personal interests include home improvement, piano and viola, distance running, fishing, and family.
Contact: Dr Bernie Vaatstra
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BVSc., Diplomate ACVP
Hania graduated from Massey University in 2009 with a BVSc., then spent 2.5 years in small animal clinical practice in New Zealand and the UK. She worked as a veterinarian for MPI for another 2.5 years before returning to Palmerston North to undertake a 3-year residency in anatomic pathology at Massey University, which she is due to finish in May 2017. Hania is currently working for Gribbles Veterinary as a part-time intern pathologist and will be sitting her ACVP board examinations in 2017.
Hania enjoys all aspects of diagnostic pathology and likes to approach cases in an integrative manner. She is very excited to be working with the broad and experienced team of pathologists Gribbles Veterinary has to offer.
When not in the laboratory Hania enjoys walking, good conversation, movies and collecting vinyl records.
Contact: Dr Hania Klobukowska
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BVSc., Diplomate ACVP, Registered Veterinary Specialist - Anatomic Pathology
Rob graduated from Massey University in 1979 and spent the next three years in mixed practice at the Rotorua and District Veterinary Club. Inspired by Bob Jolly, Rob gravitated to pathology and in 1983 he joined the MAF Animal Health Laboratory network at Invermay before subsequently transferring to Ruakura. In 1985, Rob obtained an instructor position in pathology at North Carolina State University and in 1987 passed the American College of Veterinary Pathologists certifying exam in pathology. From there Rob actively broadened his experience by taking positions at the University of California, Davis and at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Canada. After two years, Rob returned home to Ruakura. In 1998 the lure of academics in the USA was strong and he returned to the University of California at Davis primarily to teach the residents in pathology. Since 2001, Rob has been based at Gribbles Veterinary Christchurch.
Rob has wide experience in both large and small animal diagnostics, and has depth in the histological diagnosis of diseases of skin and considerable experience with pigs. His passion is teaching residents in pathology.
Socially, despite creaking joints, Rob continues to play competitive squash. He also enjoys a good Sauvignon Blanc.
Contact: Dr Rob Fairley
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BVSc., BSc., MACVSc.
John is a graduate of Massey University, and spent a total of eight years in mixed practices. After veterinary practice, John spent the next 20 years in the MAF Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Invermay. In 1998, he was one of the founding directors of Labnet Invermay Ltd and continued on at the laboratory after it was acquired by Gribbles Veterinary. His work interests include clinical pathology and diseases of farmed animals, fish and wildlife.
John has membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Epidemiology and Anatomical Pathology. He is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology, the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and the Australian Society for Veterinary Pathology.
Contact: Dr John Gill
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- Clinical Pathology
BVSc. dist, PhD
Lisa graduated from Massey with distinction in 2000 and spent the first 4 years of her veterinary career working in small and mixed practices both here and in the UK. In 2004 she pursued her interest in veterinary pathology into a PhD in leukocyte biology at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. This was followed by 5 years working as a clinical pathologist at the University of Glasgow where she was involved in the day to day running of the clinical pathology laboratory, varied teaching commitments and research projects that ranged from trypanosomiasis in equids, acute phase proteins, feline anaemia and mouse models of leukaemia. Family and lifestyle brought Lisa back to NZ in 2012 where she has been working since this time at the Gribbles Auckland laboratory.
Lisa is interested in all aspects of clinical pathology but particularly enjoys getting involved in CPD and assisting vets and vet nurses to get the most out of their external and in-house laboratory testing. Her large animal veterinarian husband, Brent, has helped her keep a healthy interest in production animal diagnostics and in recent years she has developed a mild obsession with equine endocrinology, completing background work on ACTH testing in NZ for equine Cushing's disease.
Lisa’s spare time is mainly taken up with gardening and running around after children. Personal (and largely unfulfilled) interests include reading, listening to music, horse-riding and golf.
Contact: Dr Lisa Hulme-Moir
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BSc., DVM, Diplomate ACVP, Registered Veterinary Specialist - Clinical Pathology
Julie completed consecutive degrees (BSc. microbiology, 2002 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 2006) at Mississippi State University. After graduation, Julie completed a small animal internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Florida (2006-2007), and then returned to Mississippi State to undertake her clinical pathology residency (2007-2010). From 2010-2011, Julie was a clinical instructor in clinical pathology at Mississippi State University. Julie became a Diplomate of ACVP in 2012. Then, she spent a year (2013-2014) at Iowa State University as a lecturer in clinical pathology. Following several locum stints with Gribbles Veterinary Julie returned to the Auckland laboratory in 2014 in a permanent capacity as a clinical pathologist.
Julie loves of all aspects of clinical pathology, but especially likes to work with companion animal cases.
She also has a passion for animal rescue, and has worked with many rescue groups over the years and is currently a kitty foster for the Auckland SPCA. Julie also enjoys photography, hiking, and exploring new places with her dog Aiden and partner Justin.
Contact: Dr Julie Tomlinson
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BSc., DVM, Diplomate ACVP
Amy is originally from New York and earned a B.Sc (Biology) there before obtaining her DVM at Louisiana State University. After a couple of years in small animal practice in North Carolina, she moved to Colorado State University to pursue an internship in animal shelter medicine. She then followed this up with several years in Denver working in small animal hospitals and volunteering in animal shelters. Amy then decided to focus on clinical pathology and completed her clinical pathology residency at the University of Florida. She gained her ACVP board certification in clinical pathology in 2015.
Amy enjoys all aspects of clinical pathology and has written numerous publications with the general practitioner in mind. She is very happy to be adding her skill set to our pool of exceptional pathology staff and looks forward to being a friendly and helpful resource for the New Zealand veterinary community.
Outside of work Amy likes to spend time outdoors with her husband and is a keen long distance runner and triathlete.
Contact: Dr Amy Weeden
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BVSc., PhD, Diplomate ACVP
Jenni began her working life as a Microbiologist in the dairy and veterinary vaccine industry then returned to Massey University to complete her veterinary degree in 1990. After graduating she spent 3 years in small animal practice in Sydney. She then went back to Massey and completed a combined PhD/residency in pathology. Her research was on the prevalence of equine herpesvirus types 1 & 4 in horses in New Zealand.
After completion of the PhD in 1998, Jenni took up an Instructor position in Clinical Pathology at the University of Missouri. This was a teaching and diagnostic role with time for study which lead to the successful completion of the examination for the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in Clinical Pathology in September 2000. Jenni returned to New Zealand in October 2000 and has worked in veterinary diagnostic laboratories since. Her interests are in cytology, haematology, biochemistry and endocrinology with a bent towards companion animal and equine medicine.
In her spare time Jenni can be found in the garden, on her bike or at the archery range shooting arrows.
Contact: Dr Jenni Donald
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BSc, BVSc, MVS, MANZCVS, Dip ACVP
Hailing from England originally, Kathryn spent her school years in Auckland and Wellington. She completed her BVSc at Massey University in 2002, then spent several years in companion animal practice in New Zealand and started a family. She returned to Massey in 2011 to complete a residency in clinical pathology. After her residency was complete, Kathryn moved with her young family, to Australia in order to pursue further training, and successfully completed both Membership exams in pathology and American Board Certification in clinical pathology.
Kathryn especially enjoys all aspects of haematology and cytology of cats, dogs, small mammals, birds and exotic species.
After seven years abroad, Kathryn was very excited to return to New Zealand in 2019 and join the team at Gribbles Veterinary. She is now settling back in Palmerston North and building a small backyard menagerie with her family.
Contact: Dr Kathryn Jenkins
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Rebecca started her working life as a registered nurse then jumped species and headed to Massey University to veterinary school, where she found her love for clinical pathology. After graduating with a BVSc. in 1996 and a short stint in small animal practice, she completed a residency in clinical pathology at Massey University from 1998-2000 and has worked in veterinary diagnostic laboratories ever since. She enjoys all aspects of her job, especially small animal haematology and cytology.
When not behind a microscope, you can find her in the great outdoors on a mountain bike, walking her schnoodle Tilly or spending time her beloved family and friends.
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BVSc. (Distinction), PhD, MACVSc.
Karen graduated from Massey University with distinction in 1983 and worked as a veterinarian in the meat industry before returning to Massey to complete a doctorate in veterinary clinical science. Her PhD studies on ovine brucellosis focussed on pathological and immunological aspects of the disease. She then entered a small animal practice in central Auckland until moving to the United Kingdom. On her return to New Zealand, Karen joined the staff at MAF's Lincoln Animal Health Laboratory. While at Lincoln, Karen became a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, was a Kellogg Rural Leadership Scholar and held positions as Veterinary Manager, Laboratory Manager and Exotic Disease Response Manager. She is a past president of the Canterbury Branch, New Zealand Veterinary Association and chairs the advisory subcommittee for Veterinary Nursing at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. Karen has several published papers and has presented at a variety of courses and seminars. In 1999, Karen joined the staff of LabWorks Animal Health, now Gribbles Veterinary Christchurch.
With over 15 years experience as a pathologist, Karen enjoys all aspects of diagnostic and clinical pathology, and has particular interests in companion animal cytology and endocrinology, and in microbiology and parasitology.
Contact: Dr Karen Bailey
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- Molecular Diagnostics
BVSc. BPhil PhD
David is Gribbles Veterinary's Senior Scientist and heads up the network's molecular diagnostics facility, based at our Palmerston North laboratory. He is a graduate of Massey University (Veterinary Science) and also has a PhD in Biochemistry from University of Otago.
David has specialised knowledge and an interest in veterinary virology and molecular microbiology, as well as a research background in molecular endocrinology and animal genomics. He is a registered veterinarian and member of the New Zealand Veterinary Association and New Zealand Microbiological Society.
Personal interests include his family, violin making, music, walking and gardening.
Contact: Dr David Tisdall
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