Our Staff

Our Staff


Geoff Wakelin : Senior Veterinarian Mixed

Geoff is also a very experienced general practitioner and was a founding member of Edgecumbe Vet Services. He was brought up on a hill country farm in Hawkes Bay, and his love of creatures great and small was also nurtured from a tender age. Geoff graduated from Massey University 1981 and has spent his working career based in the sunny Bay of Plenty.

Geoff enjoys working with all animal species, with special interests in dairy reproduction, deer farming, horse medicine and Small Animal surgery. Geoff is our BOP vet representative on the T.B board.

Geoff enjoys a friendly round of golf on a Sunday morning.

Geoff is married to Julie and they are also kept busy raising three children.

Karen Gow : Senior Veterinarian C.A.

Karen was born and raised locally and graduated from Massey University in 1988. Karen is another dedicated BOP person, joining the practice after graduation and becoming a director in 1995.

Karen entered the profession as a mixed practitioner but found her main passion with horses (particularly foal medicine) and also small animal medicine and surgery.

Karen spent two years in the UK from 2000, pursuing her equine interests, and also lecturing to veterinary nursing undergrads. She was involved in the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak, and worked as a TVI in the mid west of England.

Karen leads the companion animal team based in Whakatane, and her spare time enjoys hunting and riding in general with husband Martin and motor bike trail riding with her two boys.

Don Moore : Senior Veterinarian L.A.

Don is a very experienced dairy and large animal clinician. His interest in dairying and veterinary science was sparked from a very early age and he enjoys the challenges of country based general practice.

Don and his family relish the Bay of Plenty climate, and in his spare time he enjoys a competitive round of golf, tennis and gardening. He is married to Allison and they are also busy raising three lovely girls. An avid Blues supporter, Don is always up for a rugby discussion.

Travis Baxter : Veterinarian Mixed

Travis was born and raised in Wanganui where his parents had a small beef cattle and deer farm. After graduating from Massey his love of the outdoors took him to the west coast town of Hokitika. After three years there in mixed practice he spent 3 years in the UK doing Vet Locum work. Since starting at Bayvets he has spent a lot of time exploring the Ureweras and the coastline. Travis and Fleur are busy raising 3 lovely girls and son Zac, and when time allows enjoys the challenge of the Taupo lake bike ride.

Kim Wiersma : Veterinarian Mixed

Graduated from Massey in 2011, Kim has joined us first up and is enjoying applying her knowledge gained into practical work.

Covering all aspects of vet science, Kim can be found in either Whakatane or Edgecumbe clinics doing companion animal work, or in the field doing large animal work.

Kim enjoys surfing, fishing and volley ball.

Sarah van Rossum : Veterinarian Mixed

Graduated from Masey University at the end of 2010 and has been working with BayVets since. She grew up on a local dairy farm which stemmed her passion of working with cattle. She particularly enjoys calving cows and has recently been accredited as a mastitis advisor. If you have any somatic cell count or mastitis issues, Sarah will be more than happy to assist.

Outside of work Sarah enjoys hunting (deer, pigs, ducks and pheasants), fishing, diving, water skiing, white water kayaking, snow boarding and squash.


Laura Taylor : Veterinarian Mixed

Laura has recently landed in NZ and joined BayVets to cover Kim Wiersma’s year long maternity leave.  She originally hails from the Motherland (UK) and graduated from Bristol University in 2012.  Following this she did a stint of equine charity work in Morocco and then two years of mixed practice in rural Wales.  Suffering from a serious case of wanderlust, Laura moved over to Australia in early 2015, working and travelling her way around the country, including 3 months mustering in outback Northern Queensland.  Laura will be one of our mixed practice vets and is especially passionate about all things dairy, with a particular interest in young stock health (and a secret soft spot for small ruminants).

Laura is an amateur photographer, surfer and rider, and is looking forward to the much talked up summer sun and warmer weather to start enjoying the NZ outdoor lifestyle and exploring more of the country.

Edgecumbe Team

Business Manager : John Dillon

A keen hunter as in “tally ho” John brings a wealth of general farming knowledge to his role.

Storeman Sales : Malcolm Ladd

A keen “Ulysses” motor bike member.

Retail Sales : Donna Greene


Administration : Maureen Turner


Vet Nurse : Lauren Clayton


Kawerau Team

Receptionist/Vet Nurse : June Francis

Passionate about Kawerau

Gina : Veterianarian C.A.


Tiana VerHoeven : Vet Nurse


Whakatane Team

Receptionist/Retail : Michelle Satherley


Receptionist/Retail : Heather


Finance Manager : Carol Lewis-Owen

I am Carol Lewis-Owen and I am proud to have worked for BayVets since 1987, when the practice was called Edgecumbe Veterinary Services. I started just after the Edgecumbe earthquake at the Kawerau clinic, employed by John Hepburn to do ‘a bit of office work’. I ended up doing vet nursing and reception there for four years and then did computer work at the Edgecumbe clinic for a number of years before being given the job as Office Manager. To cut a long story short I now have an office in the Vets4Petz clinic in Whakatane and my role is to take care of the company finances, computer system and the staff. I thoroughly enjoy this most challenging role and have met and worked with so many wonderful people over the last 28 years. My husband, Ross, and I now live at Ohope, but our home town will always be Kawerau. We are both keen lawn bowlers and enjoy our grandchildren, our wee garden and walks to the beach. We have a gorgeous Birman cat called ‘Affie’ who shares our great life with us at the beach with us.

Vet Nurse : Lisa Hulse

Lisa is a veterinary nurse in our Whakatane clinic, she started in January 2011.
In her spare time she enjoys hiking, biking, crafting using recycled materials, walks on the farm with the dogs and collecting watercress.