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“Our aim is to bring new niche products to veterinarians in New Zealand”
Said Ben Lee who is the General Manager of Agilis Vets. “It is important for the veterinarians and their customers that we use the best products that science can provide”
This drives Ben to work with manufacturers around the globe to source and develop products for the NZ market. Ben bring a broad array of management skills to the role, his farming interests and his original training as a lawyer gives him a skill set that is allowing Agilis Vets to have a solid improvement in performance each year. Ben and his wife run a 1400 acre farm in the hills behind Timaru. Ben has been working in the NZ animal health sector since mid-2011 involved with Agilis and other initiatives in the sector.
Ivan graduated from Massey University with a Degree in Agricultural Science in 1982. After time on the family farm near Hunterville he returned to Massey in 1994 to undertake his veterinary degree. He began work in Oamaru with North Otago Veterinary Services in 1998 where he stayed eventually buying the practice and combining with South and Mid Canterbury Vet services to help form the current business which is Vetlife today.
Ivan has worked in most areas of clinical practice but has a strong background in sheep, beef and deer as well as dairy medicine. His interests largely lie in cattle reproduction and fertility.
In addition Ivan is contracted as an initial investigating vet for Asure Quality which culminated in travelling to Nepal in 2014 with the Ministry of Primary Industries for real time, foot and mouth training which he regards as an experience of a life time.
Recreationally Ivan enjoys hunting and fishing and just being in the outdoors. His favourite time is spent relaxing with his wife Bronwyn and their four boys.
Ivan sees the next stage of his career as a technical vet with Agilis as exciting and stimulating and a challenge that will call on all his previous experience and more. He is undertaking post graduate study in epidemiology to assist him in his role
Born and bred proud Southlander, now residing in Ashburton, Sarah comes from a Sheep and beef back ground and her passion for the animal health industry has always been strong.
Being able to help provide animal health solutions to the veterinary and agriculture industry has always been the goal whether it’s helping farmers or Veterinarians.
Sarah initially studying in the south for a Diploma in Vet Nursing spent 8 years working in a busy mixed animal clinic as Head Vet Nurse and some large animal tech work, before heading back to study again at Lincoln University to focus more on production animal health gaining a Diploma in Applied Science. Then went on to spend 3 years as an Upper South Island Territory Manager working for Elanco Animal Health.
Sarah spends her spare time horse riding, playing hockey and squash and spending time with her family on the farm and exploring the outdoors.
A passion for animals, agriculture and people, plus making everything simple for the end user has been the draw card for Melinda Little to join Sirona and Agilis.
Having recently come from years with Global milking machine company DeLaval, Melinda’s focus is – refreshingly – not solely devoted to dairy cows. Not that this is unfamiliar territory, as she grew up on a sheep and beef property out of Wairoa. Melinda has a Business degree in agribusiness from Massey Uni, and has mainly resided in the Lower north island since graduating in the 1990’s.
Melinda and her family live near Sanson in the Manawatu on 30 acres, where they have an ‘assortment’ of small and large animals. A brilliant, central location which makes her the perfect fir for this role.
Fleur grew up in Auckland city but always has a passion for animals bringing every sick or stray animal home much to her parents dismay. She headed to the South Island in her early 20s working on a large mixed cropping/sheep farm in Canterbury for 7years before heading further south with her family.
After working in the Pharmaceutical company Sanofi for 10 years she decided she wanted to get back to the Ag scene so joined PGW wrightson in their wholesale division selling fertilizers herbicides, drenches and trace minerals. It was here that she started with Tracesure I and when the opportunity came up to go to Sirona the new distributer she jumped on board. Fleur now covers the Lower South Island and her mision is to be that trusted advisor working along side veterinarians to maximize animal health in the industry.
Fleur has two teenage children and enjoys her time with them in the great outdoors camping, boating, running and mountain biking and walking her two dogs.
Angela has been involved in the dairy industry for many years, initially vet nursing and then moving onto dairy farming in the north.
Angela was involved with many organisations such as Agricuture ITO (now Primary Ito) and Dairy Industry Awards NZ. After managing a dairy unit on her own Angela then took on an Account Managers role with Ravensdown then moving over to Pgg Wrightson as a Technical Field Rep.
Angela and her partner have recently moved to their Dairy / Beef unit at Ngutunui, she enjoys horse riding and spending time with her 3 children.