Our Organisation

“Providing animal health and production solutions while striving for excellence through a framework of career development and collegiality.”

Mission Statement

Vetlife appreciate the value of their people and with over 140 employees spends much time and effort ensuring people’s needs are met. All our staff are focused on ensuring that you get professional animal health care for your animal when you need it. For those of you running farming businesses we can assist to obtain an increased level of profitability on your farm, by ensuring your animal health plan adds real value to you. Professional development for our staff is high on the list of priorities and Vetlife invests in this area to provide the resources necessary for people to grow in their roles allowing them to add value to you.

Although Vetlife is now one of the largest veterinary organisation in the South Island, it essentially is the combination of three vet clubs and a private practice, with a forward-looking vision. The underlying entity is the South Canterbury Vet Club which was established in the early 1950s. As opportunities arose the Vet Club changed to a contract practice and developed into the Vetlife of today through purchasing other vet clubs and merging with North Otago Vet Services in 2006.

Vetlife became the overarching company name in 2007, recognising the need for a non-regionalised and future-focused brand.

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Vetlife is governed by a Board of Directors chaired by Mike Saunders, Mike has been chairman of Vetlife since a formal board structure with independent directors was instigated in 2008. Currently serving on the boards of Optica Ltd and Headwaters NZ Ltd. Previously had terms on the boards of Pyne Gould Guinness Ltd and H & J Smith Ltd. Until shifting to Wanaka in 2006 Mike spent 40 years sheep and beef farming in Northern Southland and continues to act in an advisory role for the operation run by his son Simon.

The other independent Directors are Herstall Ulrich and Michael Barker.

Herstall is a sheep and beef farmer based in Cave, has been  a Director of  Silver Fern Farms since 2008 and is a graduate of the Kellogg Leadership Programme.

Michael Barker completed a Horticultural Science degree at Lincoln College before joining his parents in their fruit wine making business in 1980, he spent over 30 years as the Production Manager and Managing Director of Barker Fruit Processors Ltd.  Michael continues his involvement as an Executive Director and is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Food Science & Technology.

These Directors are joined by Adrian Campbell and Ivan Holloway joint owners of the business and practicing veterinarians.

Adrian began veterinary practice in 1986, having a mixed species veterinary career including companion animals to dairy cows. Adrian’s formal training in veterinary science was completed at NZ’s Massey University in the early 1980’s, with a post graduate qualification from the Australian College. Veterinary professional bodies roles have occupied Adrian over the years. Family life is completed by a family of three 20+ year old children with developing careers and a career school teacher wife.

Ivan graduated from Massey University with an Agricultural degree in 1979. Ivan farmed in the Manawatu region before returning to Massey in 1994 to pursue his veterinary degree. In 1998 Ivan moved to Oamaru and began working for North Otago Vet Services, before purchasing the practice in 2006 and merging with South and Mid Canterbury Vets (now Vetlife). Ivan is married to Bronwyn and they have four boys.

Duncan Crosbie practicing veterinarian joined Adrian and Ivan as a Shareholder in the business in September 2014. Duncan graduated from Massey University in 2003. Initially he worked in mixed animal practice in Western Southland for a little over three years before travelling abroad. He joined Vetlife in 2007 initially in Ashburton then soon moving to Temuka. He gained membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science in Pharmacology in 2008.

For more information or to talk to one of our staff please contact your local clinic.