Who we are


We are a small and dedicated team of experienced vets based in Gore offering expert, affordable small animal and agricultural animal care.

Established in 2008 – we operate a mixed veterinary practice servicing and supplying the towns and rural areas around Gore, West Otago and Eastern and Northern Southland. We also operate a Heriot clinic.


As a smaller practice, we’re able to form strong relationships with both our farmer and small animal owners. We know their animals’ history and that helps us provide caring and consistent service.

We pride ourselves on being approachable and available for all your small animal, sheep and beef, dairy, equine and deer veterinary requirements.



Our practice has its origins in the rural areas of Northern and Eastern Southland and the Clutha. We were established in 2008 by the Clutha Veterinary Association, Edendale Veterinary Club, Northern Southland Vet Club and VetCo to provide choice in veterinary care for the people of Gore and surrounding areas.

We have built a strong reputation for expert and affordable care in a welcoming environment and this has seen us continue to grow. In 2016, we opened a Heriot Clinic to complement our Gore practice on Hokonui Drive.

Community Involvement

Our community supports us and we support them through a wide range of sponsorships and contributions to agricultural, rural, sporting, educational and cultural groups in the Gore, West Otago and Northern Southland areas.

Combined Vet Services (Gore) is proud to have supported the following organisations in 2016-17:

  • West Otago A&P Show
  • Eventing Southland
  • Welsh Pony Club
  • Waikoikoi Cricket Club
  • Heriot School
  • West Otago Plunket
  • Heriot Playcentre
  • Gore Woodworkers Club
  • Southland Showjumping
  • SPCA
  • Young Farmers
  • Gore A&P Show
  • Gore and Districts Victim Support
  • Waikaia School
  • Maitland Dog Trials
  • Eastern Southland Heifer Dairy
  • Gore RSA Bowling Club
  • Gore High School
  • Valley Roar and Hunting
  • Gore Dancesport
  • Gore Bridge Club
  • West Otago Dairy Heifer
  • Westpac Rescue Helicopter
  • Gore River Lions
  • NZ Perendale
  • Gore High School
  • Knapdale School  

Our People


Vet – mixed animal

Job description:- Mixed Animal Vet. I have over 15 years’ experience mainly working in Southland but I have also worked in some very interesting places including India, UK and Central America. I am mostly out on farms working with dairy, deer, sheep and beef but I also have an interest in orthopaedics and other small animal needs. Being a Shareholder and Director of CVS vets provides me confidence of quality affordable care for animals available in our district.

Where am I from:- I was born in Gore and roll my RRRs like a good southerner.

Why I love my job:- I really enjoy the great people I work with both clients and staff, not to mention their interesting animals. The variety means my job is never boring.

What interests me outside of work:- I enjoy tramping and travelling, both enable me to be away from an on call phone!

Something most people don’t know about me:- I hate needles!

Yvonne Winn

Vet - Mixed Animal

Job description:- Mixed Animal Vet. I have over 10 years’ experience mainly working in North Otago and Southland.

Where am I from:- I originally grew up in the Nelson district but I have worked my way south since finishing my degree at Massey.

Why I love my job:- I really enjoy interacting with clients and treating animals of all sorts of shapes and sizes; from dogs and cats, to horses and cattle. No two days are the same in the vet clinic!

What interests me outside work:- I really enjoy adventuring outdoors, so you will either find me on top of mountains or out on horseback. Both are great ways to see our neat countryside.

Something most people don’t know about me:- I’m terrified of spiders. My love of all creatures great and small doesn’t quite extend that far.

Nikki Smith

Vet – mixed animal

Job description:- Mixed Animal Vet. I have over 10 years experience, starting as a dairy vet in Canada and then practising for the last 8 years here in Southland.

Where am I from:- I am originally from Holstein, Ontario Canada. After graduation I worked in a couple of places in Ontario before moving to Gore Southland.

Why I love my job:- I really enjoy being involved in the farming community. I take great satisfaction from contributing to the success of all our clients and fully understand all the challenges that they face. Being a mixed animal vet at CVS means I have great variety with small and large animals and we also have a fantastic team to look after all your needs.

What interests me outside work:- I am always busy, whether it’s working alongside my husband on our sheep an beef farm, looking after our 3 children and fitting in the occasional game of squash.

Something most people don’t know about me:- I used to teach piano lessons.

Andy Hunter

Retail and Farm Services Manager 

Job Description:- Retail and Farm Services Manager

Where are you from:- I was originally a Dunedin city boy but then took a shine to the rural lifestyle so started my career on farms, then training at Telford and Lincoln.  This gave me a great foundation to have 28years working in the commercial animal health industry.    I then started work at CVS in May 2009. 

Why you love your job:- It gives me the opportunity to work with farming families using my contacts and expertise gained over the years with product knowledge to assist in growing their farming business to succeed.  

What interests you out of work:- I enjoy fishing, hunting and gardening.  

Something most people don’t know about me:- Nothing to declare….


Pamela Gilder

Veterinary nurse

Job description:- Vet Nurse - I provide support to the veterinarians for all medical and surgical procedures in the clinic. I have 23 years’ experience as a vet nurse and enjoyed working at CVS for the last 8 years. No two days are the same.

Where I am from:- I live in Gore, however, I was born In Tokanui and grew up on the family farm in the Waikawa valley.

Why I love my job:- I love working with animals of all species, nursing them through their injuries and illness and making sure they are comfortable. I am involved in the surgical and medical procedures assisting the veterinarians so it makes my job very interesting and varied.

What interests me outside work:- I am married with three teenage girls and we all compete at A&P shows, Gymkhanas, one day events and show jumping with our horses all summer. We live on a lifestyle block and enjoy many animals including 4 cats.

Something most people don’t know about me:- I once jumped off the sky tower in Auckland.

Nikayla Dodd

Veterinary nurse/Rural Animal Technician

Job description:- Veterinary nurse/Rural Animal Technician – As you can see I have a good and varied role. Each day can be very different varying from the front desk, to vet nursing out the back, grooms, to helping the vets on farms with the large animals.

Where I am from:- I was born in Gore and raised on a farm.

Why I love my job:- I love seeing all the different animals coming through the clinic. It’s extremely satisfying nursing sick or injured animals back to health and the gratitude of the owners when they pick their pets up. I understand how special they are to them and do my best to care for them well. I also really enjoy how hands on the job is and varied.

What interests me outside work:- I like to get out hunting or motorbiking in the weekends or if I am after a less active weekend I also enjoy retail therapy with my friends.

Something most people don’t know about me:- I am a type 1 diabetic

Joanne Wright

Practice manager

Job description:- Practice Manager:- I am new to CVS after joining in September 2016. It’s a busy and rewarding industry to be involved with.

Where am I from:- I was originally born in Ranfurly but also lived 15 years on the West Coast before moving to Gore approx 7 years ago. I have a farming background but also completed 20 years of banking.

Why I love my job:- I really enjoy the variety and challenge of each day being different. Its very similar to a hospital A&E where the jobs can change hour by hour to manage. We have a great team and everyone is always doing their best for the clients and animals.

What interests me outside work:- I enjoy spending time with family and gardening around the house. Occasionally I try to play golf but it usually ends badly.

Something most people don’t know about me:- I once tried to drive through a tornado on the West Coast. After weighing up how big it was I let it go across the road in front of me which was a good decision!

Julie de Groot

Admin and stock control

Job description:- Administration and Stock control.

Where am I from:- I live in Gore.

Why I love my Job:- This job gives me great variety every day.

What interests me outside work:- I really enjoy spending time with my family outside of work.

Kay McClymont


Job description:- Front desk reception - You will find me behind the front desk in Gore and Heriot. It’s a busy role taking bookings, answering the phone, customer service and providing a friendly chat.

Where I am from:- I was born and raised in the South West of Scotland and lived in Tapanui for the last 16 years.

Why I love my job:- I get to interact with all our lovely new and existing clients and enjoy chatting to farmers and pet owners about their day to day needs.

What interests me outside work:- We have a menagerie of animals on our lifestyle block at Crookston. Particular interests are horses and trying my hand at a bit of dog trailing.

Something most people don’t know about me:- Grandmother to three lovely girls in Scotland.

Janine Shaw

Reception/Retail – Heriot clinic

Job description:- Front desk reception – I am based in the Heriot clinic and provide
reception duties but I also help the vets as a vet nurse when animals come in.

Where am I from:- Originally from Fielding in the Manawatu I moved to Te Anau in 2010 and then to West Otago in 2011.

Why I love my job:- I enjoy interacting with all walks of life – both animal and human. Seeing the relationships that owners have with their pets and how their pets make them smile. I also enjoy helping and interacting with all of West Otago’s lovely friendly farmers.

What interests me outside work:- Out of work my main interest are horses. My partner and I do numerous horse treks throughout the year and we enjoy exploring the beautiful country we live in. Our very spoiled German shorthaired pointer Nina comes along for the adventures as well.

Something most people don’t know about me:- I enjoy knitting, especially in winter.