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Veterinary Business Branch Committee

President

Brendan Hickman BVSc, BAppSc, PGDipBA

As a part owner of an independent CA veterinary clinic in Nelson, I am passionate about trying to make the future of our profession a success. That requires us all working together to help create successful businesses so that those individuals in them can thrive.

I grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Marlborough and am relishing the move back to the 'top of the South' after many years away. My veterinary career includes working in mixed practices, equine stud and racing practice, technical veterinarian in a pharmaceutical company, and locuming in various city, village and emergency clinics in the United Kingdom, as well as a stint in Saudi Arabia. Away from work I enjoy spending time with our three energetic young boys, mountain biking and adventure racing.

Committee Members

Rachael Fouhy BVSc (dist)

I am a mixed animal veterinarian at Tararua Vet Services in Pahiatua and a director of the Totally Vets Group. My main work interest is working with Sheep and Beef clients so that they can optimise animal health and production outcomes. I am passionate about developing and mentoring young veterinarians in their first 3 years of clinical practice and enjoy watching them develop and succeed.

I grew up on a sheep farm in Southland and my husband and I are currently farming 900ha of North Island Hill Country with our 2 young daughters. Outside of work I am a competitive dressage rider and enjoy supporting my kids in their various sports and activities.

Jason Lowe MBA BVSc Cert EP

I spent over 25 years in clinical practice working in referral equine clinics in the UK, including 3 years at Rossdale and Partners, before taking up a shareholding at Matamata Vets Equine in New Zealand. 

In 2015, I left clinical practice to undertake an MBA at the Waikato University Executive Education. Now managing partner of Innovative Medical Solutions (IMS Vet) Limited, my team and I led the research behind Arthramid Vet, resulting in it becoming a registered veterinary medicine in Australia and New Zealand.

I have a keen interest in leadership development opportunities in the veterinary profession and am involved with the NZVA and Business Branch to promote veterinary wellbeing through better leadership. 

I am based in Cambridge with my family and am a keen mountain biker and back country skier as well as Chair of the St Peters Primary School Board of Trustees.

Tim Montgomery BVMS 

After qualifying from Glasgow in 1990 I worked in equine and mixed practice in the UK, being a partner in a practice from 1994 in Scotland. As a family we moved to New Zealand in 2006 and carried on in equine practice to this day.

I'm a shareholder/director in Auckland Veterinary Centre which is an equine and companion animal independently owned practice in Takanini.

I have been the president of the VBB for 3 years, but have stepped down from that role due to the time constraints with limited veterinary resources currently. My vision has always been to act at the interface of the employee/employer and to create better and more productive outcomes for all.

In my time off I'm to be found on my bikes, windsurfer or skiing. With some fishing thrown in for good measure.

Mark Hosking BVSc, MBA(dist), MANZCVS

A Massey grad from 1999, I spent the next 13 years as a dairy veterinarian in the Waikato and the UK before moving into the role of Managing Director of Franklin Vets in 2012, after having completed an MBA through Waikato University.

I am passionate about improving the performance of NZ veterinary businesses as a pathway to improving the remuneration and work satisfaction of our teams and ensuring veterinary science is a great career choice for future generations.

I live in rural North Waikato with my wife and 3 daughters and outside of work enjoy most things outdoors, including skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and wide variety of water sports.