Veterinarians

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Murray Brightwell BVSc (Dist)

Veterinarian

Murray, a 1976 graduate of Massey University is a founding member of Cambridge Equine Hospital.  He has a broad base of experience in equine practice.  Murray has been the nominated veterinarian acting for the Hong Kong Jockey Club for the past eighteen years, overseeing all Hong Kong imports from New Zealand.  He is also is a past-president of the New Zealand Equine Veterinary Association.  Murray's special interests are radiography (particularly sales and pre-purchase), sales and quarantine work.  


Rob Hitchcock BVSc MRCVS

Veterinarian

Born and bred in Zimbabwe, Rob graduated from Zimbabwe University in 1992. Following a period practicing in Zimbabwe, and the UK, he then spent several years in Saudi Arabia. Arriving in Cambridge in 2005, his extensive experience and wide range of expertise have been invaluable for the practice. Although skilled in all aspects of equine practice, his main interest areas are stud medicine, racetrack practice, pre-purchase examinations and sales work. Although he won't admit it, he is also a very fine equine surgeon.

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Alanna Zantingh DVM DACVS Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery

Veterinarian, Board Certified

After graduating from the University of Guelph, Canada in 2008, Alanna went on to complete an internship at the Littleton Equine Medical Centre a large referral practice in Colorado. She then undertook a Large Animal Surgical Residency at the prestigious Cornell University in New York, becoming a Board Certified Surgeon in 2014. Alanna joined CEH in 2015 after 3 years working at Murdoch University in Perth, WA. As well as performing all of our surgery, Alanna has a special interest in poor performance and lameness investigations.


Ian MacKay BVSc

Veterinarian

Ian is a graduate from Massey University who began practice in 1976 in Australia.  He returned to New Zealand in the mid-1980s to work in Cambridge.  Ian’s experience covers all areas of equine practice and he has a special interest in race-track work.

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Angela Hawker BVSc (Dist) MACVSc

Veterinarian

Angela graduated from Massey University in 2001.  She then spent two years at Canterbury Equine Clinic before taking a year-long internship in foal medicine and critical care at Ohio University and Scone Veterinary Hospital.  During two years at Scone, Angela gained membership of the Australian College in Equine Medicine. She then returned to New Zealand to Cambridge Equine Hospital where her primary roles are foal intensive care, internal medicine, and anaesthesia. Ange is an avid equestrian, and also breeds and races thoroughbreds



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Craig Lawrence BVSc (Dist) PGCertSc

Veterinarian

After graduating from Massey University in 2009, Craig completed a 12 month internship at the Randwick Equine Centre in Sydney. As well as being a busy racetrack practice, the internship also provided significant experience in a wide variety of equine medicine and surgery cases. Craig joined Cambridge Equine Hospital in 2011. He is involved in all areas of the practice, with his main interest areas being reproduction and stud medicine, diagnostic imaging (including a large amount of sales radiography), sales work, and pre-purchase examinations. Craig is a current committee member of the Waikato branch of the NZTBA.


Steven Christopher BVSc

Veterinarian

After completing his training at Massey University in 2007 Steven worked for a busy equine practice in the Waikato for 12 months.  In 2009 and 2010 he completed an internship at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Department of Clinical Services.  This provided excellent exposure to diagnostic imaging, lameness investigation and the opportunity to provide veterinary care at the 2010 Asian games.  In 2011 he joined the team at Cambridge Equine Hospital.  His main professional interests are racetrack practice, pre-purchase examinations, yearling and ready to run preparation and sales work, as well as reproduction and stud medicine.

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Babiche Heil DVM (hons) MSc

Veterinarian


Babiche graduated from Utrecht University in The Netherlands in 2010. Following graduation, she worked in private practice for 2 years, before completing an internship in theriogenology and then another in general medicine and surgery. She then spent a stud season working in Western Australia, before returning home again. Babiche joined us in 2014, and with her European heritage it is no surprise she has a background in dressage and showjumping. Her main interest areas are reproduction and management of subfertile mares.


Greg Sommerville BVSc (Pret) Cert AVP  

Veterinarian

Greg was born in South Africa and graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Science in Pretoria in 2003.  He worked at Summerveld Equine Hospital in Durban, which predominantly saw racehorses and referral cases. In 2008, he moved to the United Kingdom to work for McGonnell & Gillatt and later Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons in Newmarket – the home of horseracing. In August 2011, he joined the Department of Veterinary Clinical Services of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Greg is also a nominated veterinarian for the Hong Kong Jockey Club. He is particularly interested in all aspects of racetrack practice with particular emphasis on respiratory conditions and lameness, as well as pre-purchase examinations and sales work. 

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Jonathan Hope BVSc

Consultant

After a long and successful career, beginning in Cambridge in 1974, Jonathan recently retired as a veterinarian and director of Cambridge Equine Hospital. Despite no longer continuing in clinical practice, we are fortunate to have retained Jonathan's knowledge in his role as consultant to the practice. 

Paul Fraser BVSc

Consultant/Part time Veterinarian

Along with Jonathan and Murray, Paul is also one of the founding members of Cambridge Equine Hospital.  Since graduating in 1976, he has always been based in Cambridge and has worked solely with horses since 1980.  He is very experienced in all facets of equine practice, with a special interest in reproduction, stud medicine and laminitis. Paul retired from full time clinical practice in 2017, although will not be lost to the practice, as he continues to keep his hand in with some part time work.


About Us

Cambridge Equine Hospital is one of the largest equine practices in the country, with eleven veterinarians solely dedicated to equine work. Situated in Cambridge, we have been providing top quality equine veterinary services to clients in the Waikato area for over 30 years. We cater for all types of horses, from ponies through to elite performance and breeding horses.

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