Michelle tries really hard to manage five large animal veterinarians and a rural vet technician with a title of Production Department Manager.
Michelle wasn't born on the land. They did a year stint on Waipoua Station in Gisborne the year I was born then they moved to Hawkes Bay. Although not growing up on the land she knew that was the industry she wanted to be in. During her 6th and 7th form years at high school Michelle did some Ag/Hort papers extramurally and was fortunate to have local farmers support her through the practical work. This lead to paying her way by doing a lamb docking run. "I saved up enough money to buy my second car (my first car Dad and I built -a Vauxhall Chevette - which I wrote off showing off to the boys after docking one day!)"
It was during this time Michelle really enjoyed the comraderie, blood, sweat and beers at the end of a hard day. After high school she worked at the local vet practice before an opportunity arose to work in the laboratory services. In 2001 she moved to Palmerston North and worked at both veterinary pathology laboratories before the opportunity came to join the animal health industry again as a territory manager. Currently, her ,her husband and 2 kids live on Potaka Station where her husband manages.
"My role at Southern Rangitikei Veterinary Services Ltd is a dream. I work with the most amazing people who make a real difference to the industry and have enabled me to study towards a Diploma in Agribusiness. I have paved a career out of opportunity which this industry is full of and why I love being a part of it."
The comraderie, blood, sweat and beers at the end of a hard day is something unique to the Primary Industries here in New Zealand and you Michelle sound like you have found your place in the world because of it. Awesome!