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Bernie Vaatstra

Dr Bernie Vaatstra

BVSc. (Distinction), MVS (Hons), MACVSc., Diplomate ACVP, Registered Specialist Veterinary Anatomic Pathology

Bernie graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with distinction in 2004. He spent the next 5 years in clinical practice, gaining experience in both production and companion animal medicine and surgery.

Having always held an interest in pathology, Bernie accepted an opportunity in 2009 to study pathology through the Awanui Veterinary-IVABS masterate scholarship. The residency at Massey University included training in anatomic and clinical pathology, completion of a research project, and teaching responsibilities. Bernie completed MANZCVSc exams in veterinary pathology in 2010.  After completing the masters in veterinary pathology in early 2011, Bernie took up a position at Awanui Veterinary in Palmerston North. He passed ACVP board exams in anatomic pathology in 2012 and gained specialist registration soon after.

Bernie keenly enjoys all aspects of diagnostic pathology and has particular interests in mechanisms of disease, production animal diseases and herd health problems, and companion animal surgical pathology. He has published journal articles on viral and genetic diseases of farmed animals and enjoys sharing and presenting cases.

Home life is full with wife Vanessa and 4 young children holding the fort along with a few sheep, cattle, chickens, and small carnivores. Personal interests include home improvement, piano and viola, distance running, fishing, and family.