About Us

Tara Gowland

Tara Gowland
Laboratory Manager (Palmerston North)

Dip. Appl. Sci., QTA Microbiology

After graduating from EIT (Napier) with a Diploma in Applied Science, Tara completed a QTA in Microbiology (2002) whilst working at Hawkes Bay District Health Board (Hastings) from 2000-2004 and again in 2006; she also spent a year working in microbiology at Southern Community Laboratories (Hastings).  She joined Awanui Veterinary in 2008 as a microbiology technician in Palmerston North, became Section Leader in 2011, Quality manager in 2017, and now in 2019 she has moved to Laboratory Manager. 

Tara has extensive laboratory experience both in medical and veterinary microbiology, understands the level and quality of service required from a veterinary laboratory and has successfully managed both staff and workload in her previous roles. After several years of developing and balancing several roles, Tara is looking forward to the challenges laboratory management will bring.

Her passions outside work include spending time with her family, non-competitive marching, getting out on the golf course when she can, and supporting the All Blacks whenever they play (although it’s not the same without Ritchie!)

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