Meet the team
“My goal is to add value for clients in the agriculture sector, to make a positive difference to their bottom line profitability, and contribute to the success of the agricultural industry in New Zealand as a whole.”
Dr Claire Nicholson BVSc
Claire was raised on the family dairy farms in Otaki and Manaia where she developed a love for animals and a passion for all things agricultural.
After finishing her education, Claire practiced as a vet in the Waikato and in North Wales as well as, managed a very successful small animal practice in London for a period of time.
Claire entered the animal health industry, working initially as the dairy product manager and then, as the General Manager for Intervet New Zealand. In 2009 Claire joined Agri-feeds, a ruminant nutrition company, as a business development and marketing manager.
Most recently as a director of EOS Consulting, Claire has been involved in a number of projects in the dairy, sheep, beef and Maori farming sectors.
Claire’s goal as the Chief Executive of Sirona is to bring farmers programmes and unique products that will help them in their day to day operations and result in an increase of productivity and profitability in a sustainable manner.
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South Island Sales Representative
“…I have always had a passion for animal health, coming from a sheep and beef farming background…”
Born and bred proud Southlander, now residing in Ashburton, this is Sarah, one of Sirona’s South Island Sales Representatives.
Sarah spent 8 years working in a busy mixed animal clinic as Head Vet Nurse, before heading off to Lincoln University, where she spent 3 years as an Upper South Island Territory Manager working for Elanco Animal Health. Sarah spends her spare time horseback riding, enjoys hockey and squash and refers to herself as ‘Super Aunt’.
Sarah’s goal with Sirona Animal Health is to represent the company and products the best she can, whilst building professional relationships with veterinarians throughout the South of New Zealand.
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Lower North Island Sales Representative
A passion for animals, agriculture and people, plus making everything simple for the end user has been the draw card for Melinda Little to join Sirona and Agilis.
Having recently come from years with Global milking machine company DeLaval, Melinda’s focus is - refreshingly - not solely devoted to dairy cows. Not that this is unfamiliar territory, as she grew up on a sheep and beef property out of Wairoa. Melinda has a Business degree in agribusiness from Massey Uni, and has mainly resided in the Lower north island since graduating in the 1990’s.
Melinda and her family live near Sanson in the Manawatu on 30 acres, where they have an 'assortment' of small and large animals. A brilliant, central location which makes her the perfect fir for this role.
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Lower South Island Technical Representative
Fleur grew up in Auckland city but always has a passion for animals bringing every sick or stray animal home much to her parents dismay. She headed to the South Island in her early 20s working on a large mixed cropping/sheep farm in Canterbury for 7years before heading further south with her family.
After working in the Pharmaceutical company Sanofi for 10 years she decided she wanted to get back to the Ag scene so joined PGW wrightson in their wholesale division selling fertilizers herbicides, drenches and trace minerals. It was here that she started with Tracesure I and when the opportunity came up to go to Sirona the new distributer she jumped on board. Fleur now covers the Lower South Island and her mision is to be that trusted advisor working along side veterinarians to maximize animal health in the industry.
Fleur has two teenage children and enjoys her time with them in the great outdoors camping, boating, running and mountain biking and walking her two dogs.
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