Farewell Dr Ray

This month we farewell Dr Raymond (Ray) Lord. Ray has been the owner and lead vet of Upper Hutt Veterinary clinic since he purchased the practice in May 1982. 

Upper Hutt Veterinary Hospital was the first Upper Hutt Vet and one of the oldest Veterinary practices in New Zealand starting in the 1940’s. Since he took the reins, Ray has been responsible for continuing the legacy of care the clinic proudly provides the local community. 

Ray always liked to stay ahead and think progressively in what he offered our furry friends. During his time with the clinic, he paved the way for veterinary standards of care and services. Upper Hutt was the first veterinary clinic to get digital blood pressure and digital X-ray equipment in New Zealand. Upper Hutt is also the first single vet practice to get Best Practice accreditation. Dr Lord has also spent over 10 years in the New Zealand Veterinary Association Best Practice standards committee. 

As Ray moves into retirement we wish him all the very best. We are sure he will be missed by all the furry creatures he has helped over the years, his team and his many loyal clients. 

With the departure of our Lead vet, the clinics goal remains the same – to provide the highest possible level of care to the pets in our community. To help achieve this, we are very lucky to have Dr Raewyn Haines, a current senior veterinarian, who will be stepping into the role of lead Vet. Additionally, we would also like to take this opportunity to introduce the newest member of the vet team, Dr Saskia Mailer. A graduate of Massey University with a keen interest in Feline Medicine and Animal welfare, Dr Saskia is a great addition to the clinic and we’re very excited to have her.