WHO WE ARE
I, Becky Murphy am the director and senior clinical veterinarian at TCI Vets. My history with pedigree dogs started when I was just a toddler, accompanying my parents to obedience and agility shows with their border collies. When I was 13, mum brought our first Dobermann Rusty, and I got hooked on showing and Junior Hander. I made the finals three times but unfortunately never won the ultimate prize to Crufts. As a family we have owned Border Collies, German Shepherds, Beagles, Doberamanns and Pointers. My most successful dog was Holly, CH Jest Forever Green from Jest Beagles down in Invercargill. She won a couple of BIS in All Breeds and Specialty shows. She also won Reserve Supreme Puppy of the Year which was very exciting!
I have done a Bachelor of Science at the University of Canterbury, with my final year focusing on Microbiology and Genetics. During and after the BSc I worked as a laboratory technician at Medlab South, in the Mircobiology department until we moved to the Manawatu. I then got into the BVSc programme and Massey and five years later joined a mixed practice in the Rangitikei. One of my clients, who I still deeply value to this day, allowed me to ‘have a go’ at a frozen semen breeding as she wasn’t having much luck using the frozen semen breedings she had imported from overseas. I diligently researched ovulation timing and told her when I thought it should be done. She managed to convince the inseminating veterinarian to move the AI time to the following day, and 8 puppies followed 9 weeks later!! This was enough to convince her to get the frozen straws sent to me to do the surgical AI and the rest is history.
In 2015 I decided it was becoming too difficult to fit general practice in with my ever growing client base of breeders and the reproduction work so we decided to shake up our lives and move down to my birthplace, Nelson. After a tumultuous 6 months, we packed our belongings again and moved on back to the Manawatu region where my family now live. That gave me the opportunity to open TCI Vets, my very own business where I could set the standards for what we do and focus entirely on reproduction and health testing. At the same time the business was opening I applied for the role of Canine Health & Welfare Officer with NZ Kennel Club (now Dogs NZ). Over time, I have reduced my hours with Dogs NZ, but to this day still enjoy the challenge of pedigree dog advocacy and policy development to improve and enhance the health and welfare of pedigree dogs.
My husband and I have two children, one dog, two cats, two bunnies, fish and a pony to keep us busy. I also sit as an elected member of our girls School Board of Trustees and on the Companion Animal Veterinarians branch of the NZ Veterinary Association.
I look forward to working with you to create happy, healthy and well-bred puppies!
WHO WE ARE
Jody Robinson-Wildey is the TCI GlenBred part-time Administrative Manager.
Jody was a very successful NZCF registered cat breeder for 23 years until March 2019 and now breeds Wiltshire sheep. She worked for Dogs NZ to enter and collate health test results, back in mid 2019 so has familiarity with the organization, people, and health testing.
Jody’s background means she understands breeders and is skilled at communicating with clients. She has an Animal Care Diploma and a sound knowledge of the veterinary industry.
Since March 2021 Jody has been the point of contact for all new enquiries and bookings for health testing, X-rays, semen collection, consults and import/export enquiries.
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“You may have already met Dr Prabz, she is our vet in AI training and has been working with Dr Becky."
Dr Prabz graduated from the University of Sydney in 2008 and has worked in Singapore and New Zealand. She practices both Eastern and Western veterinary medicine, is a certified vet acupuncturist and now will be doing vet AI!
In her practically non existent free time, Dr Prabz wrangles her 3 children, plants too many seeds and gives seedlings to everyone she knows and reads anything she can get her hands on.
We are so, so happy to have Prabz on board. She has been super quick to learn the TCI technique, collections and thaws, so when Becky is away from time to time, Prabz will take excellent care of you.
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We are excited to introduce our new veterinary nurse/ laboratory technician Yvonne Waller (AKA Wally!).
Having nearly 10 years of experience, Wally is a very accomplished veterinary nurse with a background in general practice and emergency medicine.
Along with her veterinary nursing qualification, Wally has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biological Sciences and Psychology. She loves all things repro, and as such, is pursuing a Master of Science through Massey University with a specific focus on mammalian reproductive physiology.
Within the field of companion animal reproduction, she is particularly interested in assisted reproductive techniques, male and female fertility, gametogenesis, activation of oocytes, female cyclicity and sperm morphology/capacitation. Wally has a wide range of work experience from financial administration, veterinary nursing, laboratory/animal technician work, teaching, and customer service.
Wally is driven by her passion for animals, ecology and conservation; with her first love being Milly, her 16-year-old tabby cat (dont worry Wally, we wont hold that against you too long, will bring you over to the dog side ;)).
Her love of animals and nature has inspired her volunteer work, both overseas and in New Zealand.
She has volunteered hand raising cheetah cubs in South Africa, monitoring biodiversity in Sumatra, helping feed and monitor Haast Tokoeka Kiwi chicks at Orokonui Ecosanctuary in Dunedin, assisting zookeepers with the care of the animals at Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch, and working afternoons feeding cats and dogs and cleaning at the Gore SPCA during her high school years.
When she can get away, she loves exploring New Zealand, camping and hiking in picturesque locations. Wally is also very artistic and enjoys drawing and painting animals and experimenting with different media.
She is thrilled to join TCI Glen Bred where her passion for animals and reproduction meets the practice of TCI, reproduction and veterinary medicine.
Welcome Wally, we are absolutely chuffed to have you onboard