Meet The Team

Qualified Hoof Trimming Instructor
Tel: 0800 833 463
Email: fred@veehof.co.nz


Originally from Friesland, Holland, Fred Hoekstra moved out to NZ in 1990 to work on dairy farms but quickly realized that there was an opportunity for raising the standard of Hoof care so returned to Holland, gained his Diploma in Hoof Care from PTC Oenkerk, returning to start his own business.

Fred is passionate about lameness and related issues, extending his business to importing and supplying hoof care equipment, and having gained his Instructors Diploma, is enthusiastic about extending the availability of hoof care training workshops nationwide. He is also keen to conduct further research in to lameness treatment and the benefits of preventative hoof care. He is currently the president of the NZ & Australian Hoof Trimmers Association.

Fred also enjoys engineering and is constantly looking for projects and /or ways to improve processes. He has also recently gained his gun license and is becoming increasingly competent at rabbit control.


Office & Accounts Manager
Tel: 0800 833 463
Email: sandy@veehof.co.nz


Office and Accounts Manager

Sandy’s role is extremely varied from managing the office and account administration to organising the hoof trimming workshops throughout New Zealand. She often attends the Field Days with Fred, enjoying the opportunity to talk face to face with people she often speaks to on the phone. Having two daughters (14 & 7) keeps her very busy and Sandy enjoys helping at school on a regular basis as well as going on school camps when possible. She enjoys the outdoors, reading and plays the piano regularly for their church services.


Operations Manager
Tel: 0800 833 463
Email: frikkie@veehof.co.nz


Frikkie joined the VeeHof team in June 2017. Frikkie, his wife and two children, made the move from South Africa to New Zealand in 2015. After finishing his studies in Sport, he came to the realisation that building great teams in Business is just as important as in Sports. He has over 12 years of Management experience from working in different industries, from Tourism, Airline Catering to Manufacturing, starting up and building sustainable business units and teams. These experiences encouraged him to complete his MBA at Nelson Mandela University in 2011.

Frikkie was attracted to VeeHof after seeing the passion the company has for what they do, and making sure the VeeHof Team operates as efficiently as possible is what he looks forward to most. A “people person”, he enjoys interacting with customers and delivering Service Excellence.

Frikkie enjoys being outdoors with his family, but also likes to spend some time on his own mountain-biking, running or fly-fishing. His philosophy: “What you put in is what you get out!”


Office & Administration
Tel: 0800 833 463
Email: info@veehof.co.nz


Maylene will be your first contact with Veehof in most cases. She’s kept busy running the office and administration areas of the business, booking and administrating tasks for the training workshops, liaising with farmers enquiring about crushes or re-ordering hoof care products.  She also holds international diplomas in Make-up Artistry and sang in the Ensemble for one of Variety Theatre’s annual concerts: “Miss Saigon”. Maylene was born in Zimbabwe, but grew up in South Africa and immigrated to New Zealand in 2008 to give her children a better life. Maylene is also fluent in Afrikaans.


Head Hoof Trimmer
Tel: 0800 833 463
Email: elbert@veehof.co.nz


Elbert joined the Veehof team in January 2014 and although he would be the first to admit that being a Professional hoof trimmer was not the type of job he would have once aspired to, he has developed a real passion and love for his job and the fulfillment and satisfaction that comes from making a real difference in animal welfare, and is eager to share his knowledge with all he comes in to contact with. He gained his degree in Agriculture, majoring in Animal Science (Philippines) and in 2013 completed his Master of Ag Science at Lincoln University. A committed family man, Elbert has lived in NZ, with his wife and 3 children, for 7 years, gaining his citizenship in 2014.

 


Trimmer
Tel: 0800 833 463
Email: perry@veehof.co.nz


Perry moved to Ashburton in May 2016 to take up the position of Hoof Trimmer with the Veehof Team. He emigrated to New Zealand from the U.K. 7 years ago, and is now a fully-fledged Kiwi. He is married to a lovely Kiwi lady! His passions are working with cows and hunting and fishing. Having previously been a Dairy Farm Manager, he able to incorporate his knowledge and experience with being a professional hoof trimmer.


Trimmer
Tel: 0800 833 463
Email: brannon@veehof.co.nz


Brannon is the latest addition to the Veehof Team, having joined the team from December 2016. After working with cattle in a stockyard for 3 years, Brannon decided to shift his career towards animal welfare.

Brannon enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 year old son, as well as tinkering in his workshop!