The team at Nandewar Animal Health Services will certainly be saddened to say farewell to Ben Gardiner in the coming months as he transitions into retirement. Ben arrived in Barraba in 1981 (39 years ago) initially for a short working holiday, however once he arrived, he couldn’t find a reason worthy enough to leave again.
After realising the progressiveness of the agricultural industry in the districts, Ben has worked hard to increase the veterinary assistance to the communities by opening a veterinary clinic in Manilla in 1987 and expanding into Bingara in 1995.
The dedication that Ben has to the veterinary industry and continuing professional development has seen him not only hold the role of business owner for the past four decades, but also as the President of the Australian Cattle Veterinarians Association, Chair of the Board, and President of the Australian Veterinary Association.
Recognising the importance in mentoring the younger generations, Ben’s generosity in giving something back to the industry has seen hundreds of veterinary and nursing students undertaking hands on training at Nandewar Animal Health Services.
Ben and his wife Robyn have been energetically involved in the Barraba and surrounding communities for many years and have managed to raise three lovely children, Erin, Mim and Jake.
Upon retirement Ben and Robyn plan to re-locate and would like the opportunity to say goodbye to the districts at a dinner held on the 25th July. Unfortunately, with COVID restrictions numbers will be limited so a formal RSVP to Leanne Knight on ph 0438 539 046 will be required by the 15th July.
While Ben will no longer be able to be called upon for veterinary needs, he leaves behind an incredibly skilled and valued team at Nandewar Animal Health Services who will continue to provide quality animal health care to all three districts; Manilla, Barraba and Bingara.
Our team will endeavour to assist with any production and companion animal health needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.