Kate Fraser - Founder
BetaVet had its beginnings in 1989 when herbalist Kate Fraser established the Herbs of Gold brand in Australia. She returned to New Zealand in 2002 and established BetaVet in 2009. From humble beginnings, BetaVet now manufactures a stable of 60 products. Kate says “Horses are athletes. Like human athletes, the same principles apply. Our products are not performance enhancers, they are designed to support horse health through times of stress and the rigours of competition they endure week-in, week-out. BetaVet provides the ultimate complementary equine healthcare to maximise potential in the horses and give peace of mind for owners.
Paul Mitchell - Technical Director
One of the core principles I’ve learnt is the importance of the quality in the medicines we use for our patients. I strive to maintain ‘Quality and Efficacy’ as a cornerstone philosophy. My background in organic horticulture has kept alive an avid interest in all things organic and chemical free. I am in a great position to highlight the importance of quality, not only when it comes to the medicines we put into our bodies, but also the quality of what we use to support and treat the animals. My contribution to BetaVet is to maintain and elevate the already high standards of products and support through my thirty years experience as a practitioner and business owner in the natural health industry.
Steffan Lockie - NSW Racing Representative
It's true when Winston Churchill said "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." I found a certain peace when riding horses. I don't know if it's the bond formed or the trust needed with each other. The speed and power is also exciting and I enjoy the challenges and rewards that every horse brings with them. Thoroughbreds have always been my passion. I love them.......My forte is racehorses that need a lil help to find their best, they may need help mentally or they might not be doing things right physically. These are the puzzles I love trying to figure out and I have worked very hard to be good at this. I have always lived by the philosophy that I'm not in competition with anyone but myself so I wake up trying to be better than I was yesterday. When I was offered an opportunity to work for BetaVet I was really excited. For my entire life working with horses, I have worked on them to help them do their job better, to help them cope with the stress of racing. Now I have an entire range of products for those problems and to help every horse reach it's potential. These products are unique to the Australian market and with them I have another tool in my tool belt you could say!
Natalie Waters - Sales & Marketing Representative
I have been fortunate to have had horses from a very young age and it is a passion that has continued to develop over the course of my life. My love of horses has taken me from pleasure riding and Pony Club to overseas as a working student for several professional barns in the United States and Canada. Returning to Australia in my mid twenties I studied Equine Management with Melbourne University, taught Horse Husbandry for Victoria University and ran my own business teaching Children’s horse riding lessons. Being part of a dedicated and knowledgable team and to be able to share my enthusiasm for their products is a dream come true. I look forward to welcoming other riders and their beautiful horses on their Betavet journey.