Healthcare specialist is new vet hospital director

Paul Cocks has been appointed the new director of Massey University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Healthcare specialist Paul Cocks has joined Massey University as the new director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, part of the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences.

The appointment comes after Mr Cocks' extensive history of leadership in the human healthcare system. A radiographer by training, he has spent the past 15 years working on district health boards in the North Island, including MidCentral, Lakes and Auckland. Most recently, he was general manager of one of the largest private general practices in the country ­– Masterton Medical Limited.

The primary focus of Mr Cocks' role is to provide a sound clinical training environment and caseload for the veterinary and veterinary technology programmes at the university, as well as supporting the research undertaken by the institute. It will involve overseeing the financial, building and personnel aspects of the hospital, as well as keeping the facility in line with the university’s strategic plan and organisational values.

He says the role has a high level of diversity, combining both educational and commercial enterprises which “is both challenging and exciting.”

“I’m really impressed with the people in the service, how well they work together and the level of genuine care they have for the patients [animals and their owners].

“Due to its solid foundations, the hospital has an incredible future ahead and it will be very rewarding being part of that journey.”

He is also looking forward to working closer to where he lives, which will allow him to spend more time with his wife, Kate, and their three children.

He Cocks took up his position last month.

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