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How Vet Post started

Introducing Vet Post Founder Dr. Rebecca Penman!

Some of us fall into jobs or take a few years to figure out what we truly want to do. But Rebecca Penman never had a doubt that becoming a vet was the path for her.


Rebecca’s close bond with animals started in childhood. She grew up with Goldie, the family golden Labrador, and got her first horse, Bessie, at the age of four. She remembers that she always had a natural interest in animals and a strong desire to care for them.


After graduating from Massey University in 2003 Rebecca worked in several small practices throughout New Zealand. She then moved to Australia, where she worked in emergency and critical care with many animals she hadn’t previously encountered such as snakes, lizards, and camels.


A highlight of Rebecca’s time in Australia was when four black Labrador puppies, only seven weeks old, were brought into her practice with a serious case of Parvovirus. Rebecca and two other vet nurses had to act quickly to isolate the puppies and provide intravenous fluids and blood transfusions. After nursing them back to good health over the next three weeks, Rebecca was then gifted one of the puppies as a thank you. This was a different sort of gift from the usual occasional flowers or chocolates, and was a pleasurable surprise that she’s never forgotten. Her beloved black Labrador, now called Cooper is 7 years old and lives happily with her back home in New Zealand.


Rebecca created Vet Post when she returned to New Zealand in 2015. It was borne out of a desire to address some the challenges she saw during her experience in different vet practices.


Rebecca’s biggest concern was the pain experienced by owners who could not afford necessary medication for their pets, and the consequent suffering of the animals. She designed Vet Post specifically to provide a more affordable option. In Vet Post’s online pharmacy owners can receive generous discounts on medications by using their prescriptions online.


Rebecca was also frustrated by not having enough time in clinic to provide all the necessary information to pet owners. That’s why Vet Post is also an education hub where owners can access a wealth of knowledge, advice, and tips on pet care and treatment.


Extending its support of animal welfare, Vet Post also donates $1 of each transaction to DC Rescue Dogs, which rescues and re-homes dogs in need.


  • Elly says:

    Wow Becs, what a truly wonderful story about a truly wonderful woman who happens to be a Vet! Well done – just the start of a wonderful life journey for you and yours.

    • Eunice Jury says:

      Thanks Elly as always for your lovely words and support 🙂

  • Jamie & Doreen Stewart & Russell says:

    Hi Rebecca, it’s been lovely to read your story about how VetPost came into being 🙂 You will , I imagine, provide a great inspiration to anyone reading this and also it’s lovely from my point of view to know a little about the person behind the voice on he phone lol. The service you provide is far above any other online Vets that I have dealt with over the years. You are my sole supplier now for our babies needs. Your love and care shines through in your emails and in your voice on the phone. Thank you so much for coming home to NZ and providing the top class service that you do. The range of products is brilliant. The babies look forward to the end of the month when a parcel arrives from “Aunty” Rebecca with their meds and their treats (the adults like the choccies that get sent too lol). Dor and I wish you continued success and have a great Christmas break and a really happy New Year. All the best for 2018. Cheers, Jamie and Dor 🙂

    • Eunice Jury says:

      Thank-you for your lovely message Jamie 🙂 I always enjoy the little notes you send through when you order, and comments like yours make it all worthwhile 🙂

  • Dear Rebecca, I appreciate the service you provide, and your objectives are very genuine. I have always found Vetpost extremely helpful, and less expensive than other avenues. You are correct in saying that some pet owners, struggle to pay high costs for pet care, and in some cases find they are no longer able to own a pet at all. Often it is heartbreaking. Thank you again for being so realistic and most of all, showing compassion.

    • Eunice Jury says:

      Thanks so much for your lovely message Tanya 🙂 Glad i can help 🙂

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