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Keep up to date with all our latest news, articles and case studies from the veterinary world around Hawke’s Bay, Dannevirke, and the Wairarapa.


See you at Horse of the Year

One week until Land Rover Horse of the Year!! 📣 Our experienced, friendly team are your onsite vets for the event. Available 24/7 for first aid and emergency care.   Pop in and see us at D01 next to the Dressage Arena for advice, giveaways and our annual HOY specials on 4Cyte, drenches and more.


Merry Christmas from the VS Equine Team

Merry Christmas from the team at VS Equine!  Enjoy time with friends and family, put your feet up and have a well-deserved rest this Christmas and we look forward to seeing you again soon. If you do need emergency assistance with your horses over the Christmas break please do not hesitate to contact us –…


Pre-Season Blood Profiles

  It’s really good practice to get a soundness check (eyes/heart/trot up/flexion tests), full fitness blood profiles, vaccinations and routine dental checks done to ensure you and your horse get off to the best start this competition season! Why do we recommend blood profiles? It’s something our team do almost every day as veterinarians: collecting…


Shockwave Therapy

What is it, and why are we using it in horses? VS Equine recently purchased a portable Radial Pressure Wave device so that our veterinary team can offer shockwave therapy for treating musculoskeletal problems, soft-tissue and bone injuries in horses. Radial pressure shockwave offers non-invasive treatment solutions for both acute and chronic, long term insertion…


Winter Seminars – save the date!

Join the VS Equine Team for our annual educational seminar and winter catch up!   📌 Waipukurau Clinic 📆 Tuesday 18 July 🕰 6.30 – 8.30pm   📌 Hastings Clinic 📆 Wednesday 19 July 🕰 6.30 – 8.30pm   Topics may include  Equine Emergency First Aid Shockwave Therapy EMS/Cushing Respiratory illness Save the date, and…


A true ocular emergency

Renae Griffin, Vet Services Hastings   Late last year we were called out to check on Miracle Boi after his owner noticed a gunky discharge from his left eye, which he was squinting shut. Upon examination of the eye, our veterinary team diagnosed a descemetocele and needed to act quickly to save his eye.   …


Canine tooth tartar build up

Wow, how satisfying is that tartar removal! Some horses get a buildup of dental calculus (tartar), especially on the canine teeth. It often builds up on the lower canine teeth (and in some equines also on their incisors). It’s important to check your horses mouth for these yellow-brown deposits between your routine dentals as it…


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Nicolette Adamson, Vet Services Waipukurau The breeding season has brought our team at VS Equine plenty of challenging cases this year, with the weather playing havoc with mares in the region, who would rather it stay one temperature for them to cycle predictably! We have however had many great successes, and mares diagnosed with infections…


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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!! Our clinics will be closed on the upcoming public holidays. We will have emergency care available throughout the entire holiday period and will return to normal clinic hours on Wednesday 4th January 2023. We hope every day of your holiday is a good one. Put your feet up and have a well-deserved…