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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.

Pre-Purchase Examinations

A pre-purchase exam is a fact-finding session which can be a useful for both a buyer and the individual selling the horse. Your vet will examine the horse head to tail following the five stages (listed below) and provide a report with their unbiased, professional findings. The purpose of the pre-purchase examination is not to…

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Your horse has been diagnosed with colic – what should you do?

Colic is abdominal pain normally caused by a gastrointestinal disorder; however, horses may also exhibit signs of colic with non-intestinal disorders (e.g. shipping fever, ruptured bladder, ruptured uterine artery in mares). It can be very difficult in the early stages to distinguish the mild from the potentially fatal. Therefore, colic should always be considered to…

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The Importance of Vaccinations.

Vaccination provides your horse important protection against some of the more serious and potentially life-threatening diseases that can occur. They act to stimulate the body’s natural response to a disease, allowing a rapid and effective response if that disease is encountered later in life. This can be the difference between severe clinical disease and a…

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Before you hit the road

Travelling with horses can have its complications and keeping your horses healthy before, during and after transport can be key to eventing success. Richard Mckenzie has been an equine vet and horse owner for over 32 years and shares his tips on ensuring your horse has a safe journey and arrives at your big event…

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Rye Grass Staggers

Is your horse moving like its drunk, trembling, falling over, behaving abnormally, or easily spooked? If any of these symptoms sound familiar, your horse may have rye-grass staggers. Rye-grass staggers is a neurological condition caused by toxins in rye grass affecting the central nervous system. Symptoms – Horses with staggers can show a wide array…

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COVID-19 Level 2 Announcement

AS ANNOUNCED on February 27, WE ARE BACK IN LEVEL 2 FOR 7 DAYS. THIS REQUIRES US TO IMPLEMENT CERTAIN PROCEDURES IN OUR CLINIC. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION AS WE MOVE INTO THIS, HOPEFULLY SHORT, LEVEL 2 STATE. Having been there before, here are some reminders about what Level 2 looks…

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Horse of The Year

  VS Equine will be on-site all week at Horse of The Year offering a comprehensive range of veterinary services including; 24/7 emergency care, pre-purchase examinations, x-rays, performance and lameness investigation and professional advice on all things equine.  

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DISTANCE RIDING NZ PRESENTS: LANDCORP WAITERE

14TH & 15TH NOVEMBER. Approx. 90km from Napier and Taupo at the end of Waitara Road (Off the Napier/Taupo Road). This is a very exciting new ride venue. The ride takes you over rolling farmland, through planted and native forests. Fantastic views of limestone bluffs, canyons and the Mohaka river. The tracks are well marked…

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