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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.

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Pregnancy & Foaling

Most pregnant mares should be in or approaching their last trimester. Although the vast majority of mares have uneventful pregnancies, abortion during the last few months can occur.  Besides twin pregnancies the major cause of abortion is Equine Herpes Virus I. This is one of the common Herpes viruses responsible for the ubiquitous common cold…

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Equine Care at Alert Level 3

At Alert Level 3 restrictions will be loosened, slightly, and we will now be able to provide most routine services including dentals, lameness work-ups, castrations, scans, and diagnostic imagery. We will continue to have control measures in place at the clinic and on farm, taking all possible precautions to ensure our staff and client safety.…

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New Equine Facilities at Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds

We are excited to share some big news! Our VS Equine facilities in Hastings have moved and are now located at the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds.    You will now have the option to bring your horse to 75 Elwood Road (Gate 13, Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds) for vet consultations. The facilities is well equipped for equines…

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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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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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BE IN TO WIN $500 TO SPEND AT YOUR LOCAL SADDLERY STORE!

To celebrate the launch of VS Equine we are giving away a whopping $500 voucher to spend at your local saddlery supplier. For your chance to win follow our Facebook Page, like the competition post, and comment where you would spend your $500 gift voucher. For a bonus entry tag a friend in your comment. Terms…

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