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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.…


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…


Gastric Ulcers and Gastroscopy – The Plot Thickens!

Hot of the press!! Vet Services are very excited to have just purchased a gastro-scope! We are looking forward to now being able to offer this service on a day to day basis A few things have changed since we last spoke – keep reading to find out what the up to date research is…


Selenium Deficiency in Horses

Selenium supplementation is a very topical issue for all horse owners. An essential component in all diets, Selenium plays a vital role in a horse’s metabolism. Together with Vitamin E it is a powerful antioxidant, protecting their cells from damage. The soil in NZ is naturally very low in Selenium, as a result, so are…


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…


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…