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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.

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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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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Equine focussed veterinary care for Hawke’s Bay

Vet Services Hawke’s Bay is proud to be a locally owned business which has provided over 70 years of trusted animal care in the Hawke’s Bay region. First established in 1949 as the ‘Central Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Veterinary Club’ the business was renamed Vet Services Hawke’s Bay in 1967 and has continued to grow, improve…

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AI in Horses

So, you want to breed a champion horse? Richard McKenzie outlines the factors you will need to consider when exploring artificial insemination. Finding the right stallion First of all, read the contract thoroughly! They all differ and offer a number of terms and conditions that you will need to familiarise yourself with. For example, do…

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Unusual Hind Limb Gait Abnormalities

There are a number of conditions of the hind leg in the horse that cause very specific, atypical type lameness and gait abnormalities. These include stringhalt, shivers, upward patella fixation, fibrotic myopathy and rupture of the peroneus tertius muscle. Dave Kruger outlines each of these medical conditions and what to look out for below. STRINGHALT…

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