EQUINE AND FARM VETERINARY SERVICES LTD

Services

Companion Animal

Medicine

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Appointments are available every day for regular check-ups and to discuss any problems your pet may have. We can advise on such things as;

  • Vaccinations
  • Lameness examinations and arthritis
  • Skin conditions
  • Flea and worm treatments
  • Breeding procedures
    • Artificial insemination
    • Progesterone testing
  • Debilitating diseases the geriatric cat and dog may have
  • Export certification
  • and more

We offer a full range of back-up medical services including;

  • Blood testing, both in-house or via laboratories
  • Digital X-ray
  • Ultrasound examinations
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Microscopy

Vaccination

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To help ensure your kitten or puppy live a long and healthy life, vaccination is essential.

Dogs

The immunity a puppy gets from its mother starts to wane after six weeks of age. But we can’t be certain it has developed a strong immunity until 14 to 16 weeks of age, so repeat vaccinations every three to four weeks through this period are essential.

The diseases of major concern in a combined all in one vaccine are;

  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Distemper
  • Canine Hepatitis

Other diseases include;

  • Canine Kennel Cough is highly contagious and easily spread in boarding kennels.
  • Leptospirosis is a disease more common in northern and central regions of the North Island and carried by rats.

Cats

We vaccinate cats and kittens with a combined vaccine which protects against two strains of respiratory viruses and panleucopenia, a serious gastro-intestinal disease.

The first injection is given at about eight weeks of age with a booster four weeks later. Other feline diseases that can be vaccinated against are chlamydia, feline leukaemia virus and in certain circumstances, feline aids. We will advise you if we think these vaccines are necessary.

Surgery

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We have a well-equipped surgery and we are able to perform a comprehensive range of surgical procedures;

  • Routine procedures such as spays and castrations
  • Orthopaedic surgery, fracture repair
  • General surgery
    • Abdominal
    • Wound repairs
    • Soft tissue

Dentistry

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In recent years we have seen an increase in awareness of dental health in pets.

Unfortunately there are still a lot of cases where dental disease is going untreated and causing significant pain to the animal. Tooth decay, tartar build up, gingivitis and tooth abscesses which mean that your pet’s health is seriously compromised.

Prevention of dental disease can best be achieved by regular dental checks, if necessary a scale and polish and attention to diet. Kate and Charlie can advise you on prevention and treatment.

Puppy Preschool

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Vets on Riverbank offer a four week course for puppies aged between eight and sixteen weeks. This is the age they are learning to socialise with other dogs and people, and can potentially pick up bad habits.

As your puppy, at this age, is not fully vaccinated it is unsafe to socialise them in public areas with unvaccinated dogs. So Puppy Preschool offers your pup a safe environment to learn their life skills.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Basic cues and training techniques
  • Nutrition
  • Flea and parasite control
  • Environmental enrichment
  • Toilet training
  • General healthcare

Our Puppy Preschool classes are held in our spacious equine area in the early evening. Each lesson is approximately one hour and the total cost for the four week course is $95 per puppy. No more than two people with each puppy please.

Register your interest now and when we have the required number for a class, we will arrange the start of a course.


Equine

Dentistry

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Our practice is lucky to have two highly trained and skilled equine dentists, Ray Lenaghan and Margaret Leyland.

Horses require regular treatment to “float” (level) the sharp edges that develop as a result of grain feeding. As well as this, periodontal disease is a common problem which, if untreated, leads to further tooth disease which can sometimes require extractions.

Ray and Margaret have all the latest equipment to be able to examine and treat all these conditions and provide the backup that only a Veterinarian is able to.

Artifical Insemination
(Unfortunately not allowed for thoroughbred breeding)

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If you are looking to breed your mare, artificial insemination should be considered as it has a number of advantages over natural mating;

  • Your mare does not have to be sent away to stud
  • There is less chance of injury or spread of disease
  • You have the choice of an enormous range of stallions within New Zealand or overseas
  • Better chance of getting some difficult mares in foal

The stud will arrange the semen collection and the best way of getting it to you depending whether it is fresh, chilled or frozen.

We look after the semen storage and handling at the mare end and time the insemination to correspond with ovulation. A number of ultrasound examinations of the mare’s genital tract will be required.

Pre-Purchase Examinations

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An important part of the horse industry, whether it be racing, eventing, show jumping, dressage or just pleasure riding, is the sale and purchase of horses.

Before the sale goes through, many purchasers request a pre-purchase examination (PPE), sometimes because there is a large sum involved or just for peace of mind.

Veterinarians work to a set protocol when we examine a horse for sale. There are five stages to the full examination, but the purchaser can decide what stages they wish to be carried out. The usual is stages one and two or stages one to five. Extra procedures can also be carried out such as x-ray, ultrasound, endoscope and blood tests. A full explanation is available in our Resource Centre.

Pre-purchase examinations are not easy, and an experienced veterinarian with special training is required to not only detect problems, but assess their significance, taking into account the proposed use, be it a child’s pony or a ready to race thoroughbred.

We have veterinarians registered to carry out PPE’s. Contact our clinic for more information.

Medicine/Surgery

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The horse is an amazing animal. Over the last few million years it has evolved on the prairies and tundra of North America to have tremendous explosive speed, strength, enormous heart and lungs, a digestive system to breakdown fibre and an extra-large eye positioned to see any creature that might be sneaking up.

Like any finely tuned piece of machinery, sometimes things can go wrong. We are here to help you when your horse or pony has a problem, such as;

  • Treatment of wounds
  • Attending colic or choke
  • Limb injuries, sprains and fractures
  • Dental health
  • Neurological problems
  • Breeding issues
  • Diseases

To assist us and your horse we can provide;

  • Vaccinations e.g. Tetanus, Strangles
  • Digital x-rays – at the clinic or in the field
  • Endoscopic examinations of the respiratory tract
  • Ultrasound of soft tissues
  • Blood tests

DAIRY SHEEP AND BEEF

Medicine

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We are dedicated to servicing production animals and our aim, as well as caring for individual animals, is to increase the production of your farm.

The dynamics of on farm animal health and production are enormous as we face all the changes and problems that confront the modern farmer and veterinarian. Such things as drug resistance, especially antibiotics and anthelmintics, new diseases such as Theileria, changes in the economics of some farming practices as commodity prices and exchange rates change, and of course the weather.

To help overcome these, I think the word that sums up what is needed is efficiency.

Review your farming practices, can you be more efficient? Toachieve this can we help?

To start, give us a phone call at Vets on Riverbank.

Dairy

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The dairy industry in New Zealand has come a long way since dairy cows were first introduced in the 1840’s. Today’s modern farms are part of an ever changing industry and although very high tech, in New Zealand they still rely on pasture which in turn relies on water and sunshine.

If you are old enough you may remember the old lean to cowsheds with wooden walk through bales and probably milking about 80 or 90 cows. Not anymore. The modern cowshed is rotary, milking perhaps 50 cows at a time with the herd up to a thousand cows or more.

We advise on all aspects of milk production and animal health. Such as :

  • Mastitis control and prevention including milk quality, Somatic Cell Counts, treatment, dry cow and teatseal.
  • Trace minerals, testing and treatment.
  • Reproduction. Cidrs, body scoring, metrichecking etc.
  • Calf rearing.
  • Medicine. Including vaccinations for BVD ( Bovilis), Leptospirosis, Calf scours (Rotovec).
  • Surgery, including teat wounds and cancer eyes.
  • Lameness. Prevention and treatment.

Go to our Resource Centre for information or call and talk to us.

Sheep

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Sheep, along with dairy cows, have traditionally been the backbone of the New Zealand economy, and it seems that most New Zealanders growing up have spent time or holidays on a sheep or dairy farm. So it’s not surprising that as soon as we get a bit of land, we want to run a few sheep. Whether you have a thousand acres or ten, the principals are the same, although small blocks do have some special problems.

We can assist with a whole farm health program no matter what the farm size. This will include :


  • Vaccination program and advice including, Clostridial (tetanus, pulpy kidney, blood poisoning.) Toxoplasma and Camphylobacter( anti-abortion vaccines ) Salmonella, Androvax (fertility ).
  • Internal parasite management plans (such as Barbers Pole worm) and testing for drench resistance.
  • Disease prevention. Discuss and advise on such problems as Yohne’s Disease, Brucellosis, footrot, and metabolic diseases such as Sleepy Sickness.

Our Resource Centre has a number of articles about all these and more, so have a browse there, and contact us for any questions you may have.

Beef Cattle

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Samuel Marsden landed the first cattle in New Zealand at his mission station in the Bay of Islands in 1814.In the 1840s, more cattle, mostly Durhams, (Shorthorns) were imported from Australia. Cattle were useful grazing animals because of their hardiness, their ability to forage on rough pasture, resist wild dog attacks and as well as meat, they were vitally important as draught animals.

Beef farming today has several distinct features compared with other beef producing countries.


  • Beef breeding cows are run with sheep on New Zealand hill farms.
  • Most young fattening cattle come down on to easier country where they are fattened on pasture and not grain, primarily for the export market.
  • Surplus animals from the dairy industry are also used for meat production.
  • Cross breeding has been a feature of cattle breeding in New Zealand, firstly with the traditional English breeds (Angus, Hereford) and later with exotic, mainly European breeds (Charolais, Simmental).

If you have any problems, our resource centre contains a number of articles which may help you, otherwise please contact the clinic and talk to one of our vets.


LIFESTYLE / OTHER SPECIES

Medicine

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We are able to provide comprehensive animal health programmes for all types of livestock including sheep, cattle, deer, alpaca and goats. To keep your livestock in top health we can investigate cases of ill thrift, sickness, lameness or injured animals and advise you accordingly.

We provide full back-up laboratory services through,

  • Animal pathology laboratories in Palmerston North or our own in-house laboratory

So we can give quick results on blood, urine, worm egg counts, and facial eczema spore counts.

We also provide an email database mail out for the latest facial eczema spore counts in your area during the 'at risk' season.

Vaccinations

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Depending on the species, there are a large range of vaccines available to protect your animals from a variety of diseases.

Such as;

  • Clostridial diseases (including tetanus, black leg for cattle, sheep, goats and alpaca).
  • Leptospirosis in cattle
  • Bovine Virus Diarrhoea (BVD) in cattle
  • Salmonella in sheep
  • And many others

We can advise on what vaccine is appropriate and when they should be used.

Whenever possible, we try to dispense the correct, or close to, the number of doses required to save wastage and cost.

Breeding

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We are able to assist in planning your animals’ reproductive programme. We have the equipment and expertise to carry out;

  • Pregnancy examinations
  • Ultrasound examinations of the reproductive tract
  • Assessments of fertility
  • Programmes to synchronise heat

Of course we can provide on farm assistance with lambing, calving, unpacking, kidding etc..,

Worming

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Many lifestyle farmers underestimate the effect gastro intestinal worms can have on their livestock. By wanting to keep their property as drug free and organic as possible, which is great, they get into problems which can mean more drug use and ill thrift.

There are a few points that are important;

  • The biggest population of worm larvae are on the pasture
  • Because of the smaller size of lifestyle blocks, animals are sooner or later going to be forced to graze contaminated pasture
  • Weather has an enormous effect on pasture larvae numbers
  • We can perform faecal worm egg counts which tell us the worm population in the animal.

By putting these all together we can predict and advise when anthelmintic use is going to help and minimise problems such as worm resistance to anthelmintics. Also what worm type is likely to be the problem, and the best anthelmintic to use.