Companion Animal

Dogs, cats, fish and rats...

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
  • Penn hip

We offer a full range of medical services including;

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


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


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.


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.


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


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. Our vets can advise you on prevention and treatment.

Puppy Preschool

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.