Your local animal health providers for over 50 years. On the Coast, for the Coast, here for good.

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Pets

We’re pet lovers. Highly trained, vastly experienced and fully devoted to caring for your special family member.

Farms

Farming is what we live for. We’re specialists in production animals and lead the industry in knowledge & experience.

SPECIALIST SERVICES 

Leading the way with wildlife diagnosis

West Coast Vets work closely with the local Department of Conversation to treat wildlife that have been involved in an accident or who require emergency care. Some kiwi may require fluids prior to being flown to Massey or the Wildlife Centre in Dunedin for ongoing care.

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Great people, great place. Start your journey with us.

We don’t provide jobs. We provide a home for the skilled, the passionate, the aspiring and the forward thinking. This is a home for those who want a sense of belonging, to be part of a community and a culture committed to science and smiles. It’s a good place. It’s home.

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Latest news

The end of an era!

As some of you will be aware, Harold has been reducing his days at West Coast Vets for the last few years and has now decided to step back and retire from his role in the retail team.  He is stillRead more

A new leptospirosis vaccine

Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, caused by a family of bacteria, that can infect multiple species, including people.  Three groups of people who are at high risk of contracting lepto are: MeatRead more

Can cows have a Christmas hangover too?

The time after Christmas is for recovery, as our stomachs recover from too much food and our livers from being too merry! Every year, this seems to become harder and take longer. Do cows have theseRead more

Foot rot and white line disease

Continuing on with our lameness theme started in the last newsletter, we will look at two of the most commonly seen causes of lameness on the West Coast:Read more

Preventing Polio (B1 deficiency)

Polio, short for bovine polioencephalomalacia, is a disease of the brain most commonly caused by thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency. It is something we see sporadically each year (we have already seenRead more

Minerals: you can't improve what you don't measure!

Our advice is to check the mineral status of your herd before mating, to which the common response is often "but I haven’t changed anything", or, "our results have always been ok".  Unfortunately,Read more

Managing internal parasites in calves

Internal parasites (worms) can have a large effect on calf growth rates if not managed correctly. Drenching your calves is important to help reduce worm burdens, but it is just one tool that weRead more

Lameness - no tip-toeing about

Lameness is a painful condition that can rob your herd's productivity, health, welfare and fertility, as well as your back pocket! Read more

Chicken care 101

Recent regulatory changes banning battery cages for layer hens in NZ mean supermarkets are now only accepting cage-free eggs. This is a great win for our feathered friends, who now have the room theyRead more

Chocolate - the sweet but deadly treat

Chocolate is delicious - to both humans and dogs. Unfortunately, dogs are much slower to metabolise theobromine, one of the chemical components in chocolate, making even a small amount potentiallyRead more

Weight management for pets

Weight management is a crucial part of taking care of your dogs and cats. Ensuring your pet maintains a healthy weight minimises the risk of disease or injuries that can be associated with obesity orRead more

A healthy guide to feeding pets

When feeding your beloved pet, whether it be a new puppy or kitten, or an older cat or dog, there is such a thing as ‘loving them too much’. Overindulging your pet can lead to health problems ifRead more

We are a member of XLVets, who represent the most progressive and innovative practices in New Zealand. Our aim is to progress rural veterinary services.

Welfarm is a country wide initiative developed by XLVets in conjunction with Fonterra to measure annual welfare and productivity.