We get the tails wagging.

West Coast Vets are well equipped to look after the needs of many different dogs. From stitching up pig dogs and other emergency procedures to desexing a tiny Chihuahua, we offer your pet or working dog a high standard of love and care.

  • We have modern facilities with advanced diagnostic equipment, including a blood analysis machine for both haematology and biochemistry, digital radiography, x-ray, ultrasound machines and microscope review equipment. This allows us to prepare conclusive pregnancy, abdominal scans and quickly perform diagnostic tests in house for your pet.

  • We also boast fantastic dental services to prevent plaque and tartar build up which can lead to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). We have modern dental equipment in our clinics allowing us to perform everything from a routine scale and polish to full mouth extractions.  We also carry a large range of dental food and prophylactic products that our knowledgeable staff can advise you on.

  • Puppy preschool classes are offered at our Hokitika clinic, you can email hokitikaoffice@westcoastvets.co.nz for more details.  What better way to get them started on the right track!

  • Preventative health is important to us and we are passionate about providing the best start for your canine friend.  At every consult your dog is given a full examination to make sure they are fit, healthy and ready to enjoy each day. And of course we have a microchipping service, this helps to identify your dog should they go for a wander.

  • well balanced diet is so important.  There are several factors to consider when choosing the right nutrition for your dog. Breed, life stage, activeness and care for their teeth. Talk to our knowledgeable staff who will help you choose the correct food for your dog. 

We have an experienced small animal team, comprising of not only vets but also diploma and trainee nurses.  Between the team we have special interests in dermatology, exotics, soft tissue surgery, internal medicine and animal care.  All working together to provide the best care and service to your pets.


Get your puppy off with the right paw with Puppy Pre-School.

Puppy preschool is the beginning of an exciting relationship with your new puppy. This course is to lay down a good foundation for learning; both for your puppy and yourself.


Why West Coast Vets is a great choice

We're locals

We’ve been located throughout the West Coast area for decades. It’s where we’re from and where we raise our families.

Wide network

We’re plugged into the Veterinary world and our team can call on expertise from all over the world, then deliver it locally.

Handy clinics

We’re close to you for consults, supplements, supplies...whatever you need. Pop on in or organise a delivery.


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