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Welcome to the Little River Veterinary Services & Cattery

Telephone 03 3251940

We are an independent Banks Peninsula owned and operated business providing vet services, animal health products and pet foods for all kinds of animals, as well as running a small boarding cattery, with comfortable units and a large exercise area for discerning cats from Christchurch, Akaroa and beyond. You can even book appointments or shop online. We are a member of the IndieVets collective group of independent, local owner operated vet clinics.


Our Vision

We aim to provide personal caring service for all creatures great and small. We believe prevention is better than cure, so we are proactive in offering primary health services; animal health planning for all species, targeted vaccination, internal and external parasite control programs, correct nutrition, de sexing, and prophylactic dental treatment among others. We also know the Peninsula is unique and isn’t comfortable with the “one size fits all” approach, so we try to be flexible in our thinking. We are a Christian business and strive to be ethical and honest.

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Little River: We are open weekdays 9am till 5pm (from 8.30am for drop offs and collections, and non-prescription sales) , and Saturday mornings 10am till 12 noon. We also do farm and house calls. We provide an emergency service after hours for our registered clients.

Diamond Harbour: We are open weekday afternoons from 1pm till 5pm

Our vets are in Akaroa on Tuesday afternoons, and Diamond Harbour on Monday and Thursday afternoons. House calls along the way on these days are free for mileage, and large animal calls en route on these days are charged mileage at reduced rates (shared travel). We can also deliver or drop off pet foods and animal health products along the way.

Click here for your online portal to book appointments, view invoices, statements and vaccination records as well as update your and your animal's details. Helpful hint: If you are an existing customer setting up a new portal enter your name(s) exactly as they appear on our invoices or statements so the booking system is able to find you. Even If it doesn't, set up the portal anyway and make your booking. We'll merge it later with your existing account and feel free to remind us to do this if we forget!

Remote opinions

You can book a remote phone or video consult (use tele consult option if booking online). Please note for all remote veterinary opinions (phone/video/email/message) there may be a small charge.

facebookOur Team

Dr Paul Williams is our senior veterinarian. He qualified from Onderstepoort, Pretoria, in South Africa in 1991. He has worked as a mixed species practitioner on Banks Peninsula since 2005, and is proud to offer the people and animals of this very special part of the world a choice in veterinary service providers. Paul grew up on a peninsula, and so feels very much at home on this one. He enjoys the work and lifestyle here and is committed to staying and serving the needs of his community.

Dr India Martin qualified from Cambridge, England in 2011 and has worked the majority of her career on the South Island, Her passion is farming, she and Paul both live on lifestyle blocks so between them own and interact on a daily basis with most of the species we work with here. She is focusing on delivering an excellent service to farmers and lifestylers.

Heather Williams has brought her formidable planning and business skills to the mix. She was practice manager for Paul’s Cape Town clinic as well as serving as chairperson, treasurer, secretary and member of many Little River community organizations. You can see some of her jewellery and hand woven scarves at the Little River Craft Station.

Jo Stuart has worked as receptionist, sales person, animal care giver and theatre assistant to mention just a few of her many veterinary roles on the Peninsula since 2004. She knows most of the veterinary clients, products and suppliers, so is a wealth of information and advice.

Dionne Fossey is an important member our team to help look after you and your animals. Dionne has many years' experience in the veterinary profession and many of you will know her from Little River's Challenge garage.

Sandy Meek, a registered veterinary nurse is running our Diamond Harbour clinic for us, and also helps out in Little River a few mornings a week. Sandy co-ordinates our puppy preschool and dog training classes.

Leisa Elliott is here most mornings to look after our boarders in the cattery, and give them lots of cuddles.

Tara Sutherland, another qualified veterinary nurse and our specialist baby animal and bird rearer has taken on a full time position at the local school. She has started the Little River Dogstay and provides dog boarding facilities on Bayleys Rd.

We all live locally, serve locally and are active in our community. 

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Our Clinic

We are now operating from our new clinic building, with lots of space, easy access and parking. We've also upgraded our hospital and surgical facilities, and the cattery is now up and running, and looking great after a new coat of paint!

 We are proud to be able to offer the latest in anaesthetic and monitoring equipment to make our clinic as safe as we possibly can. We also carry a large range of Hills, Royal Canin, Orijen/Acana and BlackHawk cat and dog food at the clinics, as well as livestock and chicken feeds and really good value milk powders. We stock the BlackHawk working dog food formulated specifically for NZ conditions at great prices too.   

What we offer

  • Experienced and friendly staff

  •  24/7 Little River based service including large animal after hours emergencies and home visits. Small animal after hours cases need to be taken to the Christchurch After Hours Veterinary Centre.

  •  Open till 5pm weekdays and 10am-12noon on Saturday mornings

  •  Regular visits around the Peninsula- free or shared mileage if you can work in with our programme

  •  Consistent, caring service from the same vet

  •  Competitive prices as our overheads are low

  •  Close monitoring of hospital patients day and night

  •  Modern monitoring and anaesthetic equipment—for safest possible conditions

  •  Delivery around the Peninsula and online sales

  •  Worm and flea mail out programme

  •  Loyalty schemes for pet food

  •  Great deals for farm dog food

  •  Ear tags below recommended retail

  •  Free animal health planners for all species and monthly email reminders

  • In house laboratory provides immediate, accurate diagnosis for sick animals, and allows us to offer pre-anaesthetic and geriatric screening

  • Portable cattle ultrasound pregnancy scanning

  • Willing to share our veterinary skills, knowledge and resources

 Discounted Primary Health Care

Because we know how important these are to human and animal health we heavily subsidise

  •  De-sexing

  •  Vaccinations

  •  Prophylactic dental treatments

  •  De-wormers

  •  Flea treatments