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Welcome to the Little River Veterinary Services & Cattery!

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.

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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Hours

We are open weekdays 8am till 6pm, and Saturday mornings 10am till 12 noon. We also do farm and house calls. We provide an emergency service afterhours.

Paul is in Akaroa on Monday and Thursday afternoons, and Diamond Harbour on Tuesday afternoons. House calls along the way on these days are free for mileage, and large animal calls en route on these days are only charged mileage at half 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 for booking vet appointments or to request repeat prescriptions or pet food/over the counter animal health products. You can also view invoices and statements as well as update your and your animal's details.

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Our Team

Dr Paul Williams is our veterinarian. He qualified from Onderstepoort, Pretoria, in South Africa in 1991. He has worked as a mixed species practioner 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.

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.

Tara Sutherland, a qualified veterinary nurse and our specialist baby animal and bird rearer has recently taken on a full time position at the local school. She still relieves on occasion, especially during school holidays and weekends. She has her own menagerie of dogs and pigs, one of whom is spokespig for SAFE and starred on Campbell Live.

On Thursdays and lunchtimes on Fridays Marie Yeates-Backhouse, our ex-Birdlings Flat local, who has now moved all the way to Little River, is here to look after you and your animals. Marie is passionate about animals (especially horses!) and the environment (especially honey bees!), and we are excited to have her on the team.

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 and Orijen/Acana cat and dog food at the clinic, as well as livestock and chicken feeds and really good value milk powders. We stock the Eukanuba Premium Performance food for working dogs at great prices too.   

What we offer

  • Experienced and friendly staff

  •  24/7 Little River based service including afterhours emergencies and home visits

  •  Open till 6pm 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

  •  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 including down cows, 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