Exciting news- We have a new vet!
We have taken on a new vet, Dr India Martin. India graduated from Cambridge University in England in 2011 and has worked for the vast majority of her career in the South Island. Her current focus is on farming and she has some great ideas to improve our service to farmers of all persuasions: dairy (her real passion), sheep and beef and of course lifestyle block farmers (something both she and our current vet Dr Paul Williams do themselves so can speak from experience. Between them they own and interact with on a daily basis nearly all the species we see here). India has a keen interest on whole herd/flock health and is looking forward to working with farmers to help them get the best out of their farming operations. We all know that healthy animals make for better farming.
Having India on board we will be able to offer a second weekly afternoon of visits on Fridays to Diamond Harbour in addition to our regular Tuesdays. India is based in Lincoln allowing opportunities for her to visit Motukarara on Mondays and Thursdays on her way to or from work. It will also be a lot easier for us to service our Tai Tapu clients regularly. India is keen to get out and about around the penisula and will also be helping out with the Akaroa clinics.
For those of you who live in Little River we'll be able to offer more lunch time consults and home visits at the same price as clinic visits- why should those based in Diamond Harbour and Akaroa be the only ones to enjoy these benefits? And of course with an extra pair of hands available we'll be able to offer a lot more farm visits. To help celebrate India's arrival we're offering a free Geriatric health panel of blood tests worth $106.50 with every dental procedure done in July. This is a great way of detecting kidney or liver insufficiencies early and can also detect metabolic diseases which can be tricky to diagnose from symptoms alone. We also plan to hold an open day in September to introduce India and to show off our clinic's recent makeover so please make sure we have your email or follow us on facebook so as not to miss out on the invite!
Paul is really looking forward to being able to spend some evenings and weekends without being on call, as well as being able to enjoy a regular day off work each week. His personal life is about to be revolutionised! Although he's been able to take holidays every year by organising locum cover well in advance, he'll now be able to enjoy weekends off every now and again, just like a normal person! Thanks to all of you who've been a part of our journey so far, and we look forward to being able to provide you with an even better veterinary service in future. We love this very special part of the world and feel very privileged to be able to share it with you and your animals.
We've created an online portal to book appointments and order repeat prescriptions or pet food and other animal health products. You can also view invoices and statements as well as update your and your animal's details.
Now you can like us on facebook to receive regular updates (including the monthly news article) and interact with us online
We have beautiful cat greeting cards available to help fund our kitten rehoming and stray cat desexing work. Thanks to Cat Rescue Christchurch who also generously pay for many of our surgeries on strays! You can hire stock signs for your car or to put on the road, as well as orange flashing beacons and hi-viz vests from us to comply with the new regulations when moving stock. We've put shingle down in the parking area and made it drive through so please park inside and tell us what you think! Also have you noticed our freshly painted roof?
We have a large of foods and animal health products, including the BlackHawk working dog food at great prices. Our cattery has proved very popular, and we've had many repeat customers. Masterpet has taken over the cattery's food sponsorship with BlackHawk cat and kitten food, we'd also like to thank Hills Pet Nutrition for their food sponsorship over the cattery's first 5 years.
We have an inhouse blood analyzer at the clinic, so we can run many tests while you wait. This allows us to offer pre-anaesthetic testing as well as health screening for older animals, and provide an emergency service afterhours and weekends when the Christchurch laboratory is closed. We also now have a portable ultrasound scanner, good news for pregnancy testing.
We once again have the cheap mismating injection available for bitches. This has been off the market for a few years now, but Paul has been able to have some compounded. We have some ideas to help you save on animal health expenses- ask us about very competitively priced BlackHawk farm dog food specially designed at Massey for NZ working dogs, and get to feed a premium, performance enhancing brand. Also the RFID electronic ear tags are now compulsory for cattle and deer. Ask us about ordering NAIT tags for your stock, or about the new tagging requirements. There is a lot more flexibility in what visible tags are acceptable- they don't all have to be yellow! We are able to procure eartags at below recommended retail prices.
We also have a large range of Acana/Orijen, Hills Science Diet and BlackHawk dog and cat food in stock. Paul can deliver to Akaroa on Mondays and Thursdays and to Diamond Harbour on Tuesdays.
Animal health information - Archives
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A different perspective, Animal welfare, Accidental poisonings, Arthritis, Allergies, Above & beyond, After Hours, Akaroa or bust
Becoming a vet, Birthing & midwifery, Be wormwise this Autumn
Calici vaccination update- rabbits
Dental care, De sexing, Dogs, sheep measles & farm etiquette
External parasites, Euthanasia, EID's, Equine deworming recommendations & autumn animal health advice
First aid in animals. FIV and Feline Leukaemia, Five Freedoms
Happy to be stuck with you, Human-animal bond, Heat Stroke
Internal parasites, Is it too late to spay or neuter my pet? Internet & Google- the good the bad and the ugly, It shouldn't happen to a vet, I don't vaccinate my animals
Mafikeng rhino, Memories of Mafikeng, Mr Talkative, Mycoplasma bovis , Microchipping,
Nutrition, Nutrition in pet rabbits, New Year Animal Health Checklist
Obesity in pets, Onwards & upwards
Poisons in the pantry, primary health care, Plant poisonings, Pigs rule, Pig's Ear, Pathology & blood testing, Pet statistics in NZ, Phamaceuticals- the NZ situation
Rabbit calicivirus, Ramped up rhino, Resistance-squandering a miracle, Road block
Senior wellness, Sheep measles
Tapeworm, TB in NZ, The nasties, The big move, The Challenge of Diamond Harbour, The thief, The Driving Lesson, Technology at work, Tom cat vasectomy
Urinary problems in cats
Vets’ cars, vaccination principles- ruminants, Vaccination of dogs & cats, Vet lifestyler
War wounds, Why vaccinate?, World veterinary year, World vaccination guidelines, Wild & stray cats
Yoghurtised milk recipe