Keep up to date with all our latest news, articles of interest, and case studies from the veterinary world around Hawke’s Bay, Dannevirke, and the Wairarapa.

Working Dog Run 2021

It is that time of year again – time for your team of working dog’s to have their annual health check examination and vaccination. Once again, we are doing this at a discounted rate. This is a great opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have with your working dogs health.


Winter Feeding Seminar & BBQ

We are hosting a series of seminars around the topic of winter feeding and setting your farm up for spring performance. Our vets will talk about lambing in tough feed times, winter feeding of cattle, and some of the winter animal health issues to watch out for. The seminar will be followed by a free BBQ &…


Sheep Reproduction Services

  VSHB are involved in some large artificial breeding programmes such as the release of breed such as Finnish Landrace, the Texel, the Awassi and the East Friesian and work closely with individual New Zealand breeders with AI/ET programmes for advancement of superior genetics.   In the last 12 months (despite Covid-19) we successfully Implanted…


Roger McKinley’s Retirement

Last month Roger McKinley saw his last ever patient, hung up his stethoscope and left our Hastings Clinic to begin a happy retirement after providing our community with a whopping 37 years of veterinary service! When Roger began working in our original Hastings Clinic in 1983, he was one of just two veterinarians. (Vet Services…


short-coated brown puppy

Parvo – the positive result you don’t want!

Canine parvovirus, commonly called ‘Parvo’, is a highly infectious and often lethal disease that affects puppies and dogs. It effects their stomach and small intestine and symptoms can include; vomiting, diarrhoea (often with traces of blood), a lack of appetite, dehydration and rapid condition loss. Puppies under 6 months of age are at the highest…


Our Services at Level 3

Veterinary Care and Animal Health Services at Level 3 The government has announced we will be progressing out of Level 3 at 11.59 pm on Tuesday 31 August. At Alert Level 3 restrictions will be loosened, slightly, but we will need to continue to vigilant to ensure we continue to keep our staff and communities…


Our services at Alert Level 4

  Well, that was a big surprise! Going to Level 4 at 6.00pm last night has meant we have to change the way we operate to ensure we comply with Covid-19 government regulations. The good news is we have been through this before and have social distancing protocols in place to keep our staff, clients…


Level 2 information

We are looking forward to moving to Alert Level 2 tomorrow and returning to a ‘near-normal’ service. We will continue to be vigilant with social distancing and good hygiene to ensure we continue to keep our staff and communities safe. The last few weeks have been a challenge for everyone and we sincerely thank you…


black cow on green grass field during daytime


With the typical Hawkes Bay summer weather upon us it is time to start thinking about the wind-up of this milking season. There are many aspects to consider when it comes to drying off your herd (think BCS, long term weather forecasts, expected calving dates, production goals etc), but on the top of the list…