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

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Flystrike Warning

  The weather conditions are ripe for getting flystruck sheep. Flystrike is a devastating disease that starts with flies laying eggs in an area the size of a 5cent piece in the fleece of the sheep. The maggot larvae that hatch from the eggs then start eating skin tissue, which attracts more flies to lay…


Don’t get stung by a plant this summer.

Ongaonga (Stinging Nettle) (Urtica ferox) Adventuring in New Zealand bush is usually a fairly safe activity, aside from possible issues with weather conditions and navigation, we luckily don’t have to worry about snakes, spiders or predators. However, there are some plants that can pose dangers to human and animal health. Ongaonga is one of the…



Happy New Year! The Vet Services team are now taking bookings for pregnancy scanning in cows and heifers. Pregnancy scanning has many advantages when understanding your herd’s reproduction performance and planning ahead for the season. The earliest times for accurate testing following bull withdrawal is 49 days, this is especially important for ageing or identifying…


Lifestyle Block Services

Vet Services offer personalised lifestyle block veterinary services to small block owners across Hawkes Bay.  These services include emergency veterinary care, annual animal health plans, preventative care, educational workshops and technician assistance with routine drenching, vaccinations, bolusing and foot trimming to keep your animals happy and healthy.   Contact to find out more.  


Vets On Farm – Supporting Your Recovery

Vets on Farm – supporting your recovery, is an initiative funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and facilitated by the Veterinary Council of New Zealand.   We’re pleased to let our farming clients know that Vet Services Waipukurau is one of the registered clinics for Vets on Farm – supporting your recovery. Being…


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Managing your dog’s arthritis pain

  As our pets age, normal and abnormal wear and tear within their joints can start taking its toll and it’s estimated 40% of dogs are living with arthritis. Arthritis is a progressive disease which cannot be cured. Fortunately, your veterinary team have several medical treatments available to effectively manage their pain. Beransa is a…


Toxovax & Campyvax4 now available!

Sheep performance vaccines Toxovax & Campyvax4 are now available to order. These vaccinations can be given to maiden hoggets and ewes anytime from now until 4 weeks prior to any ram being introduced to the flock. (Shearing may be a good opportunity).  


What is acupuncture and how does it work?

Acupuncture for dogs, like acupuncture for humans, is a complementary medical practice that involves inserting fine needles into the skin to stimulate points on the body for pain relief and healing responses. Acupuncture has its origins in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and has been used for thousands of years. In TCM acupuncture is used to…


Dangers of calf feed!

  Over the last few weeks, we have had a series of dogs presenting to the Dannevirke & Waipukurau clinic with suspected ionophore toxicity, following ingestion of calf milk replacer or meal.   While these feeds are fantastic for rapidly growing young calves, the products can pose a very serious danger to dogs and other…


Hastings Working Dog & Ram Run

It is that time of year again. Time for your rams soundness examinations and for your working dog team to have their annual health check examination and vaccination. Rams should be palpated and tested for Brucellosis at least 6 weeks prior to mating.   Our Ram Run visits will begin in early November so that…