South Wairarapa Veterinary Services | Mouse or horse – best health is the aim

For the past 40 years, South Wairarapa Veterinary Services (SWVets) has gained a solid reputation for the comprehensive care of all species of animals: production, lifestyle, pleasure and companion.

As more and more people have moved to Wairarapa because of the relaxed lifestyle, there has been a positive flow-on effect for businesses and SWVets is no exception. In addition to clinics in Masterton, Martinborough and Featherston, a brand-new clinic was opened in Carterton mid this year. This is a state of the art, high-tech facility that houses a full companion animal clinic, medical lab, operating theatre, and large animal equine facility.

Equine veterinarian and shareholder, Katie Grant, says the business also offers equine services as far afield as Upper Hutt.

Keeping an eye on the horizon for what’s new is something SWVets has always done well, she says. “We are constantly reviewing our range of services. If we see an opportunity for something that’s not currently available, we are very proactive about making it happen.”

A recent example of this is the incorporation Farm+ into the team.

Farm+ has a team of skilled rural technicians who provide services for farmers and lifestyle block owners, such as calf disbudding, dry cow therapy, vaccinating and insemination amongst others.

“The vets previously carried many of these services out themselves. As a result, Farm+ has taken a lot of pressure off us and has allowed us to focus on work that requires a veterinarian,” says Katie.

Equine vision clinics are another new development. “We’ve teamed up with Wellington veterinary ophthalmologist Dr Kellam Bayley, to offer comprehensive vision assessments for horses. The technology is a first in the region. As well as screening for a range of eye diseases, it will enable us to view what a horse can see when they are being ridden or are out in the field. We’ve done a trial and will run our first clinic in November, which is very exciting.”

SWVets has a young, go-ahead team of shareholders who are enthusiastic with a lot of energy to get things going, says Katie. “We’ve recently undertaken an intensive business review with a focus on the performance of the business.”

One of the outcomes of the review is for Moore Markhams Wairarapa director Mike Flower and his team, to take on a more significant advisory role with SWVets. 

“We recognise the need to involve Moore Markhams and draw on their expertise. We expect their proven accountancy advice will be valuable to the further development of our business. Therefore, we are keen to spend time with Mike and learn about different aspects of our business, so we become a more highly functioning unit. Financial literacy, and topics such as advising us on the best way to finance our equipment, will be included on the list of things we want to learn more about.”

A strong involvement in their local communities demonstrates that the philosophy of animal healthcare doesn’t stop when the business day has ended. “We’ve always been big community supporters from A & P shows, to Eventing Wairarapa days, to pony clubs and pet days,” says Katie.

Photo caption:  The Wairarapa community comes out in support of South Wairarapa Veterinary Services’ new clinic in Carterton.