Equine Services – Your Horse

your-horse_riderThe Vet Centre’s Equine services has grown quickly in the last 3 years enabling our investment in the latest on-farm mobile DR Digital X-Ray and Digital Ultrasound equipment.

This means we can travel to your horse on your property to undertake these examinations. Alternatively, if you want to come to us, saving some travel costs, we have 3 local privately owned facilities that we can use to examine your horse.

As well as providing general animal health and preventative care, we offer a full range of on-farm services such as:

  • digital radiography,
  • ultrasonography,
  • laser therapy,
  • surgery,
  • pre-purchase examinations,
  • dentistry and
  • assisted/routine reproduction.


We will perform basic surgical procedures from Geldings and hernia repairs to more complex orthopedics (X-ray above of Phalange I fracture repair) . Where possible we will refer more specialized surgical procedures to Canterbury Equine, but under some circumstances, such as repairable leg fractures where the horse is not transportable to Christchurch (7 hours away) we will perform fracture repairs.

On Farm Digital XRay & Ultrasound

The Vet Centre has the latest in portable DR Digital XRay and Ultrasound systems, enabling us to provide the very best images for the purposes of diagnosis of equine lameness,back and dental problems.

Lameness Examinations

We provide a thorough work up with the use of High Speed Camera, Nerve Blocks, Hoof Testers and the new Krosscheck Leverage Testing Devise to accuratly pin point the problem and provide constructive remedies. We have a close working relationship with a Remedial Farrier for corrective trimming and shoeing and both the Farriers and our practice are members of the Equine Lameness Prevention Organisation.


Repiratory diseases are common in horses and the use of an endoscope to obtain diagnostic samples and visualising the structures of the upper respiratory sytem, turbinates, gutteral pouches and ethnoid processes is a great tool to have available.

Reproduction and Artificial Insemination

There is nothing nicer than having a mare with a young foal at foot. Nelson has a few local stallions available for service, but many of the mares are mated with artificial insemination.

We preferr to provide this service on the farm where the mare is familiar and we get good results to show. We like our clients to provide a simple stock for holding the mare and to provide safety for everyone, so to enable this we will provide clients with dimensions to make this simple facility.


This is another area where The Vet Centre excels. We use the very latest IM3 veterinary equipment supported by IM3 DR digital dental X-Rays and veterinarians with post graduate training able to perform root canal fillings, cappings and corrective orthodontics.

Dentistry –

Pre Purchase Examinations

A pre purchase examination can save you a lot of heart ache and disappointment, not to mention money.

Using the New Zealand Veterinary Equine Branch Standards we will carry out a variety of stages of examination from a basic 3 stage to more detailed 5 stage examinations that include XRays, Endoscopy and Ultrasound. At the end we will provide you with a comprehensive report on the suitability of the horse to your intended needs.

Pre purchase examinations are seldom a question of ‘pass’ or ‘fail’, but more a questions of “does the horse fit the needs of the rider?”

Download the following forms if you are a seller or a buyer. Email them back to us and we will book an appointment for your horse’s Pre-Purchase examination.

1 Buyer’s Statement

2 Owner’s Statement

Additional Pre-Purchase Examination Information –