At VetCare we are very fortunate to have six veterinarians on our staff with over 20 areas of special interests. This gives us the benefit of a collaborative approach within the practice if an unusual case arrives.By utilising wisdom and experience together with innovative new diagnostic and treatment options, we can provide comprehensive assessments from within the practice.
Through ongoing investments in continuing education, modernising our equipment and many years of experience in companion animal practice, VetCare accepts selected referrals of difficult cases from other practices.
We emphasise that we do not have specialists on our staff. If owners are willing and able to travel to specialist practices in Auckland or to Massey University teaching hospital we will always encourage this. However where travel is not possible we are happy to offer advanced services in surgery, endoscopy, ultrasound, radiology, oncology, dentistry, ophthalmology and dermatology.
We are fortunate to have Dr Craig Irving (Veterinary Ophthalmologist) visit VetCare on a regular basis. This allows specialist advice on eye problems to be acquired without leaving Tauranga.
At VetCare we are continually investing in new equipment and expertise to ensure any surgical procedure needed for your pet is comfortable and safe.
Our surgery suites are well equipped with electric heating pads, intravenous fluid infusion pumps, electrocautery, ECG, and high quality autoclaved instrumentation packs for soft-tissue, ophthalmic and orthopaedic surgery.
At VetCare we have a high powered Xray machine and a Fuji-CR digital processing system. We provide images of the chest, the abdomen and bone problems as well as “contrast” studies of the urinary tract and spine where necessary. We also have a separate dental xray machine which enhances VetCare’s dental facility.
Few NZ companion animal practices have ultrasonography available on-site. Ten years ago an Australasian veterinary publication ran a competition in which the prize was 12 months free use of a new ultrasound machine. We submitted the records and xrays of one of our cases and won the competition (always good to get one up on the Aussies). We have been developing our skills in the use of diagnostic ultrasound since, and now have our own human hospital equivalent ultrasound machine. We regularly see patients referred from other vet clinics around the Bay of Plenty for this procedure.
At VetCare we perform many laboratory tests within the practice. These include tests from lumps and bumps, blood, urine and skin samples. The results are immediately available allowing us to promptly plan a course of treatment or reassure you that no action is required.
We also use the expertise of specialist veterinary pathologists in Hamilton to help us with cases where more detail is needed.
Small mammal/exotic, Cats, Dogs, Avian