Dairy Consultancy Now Available through LHVC!
Introducing Charlene Christensen as a Headlands Consultant for Levin and Horowhenua. Charlene has 10 years’ experience as a clinical vet, and has now moved into consultancy. She is married to a dairy farmer, so has an excellent practical understanding of the issues associated with the industry.
As well as providing a full range of clinical services, much of our work, particularly in the dairy sector, is now associated with preventative herd health management programmes and maximizing farm production. This includes trace element monitoring, parasite control, herd vaccination programmes, mastitis control, facial eczema advice, lame cow management, pregnancy testing and reproductive performance programmes.
The clinic is equipped with 2 portable scanners and we are able to scan whole herds or individual cows as required. Pregnancies can be aged if they are between 5 and 17 weeks.
Currently, Keith and Jane are registered as trained InCalf
advisors and can work with you to assess your potential for improving your herd's reproductive performance and plan ways to achieve those aims.
Ashleigh, Steph and Tai (vet techs), and vets Charlene, Keith and Andrew are
all accredited DairyNZ Body Condition Score Assessors
Annual Farm Health Check
All of our farm clients have an annual farm health check consultation, where we can discuss your farm, any animal health or production issues that you are facing, and your current authorizations for prescription medicines. We are also involved with the Leptosure Program
, and will go through your Lepto risk management plan and vaccination regime with you during your consultation.
For lifestyle properties, we can come to you to look at one pet sheep or your whole animal family. If it is easier for you, you can always bring a pet lamb or kid to the clinic for examination. We also offer a Lifestylers + Small Holdings Club, to help you manage your stock.
We offer visits for health checks for newly acquired or sick or injured horses, vaccinations, minor surgical procedures, castrations and lameness examinations. We can also perform horse dentals and upper airway endoscopy. Please note that we do not do pre-purchase examinations for horses at this time.
We are lucky to have Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital
so close in Palmerston North and we will be happy to refer your horse to the Equine Hospital
for advanced equine diagnostics and treatment.
Sheep & Beef
We cater equally well for our non-dairy farming clients and their many diverse requirements, including animal health checks (sick or newly acquired animals), lameness examinations, dehorning/disbudding (with pain relief), castrations and assorted obstetrical interventions. No patient or problem is too large or too small!
Farm Dog Worming Programme
LHVC has a worming programme for farm dogs/pets, and can mail the appropriate de-worming products out to you at regular intervals (usually every 3 months). Worming can easily be forgotten among the many other animal health concerns on the farm, so this can be very useful. If you are interested in this service, please do not hesitate to contact us
Levin & Horowhenua Vets is proud to be associated with Horowhenua Boys and Girls Ag Club. Please go to the Lifestyle Animals page for some hints, tips and guidelines.
Animal Welfare Matters
On 1 October 2018 new animal welfare regulations came into effect. Whether you’re a commercial farmer or live on a lifestyle block, own a pet or run a petting zoo, transport livestock or ride horses; if you’re responsible for an animal – these regulations could apply to you.
• Check! Are you doing it right? Encourage others to check too www.mpi.govt.nz/animalregs
• Ask! Email us your questions – firstname.lastname@example.org • Tell! Call us about an animal welfare issue – 0800 00 83 33
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