South Waikato veterinary Services

General Services


We pride ourselves in offering timely and efficient callouts for whatever problem you may have on farm. It is also no problem for us to combine services into one callout, such as seeing sick cows, vaccinating calves and discussing the latest spore counts with you, all in the one visit.

Below are some of our traditional services that a dairy practice is expected to offer.

Sick Cows

Whether it be a single animal, or several affected, we will be able to make a visit that day to assess them. A complete physical exam will be performed, samples may be taken, and treatment initiated. If a case is particularly complex, there is plenty of in-clinic discussion between vets to get to the bottom of a problem.

Herd Disease outbreaks

In a herd outbreak, when several animals either suddenly become sick with similar symptoms, or multiple deaths occur within a short space of time, getting onto the problem quickly is of vital importance. All animals are important in this situation - the dead cows, the sick cows and the healthy cows. Your vet will advise you what to do to try and prevent further losses.


Bought a cow in that has horns? Have a regrowing horn thats curling into the side of a cows head? Missed a few calves at disbudding time? We can take care of all of these. Please note it is against the law to dehorn over 9 months of age without local anaesthetic as pain relief for the animal.

Down Cows

A common problem in the calving season especially, down cows occur on almost every farm. We are able to come out during clinic hours and afterhours to treat downer cows, whether the cause is metabolic, mastitic, injured, or still calving!


One of your busiest seasons, it’s also one of ours. No matter if the calf is too big, positioned wrong, rotten or the cow has just given up, we endeavor to calve the cow and treat her for any issues. In some cases, such as sick cows with rotten calves inside, we will be able to explain the odds on the cows survival (and reproductive future) if we decide to go ahead.

Post Mortems

These tend to go hand in hand with sick cows and if its not an individual cow problem, they can be very valuable to perform on farm. For example, cases of Copper toxicity are simple to diagnose in a dead animal (we send fresh kidney for testing), which then aids in knowing what is wrong with the other five cows who are ill but are still alive. Just remember, the fresher the animal, the better. Cows begin to decompose very quickly and any animal that has been dead for over 10 hours (or half that time in the middle of summer) will have organs that may not be suitable for testing.

Sick Calves

A pen of scouring calves often results in a threefold visit. One, to take samples from any sick calves to find out why they are scouring. Two, to treat any calves to ill to suckle, either by stomach tubing or administrating IV fluids. Three, to check out farm practices to ensure the problem does not spread, or happen in the remaining healthy calves.

Cancer Eyes

We realise you are often at the other end of your animals (so are we!), but remember to check their eyes for any odd bumps or growths. Cows have a 3rd eyelid in the front corner of their eye, and its not uncommon for this to form a type of skin cancer (Squamous Cell Carcinoma) that starts as a small lump, but grows, causes infection and spreads around the eye. These are ideal to remove when they are small (1cm or less). If the cancer has started on the eye itself, we can remove the eye (again as early as possible). Keep in mind that cancers that have grown to over 3cm, spread to the lymph nodes or caused an infection in the eye, will mean the animal will be condemned at the works.

Wounded Animals

Occasionally accidents happen, and a cow will either catch herself on something, or go through a fence. The worst injuries can often be the smallest, such as milk vein tears. These can cause the cow to bleed out rapidly, so apply pressure with your hand, or press a towel to the wound and phone us ASAP. We will suture closed any wounds and treat with antibiotics to avoid infection.


Cows are very good at forming abscesses when infection gets under the skin. They often do not make the cow sick, but form a large lump (containing pus) that needs to be drained before the cow will heal. Draining the abscess from an appropriate place and ensuring it has emptied fully is simple, but important to do right to ensure the cow rids herself of the infection.

Vet Transport Certificates

In any questionable cases, like lame cows or cows with cancers, we are able to come out and write a transport certificate to ensure the cow is safe to travel. If the cow is unable to be transported, we will be saving you sending a cow to the works, only to have it be condemned.

Lumpy Jaw/Woody Tongue

Not too sure whats going on in a drooling or swollen cow? It could be one of many things, and we will apply appropriate therapy depending on the case

Dislocated Hips

These are most common in the mating season when cows ride each other, or bulls have been put out with the cows. The sooner we get to these the better, as once a hip has been out for over half a day, it becomes both more difficult to replace it, as well as for the hip to remain where it should be and not come back out of place again. The prognosis is also much better for cows who are standing, as opposed to cows who are down with dislocated hips. These down cows often have other damage, such as broken bones, which unfortunately we are unable to treat.

Emergency Services

A 24 hour emergency service is provided to all our clients. During the busy calving season, we have multiple veterinarians on call to try to ensure we arrive at your farm as soon as possible.


The South Waikato Veterinary Services team is committed to providing top quality and extensive professional services to the Tokoroa, Putaruru, Whakamaru, Mangakino, Tirohanga and Atiamuri areas.

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Contact us at one of our 3 locations

2 Satco Drive, Tokoroa

75 Tirau St, Putaruru

108 State Highway 30, Whakamaru

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