World-class equine vet clinic opens

19 December, 2016

A new equine clinic which was nine months in the making and cost  "several million dollars" has opened near Cambridge.

The Waikato Equine Vet Centre moved from Te Rapa south to Waipa, after it was clear it had outgrown its Hamilton site about 18 months ago, director Douglas Black said.

"Coupled with the fact that our client base and general horse population is now more centralised around the Cambridge area, it made sense to establish a new state of the art equine facility in Cambridge," said Black. The new centre is a division of Hamilton Veterinary Services and is separate from the Cambridge Equine Hospital.

It was a long-time in the making and was officially opened in November.

"But we view that as an investment back into the industry and our clients, we feel it has future-proofed the business for a long time and would allow for expansion in the future if required."

Located on the corner of Pickering and Peake roads, the 2.4 hectare block is custom-built with 10 loose boxes, an arena, surgery rooms, lunging areas, trot up, and office spaces.

Receptionist Lori Jones has worked with company for three and a half years and said the move was fantastic. "Where we were, we only had four covered yards, one loose box and one work-out area."

The centre can perform lameness evaluations and pre-purchase inspections so the larger area means there is enough space for three vets to work different horses at the same time. "Because this was in the planning and thought stage for so long, the vets have got everything they need and want," she said.

There are currently nine vet staff at the centre, including Gregory Quinn who is one of the few registered equine surgeons in Australasia.

He designed the surgery rooms with a bigger facility capable of holding more horses, it also means the vets will travel less.

Jones said one of the vets travelled about 600 kilometres in one day, but the centre will eliminate the constant need for follow up visits to someone's property as the horse can be kept on site.

Proximity to the Cambridge, Matamata and Te Rapa racecourses was a key driver for the location.

Two separate designers from different backgrounds brought the centre to life. Studio 4 Architecture designed the front-of-house building, and Harrison Lane designed the clinic, stables and surgery buildings.

It was officially opened by Sir Peter Vela and Lady Vela on November 20.

 

 - Emma James, Stuff

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